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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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of LeffeHanded
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Casey10
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow great little double IPA from Sam Adams. Because of the distibution of might get a lot more new comers to try this style. That being said not bad at all.

Dark looking lots of lacing smell has a nice citrusy dark pine going for it as well.

Mouthfeel is more of the same as ot sticks with you and overall a really awesome DIPA for the masses as I think many will get to try this and like it.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- light red amber. Medium head.

Aroma- crisp winter night in the pine forest.

Taste- starts silky with a balance of butter and hops with grapefruit jolly rancher candy notes finishing with a Dogfishhead butteryness.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted March 2013.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This double IPA is part of the Sam Adams "Small Batch" Series and evokes the hearty beer style created to survive long sea voyages - in the case of the title, the Third Voyage of Captain Cook.

The initial pour results in a massive frothing that eases itself into submission. Upon settleing, there is a translucent copper body abound with splotchy lacing throughout the quaff. The nose contains mild aromas of peach and mango while the palate receives a subtle doppling of mango for a smooth, but hoppy, finish. There is a semi-dry mouthfeel present that makes a decent if not too overwhelming beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Durge
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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 CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark red, almost ruby red color from a 22 oz bomber. Visually stunning beer; very clear, very dark and very nice to look at. Decent carbonation with steady stream of tiny bubbles surfacing constantly.
Massive two finger frothy head that takes forever to settle to a nice film. Very good head retention and on it's way down leaves some really nice lace.
Aroma is hoppy upfront, with the pine and citrus notes predominating. Slowly as it warms up, the malt is noticeable in the nose, with hints of sweet fruity esters coming through.
Taste is a very nice blend of hops with malt. As it should be in a DIPA, the hops are dominant. Bitter upfront with some notes of sweetness from the malt in the middle, only to be completely taken over by a wave of hop bitterness in the finish. This is a very tasty brew from Sam Adams. The alcohol is very well masked and it definitely doesn't feel like a heavy beer.
Mouthfeel is very good, with a nice, oily hop presence that can be felt with each sip.
Overall, this is a really good DIPA and have to acknowledge the effort of Sam Adams in brewing this.
Definitely worth a try if you are a hop head.

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Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A super hoppy aroma, with a lot of citrus and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of hops), malt, pine, honey, and citrus (lemon). The hops dominate this beer, but that's what you expect from a DIPA. Not exactly a hyper-complex flavor, but very tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with an earthy, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely focused, robust (especially for Sam Adams) beer. Well done.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third Voyage opens with a hop-forward aroma, full of pine, grapefruit, and lemon notes. However, the malts are not far behind in strength, and the beer is almost as full of baking wheat bread, yeast, and brown sugars. These latter smells are of such strength that they almost divert the attention from the hops, bringing into question the "Double IPA" status of the beer. This is not to say that the aromas are unbalanced or unappealing, as the brew does smell quite delicious--but the malts do almost upstage the hops.

On the tongue, the beer does start off with a huge hop blast, full of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and eucalyptus notes, and is immediately representative of the Double IPA category, since the hop flavors do take center stage on the tongue. The hops are quite bitter (listed on the menu of one Boston-area restaurant at 85 IBUs, though I have no confirmation of this from Sam Adams), and burn on the tongue and soft palate. Malty flavors also abound, bringing in yeasty wheat breads, toast crusts, brown sugars, and a healthy dose of orange and apricot fruit esters, the orange almost bordering on liqueur-strength. These alcoholic and sugary malts provide a nice counter to the bitter hops. They are, however, slightly alcoholic, and the beer has a vodka-like tinge about it due to the 8% ABV. The aftertaste is mainly pine and grapefruit zest from the hops, with a little toast crust, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is good fare, and brings a wide-ranging and flavorful assortment of tastes to the table. The flavors tend mainly towards the bitter and liqueur-like, but some sugars do help offset this. The hop bite may be just a bit too strong, slightly out of balance with the hop flavors presented, but will surely appeal to hopheads.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light cat piss. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a straightforward beer - you know what to expect out of a double IPA: yeah, it's going to be hoppy, the only question is - is is overdone or underdone?

It's difficult to balance a hoppy beer to suit every palate. Third Voyage, however, in my opinion, does the balancing act very well.

It pours a very attractive dark tea and cherry juice color with medium head. Very appetizing smell - the usual pine bark with tropical fruit aroma is there, but it's not overly aggressive - rather, it is warm and inviting. Bready notes can also be discerned.

First sip reveals more of the coniferous flavor well balanced with fruitcake undertones and fresh grass freshness. It drinks well, with alcohol nicely hidden and hops supremely balanced.

Overall - a great example of a balancing act for a double IPA. It ably displays a touch of a seasoned master, rather than exuberance of a young prodigy.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 11/06/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a snifter.

A - Nice, deep amber color with a red-ish hue; Slightly hazy; Two inch off-white billowy, fluffy head; Very nice sticky lacing all around the glass; Good head retention as well

S - Nice, inviting aroma; Dominated by sweet caramel, earthy, and roasty notes; Piney and fresh-cut grass hops in the background

T - Roasted and earthy taste up front with a touch of sweetness; Very mild bitterness afterwards; Piney hops in the background that serve more as a sidekick than the main attraction; Finish is moderately dry

M - Medium bodied; Some carbonation; Creamy mouthfeel; Leaves the mouth fairly dry

O - I typically love really hop forward IPA's and DIPA's, and while this beer doesn't really fit that mold, it's really quite nice. The usage of Cascade hops from the UK, Pacific NW, and New Zealand make this a truly unique brew. Overall, this is a nice limited offering from Sam Adams. I am looking forward to some of the other beers in this small batch series.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish chestnut in color, this beer is a clear liquid with a thin tan head. Beautiful. It's smell is hoppy, with a little distant earthiness. The taste is very good...serious hoppy, leafy, spicy flavor, mixed with sweet malt and caramel and bread-crust. Terrific balance. It's a smooth, low carbonation beer. Full in body. Very nice.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

glass: Pint

Pours a clear, dark orange color with a frothy and creamy 2-finger, off-white head. Silky lacing. Has a predominate fresh hop smell with a hint of pineapple, some banana, and a doughy malt base.

Fairly balanced for a DIPA, again nice fresh hop on the taste, clean throughout, not at all muddy or overly sweet. Finishes with a slight bitter punch followed by an extremely pleasant roasted malt/bitter hop combo that almost comes off like the bottom of a freshly baked cookie.

This won't satisfy the big hopheads out there but it's a nice, balanced DIPA with straight forward flavors that make for a easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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 pat61
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant amber crowned by a 2” light tan tinted off-white foam collar with a very fine bead. Provides thick lace.
S: Moderate to big hop nose
T: Background clean malty sweetness carries the hop flavors, like putting some sugar in a really strong iced tea – it brings things into balance. Alcohol is smooth, not hot. Bitterness is moderately high.
F: Medium full bodied, medium carbonation.
O: Well balanced, crisp, refreshing and well made.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice brew from Sam Adams. I have not always been a big fan of Double IPAs, but this was an exception

The pour was very big, smooth and you knew there were some hops here. The color was a golden darkish brown, not like a brown ale, but there were hints of dark here.
The aroma was so nice. Hops, Yeast, Malt all came together to deliver a nice smell.
The initial taste, I wasn't overally impressed. It was big and full, perhaps too much. But on my second and third sips, I got to appreciate everything this beer has to offer.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sort of a dark yellow/burnt orange. Nice inch of cream colored foam that melts down to a film. Great lacing too. Wonderful fresh hop smell. The taste is upfront hops. Bright citrus, a little pineapple maybe? Grass? Some malt towards the end. Nice finish. No alchol detected. Good job. Medium light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Over all a very good double IPA.

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Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Hop-ology set into DFH IPA glass.

A: Deep, fiery orange, with a luscious head and abundant carbonation. A really good-looking beer.

S: Mostly grassy hops but you can find some caramel malt in there.

T: Nice dose of caramel and bready malt before the hops crash in. Piney, grassy, not as citrusy as many DIPAs tend to be. More towards the DF90 end of the spectrum. The hops hang around a while, too.

M: Full and satisfying but the high carbonation increases drinkability.

O: I'm pretty impressed with this beer. This may be my new fave Sam Adams.

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark copper in color. Forms a large, stable off-white colored head. Leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the way down.

S: Very impressive aroma. Some sweet caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit, orange, and a little orange blossom.

T: Taste is fairly well balanced. Maybe leaning a bit towards the hops. Caramel malts, grapefruit, and a little pine. Maybe a little herbal hops as well. Mild sweetness. Finishes with a moderate to strong pine flavored bitterness and some fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Some peppery spice.

O: A really unexpected, under the radar, beer from the folks at Sam Adams that turned out quite well. Lots of hops, but still fairly balanced. A very good offering for the price.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: wow, this is a damn fine lookin ipa. Big frothy head that hangs around.
Smell: solid fruity, citrus. Not deeply complex that I can tell but just full and nice.
Taste: more of the same. Not mind blowing but damn tasty.
Overall: very fine beer and cool idea. Great take on cascade.

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Photo of beergoot
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Crossmd
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, a beautiful orange amber in color, the head on this rises up from the body and creates a thick, light tan foam.

S: The nose immediately goes through a pine and grapefruit forest. A light touch of honey and tangerine follow. There is a thick sweet smell in the finish, which seems to be in contrast to the hops. Touch of booze in the finish.

T: The first taste is a punch of citrus, followed by caramel and bread. The finish is pine, and perhaps a touch of onion, once the flavor fades a long lingering bitterness kicks in.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is quite active, and has a bit of a bite to it. There is an oily texture to the finish, with an assertive bitterness that follows.

O: Overall a very interesting beer. Good all around, but not earth shattering. This would be a good marker as to what a IIPA should be, but I think it would also be a marker that was surpassed fairly often. Very enjoyable, and my god it is pretty looking.

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