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Third Voyage Double IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

334 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 334
Hads: 1,002
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 13
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours and looks great. Reddish amber with a thick khaki head that leaves heaps of lace.

Smell is all grapefruit orchards and pine barrens with some mild malt somewhere in the background.

Taste is more malt forward than one would expect, but after the brief malt intro, the hops show up big, moving in from the edges of the tongue. Lots of citric and pine elements. Finish is mildly bitter, refreshing, dry but doesn't hang you out to dry.

Mouthfeel is medium but I'd like more substance. Carbonation is decent. Overall it's one of the best Samuel Adams I've had and a decent DIPA in its own right. (605 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich copper/bronze with a well defined 1/2 white head atop,great clarity to the pour.Very light citric hops and sweet alcohol in the nose,very light for the style in my opinion.Like most beers of the style I think its to sweet on the palate,sugary and caramel sweetness to me overtakes the citric hops,a little boozy in the finish.Par for the course as far as the style goes,its good for the style,I have, and am becoming more disenchanted in this style.My least favorite of the new Sam Adams Batch series. (549 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery/bronze in color. Real fuzzy and sticky lacing on down the glass. Very floral and aromatic hop wise. Good sized hop bite with a really strong hop flavor. Plenty of caramel malt in the back to hold it all together. Plenty of residual sweetness going on. Long lingering hop bitterness as well. Very full mouthfeel. A nice double IPA for sure. Rather ordinary in spots but then again it is Sam Adams. I quite liked this one. (428 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a Brandy Snifter

Pours a clear deep mahogany chestnut, with a 2 finger full and fluffy head with a layer of cream on top it. Nice alcohol stickiness on the glass from the lace. Piny notes first followed by a mild citrus hop scent. Nice floral and grassy tones throughout. Citrus hops and sweet malts in the mouth, dominating the flavor (and thats not saying much) . Finishes bitter with a swirl of big alcohol that isnt afraid to let you know its there. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth. Overall, this isn't my kinda IPA, big booze notes, hops just seem misplaced at times. Worth a shot for the price, but wont happen again. (632 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful copper/amber color with an even one pinky white, creamy layer of foam and no carbonation after the beer sits for a few minutes in the glass.

S - Aroma is full of citrus, pine, grass, and lightly herbal with little to no malt in the nose.

T - Taste is different from most IPA's I've had in the past...There's the malt! Starts out with some light caramel malt touching the tip of the tongue for a second or two before a very large wall of pine and citrus come rolling in around midway through and builds momentum all the way to the end and beyond. Wow! This finishes fiercly hoppy and quite warm as it flows down the back of the throat. Pine and grapefruit citrus totally squelch the malt once they arrive on the scene.

M - Light body for a D-IPA which is this beers weakest characteristic, needs more substance or texture to compliment the big alcohol character. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a healthy coating of pine and citrus that lingers for a long, LONG time (which I like).

O - I've been looking forward to trying this beer, bought (2) bombers tonight at Wegman's, doesn't blow me away, but of the Sam Adams beers, this is one I would buy again. I tip my glass to you for finally brewing a big IPA. In terms of hops, wish these guys would bring back the Imperial Hallertau Pils which had even more bite than this one. Overall, it's definitely worth a try (even though my overall score may not strongly suggest as such...all D-IPA's are worth a try in my book...). (1,495 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. This beer pours beautifully. Dark amber, very clear. Huge tan head that has great staying power and leaves wonderful lacing. Probably it's best feature.

Nose is piney, citrusy and grassy. Not that powerful or enticing, but not bad at all. The malt is hiding behind, kind of have to search for it. Taste is interesting, but not great. Caramel malts, and a slight sweetness and then very quickly bitter. There is pine, and earthiness, but the citrus is missing from the taste. The end is just straight bitter. Not a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Too light for a DIPA in my opinion. Overall, not a bad beer, but by no means great. The appearance is beautiful, but nothing else really impresses. Pretty average, but worth grabbing a bomber of. (829 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Live Review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor a few weeks ago into a clean, clear pint glass. No observed "best by" date but "batch 1" stamped on the label.

A Nice translucent dark caramel body under a generous light brown head that can be difficult to control so watch that pour! This is a good look for a beer in the style although I expected the abundant head. 4.0

S Floral and Piney hops hit me first but it is over a nice, medium roast sweet malt. This is a double IPA that is going to demand your attention. 4.0

T The hops are there but they are a bit more muted than I would have expected/desired. The medium roast malt is there too but there is an annoying grainy barley husk taste that leaves a lingering bitterness (on second thought maybe it is a certain variety of hops that causes the lingering bitterness) and I am not liking that. Honestly I really have never appreciated that taste in a beer and this one certainly has it. The taste is to style but I really don.t care for that lingering bitterness (it still lingers even thought I typed this entire paragraph). 2.0

M Big, bodacious and that gravely bitterness certainly increases the feel of the beer. That is, of course to style but the feel is part of what I do not like about the beer (that lingering bitterness like a burlap bag on the back of my tongue....I feel like I need to take a sip of ice water.... 2.0

D Not that good honestly because of the bitterness and burlap bag feel. Maybe average for the style which is not particularly drinkable as it is. Overall the beer loses points for that off putting bitterness. 2.5 (1,645 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a tight puffy off-white head that settles into a light cap with a wall of sticky lacing.

The aroma is of a floral grapefruit hop. The malt provides some breadiness with honey sweetness. Not particuliarly strong for the style.

The first flavor that steps out is a smooth bready honey malt. A nice base for a DIPA. This is followed by a grapefruit rind and piney hop profile. Quite earthy and bitter. A bit of a metal taste from the hops. More tropical fruit notes pop out as it warms.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Good balance to begin with but does end with a dry asprin bitterness.

More earthy than vibrant, more bitter than flavorful. It is not sweet and I appreciate that; not a sugary tropical fruit hop bomb. However it is mostly bitter, I would like to see more grapefruit aroma and flavor. (842 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark red, almost ruby red color from a 22 oz bomber. Visually stunning beer; very clear, very dark and very nice to look at. Decent carbonation with steady stream of tiny bubbles surfacing constantly.
Massive two finger frothy head that takes forever to settle to a nice film. Very good head retention and on it's way down leaves some really nice lace.
Aroma is hoppy upfront, with the pine and citrus notes predominating. Slowly as it warms up, the malt is noticeable in the nose, with hints of sweet fruity esters coming through.
Taste is a very nice blend of hops with malt. As it should be in a DIPA, the hops are dominant. Bitter upfront with some notes of sweetness from the malt in the middle, only to be completely taken over by a wave of hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very tasty brew from Sam Adams. The alcohol is very well masked and it definitely doesn't feel like a heavy beer.
Mouthfeel is very good, with a nice, oily hop presence that can be felt with each sip.
Overall, this is a really good DIPA and have to acknowledge the effort of Sam Adams in brewing this.
Definitely worth a try if you are a hop head. (1,155 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear copper color with two and a half fingers of light tan head.

S-Light citrus and pine with some caramel backing.

T-Pine and pineapple notes with some light caramel and a pronounced, almost medicinal, bitterness on the finish.

M-Very slick and a little sticky with a medium body and low carbonation.

D-Not an awful stab at a DIPA by any means, but this one is lacking in hop aroma and flavor for me. A DIPA should be bomb in terms of flavor and aroma and this one just doesn't live up to my expectation of the style. (533 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice doulbe IPA. It's strong tasting. Bitter. And on top of that, creamy. It is near perfect in the glass. No, make that perfect.

The aroma is strong, but it could be stronger. If it had a better aromatic character it would be perfect. As it is, I just had the most pleasurable burp!

This really is a nice brew and I would buy it again if it were more economical. As it is, it's a very nice treat. (410 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish dark orange/light amber color with a big fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice soapy lace as it recedes.

Aromas begin with pine, grapefruit and earthy hops. Some light bready malt is emerges as it warms. The hops are really the only main smell though, but sadly they aren't that prominent.

The flavors begin with a ton of sweet candied malts and hops. Citrus and pine hops coupled with a great deal of sweet bready pale maltiness. Some caramel emerges as well as it warms. More caramel malt forward than I would like in my DIPA but it is still nice for a change of pace. Light lingering bitter hop flavors

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light crispness to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. A little thin but not a deal breaker.

Overall this is a decent showing from Sam Adams. I am pleased they are branching out and making more full bodied, higher ABV offerings to complement their sessionable six packs. More of this and less of the rubbish (Longshot beers made with cooking ingredients and artificial fruit wheat beers) is a step in the right direction for me. Worth a go for the availability and reasonable price point and the cool looking bottles as well. (1,219 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light cat piss. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish. (306 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is a ruby highlighted copper coloring, with a heavy, thick, big bubbled, frothy, off-white head that stacks a good inch and a half. Aromas of citrus sugar candy and fresh, green, spicy hops all over the nose, and very well blended. Very hop forward flavor, with a blast of bitter, resiny characteristics that are balanced by a roasted caramel and toffee tangy sweetness. Great cling along the glass while you drink. The beer has a tart grapefruit and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a steady dose of bitterness from the hops. The finish lingers a bit, with a slow drying feel to it. Good brew. (636 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass this beer was a dark amber color. It had a thick, off-white head that was very sticky. A good deal of lace.

Aroma was mostly citrus and earthy hops. Some sweet malt in the background.

Lots of fruit in the taste. Grapefruit mostly, also orange and melon. Tiny bit of piney hops. A little bread.

Hoppy and warming. A nice try at a DIPA. (355 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get really fruity smells from the variety of cascade hops they use plus a melon smell with some sweet roasted malts. It smells reminiscent of their Latitude 48 but with a fruity melon and resinous twist to it from the hops they use. I also get a little bit of a spruce pine smell as well. This is a very smooth beer with the fruitiness right up front along with that melon taste just unveiling itself and then the sweet roasted caramel malts follow and then ending with the fruity citric piney herbal and spruce bitter finish.

It tastes like an earthy resinous very deep and rich flavored hoppy IPA all in one. It has a variety of complex hop flavors like I said ranging from melon and fruits in the beginning to a very nice herbal spruce pine finish. Its a perfect combination of the 2. It has a sweet silky body and mouthfeel and really in my mind matches up with a lot of the top notch DIPA's that I've had.

I love that you can't really taste the alcohol from this but can kinda sorta feel the heat in the throat just a tad. Other than that the alcohol taste is masked by the fruity melon hop tastes. Its like their Latitude 48 just with a more complex hop taste. Get this beer it proves Samuel Adams can make a more complex beer than a lot of people give them credit for and honestly in my opinion stands with the best IPA's I've tried from the West coast and East coast. (1,380 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep amber, one finger head that doesn't stay around for long.

S-Earthy pine and grass, some malt.

T-Lots of pine and grass. Not much citrus, as the bottle suggests. Some bitterness, not that much though.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-I like that Sam Adams for finally brewing a DIPA, worth a try. Very earthy but at the end of the day just fell short from what you'd expect from a DIPA. (410 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a thick frothy head that is slow to sink. Lacing lasted pretty much to the end, very nice looking indeed! Smell was hops, and cirus, very fruity smell and very pleasant. Seems to have gotten better as time went on. Now for the taste....Wow...Very nice, smooth going down and just pops. Citrus and a tiny bit of alcohol in there.End with a fantastic piney taste. (372 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied bright copper in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It smells of fresh and oily hops, pine, and caramel malts. It's pretty standard but turns sweeter as it comes to room temp. The flavors are fresh and soapy. It features a good amount of caramel malts, pine, with a mellowing bitterness. It's almost reminiscent of a fresh hop IPA. It drinks very, very smoothly and has an awesome mouthfeel for the style. It doesn't dry out your palate at all. Overall this is a decent IPA and one of Sam Adams' best beers. It's worth a shot, especially for under $7. (598 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was psyched to see this beer arrive at my local bottle shop... We usually don't get the limited SA releases here...

Surprisingly dark with some reddish tinges, this DIPA from SA brings an assault of hops to the nose... Citrusy and grapefruity in nature, I'm a little take aback at the sheer hoppiness on the nose, especially after reading some earlier reviews... Its pungent and sticky and dank.. What? Yep, I said it... Smells awesome...

Wave after wave of unrelenting hoppiness punish the palate with each sip and have me on a hop-high in a short amount of time... I'm shocked at how juicy and crisp this is and I've a good mind to contact the folks at Sam Adams and ask them why the hell they haven't been making this beer all along... I'm enjoying the hell out of this... Long slow bitter finish with a tinge of sweetness from the malts...

One of the more enjoyable brews I've had in a while actually... I loved this beer... It reminded me of SN Celebration Ale at times... (983 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.49 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Shiny deep copper body, excellent clarity, topped by five fingers of off-white micro-bubbly foam. Good lacing.

Aroma is heavy with grapefruit, with a solid pine undercurrent.

Strong solid caramel foundation. Big bursts of juicy fruit. Grapefruit, orange. Big bitter bite at the swallow. More fruit in the afterglow.

Big slick mouthfeel delivers a solid load.

A tasty DIPA, worthy of at least one bottle, and maybe three. (470 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Moderate pine hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some caramel with pine hops, lingering bitter finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma. (290 characters)

Photo of aorloski
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - An incredibly deep amber, unlike any DIPA i have seen, it looks more like a scotch ale, looks magnificent, almost like nugget nectar. About 2 fingers of head poured into a wine glass.

Smell - Very massive grapefruit and ripe melons on this one, a very west coast smelling DIPA. Little malts in the nose, overwhelmed by hops, really pretty impressive smelling. Luckily i live in Boston so i got this fresh.

Taste - Front of the tongue you are met with a very delicious ripe tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, middle is very smooth and bready, a very nice balance. Ends dry and bitter. Pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy and awesomely carbonated

Overall - Very impressed by this beer. Drank fresh it is phenomenal. The hops are very present and if you like that sort of thing like i do then this beer is for you. Seek it out, i find that it was worth it. (884 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light creamy almost 1 finger head, fades semi slowly with light lacing, clear golden orange reddish color.

Nose is nice, citrus and light tropical fruit, light earthy almost herbal hops, lots of reddish like malts, creamy malts, an almost ester fruit with the light booze, hint of peach or apricot like fruit.

Taste starts light fruity juicy apple pear apricot like fruit, light citrus and pine, zest, more earthy hops light spicy hops, quite bitter. creamy malts, light red malts, semi sweet with a touch of booze and light esters even. Then more spicy chewy earthy hops for the finish with a touch of booze and sweet malts, long spicy earthy hop finish.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of booze.

Overall not bad decent for dipa, not huge hop fruit but decent bitterness. (800 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet citrus like pine. In the taste, sweet orange citrus and mellow hop abrasion. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. OK Sam Adams, you can do it, this proves it, make an great everyday DIPA! (322 characters)

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.