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

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1,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 82 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Chill-hazed golden color, nice, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus note, distant "catty" hop note
Taste-Faint, piney hops, mellow citrus zest, light-bodied but pretty flavorfull for a lager. Would make a nice"crossover" craft brew for the newby craft beer drinker.

hosehead83, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of tkdchampxi
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

tkdchampxi, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a short dense khaki colored head that left a sparse cap with some lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of a nice floral hop; grapefruit and light pine come out to play as well. Bright hop aroma which makes you want to dig into this beer.

The taste is of a sweet bready malt with some honey and metallic notes. Kind of a british malt flavor. Hops are not as bright as in the flavor. I pick up more grassy notes and an apricot sweetness. There still is some grapefruit and pine though. Reminds me a bit of the Lat48 hop profile.

The feel is light with crisp carbonation. Finishes fairly clean but hard to do with the hop oils. Mostly hop bitter, on the moderate side.

A good brew, probably a hair lighter than some of the other all malt lagers out there.

Gmann, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Medium-dark golden hue. Lots of effervescence rising throughout and clinging persistently to the sides of the glass. Pours about a 3 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving plenty of dry sticky residue as it does. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Hay toned malt. Sourdough bread, with a little pine hop.

T: Malty and biting hoppiness. A little twangy. Hard to describe....

M: Light and bitter.

D: Bitter but not enough to slow your pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice hue, plenty of carbonation, great head, lots of persistent lacing. Nose is grainy and piney. Malt flavor with a biting hop, offset with something of an out-of-place twang. Overall, this is an interesting, and good quaff.

bmwats, May 24, 2013
Photo of DemoniChris
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%

DemoniChris, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Apellonious
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 6 pack.

A - IPL? Pour a dark orange ruby with a two finer head that fades quickly. Lace hangs on side of glass.

S - grass, lemons, hops, some biscuit

T - bread, back end bitterness, very mild fruit, grass and sea salt

M - carbonation on the high side. Sharp finish.

O - nice attempt. I have never searched this combo out, and not sure it completely works, but it may open up some lager only palates out there.

Apellonious, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Pale orange with a one-finger head
S: Pine & citrus rind initially with caramel & malt as well
T: Burnt malt, not nearly as fresh as the nose
M: Medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation though a bit burnt/bitter
O: This has a lot going for it, I'm just not sure why the palate tastes burnt given the rest of the beer is decent, but that makes me not a fan

ONUMello, May 03, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy lagers like Noble Pils are the beers that keep me coming back to Sam Adams; hope this one’s as satisfying.

Best before November 2013 – months after the date of this tasting.

A: BBC always has some great-looking beers, and this is no exception: pours a brilliant goldenrod topped with fizzy white foam. Frothy retention and spotty lacing.

S: Built on pungent, fruity hops, this nose swells with pine, grapefruit, and white grape aromas – not as bold as a typical IPA, but with a definite hop focus. Underneath, there’s a less-than-solid lager base, but notes of straw and mild bread are still evident.

T: Soft grain and fruity hop flavors blend to create a remarkably balanced palate. Starts by filling out the profile with a bread crust and shredded wheat tone, expanding as it lays flat on the tongue. Hops come in on top with a complex flavor – the bright spice of pepper and pine mixed with the full sweetness of orange and mango. The aftertaste registers as mixed, as well, mostly dry and metallic but with an additional thick fruit syrup effect.

M: Goes down with a subtle sliminess, slightly sticking to the sides of the mouth. Now, while it doesn’t have that refreshing lager thinness that the summer months call for, it does have a hefty amount of carbonation (though soft), and that helps.

O: I wouldn’t call this a superb beer, but I would say it’s one of my favorites from Sam Adams. Put me in a bar or restaurant where this is on draft and I’ll be a happy man.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, orange-hued yellow coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a filmy, white, clingy head. Aromas of resiny hops and a toasty grain backbone. Tangy and bitter hops in the nose, with a touch of tropical and citrus. Smells good. Flavors of toasted bread, with tropical fruit sweetness and a touch of peppery and bitter hops. Balanced, and tangy throughout. Sweet and bitter balanced throughout, with a slightly hoppy and dry aftertaste. Smooth, slightly drying finish. Different style, and pretty tasty.

GarthDanielson, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of tronester
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a thin, creamy off-white head. Nice lacing that clings to the glass. The smell is a hint of citrus peel. Taste begins with some toffee sweetness, followed by some some citric flavors, then a pounding of pine cones and grapefruit in the finish. Surprisingly hoppy for a SA beer. Mouthfeel is good. Overall quite a nice beer. Plenty of hop flavor here.

tronester, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear darkish amber with a bright white head.

The smell is citrus, yeasty, smell like what you would expect from a lager with extra hops in it.

The taste is citrus, a little sweet, finishing slightly bitter, tastes like what you would expect from an extra hoppy lager.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, one of the best sam adams beers in my opinion.

Dave1999, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I give this the same B to B+ that I always seem to give sam adams regular releases. its good not great, feels more mass produced than crafted, but that said, is still a very enjoyable brew. the pour is a little more orange than the standard lager, and the head is an inch high and bone white but doesn't last long. smells hoppy, really hoppy actually, oily fruity hops, like gummy bears, with the familiar smell of a lager yeast. the flavor is less hoppy than the nose, which is okay in this setting. the beer is crisp and clean and very refreshing, but is lacking something. I think all well hopped lagers will be lacking for awhile, as I recently had humulus from the bruery and it blew my head off while setting the bar for the style. this one comes off a little thin and contrived, but its good nonetheless. lighter feel, great carbonation, medium hoppy finish, a good beer to ease in the warmer weather, but don't come into it expecting to be floored.

StonedTrippin, Mar 19, 2013
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3.72/5  rDev -0.3%

Mikemcgrath4, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a tons of lacing is left.

4.0 S: After having some SA fruit drinks, I'm relieved to smell an actual beer again. Hops run wild in this. Huge floral hoppiness with notes of grapefruit, pine, and herbalness. The lager is clean with a mild neutral maltiness.

3.5 T: The taste is missing big flavors and a central focus, but it's still quite tasty. It's a "mellow" IPL. Mild bitterness, moderate neutral maltiness, clean. Hops are floral foremost with a touch of herbalness and grapefruit. Faint caramel.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonable creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer with no faults.

DavoleBomb, May 30, 2013
Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: Dec 13

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with 3 fingers width of white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: Malty, lager yeast, hop spice, faint citrus.

T: Matly, citrus rind, orange, lemon lime. Decent bitterness.

M/D: Medium body, crisp and clean finish, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, pretty good. Better than I thought it was going to be actually, not because I am a Sam Adams hater (which I am not), but because I tend to not like lager styles. This is a tasty beer though. I wouldn't seek it out but I may drink it again if its the only non BMC on tap somewhere.

zac16125, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - crystal clear copper body, small white head.

S - Grassy, citrusy, earthy. Nice hop profile. This is on-par with a lot of straightforward IPAs.

T - Malty first and foremost. Some caramel malts, and a dry finish. The hop profile is mostly bitter, not a lot of flavor coming from there.

M - Powerful on the tongue with carbonation.

O - this is fine, easy drinking, nothing special. Smells nice.

ColdPoncho, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous white head and excellent lacing. Bright copper color. Aroma is hop-dominant with citrus and pine prominent. No esters. Flavor is clean and lager-like as advertised with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light and easy. Overall, a good tasting hoppy lager that defies style conventions.

EagleTalon, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, light piney and grassy hops. Flavor is biscuit malt, grassy hops with light piney and citrus elements. Finishes with grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness and citrus rind. Medium bodied. Exactly what is expected from a India pale lager, with a classic lager body with distinctive grassy hops with piney and light resinous notes. The hops are well balanced with the crackery malt. A little of the distinctive Boston Beer light butteriness in the finish.

LiquidAmber, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of DavidST
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by June 2013. This pours a clear yellow / light golden color with a large off white head. The smells are very crisp and of nice grassy and floral hops, a very nice smelling beer. The feel is medium to light mid carbonation. The taste is pretty good alight crisp grassy, and hoppy taste. This is a very good lager.

DavidST, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber with lumpy pitted craggy head.
Grapefruit, papaya, and skunk on the nose.
Tart, flinty grain sack with lemon zest and grapefruit peel hops.
Crisp, slight chew, dry.

Strange creature: Cali-hopped lager. Needs to be colder than an IPA. I cold see killing this in the summer.

StJamesGate, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in a mixed 12 pack, the new Spring thaw mixer out this year.
Pours a clean golden tone, good carbonation.Head is also light, medium, and nice to look at.
Smells of lime,grapefruit rind,touch of orange, biscuit malt, pepper,light bread.
Flavor is upfront and center grapefruit. Biscuit malts, pepper, add a nice background supporting role.
Tons of citrusy goodness, especially for a 5% beer
Pretty surprised at this brew.Much better than expected. Something I would/will buy again.. usually not the case for me when it comes to Sam Adams beer
And for the category it falls in? American pale lager..i.e..BMC bullshit..this really blows the competition away.

czfreeman, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a really nice clear copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention is pretty solid and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I was hoping for. The aroma is pretty mild , hops are in there but the malt and yeast take over. The taste is pretty good. There is a nice bitter flavor from start to finish with a fruity essence and earthy back bone. The mouthfeel is sharp and clean, very drinkable. Overall this is a really nice beer. It's an interesting take on what could be an Ale but made into a Lager.

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Mild aroma of citrusy and piney hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some notes grapefruit and floral hops and just a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth, and mildly crisp. An average amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A decent enough beer. Better than the standard IPA but nothing special.

scratch69, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

tbryan5, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

J2L, Jan 13, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.