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

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83
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1,011 Ratings
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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,011
Reviews:
335
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Photo of gordavidson
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an ever so lightly hazed orange-copper liquid with a thin white head.

S- Caramel, apples, pine, and grass. Simple.

T- Sweet caramel, pine, and brown sugar. Simple.

M- Bitter up front followed by some sweetness. Leaves some lingering bitterness.

O- A very average but nice take on the style.

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Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured leisurely into my Darkness snifter, which I'm convinced has the magical power to make anything it holds taste rather boss. Bottle reads "Batch 1" but provides no other easily identifiable bottling date or related so and so.

Pours a rusty reddish brown: darker than I'd expected. Bubblage resembles puddled dish soap and is inconsistent. Lacing is good.

Smells of thick resinous sap, residual sugars, and a rye-gingerbread amalgamation.

Malt forward for sure. Big bitterness and sourdough. Some fruitiness and yeast. Lots of heat. Really? 8% rides hard here. Sappy, resinous, and sticky. Pinneneedleblastastic.

Very drying. Sucks the saliva right out your puss. Chewy with low carbonation.

Overall, not the side of the DIPA spectrum that I prefer to occupy. Not a bad beer by any means, just not necessarily the pajamas this cats digs wearing.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +36.6%

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 mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 GFD400
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-ology mixed 12 of 6 different IPAs. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent golden amber with a half finger of peachy white head with good retention, about average carbonation for a DIPA, head coats the glass with layers of lacing.

S- Hops, a little bit of grapefruit, some caramel malts, smells a little bit more like a hoppy pale ale then a DIPA.

T- Caramel malts, bitter hops that are a little bit citrusy but more bitter then anything, sweet caramel aftertaste with a little bit of bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, easily drinkable, not too much alcohol burn, average carbonation. Abv well hidden.

O- This was an okay DIPA. The caramel malts definitely overplayed the hops and the hops that were present were more bitter then they were sweet. The sweetness that is provided in this beer is from the caramel malts and is not as much a citrus sweetness which is what I think makes DIPAs so enjoyable. Overall not a bad beer that is easily drinkable. Not my favorite from the 12-pack, but definitely not the worst. Nice addition to the 12.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/6/11

Appearance: Pours a dark orange/amber color, fluffy off-white head, fades to nice lacing

Smell: Fresh, spicy, leafy hops - orange, pine, resin - some grass - some serious malt under this - syrupy biscuits, kind of smells like malt extract - overall, interesting

Taste: Some problems, but not bad - lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit pith, mostly - nicely bitter - a little leafy, grassy - kind of a strange combination of hops, and this oddness seems to build over time - malts could be better - syrupy, over-cooked - a little too sweet - the combination of sweetness and grassiness is suboptimal

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, sticky, nicely carbonated, but the grassy dryness reduces the drinkability

Overall: Acceptable for Samuel Adams, but definitely not great

The aroma is nice, but the combination of hops is a little weird, and the malts are lacking quality. This was worth a try, but I'm really not excited about drinking the second half of this bomber.

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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 OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into Pewter-lined stein.

A: Amber-bodied with a hint of orange color beneath a two-finger head of ginger colored foam that left a bit of soapy lace.

S: Herbal, sweet and citrus hop aromas rise from the brew. There's a little smoky, caramel aroma thrown in the mix.

T: Rich, grainy malt flavor up front which is quickly subdued by a flash of herbal, piney hops. The mid-palate is a rush of caramel sweetness sloshing with spicy, herbal and bitter citrus peel flavors from the hops. Finish is a bit sticky and sweet with a more mellow malt finish that expected.

M: A full-bodied DIPA with a little too much cloying sweetness after the dose of bitter, herbal hops.

O: A bit more hop-leaning than the Tasman Red, this 8% ABV DIPA has enough balance and hop flavor to keep me interested. Not the highest quality craft, but I like what SA has done to provide a fleet of styles for those fans alienated by their overall homogenization. The DIPA is a fine fit among the others in this line.

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Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of cream white with a reddish tint, mostly dense foam yet with a couple of islands of larger bubbles, not much dimpling and the retention is very good, not a great deal of lacing but what’s there has good width and sticks nicely. Dark amber to red rust colored liquid, closer to brown than yellow, no real beads just widely dispersed lazy bubbles floating about. The most pronounced element of the nose is its sheer thickness, fills the nostrils completely, composed of pine sap, white grapefruit pulp, peaches and nectarines, vanilla bean, sweet grains, molasses and honey, there’s not much “bite” to it and it clings more than lifts. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and sappy here too, carbonation gives it the old college try and does succeed in part to lend freshness. That said, the molasses, caramel, brown sugar, candied oranges, pine sap and cocoa powder keep it very much on the sweet side of things. Has some hoppy, leafy kick but nothing powerful enough to dictate terms. Clean, no earthy nor minerally notes, some breadiness or dough notes. Lasts well, holds heft and flavor. Not sure exactly what makes this a DIPA except it says so on the label.

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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 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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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,011 ratings.
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