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 Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow great little double IPA from Sam Adams. Because of the distibution of might get a lot more new comers to try this style. That being said not bad at all.

Dark looking lots of lacing smell has a nice citrusy dark pine going for it as well.

Mouthfeel is more of the same as ot sticks with you and overall a really awesome DIPA for the masses as I think many will get to try this and like it.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

batch #1 into my deschutes snifter.

a - pours a deep copper shade with a sudsy, two finger, tan head that swells up and sits calmly on top of the brew. eventually it dies down to a thin cap and leaves thick chunks of sticky lace in the glass.

s - grass, honey, melon, toasted malt, faint floral notes.

t - big toasted and carmel malt flavors followed by a bit of herbal hop character. bitterness slowly crescendos with a pine resin twang and lingers dryly. more malt forward than i was expecting, but still balanced.

m - full in body with the right amount of carbonation. finer co2 profile. maybe just a little heavier than it should be.

o - pretty good, but becomes a bit of a chore to drink about halfway through the bottle. a 12oz bottle seems more appropriate for this beer. intense? yes. bright? no. vivid? well, maybe. certainly much better than most other sam adams offerings, but don't go out of your way to get it.

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

Again, they suggest to try it fresh or to age it. not sure this one would benefit any from aging. don't get it.

pretty reddish, though not as deep as the "Tasman red IPA". a big bubbled eggwhite colored head laces well and recedes slowly.

hoppy aroma. definitely cascade heavy. citrus and pine. some lighter malts beneath that with a touch of sweetness sneaking through.

flavor is not as hop-heavy, but with tons of sweet malts. hops are definitely still there, but fail to impress or exert their pungency.

medium bodied with just enough carbonation and a nice resiny and bitter finish.

It's good. but definitely not near the top of the style. would drink again, but will probably pass this over for other, better examples of the style. I think with the "third voyage of Captain James Cook" theme, this one went for style over substance. It ended up good, but not memorable. The different Cascade hops used can definitely be detected, and makes it a bit interesting, but still not as good as others of the style.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent ruby mahogany color with over an inch of frothy head. Tons of lacing. Really nice aroma. Tropical fruits, citrus, a hint of pine and maybe a bit of sweet bubble gum. Taste is a nice bitter flavor. Pine,citrus and grapefruit. Really resinous with a dry mouthfeel. Oily. Floral hops towards the end. Im pretty impressed with this offering. Sam Adams has made a good Imperial IPA right here. Overall, seek this one out.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their new bomber into my 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Poured 2 thick fingers of fluffy lite orange/tan cumulus clouds. Color is a beautiful rich copper, a liquid penny. Big fluffy laces from each sip, very nice.

Smell - Smells fantastic - dark toffee, sweet citrus, nice grassy notes and a touch of pine.

Taste - Wow, this is really nice. A great complexity here - starts with big citrussy hops and carmel, then grassy hops and citrus rind, then dry grapefruit zest, finishing off with some chewy pine resin. No big punches here, but a wonderfully blanced and complex transition. Not overly sweet, there is a great malty carmel backbone that carries all the hoppy variations thru the sip. Finish is dry and piny, with little pockets of toffee and citrus left in the corners of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth, nice juiciness from the citrus. Carb is somewhat low which lends to the smoothness, and really lets the flavors coat the mouth.

Overall - I'll tell you what, this is really a fantastic DIPA. The 8% ABV is very well hidden, and makes the bomber easier to finish. I hope Sammy decides to keep this available in bombers year round, two thumbs way up from me. Give this one a try.

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Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingered white fluffy head on a clear red body. Clumptastic lacing and well above average head retention.

Nice tropical grapefruity aroma.

More tropical fruits, caramel malts. Lingering hop bitterness.A little unnecessarily boozy.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Pretty middle of the road DIPA here but at its price point well worth the try. Nice to see the BBC branching out.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright ruby, with a one inch off white head, nice looking lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, and a little breadyness. Taste is all of those, with a bitter grapefruit finish that surprises you. Body is nice, but different than most DIPA's. Plenty of carbonation. This drinks and looks more like a hoppy strong ale. I had know idea this beer was coming, so glad I bought 3 of them. Impressed and $5.99 is a solid price.

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Photo of rab53
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby-amber. Big creamy white head. Aroma is weak. Label states Cascade and Simcoe, but I get faint earthy hops like an English IPA. Low carbonation leaving a smooth silky mouthfeel. Not bad, but not something I'd ever go back to when looking for an IPA fix.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the newly released Sam Adams Bomber into a gigantic oversized pint glass Z(gag item that I take seriously).

Appears an orangey brown with an abundance of fluffy creamy head. Head doesn't subside. No effervescence really seen and beer appears a bit uniform under the foam.

Smells rather hoppy with skunky citrus standing out the most. It has a little maltiness coming through too but I'm decently impressed with its nose.

Taste is a little too musty and malty for me with the hops coming through in the nose apparently more of a dry-hopping for odor as opposed to flavor. It does hide the booze flavor rather well with no real booze burn for 8%.

Mouthfeel is decent here. It;s rather thick in the mouth and it carries a little hop syrup to it.

Overall a decent beer but it's apparent that this is Sam's effort to make its way a little deeper into the craft market. It's not quote the same as the true small batch I look for.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chimay chalice. Batch no. 1 on bottle.

A: deep Amber, light copper color, with a minimal frothy off white head. Great full coating of lacing around the glass.

S: weak citrus and pine hop aromas. It took a real agitating swirl to get a decent whiff. Smooth sweet aromas of pale and caramel malts.

T: pine and floral hop flavor up front, mixes well with a light sweet malt. Turns quite bitter and citrusy towards the finish. All in all the flavor is very balanced. Nothing quite as "vivid and intense" as the label promises.

M: light-medium body, lighter carbonation, and quite drinkable. A little dry on the finish.

O: not bad, but not what I expected. It's more of a smooth, easy drinking dipa with no hint at its abv. for that, it succeeds, but I was hoping for a bigger hop presence considering it boasting 3 types of cascades and Simcoe hops.

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