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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
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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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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

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Ratings: 1,012 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery/bronze in color. Real fuzzy and sticky lacing on down the glass. Very floral and aromatic hop wise. Good sized hop bite with a really strong hop flavor. Plenty of caramel malt in the back to hold it all together. Plenty of residual sweetness going on. Long lingering hop bitterness as well. Very full mouthfeel. A nice double IPA for sure. Rather ordinary in spots but then again it is Sam Adams. I quite liked this one.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Dark copper/orange in color. Ridiculously thick, off-white head that is slow to recede and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is initially pine and citrus, but some honey sweetness and bread crust can be found in there,too.

The sweet malts jump up first, but then the rush of hop bitterness takes over and lingers. Very herbal quality to the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very sticky and coating to the tongue, intensely drying to the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I can feel the ABV warmth in this a little bit more than some beers with higher alcohol content. Not the most balanced beer I've had, but pretty high on my list for Sam Adams.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of HalfFull
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
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 -3.8%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 GFD400
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't ever started off by mentioning the action of the decant, but this one was odd enough to point out. Must be the shape of the bottle that caused it to "glug" in an odd say that concerned me, but I doubt it leads to a big problem. In fact it actually helped create a decent frothy off white head with great lacing. Color was nice as well. Deep orange and crystal clear. The nose presents ample breasts, err, sorry (Kaley Cuoco just distracted me) grapefruit smell, yet the initial quaf begins with a more earthy direction before a touch of bitter grapefruit and the tiniest amount of what seems like anise crosses the tongue. The sensation of this beer is pleasantly creamy in a full bodied vehicle. All around, this isn't too shabby. I'd like to see this with a little more rounded edge, but still not much to bitch about. Fix the "glug"in maybe...

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bashiba
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
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 -3.8%

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,012 ratings
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