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

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1,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 91 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, showing a clear golden copper with a half inch of off white cap. Light retention and lace with very little apparent carbonationn in the liquid.

Offers a nice hop aroma, with citrus notes interplaying with a herbal/flowery character as well. Not much of a oily/resin character yet bright and tropical in nature.

Taste is slightly sweet with citrus and bready malts on the tongue. Offers again a light level of carbonation and a rather short finish. Feel is squarely in the middle of the road. Full for a lager yet lighter than one might expect given the solid look and aroma.

Overall a decent brew yet a bit nondescript as well. Lacking in bitterness vs. what I expected from the label, what with 'double' and 'IPL' mentioned, though I'm referring largely to the 'IPL' here as double is obviously not an ABV reference. And at 5.0% it drinks like a citrusy Pale Ale. Low carbonation is surely a deterring factor for this particular bottle. A decent Pale Lager yet not representative of expections.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans

A- clear crisp golden color. 1 and half finger head that is fluffy and mountainous. Nice lacing on mug.

S- heavy on the citrus notes. grapefruit, pineapple and pine hops. no malt detectable.

F- grapefruit and pine come to the front with some biscuit wheaty malt in the background.

M- dry and refreshing. It is good on a hot spring day from what i just experienced. Very realxing and goes down smooth.

O- Not a bad beer and you cant go wrong with too many sam adams. a nce fail safe if out at a bar and its on tap with BMC's.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear bright orange brown with a full inch of sticky white head.
S - Smells of mild lager yeast, piney bittering hops, and some sweeter malts.
T - Hops are piney but it a way somewhat skunky with a lager like flavor of cooked green beans. Hops are on par with an IPA giving you just enough bite to enjoy it without clinging to the palate in the finish. Not sure if I enjoy it though.
M - Light and crisp. Goes pretty good with my burger.
Overall the concept is strange enough to get me to pick up a single but I am not sure I would session it. It does become balanced halfway through the glass but I guess I am not crazy about lagers in general.

Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with long lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, bready and caramel malt some cotton candy fill the moth. Finish is long IPA like. There is some mismatch of flavors but, on the whole, it is good brew.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle #3 from Spring Thaw (most excited for this one!)

A - light copper, straw colour, half finger head which eventually dissipates, leaving a thin film.
S - hops hops hops! Not overly potent, but the only thing I can make out
T - slightly sweet lager taste up front, gives way to hop bitterness momentarily, but a fairly crisp finish.
M - almost a creamy feel, very full, not as light as expected.
O - A great, smooth, hoppy beer from SA. Definitely sessionable where the bitterness and taste aren't too pronounced and the finish is fairly clean. I'm impressed.

Photo of gr0g
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber in appearance. A two-finger head leaves some very nice lacing all around the crown of the pint glass. Floral, hop-forward aroma. Smells fresh and inviting, but hardly interesting. A clean, crisp, pilsner-like lager flavor, augmented by a moderate hop kick. Grassy, just short of being "piney," with a bit of citrus. Moderate bitterness all the way through. Well-carbonated, with a texture that's nice and slick.

While enjoyable, this IPL won't be taking the place of any of my favorite APAs or IPAs. I do prefer it over the Sam Adams Alpine Spring, though.

Photo of Luigi
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear copper color with a large two finger white head (served in a 14 oz. pilsner). Head is near perfect as it clings to the glass till the last sip.

The aroma is dominated with pine and grapefruit bitterness. There is not much balance. But, from an ex hophead, this would be perfect.

The taste is again dominated with pine and citrus hops bitterness. The finish is dry with bitterness lingering on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this lager. But, because of the aggressive IPA style hops there is really no style to compare this beer to. Overall a solid brew for the hophead in all of us.

Photo of mothman
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Very hoppy. A lot of earthiness and spicy flavors. A bit of fruit mixed in. Very bready. Pale malts. Grassy.

Mouthfeel: Dry, clean. Smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a fairly enjoyable beer. Reminds me of a pilsner. Easy to drink and you can have a few of them. This would be a great spring beer!

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, notch on the side of the bottle says best by July 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. The last of the 6 beers in the variety pack.

A - Typical clear gold amber colored appearance with about a finger of white foamy head that goes down quickly. Nice scattered lacing; an impressive thing with a Samuel Adams beer.

S - Citrus grapefruit hops. Smells a lot better than the Samuel Adams Noble Pils did, if I am remembering correctly.

T - Bold citrus lemon / grapefruit hops are the prevalent feature here, and deservedly so. A much tastier and fruitier beer than the Samuel Adams Noble Pils or the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA. Mild level of carbonation, it is nicely balanced.

M - A clean, sticky mouthfeel. Lingering flavors of green apple sugars hanging out. A nicely tailored beer for sure.

Overall, an impressive outing from the Boston Beer Company. This beer would be better suited for hopheads and IPA lovers than people who enjoy the taste of a malty lager. A beer I would have again for sure, and I am looking forward to trying the other Hopology brews that they've got.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL ---3.5/5

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with many others, I wasn't going into this with a lot of pre-exiting knowledge. That being said, one would expect citrus, floral, pine, earthy with extreme smoothness shining through with the lager-ing process and yeast.

Copper-hued clarity screams at you as you gaze at the glass.
Aroma is a pronounced IPA signature, with the hops playing the prominent role.
Taste is all IPA, with a punch of citrusy tang. The bitter profile carries through the palate leaving a bittering finish...perhaps, perhaps a slight bit smoother than your average IPA.
Mouthfeel is the norm.

This beer delivers most of what it claims. However I didn't pick up the lager tranquility. It seemed very heavy handed on the IPA side of the scale, but not too much on the lager end. Even in the finish. I have to say, though, this was sampled AFTER a Stone IPA and a Goose Island IPA. Which in my opinion, should have made the lager smooth profile really stand out from heavily hopped intentional IPA's.

All of that being said, I did enjoy the beer immensely. Even to introduce non believers to IPA's, this is probably too much on the bitter end of the spectrum.
Worth a try, to enjoy, and come to your own conclusion.

Photo of McStagger
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly brassy/amber color with good clarity. Carbonation is moderate, with little bubbles floating to form a khaki white head. Two fingers worth of fairly rocky foam, with moderate retention. Lacing is good.

S: Certainly smells hopped up. Lot of tropical fruit, with a touch of herbaceousness and some grapefruit undertones. Balanced with the malts, which strike me as being crystal, with some sweetness and breadiness in the mix as well.

T: Clean and crisp and straight to the point. A lot of the fruitiness in the nose is lost in the palate. It's instead replaced by a more pungent taste of herbal hoppiness. The finish is very much a lager, being clean and dry with maybe a touch of roastiness. Aftertaste of straw and milled grain.

M: Fairly light bodied, with some substance. Nothing overly wowwing about the texture.

O: Looks and smells great. Just wish they could have gotten more of the awesome fruity boquet into the taste of the beer. The lager yeast and the West Coast hop varietals don't seem to get along very well.

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2pux
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper body alive with carbonation streams. First shows excellent clarity, then developes chill haze. Two fingers of tight white foam.

Mild aroma of grapefruit and other citrus.

Light and sweet malt beginning. Citrus fruit. Bitter nip. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel.

A nice lager with a dash of extra hops that drinks lighter than Boston Lager. Boston Beer should brew this through summer.

Not an equal to the Imperial Pilsner of a few years past.

Photo of kcrosson492
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally a good beer in this variety pack! It has a nice lager taste.

A-Pours a nice copperish color which is a little cloudy. Nice foamy head.

S-Nice lager smell that gets the mouth ready for a tasty beer.

T-I was surprised by how good this beer actually tastes. It has a nice lager feel to it.

M-The mouthfeel is pretty decent and it has a nice body that feels smooth in the mouth.

O-This would be a beer I would purchase again and has a nice cold dry lager flavor.

Photo of Seabass1964
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Solid copper colored body, a cream colored head calms to a film, decent lines of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy pine and wood, subtle grapefruit.

Taste: A spicy wood note comes first, followed by more bitter hops and grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty decent flavor overall, hit the spot for a hop craving.

Photo of arizcards
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in early February from Fry's as part of a mixed sixer for $1.50. Best by June 2014.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that dissipated pretty quickly but is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light cereal with hints of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the cereal malts and the citrus and tropical fruit hop. Finish leaves a bit of of pine resin.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty tasty brew that is nice and refreshing. Makes for a nice warm weather refresher.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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.

Photo of DemoniChris
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.