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 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 harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: Amber with a finger of yellow foam which falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Near web lace and excellent clarity.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, hints of resin, some bubble gum tones are all bolstered by a caramel malt backbone.
T: Flavor is all malt. Tastes like a bittered SA Boston Lager. Fail.
M: Thin on moderate body for the style with medium carb and a semi dry finish.
O: Well, looks and smells nice, but the flavor lets this beer down too far to be respectable. Too bad. I actually bet this beer would age well.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 1: popped the cap and smelt citrus hops, which was a great start for a DIPA; pours a clear red amber color with a massive foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent sticky lacing and rings as it went down. The head must have lasted a few minutes and was very impressive.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops up front, followed by sweet malt, grains, toffee, orange peel, herbs, floral hops and biscuit; pretty mellow nose for a DIPA and perhaps it was brewed true to form when Capt. James Cook sailed the sea, so I’ll let it slide since it was enjoyable enough.

Tastes of sweet malt, herbs, roasted grains, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel, flowers, biscuit, wheat bread, grass and light spices; this is sweet and maltier than I expected, more like an English IPA than a DIPA. With that being said, it went down really smooth and was well balanced. The hops up front in all facets of this beer seem to mellow out, but it’s still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a light/medium body that’s got very light and almost no carbonation, and a sweet malty aftertaste that's on the dry side and seems like caramel comes through.

Not a hop bomb or West Coast DIPA that will shock your palate, this is smooth and subtle like a retro IPA throw-back that almost seems like a history lesson in brewing. This beer scores extra points for being cheap by NY standards, and overall this was enjoyable and would make a good session beer. Not sure it’s a DIPA, but it’s a good beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up out of morbid curiosity & hell, to do my tiny little part to encourage Boston to keep up with the branching out into wilder brews. Plus, sadly, one doesn't see too many $5 bombers in the Minnesota area. Batch 1. Nifty 22 oz. bomber split into two old tulips.

Pour a nice clay-like reddish, a clear, filtered clay. Strong grapefruit as the bottle pops open, with highlights of citrus & sweet malt. Pretty doggone nice.

Third Voyage's nose outperforms the tastiness. Too heavy on the malt for my tastes, the sweet malt is upfront & jiggling for the crowd before the hops have a chance to take off their shawls. Plenty of caramel candy. Hops are in the back seat, earthy, bitter, but with minimal flavor. This is a burly beer, too heavy, without the hops to lighten it up.

Disappointed after the nice nose. This is a pretty good beer with promise. The malt base is a smile & nod, but it needs a serious does of hops to bring it up to spec. So close.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a medium amber color that is perfectly clear with a small amount of carbonation bubbles present, pours with a beautiful two finger head that is frothy and is medium tan in color and lingers beautifully, leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass
S: hops, earthy notes, a bit of deeper malt character
T: cascade hops and citrus notes in the forward, middle consists of earthy notes, ends with a dry hop taste that ive come to associate with simcoe hops
M: gentle carbonation in the front, pretty smooth on the palate, leaves the mouth feeling bitter and extremely dry which im not particularly a fan of
O: a pretty good brew, i wasnt expecting much from sam adams on this one just because i really dont like latitude 48 very much and was expecting this to be just a more extreme version, had a good taste and depth to it, nice combination of the citrus qualities of certain hops and the dry qualities of other, overall it was nice

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Photo of Humulus85
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifer.

A big two-finger, cream head slowly settles leaving some very clumpy lacing. It's a deep but very clear, reddish gold, almost copper color. Nice looking brew.

Smell is piney and slightly fruity hops upfront, with a surprising amount of sweet malt behind it.

Exceedingly well balanced. Piney, slightly spicy hops upfront, and maybe a touch of dark fruits. Great clean, yet assertive, bready malt backing. Moderately bitter throughout.

Smooth and easy to drink. Medium bodied with a moderate, but appropriate level of carbonation. Coats the mouth well, with a dry finish.

Overall this is a good beer. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical with this obvious reach into the modern craft scene, but I can't forget Sam was one of the first to introduce me to real beer. I like how this one doesn't try to be a hop monster, but I do think the hop profile could be better. Cheers!

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

Third Voyage pours a clear amber color with a frothy head on top. As the foam slowly dissolves it leaves behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is faint with notes of caramel, bread, pine and fruit (raisin?). It almost reminds me of rye bread.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with some spicy notes. It begins with caramel, bread and a touch of ripe fruit like strawberry. Spicy flavors of pine and pepper balance out the sweetness. It finishes dry with a lingering flavor of caramel and pine.

This is an easy drinking DIPA with a nicely balanced flavor. It would be great with a hearty meal like a stew or pasta.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into a Stone IPA glass. Large, 3F cream colored head over a rich amber colored body, with tons of sticky lacing.

Aromas were light and somewhat one dimentional. Mostly pine needles, but a very faint sourdough bread in there as well.

Smooth and creamy across the palate, with solid DIPA qualities in the flavor. Mostly NW hops, but a good balancing caramel-like sweetness in the back end. Not astringent. Just well done. Little bit of soapyness in the finish. Fairly rich and sticky mouthfeel, with just the slightest carbonation level.

Very well done by BBC/SA. Enjoyable, and affordable. I did not recognize it on the shelf, but that may be a good thing for SA to break away from the typical label.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Voyage opens with a hop-forward aroma, full of pine, grapefruit, and lemon notes. However, the malts are not far behind in strength, and the beer is almost as full of baking wheat bread, yeast, and brown sugars. These latter smells are of such strength that they almost divert the attention from the hops, bringing into question the "Double IPA" status of the beer. This is not to say that the aromas are unbalanced or unappealing, as the brew does smell quite delicious--but the malts do almost upstage the hops.

On the tongue, the beer does start off with a huge hop blast, full of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and eucalyptus notes, and is immediately representative of the Double IPA category, since the hop flavors do take center stage on the tongue. The hops are quite bitter (listed on the menu of one Boston-area restaurant at 85 IBUs, though I have no confirmation of this from Sam Adams), and burn on the tongue and soft palate. Malty flavors also abound, bringing in yeasty wheat breads, toast crusts, brown sugars, and a healthy dose of orange and apricot fruit esters, the orange almost bordering on liqueur-strength. These alcoholic and sugary malts provide a nice counter to the bitter hops. They are, however, slightly alcoholic, and the beer has a vodka-like tinge about it due to the 8% ABV. The aftertaste is mainly pine and grapefruit zest from the hops, with a little toast crust, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good fare, and brings a wide-ranging and flavorful assortment of tastes to the table. The flavors tend mainly towards the bitter and liqueur-like, but some sugars do help offset this. The hop bite may be just a bit too strong, slightly out of balance with the hop flavors presented, but will surely appeal to hopheads.

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Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. in a Sam Adams glass. Batch 1. The body was clear and bright copper in color. There was a big cream colored head that left distinct rungs of lace.

The smell was spicy and fruity. Mild alcohol presence and soap. Bready malts.

The taste was spicy first and caramel sweetness second. Somewhat earthy. Grassy and floral. Nearly balanced with a semi dry bittering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy and full. Plenty of carbonation. Pretty solid but I prefer an out of balance hoppy/scorching DIPA.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some bready malts, a little fruit and piney peppery hops with a little resin.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit with a big acidic peppery bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste - a bit of salt(?) too. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a kind of surprising hop bomb from Sam Adams. I didn't really care for the hop profile though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams : Third Voyage Double IPA

Appearance: 22oz bottle. Pours perfectly clear deep orange with an impressive foamy cap. Makes a fine display of lace.

Smell: Balanced nose of nutty malts, orange zest, citrus oil, and floral notes. Clean alcohol is on the fringes but does not interfere.

Taste: Earth, pine, grapefruit, and mild spice can all be attributed to the hops. The malt body is mostly caramel, some honey and bread notes follow. One of the more balanced Imperial IPAs you will find, with only a small lingering herbal bitterness, otherwise I'd say it was dead even.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, alittle syrupy, creamy even. There's a small hop bite but not too sharp.

Overall: Enjoyable, the most mainstream double IPA I've had, may be able to convert some Sam Adams Boston Lager drinkers to the dark side.

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Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Years without even an IPA it seem Sam adams is tired of turning beer drinkers to the light only to have those drinkers move on to bigger and bitter things!

This beer starts out as classic Sam Adams, the perfect head with lacing and retention, perfect clarity, lovely color....only this time it doesn't seem forced to generic. There seems to be character here.

Sam Adams got the nose just to that citrus hoppy American IPA. Really good use of hops with a good but tame malt back.

Now what happened to the tame malt back? This stuff is insanely sweet. Good hop bites is in here, citrus as hell, but this beer is like a damn caramel dipped hop sucker instead of a good double IPA. Really really good citrus and pine hop flavors, sharp and an alcohol kick to dry the finish. The problem is the malt is too over the top.

By 2011 standards an 8% double IPA is rather tame, but this one has the heat of a 10% monster. Though really malty in taste the body isn't nearly as thick or chewy as expected.

Serve cold and split with those who will appreciate it. This isn't a great or even very good double IPA, but it is nice to see Sam Adams start going this direction. A bit of work and I see some great IPAs coming from these guys. For's a work in progress. Thankfully for a bomber the price is only a bit expensive (stone IPA after all is less and FAR better).

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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 bonkers
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep copper pour, 2"white head, lots of lacing. The aroma is big and piney. The beer is fairly sweet and malt forward for a DIPA, there is also a good amount of bitter pine and grapefruit in there. The finish is nice, lingering grapefruit pithe. The body is medium, sticky mouthfeel. A good beer, easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering copper Double IPA with a thick, fluffy head and irregular bubbles. Time to linger on the smell as the head takes time to recede--clean grapefruit punches up. Side of the bottle lists Cascade hops from the UK and New Zealand with Simcoe hops from the US. Third Voyage refers to Captain Cook's fatal but otherwise successful voyage by using ingredients from associated areas. Very little malt, but a light caramel note with the citrus and floral hop. Citrus continues into the first sip through a moderate mouthfeel, but more robust that I would expect from the color. The 8% alcohol suggests a fair amount of malt, which would explain the fuller mouthfeel. Again, from the bottle, the malt bill lists Harrington, Metcalfe and Copeland pale malts, Caramalt and Honey malt. The effect is a full, sweet bready caramel and toffee base for the hops. Of these, I'm only familiar with the later two malts. The varied hop and malt bill lends the beer a complex but subtle flavor. Not being over the top, this beer might suffer a bit with hop heads. Hops are subdued by the body. An elegant beer that's good, Third Voyage is well worth a try but I don't think I'll buy another bottle. I would be interested in trying it on tap if it fell into my path.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark orange/amber body with a sticky white head. Very resilient head that clings to the glass. If it weren't so dark, it would be quite nice.

Smell - Citrusy, but loaded with malt. Caramel and sweetness come through and push the citrus hops out of the way.

Taste - Like the aroma, it's citrusy at first, but all malt throughout. It's not terrifically sweet, but it's got a good dose of caramel sweetness at the start. It's quite bitter at the back, which saves it from being overly sweet, I suppose.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick and syrupy for an IPA. Not an easy beer to put away, either.

Overall - A big, lumbering IPA that doesn't really deliver any exciting flavors. Certainly not worth the price tag and a beer I've had so many times before from other mediocre breweries. That said, there's nothing unpleasant about it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a large white head. The aroma is a mix of orange citrus hops, as well as some caramel and biscuit malt. Smells like a malt-forward Double IPA. The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of toffee and biscuit malt, with some bitter oranges and a little bit of pine mixed in. The bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

22oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

The second I've tried from SA's Batch 1 releases. Tasman Red was incredible, so let's find out how Third Voyage holds up. Nice pour (a bit viscous), with a clear brassy body. Not much carbonation rising from the etched bottom, and the head is thin, white, and well-retained with a bit of lace. Decent aroma, but I expected a much bigger nose given the style and hop selection. Candy sugar malts with caramel balance a fruity, tropical hop note.

Flavor dials up the hops appropriately with a lasting bitter bite that hits mid-sip and lingers into the finish. Piny, floral notes prevail atop a snappy alcohol bite and a backbone of cracker-like malt notes. Nice mouthfeel: chewy, but not overly thick with a good carbonation level and excellent hop bite. All in all, a pretty worthy release from Sam Adam's. Above average for the style, but probably not a beer I'd shell out $9 a bomber for again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those big bottles from Sam Adams, interesting beers so far. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Beer is kind of brown, pretty clear, dirty white head, small bubbles, some lacing, some carbonation.

Aroma is piny, resiny, with hints of malt backbone, interesting.

Beer is heavy, chewy, pretty bitter, decent overall, a good attempt at an IPA. It is quite hoppy on the midpalate, the malt is a little heavy for my tastes but overall I would have it again.

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Photo of stickynotes
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bomber for $6.

Poured into a tulip. A rich, brownish-reddish head with good retention. Body is clear amber, looks nice.

I am disappointed with the aroma, its weak, I like a hoppy wiff when I crack an ipa open. Grapefruit, other citrus, a little sweet malt, pretty weak.

Taste is not too bold but well rounded. Subdued citrus up front, nice bitterness throughout, ends with caramel. Not too much hop presence. just a hint of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated.

Overall this is an ok dipa. All the components are there and come together well but not too boldly.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 22oz bottle the other day at The Beer Store ($5.99) and will now enjoy it while watching some NFL football... This batch #1 has an interesting blurb on the label about Capt. Cook and Cascade hops.

My nonic is now filled with a clear, deep copper-hued liquid. Carbo is sparse, and moves in slow-motion towards the surface. Up top sits a fine, thin creamy layer of off-white bubbles, and lacing is plentiful. Aroma displays plenty of citrus, along with a good amount of rindyness. Feel is very low on the prickle level and fairly high on smoothness, along with a medium-plus body.

I wasn't expecting as much malt as I'm finding here. A healthy dose of caramel malt, with a smidge of honey, layers the palate with some nice sweetness. That is soon offset by a more-than-healthy dose of lupulins. The citrus is plentiful, with resiny, piney, earthy hops coating the tongue and lingering long after the liquid has vacated the premises. I'm really liking this one, and the $5.99 price is very reasonable for a solid DIPA. Prosit!!

4.4 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with US Simcoe and Cascades from the UK and New Zealand. Funny that while some while some breweries are pushing local sustainability others are reaching out across the globe. And I drink it all.

Amber with a large off-white head. Good retention leaves a lacey mess.

Aroma is pine, pine, and more pine. Good thing I really like pine. Some freshly vacuumed carpet smell as well that I often get from Cascade.

Tastes showcases more piney highlights with a big, blunt, skunky grapefruit bitter. Mildly sweet bready malt underneath compliments the dry, piney hops.

The amount one likes this beer will be directly proportionate to the amount one likes pine.

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

A: The beer pours a very dark gold color with a thick head that leaves foam on the glass.

S: The beer Has a good amount of malt and hops. There is also some sweetness.

T: The beer has a defined amount of malt and hops. The sweet malt lingers on the tongue for a long time. I was hoping for more hops.

M: The beer is extremely smooth and it just goes down great. This is one of the smoothest when it comes to Imperial IPAs.

O: I was expecting this to blow me away, but it didnt. It is a very solid beer and has a lot of great qualities. Another solid beer from BBC

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

Pours an extremely clear deep red amber with tiny streams of bubbles. A thick, foamy cap rose two+ fingers to fill the glass and never fully retreated. Some clingy lace along the rim of the beer.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, pine resin, and some astringent grapefruit. The malt really dominates here.

The hops do their best to cut through all this malt--5 different kinds according to the label. Sticky caramel, toasted bread, and honey with grapefruit and dry, earthy cascade hops poking through. Some heavier hands with the simcoe would do wonders here.

Smooth and creamy with a touch of sweet malts coming in a rush on the finish. Medium bodied, a bit chewy. The finish is mostly sweet caramel and honey, but some grapefruit and orange rind bring a dose of bitterness.

Overall, this is imbalanced, in the wrong direction, for a dipa. This drinks pretty easy, and can easily be accepted by many palates, so I do understand the direction BBC was heading with this one. Slightly above average. This actually reminds me of a cleaner, maltier, less hoppy version of Yakima Glory.

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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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