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 ZenAgnostic
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle with no obvious date poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Clear, dark ruby-amber body with very bubbly pancake batter head with decent retention and patchy lacing.

Smell - Chronic cannabis. Some wet grass underneath.

Taste - Strong hop profile without being too bitter. Unidentifiable moderate malt character balances out the alcohol, making for a relatively clean finish. Round, balanced, and slight boldness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Bright bitterness which expresses itself over time, rather than too fast and hard. Some stale astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty middle of the road for a DIPA. Slightly better than average though, for the lack of major flaws. Minus points for lack of complexity. Worth a try, since the bottles aren't too expensive. Basically in the same league as Dogfish Head 90 Minute.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copper color with a big fluffy white head that didn't quit. It had a really good lacing and retention. The smell of the beer wasn't hoppy like more Imerial IPA's out there. The nose has a slight sweetness to it with some earthy hop aromas. The taste of the beer wasn't that hoppy either, I'm not sure how they did this since there were supposed to be hops like crazy in this beer. The taste was soft and very drinkable though I was just hoping for something a little more abrasive I guess. The mouthfeel was was creamy, not too carbonated but still not too bad. Overall I was hoping for something a little more from this, but I still found it to be pretty good.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with light beige 2-finger head. Good retention and laces well. Fairly clear with active carbonation.

Nose is a bit more hop than malt. Good grapefruit with biscuit malt underneath.

Very aggressive right up front. Syrupy hops with lots of grapefruit and a good shot of biscuit malt to back up the body. Syrupy finish with another nice dose of hops and alcohol burn.

Liking it less as the glass warms, with more malt coming out and the hops fading a bit.

Feel is pretty think and chewy.

Overall, a decent offering from SA and worth a shot if this is your style.

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

22oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a pint glass. batch 1.

pours out a very clear deep golden amber color. big dense fluffy three fingers of off white head. some pretty nice sticky lace and some very nice head retention.

some dank hop aromas, floral and piney with just a little citrus. some buttery malts are almost just as noticeable as the hops and ruin the aroma a little, diactyl?

resinous floral hops with pine and citrus in the background. bitterness is pretty average for the style. buttery, biscuit and some light toffee from the malts almost balance the beer. finishes with a nice lingering piney hop bitterness.

clean and crisp with a nice resinous bitterness that lingers. carbonation is a bit on the low side. slightly heavier side of medium bodied.

not a bad DIPA, nice to see sam adams stepping up and making some more interesting styles, but with so many great beers out there in this style this is not something i would come back to. too much of a buttery malt is a bit of a turn off.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me. Enjoyed this chilled from the bomber into a nonic.

A dark golden/copper shade with thick inch of cream and heavy film of lace collects, clarity is good and so is retention. The smell of hops is there right off with intense citrus and piney odors with some grapefruity essence w/ hints of floral accents. The malt gives a mild caramel odor with fruitiness from the yeas and slight orange rind in the mix as well. This double IPA is sligthly creamy and sweet up front with mild bitter and tangy essence with semi-sweet body and light alcohol influence as it finishes with mild astringent tinge.

The taste is dank with hops, some kind of herb like simcoe and mild caramel malt backing it up, the sligth orange blends well with the mild sweetness in the malt and there is a light pine and moderately bitter hint of grapefruit with nice pith and grassy accent. The middle is mor acidic as hops play tug of war with the sweetness in the malt backbone. The honey malt seems to make its presence known as it finishes.

Overall theis is a good IPA, not too heavy but still packs a nice amount of hop flavor into its 8%. I prefer more of a dry Imperial IPA, but for those who enjoy DFH 90 minute this might be up your alley, sufficiently hoppy and strong.

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Photo of Durge
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper brown color with a thin white head that settles to a fair ring with solid lacing. The nose picks up a bright citrus with a sort of grassy biscuit grain under some floral notes. The taste buds uncover near cloying grapefruit/floral hops with woodsy oats and subtle butterscotch. This improves notably on the aroma and with a little warming at room temperature. This is medium-full bodied with a fairly luscious feel full of frizzy carbonation that does not block the flavor. Typical DIPA drinkability but overall very nice.

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

The second of the three Sam Adams bomber (22 oz.) bombers I have sampled, Third Voyage is named for James Cook's voyage from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. Accordingly, there are Cascade hops from each of these regions which, combined with the dense, delicious malt structure, make a terrific DIPA.

Two fingers of white froth top a clear orange-amber body with golden trim. Dense lacing on the Duvel tulip, and a sound head duration, make this a beautiful beer to behold. Good sweet smells, with ample citrus (grapefruit and orange) with perhaps a hint of cherry, and lots of biscuit and caramel malt.

While Third Voyage is a remarkably well-balanced DIPA, the Cascade and Simcoe Hops make this hop-forward DIPA a real treat. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind, with some grassy notes, very sweet all around, with a bite in the finish. The malt character is solid, smooth, and rich with biscuit and caramel malt. The honey malt combines adroitly with the sweet hop flavor to make for an almost candied taste; superb.

Good texture, with the malt making it a bit more smooth than the grit I was hoping for. However, Third Voyage maintains sufficient DIPA characteristics, even in the mouthfeel, to satisfy hop lovers--more hop flavor than hop texture on the tongue, Third Voyage is an excellent DIPA. Shy of more hop grit, this is about the kind of DIPA I was hoping Sam Adams would produce, and Third Voyage should be a regular offering. This was simply superb, a full-bodied, very flavorful DIPA that one ought not miss. Unequivocally recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a deep ruby brown. Pours a head about a finger in height, thick, sticky, and puffy. Modest amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: The floral citrus of the cascade hops soar right over the other aromas of malt and alcohol. Refreshingly bright.

Taste: Hoppy and full of citrus. Not quite as balanced as the smell but it's just as refreshing. The malts definitely bring some yang to the hops yin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, has a mild bite from the carbonation, silky and somewhat sticky.

Overall: A sold DIPA. I can't say there is anything special about this one but it certainly isn't bad. I could see this being a good go-to-brew on a safe night.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber with a distinct reddish cast. Tall tan head. This could be called a shade of red.

Smell is neutral with some leafy herbs and a little toffee smell. Honestly though this is nearly without a smell.

Starts out sweet with a strong butter and herbs flavor. Strong bitterness but this tastes more like the British style of IPA. Mostly this is just herbal and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just OK. This needs considerable dry hopping to make it interesting.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There is a hearty malt character that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are several other 2IPA’s that are better.

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with lots of lace. Clear, amber with crimson hues.

S: nice citrus with floral, oak and vanilla notes. Not very aromatous but enough.

T: overall a fairly tame DIPA. Caramel and biscuit malts up front with a Smooth transition to a citrus and pine laden hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: it is a good beer but not very memorable. It certainly is held back for a DIPA. I would drink it again but perhaps this is a DIPA for the masses and not a DIPA snob

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful copper color with a very thick and rich head. Nice carbonation continuously rising up the glass.

Smell: Great hop nose. Not overbearing, but definitely there.

Taste: Rich caramel flavor. Biscuity malt taste. Pleasing hop bitterness at the finish melding well with the beer's overall malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy initial taste, but not thick or chewy in the long run. Carbonation is just right in breaking up the heaviness, rather light on the tongue.

Overall: A very good DIPA, well-balanced across appearance, smell, taste and mouthfeel -- and for a relatively high ABV beer, the alcohol taste/warmth is so subtlety buried so far back in all the other tastes that you may be inclined to think this more like a standard IPA.

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Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

A - This beer pours a very clear perfect copper color. There is a big fluffy 3-finger head on it. The head has really good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass. There is also a steady stream of small rising carbonation bubbles.

S - The nose has a nice bit of bready malt and caramel up front. There is a nice spicy piney hop aroma to it. Also, I am getting a some fruitiness and a bit of citrus.

T - The taste starts off with a good amount of caramel and bready malts. Those flavors are immediately followed buy a big piney hop flavor. There is also some earthy grassiness here as well. The finish leaves quite a bit of lingering hop bitterness that stays around for quite a while. There is just something about the hop profile that just seems a little off to me. It is just like a really dry bitterness, and I feel it is lacking something.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smoothness to it. There is a pretty big hop bitterness here, which is a bit of a surprise coming from BBC. There is quite a bit of dryness on the back end as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and the flavor is quite nice. Overall, I think this is a good beer, and a nice representation of the style. I am pretty surprised at Samuel Adams on this one. I really wish they would make more of their beer this way. It seems that a lot of the time they make their beer more as introductory beers for the style. This is not the case here. I think this is a really nice DIPA. I don't know so much about the hop profile they used, but the more I am getting through this beer it's growing on me. Anyways, I definitely think this beer is worth trying out, and I would buy it again.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unique 22 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. The Third Voyage pours a clear golden/crimson with like over an inch of foam. Offers strong retention and lacing. In the mean time I would like to taste this beer...;)

Aroma is quite hoppy of sorts yet with a bit of burnt caramel. Flavor carries on that caramel aroma and adds an earthy hop character along with a decent grainy character. This brew has an apparent yet somewhat balanced ruddy malt character which keeps the hop component a bit too much at bay. Malt and caramel is a bit overdone for me yet the beer does have some depth vs. the usual pasteurized lager like feel of many a Sam beer.

Offers a decent flavor but a bit too NoCal in design for me as for caramel and stuff. Hops are firmly present in the aroma yet somewhat lacking as for bitterness. As a result the beer finishes a bit thin and lackluster...At the same time there are no real distractions though not memorable in any way.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a small clear plastic cup. (I was at a hotel, don't judge me ). Batch 1. No other date that I could see.

Appearance- Clear, dark orange. Nice off white head that took a min to appear. Lots of lacing. 4/5

Smell- Citrus with a little pine to it. Sweet malt as well 4/5

Taste- Even pine bitterness. Citrus flavors in the middle. Sharp, sweet malt hit at the very end. The bitterness sticks with you well. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Good right now but I anticipate it to get fuller as it warms. 3.5/5

Overall- Good beer. I won't run to get another but I am glad to have had this. 4/5

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Third Voyage
22 oz bottle; $7.50 @ Capone's beer store in Norristown, PA

The name of this double IPA refers to the "Third Voyage" of Captain James Cook, the famous British seaman, explorer, and cartographer, who also happened to be killed during that expedition... it'd better be a good beer!

It's a little darker than you might expect of an IPA, or "Double IPA" with it's dark-amber/copper body, but it's probably a bit lighter, or perhaps right on par with an ale from that time (Cook died in 1779). Certainly, it's clearer, to be sure. The foamy off-white head holds remarkably well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass as it goes. It's one of the better looking beers I've sampled in quite some time.

The nose is hoppy, displaying a combination of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and other fruit (berries, soft cherry), and leaves and grass over a gently bready and caramelish (fully biscuity!) malt base.

The flavor follows the aroma, as usual, with very few changes. Of course the malt is fuller, but that's always the case; and the hops are certainly brighter. The bitterness is the one item that comes into play, and it's solid, perfectly balancing the malt. The only other question would be how does the alcohol play out, and although it does play a role in the flavor, it never steps into the spotlight.

In the mouth it's full bodied with a bristling carbonation that softens as it warms a bit.

In conclusion, although it's named for Captain Cook, it remains far more American than English in my book, yet it evokes the image of an English ale. On the other hand, for a beer of its size the hops are kept in check, which would be more English in nature. Regardless, it's an extraordinary ale that shouldn't be passed by. Cheers!

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Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, huge head, looks great.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus, pineapple, pine.

Taste: Muted caramel followed by a dry bitterness. Hints of tea-like bitterness.

Drinkability: Solid bitterness, not too strong, limited edition.

I like to try all the DIPAs, so gave this one a shot. Despite having cascades and simcoe hops it still reminded me a little of a beefed-up English IPA. A fair amount of tea-like bitterness beside pithy citrus. It's pretty good.

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Photo of ChadHanley
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I often question Samuel Adams hoppy offerings, something doesn't click for them typically. This whole new line with the big beers is interesting, kind of the next transition after releasing the imperial stout, imperial white, and the double bock...I guess those were too traditional and not cutting edge enough. So here we have it a Double IPA with US, British, and New Zealand hops. Appears a ruby caramel bodey with caramel highlights and a light tan khaki head, dwindles down slowly and forms fine layered even lacing. Aroma has deep layered pine citrus notes with a spicy hops and big malt sugars coating the hop bomb of a beer. Flavor comes with big bold bitterness, the thing about my favorite IPA/DIPAs is the big hop bill with an equal balancing malt flavors. Here the bitterness is a bit much but there's enough hop flavor earthy citrus with some pine accents to hold on. The malts had some caramel/biscuit malt sweetness but was definitely overpowered by the hops, finishes a bit boozey as well. Mouthfeel is defined by the linger dry bitter booze burn between each sip, it's not very pleasant maybe even a bit abrasive. Medium bodied hop oils textured with moderate carbonation, probably the biggest turn off so far. Overall still able to get down 22 ounces without difficulty, but it's just not a standout DIPA. Solid yes, but it suffers from the Samuel Adams fate of most of their other hoppy ales, a bit disconnected and not as cohesive with malts as I would like.

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

For starters, this thing foamed real big when I opened it. Not a big mess but still...

A- Dark orange amber, lots of bubbles and very clear. Half a finger head that dissipates quickly
S- Lots of bitter molasses, a good range of hops, caramalized malts. Just an typical high end DIPA. I would like it to have a stronger smell that maybe a fresher one has.
T- A lot of bitterness from the hops but not a whole lot of hoppy taste or character, A good sweet malt backbone. Kinda disappointing the hops in here didn't shine as much as I had hoped.
M- The carbonation and the malts give this beer a nice feel. It goes down fairly easy, warms my stomach pretty well.
O- Kind of disappointed in this one honesty, I had just tried the Tasman Red and though this would be a step up but its a step down. I think the hop flavor is the one thing holding it back. Its good, worth picking up for 7$ but its just not quite there.

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Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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