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

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1,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams signature glass. The beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color, and sports a nice frothy head with good retention. The nose is bright and hoppy and boasts lots of mouth-watering tropical fruit, primarily lemons, grapefruit, and oranges.

Light body and crisp, clean flavor. Some corn-like sweetness up front that is well-balanced with plenty of bitter, flowery hoppy notes. Nothing too complex, but lots of flavor for the style. Very refreshing.

For an American Pale Lager, this beer is quite something. Lots of flavor, but does not sacrifice any of its thirst-quenching attributes. A really nice beer from Boston Beer Co. Not designed to blow anyone away, but rather a good all-around lazing-around-the-TV-watching-a-ballgame beer.

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass

A- Golden in color with champaign like carbonation. One finger of head with nice retention.

S- The aroma is hoppy and earthy. A nice deal of hopped bitterness, citrus aroma, and bready malt aromas as well.

T- A good amount of hop taste up front that is well balanced with some malty sweetness. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the boston lager. A little bit of a roasty taste as well.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of crisp carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly bready.

O- Another delicious brew by Sam Adams. Reminded me a lot of the Boston lager, only a little bit more hoppy and less roasty. I have been a fan of the Boston lager, but I think I like this even more. I will be picking it up again when I get the chance. It is both delicious and well priced.

Photo of sethcroisant
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- nice golden color. head is modest at about half a finger, but what's there leaves very impressive lacing.

S- BIG grapefruit. lots of cascade hops in this one. very simple, yet very enticing.

T- similar to the smell with lots of grapefruit flavors. little bit of hops resin sits on the back of the tongue. biscuit malts fight for power with the hops in the aftertaste.

M- balanced level of carbonation. fairly slick, but still has sort of a fluffy feel to it.

O- straightforward and simple, but it's well done. hopefully, they come out with this in a six pack.

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a completely clear, pale gold color. The foam is white and long lasting. The aroma is heavy with floral, herbal, and woody-smelling hops. Grass and malt are ther as well. Not fruity, but the hops do have a touch of citric in the background. Nice flavor! Balanced and drinkable. Nice up front sweetness and malt. Lots of hop flavor throughout the taste. Medium body. Very good.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold hue with crystal clarity and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with good retention. I'm not really sure what more you could want from this style.

Smell: nice resiny hop aroma; strong for a beer of the style but surprisingly balanced with a lightly nutty malt character. I quite like this.

Taste: very much like the aroma; the piney and resiny hops play very well with a nutty malt flavor that creates a balanced beer with a very earthy overall character. Bitterness is surprisingly low for a beer of this hoppiness. I like it.

Mouthfeel: well-carbonated but very light-bodied; there's a creaminess here but it's quite ephemeral. This is the beer's only real drawback; texture isn't great but it's not insipid or anything, either.

Overall: a delightful and drinkable beer. I'd definitely go back to this well.

Photo of Caj1
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice rich golden color, about that of good honey. I had about two fingers of frothy head that dissipated very slowly and left some decent lacing on the side of the glass, not too much and not too little. The beer is slightly hazy and full of carbonation.

Smell is very floral thanks to the hops, piney and sweet, a little grassy with some bread on the nose from the malt, though overall it's very clean. On tasting I immediately get a nice punch on the tongue from the hops, but it's not overpowering like some of the IPAs I've had. It's not as bitter as I would have expected, and the clean quality of the lager helps mitigate some of the stronger hop notes. The flowery hops fade away slowly, leaving sweetness that builds a bit, even after the swallow, and the grassy notes of the hops come back a little bit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice bite from the carbonation. It's a little bit heavy for a lager but I'm not complaining. Imagine the Noble Pils but with more body.

This is a pretty nice drink that while not too surprising is something I could drink six of and still enjoy. Though I enjoy the Noble Pils better than this when I want a hoppy Sam Adams lager, this Double Agent IPL bridges the gap between lager and ale quite nicely. Give it a try, you may enjoy it.

Photo of fank2788
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams pint glass
Bright copper, clear with a two finger tall white head of a mix of fine and coarse bubbles. The nose is nearly all west coast hops, pine, grapefruit and floral not much of the malt in the smell. The taste is much like the smell with the hop flavors coming out front here the grapefruit really takes over. Along with the hop flavors there is a pretty good amount of bitterness on the level of a strong pale ale or weak IPA. Biscuity caramel malts are in there as well to provide a base but it is clear that the hops are the main focus here. The mouthfeel is interesting while the hops make one think of an IPA body is all lager. Light body with a nice clean, crispness that you just cant get in an ale. There is a good bit of carbonation in there that combined with the bitterness keep things tingly. The finish is a touch sweet with lasting bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Overall I'm a fan of this one, although it is kind of playing tricks on my mind. A good combination of a nice hoppy ale and a crisp clean lager.

Photo of Braz
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the selections from the spring thaw variety pack.
Crystal clear copper gold in color. Very thin white head that doesn't last very long. Doesn't have a very active look to it.
Smell nice. Aroma full of grapefruit and citrus. Resinous, smells very inviting.
Tastes of floral citrus notes. Grapefruit, lemon and think I get just a bit of rye as well. Well balanced. Very light buttery citrus aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is quite good. Good amount of carbonation. Sort of velvety. Not what I thought I would get from the appearance.
Very decent, would definitely have again.

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3.97/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So this is just a quite hop forward lager? Okay cool, I can dig that. Good earthy influence on there with a strong malt sweetness (that I could do with a little less of honestly). Feel is pretty good. Carbonation strikes a bit firmly. For the beer nerds, this is a good one to go for. With the less experienced and those looking for standard lager type beers, this might strike as too heavy and abrasive.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Borrowing from Jack's Abby (on of my favorites), Sam Adams takes a crack at the IPL.

A-Pours a bright copper color. No haze. Head is a thin foamy skin. The skinny head leaves tons of lacing.

S-Interesting. Blatantly a Lager, but it is hopped with a solid dosage of West Coast hops. The intriguing mixture of yeast and hop is inciting. Grapefruit and pine with a light catty note. To me it smells like Simcoe on Lager yeast.

T-Definitely tasty! They did it well. Sam Adams does Lagers well so I am far from surprised. Piney and lightly catty with some tropical fruit and solid citrus. There is a buttered biscuit/cracker aspect that sneaks around behind the more eccentric flavors too.

M-Zipping bubbles. Moderate bitterness. Body feels fuller than a 5% brew. Drinks easy.

O/D-Sam Adams did a nice job with this one. Its not on the same tier as some of the best Jack's Abby brews (Hoponius Union and Kiwi Rising) but its certainly delicious. I think the IPL has plenty of potential and this beer is excellent evidence of my belief.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a decent white head. Nice sticky lace. Looks like SA.

Decent hop aroma, with pine and citrus, and some toasty malt.

Big hops up front, but not super in-your-face. Malt is nice with a toasted bread note. Some cracker and bread crust and malt bitterness as well. Finishes fairly clean.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

A solid hoppy brew. I like the malt and what they did to keep it in balance with the hops. Pretty decent. Not an earth-shattering beer though. A little safe, but that's ok.

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 9/14. Pours a light amber, just a shade above golden, with a slight ruby tint. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Nice light nose of citrus, grapefruit and sweet tropical, over a bit of biscuit. Light medium body with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation which imparts a nice effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a blend of hop flavor with very little bitterness. The hop flavor is citric, with a focus on grapefruit initially. The middle gets more tropical and ends with a nice biscuit crispness. On the finish, a nice light grapefruit rind bitterness lingers a bit.

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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

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 Groomsy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of skyman1972
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.