Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jkrich:
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, bright with a deep golden hue and a foamy white-head. Intricate lacing added to the attractive appearance.
Very pronounced American hop aromas of bittersweet, tropical fruit and pine were evident upon opening the bottle. This impressive aroma was sustained after pouring in the glass.
I suspect if more lagers tasted like this, the lager would become more popular among ale drinkers. The refreshing smoothness of a lager with a hop profile found most often in an American pale ale. The flavor begins with a very nice, faintly bitter fruity profile with a lingering piney flavor in the aftertaste. The malt is minimal as this is meant to be refreshing and thirst quenching.
Fairly light bodied with strong lager-like carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel that is typical of a lager.
The brewery can call it an "India Pale Lager" if they must; to me, this is simply a flavorful, sessionable and refreshing lager that I will enjoy often during the warm months ahead.
04-20-2013 23:08:48 | More by jkrich
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
03-04-2013 22:18:42 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
02-15-2013 03:27:52 | More by tectactoe
4.01/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-02-2013 15:31:57 | More by lordofthewiens
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-07-2013 16:15:00 | More by generallee
3.79/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-07-2013 00:06:48 | More by Billolick
4.04/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
05-22-2013 21:45:57 | More by Cavanaghty
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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