Tonight I’m posting a guest review from my new found buddy Greg. And yes, this is the same Greg that I talked about the last couple of nights…the dude who won the The Craft of Stone Brewing book. Last night when I met up with him, I extended an offer to do guest reviews for LIBA. 24 hours later, voila. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we hear from him. Without further ado….
I knew that Lost was working his way through the new Sam Adams releases so I offered to do the Third Voyage, a double IPA for him. He agreed which worked out great for me since I love IPAs and had planned on drinking this beer anyway.
The beer pours a beautiful copper color with a finger’s worth of off white head. The head hangs around though and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Right off the bat, this beer smells like hops. It’s a strong citrusy smell that leaves the impression of grapefruit. The first sip does not disappoint. Third Voyage tastes just like it smells. Lots of hops up front with moderate bitterness along with the taste of grapefruit that matches the smell. Very little malt comes through and the beer tastes a little unbalanced to me. The taste lingers for a few seconds and then fades. The finish is clean and leaves me wanting to take another sip. The alcohol is well hidden which can be a bit of a problem as it clocks in at 8%. As the beer warms up more malt comes through and balances the taste a bit. I enjoyed drinking this beer and found it very drinkable, but I am not sure I would buy another one. I wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered to me though.