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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chimay chalice. Batch no. 1 on bottle.

A: deep Amber, light copper color, with a minimal frothy off white head. Great full coating of lacing around the glass.

S: weak citrus and pine hop aromas. It took a real agitating swirl to get a decent whiff. Smooth sweet aromas of pale and caramel malts.

T: pine and floral hop flavor up front, mixes well with a light sweet malt. Turns quite bitter and citrusy towards the finish. All in all the flavor is very balanced. Nothing quite as "vivid and intense" as the label promises.

M: light-medium body, lighter carbonation, and quite drinkable. A little dry on the finish.

O: not bad, but not what I expected. It's more of a smooth, easy drinking dipa with no hint at its abv. for that, it succeeds, but I was hoping for a bigger hop presence considering it boasting 3 types of cascades and Simcoe hops.

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Photo of DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colour with a thick, chunky, beige cap. Lots of sticky lace with great head retention. Sharp, resinous hop aroma, caramel and bread, pine, fruity orange rind, lots of citrus. Solid bitterness that lingered, bready with a bit of caramel and toast, citrus and sweet, mild alcohol in the finish. Full bodied, lowish carbonation, creamy and warm. There were certainly a lot of hops in here, but I wish they would have been brighter in character.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Deep amber color with great clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is hoppy but not as fresh and distinctive as I would hope for in a double IPA. More muddled than intense.

Flavor is even more of a disappointment. It has a good bitterness but taking hops from three different continents leaves it tasting misguided.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall not what I look for in an imperial IPA

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Third Voyage Double IPA in their Hopology pack last week for $14.99 at Meijers. I don't think I have ever had a DIPA from Samuel Adams so I'm interested too see how it stacks up to the competition, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple, it looks ok, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy lighter amber color that took on some dark amber and ruby hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice and sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer the color was nice and so was the head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight honey aroma to it followed by a large amount of hops that impart some fruity citrus hop aromas and some earthy and resiny hops also coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice caramel malt, bread, and some slight toffee like aromas. This beer had a good aroma it had some nice hops aromas and the malts showed up nicely and it gave the aroma some good balance.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight honey like flavor to it followed by a good amount of caramel malts that impart some bready and grainy flavors. Up next next comes the hops which impart some earthy, piney, and a light amount of citrus hop flavors, the hops flavors were on the lighter side for the style and it had a medium amount of bitterness with some more sweetness coming through and a sweet and earthy aftertaste with a little bit of earthy hops coming through. This was an average tasting DIPA, it didn't taste bad, but it was pretty average when I compare it to all the DIPA's I have had.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, a little cloying, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but I could have gone without the sticky and cloying sweetness.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of a DIPA, it just can't hold it's own against the better DIPA's, the aroma had me thinking it would be good but when I got to the taste I was left wanting more. This beer wasn't that drinkable, it was fairly smooth, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention and it was a little too much on the sweet side, one is enough for me, no need for another. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were both good and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was how light and sweet the taste of this beer was, it's not what I look for in a DIPA. I wouldn't buy this beer on its own, it's not hard to find a much better DIPA, and I wouldn't recommend this beer to any of my friends. All in all I was let down with this beer, it just wasn't what I would consider to be a good DIPA, the flavor wasn't hoppy enough and there was just too much sweetness to it. This isn't a memorable beer and Hopslam and Double Trouble blow this beer out of the water. Better luck next time guys, this beer needs a lot of work but I would like to one day see Samuel Adams brew a good DIPA, I think they have it in them, I just haven't seen it yet.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rich amber, with a huge head of off-white suds. Thick walls of lace. Nice!

Nose is crisp citrus hops all the way. Not bad, but not remarkable, either.

Taste is strong -- with plenty of acid and bitter notes. I get more citrus and pine tones, but there's also a thick malt backbone, balancing this big beer out somewhat, though it's still heavy on the palate. Alcohol bite is evident at finish, as well.

Solid IPA here, but not one I'd return to.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz out of the IPA mix pack... Poured into my slim goblet.... very nice lacing and retention... the brew is a nice crystal clear amber...

Nose is pretty hoppy ... some big citrus and lesser pine that are fenced in by a healthy dose of caramel/toasty maltiness..

Flavor is better... nice bitterness... pithy bitter hoppiness up front and unrelenting.. the bruising bitterness makes this seem very one dimensional ... The malts are way in the background until it warms up a bunch.

Not sure what I think about this one... I like, but it doesn't "grab" me.


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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: 1/2 finger head; clear; copper color
S: surprisingly not aromatic; hop aroma dissipates quickly, leaving malt (slightly metallic)
T: aggressive DIPA flavor; medium complexity; very strong on the grasses; good, sweet malt
M: thick, viscous

Compares well to Flying Dog double IPA

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber with 3-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and clingy lacing all down the glass.

S: The aroma is floral but weak. There are some minor grapefruit and honeysuckle aromas. I smell almost as much caramel malt as the hops.

T: The flavor fits the "balanced" DIPA category, but the hops presence is still not what it needs to be, as it is characterized mainly by bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. There are flashes of honeysuckle, lemon peel, grapefruit, and herbal/grassy notes, but the main flavor is moderate bitterness combined with fairly sweet caramel maltiness. Not cloying but pretty heavy crystal malt contribution. Almost drinks like an extra big red ale rather than a DIPA as there is a bit of toastiness to the flavor. Needs less crystal malt and more committed dry hopping for aroma and some flavor to move it off of average for me.

M: Pretty slick and dry in the feel with active, moderate carbonation and medium body at most. Does drink light.

O: Just a ho-hum effort in the DIPA category from SA. Underhopped and overly sweet. Not really what you are looking for in the style.

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Photo of dankster
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- deep copper red with a tan head of sticky lace caking the glass.

S- more malt up front than you get the cascades going though. not as strong as most us blends so it must be the New zealand and UK types.

T- Big hop punch but malty at the same time. some darker fruit maybe. smooth but needs a little more balance.

M- creamy and rich not to sticky like some doubles tend to be. drinkable

O- Higher quailty sam adams for sure but still needs to have a more balanced taste. too much malt for a double imo. at only 5.50 a bomber a good deal but not something to buy all the time

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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.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Spotted a bottle of Boston Beer/Samuel Adams’ Double IPA titled Third Voyage and decided to give it a test drive.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass it showed a hazy amber almost copper color with three fingers of an off white head that was slowly reabsorbed by the beer.

The beer had aromas of both citrus and a malty sweetness with faint piney notes also.

The flavors of orange and lemon were detectable as were bread or yeast flavors, all dominated by a light to moderate hop complexity. Nice lingering citrusy flavors with hop induced bitterness and some malt based sweetness but there was no residual malt or sweetness on the finish.

I liked the rich, viscous mouth feel with medium carbonation and I appreciated the long, clean finish.

Overall I believe this beer, while representative of the Double IPA style, lands in the middle of the pack. I am used to Double IPA’s with more hop induced complexity to the flavors and to the finish. This one fell a bit short on both counts.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no freshness dating apparent. Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange body with a full, three-finger tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

The aroma is very nice up front: pine and citrus hop notes from the start and nice caramel malt finish. Inviting.

The taste is a little bit of a let down from the aroma. The hop flavors, primarily pine resin and a touch of grapefruit, get a little lost in a very strong malt mix. Very much an east coast-style blend, as expected from and east coast brewery, but the nice aroma had me hoping for a bit more hop flavor.

Medium to thick texture in the mouthfeel. Overall a decent brew but not a repeater for me.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass:

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: floral and citrus hops, breadiness, and pale malt

Taste: caramel and slight breadiness at the start followed by a big dose of citrus and floral hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a super bitter/dry body and end, medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Maybe the most bitter Sam Adams brew I have had. It also has some of the trademark Sam Adams taste. A decent sipper, but there are a lot more American Double/Imperial IPAs that I would go to first. As an overall beer, it probably deserves a bit better than this score, but there are a lot of excellent imperial IPAs.

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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.

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Photo of joeworrall
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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Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep auburn-orange with swirls of thick bubbles feeding a spongy tan head. The beer is very clear and that head fades faster then I'd like.

The nose is pleasing but not a hop assault that is expected from a double IPA. More malty and sweet then hoppy bittered but there is a little citrus in the distance.

Taste is much like the nose with more of a grain flavor then a hop bomb. Sweet and malty with subtle hints of tropical fruit flavors. To say this is anything above average is generous.

The mouthfeel is where this brew makes up for previous indiscretions. Sharp hop bite that I can feel eroding a layer of enamel from my bicuspids. Mixed that with a perfect pinch of carbonation and a lovely balance from the malts in the finish. The feel is what keeps me interested in this otherwise average brew.

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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.

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

Dark amber orange in the small chalice. Very fragrant with resiny hops and sweet lilac-like scent. Big malty flavor but even bigger hops fill the mouth. Sharp and resinous, piney as well as pineapple. A little dark fruit.

Carbonation is plentiful. Head is a little coarse. That weird, fruity-flowery smell is pretty peculiar. Huge hop bitterness. Sharpness borders on the acidic. Aftertaste is more harsh. Seems like Boston Brewing is trying to prove their cojones on this one. Sí se puede!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - deep copper body, crystal clear, big foamy head with staying power. Great looking beer, but I guess I usually like my IPAs a bit cloudy.

S - tropical fruit and citrus, some harsh astringency, caramel notes. Some good, some bad.

T - Not surprisingly, this is very malt forward. It's fairly bitter, and it's got some earthy hop notes, but this would probably qualify more as an English DIPA, if such a thing exists. This is basically missing all of the hop characteristics of a good IPA

M - Big, smooth, creamy, with a biting bitter quality.

O - Probably my least favorite of the Sam Adams IPAs. Not much hop character beyond the bitterness. Fairly disappointing.

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Photo of Star80
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours out a darkish copper color with a tan head.

S - smells more malty than hoppy. Of the the hops I detect they seem more spicey and herbal than piney and citric. Kind of odd considering the all cascade hop bill. Like the other beers in the box kinda disappointing in the nose.

T- Not sure how fresh this beer is cause again the hops are in the background. They do offer a nice puckering aftertaste but not up front like a usual IPA, let alone a double.

M - Mouthfeel is not rough nor particularly smooth.

O - Overall a decent beer far more reminiscent of an old stock ale than an IPA. Probably would age real well but for me that isn't what India Pale Ales are about. Like the rest of the pack, falls short in the nose and just not a complex version of the style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a light amber color, good sized head that sticks around for a good long while, leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit off, not picking up any hop aroma at all, in fact, it smells a bit like onions, could be something going horribly wrong with the combination of caramel malt and hop choice as this has happened with some other DIPAs.

Taste is a bit better with the onion aroma not playing any part in the flavor profile, caramel malt tastes the forefront with a light musty hop presence, carbonation is good with a decent stickiness.

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Photo of oline73
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with a finger of foamy off white head. Small bubbles keep rising from the base of the glass. The head fades to a layer on top of the glass with a bunch of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: This one is malty up front with some mild caramel and cherry. Then the hops show up. The mix is nice, but the smell is pretty mild.

Taste: The hops are much stronger here than they were in the smell. The malt is still there, but the bitterness crushes it. The only issue I have here is that the hops are really bitter but don't have too much flavor other than that. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I'm a big fan of breweries trying to go big like this. I'll always give brewers credit for being adventurous. I hope Sam Adams keeps up this line even if this wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts, a little fruit and piney peppery hops with a little resin.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a big acidic peppery bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - a bit of salt(?) too. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a kind of surprising hop bomb from Sam Adams. I didn't really care for the hop profile though.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip glass.

A. Pours 2 fingers of head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is a light amber. Pretty dark for an IPA.

S. Not much smell at all. Maybe a bit of biscuity malt. No hop smell. Basically void of any smell at all, what smell there is, is not that pleasant.

T. Taste has a little bit of bitterness, with some pretty sweet caramel malt flavor. Again this is probably one of the weakest tasting beers I have had in a while. Can taste a bit of alcohol.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. Tastes like someone's first homebrewed DIPA.

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Photo of bnes09
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Transparent copper color. Big head with exceptional retention and plenty sticky lacing.

Aroma of rye and mild grapefruit. Lacks some of the essence of the cascade hops (i.e. citrus and pine).

Semi-rough and unbalanced rye bread and herbal, soapy hop bitterness. Mild maple sweetness.

Medium bodied, well carbonated and drying in the finish.

Relative to other examples of the style, this beer is lacking in complexity, hop character and balance.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,010 ratings.
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