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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

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335
Ratings:
1,009
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
24.32%
 
 
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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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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/copper color with a huge fluffy white head that shows great retention and lace. They don't look more prettier than this one. Smell is hoppy with a bready malt background. Again this smells a bit like Latitude 48 souped up. Lots of pine and resin mixed with hints of citrus. Enough bready maltiness to make me question whether this is really a DIPA. Taste is smooth with a malty hoppy flavor. Again lots of pine resin and grapefruit mixed with bready grainy malt. Medium body and level of carbonation with a slick resinous mouthfeel. Overall this is a great flavorful beer I really enjoyed it. Might be a stretch to call this a double IPA though.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into an octagonal pint glass. No born date- batch 1.

Pours a lucid, deep copper with a 1.5 finger eggshell head. Tight, thin lacing settles into a rim in the inside of the glass.

Smells of a rich blend of florals, caramel and bread. Relatively well projected.

Taste is a loud blend of hops with the slightest sugar/ or caramel tinge. The attack punches through initially but dries down into a refreshing maltiness that is a pleasantly unexpected touch for an IIPA.

Mouthfeel is just a little weak for an imperial IMO, but adds what could be seen as drinkability in a big way.

Overall, a fantastic offering from a giant of a brewery that refuses to act like one. Fully supportive of this, and at a fantastic price to boot. ($6USD- bomber) don't hesitate.

91.

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

Appearance: wow, this is a damn fine lookin ipa. Big frothy head that hangs around.
Smell: solid fruity, citrus. Not deeply complex that I can tell but just full and nice.
Taste: more of the same. Not mind blowing but damn tasty.
Overall: very fine beer and cool idea. Great take on cascade.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me. Enjoyed this chilled from the bomber into a nonic.

A dark golden/copper shade with thick inch of cream and heavy film of lace collects, clarity is good and so is retention. The smell of hops is there right off with intense citrus and piney odors with some grapefruity essence w/ hints of floral accents. The malt gives a mild caramel odor with fruitiness from the yeas and slight orange rind in the mix as well. This double IPA is sligthly creamy and sweet up front with mild bitter and tangy essence with semi-sweet body and light alcohol influence as it finishes with mild astringent tinge.

The taste is dank with hops, some kind of herb like simcoe and mild caramel malt backing it up, the sligth orange blends well with the mild sweetness in the malt and there is a light pine and moderately bitter hint of grapefruit with nice pith and grassy accent. The middle is mor acidic as hops play tug of war with the sweetness in the malt backbone. The honey malt seems to make its presence known as it finishes.

Overall theis is a good IPA, not too heavy but still packs a nice amount of hop flavor into its 8%. I prefer more of a dry Imperial IPA, but for those who enjoy DFH 90 minute this might be up your alley, sufficiently hoppy and strong.

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark copper in color. Forms a large, stable off-white colored head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the way down.

S: Very impressive aroma. Some sweet caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and a little orange blossom.

T: Taste is fairly well balanced. Maybe leaning a bit towards the hops. Caramel malts, grapefruit, and a little pine. Maybe a little herbal hops as well. Mild sweetness. Finishes with a moderate to strong pine flavored bitterness and some fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Some peppery spice.

O: A really unexpected, under the radar, beer from the folks at Sam Adams that turned out quite well. Lots of hops, but still fairly balanced. A very good offering for the price.

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Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Hop-ology set into DFH IPA glass.

A: Deep, fiery orange, with a luscious head and abundant carbonation. A really good-looking beer.

S: Mostly grassy hops but you can find some caramel malt in there.

T: Nice dose of caramel and bready malt before the hops crash in. Piney, grassy, not as citrusy as many DIPAs tend to be. More towards the DF90 end of the spectrum. The hops hang around a while, too.

M: Full and satisfying but the high carbonation increases drinkability.

O: I'm pretty impressed with this beer. This may be my new fave Sam Adams.

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Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant amber crowned by a 2” light tan tinted off-white foam collar with a very fine bead. Provides thick lace.
S: Moderate to big hop nose
T: Background clean malty sweetness carries the hop flavors, like putting some sugar in a really strong iced tea – it brings things into balance. Alcohol is smooth, not hot. Bitterness is moderately high.
F: Medium full bodied, medium carbonation.
O: Well balanced, crisp, refreshing and well made.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew from Sam Adams. I have not always been a big fan of Double IPAs, but this was an exception

The pour was very big, smooth and you knew there were some hops here. The color was a golden darkish brown, not like a brown ale, but there were hints of dark here.
The aroma was so nice. Hops, Yeast, Malt all came together to deliver a nice smell.
The initial taste, I wasn't overally impressed. It was big and full, perhaps too much. But on my second and third sips, I got to appreciate everything this beer has to offer.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sort of a dark yellow/burnt orange. Nice inch of cream colored foam that melts down to a film. Great lacing too. Wonderful fresh hop smell. The taste is upfront hops. Bright citrus, a little pineapple maybe? Grass? Some malt towards the end. Nice finish. No alchol detected. Good job. Medium light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Over all a very good double IPA.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish chestnut in color, this beer is a clear liquid with a thin tan head. Beautiful. It's smell is hoppy, with a little distant earthiness. The taste is very good...serious hoppy, leafy, spicy flavor, mixed with sweet malt and caramel and bread-crust. Terrific balance. It's a smooth, low carbonation beer. Full in body. Very nice.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

glass: Pint

Pours a clear, dark orange color with a frothy and creamy 2-finger, off-white head. Silky lacing. Has a predominate fresh hop smell with a hint of pineapple, some banana, and a doughy malt base.

Fairly balanced for a DIPA, again nice fresh hop on the taste, clean throughout, not at all muddy or overly sweet. Finishes with a slight bitter punch followed by an extremely pleasant roasted malt/bitter hop combo that almost comes off like the bottom of a freshly baked cookie.

This won't satisfy the big hopheads out there but it's a nice, balanced DIPA with straight forward flavors that make for a easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a big foamy and creamy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Nice, but mild, caramel flavor with some spicy hops.

Taste: A bold flavor with a bit of alcohol up front, sweet yet earthy caramel malts, and bitter and spicy hops at the finish. Some alcohol, bitterness, and caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, lightly carbonated, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Despite the alcohol in the taste, it is quite drinkable. Moderate ABV for this style.

By far the best IPA I've tried from Sam Adams, and quite a nice DIPA to boot!

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/06/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - Nice, deep amber color with a red-ish hue; Slightly hazy; Two inch off-white billowy, fluffy head; Very nice sticky lacing all around the glass; Good head retention as well

S - Nice, inviting aroma; Dominated by sweet caramel, earthy, and roasty notes; Piney and fresh-cut grass hops in the background

T - Roasted and earthy taste up front with a touch of sweetness; Very mild bitterness afterwards; Piney hops in the background that serve more as a sidekick than the main attraction; Finish is moderately dry

M - Medium bodied; Some carbonation; Creamy mouthfeel; Leaves the mouth fairly dry

O - I typically love really hop forward IPA's and DIPA's, and while this beer doesn't really fit that mold, it's really quite nice. The usage of Cascade hops from the UK, Pacific NW, and New Zealand make this a truly unique brew. Overall, this is a nice limited offering from Sam Adams. I am looking forward to some of the other beers in this small batch series.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a straightforward beer - you know what to expect out of a double IPA: yeah, it's going to be hoppy, the only question is - is is overdone or underdone?

It's difficult to balance a hoppy beer to suit every palate. Third Voyage, however, in my opinion, does the balancing act very well.

It pours a very attractive dark tea and cherry juice color with medium head. Very appetizing smell - the usual pine bark with tropical fruit aroma is there, but it's not overly aggressive - rather, it is warm and inviting. Bready notes can also be discerned.

First sip reveals more of the coniferous flavor well balanced with fruitcake undertones and fresh grass freshness. It drinks well, with alcohol nicely hidden and hops supremely balanced.

Overall - a great example of a balancing act for a double IPA. It ably displays a touch of a seasoned master, rather than exuberance of a young prodigy.

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.
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