ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is probably the best of the "experimental" series (the rest of which I feel are even more mediocre than this beer). I donít know about you, but once you release to the public itís no longer experimental. This was intentional. Iíll give it this: it looks like a double IPA, with a little red in the color. It looks and smells sweet and syrupy, no doubt dosed with a healthy share of crystal malts. The flavor is very caramel-like with a thin finish. The hop presence is pretty mellow and earthy, not as edgy and piney as the brewer boasts. Nothing new, definitely nothing that stands out. As with alot of other Sam Adams beers, I expect more from the brewery, even though itís rare that they impress me. The only benefit in this beer: 8% ABV is more than 7% ABV. Worth it if itís your only option - otherwise Iíd pick something else.
BucannonXC5 (1131) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. About an inch of good-looking head. Nice white bubbly lacing spread out fairly equally. Even film on the sides.
Smelled of citrus hops. Tangerine and orange seemed to come out on top. Smelled pretty damn good.
Citrus hops right away on the taste. More grapefruit than the nose, but orange and tangerine are still around. Bitter finish.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Really liked this beer. So good, so smooth. Not too much to complain about.
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in Bells tulip: Pours a violent huge head that faded almost as quickly as it builds. Beautiful coppery hue and very nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of citric, resiny, and leafy hops with lots of biscuit and caramel malt notes. Some peppery and clove esters as well, slight butterscotch and band-aid too. While the taste does very much display the hops and malt it seems a tad too restrained for my liking. Plenty boozy and aggressive enough bit that harshness sort of runs counter-intuitive to the malt and hop attempt at balance. Not that this is a bad beer by any mean, it just seems to miss the mark slightly. The mouth feel is part aggressive and sharp, part oily and lush, with a large alcohol and metallic note. Truly a middle of the road DIPA that with Boston Beer Companyís deep pockets could have and should have been so much more.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear reddish-brown pour with light off-white head. Aroma of pine and floral. No real maltiness to speak of in either the aroma or taste. Taste was mainly piney hops with a little sweetness. Doesnít hide the ABV very well, a bit too much alcohol coming through on the taste for me. Not one that Iíd pick up again.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Samuel Adams Third Voyage is a very clear, dense copper ale with a thick, bubbly, pale yellow foam that has outstanding retention. It has a fresh, hoppy aroma thatís grassy and juicy. Sweet caramel is detected. Itís smooth, creamy and full bodied. The finish is a little dry, chewy and a touch gritty. Itís pretty sweet from start to finish. The bitterness is there, but the malt takes all the edge off of that. It kind of tastes like... a caramel coated lime. The aftertaste is pretty much straight grapefruit. This tastes nice. This seems like a dessert IPA, if thereís such a thing.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled. pours brown amber, with a frothy light tan head. aromas of spruce grain and caramel. a load of bitterness. medium bodied soft and thick. a strong astringent finish of heavy pine tar. not as much balance as other double ipa iíve had, but still good
BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice hops aroma and flavor. Earthy like malt and good bitter finish this was a very nice Double IPA. Good to see Sam Adams brewing some new special brews.
jcr (2386) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Light amber body with a frothy, off-white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of fresh hops, grapefruit, pine, toasted grain and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Lots of hop flavor: grapefruit rind, orange, raw hop. Not a complete hop bomb, but close. Enjoyable.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
aroma of floral hops,piney-ness,yeast,bit of funky fruitiness and light nutty/caramel malt..clear orange amber color off white head good lacing..taste..hard to describe..except i made a face..chalky,oddly sweet and yeasty,i guess theres hops involved and strangely they come out a bit more as it warms otherwise light ..weird unpleasant aftertaste almost as strong as the original flavor..could use more carbonation back to the drawing board sammy buff up the hops and clean up the funk
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle purchased at BevMo in Natomas. Batch #1. Poured into Sam Adams glass. The aroma on this is far from a typical IIPA and very subdued. Scant herbal and dusty stale hops are present, but thereís really nothing else happening at this point. Perhaps a little spiciness. Donít detect aby of the advertised Simcoe. Pretty lame. Transparent copper body with a strong, frothy, off-yellow head that leaves good lacing behind. Starts pretty earthy and herbal in terms of hoppiness. This becomes a little sweet and sticky in the middle with some caramel and honey notes. I also get the proprietary weird musty Sam Adams yeast flavors present. Finishes with some lightly spicy and more herbal hop flavors and moderate bitterness. To me, this almost tastes more like an English Strong Pale Ale, than an IIPA.