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

Batch 1

Third Voyage pours a copper color. Looks mostly clear. It has a reddish tint that’s apparent when held to light. An off-white head stands about a finger and a half tall. It’s rather quick to recede, but leaves a nice coat of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is okay. It’s not bad, but it is rather average for a DIPA. It’s not very strong at all. It features some caramel malt up front. It definitely smells sweet and sugary. There are some interesting hop notes that follow. They’re rather subdued and secondary. Perhaps a little too muted by the strong malt presence. Nevertheless, the hops smell citric, featuring grapefruit and orange scents. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is a little better. The malt base does feature quite the dose of caramel malt. It is quite sweet. Not my favorite thing. Hops are a little stronger. They feature citric grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors. There’s only a hint of bitterness. It’s honestly pretty well balanced. Also not my favorite thing for a DIPA. There are some light piney hop flavors that emerge late. Alcohol is there, but really doesn’t seem too strong. Finishes sweet and malty with a touch of pine.

Third Voyage has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It definitely has a nice, smooth feel. Mouthfeel is probably its strongest attribute. True story. In terms of drinkability, it’s just okay. It’d be better if I enjoyed the flavor a little more.

Third Voyage is a somewhat less than interesting release from Boston Beer Company. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Honestly, it just seems like a bigger version of one of the Latitude 48 varieties. It suffers the same flaw – it needs more hops! If you’re into Latitude 48, you’ll probably dig it. If not, you’ll probably find it to be just okay. Probably worth a try in any event.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Batch #1.

A: Pours a pure, clear brass with a rocky, sticky off-white head. Really nice lacing on the sides. Good retention, with a nice mountain of spongy foam left to cover most of the surface of the beer.

S: Big grapefruit nose. Sweet, but you can definitely smell the looming bitterness. A nice balancing maltiness behind it.

T: Good stuff. Nice hop profile: blend of citrus (grapefruit, pithy bitter orange) and black pepper, spicy earthiness, dankly herbal, pine. A nice wave of bitterness hits the palate after the initial hop flavors come out, followed by a good amount of toasted, biscuity malt to balance. Alcohol is slightly palpable throughout but works well. A bit of a hoppy, marijuana-like kick in the finish, with slightly buttery malt and a big coating of bitterness lingering after the swallow.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy.

O: Impressed by this one. Not as intense as some DIPAs, but certainly scores well in all the categories. Yum.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of beergod1
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, a honey/amber color, with an off white head. Lots of sticky lace. Aroma is strong pine resin and grapefruit, balanced with a hint of caramel sweetness. Strong grapefruit hop flavor up front fading to a more mellow floral hop in the middle with a sweet biscuit flavor towards the end. Finishes bitter. Full, creamy palate. More of SA brews need to be this flavorful. This was pretty good.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is hoppy with a grapefruit overtone and just a bit of an alcohol nip. It pours a very appetizing clear mahogany with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, light golden-tan head. Strongly hoppy flavor has a grapefruit underpinning and subtle woody and resin-ish notes but minimal bitterness. Firm-bodied texture is quite lively, fizzy and tingly, leaving a decidedly hoppy and slightly fruity finish. Worth a voyage to find this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Standard clear amber in color with another vanishing foam collar, no real lacing to speak of.

S. Unusually light levels of pine hopping for a DIPA, caramel malt aroma, some weedy grassy herbals used as accent points in the nose. This is the nose that belongs on an PA, not a DIPA. Simcoe's trademark onion aroma is nowhere to be found. How disappointing.

T. Once again this comes across as a PA. Light pine hopping on a caramel malt. Minor levels of herbal hopping. That's it.

M. Medium body and carbonation, the alcohol content is extremely well hidden on the palate.

Pretty good PA. Too bad it says DIPA on the label.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - amber brown with a reddish glow. White frothy head.

S - citrus and hoppy but not overpowering. Faint malty sweet smell came through as the beer came to room temp.

O- I enjoyed this bomber over a 2 hour span and I think it got better as it warmed. This is an exceptional DIPA that is as smooth as it gets for the style. I'd like to see this beer in more than just the limited edition.

Edit: over a year later I got my wish as it was released as part of the hopology mix pack.

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the new Sam bomber style bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with a tick inch of white foam. The foam holds. Very strong pine smell, like a green forest. Taste is a hoppy citrus. Earthy, with notes of tobacco. Bittering picks up and accelerates with warmth - yet alcohol remains relatively subdued. Heavy. A bomber-ful really fills one up.

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Photo of ghampton106
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – red/amber color, clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – hoppy aroma much as you’d expect from an IPA. I could smell/id the Cascade hops, but not the Simcoe brand. Lively hop smell though, truly.

Taste – pretty strong hop flavor, but the bitterness is actually fairly subdued considering it’s a double IPA. The taste of the hops is fairly prevalent, again, as one would expect. Not much else permeating the taste, but there must be something else there that’s helping back off the bitterness.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the creamier side.

Overall – not a bad-tasting brew at all. Not terribly intriguing to think about, but not at all dull either.

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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper. Head is rocky, bubbly, and clings to the glass. Light khaki. Carbonation is lively. Head retention keeps it at a thin cap for the duration.

Smell: Pears. slightly floral, and a touch earthy. Some mint. Malts run toward a sweeter caramel with a little bit of a roasted compliment on the back. Orange juice and some light brown sugar. Very sweet, but packs enough hop presence to mute it a touch.

Taste: Gritty, earthy, and slightly spicy hops. Malts are sweet as expected and hit on toasted bread crust with a slight cooked sweetness. Loads of citrus. Some orange and grapefruit rind. Grassy and the malt sweetness builds over time.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that leans toward heavy, but the carbonation is on the high side. Slightly sticky and dry on the finish.

Overall: A unique hop profile, but it feels like it's missing something. The malts are too sweet and the hops come across as grassy. It's decent, but doesn't blend well.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle

A: Cloudy, goldenrod, decent internal carbonation

S: Light citrus, heavy hops (of course), a bit of grapefruit

T: As a huge fan of hops I found myself quite pleased. In parallel with its smell, hints of citrus fruits abounded. Nice bitterness to finish.

M: Nothing spectacular, but heavier than I imagined it would be. Lingering after taste almost to a point of annoyance (dries the mouth a bit).

O: A delicious beer for any hop enthusiast, just be sure to keep some water on hand to sip afterwards.

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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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