Third Voyage Double IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,889
Ranked #39,070
3.66 | pDev: 13.93%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
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Reviews: 337 | Ratings: 1,016
Reviews by stickynotes:
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2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bomber for $6.

Poured into a tulip. A rich, brownish-reddish head with good retention. Body is clear amber, looks nice.

I am disappointed with the aroma, its weak, I like a hoppy wiff when I crack an ipa open. Grapefruit, other citrus, a little sweet malt, pretty weak.

Taste is not too bold but well rounded. Subdued citrus up front, nice bitterness throughout, ends with caramel. Not too much hop presence. just a hint of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated.

Overall this is an ok dipa. All the components are there and come together well but not too boldly.

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2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unique 22 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. The Third Voyage pours a clear golden/crimson with like over an inch of foam. Offers strong retention and lacing. In the mean time I would like to taste this beer...;)

Aroma is quite hoppy of sorts yet with a bit of burnt caramel. Flavor carries on that caramel aroma and adds an earthy hop character along with a decent grainy character. This brew has an apparent yet somewhat balanced ruddy malt character which keeps the hop component a bit too much at bay. Malt and caramel is a bit overdone for me yet the beer does have some depth vs. the usual pasteurized lager like feel of many a Sam beer.

Offers a decent flavor but a bit too NoCal in design for me as for caramel and stuff. Hops are firmly present in the aroma yet somewhat lacking as for bitterness. As a result the beer finishes a bit thin and lackluster...At the same time there are no real distractions though not memorable in any way.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bump8628
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear copper body, spotty white head with a few splatters of lace. The malt side of things is pretty decent - clean graininess with a smooth, light caramel vein. Hops are just way too meek. Basically pale ale hopping on a DIPA foundation. Mild minty and citric hops, slightly tea-like, that's about it. Just needs more hops - bitterness, flavor, and aroma.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew, billed as a "small batch Imperial IPA" by Samuel Adams. I would guess that a small batch for Sam Adams is more than my neighborhood craft brewer makes in an entire year!

Poured from a bomber bottle into a large tulip glass, I was surprised at how cloudy the brew was. It's a rich dark amber color, indicative of the toasted malt used.

The floral aroma is subtle. I would say that Sam went a little light on the Cascade and Simcoe hops in this on, it's very drinkable, but doesn't have the pine or citrus notes I would expect to find in an Imperial IPA.

It has a very dry finish, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. In my search for the perfect IPA, this is going to have to fight to get in the top 20. It's a great ale, but not a great IPA...

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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber with a large off-white head. The head has decent retention, and leaves plenty of sticky, durable lacing. [4.25]

S: Earthy, fruity and herbal hops with some caramel malt.

T: A bit less hoppy than expected, at first, but the finish and aftertaste suggest a strong hop hit was there earlier. Some sweetness and baked bread tones from the malts. More earthy than fruity. A moderate amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: lightly dry; medium-full body; good carbonation level; slight burn of higher ABV and/or hops.

O: A "double IPA" that drinks and tastes much like a regular IPA, albeit with a modicum of added richness.

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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.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastically clear amber colored beer, bright and vibrant looking in the glass with some soft bubbles rising from the bottom. A good two finger off-white head sits on top and dissapates slowly. Nice retention. Big citrusy hop notes reminiscent of grapefruit and oranges with a large backing of piney hops. Clean honey malts under it all, only slightly. Clean and crisp aroma, very nice.

Big and hoppy, lots of bitterness that hits like a hammer at first. Sharp notes of pine bitterness mixed in with a touch of alcohol to make for a potent and powerful taste. The lingering hops stay well into the aftertaste, and strongly too. In front of that very sharp and dominating taste are very nice citrusy and flowery hop notes mixed with those honey malts on the tip of the tongue as well as a touch of caramel. A bit salty maybe? That could have something to do with the major intensity of the hop flavors. The bitterness combined with a crisp medium carbonation creates a welcome palate-ruining combination. The mouthfeel is somehow sort of smooth even with the prickle of the hops and booze, and it finishes dry and clean. The aftertaste is just so intense that it becomes a bit of a detriment, but makes you want to take another sip.

Honestly one of the most sharply hoppy beers I've tried, but this is pretty good. It stays true to style and really hammers it home. Its kind of nice to see BBC come out with something that has a more distinct character than some of their others. This and the other 3 that I've had from the series have all been very good. I recommend this and those.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by Jul 2014 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma light flowery hops
Head large (6.5 cm), off-white, rocky, slowly diminishing to a 1 cm lumpy layer
Lacing good
Body light orange, clear
Flavor light hops presence, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl, no bitter or chalky aftertaste
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Jim picked a good one here – it drinks like a sessionable PA. This one can sneak up on you. The lightness of the hops and the absence of alcohol makes it seem you’re drinking a basic lawnmower beer, but after a couple you won’t be mobile.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful copper color with a very thick and rich head. Nice carbonation continuously rising up the glass.

Smell: Great hop nose. Not overbearing, but definitely there.

Taste: Rich caramel flavor. Biscuity malt taste. Pleasing hop bitterness at the finish melding well with the beer's overall malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy initial taste, but not thick or chewy in the long run. Carbonation is just right in breaking up the heaviness, rather light on the tongue.

Overall: A very good DIPA, well-balanced across appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel -- and for a relatively high ABV beer, the alcohol taste/warmth is so subtlety buried so far back in all the other tastes that you may be inclined to think this more like a standard IPA.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A big solid simple off caramel colored head, three fingers deep lots of retention and swiss cheese bubbles. Body color is a very dark amber brown, nearly red and fairly clear.

Nose is pretty closed. Mild toasty brown sugar malts, hop presence feels English tea like and very buried.

A good bitter hop blasts comes through that feels very burnt and tannic tasting, even splintery wooden. Aftertaste hits with a faint dry cheap black pepper. Malt presence hinted on the nose seems to have sugar caramel richness but it not really brought to the forefront. There's a good body behind this beer with a thick malt backbone feeling, but not in taste.

Overall it's quite underwhelming and not that enjoyable for me, this isn't doing it for me. In the realm of DIPAs out there I can't see myself even enjoying this, or ever wanting to try it again.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a medium amber color that is perfectly clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles present, pours with a beautiful two finger head that is frothy and is medium tan in color and lingers beautifully, leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass
S: hops, earthy notes, a bit of deeper malt character
T: cascade hops and citrus notes in the forward, middle consists of earthy notes, ends with a dry hop taste that ive come to associate with simcoe hops
M: gentle carbonation in the front, pretty smooth on the palate, leaves the mouth feeling bitter and extremely dry which im not particularly a fan of
O: a pretty good brew, i wasnt expecting much from sam adams on this one just because i really dont like latitude 48 very much and was expecting this to be just a more extreme version, had a good taste and depth to it, nice combination of the citrus qualities of certain hops and the dry qualities of other, overall it was nice

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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