You must remember when I posted my review on The Vixen and Griffin’s Bow from Sam Adams. You must remember how tasty I thought they were. (And if someone from Sam Adams ever reads this, please, for the love of beer and all that is hoppy, BREW MORE GRIFFIN’S BOW. And send me a bottle. Kthanks.)
Well, if you were anxious for another review from the single batch series (and you totally were) then you’re in luck. I present to you Third Voyage Double IPA.
Isn’t she a beaut?
This ale is brewed with cascade and simcoe hops and two row harrington, copeland pale, metcalfe, caramel, and honey malts. It’s also 8%. Should make for an interesting ride, am I right?
Color: Pours dark red / amber with a thin white head. There are also some hints of a caramel color. This is clear (and I think this was the first clear, nondark beer we had all week) and has visible carbonation. In fact, with all the dark beers I had been drinking, I almost forgot what it was like to see carbonation. It’s kind of like seeing spring again after a long winter.
Aroma: Mostly citrus-y and fruity with a little hint of earthiness. Doesn’t really smell strong, and it doesn’t really have that “bitter” hoppy smell, but it definitely has hop-like notes coming through in other ways.
First Sip: Definitely not as bitter as I’d thought it would be for a double IPA. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. There’s a definite fruity flavor, although I can’t really pinpoint what type of fruity it is. More bitter IPAs taste like grapefruit to me, but this is something else. There’s also some earthiness/piny flavors. This is smoother than some IPAs and not as sharp. If I had to guess, I’d say the caramel and honey malts mellow out some of the bitterness from the hops and make this a bit smoother.
Mouthfeel: I think it tastes more earthy than fruity at this point. It definitely does have some bitterness to it, but still not as strong as others. It’s even a little bit sweet which I think comes from the malts, and maybe partially from the fruity-ness of the hops. The more I let it sit in my mouth, the more earthy it starts to taste. A little spicy, but not too much. And then once you swallow, a nice warming sensation kicks in.
Aftertaste: There is a hint of bitterness and fruit-like flavors that slowly give way to more earthy ones.
Overall, this is a good, solid beer. If you got to choose a single batch brew out of the three that I’ve reviewed, I’d say definitely go with the Griffin’s Bow over any other. But if you had to make a second choice (and love hops) then this would be the beer for you.