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

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83
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1,012 Ratings
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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,012
Reviews:
335
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
69
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,012 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of maleman
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. No freshness dating. Poured a tea color with a two-finger head that was slow to recede. Lacing was thick and oily. The nose was mostly biscuit with twinge of grass, caramel, and resin. The taste did not follow the nose for me as it was very tinney with alcohol. The bread was overly heavy with little citrus or hops. This brew was more than medium-bodied with a lingering aftertaste. Carbonation was above average. Overall, as a guy who loves DIPA's and someone who is fond of Sam Adams, this beer was somewhat of a disappointment for me. Far from their best effort. RB!

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of waldoiverson
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into nonic

a: very clear, golden amber color with sticky lacing and somewhat unimpressive head

s: sweet, cracker aroma with both herbal and citrus notes, alcohol present

T: sweet maltiness, slight graham cracker notes, light citrus but mostly herbal mint/menthol tone with semi sweet bitter finish

M: moderately dry, a bit coating but cleans off with the alcohol and carbonation

O: It's OK but the hops seem to have a foot in the citrus and herbal camps. I'd prefer one or the other.

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Photo of nukem5
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Hop-tology sampler case and I thought it was the best of the bunch.Triple cascade hops indeed!

A: Ours a great looking amber color with a nice foamy cap and some big lacing down glass. This really looks appetizing and delicious ... yummy.

S: Aroma is a big ol' kick to the head, the cascade hops are very inviting and then on second smell you get some of the sweet roasty malts that help make this one a great drinking experience.

T: Sip...Great citrusy punch with a good base malt to steer to the next...Sip...caramels and earthy...Sip... I bet you wish you had one right now if your reading this...Sip... Taste is well balanced and a lots of flavors mixing well.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied with a great carbonation level not to bubbly but enough to cleanse the palate for the next sip to soak into the tongue. I had this with a nice crisp garden salad.

O: Overall I will definitely buy this again ...please make this available for case purchases... thanks to all at Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz bottle poured into a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber with a large off-white head. The head has decent retention, and leaves plenty of sticky, durable lacing. [4.25]

S: Earthy, fruity and herbal hops with some caramel malt.

T: A bit less hoppy than expected, at first, but the finish and aftertaste suggest a strong hop hit was there earlier. Some sweetness and baked bread tones from the malts. More earthy than fruity. A moderate amount of grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: lightly dry; medium-full body; good carbonation level; slight burn of higher ABV and/or hops.

O: A "double IPA" that drinks and tastes much like a regular IPA, albeit with a modicum of added richness.

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Photo of jda007
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. No freshness date, just a statement indicating that the beer can be aged or enjoyed now.

A: Pours a clear red/orange with a huge off-white head. Excellent retention, thin rings of lacing stripe the glass all the way down as the beer is consumed.

S: Hops are very earthy with scents of freshly broken pine needles, a slight grassy/herbal hint, and some vague tropical fruits in the background. Maybe tangerine, marmalade, and passion fruit. Hint of lemon peel. The malt base is sweet and sugary on the nose. Combined with the hops, it creates a sort of iced tea impression. Malt aromas include a touch brown bread and crust as well. As a whole the nose is good, but a bit subdued.

T: Earthy hops at the outset. Pine resin and grapefruit rind bitterness. There's a slight grassy and herbal edge to the hops too. Subtle citrusy spike in the background, maybe lemon. Malt tastes are not as sweet as the nose suggested. They are bready and a bit crusty with a distinct nutty, coffee impression. Touch of toffee too. Finishes with a lingering hint of coffee and some earthy hop tastes, this time with a more pronounced herbal/tobacco flavor.

M: This one has more body to it than your standard DIPA. It's moderately thick, and even chewy thanks to the solid malt backbone. Rich, full, and creamy/silky in texture.

O: Seems like they're leaning more toward the English side of the spectrum with this one. Big and fairly hefty in body, very balanced. It's good, if you like that sort of thing. The hop profile is interesting. The strain is cascade, an American variety, though they take them from three very different regions of the world. I've had many a beer with cascade as the primary or only hop at play, but there's definitely a bit more nuance to it here. I enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I drank it, but I can't quite see how it will fit into the market. Beer geeks aren't exactly clamoring for big, balanced, English-inspired DIPAs.

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Photo of PGVG
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep auburn-orange with swirls of thick bubbles feeding a spongy tan head. The beer is very clear and that head fades faster then I'd like.

The nose is pleasing but not a hop assault that is expected from a double IPA. More malty and sweet then hoppy bittered but there is a little citrus in the distance.

Taste is much like the nose with more of a grain flavor then a hop bomb. Sweet and malty with subtle hints of tropical fruit flavors. To say this is anything above average is generous.

The mouthfeel is where this brew makes up for previous indiscretions. Sharp hop bite that I can feel eroding a layer of enamel from my bicuspids. Mixed that with a perfect pinch of carbonation and a lovely balance from the malts in the finish. The feel is what keeps me interested in this otherwise average brew.

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

Great beer. Poured with a nice foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that lasts forever and a ton of glass coating lace. Color is a dark honey amber. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel. Flavor's like nose, a little skanky, hop, earth. Flavor's like nose, bitter/carbonic tang on top with a bit of sweet. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is very long on bitter. Couldn't drink many, but it's good stuff.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops is quite powerful and balanced with strong sweet caramel malt base. Taste is a mix between some citrus and piney hops notes with a sweeter then expected malt backbone with caramel and toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. A bit more of a pronounced hops presence with residual sugar would have provided greater enjoyment of this one IMHO.

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Photo of Acuity
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of therica
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Triple-Cascades?!? Cool.

Poured into my cool new Samuel Adams pint glass - $1.99 on close-out locally heh.

A= light copper-amber, a nice white foamy head gradually reducing to lacing.

S= nice sweet malts, decent Cascade hops nose but not what I'd expect, especially after the hops kicked in, below.

T= major Cascade blast, plenty of pine and some grapefruit. The hops flavor isn't your typical Cascade though-- there's a lot of interesting complexity in here, plus the mix of malts.

M= residual hops bitters and some nice malts to chew on. After it warms you can practically breathe the beautiful hops-malts mix.

O= the overall creation is greater than its singular factors-- ie NICE. Something I'd expect from a higher-level micro brewery.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow -- that's a good beer.

I had this from a 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

After reading the overall description of this beer, I wasn't really looking forward to it in my Hop-ology pack. However, it's one of my favorites so far (After Dark Depths).

The beer has a perfect, clear, amber/golden color with no haze at all... the mouth feel is among the best of any beer I've ever had. It's a pretty heavy beer, but that's to be expected when you see it has 280 calories for a bottle (There's also an 8.0% ABV, which contributes to the calories AND the buzz I get when I drink it on an empty stomach).

Of course, the most important thing is the taste, and I REALLY enjoy this one. It's just as the beer is described -- earthy, and slightly hoppy, but very little bitterness. The mouth feel of the Third Voyage just makes everything better.

I expected this to be an average beer ... it turned out to be one of my favorites.

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of tsm2011
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of RichD
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of fields336
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger off white golden head, clings and hangs for a while. lace is superb. dark reddish brown beer, clear, filtered. slow carbonation coming off bottom

S: toffee, bready, caramel, citrus, herbal, earthy

T: caramel, toffee, slight citrus, herbal, medicinal-ish(hard to explain), a slight minty and earthy taste on the finish, chocolate and roast/coffee as it warms. complex but not in a great way.. nothing stands out really

M: full bodied, a sipper. carbonation is nice though considering the gravity.

O: nice double IPA from the hop-ology pack. nothing spectacular but pretty decent just like most of SA.

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