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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

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3.66
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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that lasts forever and a ton of glass coating lace. Color is a dark honey amber. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel. Flavor's like nose, a little skanky, hop, earth. Flavor's like nose, bitter/carbonic tang on top with a bit of sweet. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is very long on bitter. Couldn't drink many, but it's good stuff.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is primarily dominated by aromas of citrus; grapefruit, lemon, and bitter orange are all there. As the beer warms, subtle scents of herbs, pine, and biscuits emerge.

T: Notes of pine, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, biscuits, and lemon rind are pretty apparent in the mouth. There are suggestions of tropical fruits, namely pineapple and guava in there too. The finish is long and fruity with robust notes of lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange balanced by a hint of pine.

M: Full-bodied and slick. Carbonation is prickly, but not particularly forceful. Alcohol character is extremely restrained. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a solid, respectable DIPA that really shows off the aromas and flavors of the Cascade varietal well. In my opinion, the Simcoe hops get a little lost in the mix, but the abundance of Cascade aromas and flavors more than make up for it. If you're into DIPAs, this is one that is worth checking out.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering copper Double IPA with a thick, fluffy head and irregular bubbles. Time to linger on the smell as the head takes time to recede--clean grapefruit punches up. Side of the bottle lists Cascade hops from the UK and New Zealand with Simcoe hops from the US. Third Voyage refers to Captain Cook's fatal but otherwise successful voyage by using ingredients from associated areas. Very little malt, but a light caramel note with the citrus and floral hop. Citrus continues into the first sip through a moderate mouthfeel, but more robust that I would expect from the color. The 8% alcohol suggests a fair amount of malt, which would explain the fuller mouthfeel. Again, from the bottle, the malt bill lists Harrington, Metcalfe and Copeland pale malts, Caramalt and Honey malt. The effect is a full, sweet bready caramel and toffee base for the hops. Of these, I'm only familiar with the later two malts. The varied hop and malt bill lends the beer a complex but subtle flavor. Not being over the top, this beer might suffer a bit with hop heads. Hops are subdued by the body. An elegant beer that's good, Third Voyage is well worth a try but I don't think I'll buy another bottle. I would be interested in trying it on tap if it fell into my path.

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Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange amber color with a pretty serious light tan head, good retention, pretty nice lacing

S - Bitter hops of both the citrus and pine variety. Biscuit and smokey aromas as well, some well integrated spice too.

T - Slightly malty with citrus flavors initially, spicy flavors show up front as well, dry hop bitterness follows and finishes on the pallet. Spice is evident throughout but probably more so at the finish. Nice dry/bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger more than 5 seconds or so. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Dry bitterness and spices shine mostly here

M - Medium bodied, pretty drinkable, solid carbonation

O - Pretty surprised with this one, I like it quite a bit. Very dry/bitter/spicy but still super refreshing to me. solid all around

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" beige head with considerable lasting power. Nice rich amber color, clear, with slow moving effervescence. Smells of hops, malt, and caramel. Medium hoppy taste, quite sweet and rich, with toffee. Decent satisfying finish. Really it's a very nice beer, and I could agree to double something, I'm just not sure it's double IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a great great ipa with an even better idea behind it. taking cascade hops from three regions, the uk, new Zealand, and the pacific northwest and putting them into the same brew as ah homage to james cook, its brilliant. it pours dakrer than expected with quite a bit of amber tinted caramel malt color to it, active carbonation and a frothy white head that looks more like ocean foam than beer topping, just lovely. the beer is a little cloudy, and it emits aomas of zesty citrus rind, alpha acid, and sour patch kids. its mouthwatering and refreshing in one sniff. the malt contributes a lot more to the flavor than to the nose, with some sweetness and an almost graham crackery grain complex that supports the increasingly bitter hops very well. the beer is balanced well for being so aggressively hopped, and the alcohol is disguised expertly. I love the way I can twirl my glass just a little and awaken a massive new head on it. it is visual evidence of a very creamy mouthfeel, punctuated by sharp carbonation and a clean but very bitter finish. an excellent beer from an excellent series and a repeatable price.

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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.

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

Ba Review #170
Served On: 06/01/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.0%
Date/ Code: -

This 12oz bottle was from the 2012 Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology mixed 12 pack I picked up at Brewskee’s of New Oxford, PA.

Look: Poured a caramel - orange color. Very clear with a steady stream of carbonations bubbles rising up from the Duvel laser etching. Head was a kaki layer of off-white foam consisting of nice tight bubbles.

Smell: Big bold grapefruit and citrusy pine notes. Huge aromatic cascade hops.

Taste: Upfront was a blast of hop bitterness. Then the middle seemed to lend a juicy peach or mango character. The finish was where a nice sweet malt took over to balance out the high level of initial bitterness. Aftertaste had some lingering fruit notes with that cascade bitterness still hanging on.

This was a very solid and enjoyable Double IPA. Supposedly this is a limited release, but so many breweries probably just say that to boost sales, and then they add it to the year-round catalog anyway – so we’ll see.

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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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Batch #1.

A: Pours a pure, clear brass with a rocky, sticky off-white head. Really nice lacing on the sides. Good retention, with a nice mountain of spongy foam left to cover most of the surface of the beer.

S: Big grapefruit nose. Sweet, but you can definitely smell the looming bitterness. A nice balancing maltiness behind it.

T: Good stuff. Nice hop profile: blend of citrus (grapefruit, pithy bitter orange) and black pepper, spicy earthiness, dankly herbal, pine. A nice wave of bitterness hits the palate after the initial hop flavors come out, followed by a good amount of toasted, biscuity malt to balance. Alcohol is slightly palpable throughout but works well. A bit of a hoppy, marijuana-like kick in the finish, with slightly buttery malt and a big coating of bitterness lingering after the swallow.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: Impressed by this one. Not as intense as some DIPAs, but certainly scores well in all the categories. Yum.

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

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, oranges, pineapple, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with pineapple and oranges. There is also a caramel sweetness and some resin. It finishes with a pineapple/caramel aftertaste with a good amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of a imperial red like the lagunitas or even a troegs nugget nectar. Good stuff that I would no issue drinking again. I'm actually surprised more people don't score this higher.

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

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a big fluffy 3" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace develops.

Smell: loads of pine, grapefruit, and earthy tones.

Taste: big malt base here. Caramel, grapefruit, pine, tart pears, and a big earthy bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is barely noticeable here, but does provide some warmth.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a nicely drinkable DIPA. Well balanced and refreshing. Worthy of seeking this one out if you haven't had it yet.

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Photo of powerss13
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a Tulip glass, and the beer from all perspectives was good. I am a "hop-head" and believe this is a beer to try if you are looking for a hop sensation

Appearance: A much darker color than most IPAs, and has a good amber look. Very clear, not much of a cloudiness(spelling).

Smell: Strong dry hop smell to it. Very appetizing if you like hops

Taste: Smooth at the beginning. Notice more of the malts at the beginning, then as it goes by the hops jump out. Glad to have some malt show up at the beginning, because then it really shows the hops at the end

Mouthfeel: A very clean feeling. Definitely get the grassy notes from the hops, if you "swish" it around your mouth.

Overall: I am not a huge Sam Adams fan, only because they have gotten way too big (but of course thats how business's work), so I am kinda hyprocritical(spelling). But this beer is very good, definitely if you like hops.

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

Straight and narrow, Boston Beer Co. builds a no-frills IPA that hits all the halmarks of the style in totally moderate fashion through and through.

The IPA pours with a crystal clear sheen of copper and medium amber. Off white foam forms a sturdy cap upon the beer with tremendous retention and thick rings of lace attached. Aside from the brigh clarity, the beer is exactly what's to be expected of IPAs.

Light caramel and barley malt provide the supple aromas and act as a springboard for the more zesty and brightly citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Though not as sharp or as intense as many of the style, the hop-forward balance is decorated with the alcohol scent of clean ethynol.

Super-clean flavors of light caramel and medium kilned barley malt gives a light bready impression to accompany the supple caramel sweetness. Spicy and fresh citrusy flavors of red grapefruit, orange zest, and floral grasses greatly dictate the flavor profile and use the caramel sweetness to inform the hops of the citric sweetness that's normally present in the pulp of the fruits. Cleanly bitter with a resiny finish of citrus pith that lingers long past the finish. Clean alcohol flavor are void of estery fruit flavor or spicy phenols- very neutral and moderate throughout.

Mild and moderate, the beer forms an early malty creaminess that's short lived, allowing for a quick dryness of hop resins and bitter citrus quality. Mild warmth and evaporate dryness from alcohol and hops usher in the long bitter finish and crisp aftertaste.

A solid IPA that exhibits very neutral flavors and in moderate fashion. It hits all the requirements for great IPAs but excel at none. Highly drinkable, but nearly over looked.

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Photo of chodinheaven
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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Photo of HoppySOB
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Initially this one seemed more like a regular IPA than a Double, but as the after taste kicked in, I realized there is far more to this brew than I expected. A deep carmel malt foundation with a sweet, citrusy after taste that really sticks around. The flavor of the simcoe hops really sticks out to me and it has a level of bitterness than balances with the other flavors and excites the taste buds. If you have not, give this one a try, as it definitely did NOT disappoint.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingered white fluffy head on a clear red body. Clumptastic lacing and well above average head retention.

Nice tropical grapefruity aroma.

More tropical fruits, caramel malts. Lingering hop bitterness.A little unnecessarily boozy.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Pretty middle of the road DIPA here but at its price point well worth the try. Nice to see the BBC branching out.

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Photo of Kranders
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this with some pizza for dinner. Nice departure from some of the other Sam Adam's stuff I've had. Really nice and crystal clear amber color. Kind of an earthy but minimized aroma. Really nice hop flavor, quite earthly like you'd guess from the smell, but a little bit on the thin side. Really a great overall beer.

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

APPEARANCE: A nice lighter mahogany color with a fluffy white head that receded at a slower rate than most do, but didn't last forever as I have seen from some beers with such a nice head to start out. Lacing is caked on to the back of the glass, covering a good 65% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Some caramel hides behind a pretty big, bitter hop aroma. A hint of pine and other woody flavors creep in as well.

TASTE: Wow. I was not expecting much, but this is a pretty tasty DIPA. A lot more pine and caramel on this one than I expected given the nose and the bitterness is just right, building as the glass fades away.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice stickiness, but with a decent, tickling sparkle to keep it from being too mouthcoating. A sweeter start with a dry finish really make this feel as well balanced as it tastes.

OVERALL: A fairly impressive offering from Sam Adams. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one going in, but I am pleasantly surprised and will certainly reach for this one again at some point in the future if they brew it again.

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

Decanted into a couple of Sam Adams Boston Lager glasses.

The beer pours a light amber, with a large ecru head, which is not particularly long lasting. Some nice lacing develops on the glass, however. Very clear, and quite a nice look.

The aroma I'm picking up is mostly pine and pithy citrus rind. Lots of hop aroma in the nose. A bit of maltiness is in the background.

Taste is similar to the nose, in that piney and citrus rind hops dominate the flavor. Very clean, with no off flavors. The malt that makes it through the hop onslaught is caramel, but it struggles to make it past the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a spritely carbonation which makes for a refreshing quaff.

Overall impression is of a very nice example of a double IPA. Hop heads will love this. This is a limited "one off" production, so if you are lucky enough to find it, pick it up. Recommended!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of budgood1
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle a bronzish colour with a light tan head. foam abounds with some clinging lace. a balance of sweet cara/toffee maltiness and earthy, grassy, citrus splashed hops. the taste profile is bold and brash...alcohol sting right up front. dirty herbal hoppiness whacks the tongue with a load of blistering bitterness. malt profile has a intense chewy graininess about it...spinning off some fleeting cocoa, toffee and nougat flavours. but as a DIPA should be, the booze and bitterness rule the roost in this one. big, boisterous body here..with a tongue tingling mouthfeel. finishes on the dry side. drinkability is fair...the IBU's really bring the goods here, if you like your socks knocked off.

overall, i'm impressed with the fact that this DIPA offering from SA brings it with some blistering hop bitterness. since it runs on the highly attentuated, dry side...there is no residual sweetness to offset. it's all a matter of taste i suppose considering how you like your DIPA's. i've had too many that are cloyingly sweet, with the hop bill struggling to assert itself. Third Voyage doesn't mess around.

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

A - This beer pours a very clear perfect copper color. There is a big fluffy 3-finger head on it. The head has really good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass. There is also a steady stream of small rising carbonation bubbles.

S - The nose has a nice bit of bready malt and caramel up front. There is a nice spicy piney hop aroma to it. Also, I am getting a some fruitiness and a bit of citrus.

T - The taste starts off with a good amount of caramel and bready malts. Those flavors are immediately followed buy a big piney hop flavor. There is also some earthy grassiness here as well. The finish leaves quite a bit of lingering hop bitterness that stays around for quite a while. There is just something about the hop profile that just seems a little off to me. It is just like a really dry bitterness, and I feel it is lacking something.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smoothness to it. There is a pretty big hop bitterness here, which is a bit of a surprise coming from BBC. There is quite a bit of dryness on the back end as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is quite nice. Overall, I think this is a good beer, and a nice representation of the style. I am pretty surprised at Samuel Adams on this one. I really wish they would make more of their beer this way. It seems that a lot of the time they make their beer more as introductory beers for the style. This is not the case here. I think this is a really nice DIPA. I don't know so much about the hop profile they used, but the more I am getting through this beer it's growing on me. Anyways, I definitely think this beer is worth trying out, and I would buy it again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto a snifter.

Appearance: Simple amber color with a 1" white orange head. Not too bubbly.

Smell: Seriously pouring this into the glass you are inhaling greatness. Floral, heavily pined with a slight pinch of caramel.

Taste: Little bitter but "sweet", grapefruit skin even if it wasn't used is pretty damn evident.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, this isn't a bad thing...personally I think it compliments it's flavor though other might think other wise.

Overall: A MUST buy for any IPA drinker and beer connoisseur alike. Full of flavor and leaves you asking for more. Hope you all enjoy--Cheers!

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IPA glass. Pours a yellow amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops, very bright and nice. Tastes of very bitter earthy hops, quite nice. Beer goes down fine with medium body, but is sklightly over carbonated. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, a beautiful orange amber in color, the head on this rises up from the body and creates a thick, light tan foam.

S: The nose immediately goes through a pine and grapefruit forest. A light touch of honey and tangerine follow. There is a thick sweet smell in the finish, which seems to be in contrast to the hops. Touch of booze in the finish.

T: The first taste is a punch of citrus, followed by caramel and bread. The finish is pine, and perhaps a touch of onion, once the flavor fades a long lingering bitterness kicks in.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is quite active, and has a bit of a bite to it. There is an oily texture to the finish, with an assertive bitterness that follows.

O: Overall a very interesting beer. Good all around, but not earth shattering. This would be a good marker as to what a IIPA should be, but I think it would also be a marker that was surpassed fairly often. Very enjoyable, and my god it is pretty looking.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,009 ratings.
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