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 Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 seanchai
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 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 gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 OregonGrown7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 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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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 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 tedho21
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a light amber color, good sized head that sticks around for a good long while, leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit off, not picking up any hop aroma at all, in fact, it smells a bit like onions, could be something going horribly wrong with the combination of caramel malt and hop choice as this has happened with some other DIPAs.

Taste is a bit better with the onion aroma not playing any part in the flavor profile, caramel malt tastes the forefront with a light musty hop presence, carbonation is good with a decent stickiness.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Bright and Intense with a Vivid Hop Punch: This unique double IPA takes the style's origins a step furhter. IPAs were born out of making an ale that could sustain a long voyage. For our take, we were inspired by the indominatable Capt. James Cook whose 3rd voyage made him the first to navigate a treacherous route from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. Using Cascade hops from each of these regions, we created a brew that's citrusy, earthy, and full of bold character." Third Voyage Double IPA is brewed in the style of a double IPA. Available as 12 oz. bottles in the Hop Collection (June 2012), there is no bottle date, and the label suggests aging as a possibility for this beer, so I did. This bottle is 6 months aged.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggnog tone head of a thick consistency over a very hazy maple-orange body. Carbonation is plentiful. Retention is nice and lacing is medium but drapes solid. Very good appearance. 4.75

(Smell) Very bready malt-forward. Heavy caramel and buttery malt presence with a much lighter hop essence. Hops are earthy and mildly floral, not quite citrusy as Cascade usually is. Tones of booze shine through. Not quite as bright or bold as expected. Smells sweet and boozy. 3

(Taste) Very thick caramel with a spicy rye tone. Hops are again, faint in flavor but adequate in bitterness with a piney finish. The balance swings this beer towards very sweet, a slow drinker with a strong boozy maple finish that quickly becomes cloying and not particularly enjoyable. All-in-all the balance is off, with not enough subtleties to keep the drinker interested. The flavors are too intense in one spot and not enough in the other. It's a malt-heavy IPA with little emphasis on the hops themselves. Very sweet and in general not enjoyable. 2.75

(Mouthfeel) Thick and chewy pine with an oily slickness, a very full and heavy mouthfeel and a moist, resiny thick finish. Body is heavy for the style, medium-heavy overall. Alcohol presence is high. As continuing with the flavors, the body is just too high for this beer. It could be far more enjoyable and drinkable with a reduced malt profile and a bigger emphasis on the limited hop character. It's sharply out of balance. There's work to be done on the mouthfeel of this beer. 2.75

(Overall) I did not personally enjoy this beer. I found it to be too heavy on the malt character, which droned out most of the hop notes, which were surprisingly subtle in flavor for what is usually a bright and vibrant citrusy hop varietal. The sweetness became too much quite quickly with a super-sweet finish and dragged down the drinking experience. The beer itself isn't terrible, but certainly is far from an exceptional double IPA, focusing too hard on intensifying flavors while sacrificing drinkability. I couldn't have more than one of these in a single session. 3

Boston Brewing Company's
Samuel Adams Third Voyage Double IPA

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.05/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/6/12

Copper and rust colored with an ample, three finger plumage of foam that take a good bit of time to dissipate. Impressive swaths, rings and trails of lace. Thin retention with dense, soapy bubbles.

The aroma has a lot of what I don't like in a DIPA - caramel, buttery bread and booze. The hops that are there are none too impressive; floral and candy-like with dank citrus and some cat pee.

The taste is a step up from the aroma, I reckon. Still not very good, though. More hops come through with a decent amount of pine and strong bitterness on the finish. The malts aren't as bad either; though they are far more prominent than I prefer, bread outweighs the caramel. It isn't quite as boozy as I was bracing for. Catty aftertaste.

The body is full with gritty undercurrents and a meager alcohol slickness. Carbonation is moderately low which gives this too heavy a beer something of a more accessible feel. All things told, the feel is low on my list of complaints.

This might as well be branded as an imperial version of Latitude 48. I certainly won't give this another try, but the bottle is worth finishing. Well, as long as I don't smell it anymore.

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Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, huge head, looks great.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus, pineapple, pine.

Taste: Muted caramel followed by a dry bitterness. Hints of tea-like bitterness.

Drinkability: Solid bitterness, not too strong, limited edition.

I like to try all the DIPAs, so gave this one a shot. Despite having cascades and simcoe hops it still reminded me a little of a beefed-up English IPA. A fair amount of tea-like bitterness beside pithy citrus. It's pretty good.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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 Giggy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark amber. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, cream head. Settles slowly, leaving a substantial foam blanket and a beer ring. Lots o' beer ring lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Pine, lavender, parsley, and a little honey.

T: Hops with a floral note.

M: Bitter, and biting. Full body, with a bitter orange-y citrus in the front, and lingering honey hoppy goodness in the finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very good. Nice hue, foamy head, and plenty of sticky lacing. Nose is floral hoppy goodness. Flavor is an Italian spicy, floral, hops. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AleWatcher
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,012 ratings.
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