Samuel Adams
Third Voyage Double IPA (Review)

Samuel Adams is located in Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel Adams - Third Voyage

Samuel Adams – Third Voyage

[quote]This unique double IPA takes the style’s origins of brewing for a long voyage a step further.  We were inspired by the indomitable Capt. James Cook whose 3rd voyage made him the first to navigate a treacherous route from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest.  Using Cascade hops from each of these regions we created a brew that’s citrusy, earthy, and full of bold character.[/quote]


Samuel Adams Third Voyage was a last second pick for me one night when I was grabbing some stuff for a small party at my house. I had to go pick up a case of Bud Light for my non-craft beer friends (it hurt me deep inside to spend money on that stuff but, what can I say? I’m a good friend) and while I was searching around for something for myself I came across the Samuel Adams Hopology Pack and it intrigued me so I picked one up. I got a strange look at the register when I popped the 2 cases next to each other and as I gave the cashier a sheepish smile as I said “Please don’t judge me…”

The Stats:

  • ABV: 8.0%
  • IBUs: 85
  • Hop Varieties: Cascade, Simcoe
  • Malt Varieties: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramalt, honey malt
  • Yeast Strain: Top-fermenting Ale
  • Color: Deep Copper
  • Availability: Year Round

The Pour:

Pours a deep, dark, amber red with a slight haze. Leaves behind about a 1 inch head that dissipated quickly with some nice lacing. It is a pretty nice looking pour if I do say so myself.

The smell:

The aroma is not really a punch you in the face hoppy but, more of a laid back hop with earthy and floral notes. Some citrus, caramel and some light honey in there as well.

The Taste:

I see some people every now and then hate on Samuel Adams and although they don’t generally make anything that will blow me away I have never really had an issue with them. I thought it had some nice sweet toffee/caramel malt up front, with the hoppy bite showing up shortly thereafter. It was fairly well-balanced between citrusy and earthy. The balance is fairly bitter with an off-dry finish. The aftertaste is of a lingering hops bitterness and slight honey. It might not be quite as hoppy as some people would like an DIPA but, I thought it was decent.

The Mouthfeel:

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable.

The Verdict:

Overall, this brew is not going to blow you away but, if you are looking around for a few things to drink for the night and you come across one go ahead and pick it up and give it a shot. You might just like it.


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