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

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Ratings: 1,459
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Cronkite11
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of utopiajane
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of gold. No orange. No hues. Lager bubbles are making their way to the top in perfect clarity. There is a fat head of creamy bubbles that fell off unnoticed because I drank it so fast. Left wet and patchy lacing. carbonation refreshed upon each tilt of the glass.

This had a big bright nose. Everything you love about hops. Pine, citrus and floral. A bit of orange peel and a light bread. Tucked just under all that is a light yeasty lager scent. Spruce, pine needles. Lightly sweet malt.

Taste is exceptional. It has a tremendous hop forward character that is tempered and smooth. The hops are herbal and succulent with out a terrible bitter. They are not even really that tart and that's how it is one step toned down from an IPA. There is a bit of grapefruit on the palate though but a light tangerine takes hold and a bit of orange blossom honey. Bread is light and the lagering has done this beer a great favor. It has made it smooth and drinkable in the best way. The pine is intense but not sharp. A touch of resin to make the aftertaste last and plenty of earth. It's crisp and bold. There is just a bit of bitter in the dry finish.

Leave it to sam adams to mix these two beer styles so perfectly. This beer has tremendous flavor but is not the least bit harsh. it doesn't numb you with bitterness. It doesn't defeat you with a high abv. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is perfect with a little bite to it. It is gentle enough and the lager character does indeed make it easy drinking.

Photo of complexnomenclature
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Culture
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Lovely85
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kyrojack
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at James Joyce in Ybor City. Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice gold color with a fair amount of chill haze. One finger of white foamy head and an average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Hoppy aromas up front (pine, grass and herbs), and some light malts and lager yeastiness. Low sulfur character, if any.

T: The clean malt flavors show the lager style, but the hops become a nice counterpoint - pine, grass, and some grapefruit citrus. It isn't a bitter hop bomb at all, just well-integrated.

M: Fairly light-bodied for an IPA, but certainly more do it than most American Pale Lagers. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: I found this to be pretty enjoyable. Recommended if you're in the mood for something a little different.

Photo of OddNotion
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jbfarris
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with 1 1/2 finger foamy white head, with good retention and generous lacing. the aroma has floral hops, citrus, and fresh cut grass.

Has a hop forward taste with floral hops, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, bread malt, and crackers. Has a nice combination of flavors. The malt does provide some balance for the hops, but thankfully not too much, which allows the hops to be the star of this beer.

Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, with a grapefruit and floral hop aftertaste. A very nice India Pale Lager, which I will buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Hoptopher
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear bright orange, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Starts with a good deal of citrus hops, some grass. Then straw.

T-Starts with citrus and grass. Finish has a good deal of straw with a slight bitterness. However as it warms the hops take a back seat and the balance is thrown off.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp but watery.

O-The knock is that as it warmed it went downhill. Drink cold.

Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Slowly foaming out the the of the bottle when I opened it. In the glass it is a clear apricot color with plenty of just off white head.

S: Grapefruit, and orange peel with a little grass smell as well. Slightly grainy with a touch of lager yeast character.

T: Tropical fruits, orange peel, apricot, and a touch of herbal grassyness in the flavor. There is a sweetness to it that I am not in love with.. almost similar to an IPA that sat around too long.

M: Crisp, with plenty of carbonation. Slightly drying on the finish.

O: Overall good, not amazing.. Interesting, but not overwhelmingly good.

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