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

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Third Voyage Double IPAThird Voyage Double IPA
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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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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-26-2011

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the style and brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, decent cream and thickness, and good retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is mediocre.

Sm: Cannabis, oily hops, and clean malts. Cannabis is dominant. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite oily - to its detriment. Cannabis comes through only slightly. Clean crisp malts provide the foundation, which seems designed to allow the hops to shine - only they don't; it's just too damned simple. Oily hops and clean malts does not a good beer make. It isn't particularly balanced to boot. Some floral character, with maybe a vague hint of pine. No real vibrant citrus or fruit. Artificially full-bodied.

Mf: Oily. Somewhat coarse, particularly on the climax. Wet throughout. A bit too thick for its lack of rounded flavour. Carbonation is adequate but far from ideal.

Dr: A drinkable double IPA that just plain misses the mark. This bears little resemblance to the concoction invented over at Russian River, whether you like it or not. I wouldn't get this again. It's decidedly mediocre. An underwhelming offering from Sam Adams. This is one even diehard fans of the style can pass over without regret.


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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing pale about this ale, it's bordering on a light amber. Regardless, it's a light orangey brown color. Very clear for the stle. The had is a mixture of different sized white bubbles with good retention. As the head falls, a nice lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is top notch with mostly hops bringing an earthy pine and citrus scent to the table, along with a biscuity malt backbone to keep things in balance. Very bready nose.

Clearly it's hop forward, but the alcohol is a major player in the taste game as well. This has to be what a Christmas tree tastes like, though the malt is prevalent as well.

A lot of citrus and sweetness up front, followed by a resinous bittering from all the Cascade hops. A sticky finish, with some slight tartness as well.

Not a bad example from Sam Adams. I think it's a somewhat overrated brewer, but this is a slightly above average representation of the style. Pretty easy to drink given it's a DIPA with 8% ABV.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A big solid simple off caramel colored head, three fingers deep lots of retention and swiss cheese bubbles. Body color is a very dark amber brown, nearly red and fairly clear.

Nose is pretty closed. Mild toasty brown sugar malts, hop presence feels English tea like and very buried.

A good bitter hop blasts comes through that feels very burnt and tannic tasting, even splintery wooden. Aftertaste hits with a faint dry cheap black pepper. Malt presence hinted on the nose seems to have sugar caramel richness but it not really brought to the forefront. There's a good body behind this beer with a thick malt backbone feeling, but not in taste.

Overall it's quite underwhelming and not that enjoyable for me, this isn't doing it for me. In the realm of DIPAs out there I can't see myself even enjoying this, or ever wanting to try it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dim amber color. Body is transparent. Head is a suitable size. Head is frothy and has staying power. Looks lke ost Sam Adams beers: clean, textbook and attractive.

S-Spicy and citrusy hops counter a decent malt bill. Balanced. Breaded maltiness. Pretty solid nose. Fails to display a distinguishing aroma, but it smells good overall.

T-Hops were more attractive in the nose. The hop flavor fades back into the same profile as the rest of the beers in the mixed 12 pack. Instead of bright, vibrant citrus flesh, I taste that same old sugary, candied citrus flavor. Not much hop complexity. Malt is even more noticeable here. Very balanced...far too balanced for my taste. Simple and unoffensive.

M-The beer's feel is a miss. Not bitter enough. Too clean. Feels filtered. Not coarse enough for my taste. Malt lends a chewy feel.

O/D-Not happy with this. So inconspicuous it's offensive. Not assertiveness and no individuality. A balanced, simple DIPA. Just boring.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber batch 1
I poured this one into a perfect pint glass. It has a beautiful dark golden color body with a nice sticky tan head that hangs around for a while. The smell is of piney notes. The taste is nice and bittering hops up front like a blast on front of the tongue. Then it mellows out just a little bit on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is great, leaves a little bitter after taste. Overall i really like this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Pours amber with 4 fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing. Good looking beer, shame it didn't deliver in other areas..

S: Light breadyness

T: Leafy hops, pears, slight lemony & piney hoppyness, plus pears up front. More leafy hops as this warms, pears, just tastes old.
Hops in play here are not flattering at all to the style, woody & piney hops along with some pear notes, Finishes dry, & with woody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy, not so great balance.

This is a very dissapointing mess. I usually like/love Sammy, but not this one

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3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fair DIPA if a bit too sweet with somewhat muted hop edges.

Presentation: Custom 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams rebranding series, with a soft green background and an illustration of an astrolabe? Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Encourages to have now or age for complex flavor but show no evident bottling date, box recommended a best by September for freshness. Notes 8.0%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, surface memory and lacing.

S - More caramel sweetness over the bitter hops than anything else…

T - Caramel, and a bready malt sense over some resinous bitterness… Light floral touch.

M - Medium to medium-full body with medium/light small textured carbonation, sticky finish over the lingering bitter sweet flow.

O - Not a bad brew and pretty pleasing but the hop bill, even for an all cascade? DIPA does not quite shine.

Notes: Liking the effort and offering but maybe is the predominant cascade range that need and produces that lingering sweetness.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the new Sam Adams mixed IPA 12 pack.

Pours a fairly clear golden color, decent white head to it. Not much to the aroma, faint hops. Taste is medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. For an 8% ABV, this beer is surprisingly not very hoppy or bitter, seems to be pretty malt heavy. Tasty and finishes clean, but could have used a bit more hop bite. Just seems a bit subdued for the style, but pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a beautiful amber color with a thick off-white yellow tinted head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a great deal of lacing.

Smell – A nice sweet caramel and biscuit aroma are mixed with a stronger pine smell. A grapefruit and lemongrass aroma are also present mixing with the others nicely.

Taste – The taste starts out biscuit and bready, with a lighter caramel flavor. These are mixed with a pine and citrus flavor. The pine grows stronger toward the middle of the taste where a lighter alcohol flavor comes onto the scene. Given more time the alcohol flavor gets stronger and when it mixes with more bitter citrus and some earthy hop flavors a bitter and boozy flavor is left on the tongue taking away from the overall taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is nice and creamy with a carbonation level that is medium. Both are wonderful for an Imperial IPA and really allow one to experience both the malt as well as the hop.

Overall – This would have been a wonderful brew as it had a fantastic look, smell, and mouthfeel, unfortunately its taste was quite off; There was far too much booziness and it was a bit on the bitter side.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,012 ratings
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