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

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Reviews: 335 | Ratings: 1,010
Photo of MrOH
1.68/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear copper with a finger of tight light tan head. Good retention.

Faint grapefruit aroma over some crystal malt.

Caramel, some grapefruit, booze. Nice, firm bitterness. This is a DIPA? Cause it tastes like a watered down american barleywine.

Slightly heavy with low carbonation.

As a DIPA, it sucks. It would be ok as a light barleywine, but that's not what its marketed as.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Damn, out of all the IPA's I tried from the Hop-ology mix pack this is the worst.

It pours a dark amber with a one finger off-white head.

It smells of earthy/grassy hops, caramel malts and a slight citrus hint.

The taste is basically the same. Very strong caramel and toffee malt followed by some bitter earthy hops. Not very much like a DIPA at all.

Very disappointed with this and would not purchase again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/6/12

Copper and rust colored with an ample, three finger plumage of foam that take a good bit of time to dissipate. Impressive swaths, rings and trails of lace. Thin retention with dense, soapy bubbles.

The aroma has a lot of what I don't like in a DIPA - caramel, buttery bread and booze. The hops that are there are none too impressive; floral and candy-like with dank citrus and some cat pee.

The taste is a step up from the aroma, I reckon. Still not very good, though. More hops come through with a decent amount of pine and strong bitterness on the finish. The malts aren't as bad either; though they are far more prominent than I prefer, bread outweighs the caramel. It isn't quite as boozy as I was bracing for. Catty aftertaste.

The body is full with gritty undercurrents and a meager alcohol slickness. Carbonation is moderately low which gives this too heavy a beer something of a more accessible feel. All things told, the feel is low on my list of complaints.

This might as well be branded as an imperial version of Latitude 48. I certainly won't give this another try, but the bottle is worth finishing. Well, as long as I don't smell it anymore.

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Photo of Arsenal11
2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A little disapointed in Sam lately, this beer had potential but falls way short very malty for a double IPA, the hop combo is off somehow there is way better IPas then this. Is Sam getting to big? I remember when they put out all igh quality beer too much hit or miss now

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Photo of AdamBear
2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-dark amber with a sticky cream colored head

S-very herbal hops hops. Slightly aged, somewhat malty. Medium strength

T-comes in tasting pretty bad. Reminiscent of dog breath but not in a raw Belgian way, more like in a I just kissed a dog way. This is terrible.

M-medium carbonation

O-what is this?? This is a new low for the brewery. They've been making so many decent beers lately then throw this at us. This has got to be one of the worst beers I've ever had. Don't bother.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy caramel color with a 2 finger sticky white head. A little darker than most DIPA's, but still nice.

I would not be able to tell this was an DIPA from the aroma. Very malty with some honey and just the slightest hint of floral hops. Apparently this one has Simcoe hops in it which aren't present in the nose at all.

Starts off with a deep caramel presence and ever so slight citrus. Finishes extremely bitter although not terribly dry. One-note bitterness for the most part. The intense pine bitterness of Simcoe is present, but the grapefruit balance is missing. Almost gets astringent at the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for something this sweet and heavy. Carb level is good.

A real disappointment and by far my least favorite of Sam Adams new series. Pretty one note and hardly any hops detectable except for the finish. I'd buy the Talisman and Griffin's Bow again, but this one is a pass.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jay for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a tasting snifter.

A: Pours a dark copper color with about average clarity. The head...err, I mean collar is a light cream color with decent lacing.

S: The hops are more or less dead aside from a touch of pine, so we have to rely on the maltiness, which is loaded with caramel sweetness, but not much depth.

T: Sweet, with only a touch of piny hops. This might have been decent fresh, but right now the hops only provide generic bitterness and the profile is too sweet on the open.

M: This is fairly syrupy with a wet finish. Those two qualities NEVER go together in an IPA.

O: A shame this was such an old bottle, this might have been pretty damn good. It's kind of hard to judge the qualities of an old DIPA, but in its current state, it's just not good.

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Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Amber with a finger of yellow foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Near web lace and excellent clarity.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, hints of resin, some bubble gum tones are all bolstered by a caramel malt backbone.
T: Flavor is all malt. Tastes like a bittered SA Boston Lager. Fail.
M: Thin on moderate body for the style with medium carb and a semi dry finish.
O: Well, looks and smells nice, but the flavor lets this beer down too far to be respectable. Too bad. I actually bet this beer would age well.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice opaque amber color with a thick bright white head. Colors really nice actually. Smell is big on hops. Lots of citric and piney hops with touches of grapefruit and coriander. Smell is on the really sweet side. Head retains pretty well.

Pretty standard DIPA flavors with a touch of honey and an unfortunate some-what soapy after taste. Lacing is pretty stellar though.

Pretty standard for the style, nothing extraordinary. That soapy taste is kind of a burden though

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Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Years without even an IPA it seem Sam adams is tired of turning beer drinkers to the light only to have those drinkers move on to bigger and bitter things!

This beer starts out as classic Sam Adams, the perfect head with lacing and retention, perfect clarity, lovely color....only this time it doesn't seem forced to generic. There seems to be character here.

Sam Adams got the nose just to that citrus hoppy American IPA. Really good use of hops with a good but tame malt back.

Now what happened to the tame malt back? This stuff is insanely sweet. Good hop bites is in here, citrus as hell, but this beer is like a damn caramel dipped hop sucker instead of a good double IPA. Really really good citrus and pine hop flavors, sharp and an alcohol kick to dry the finish. The problem is the malt is too over the top.

By 2011 standards an 8% double IPA is rather tame, but this one has the heat of a 10% monster. Though really malty in taste the body isn't nearly as thick or chewy as expected.

Serve cold and split with those who will appreciate it. This isn't a great or even very good double IPA, but it is nice to see Sam Adams start going this direction. A bit of work and I see some great IPAs coming from these guys. For's a work in progress. Thankfully for a bomber the price is only a bit expensive (stone IPA after all is less and FAR better).

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Photo of Bito401
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Beautiful nice amber color, although barley any head on this bear.

S - Couldn't really pickup much from this beer, hints of caramel here and there.

T - A little disappointed on the taste of this. After seeing the beautiful Appearance. Bitter with a very dry taste.

M - Very Thick and Rich

O - Very good attempt in a Double IPA Not my favorite but for sam adams this was a good attempt.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a gorgeous dark shade of transparent cherry with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Looks really nice, but I don't expect a DIPA to be cherry-tinted....but regardless, very nice looking

S- I think there's a decent bit of simcoe in this, because I'm getting a lot of cat piss in the aroma. Note: I don't like cat piss

T- really, really overly sweet....almost tough to drink. No real hop bitterness. Kind of a mess

M- syrupy. Too syrupy. Ugh

O- yeah, I think this one might be better a little fresher, but it's turned into an absolute mess with a whopping month of age on it. No thanks.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style and brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, decent cream and thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is mediocre.

Sm: Cannabis, oily hops, and clean malts. Cannabis is dominant. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite oily - to its detriment. Cannabis comes through only slightly. Clean crisp malts provide the foundation, which seems designed to allow the hops to shine - only they don't; it's just too damned simple. Oily hops and clean malts does not a good beer make. It isn't particularly balanced to boot. Some floral character, with maybe a vague hint of pine. No real vibrant citrus or fruit. Artificially full-bodied.

Mf: Oily. Somewhat coarse, particularly on the climax. Wet throughout. A bit too thick for its lack of rounded flavour. Carbonation is adequate but far from ideal.

Dr: A drinkable double IPA that just plain misses the mark. This bears little resemblance to the concoction invented over at Russian River, whether you like it or not. I wouldn't get this again. It's decidedly mediocre. An underwhelming offering from Sam Adams. This is one even diehard fans of the style can pass over without regret.


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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

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Photo of minterro
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Singled out at 1.79$ a piece so i figured that was kinda a steal for an 8% beer even if it is brewed by Sam Adams.

A&S: Not a bad looking beer. Head is a creamy tan color and possesses moderately good head retention. Transparent amber colored beer with no carbonation bubbles present. Upon first opening this beer the smell seemed pretty decent however it faded very quickly. What smells did linger had faint citrus characteristics to it but was kinda overwhelmed sweet maltyness.

T&M: The flavor is overwhelmed by bitterness. The hop direction is pointed to piney but

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Photo of HalfFull
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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Photo of ordybill
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a Bomber into a tulip glass. Aroma- Has a hop smell with some malt tossed in. Appearance- A copper colored brew with a medium to large white head. Taste- A Double IPA with a healthy dose of grapefruit flavor. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- I did not care for this beer. I was surprised I normally am I fan of SA beers. I was not a fan of the heavy grapefruit flavor.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with small, 1 finger light head.

S - Really piney and earthy in the nose, there's something in the background malts that's not entirely good, a tad bit skunky or plastic-y.

T - Full amount of piney hops, very bitter. But there's really nothing else. It's just hardcore on the pine hops, and then fades away.

M - Leaves the mouth dry, a bit of a plastic-y aftertaste.

Overall - not impressed by this one. I'm not sure if perhaps I had a bad bottle here or it's just not that good.

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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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Photo of bashiba
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clean amber with a light off white head.

The smell is light and caramel with just a touch of piney hops, very lacking in the dry hopping for a double IPA, not even as hoppy as many good single IPAs.

The flavor has a nice bitterness to it, with a big caramel malt backbone, much closer to balanced than I like Double IPA’s to be. Not much on hop flavor, just bitterness with lingering malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a light oily resin to it, but is a bit light on carbonation.

With Simcoe becoming so hard to come by, this beer seems like a waste of its talents, to malty, no dry hopping and a bit boring.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Standard clear amber in color with another vanishing foam collar, no real lacing to speak of.

S. Unusually light levels of pine hopping for a DIPA, caramel malt aroma, some weedy grassy herbals used as accent points in the nose. This is the nose that belongs on an PA, not a DIPA. Simcoe's trademark onion aroma is nowhere to be found. How disappointing.

T. Once again this comes across as a PA. Light pine hopping on a caramel malt. Minor levels of herbal hopping. That's it.

M. Medium body and carbonation, the alcohol content is extremely well hidden on the palate.

Pretty good PA. Too bad it says DIPA on the label.

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Photo of AlleghenyILS28
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Somewhat of a lighter body for a DIPA.
The heavy, sharp up front burnt caramel & hop combination gives it a early kick that dies away throughout the length of each swallow.
I get mainly hops, not much besides that.
It has the body of a Single IPA, but has the ABV of a double.
This wouldn't be my go-to ipa, but it isn't a terrible option. Definitely a lot more that are better though.

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Photo of beagle75
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Fairly clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild saccharine malt, slightly herbaceous, a trace of grapefruit citrus. Very clean, but weak for the style. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with heavy toasted and caramel malt that yields slightly to herbaceous hops. Pine escalates into the middle while acidity is mild. Malt continues to be featured throughout, but loses some character later on. Flavors turn earthy, almost tea-like, in the moderately bitter finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, very soft on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is an unremarkable DIPA--nothing to see here, unless layered malt is valued above all else. It loses the interest of the drinker before too long, with no real appeal to keep one coming back. While not offensive, it doesn't do much to stand out or even keep the palate awake.

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Photo of Thads324
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : pours a medium amber color, hues of golden red. A thick and pillow-like off white head dissipates much quicker than you'd assume by the thickness. Leaves spider web lacing all around
S : lots of earthy hops. A bit of sweet citrus and some generic malt base. A bit of burnt smelling sugar and some toffee, but mostly that earthy, dirty hop smell.
T : starts very very sweet. caramel and biscuit flavors abound. A butterscotch taste as well. A bit of bitterness starts in the middle and only gets more hoppy. The hops are again earthy, piney, and a bit of a wet hop citrus hop taste.
M : full bodied and creamy on the tongue. very little carbonation feeling in the mouth.

I was super excited about this one, but feel it missed its mark. No balance in the flavor and way too much malt that is overly sweet. The hops seem to be all back end and while very prominent, they aren't the feature. A lack of balance really hurts this one. my least favorite of these new bomber releases thus far with only the barleywine to go. I'll not be buying another one, and stick to the tasman red

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Photo of russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Pours amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing. Good looking beer, shame it didn't deliver in other areas..

S: Light breadyness

T: Leafy hops, pears, slight lemony & piney hoppyness, plus pears up front. More leafy hops as this warms, pears, just tastes old.
Hops in play here are not flattering at all to the style, woody & piney hops along with some pear notes, Finishes dry, & with woody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy, not so great balance.

This is a very dissapointing mess. I usually like/love Sammy, but not this one

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