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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 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copper color with a big fluffy white head that didn't quit. It had a really good lacing and retention. The smell of the beer wasn't hoppy like more Imerial IPA's out there. The nose has a slight sweetness to it with some earthy hop aromas. The taste of the beer wasn't that hoppy either, I'm not sure how they did this since there were supposed to be hops like crazy in this beer. The taste was soft and very drinkable though I was just hoping for something a little more abrasive I guess. The mouthfeel was was creamy, not too carbonated but still not too bad. Overall I was hoping for something a little more from this, but I still found it to be pretty good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark orange/amber body with a sticky white head. Very resilient head that clings to the glass. If it weren't so dark, it would be quite nice.

Smell - Citrusy, but loaded with malt. Caramel and sweetness come through and push the citrus hops out of the way.

Taste - Like the aroma, it's citrusy at first, but all malt throughout. It's not terrifically sweet, but it's got a good dose of caramel sweetness at the start. It's quite bitter at the back, which saves it from being overly sweet, I suppose.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick and syrupy for an IPA. Not an easy beer to put away, either.

Overall - A big, lumbering IPA that doesn't really deliver any exciting flavors. Certainly not worth the price tag and a beer I've had so many times before from other mediocre breweries. That said, there's nothing unpleasant about it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/6/11

Appearance: Pours a dark orange/amber color, fluffy off-white head, fades to nice lacing

Smell: Fresh, spicy, leafy hops - orange, pine, resin - some grass - some serious malt under this - syrupy biscuits, kind of smells like malt extract - overall, interesting

Taste: Some problems, but not bad - lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit pith, mostly - nicely bitter - a little leafy, grassy - kind of a strange combination of hops, and this oddness seems to build over time - malts could be better - syrupy, over-cooked - a little too sweet - the combination of sweetness and grassiness is suboptimal

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, sticky, nicely carbonated, but the grassy dryness reduces the drinkability

Overall: Acceptable for Samuel Adams, but definitely not great

The aroma is nice, but the combination of hops is a little weird, and the malts are lacking quality. This was worth a try, but I'm really not excited about drinking the second half of this bomber.

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Photo of JG-90
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a brown/amber color that pours a moderate sized tan head. Head has okay retention and leaves very heavy lacing. Has a very earthy smell, along with caramel malt, dark malts, and citrus (most noticably orange).

Taste is very similar to the aroma, an earthy, malty beer, with some orange and just a hint of grapefruit to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a little heavy with slightly above average carbonation for a DIPA

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a clean, clear copper color with over an inch of just off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly pine and citrus hops with just a bit of malt in the background. The taste was the same, just a bit of lightly sweet malt and a dominant pine hop taste, with just a bit of a citrus hop finish.

The body was thinner than I like in the style, but is probably more what most folks look for, and was clean in general. Drinkability was good, the went down quickly and easily enough. Overall, a decent, if unspecial, brew. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into nonic

a: very clear, golden amber color with sticky lacing and somewhat unimpressive head

s: sweet, cracker aroma with both herbal and citrus notes, alcohol present

T: sweet maltiness, slight graham cracker notes, light citrus but mostly herbal mint/menthol tone with semi sweet bitter finish

M: moderately dry, a bit coating but cleans off with the alcohol and carbonation

O: It's OK but the hops seem to have a foot in the citrus and herbal camps. I'd prefer one or the other.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle out of the new hopology mix pack. Into a duvel glass.

A: an almost ruby amberish hue with a nice finger of a slightly caramel colored head.... Head looks creamy... Can see tiny carbonation bubbles rushing to the top through the clean body. Very nice head retention, and a bit of sticky lacing as well...

S: pine a citrus, with a caramely malt backbone... A bit of breadiness in there as well... I feel like the hop aroma is a bit subdued by the caramel and toffe ish malt aromas.

T: much like the nose... The hops are deffinatly there. Citrus and pine with a very malty caramel and toffe ish back bone... A bit of breadiness in there as well, along with a touch of alcohol.

M: sticky and a bit syrupy... With lower carbonation and a bit of a lingering bitterness on the finish. Deffinatly dry on the finish.

O: not a bad dipa... I feel like the malts were dialed up a bit to high though... Especially the caramel... I think the hops are good and present but unfortunately subdued.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours an extremely clear deep red amber with tiny streams of bubbles. A thick, foamy cap rose two+ fingers to fill the glass and never fully retreated. Some clingy lace along the rim of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, pine resin, and some astringent grapefruit. The malt really dominates here.

The hops do their best to cut through all this malt--5 different kinds according to the label. Sticky caramel, toasted bread, and honey with grapefruit and dry, earthy cascade hops poking through. Some heavier hands with the simcoe would do wonders here.

Smooth and creamy with a touch of sweet malts coming in a rush on the finish. Medium bodied, a bit chewy. The finish is mostly sweet caramel and honey, but some grapefruit and orange rind bring a dose of bitterness.

Overall, this is imbalanced, in the wrong direction, for a dipa. This drinks pretty easy, and can easily be accepted by many palates, so I do understand the direction BBC was heading with this one. Slightly above average. This actually reminds me of a cleaner, maltier, less hoppy version of Yakima Glory.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No date, but it has the fine print: "enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors." Not the advice I'd give for a DIPA, but whatever.

A: Clear, dark reddish-amber body under two fingers of dense off-white head. Great retention and solid lace. Dark for the style, but an attractive brew all the same.

S: Pretty intense, with lots of caramel malt and spicy, grassy hops. Some pine as well, and a hint of booze. Not bad, but nothing special either.

T: Big caramel and fig sweetness up front, followed by pronounced grassiness and a bittersweet, boozy finish. Citrus and bitterness on the aftertaste. Too sweet, but drinkable.

M: Highly carbonated - a bit sticky right away and creamy thereafter - with tons of body and stickiness. A bit over the top, but fitting for what the beer is doing elsewhere.

O: No better than average for a style that, to my tastes, demands some serious hoppy character especially if the malt backbone is going to be so pronounced. This one is definitely on the DIPA/barleywine border, so I can now see why the label suggests cellaring as a possibility, but at least for now it's not a terribly good representative of either style. It's not a terrible addition to the IPA mix-pack, but I wouldn't buy it again. There are just too many top-notch DIPAs out there to bother with mediocre ones.


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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear dark copper color with two fingers of off-white head, decent retention and very little lacing.

Smell is an even mix between caramel malts and pine hops. Nothing extraordinary.

Tastes fine- malt background is ever present, with some caramel and a little booze, and the hops are kind of muddy; indistinct. Pine, earthy, a little floral brightness.

Mouthfeel is fine also- medium body with light carbonation and a moderate amount of resin-y feel to it. A very average DIPA in an extremely competitive field. Tasman Red is certainly a better IPA from Sam.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up in the Hoptology pack.

Appearance- dark copper color, thin head but good retention

Smell- breadiness, slight amount of citrus hops but not much

Taste- mostly bready malt, not enough hops for a DIPA at all, disappointing

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Very disappointing, not nearly enough hops

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Photo of smakawhat
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 homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at the Lucky Monk. Appearance is deep reddish gold with thin white head and sticky lacing. The nose has light herbal hop notes with mellow caramel, grass, and lemon. Taste is mild with minimal hop bitterness. Heavy sweetness towards the end that overpowers anything hoppy. Mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. Overall, not a great dipa.

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

A-Pours a dim amber color. Body is transparent. Head is a suitable size. Head is frothy and has staying power. Looks lke ost Sam Adams beers: clean, textbook and attractive.

S-Spicy and citrusy hops counter a decent malt bill. Balanced. Breaded maltiness. Pretty solid nose. Fails to display a distinguishing aroma, but it smells good overall.

T-Hops were more attractive in the nose. The hop flavor fades back into the same profile as the rest of the beers in the mixed 12 pack. Instead of bright, vibrant citrus flesh, I taste that same old sugary, candied citrus flavor. Not much hop complexity. Malt is even more noticeable here. Very balanced...far too balanced for my taste. Simple and unoffensive.

M-The beer's feel is a miss. Not bitter enough. Too clean. Feels filtered. Not coarse enough for my taste. Malt lends a chewy feel.

O/D-Not happy with this. So inconspicuous it's offensive. Not assertiveness and no individuality. A balanced, simple DIPA. Just boring.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: dark auburn with a half finger head and good lacing throughout.

Smell: bitter hops, sweet malt, spice, and something wierd I cant put a finger on. A little off-putting.

taste: much of the same with alot more of the sweet malt coming through at the front and hopps coming through at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a slightly oily linger.

Overall: this is alright, but not really what I was hoping for with this style. Not a huge recommend.

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