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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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 mothmanscott
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, moderately lasting, foamy head that leaves a nice coating of streaky, webby lace with a thick rim ring. Aroma is a weak balance of sweet caramel malt mixed with floral, resinous pine & pithy citrus hops with background hints of honey, vanilla & a distinct sour note. Taste is fronted by caramel malt, floral, orange, grapefruit & pineapple hops swimming in a sea of pine resin hoppiness. The sour note of the nose is much less prominent but still there in the mouth. Alcohol is noticeable & there is a plastic-like hint that becomes stronger as you approach the finish. Nicely bitter but moderately balanced finish, gravitating to sweet & becoming a balanced bitter/sweet aftertaste which becomes mostly bitter with time. Balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, chewy, rich, creamy but prickly.

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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 Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Nice copper colour. Beige lacy foam head, two fingers. Apple and pear aroma. Spicy citrusy full body earthy flavours. Leaves a nice bitterness in the back of the tongue.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- light red amber. Medium head.

Aroma- crisp winter night in the pine forest.

Taste- starts silky with a balance of butter and hops with grapefruit jolly rancher candy notes finishing with a Dogfishhead butteryness.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted March 2013.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of Third Voyage at a bottle shop, poured in to a tulip.

Pours a copper/bronze color, cloudy with a thick creamy beige head.

Smell is a sweet caramel candy aroma with a hint of citrus.

Taste is also a sweet caramel malt flavor up front, with a bitter pine flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying.

Overall not bad. Sweet and candy like. Decent.

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a half finger of head that quickly dissipates down to a thin film. The nose has hop notes, but malt is present as well. The body is relatively hearty for the style. The flavor profile is a really nice blend of malts and hops. This is a well-balanced, “East Coast” style DIPA.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a clear copper color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lace behind

S- mix of piney, grassy and citrusy hops with a big malty sweetness & a hint of alcohol

T- citrusy grapefruit hop, pine sap, herbal notes, malty sweetness matches up to the hop flavor, underlying alcohol on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly boozy mouthfeel leads to a foamy, warming finish

O- As expected from a SA brew, this isn't an unbalanced hop bomb, there's a big maltiness to match up to the hops, which isn't a bad thing. It did seems bit boozy at times though

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Photo of constantine_272
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark copper. Hints of amber. Made a huge dramatic false head when I poured it into a glass that mostly dissipated in a few minutes. Looked nice at first but the foam left a sticky uneven webbing mess as the beer levels went down. Foam is tan with a tiny yellow tinge. Medium low carbonation. Unusually large bubbles. From the carbonation, that didn't add to any persistent foam. The color was good, initial head was awesome, the it didn't last.

S: Malt. Lemon and grapefruit rind. Coriander. A touch of cedar with a bigger presence of sweet malts; almost like peat moss from the isle of Islay.

T: Starts off slightly sweet, but that fades fast. Malt backbone, again quickly overpowered. Super heavy pine resin finish. Pine flavor is massive. Almost as if pine needles were used for bittering. Not much else going on besides pine...

M: Actually quite good. Bittering and dryness sticks around a little but it finishes clean. Medium light consistency.

O: I don't feel like there's much to talk about here. It's a big one sided hop bomb. Low on depth with the hops, bug the malt is pretty good.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If anyone expected Samuel Adams IPA's to be hop bombs, they forget that the BBC's signature brew is a vienna style lager, clean and crisp with a hearty malt profile. So too are their IPA's possessed of fantastic malt bodies, with hop flavors added on top but not particularly at the forefront. A medium thick mouthfeel with an almost excessive-level of carbonation keeps this from being too heavy. Third Voyage is a double IPA whose hop profile can be described as earthy, woody, pungent, and rememiacent of grapefruit pith. A fantastically toffee-like malt body supports the herbal flavors and marry them in a way more similar to English IPA's than the bitter palate wreckers made famous on this continent.

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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 Ozzylizard
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle best by Jul 2014 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma light flowery hops
Head large (6.5 cm), off-white, rocky, slowly diminishing to a 1 cm lumpy layer
Lacing good
Body light orange, clear
Flavor light hops presence, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl, no bitter or chalky aftertaste
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Jim picked a good one here – it drinks like a sessionable PA. This one can sneak up on you. The lightness of the hops and the absence of alcohol makes it seem you’re drinking a basic lawnmower beer, but after a couple you won’t be mobile.

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Photo of MountainBeers
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought the "Third Voyage Double IPA" as part of a Sam Adams "IPA Hopology" case at Costco and this was one of the 6 selections...

I wanted to "dis" this beer after my first sip but the durn thing grew on me with each progressive sip. While I was looking for a full-bodied, grapefruity IPA (bring a 2X IPA) I was surprised by the burnt caramel taste that, at first, annoyed me. While this is not my idea of a double IPA it still stands on its own as a pretty decent beer with interesting front flavors and a twisted aftertaste... the feel is above average which is helped with the decent post drink linger...

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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 jayrutgers
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer, but felt that it was just too hot alcohol wise. Nice citrus, pine, and resin in the aroma along with some caramel/toffee malt notes. Always love my IPAs with a strong malt background.

The beer looks perfect, smells pretty good, tastes pretty good...but the alcohol cuts through in a strange way, enough to knock it down a few pegs for me.

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

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

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a glass

Copper with solid two finger thick foam cap. Nice lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt, orange and clove.

Smooth start. Sweet malts followed by hops. Hoppiness on the finish on the back of the tongue. Medium mouthfeel.

Nice balance of malt to hops. Nice beer.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid head,rich foam. Carmel float, laced with an over ripe orange. Not much hint this is an IPA. Served ice cold from a 22 oz bottle. The after tones of Carmel linger on the palate long after the swallow. Highly recommend the complex flavor keeps you pouring. Cheers

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Photo of stephens101
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a big, thick and clingy tan head with bubbles popping above the rim. Shiny brass in color.

Oily hops flow out of the pour. Caramel and notes of orange as well.

Sweet to the tongue with herbal hops and a bit of orange peel.

Medium bodied. Not a hop nuke or bunker buster but a precisely aimed missile that hits right on target.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A NICE show on the pour. tan caramel head up to 3 fingers worth, showing a cloudy orange hue and sticky , BEAUTIFUL lacing you know right off this is a serious, for real brew.

S malty, sweet and also strong, piney hops, somehow both dominate.

T almost TOO sweet, but in a good way, also with an extra hoppy side

M thick and rich this one delivers much more than expected.

D certainly no session beer, this is a truly LOVELY creation to be savored!!! highest marks here.
ALSO - this makes me think of a barely wine it's so rich and thick.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- It's amber. Maybe almost a brown.
S- Citrus, Mango, Grapefruit, some resin.
T- Nice heavy bitterness somewhat balanced with the malt.
M- Medium bodied DIPA.
O- It's a decent DIPA. Not impressed with the medium amount of bitterness, but I do like the mango in the nose. Good hop selection, malt could use work. (Wheat...?)

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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 joeworrall
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew, billed as a "small batch Imperial IPA" by Samuel Adams. I would guess that a small batch for Sam Adams is more than my neighborhood craft brewer makes in an entire year!

Poured from a bomber bottle into a large tulip glass, I was surprised at how cloudy the brew was. It's a rich dark amber color, indicative of the toasted malt used.

The floral aroma is subtle. I would say that Sam went a little light on the Cascade and Simcoe hops in this on, it's very drinkable, but doesn't have the pine or citrus notes I would expect to find in an Imperial IPA.

It has a very dry finish, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. In my search for the perfect IPA, this is going to have to fight to get in the top 20. It's a great ale, but not a great IPA...

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Third Voyage pours a reddish cloudy color with nice small lacing head. There is a sweet hoppy/floral aroma. The taste has a nice sweet but hoppy flavor, with a noticeable malty backbone finish. A tad light on the carbonation, but nice bold flavors. Overall it tries to be a balanced IPA but there is both bold hop and malt flavors.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Third Voyage is a nice DIPA made using cascade hops from several different countries. The beer poured a rich orangish amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is fresh hops leaning toward the pining side. The taste is a big semi sweet malt start followed by a slight bitter pine resin and then fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. This is a bigger beer and probably not sessionable. It certainly is a good beer and I am glad to have the opportunity to try it.

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