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

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1,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Damian74Shensky, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Keginator70
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass. The head was three fingers thick from a tilted pour releasing a piney, woodsy, earthy aroma. Combined with the clear golden color I found myself ready to rumble.

The aroma transitions to savory with a hint of lime complimenting a nice, mild caramel ( reminds me of Belgian) malt. Just enough bitterness throughout finishes dry on the tongue, sweet on the palate. The mouth feel is smooth, light but in no way watery; should go great with anything humans eat.

I am left wanting more. Pleasantly surprising and easily the best rendition of an IPL or hoppy pilsner I have tried. Sorry Victory and Jack Abby. Kudos to BBC and all apologies for assuming an affordable quaff can't be top shelf. Thanks for setting me straight. Round two-ding!

Keginator70, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July 2013. Pours a clear light amberish gold with virtually no head. Good amount of lacing. Smells pretty good. The aroma is of spicy and citrus hops. Hints of pine as well. The taste is of spicy and piney hops. Biscuity. Good amount of hop bitterness. Really drinkable. Resinous, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. This is a perfect balance of hops and drinkability. This was a nice surprise to find in the Mix 12 pack. Hopefully this one finds its way into its own 6 pack. Overall, worth seeking out.

PicoPapa, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz. bottle from Spring Thaw pack into a pilsner glass.

Beautiful light amber body with honey highlights, super clear with lively carbonation from the bottom of the glass. It's topped by a foamy head of two fingers that lingers and leaves heavy rings of lacing. Excellent looking stuff.

I wasn't sure what to expect on the nose but was pleasantly surprised. The bottle neck describes tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine - to my nose, I pick up all of these in the aroma. The hop aromas are backed by a biscuity malt presence and a clean lager yeast scent. While the fruitiness of the IPA is there, this also has a cleanness to it that isn't present in most ales. Very pleasant on the nose.

There's a surprising amount of bitterness in this beer, well-backed by the malt and also having a clarity that gets lost in quite a few IPAs. The front of the tongue is hit with bright grapefruit flavors and pine resin, with some bready malt on the middle. Some clean lager yeast along with more bitterness comes on the finish. Very refreshing stuff, and quaffable.

The carbonation does quite a bit to cleanse the palate between the sips, and the clean flavor on the finish doesn't leave much residual flavor, so this is very drinkable. A medium-light body with crisp flavor.

Very enjoyable stuff from Sam Adams, and probably one of the best beers from the Spring Thaw pack. Definitely worth a look!

Groomsy, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Timmyhawk
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Timmyhawk, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of spoony
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%

From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of off-white head. Retention is maybe a minute and there is a decent bit of clingy lace on the glass. The brew is light-copper in color and mostly clear.

S-The smell is a pleasantly hoppy mixture of floral scents, some lemon and grapefruit, and earthy pine. The first couple of whiffs are pretty pungent and bitter, and give a bit of soapiness. Underneath the hops are light caramel malts. Pretty dry.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with floral notes, some citrus, and long, pleasantly bitter (and earthy) finish of pine and rye-like spice. Again, the brew is pretty dry, with just a bit of caramel and toasted bread to balance the hops. I get a bit of soapiness, but it fits the beer.

M-The feel is lightly oily and dank with relatively soft and chewy carbonation that drinks more like an IPA than a lager.

O-I quite enjoyed this beer. It drinks way above its 5% ABV and packs more than enough hoppy punch to go up against some of the better IPAs out there. There is a bit of grainy flavor in there to remind you that this is a lager, but I could definitely see drinking a few of these on a warm day next spring.

spoony, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of at7000
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

I too was surprised that I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not really a fan of most Sam Adams beers. However, this one is solid and has a quite interesting taste to boot. Basically, a hopped up, piney, citrusy lager.

A good sessionable beer based on its 5% ABV. And it would be an excellent paring with food, since it is not as overpowering as a strong IPA style. I could down 4-5 of these pretty quikly- It makes for a nice Spring/Summer type beer.

at7000, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a golden-amber color with excellent clarity. Two fingers of creamy, pillowy, bone-white head retain extremely well. Jagged, clumpy rings of lacing cement themselves onto the glass. This is a good looking beer.

S: Hop-forward on the nose with aromas of pine, light grapefruit, tangerine, lemon rind, and melon. Sweet-ish bready and caramel malt base.

T: Pine and grapefruit rind. Modest bitterness builds on the mid-palate until it becomes somewhat aggressive. Lemon peel, slight tangerine, and bitter leafy herbs. Malt base is substantial, as tastes of bread, crust, caramel, and wet grain punch through to provide some balance. Bitter and drying on the finish with tastes of crust and grapefruit rind.

M: Decidedly medium bodied, creamy and somewhat chewy. Moderate carbonation.

O: This beer has been compared to Hoponius Union around these parts. The comparison is a bit unfair, in my opinion. This is a different ball of wax. The bitter, West-coast influenced hop profile is there, but like Latitude 48, it has a bigger malt backbone to anchor it. It's a good beer, but I think the drinkability suffers just a tad due to the heftier malt body. Still my pick as the best beer from the Spring Thaw variety pack.

ryan1788a5, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of mattkoon
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

i really like this double agant ipl from sam adams. the color is a nice golden. the smell is thick with rich piney hops. theres a bold hoppiness in the taste. somehow they capture the hoppy flavor without the face squishing bitterness of some other really hoppy beers. being that this is an "ipl" i think sam adams did just what they sat out to do with this one. it is a very smooth very drinkable, hoppy ipa (l) beer.

mattkoon, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Best by August 2013 ... poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Looks like a beer-beer... a lot like Samuel Adams Boston Lager. A nice, crystal clear amber color. Three fingers or so of a nice, creamy-ish white head. Lacing's awesome on this one. Good looking.

Smell: For some reason, a lot of metallic aromas... though this could be because I rinsed my glass out just before using. Behind that is plenty of hops. Grapefruit, and a non-descript tropical note. As the label says, a lot of West coast aromas in this one. Well done.

Taste/feel: It's a Boston Lager in IPA form, I think... and it's fantastic. It's a lot like an IPA on the front, but the finish is sweet, with that classic biscuit/cracker aftertaste that I get from Boston Ale/Lager, and now this. The mouthfeel is of about medium carbonation with a slight creamy feel. Truly one of the, if not THEE, best Samuel Adams beers that I've had. I hope this is a year round offering that's available in six-packs. $8.49 for a six pack? Sign me up.

Alextricity, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for this one.

A: Crystal clear bright amber body under a perfect two fingers of fine white head. Great retention, lovely lace. Perfectly gorgeous beer.

S: Fresh, spicy, and fruity. Good balance of hops and lager yeast. Not crazily aromatic like, say, Hoponius Union, but pleasant in its own more restrained way.

T: Spicy up front, followed by some floral and citrus notes midway through. Cleanly bitter finish with just a hint of yeasty minerality. Herbal, hoppy aftertaste. Really tasty.

M: Lively, frothy, slightly prickly light body. A bit much.

O: Better than the sum of its parts; this one really works. I hope more craft breweries develop this underutilized style.


woosterbill, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Notch on label indicates to enjoy by Aug 2013.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains solidly before becoming an 1/8 inch head, Broken, cloudy lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Sharp, vegetal hop aroma is very pleasant and almost pungent. Smells of broccoli, celery and grassy herbs. Very unique and awesome.

T- The flavor follows through with light to moderate hop bitterness and more vegetal notes. The malt is bit weak and makes for a "give" in flavor but at least the hop profile is good.

M- Thin but crisp enough to not feel watery. Medium carbonation and a mostly light body. Ever-so-slightly oily as well.

O- Quite impressive to see hops being used in such a plentiful and effective manner by a brewery who usually keeps them toned down. A Sam Adams beer I would not mind having a few of.

Immortale25, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of tviz33
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a pilsener glass.

A- This beer pours a light translucent orange color, topped by two inches of rocky light tan head. Lots of carbonation bubbles are seen

S- I initially thought of an IPA when I smelled it because of the pine and grassy notes, but then the lager components came out. Toasted malts and resin come out as well.

T- The taste is quite consistent with the nose. Again, it makes me think of an IPA at first, but the lager characteristics are right there in the background.

M- I really enjoy the feel of this. The body is fairly light, but it is well-carbonated and creamy.

O- This beer is a pretty easy-drinker, and the addition of extra hops makes it all the more enjoyable.

tviz33, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

A - Clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. It really smelled like an IPA or APA.

T - Spicy citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Some piney bitterness and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager.

O - This is a really tasty lager. It doesn't even taste like a lager.

zeff80, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ChrisKayler
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

Drinking this one after a great day at work. Kanye West - Runaway.

Glass: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint #properglassware

Appearance: Really quite a good looking beer. Perfectly clear, ranging from yellow in the thinner parts of the glass to orange in the thickest part. A solid stream of bubbles is coming off the nucleation point on the bottom of the glass. With a relatively mild pour, about a half of a finger of bright white head was produced, quickly dissipating to leave only a small rim around the glass.

Smell: Great smell of citrus with a bit of pine. Definitely more towards piney than fruity. While the scents are great, the intensity of lacking.

Taste: Hmmm, interesting, for sure! Hops dominated the smell and they certainly dominate the initial taste. However, they quickly fall off from citrus to pure earthiness, eventually fading to a more bready malty lager taste. I like the initial sip, and the aftertaste, but the earthiness in the middle is not to my liking.

Mouthfeel: OIL!! This one leaves my tongue coated in hop oil. The kind that makes you want to stick your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Or, maybe that's just me. Medium body and high carbonation. I enjoy this aspect quite a bit.

Overall: A really new and refreshing beer. I'm glad I decided to finally try one of these. The appearance and smell are great (if a bit subdued), and the mouthfeel is perfect. Taste is my biggest complaint, and of course that is an important one. I love the initial taste but there is some definite funky earth stuff going on that I am not a fan of. I would easily drink this one again, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

ChrisKayler, May 15, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

A- A crystal clear pale bronze body with a thick, frothy cream colored head.

S- Definite lager body, with some toasted malt aromas coming through. Hops come through nicely with floral, pine and citrus aromas.

T- Flavors do compare to an IPA and a lager. A moderate amount of piney and floral hops come through with some citrus flavors, with caramel malts and bready lager yeast flavors providing the backbone. Flavor is pretty good for a fairly light beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, could put a few of these away pretty easily.

O- Pretty well done based on the intentions. This is a hoppy lager with some floral and tropical notes and it seems like that was the exact intention.

stephenjmoore, May 15, 2013
Photo of skyman1972
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The smell was fantastic with a strong earthy scent. Every time I brought the glass up to taste I enjoyed the smell. Not much head but decent lacing. Nice gold color. Drinks easy with a lingering hoppyess. I can’t pick out flavors yet, but it’s good!

skyman1972, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

RickS95, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Golden hue with a thick, frothy head; decent lacing

S: Subtle grapefruit and tropical fruits; some flower and pine aromas; a grainy, bready undertone but fairly subdued

T: Nice hop flavors up front--citrus, tropical fruit, and pine needles mingle fairly well--with a pleasant bready, malty backbone; I love the balance on this

F: Very creamy and chewy--really nice mouth feel

O: This is a fun beer; I really like how complex and yet still crisp this lager is

dbossman, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by citrusy flavors of hops along with hints of tropical fruits towards the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean (not crisp) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer might smell and taste similar to an IPA, you can definitely tell it's a lager by the lack of crispness and clean mouthfeel. In this aspect, I thought this was a very unique and enjoyable beer. The drinkability also makes it rather sessionable.

metter98, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before August 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; a bit weak on strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy lager. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of CoachC
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

A - bottle into a pint glass, copper color with a 1 inch head

S - smells of hops and notes of caramel

T - very tasty brew, hoppy yet drinks like a lager

M - medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, great with food

O - another solid offering from Sam Adams, hoppy and refreshing. Good when paired with food

CoachC, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

Best before August 2013. I presume this to be around 3 months old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big tall fluffy offwhite head. Head fizzes away slowly with great retention. Nice vertical streaks of lacing (don't see that too often).

S: Hmph, nice juicy tropical fruits. Don't often see a hoppy BBC beer. Mango, apricot and oranges mainly? Some caramel and resin too. Flowery.

T: More of the juicy tropical fruits but fairly subdued. Floral hops too. Mild breadiness and a little caramel sweetness. Primarily floral hops in the finish as well. Decent bit of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and sticky. Not bad for a 5% lager.

O: Surprisingly good offering from BBC. I'm not surprised by them trying a hoppy IPL given the explosion of Jack's Abby in the last year or two. This certainly isn't a hoponious union but it's like the 60minute version. Balanced, smooth, drinkable. Not bad!

Dope, May 08, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +4%

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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of bourbonbock
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass and this is what I found.

A. This beer is crystal clear with just a little bit of fizzly white head.

S. I can smell the typical Sam Adams lager yeast with strong but subdued piney earthy and grapefruity hop aromas.

T. This beer tastes.... very delicious. Nice hoppy flavor rolls around the tongue with some saltiness, stickiness, and a little nuttiness. Not as bold flavors as an IPA due to the lack of an ester profile.

M. Very good residual sweetness and nice body.

I would buy this by the 12 pack if it was available.

bourbonbock, Mar 30, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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