I picked up the Samuel Adams IPA variety pack which has six different styles of IPA in it. Two of the styles I had previously reviewed and this was the first of the other four. I’m really hoping the other three are an improvement over the Third Voyage.
This is the Double IPA and if you have been following my blog you know I love double IPAs so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately it did not impress. Color is typical of a double IPA dark orange to red with a nice white head. Smell had some hops but was mostly sweet malts – not your typical floral, fruit, pine hop aroma. Taste had some hops up front but was quickly overpowered by the sweet caramel and alcohol taste. I’m not sure what this one was missing but it seems like the hops were competing instead of complementing each other. Not their best effort, especially in a category that has so many great beers.
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 80
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: Bright and intense with a vivid hop punch. Third Voyage features Cascade hops from different growing regions throught the world. The unique conditions of soil, moisture, and sunlight from each yield subtle differences that make this beer a complex medeley of hop notes.
For our double IPA we used Cascade hops from each of these regions to give the beer a distinct grapefruit and piney hop character. We add a touch of sweetness with Caramalt and honey malt for subtle hints of caramel and toffee. The result is a brew that’s citrusy, earthy, and full of bold character.