After the first of two “beers from Boston area breweries that I did not know existed until seeing them on the shelves” posted on Tuesday, I now need to increase that number. Since I did not know this one existed there was no way I would have expected there to be three more in the Small Batch Series that they recently released. So you can guess what beers the next three reviews will be for.
The first of four new ones . . .
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Boston, MA)
Name: Third Voyage
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.00% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in an oversized wine glass. Batch No. 1
Aroma: Big, enjoyable hop aroma with strong notes of pine and some floral with a touch of earthy spiciness. A nice bit of caramel maltiness. Bold and quite nice overall. – 9/12
Appearance: Really deep, rich coppery amber color. One finger plus cream color head that frothy and creamy, has great retention, and leaves tones of lacing on the glass. Very clear with rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: Big hit of piney, resiny hops up front with a good base of slightly sweet caramel maltiness. Has an earthy and spicy quality from middle to finish. A pretty good overall balance after such a big aroma. Finishes pretty smoothly with some pleasant lingering bitterness on the palate. – 14/20
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly smooth and a bit creamy on the palate. Maybe some slight astringency and warmth there as well. – 4/5
Overall Impressions: The aroma trumps the flavor in this one though the flavor is not bad either. The flavors balance out really well as it warms and I grew to really enjoy the finish. A solid beer that I would not mind having more of. Has a really nice balance of hop flavors and aromas. Probably could have argued for an extra point or two somewhere. – 7/10
Overall: B+ (37/50)