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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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Ratings: 1,012 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice light mahogany color with a creamy tan two finger head that disappeared mighty quickly.

S - Nice pine aroma upfront, then caramel, toffee, and butter and malt.

T - Meh. Really ordinary. Little toffee and malt up front then wham! Hop bitterness. That's about it.

M - Little sticky, abundant bitterness that sticks on the tongue for a good long while. I think I might still be tasting it.

O - Well, I don't know. It's not bad. Tastes like a lot of other nameless brews, but it's not terrible either. Just kind of...plain, Jane.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a gorgeous dark shade of transparent cherry with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Looks really nice, but I don't expect a DIPA to be cherry-tinted....but regardless, very nice looking

S- I think there's a decent bit of simcoe in this, because I'm getting a lot of cat piss in the aroma. Note: I don't like cat piss

T- really, really overly sweet....almost tough to drink. No real hop bitterness. Kind of a mess

M- syrupy. Too syrupy. Ugh

O- yeah, I think this one might be better a little fresher, but it's turned into an absolute mess with a whopping month of age on it. No thanks.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of smerrell
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one surprised me in its sweetness. The aroma is very nice,and the head stays around fora long time. At first, I noticed honey notes,but after reading other reviews,I certainly get the butter flavor. The hops are assertive and help this beers lot.

Not a bad beer,although I might not go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of lilnicky068
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of coachdonovan
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. No bottling or best-by date, just "Batch No. 1"

First reviews are from 10/29, so it can't be THAT old. i had a small sample of this from a big-breasted distributor rep back in November, but i don't remember anything remarkable (good or bad).

Color is pretty close to amber, pretty close to clear. Billowing head is the color of "white" sand and clumps of it stick around forever, both on top of the beer and stuck to the side of the glass. Aroma strikes a good balance between citrus hops and sweet malt, to which it may lean a bit too much.

WTF- flavors are all over the place and way out of whack. First recognizable taste is straight butter, literally. Hops sweep through a second or two later and try to wipe that out with bittterness. That works at first, but there is an odd grainy finish.

I was pretty pleased with getting a bomber of 8% for less than six bucks, but in the end this was a chore to finish. Disappointing after such a good look and aroma.

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Photo of fwiz
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my maisel's weisse pilsner glass. (I know it’s a DIPA I just like the glass)

Appearance: Beer pours a nice red amber color with a big 2 finger head that last a long time, and then falls to a lot of lace down the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt, caramel, piney hops and a bit of honey. Some citrus fruit like pineapple or grapefruit in the background.

Taste: Almost exactly like the smell, with great bitterness and citrus from the cascade hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Average carbonation. Nice bitter, dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer from Sam Adams. I must admit I'm not that big of a fan of Sam Adams beers but this was a very good one. They do make a good white ale.

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Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A nice lighter mahogany color with a fluffy white head that receded at a slower rate than most do, but didn't last forever as I have seen from some beers with such a nice head to start out. Lacing is caked on to the back of the glass, covering a good 65% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Some caramel hides behind a pretty big, bitter hop aroma. A hint of pine and other woody flavors creep in as well.

TASTE: Wow. I was not expecting much, but this is a pretty tasty DIPA. A lot more pine and caramel on this one than I expected given the nose and the bitterness is just right, building as the glass fades away.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice stickiness, but with a decent, tickling sparkle to keep it from being too mouthcoating. A sweeter start with a dry finish really make this feel as well balanced as it tastes.

OVERALL: A fairly impressive offering from Sam Adams. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one going in, but I am pleasantly surprised and will certainly reach for this one again at some point in the future if they brew it again.

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Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oline73
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with a finger of foamy off white head. Small bubbles keep rising from the base of the glass. The head fades to a layer on top of the glass with a bunch of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: This one is malty up front with some mild caramel and cherry. Then the hops show up. The mix is nice, but the smell is pretty mild.

Taste: The hops are much stronger here than they were in the smell. The malt is still there, but the bitterness crushes it. The only issue I have here is that the hops are really bitter but don't have too much flavor other than that. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I'm a big fan of breweries trying to go big like this. I'll always give brewers credit for being adventurous. I hope Sam Adams keeps up this line even if this wasn't my favorite.

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Photo of gvacca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Great Divide tulip glass.

Beer puts a crystal clear bronzed amber with about two fingers of off-white head. Some moderate lacing.

Smell: some piney hops and a punch of sweet caramel malt. Perhaps, a hint of smokiness.

Tastes more like an English IPA to me than an American DIPA, not that that's a bad thing. Not a lot of bitterness and a fairly tame dose of hops on the whole. Loads of mild caramel malt, but not too sweet. A touch biscuity as well.

The mouthfeel is a touch thin. Carbonation is appropriate and tree's no hint of alcohol even at 8%.

Overall, nice to see Sam Adams expanding their offerings. This isn't going to blow any hop heads away but it's still a well crafted and balanced beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. About an inch of good-looking head. Nice white bubbly lacing spread out fairly equally. Even film on the sides.

Smelled of citrus hops. Tangerine and orange seemed to come out on top. Smelled pretty damn good.

Citrus hops right away on the taste. More grapefruit than the nose, but orange and tangerine are still around. Bitter finish.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Really liked this beer. So good, so smooth. Not too much to complain about.

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Photo of Chopman50
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of yesyouam
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Third Voyage is a very clear, dense copper ale with a thick, bubbly, pale yellow foam that has outstanding retention. It has a fresh, hoppy aroma that's grassy and juicy. Sweet caramel is detected. It's smooth, creamy and full bodied. The finish is a little dry, chewy and a touch gritty. It's pretty sweet from start to finish. The bitterness is there, but the malt takes all the edge off of that. It kind of tastes like... a caramel coated lime. The aftertaste is pretty much straight grapefruit. This tastes nice. This seems like a dessert IPA, if there's such a thing.

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Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't ever started off by mentioning the action of the decant, but this one was odd enough to point out. Must be the shape of the bottle that caused it to "glug" in an odd say that concerned me, but I doubt it leads to a big problem. In fact it actually helped create a decent frothy off white head with great lacing. Color was nice as well. Deep orange and crystal clear. The nose presents ample breasts, err, sorry (Kaley Cuoco just distracted me) grapefruit smell, yet the initial quaf begins with a more earthy direction before a touch of bitter grapefruit and the tiniest amount of what seems like anise crosses the tongue. The sensation of this beer is pleasantly creamy in a full bodied vehicle. All around, this isn't too shabby. I'd like to see this with a little more rounded edge, but still not much to bitch about. Fix the "glug"in maybe...

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Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange amber color with a pretty serious light tan head, good retention, pretty nice lacing

S - Bitter hops of both the citrus and pine variety. Biscuit and smokey aromas as well, some well integrated spice too.

T - Slightly malty with citrus flavors initially, spicy flavors show up front as well, dry hop bitterness follows and finishes on the pallet. Spice is evident throughout but probably more so at the finish. Nice dry/bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger more than 5 seconds or so. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Dry bitterness and spices shine mostly here

M - Medium bodied, pretty drinkable, solid carbonation

O - Pretty surprised with this one, I like it quite a bit. Very dry/bitter/spicy but still super refreshing to me. solid all around

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Photo of budgood1
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle a bronzish colour with a light tan head. foam abounds with some clinging lace. a balance of sweet cara/toffee maltiness and earthy, grassy, citrus splashed hops. the taste profile is bold and brash...alcohol sting right up front. dirty herbal hoppiness whacks the tongue with a load of blistering bitterness. malt profile has a intense chewy graininess about it...spinning off some fleeting cocoa, toffee and nougat flavours. but as a DIPA should be, the booze and bitterness rule the roost in this one. big, boisterous body here..with a tongue tingling mouthfeel. finishes on the dry side. drinkability is fair...the IBU's really bring the goods here, if you like your socks knocked off.

overall, i'm impressed with the fact that this DIPA offering from SA brings it with some blistering hop bitterness. since it runs on the highly attentuated, dry side...there is no residual sweetness to offset. it's all a matter of taste i suppose considering how you like your DIPA's. i've had too many that are cloyingly sweet, with the hop bill struggling to assert itself. Third Voyage doesn't mess around.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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