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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Koufax21
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 LtCracker20
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1.

A- Pours a clear reddish copper body with a 2-finger off white head that shows some good lasting power and some really very nice lacing. A little darker than I thought.

S- A touch of malt around resiny pine and citrus hops. There's also a hint of grassiness as well. Nothing really stands out, but is pretty mellow.

T- A citrusy, yet sweet, hop presence, a slight piney hint, and some caramel maltiness. Mostly bland and metallic.

MF- Medium bodied with just a little carbonation after the pour.

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

Samuel Adams : Third Voyage Double IPA

Appearance: 22oz bottle. Pours perfectly clear deep orange with an impressive foamy cap. Makes a fine display of lace.

Smell: Balanced nose of nutty malts, orange zest, citrus oil, and floral notes. Clean alcohol is on the fringes but does not interfere.

Taste: Earth, pine, grapefruit, and mild spice can all be attributed to the hops. The malt body is mostly caramel, some honey and bread notes follow. One of the more balanced Imperial IPAs you will find, with only a small lingering herbal bitterness, otherwise I'd say it was dead even.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, relatively low carbonation, alittle syrupy, creamy even. There's a small hop bite but not too sharp.

Overall: Enjoyable, the most mainstream double IPA I've had, may be able to convert some Sam Adams Boston Lager drinkers to the dark side.

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Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a tight puffy off-white head that settles into a light cap with a wall of sticky lacing.

The aroma is of a floral grapefruit hop. The malt provides some breadiness with honey sweetness. Not particuliarly strong for the style.

The first flavor that steps out is a smooth bready honey malt. A nice base for a DIPA. This is followed by a grapefruit rind and piney hop profile. Quite earthy and bitter. A bit of a metal taste from the hops. More tropical fruit notes pop out as it warms.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Good balance to begin with but does end with a dry asprin bitterness.

More earthy than vibrant, more bitter than flavorful. It is not sweet and I appreciate that; not a sugary tropical fruit hop bomb. However it is mostly bitter, I would like to see more grapefruit aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Moderate pine hop nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has some caramel with pine hops, lingering bitter finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a beautiful amber color with a thick off-white yellow tinted head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a great deal of lacing.

Smell – A nice sweet caramel and biscuit aroma are mixed with a stronger pine smell. A grapefruit and lemongrass aroma are also present mixing with the others nicely.

Taste – The taste starts out biscuit and bready, with a lighter caramel flavor. These are mixed with a pine and citrus flavor. The pine grows stronger toward the middle of the taste where a lighter alcohol flavor comes onto the scene. Given more time the alcohol flavor gets stronger and when it mixes with more bitter citrus and some earthy hop flavors a bitter and boozy flavor is left on the tongue taking away from the overall taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is nice and creamy with a carbonation level that is medium. Both are wonderful for an Imperial IPA and really allow one to experience both the malt as well as the hop.

Overall – This would have been a wonderful brew as it had a fantastic look, smell, and mouthfeel, unfortunately its taste was quite off; There was far too much booziness and it was a bit on the bitter side.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

came with the ipa sampler

this was a decent brew, poured a murky amber orange with some suspended sediment. smell was piney and flowery, taste followed with moderate bitterness and a boozy aftertaste.

honestly could pass as a single ipa, not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.

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Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
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 justintcoons
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Dark amber with 1-2 fingers of head with great retention. Excellent clarity and very aggressive carbonation.

Caramel malts with notes of toffee, pine sap, grapefruit pith, notes of blackberry.

Upfront – Blackberry, hints of concord grape, sugar coated navel orange
Mid-palate – Rich caramel, hints of toffee, pine sap, grapefruit pith
Finish – Surprisingly sweet and candy-like. Notes of pine needle and grapefruit rind.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, sticky and dry.

Has unique hop flavors consisting of blackberry and grape from the New Zealand hops. A bit malt-heavy for a DIPA yet remains easy drinking and candy-like. Don’t expect a huge American hop explosion but rather a balanced and unique DIPA sporting NZ hops.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chimay chalice. Batch no. 1 on bottle.

A: deep Amber, light copper color, with a minimal frothy off white head. Great full coating of lacing around the glass.

S: weak citrus and pine hop aromas. It took a real agitating swirl to get a decent whiff. Smooth sweet aromas of pale and caramel malts.

T: pine and floral hop flavor up front, mixes well with a light sweet malt. Turns quite bitter and citrusy towards the finish. All in all the flavor is very balanced. Nothing quite as "vivid and intense" as the label promises.

M: light-medium body, lighter carbonation, and quite drinkable. A little dry on the finish.

O: not bad, but not what I expected. It's more of a smooth, easy drinking dipa with no hint at its abv. for that, it succeeds, but I was hoping for a bigger hop presence considering it boasting 3 types of cascades and Simcoe hops.

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Photo of DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper colour with a thick, chunky, beige cap. Lots of sticky lace with great head retention. Sharp, resinous hop aroma, caramel and bread, pine, fruity orange rind, lots of citrus. Solid bitterness that lingered, bready with a bit of caramel and toast, citrus and sweet, mild alcohol in the finish. Full bodied, lowish carbonation, creamy and warm. There were certainly a lot of hops in here, but I wish they would have been brighter in character.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Deep amber color with great clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is hoppy but not as fresh and distinctive as I would hope for in a double IPA. More muddled than intense.

Flavor is even more of a disappointment. It has a good bitterness but taking hops from three different continents leaves it tasting misguided.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall not what I look for in an imperial IPA

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Third Voyage Double IPA in their Hopology pack last week for $14.99 at Meijers. I don't think I have ever had a DIPA from Samuel Adams so I'm interested too see how it stacks up to the competition, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty simple, it looks ok, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy lighter amber color that took on some dark amber and ruby hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice and sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer the color was nice and so was the head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight honey aroma to it followed by a large amount of hops that impart some fruity citrus hop aromas and some earthy and resiny hops also coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart some nice caramel malt, bread, and some slight toffee like aromas. This beer had a good aroma it had some nice hops aromas and the malts showed up nicely and it gave the aroma some good balance.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight honey like flavor to it followed by a good amount of caramel malts that impart some bready and grainy flavors. Up next next comes the hops which impart some earthy, piney, and a light amount of citrus hop flavors, the hops flavors were on the lighter side for the style and it had a medium amount of bitterness with some more sweetness coming through and a sweet and earthy aftertaste with a little bit of earthy hops coming through. This was an average tasting DIPA, it didn't taste bad, but it was pretty average when I compare it to all the DIPA's I have had.

M- Fairly smooth, a little sticky, a little cloying, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but I could have gone without the sticky and cloying sweetness.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average at best example of a DIPA, it just can't hold it's own against the better DIPA's, the aroma had me thinking it would be good but when I got to the taste I was left wanting more. This beer wasn't that drinkable, it was fairly smooth, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention and it was a little too much on the sweet side, one is enough for me, no need for another. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were both good and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was how light and sweet the taste of this beer was, it's not what I look for in a DIPA. I wouldn't buy this beer on its own, it's not hard to find a much better DIPA, and I wouldn't recommend this beer to any of my friends. All in all I was let down with this beer, it just wasn't what I would consider to be a good DIPA, the flavor wasn't hoppy enough and there was just too much sweetness to it. This isn't a memorable beer and Hopslam and Double Trouble blow this beer out of the water. Better luck next time guys, this beer needs a lot of work but I would like to one day see Samuel Adams brew a good DIPA, I think they have it in them, I just haven't seen it yet.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rich amber, with a huge head of off-white suds. Thick walls of lace. Nice!

Nose is crisp citrus hops all the way. Not bad, but not remarkable, either.

Taste is strong -- with plenty of acid and bitter notes. I get more citrus and pine tones, but there's also a thick malt backbone, balancing this big beer out somewhat, though it's still heavy on the palate. Alcohol bite is evident at finish, as well.

Solid IPA here, but not one I'd return to.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz out of the IPA mix pack... Poured into my slim goblet.... very nice lacing and retention... the brew is a nice crystal clear amber...

Nose is pretty hoppy ... some big citrus and lesser pine that are fenced in by a healthy dose of caramel/toasty maltiness..

Flavor is better... nice bitterness... pithy bitter hoppiness up front and unrelenting.. the bruising bitterness makes this seem very one dimensional ... The malts are way in the background until it warms up a bunch.

Not sure what I think about this one... I like, but it doesn't "grab" me.


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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: 1/2 finger head; clear; copper color
S: surprisingly not aromatic; hop aroma dissipates quickly, leaving malt (slightly metallic)
T: aggressive DIPA flavor; medium complexity; very strong on the grasses; good, sweet malt
M: thick, viscous

Compares well to Flying Dog double IPA

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Photo of argock
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Crystal clear medium-amber with 3-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and clingy lacing all down the glass.

S: The aroma is floral but weak. There are some minor grapefruit and honeysuckle aromas. I smell almost as much caramel malt as the hops.

T: The flavor fits the "balanced" DIPA category, but the hops presence is still not what it needs to be, as it is characterized mainly by bitterness without a lot of hop flavor. There are flashes of honeysuckle, lemon peel, grapefruit, and herbal/grassy notes, but the main flavor is moderate bitterness combined with fairly sweet caramel maltiness. Not cloying but pretty heavy crystal malt contribution. Almost drinks like an extra big red ale rather than a DIPA as there is a bit of toastiness to the flavor. Needs less crystal malt and more committed dry hopping for aroma and some flavor to move it off of average for me.

M: Pretty slick and dry in the feel with active, moderate carbonation and medium body at most. Does drink light.

O: Just a ho-hum effort in the DIPA category from SA. Underhopped and overly sweet. Not really what you are looking for in the style.

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Photo of dankster
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- deep copper red with a tan head of sticky lace caking the glass.

S- more malt up front than you get the cascades going though. not as strong as most us blends so it must be the New zealand and UK types.

T- Big hop punch but malty at the same time. some darker fruit maybe. smooth but needs a little more balance.

M- creamy and rich not to sticky like some doubles tend to be. drinkable

O- Higher quailty sam adams for sure but still needs to have a more balanced taste. too much malt for a double imo. at only 5.50 a bomber a good deal but not something to buy all the time

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Photo of zimm421
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. This beer pours beautifully. Dark amber, very clear. Huge tan head that has great staying power and leaves wonderful lacing. Probably it's best feature.

Nose is piney, citrusy and grassy. Not that powerful or enticing, but not bad at all. The malt is hiding behind, kind of have to search for it. Taste is interesting, but not great. Caramel malts, and a slight sweetness and then very quickly bitter. There is pine, and earthiness, but the citrus is missing from the taste. The end is just straight bitter. Not a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Too light for a DIPA in my opinion. Overall, not a bad beer, but by no means great. The appearance is beautiful, but nothing else really impresses. Pretty average, but worth grabbing a bomber of.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Spotted a bottle of Boston Beer/Samuel Adams’ Double IPA titled Third Voyage and decided to give it a test drive.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass it showed a hazy amber almost copper color with three fingers of an off white head that was slowly reabsorbed by the beer.

The beer had aromas of both citrus and a malty sweetness with faint piney notes also.

The flavors of orange and lemon were detectable as were bread or yeast flavors, all dominated by a light to moderate hop complexity. Nice lingering citrusy flavors with hop induced bitterness and some malt based sweetness but there was no residual malt or sweetness on the finish.

I liked the rich, viscous mouth feel with medium carbonation and I appreciated the long, clean finish.

Overall I believe this beer, while representative of the Double IPA style, lands in the middle of the pack. I am used to Double IPA’s with more hop induced complexity to the flavors and to the finish. This one fell a bit short on both counts.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no freshness dating apparent. Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange body with a full, three-finger tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

The aroma is very nice up front: pine and citrus hop notes from the start and nice caramel malt finish. Inviting.

The taste is a little bit of a let down from the aroma. The hop flavors, primarily pine resin and a touch of grapefruit, get a little lost in a very strong malt mix. Very much an east coast-style blend, as expected from and east coast brewery, but the nice aroma had me hoping for a bit more hop flavor.

Medium to thick texture in the mouthfeel. Overall a decent brew but not a repeater for me.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass:

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: floral and citrus hops, breadiness, and pale malt

Taste: caramel and slight breadiness at the start followed by a big dose of citrus and floral hops

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a super bitter/dry body and end, medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Maybe the most bitter Sam Adams brew I have had. It also has some of the trademark Sam Adams taste. A decent sipper, but there are a lot more American Double/Imperial IPAs that I would go to first. As an overall beer, it probably deserves a bit better than this score, but there are a lot of excellent imperial IPAs.

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Photo of samie85
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear copper color with two and a half fingers of light tan head.

S-Light citrus and pine with some caramel backing.

T-Pine and pineapple notes with some light caramel and a pronounced, almost medicinal, bitterness on the finish.

M-Very slick and a little sticky with a medium body and low carbonation.

D-Not an awful stab at a DIPA by any means, but this one is lacking in hop aroma and flavor for me. A DIPA should be bomb in terms of flavor and aroma and this one just doesn't live up to my expectation of the style.

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Photo of joeworrall
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is an interesting brew, billed as a "small batch Imperial IPA" by Samuel Adams. I would guess that a small batch for Sam Adams is more than my neighborhood craft brewer makes in an entire year!

Poured from a bomber bottle into a large tulip glass, I was surprised at how cloudy the brew was. It's a rich dark amber color, indicative of the toasted malt used.

The floral aroma is subtle. I would say that Sam went a little light on the Cascade and Simcoe hops in this on, it's very drinkable, but doesn't have the pine or citrus notes I would expect to find in an Imperial IPA.

It has a very dry finish, with a slightly sweet aftertaste. In my search for the perfect IPA, this is going to have to fight to get in the top 20. It's a great ale, but not a great IPA...

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Third Voyage Double IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,010 ratings.
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