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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For starters, this thing foamed real big when I opened it. Not a big mess but still...

A- Dark orange amber, lots of bubbles and very clear. Half a finger head that dissipates quickly
S- Lots of bitter molasses, a good range of hops, caramalized malts. Just an typical high end DIPA. I would like it to have a stronger smell that maybe a fresher one has.
T- A lot of bitterness from the hops but not a whole lot of hoppy taste or character, A good sweet malt backbone. Kinda disappointing the hops in here didn't shine as much as I had hoped.
M- The carbonation and the malts give this beer a nice feel. It goes down fairly easy, warms my stomach pretty well.
O- Kind of disappointed in this one honesty, I had just tried the Tasman Red and though this would be a step up but its a step down. I think the hop flavor is the one thing holding it back. Its good, worth picking up for 7$ but its just not quite there.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a big off-white head that fades to a layering a leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly aromatic piney and grapefruit hops with a decent caramel malt backbone. This one smells incredibly close to SN Celebration and even looks kinda look it too.

T: The taste mimics the nose with a blast of piney hop bitterness followed by some sweet caramel malt and toffee. This is actually a bit hoppier than I expect from this brewery but it's more bitter than some of the more balanced and higher rated beers of the same style.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy with a lasty bitter finish.

O: While this has some of the key characteristics of a classic DIPA it's still lacking that extra special quality that sets it apart from the others. Very run of the mill and ordinary. If this had more tropical fruit hops and less of the bittering kind it could be great.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew from Sam Adams. I have not always been a big fan of Double IPAs, but this was an exception

The pour was very big, smooth and you knew there were some hops here. The color was a golden darkish brown, not like a brown ale, but there were hints of dark here.
The aroma was so nice. Hops, Yeast, Malt all came together to deliver a nice smell.
The initial taste, I wasn't overally impressed. It was big and full, perhaps too much. But on my second and third sips, I got to appreciate everything this beer has to offer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight and narrow, Boston Beer Co. builds a no-frills IPA that hits all the halmarks of the style in totally moderate fashion through and through.

The IPA pours with a crystal clear sheen of copper and medium amber. Off white foam forms a sturdy cap upon the beer with tremendous retention and thick rings of lace attached. Aside from the brigh clarity, the beer is exactly what's to be expected of IPAs.

Light caramel and barley malt provide the supple aromas and act as a springboard for the more zesty and brightly citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Though not as sharp or as intense as many of the style, the hop-forward balance is decorated with the alcohol scent of clean ethynol.

Super-clean flavors of light caramel and medium kilned barley malt gives a light bready impression to accompany the supple caramel sweetness. Spicy and fresh citrusy flavors of red grapefruit, orange zest, and floral grasses greatly dictate the flavor profile and use the caramel sweetness to inform the hops of the citric sweetness that's normally present in the pulp of the fruits. Cleanly bitter with a resiny finish of citrus pith that lingers long past the finish. Clean alcohol flavor are void of estery fruit flavor or spicy phenols- very neutral and moderate throughout.

Mild and moderate, the beer forms an early malty creaminess that's short lived, allowing for a quick dryness of hop resins and bitter citrus quality. Mild warmth and evaporate dryness from alcohol and hops usher in the long bitter finish and crisp aftertaste.

A solid IPA that exhibits very neutral flavors and in moderate fashion. It hits all the requirements for great IPAs but excel at none. Highly drinkable, but nearly over looked.

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Photo of jsh420
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear copper with a 1+ finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of grapefruit pine hop and candy bubble gum malt

taste is very solid - one of the best SA offerings - again pine hop resin grapefruit carmal english pale malt

mouthfeel is a very smooth and creamy medium body with decent carbonation

overall this a crazy drinkable dipa that i would buy again

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A super hoppy aroma, with a lot of citrus and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of hops), malt, pine, honey, and citrus (lemon). The hops dominate this beer, but that's what you expect from a DIPA. Not exactly a hyper-complex flavor, but very tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with an earthy, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely focused, robust (especially for Sam Adams) beer. Well done.

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Photo of dankster
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- deep copper red with a tan head of sticky lace caking the glass.

S- more malt up front than you get the cascades going though. not as strong as most us blends so it must be the New zealand and UK types.

T- Big hop punch but malty at the same time. some darker fruit maybe. smooth but needs a little more balance.

M- creamy and rich not to sticky like some doubles tend to be. drinkable

O- Higher quailty sam adams for sure but still needs to have a more balanced taste. too much malt for a double imo. at only 5.50 a bomber a good deal but not something to buy all the time

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 Swim424
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber

A- amber with a bit of orange. Beautiful head. Very slowly falling leaving a decent amount of residue

S-Smells like lots of floral hops. A bit of malt and alot of hops.

T-hits with a thick malty caramel flavor, fading into a grapefruity hoppy flavor. Very strong hops

MF-Creamy. Fairly thick. Nice aftertaste.

O-The best sam adams I have had. I really enjoy this. Sort of weird flavor up front, but besides that its pretty good. The taste is the worst part, and it's pretty good. I would say just about the best deal for the money I have gotten.

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Photo of cbutova
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red ale poured into a pint glass. Massive off-white head forms and has great retention, nice creamy texture. Tons of lace down the glass. These new bombers are bringing the appearance.

S- Really not picking up much in the way of hops. I get a deep caramel malt and an apple-like fruit sweetness in the nose. Slight alcohol hint.

T- More in the way of hops but not the typical ones in IIPAs of today. The big caramel and apple-fruit sweetness is still there as well as some yeast bread and spice. Hops are fairly big but they are Euro style grassy, spicy and herbal/floral.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with nice carbonation. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Not your typical IIPA but not bad either. I'm not a huge fan of the hop profile but I see what they're aiming at.

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

Had this beer at the release party for the series. Poured from bottle into a sample glass.

Dark brown body. Great citrus smell. Its like a double boston lager in alot of ways. This is a great beer. If you are a fan of Boston lager then you will be a fan of this. Great offering. I think its what beer geeks in New England was looking for. I would have this again.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a straightforward beer - you know what to expect out of a double IPA: yeah, it's going to be hoppy, the only question is - is is overdone or underdone?

It's difficult to balance a hoppy beer to suit every palate. Third Voyage, however, in my opinion, does the balancing act very well.

It pours a very attractive dark tea and cherry juice color with medium head. Very appetizing smell - the usual pine bark with tropical fruit aroma is there, but it's not overly aggressive - rather, it is warm and inviting. Bready notes can also be discerned.

First sip reveals more of the coniferous flavor well balanced with fruitcake undertones and fresh grass freshness. It drinks well, with alcohol nicely hidden and hops supremely balanced.

Overall - a great example of a balancing act for a double IPA. It ably displays a touch of a seasoned master, rather than exuberance of a young prodigy.

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Photo of Brad007
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams doing a Double IPA? What the eff?

Pours a more of a red color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Is it a red ale? A DIPA?

Hops are on the grassy/minty side here with nary a hint of the malt underneath. Spicy? I think so.

Like a bigger brother to their Latitude 48 IPA. I see many similarities (sweet, bready malt with grassy hops) and a bump in alcohol.

It's not abrasive on the tongue and there's a good amount of grassiness that lingers on the palate.

Not bad. A good start but it won't win any awards in my book. I just like that SA is trying something different.

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear orange brown with two fingers of pillowy tan head. head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Aroma is nice, if a little underwhelming. Subtle aromas of citrus, a bit of pine and caramel malt.

T - Nice balance of caramel malt and pine hops. Sometimes a DIPA with a significant malt presence is a let down for me, but this actually works pretty well. Enough bitter hops to satisfy, but not a hop bomb. Maybe the fact that it is winter makes a more malty DIPA more appealing. Anyway, a good flavor profile with a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy initially, but finishes oily, then dry and bitter.

O - I thought this was a pretty enjoyable DIPA, especially considering the $5.99 price point. The DIPA field is pretty crowded, so I'm not sure if I would be compelled to buy this again, but I would be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange with 3 fingers of head. Lingers around for a long time and forms into some great lacing.

S: Nothing too overpowering nice balance of citrus, malts and floral notes.

T: Starts with some piney and slightly spicy malt and follwed up with some carmel and honey sweeter notes. Finishes of with some bitterness but not the normal IPA or Double. Rather mild bitter but does linger well.

M: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, Very creamy on top and a little syrupy.

O: For a 6 buck mainstream bomber I was supruised. Nothing too overpowering or bold but a sold beer. I would not expect Sam Adams to go too wild so right in line with the style.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer was deep orange, and the body was clear. There was a lot of foam giving a three to four finger thick head that lived for a long time. The aroma very hoptastic, with a pine resin and floral assault on the nose. The taste was actually quite well balanced between grapefruit rind bitterness, and rock candy sweetness. Mouthfeel was creamy, and the finish was chalky and dry. The aftertaste was quite prolonged and alternated between bitter and sweet. A simple well built Double IPA, just as expected from the fine folks at Sam Adams.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at D's in Monroeville for $7.50. Pricey but hope it's worth it.

A - What a nice amber with a slight dark hue, clear in color. A hefty full inch of creamy thick head. Lacing is very sticky.

S - Smells of a nice piney base of hops with a gram cracker like crust of a sweet base. Hope it's good.

T - Not bad for Samuel Adams. A very solid bitter pine which clings to the palate for a time and a smooth nutty cracker like base. Not bad since I expected more malt.

M - Medium bodied and the ABV is well masked.

Overall - If you can find it cheaper than 7.00 I would go for it since it's a very good DIPA.

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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 StoneBrewFanatic
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep amber into my snifter with a big three fingers of off white foamy head that has great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - Citrus hops, grapefruit, sweet caramel malts, grain and biscuit, and grassy hops. More hop aroma is expected from a DIPA in my opinion.

T - Lots of sweet malts, grapefruit rind citrus and bitterness that lasts and lingers of the palate, faint caramel, biscuit and mild spices.

M - Although creamy and smooth, it's also sticky and oily, and for some reason the carbonation doesn't last very long.

O - Not a bad beer, not a great beer, good for the price but somewhat unbalanced and lacking the aromatic aspect as well as some flavor that is expected from a DIPA.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/burnt orange, 1 inch creamy head, lots of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, some malts, a little earthy/bready. Pineapple, orange, grapefruit.

Taste - Bitter piney hopy bite straight up front. Plenty of alcohol along with malts and some honey. Pretty basic dipa, hops,added resin and hop oils.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat, bitter and warm tounge. Alcohol warms and tingles mouth. Malts lighty mellow things out. Palette gets bitter piney hops, booze, and some sugars. Aftetaste is bitter and a little warm.

Overall - Not bad, a little to much alcohol up front. Nothing special here, standard dipa. Good price, easy enough to drink and enough hops to enjoy.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful looking beer. A deep amber, perfectly clear, with a generous fluffy head that sticks to the glass at every opportunity.

S: I was shocked by how nice the aroma is on this beer! I wasn't expecting much, being Samuel Adams who seems to be hit or miss with me. This one is defiantly a hit, right on the nose! This is citrusy, piney, and earthly all in the same volley. The hops take presence over this backdrop of sweet caramel and toasted bread.

T: Bitterness is firm, but doesn't mask all the other flavor marks. The prominent hop flavor comes across as a kind of deep pine and light floral taste, which dominates the mid-palate. The finish is a deep toasted bread with dribbles of caramel syrup over it taste. Quite excellent I may say.

M: It is somewhat sweet in the finish, but has a nice strong level of carbonation and a big enough body to carry those flavors around your mouth.

D: This drinks right down the middle, I find myself not wanting to drink it so fast, so I can enjoy it before the bottle and glass are empty.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice opaque amber color with a thick bright white head. Colors really nice actually. Smell is big on hops. Lots of citric and piney hops with touches of grapefruit and coriander. Smell is on the really sweet side. Head retains pretty well.

Pretty standard DIPA flavors with a touch of honey and an unfortunate some-what soapy after taste. Lacing is pretty stellar though.

Pretty standard for the style, nothing extraordinary. That soapy taste is kind of a burden though

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch 1

Appearance: Pours a lively and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus and piney hops. Citrus grapefruit and orange. A pretty strong aroma of pine resin. There is a pretty strong malty presence in the aroma. Bready caramel adds some sweetness to the hop bitterness. Also some good hints of honey. Smells both bold and balanced.

Taste: Like the smell leads. A big taste of fresh citrus and pine hops with a very solid malt backbone. Starts with the citrus grapefruit and orange. Big taste of danky pine resin throughout. Towards the finish emerges a big presence of sweet and bready caramel malts. Also some honey in the finish. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy, creamy, and danky with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A very good DIPA from Sam Adams. Bold hops and a very solid malt background. Not quite on the same level of Hopslam and Abrasive but a very good take on the style.

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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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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,010 ratings.
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