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 kenzak
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Koufax21
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It comes out a deep red with an 1" full off white head and laces the glass nicely. It smell of English hop. I really with it would've had the aroma of their Simcoe Lattitude 48. The taste was above average with some sweet caramel malt backbone. The hops in the bittering seem to be predominately American. Mouthfeel was a bit on the overcarbonated side but still adequate. Pretty good beer overall, but I'd have a tough time passing up the equally priced Stone Ruination that sits right next to it at my bottle shop.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful cherry coloring with a neat clarity and a medium rise of effervesce. A one finger marshmellow fluff head is sandstone in color and displayed a moderate rate of retention. Milky thick lace clumps to the vessel for lace.

S: For aroma toasted grains with pine needles and dry forest underbrush. The scent was light to moderate in strength, more on the ipa rather imperial level.

T: The flavor had a dry and pungent offering of simcoe hop flower cones and pine. Dry toasted grains, grapefruit, woodsy forest brush and a very good level of hoppiness.

M: Tingly carbonation, near full body, with a spicy dry citrus and pine bite. Dry flowery lace.

O: Overall dry flowery ipa with a solid show of hoppiness. Sam adams makes good here by style long overdue.

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Photo of sailorastro
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Overall: While my impression on Third Voyage was a good one, it's too heavy a beer to enjoy regularily. Its overpowered character could stand alone without the caramel notes that surface in its taste.

Appearance: Deep garnet red when held to the light, otherwise it holds a rich mahogany color. Good carbonation with a heavy two finger head. Good lacing.

Smell: Hoppy; bitters; citrus zest; maple.

Taste: Holds a thick, honey-sweet hickory flavor. A very bitter and woody brew that oddly balances off with caramel sweetness. Brings memories of burnt hickory-smoked bacon drenched in maply syrup... minus the saltiness of the bacon.

Mouthfeel: An upfront thickness weighs in but fades to a good, crisp finish.

Batch #1 - sampled from an Ommegang tulip glass.

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Photo of BucsNBucks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep ruby color with a rich two/three finger off white head. The retention is nice sticky lace around the glass and blankets the top of the ale. Man this DIPA looks great in a snifter!!

The aroma is rich with a beautiful balance of malt and hop. A little bit on the English side. Biscuit malt, caramel, toasted malt with a hint of smokiness. The hops pull through and are just strong enough. Citrus and pine notes from the hop. No alcohol detected.

The taste is just a rich version of the aroma. Toasted malt with caramel hints. Biscuits, some grapefruits, blended with the spiciness of the cascade hops. Even hints of honey!

Medium/full bodied finished dry with hop and malt flavors lingering. At ABV 8% this DIPA is drinks very easy.

Hands down I am a sucker for IPA's that have English character to. No doubt I am a fan of these super hoppy DIPA's. But for once, here is an example of perfect balance. This ale is delicious!!!

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Photo of BelgianBeerHog26
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter glass. Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, floral, caramel, pine, herbal, biscuit, honey, and a bit of booze. Some nice and fairly well balanced aromas. Taste of big orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, honey, pine, herbal, biscuit, spices, and a bit of tropical fruit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, honey, and herbal spice on the finish for a bit. Great overall balance of flavor and bitterness in this; not over the top like some DIPAs. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for being 8%; and the alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very straightforward and balanced DIPA offering from Sam Adams. Very enjoyable and drinkable; with some big citrus flavor.

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Photo of codsmith
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear reddish gold with a thick white two-finger cream head that stays around.

S: It has a very nice blend of spicy, citrus and slight pine hops that are clean and subtle.

T: A sweet malt bill, but is covered almost entirely by the bitterness of the hop. Way too much bitter that over powers the malt character. Aftertaste is like you have been chewing on pine needles.

M: Fairly thick and chewy. Sits heavy. Carbonating is correct level

O: The aroma is great, but the taste is way over bittered with pine.

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Photo of Jlarowe
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of icepik
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber color, very slight chill haze, good head and great lacing.

S: Light hop aroma compared to a typical west coast style DIPA, malt notes about equal to hops.

T: Very nice and complex malt flavor, has hints of sweet honey and caramel. Hops provide a nice balance and OK flavor with a decent bite of bitterness on the finish.

M: Big mouth feel, carbonation is perfect.

O: This is a very solid and good tasting ale. If you are looking for a west coast style DIPA, this is not your beer, but if you like DIPAs balanced a little more towards malt, you will like this beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy caramel color with a 2 finger sticky white head. A little darker than most DIPA's, but still nice.

I would not be able to tell this was an DIPA from the aroma. Very malty with some honey and just the slightest hint of floral hops. Apparently this one has Simcoe hops in it which aren't present in the nose at all.

Starts off with a deep caramel presence and ever so slight citrus. Finishes extremely bitter although not terribly dry. One-note bitterness for the most part. The intense pine bitterness of Simcoe is present, but the grapefruit balance is missing. Almost gets astringent at the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for something this sweet and heavy. Carb level is good.

A real disappointment and by far my least favorite of Sam Adams new series. Pretty one note and hardly any hops detectable except for the finish. I'd buy the Talisman and Griffin's Bow again, but this one is a pass.

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

Batch #1

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a dense, creamy off-white head that settles to a frothy cap, leaving lots of spotty lacing.
S - Big, resinous hop aromas of grapefruit, pine, orange peel, and lemon with a substantial caramel malt backbone. Definitely has that signature Sam Adams malt profile, just "bigger".
T - More pine resin and grapefruit heavy hops dominate, with a solid caramel malt backbone. Again, malt profile is in-line with the rest of the Sam Adams portfolio, just bigger. Hops are interesting, you can tell they aren't run-of-the-mill American version, and in fact the New Zealand hops add an interesting tropical and floral character.
M - Slick and a touch sticky, with a medium-full mouthfeel and lower carbonation. A bit "fuller" then I like in my DIPAs, I prefer them to be a bit more crisp. ABV is hidden nicely, though.
O - A fairly unique spin on the tried and true DIPA style that, while ultimately enjoyable, I won't likely pick up again.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Crossmd
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into an octagonal pint glass. No born date- batch 1.

Pours a lucid, deep copper with a 1.5 finger eggshell head. Tight, thin lacing settles into a rim in the inside of the glass.

Smells of a rich blend of florals, caramel and bread. Relatively well projected.

Taste is a loud blend of hops with the slightest sugar/ or caramel tinge. The attack punches through initially but dries down into a refreshing maltiness that is a pleasantly unexpected touch for an IIPA.

Mouthfeel is just a little weak for an imperial IMO, but adds what could be seen as drinkability in a big way.

Overall, a fantastic offering from a giant of a brewery that refuses to act like one. Fully supportive of this, and at a fantastic price to boot. ($6USD- bomber) don't hesitate.


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Photo of Codytucker13
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a big foamy and creamy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Nice, but mild, caramel flavor with some spicy hops.

Taste: A bold flavor with a bit of alcohol up front, sweet yet earthy caramel malts, and bitter and spicy hops at the finish. Some alcohol, bitterness, and caramel in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, lightly carbonated, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Despite the alcohol in the taste, it is quite drinkable. Moderate ABV for this style.

By far the best IPA I've tried from Sam Adams, and quite a nice DIPA to boot!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a frothy white head that leaves nice chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops with some sweetness.

Tastes of the big hop notes on top of a sweet malt base. Hops lead off with citrus, grass, tea leaves, and pine notes. Some candy like sweetness then rolls in and cuts the hops' bitterness. Alcohol makes an appearance at the end and provides a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a quite a pleasant surprise and is a beer I would be on the lookout for.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rich foam head. The foam slowly dies down and turns into a great lacing.

S: Sweet Caramel, Candied Citrus, Tangerine, Grapefruit

T: Some pine, grapefruit, burnt caramel, tangerine, and some light lemony notes

M: Rich, Thick with a medium low carbonation

O: Very Tasty!! I was very surprised. This beer hits all of my favorite flavors in one; sweet caramel, lots of grapefruit, tangerine, and some pine resin. This was definitely worth the price I paid for it. I will definitely buy some more before it runs out.

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

A: Pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white head.

S: The nose is primarily dominated by aromas of citrus; grapefruit, lemon, and bitter orange are all there. As the beer warms, subtle scents of herbs, pine, and biscuits emerge.

T: Notes of pine, lemon, grapefruit, caramel, biscuits, and lemon rind are pretty apparent in the mouth. There are suggestions of tropical fruits, namely pineapple and guava in there too. The finish is long and fruity with robust notes of lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange balanced by a hint of pine.

M: Full-bodied and slick. Carbonation is prickly, but not particularly forceful. Alcohol character is extremely restrained. Very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a solid, respectable DIPA that really shows off the aromas and flavors of the Cascade varietal well. In my opinion, the Simcoe hops get a little lost in the mix, but the abundance of Cascade aromas and flavors more than make up for it. If you're into DIPAs, this is one that is worth checking out.

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Photo of LeffeHanded
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great tasting double IPA from Sam Adams.

This offering from Sam Adams settles with a light head, which gives way to a light ring around the glass within a minute or so. The color is a bit dark for an IPA, reminiscent of Southern Tier’s Unearthly. A light citrusy hop aroma is apparent in the nose, not quite as strong as a traditional west coast IPA, but pleasant none the less. The beer tastes well balanced, with malt sweetness evident up front and the hop character winning in the end as expected. This double IPA tastes a bit stronger than the ABV rating suggests, 8.0, with an alcohol warming light hoppy and syrupy mouth feel, followed by a hoppy finish that’s not too bitter. I’d give it a 7 out of 10 on the smoothness scale. One aspect I particularly enjoyed was this is one of the few in Boston Beer Company’s line-up that does not immediately taste like a Sam Adams. I enjoy many Sam Adams beers, but they all seem to have a similar taste profile, a palate predictability if you will…regardless of style, which in my opinion detracts from their beers to a degree. In a blind taste test I would not have guessed this was from Sam Adams.

Overall I would recommend the voyage to your local off license or favorite watering hole to give this limited release a try. A similar tasting double IPA is Long Trail’s double IPA.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear orange gold color with a small 1/4" head of small off-white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. There were lots of bubbles rising initially, but they didn't really stick once they got to the top, so the head fell to a small ring within about 45 seconds. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking, but it is just in little wisps coming vertically down the side of the glass.

Aroma: I just tried the Tasman beer, so the aroma of this one is actually mild in comparison. The American hops are definitely there as is some mild caramel malts, but overall it is reserved in comparison to the other one, so I will come back to it as it warms. The aroma stays pretty much the same with lots of American hops and a little bit of sweet caramel mixed in there.

Taste: The flavor is also a little mild for the style, which I like. It has some defined hops in here, but they actually let some of the malt characteristics shine through. There are some toasty notes and some mild caramel that comes out in the middle of the profile, and then the finish turns bitter again to stay that way to linger after the sip. There is a little bit of the alcohol noticeable as the beer sits, adding some spice and definitely flushing my cheeks a bit (Probably from the hops too). Overall the body is medium, and the carbonation is ample in the mouth though it isn't really visible any more.

Opinion: This is a pretty good DIPA. It actually finishes with SOME sort of balance, which is more than I can say for many in this category. If you are into hoppy beers, I would definitely say that you should give this one a "day in court". Otherwise, I would say that this is good for another beer review, but I don't think that I will be trying it again anytime soon.

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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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