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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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear copper with a two-finger off-white head of creamy bubbles. Nice complete rings of lacing.

S - Decently strong aroma of fruity hops, with a touch of grass/resin. Caramel malt comes out as it warms.

T - Nice sweet toffee malts forward, with hops crashing in shortly thereafter being equal parts fruity (less of a citrus and more of a guava/papaya/white grape thing going on), and earthy (tea leaf/undergrowth). Hint of mint. Slightly peppery finish. Balanced. Taste really grew on me as I worked my way through the glass, and I appriciated the uniqueness of both the hop and malt profiles. Very malty for an IPA.

M - Full bodied and chewy. Standard SA prickly carbonation (Did they patent their carbonation level or something?) meaning it's slightly overcarbonated.

O - Solid and well-crafted, but not a true stand out. I don't know that I would reach for this first when buy a DIPA, as it's excessive maltiness keeps it from being truly representative of the style. I'll probably try to remember it for when I'm craving more of an earthy IPA as opposed to a grassy, citrus one (say, winter).

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Photo of BigBarley
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, ruby-brown. Opaque. Head is thick, off-white, that recedes to a thick ring over a few minutes. Nice looking DIPA.

S - Piney hops up front, sweet, copper, caramel, malty undertones. There's a highly floral note that sets it off, and all the malt character comes immediately behind.

T - Piney hops! Sweet, citrus bitterness. Mild copper taste, from the sweet malts. Very balanced, but not the most interesting DIPA ever. Delicious, just not anything fresh or unique.

M - Plenty thick, but smooth. Not overwhelmingly alcoholic, with a sparse carbonation. Very drinkable, but plenty of heft. Mouthfeel might be my favorite part of this beer.

O - This beer is very well-made, and I will drink it again I'm sure. But there is not a whole lot that makes this beer unique. Delicious and balanced, the only thing it's missing is a unique aspect. Decent DIPA overall.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark honey in color with large off-white head. Lots of spotty lacing and a frothy film...tons of larges bubbles.

S: Pine resin and bitter citrus, grapefruit hops. They're balanced out by sweet, caramel malts.

T: Pine resin is present throughout the taste. Orange, grapefruit citrus hops with caramel, bready malts. Also has an almost bubblegum like flavor...not sure what to attribute that to. Pretty tasty beer.

M: Full and creamy...almost a 5.0.

O: I've never been a big fan of any IPA from Sam Adams before, but this is good. I may not buy this again, but it's left me with a favorable opinion. Would recommend to other IPA fans.

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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 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 TrappistJohnMD
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange color with chunky white head that lingers long.

Smell is richly floral and piney. Nice citrus notes. Very inviting.

Taste is dissappointing. Sweet malts up front with musty, earthy bitterness. Very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this smelled great but dissappointing from there on.

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Photo of vic21234
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 poured into a snifter from 22oz bomber.

A- Pours a cloudy dark amber orange color with about two fingers worth of head that sticks around for awhile. Lots of sticky lacing comes off the head also.

S- The hops come out in the smell over everything, as one would expect. Mostly getting pine notes, with some citrus in there as well.

T- Starts off nice and bitter from the hops. The pine characters really shine over the citrus in my opinion. Finishes with a rather sweet malt aftertaste.

M- Bitter, medium bodied and a dry finish. The alcohol is there but not too noticeable.

This is a nice showing from Sam Adams. Nothing spectacular, but a nice beer.

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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 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 pzrhsau
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Soapy tanish colored head with a bright amber copper body.
S: Bitter floral pine aroma with hints of citrus (specifically grapefruit).
T: The beer has a really strong bitter pine hop flavor that hits your right in the teeth. Bitter and really overpowering but has a pleasant resiny fruity citrus candy sugar after taste.
D/M: Very crisp and big bodied beer with not much of a presence of alcohol. A little too much hops for my taste but very good ipa character.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get really fruity smells from the variety of cascade hops they use plus a melon smell with some sweet roasted malts. It smells reminiscent of their Latitude 48 but with a fruity melon and resinous twist to it from the hops they use. I also get a little bit of a spruce pine smell as well. This is a very smooth beer with the fruitiness right up front along with that melon taste just unveiling itself and then the sweet roasted caramel malts follow and then ending with the fruity citric piney herbal and spruce bitter finish.

It tastes like an earthy resinous very deep and rich flavored hoppy IPA all in one. It has a variety of complex hop flavors like I said ranging from melon and fruits in the beginning to a very nice herbal spruce pine finish. Its a perfect combination of the 2. It has a sweet silky body and mouthfeel and really in my mind matches up with a lot of the top notch DIPA's that I've had.

I love that you can't really taste the alcohol from this but can kinda sorta feel the heat in the throat just a tad. Other than that the alcohol taste is masked by the fruity melon hop tastes. Its like their Latitude 48 just with a more complex hop taste. Get this beer it proves Samuel Adams can make a more complex beer than a lot of people give them credit for and honestly in my opinion stands with the best IPA's I've tried from the West coast and East coast.

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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 engagechad
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22oz from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - DFH snifter.

Pours a luscious looking deep, clean ruby color with a fat, dense pillow head that descends into net-like lacing down the sides of the glass. Rocky foam remains after. This is a beautiful DIPA.

Smells piney and citrusy but not too in your face. There is a little bit of earth in there with some flour like back end aromas.

Taste is bright and intense as the label states. Sweet on the tip of the tongue but bitter as hell on the sides and the back. Booze is hidden okay for an 8% brew.

Feels okay. Bitter back end is good but the booze feel is a little off putting. Not terrible but not the best

Overall this is a great DIPA, and for $6 this makes a very nice evening brew to have at an affordable price.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a small clear plastic cup. (I was at a hotel, don't judge me ). Batch 1. No other date that I could see.

Appearance- Clear, dark orange. Nice off white head that took a min to appear. Lots of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Citrus with a little pine to it. Sweet malt as well 4/5

Taste- Even pine bitterness. Citrus flavors in the middle. Sharp, sweet malt hit at the very end. The bitterness sticks with you well. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Good right now but I anticipate it to get fuller as it warms. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer. I won't run to get another but I am glad to have had this. 4/5

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Photo of TTAmod
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

1st batch. Picked up for $5.99 at local beer store. Poured into pint glass. Excited for this one =)

A: Pour yields a thick white head. The beer is dark amber/brown...almost like the Boston Lager. Pretty dark for a DIPA.

S: Smells very strongly of tropical fruit/hops. It actually smells similar to the Latitude 38, but more pronounced.

T: Very malty up front. A bit of hoppy grapefruit taste picks up in the middle. It subsides to a pine-like bitterness that sticks around for awhile. No real alcohol taste present. Pretty damn balanced for a DIPA.

M: Thick side of medium. Too thick for a DIPA. Not much carbonation, either. This brew would be stellar if the mouthfeel was more appropriate for the style.

O: It's pretty solid, overall. I like when Sam Adams tries something different. I used to view them as primarily a gateway brewing company. With this, 13th Hour, New World, etc, I'm beginning to respect them more as a craft brewer. I can see why people would dismiss this just because it's Sam Adams, but it's worth a shot if you enjoy the style. It's perfectly balanced and tastes damn good; only the mouthfeel is slightly off.

Gives the other big DIPAs a run for their money.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown/orange with an amber hue. Large frothy off-white head with wonderful retention. Malted barley, caramel, floral hops and earthy pine. Really fresh, indulging aroma. Fresh and extra bitter hop bite with brown sugar and pine on the first sip. The overall body consists mainly of creamy, bitter hops and rich malts. Flatter, mildly spicy finish.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a large foamy head.

S: Very spicy! dank and herbal with a quality that reminds me of onion. earthy with a little sweet caramel.

T: Once again the spicy hops shine here! Its herbal, dank, earthy with a wonderful full malt backbone. There is some pine here that reminds me of a wet forest. A dry hoppy finish.

M: Not much in the way of carbonation and a little syrupy.

O: A great example of the style. Wonderful spicy hops is refreshing! Its a good price for a great beer! I enjoy this much more on my second go around than the first time i had it. /85

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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 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 MatthewWilde
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle

A: Cloudy, goldenrod, decent internal carbonation

S: Light citrus, heavy hops (of course), a bit of grapefruit

T: As a huge fan of hops I found myself quite pleased. In parallel with its smell, hints of citrus fruits abounded. Nice bitterness to finish.

M: Nothing spectacular, but heavier than I imagined it would be. Lingering after taste almost to a point of annoyance (dries the mouth a bit).

O: A delicious beer for any hop enthusiast, just be sure to keep some water on hand to sip afterwards.

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Photo of iSip
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sam Adams Third Voyage Double IPA: Dark copper to reddish body that is topped by an ample off white head, but the lasing is so so. The aroma is more malt than hops. The flavor follows suit, it is very malty for a double IPA, but all Sam Adams product favor malt over hops. I must admit there are some good flavors swirling around in the glass, hints of licorice and caramel, and piney resin. I wish that hops would be a little more bold. Overall, a better Sam Adams product than most.

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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 fields336
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger off white golden head, clings and hangs for a while. lace is superb. dark reddish brown beer, clear, filtered. slow carbonation coming off bottom

S: toffee, bready, caramel, citrus, herbal, earthy

T: caramel, toffee, slight citrus, herbal, medicinal-ish(hard to explain), a slight minty and earthy taste on the finish, chocolate and roast/coffee as it warms. complex but not in a great way.. nothing stands out really

M: full bodied, a sipper. carbonation is nice though considering the gravity.

O: nice double IPA from the hop-ology pack. nothing spectacular but pretty decent just like most of SA.

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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 coachdonovan
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. No bottling or best-by date, just "Batch No. 1"

First reviews are from 10/29, so it can't be THAT old. i had a small sample of this from a big-breasted distributor rep back in November, but i don't remember anything remarkable (good or bad).

Color is pretty close to amber, pretty close to clear. Billowing head is the color of "white" sand and clumps of it stick around forever, both on top of the beer and stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma strikes a good balance between citrus hops and sweet malt, to which it may lean a bit too much.

WTF- flavors are all over the place and way out of whack. First recognizable taste is straight butter, literally. Hops sweep through a second or two later and try to wipe that out with bittterness. That works at first, but there is an odd grainy finish.

I was pretty pleased with getting a bomber of 8% for less than six bucks, but in the end this was a chore to finish. Disappointing after such a good look and aroma.

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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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