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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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84
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1,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 42
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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Ratings: 1,505 | Reviews: 306
Reviews by ZAP:
Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty impressed with this. Reminds a little of Alpine Spring loaded with oily, herbal hops. I guess I could wrap this review up with that statement but I will expand.

Clean appearance...clear, deep gold color....Nice bready malt backbone...hops are not bitter but definitey herbal, piney and oily...pretty clean finish with a lingering malt sweetness actually...

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Wish there were more beers like this being made these days. It combines an IPA hoppiness with a lager drinkability (not saying IPA's aren't drinkable but a lot push up to 7-8% ABV)....well done...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal a clear medium golden with a nice looking one finger fluffy white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles very slowly.Grapefruit rind and piney hops stand out in the nose,like an old school ipa,light toasted grain comes into play as well.Flavors start with a punch citric hops with a more pronounced malty bread-like presence,it finishes a little watery though wich nipped everything in the bud a little.A good beer,take away the watery finish and this outstanding,as is it's still pretty good.

Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect amber and copper tinted color with exception clarity from head to toe. The foamy white head reduces to a thin skin that sits atop the beer. Extremely spotty lacing - barely enough to really even call it lacing. Nose is a bit light, contains little bits of orange peel, vegetal hops, very light white pepper spice, slight onion tones, some grassy notes, and maybe some mild "steel-y" caramel flavors. There's a strange aroma mixed in there that pops out every now and then, but I still can't quite put my finger on it. Not off-putting, but a little different. I wonder what it is...

Taste is crisp and snaps on the tongue thanks to the overall thin body and heavy carbonation. Contains a hefty helping of lemon and grapefruit pith - inserting quite the bitter bite, or at least, much bitter than I was expecting. Some more lemon and orange zest notes join at the end and add a bit of sweetness. Hops are kind of leafy and grassy, maybe even with a little bit of pine now. I'm still picking up a touch of pepper spice and onions, though they're not as strong anymore. Light sweetness from the toasted caramel malts in the aftertaste, though it's moreover dominated by the fading hop bitterness. Dry and bready finish.

Pretty damn good for a 5% ABV lager - this is something you could definitely session with. Not the tastiest thing on the planet, but it's certainly worth the price and content for the low alcohol tax.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold-colored beer with a medium-sized white head that left some very pretty lace.

Hoppy aroma of pine and citrus, with an aroma lingering in the background that I finally interpreted as onion. Interesting, not offensive.

Mostly pine and herbal hops. A bit of grapefruit. Bready.

Crisp mouthfeel, as advertised. Two went down pretty quickly and easily.

Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the ABV 5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance: It has a golden honey body with a creamy white head on top. This head has good retention and makes nice leasing on the glass.

Smell: There are nice citrusy hops with notes of tangerines and grapefruit as well as some tropical fruit.

Taste / Palate: The flavor picks up all the hop notes from the nose and adds them to a nice bread base malt. It has a solid medium body with balanced carbonation and mellow bitter finish.

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack, purchased at Peekskill Bev, Peekskill, NY. Best before July 2013 notched onto the label.

Pours clear medium amber. Frothy lite tan head, leaves ample and lasting low sheeting and bits of lace low in the glass.

Floral and leafy hop nose.

Better then average hop package, especially for the style. Easy drinking and pleasing brew, decent sessioner at 5%. Nothing special, but would work just fine in a pinch, sort of a hoppy brew with training wheels. Good one to encourage a hoppy beer newbie to check out.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Gold amber in color with a thick white head. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of hops and citrus dominate, smells more like an IPA than a lager style beer.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium bodied. Taste is bitter hops more like a lager taste.

Overall. Interesting brew, it was good for sure.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright hop aroma of citrus and herbal pine with a solid bready malt presence. Citrus hops upfront with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest. Solid herbal hints of pine spice and earthy grass. Solid lager malt balance with hints of bready biscuit, caramel, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid smelling balance of bright hops and malts.

Taste: Follows the nose with a nice hop mix of juicy citrus, spicy pine, and a solid balance of malt. Citrus hops with a nice clean taste of juicy orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with herbal notes of spicy pine and grass. Good balance of bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, caramel, and crackers. A really nicely balanced tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and spicy with a nice drying finish.

Overall: A really good spin on a lager. The hops make it seem like a solid West Coast IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color with amazing clarity, looks extremely professional, no floaties, solid 1" of white head on it, great lively carbonation. Sexy looking beer.

Aroma was hoppy and yielded plenty of lager yeast aroma, not unlike Bruery's humulus lager. Plenty of hop oil and resin, lager esters, amounting to a unique and enjoyable aroma.

The taste is a little bit of everything, small amounts of citrus and pine, but still plenty of lager character. Earthy malt aspect while remaining plenty light in the mouthfeel. Biscuit/cracker malt stays light, carbonation and hops stay lively. Plenty grassy. While Pilsner Urquell has been seemingly dumbed down over the last decade or so, this is a great alternative if you fell in love with that beer in the 80s/90s but don't get moved by it so anymore.

The hops stay alive and kickin' throughout the entire mouthfeel. Prickly, pithy, snappy. Always herbal. Plenty of bitterness. I'm not sure if these are just a bunch of noble hops of or not, but they are pretty potent, without obscuring what makes this a lager. Dry, hoppy, lagery.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright copper crystal clear hue with an off white cream colored head forms thick, cloudy textured large bands of lace as it settles. Aroma straight up hops, citrus peels, cut grass, even some grapefruit action. It's like a light IPA, or IPL in this case smooth breadiness malt back bone action sweeps the bittering hops in the background, citrus, floral notes, and cut grass make up the flavors I'm getting in the hops. A nice blend of a lighter more sessionable hoppy beer. Mouthfeel has a medium to light body with hop oils texture in there a nice bitter finish carbonation moves the beer on very well, this is really good with different foods. Overall a style that Sam Adams should keep around I could picture having this around on hand more often.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter. Bottle says "enjoy before" July 2013.

A: Pours crystal clear, medium amber in color, with a generous beige head and limited easily visible carbonation. Above average head retention and plenty of rather sticky lacing.

Aroma: Markedly hoppy for a pale lager; with plenty of floral, pine and herbal hop notes. Light, biscuity malts in the background.

T: A hoppy lager, as billed. A bit fruity; more so than in the aroma. Lacks complexity. Long-lasting, mildly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium body yet surprisingly thin {lager style) finish. Well chosen medium carbonation. Nicely smooth..

O: Probably the hoppiest lager I have ever had, yet well balanced and highly drinkable. A pale lager hopped up to the level of an Amer. Pale Ale.

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice amber with a one finger white head. Very pretty. Scents of pine and citrus, heavy on grapefruit, with some very faint lager fruitiness. Quite enticing. Flavor is of citrus, grapefruit pith and grapefruit heavy, pine notes dominate on the finish which is quite bitter. Malt and lager yeast flavors are minimal, leaving the hops to dominate. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, very much like a lager. This beer is excellent, showcasing the West Coast hops, with minimal interference from malty sweetness. I thought I would have to homebrew an IPL, but apparently I wasn't the only one to think of trying this, and it seems to work quite well. A hit by Boston Beer Company.

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bronze copper colored beer.

Big hoppy aroma with some soapiness mixed in with the citrus and pine hops aspects.

Citrus hops seem to outweigh some pine aspects and the light soapy maybe yeast like qualities of this IPL.

A light soapy quality to the light dryish aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I liked the hops qualities of this beer but the light soapy, for lack of a better way to describe it, aspects of this beer were a turn off for me.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. June 2013 notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear medium gold with a 2 finger dense white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body.

S: Has a hoppy yet quite malty aroma. A breadyness mixed with a skunky earthy hop.

T: Mild taste that delicately balances a strong malt body with an ample backing of hop. I enjoy the crackery malt at the tail end of this brew.

M: Fairly light body with ample carbonation. Real easy drinking with a crisp finish.

Overall a pretty good new brew from Sam Adams. I like this blend of styles and am looking forward to more breweries interpreting this style.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, bright golden orange color with a white, finger width head. Good retention. Shows nice lacing with good stick.

Smell - Hop forward aroma, hitting on notes of mellow grapefruit and a slightly floral character.

Taste - As with the nose, the flavor is hop forward, hitting on moderate grapefruit and orange zest. Nearly absent malt character, comes through very faintly with a grainy quality. Not much variance from start to finish. Just a simple, straight forward profile.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Soft, smooth and goes down easy.

Overall - True to it's name, though it sounds better than what's actually presented here. Malts are near absent, and when presented with the forward citrus hop profile, it comes across as somewhat hollow. All in all, it's decent, but if I'm looking for a hoppy brew, I'm reaching for an assertive APA or a nice IPA.

Photo of zachpaschal
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised with this brew. It was left in my possession from a vacation with friends and found in the back of my fridge a few months later. Held up nicely and an all around solid drink.

Photo of Retroman40
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden color with some haziness with a firm long lasting white head.

S - A burst of pine and citrus hops.

T - Citrus, particularly grapefruit as well as some pine with some malt in the background.

M - Very rich with excellent carbonation.

O - Really great hop flavor, especially in a beer with such moderate ABV. This is a great thirst quencher and I intend to use it as such.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best I have had to date of these hoppy agers. Floral hops. Thanks Americo for sharing the growler. Herbal, somewhat A nice mouthfeel. lacy and creamy head on a golden body, a dry and hoppy finish. Citrus, good drinkability. A good hoppiness, great for the summer.

Photo of tdm168
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - orange with a ton of carbonation bubbles; a big, soft, thick white head that has great retention

S - herbal, spicy, piny; very intense hoppy aroma

T - citrusy, piny, spicy, herbal, very hoppy, some lagery notes, a mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is one of the better Pale Lagers I have ever had. It definitely delivers the hops that it promises. It has tremendous drinkability, and doesn't disappoint. I won't buy the whole mix-pack again for this, but if I came across it elsewhere, I would definitely get it again.

Photo of dertyd
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to a pilsner glass

A:light coper orange almoast like dark apple juice nice laceing that hangs around

S:wow what a nice smell grapefruit hoppiness

T:hops hops and more hops just like an ipa but thinish is more clean and dry like a lager

M:nice dry and crisp

Overall:what a damn good job sam adams one of my new favorit beers its like having an ipa but a lager at the same time haha I could pound theese all day long I can't wait to try more hopoligy beers.

Love life... drink beer!!!

Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big, frothy head. Lace is lovely, large, and detailed, with layers of frilliness over fence rows.

Nose is delectable tropical and citrus hops. Very, very appealing!

Taste is more of the tropical fruit and lemon-grapefruit-citrus hops zing, but the hoppy overload is tempered well by a substantial malt presence. This is a well-balanced and hoppy brew that tones down the sour and bitter qualities of the hops in favor of a highly-drinkable session beer for hop-heads.

I may seek out another 6-pack of these if I can find it!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper with carbonation that is sparse in density but comes in spurts of thick bubbles when it appears. Good foam and lacing.

Smell: Earthy, clay-like hops that have a strong pine tinge.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong pine like an IPA. Extremely clean like a lager. A bit too thin.

Overall Drinkability: Can't wait for this to hit the taps.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - orange with 2 finger white head, lots of carbonation bubbles, head retained well.

S - Hops!, Piney, citrus, floral , best part of the beer.

T - citrus, piney, spicy, herbal, a bitter finish

M - medium bodied, high carbonation, Dry and crisp. Refreshing.

O- Good beer, would get again. Better than what I was expecting.

Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orangish color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with fresh citrusy hops. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice malty backbone making way for the hops in the finish. The hops used in this beer provide the perfect balance of bitterness and flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I purchased this as part of a mixed pack with other Sam Adams beers but this one really stands out as something I would puchase again in the future on its own.

Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's got the slight orangey color of an IPa, but it's excessively clear like most offerings from Sam Adams. The head is a brilliant contrasting, very bright white with the look of an IPA head. Craterous with good retention, nice lacing.

Pleasant smell with a blast of pineapple, pine and grapefruit. There is a grainy smell in the background, pale malt maybe.

Surprisingly good, refreshing taste. It's like an IPA with the citric notes, but like a lager has a smoother, less aggressive, sort of watery finish. It's like a hybrid, the first part is IPA, the second part is lager. Grapefruit, pine, bubble gum all dance on the tongue.

It's somewhat strange, but it works. It's got the taste and smell of an IPA, but lacks the bitterness many people don't appreciate. Extremely refreshing. Crisp and clean. Each sip scrapes the tongue clean so the next sip has a clean palate.

Overall, it's a good beer. Very easy to drink and almost a session beer so in the summer you can enjoy a cooler full of them. Kind of strange, but a nice change of pace.

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.