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

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL

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Ratings: 1214
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%

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 macrosmatic


3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2013 23:22:25 | More by macrosmatic
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New York

4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma is floral, citrusy, hoppy, some bready malt.

The flavor follows with a good amount of hops. Floral, grassy, citrus notes along with some sweetness on the back and also that lagery effervescence.

A very crisp lager that holds a good amount of hoppy flavor, even at its lower ABV. Reminds me of Peekskill Hop Common, another delicious hoppy lager. A really enjoyable beer that Sam Adams has brewed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 03:39:30 | More by dar482
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Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then a good hops presence comes in along with a mild but complementary sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, this is a nice poundable beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 19:25:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Stub & Herb's. Clear with a good head... somewhat darker than I thought it would be. Light and crisp on palate with an appropriate malt base that keeps it well from being watery. Certainly hoppy but hops are in the backseat... highlight to me is the light sweetness and bready character; and yet a clean and refreshing taste.

Well balanced with a lingering but mild bitterness at the end of the crisp finish. Very drinkable beer, I will buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 05:01:26 | More by tewaris
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden color with some haziness with a firm long lasting white head.

S - A burst of pine and citrus hops.

T - Citrus, particularly grapefruit as well as some pine with some malt in the background.

M - Very rich with excellent carbonation.

O - Really great hop flavor, especially in a beer with such moderate ABV. This is a great thirst quencher and I intend to use it as such.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 09:21:27 | More by Retroman40
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by Aug 2014 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of faint citrus
Head small (2 cm), white, creamy with small rocks, mostly diminishing into 3 mm layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings
Body yellow with slight haze
Flavor starts as a typical lager, with the white grapefruit bitterness overriding the malt backbone. However, the hop presence is more marked than in the standard lager, ending in an astringent chalkiness.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

A solid “meh”, not too exciting lager with a little more hops than most, but still not close to an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 13:30:31 | More by Ozzylizard
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow amber with a long lasting white head and lacing. Aroma and Taste of pine citrus hops, caramel malt, sweet fruity notes and mild bitterness, some light grapefruit tangy notes. A medium palate, crisp with moderate carbonation. Has a nice malt finish balance by pine citrus and slight tangy grapefruit notes. Has a bit of lager in it. Overall a good drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 20:51:14 | More by Samp01
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 15:13:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of arizcards


3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 23:02:17 | More by arizcards
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a transparent amber color, plenty of bubbles, and a foamy, long-lasting white head. Has a grapefruit and pine aroma. Taste is the same, with a little bit of hops. Has a crisp medium-body feel with medium carbonation. This is a very nice session beer that doesn’t sit heavy on the stomach and tastes delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:44:16 | More by brutusmuktuk
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought the "Double Agent IPL" as part of a Sam Adams "IPA Hopology" case that I bought at Costco...

Frankly, it's a thin beer that has just-average IPA flavors and it just doesn't get to join the "Awesome IPA" family...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 20:13:00 | More by MountainBeers
Photo of Nugganooch


3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle form the Hop Tour case
02/14/14 – standard pint glass

A: Copper color body with fine clarity and some off-white froth capping the top. Decent retention efforts on this one with a few broken lines of sticky lace left behind on the glass.

S: Smells of fruity hops mostly with some light malt cracker underneath. I get peach and tangerine notes with some grapefruit, pine, and mild ganja. Simcoes are coming out in the nose a bit. Not incredibly potent but a nice hoppy bloom is achieved.

T: Fruity hops of nectarine and grapefruit melds with soft pines and some herbals. Light breadiness from a malty cracker base and a fairly neutral yeast character. Moderate to low end of bitterness with no alcohol to report. A rather decent IPL but nothing of great significance really.

M: Light and creamy feel. A touch thin and watery but with a nice creamy consistency. Finishes rather clean with some light drying.

D: A decent IPL with some enjoyable hop flavors. Would not turn this one down as it was probably my favorite of the Hop Tour but it still leaves a little something more to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 20:24:22 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of kcrosson492


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:26:35 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When seeking a drier IPA to enhance drinkability, the makers of Sam Adams reach to the cold aged lager for greater crispness, lightness and refreshment. And who says that creativity is dead?

Double Agent opens with a light copper, goldenrod body. As champagne-like streams of carbonation race to the top of the glass, it builds a frothy foam stance of cotton-white. Semi-firm retention and mild lacing leads me to think that the has been stripped down a bit much from filtration. But its sparkling clarity is quite charming.

Sharp aromas of white grapefruit stands tall above a tepid malt base. Somewhat of cracker, honey and biscuit- the beer's grain character is supportive of citrusy, piney hops but without rivaling it.

Its mostly grain, but partial malt sweetness carry the taste of toasted "Grape Nuts" cereal. Light granola-like honey-dipped sweetness gives a boost to the hop flavor that rises in the middle. The sharpness of white grapefruit juice and bitter orange peels offer a tangy acidity that develops toward a dry malt and resinous pine-like bitter finish. Still a persistent iron-like and sulfury taste carry on in the same way that most Sam Adams brands do.

Its dry mouthfeel is medium-light and racy from the start. Its abundance of carbonation ushers in a quick finish with fleeting malt structure and a crisp, plaster-like closure. Light leafy astringency continues to haunt the beer late even though its dry taste is highly celebrated.

The hoppy lager is a welcome attempt to do what IPA's do best. Promote hops while suppressing malts. This IPL is a rather effortless taste, even if somewhat underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 18:57:53 | More by BEERchitect
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, herbs, grapefruit, honey, lemon, and pine fill the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, crackers, straw, caramel, honey, and biscuits coat the palate. The finish is grainy and crisp with robust citrus and pine flavors joined by biscuit and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied and a little sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: Not bad at all. I can really appreciate the clean separation of malt and hop flavors in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:08:16 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of lochef81


3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number 3 on the Hop Tour. Pours a rich copper amber with a short lasting frothy white head that gives way to...well, nothing. The beer does have some legs and leaves a little lacing but on the whole is quite thin. The aroma is pleasant with a large amount of citrusy hops and a nice malty backbone. The flavor follows the nose with a hop forward bitterness and a generous amount of citrus and grassy notes. This is an enjoyable pour; nothing outstanding but a great beer on a hot day or after a long shift. Definitely enjoyable but not of note.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:25:23 | More by lochef81
Photo of JayBarnes10


2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

ALOT of head. this beer poured with more head than beer at first. I'm not a fan AT ALL of IPAs so I thought I'd try an IPL, since I'm a lager fan. the aging didn't help at all, lol, I still don't like IPAs. I'm not sure YET, as to what makes it have that "IPA" flavor, I think it's the hops, but whatever it is, I don't like the hops flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:00:21 | More by JayBarnes10
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4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Vibrantly clear. The beers lagger visuals are quite striking. A decent head comes with this one, but dissipated before I could snap a picture. But when it was their, I have to say, the beer looked amazing. 4.5\5

Aroma: pine\tar sap, wood, and big giant resiny hops. If their was hops where a tree, this is what its amber sap would smell like. A bit of bready mixed in as well. Very well pronounced hop flavor (especially since I'm getting over a cold and cant smell very well right now!). 4.25\5

Taste: this tastes like everything that the smell suggested that it would be. This beer tastes of huge amounts of hop resins, and its all up front. The neutral hop bitterness (what might be described as the IBU's) is also pretty noticeable. Id place it in upper-medium areas. It might be far too much for a new drinker, but anyone who likes IPA's should be comfortable with this beer. And as for the lager components, they work rather well. The clean flavor of the lager helps accentuates the hops, and the beers natural beady sweetness helps counter its hopping even at such a low alchol level. 4.25\5

Mouthfeel: for the abv and style, the mouthful is actually not too light. Fairly nice, sweetish, with a decent dose of carbonation (tho a bit more would make it feel better). 3.5\5

Overall: This beer is really gave me no surprise, as I had had it before and rated it fairly well. But that was almost a year ago, and now that I like hops more, I like this beer a lot more as well. I'm not sure if they made it better over the time or if its just me changing, but I give it a 4.25\5. A very nice brew, and an example of how Boston Brewing can defiantly do something very new and interesting.

personal score:90\100. Would try again. good work BB!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 00:32:34 | More by jucifer1818
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear amber body. Poured a 1/4 finger head. Pretty good lacing.
S- Tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, caramel, bready malt, lemon, and a little dank.
T- Tropical fruit, lemon, grapefruit, pine and burnt toast. Bitter aftertaste with a touch of grapefruit.
M- Medium, oily body. Lightly drying with some lingering bitterness.
O- This is a pretty good beer. Its on the lighter side, but is nicely balanced and flavorful. There was a nice toasty, bread-like character that went well with the west coast hops. The tart lemon flavor added a nice dimension as well. I can see this being a really good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 16:21:52 | More by tmm313
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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer for Thanksgiving. Pours from the bottle a mostly clear dark golden color with small white head. Aroma of bready malts, lemon peel, sweet honey, grapefruit. Smells like a malty DIPA. Flavor follows as expected, big bready malts, lemon peels, sweetness, really like a malty DIPA. Slick body, medium high carbonation, big flavor for only 5%. Not bad, but was hoping for a lighter on the malt body and bigger aromatic hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:54:31 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of perryw


4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle marked best by March 2014 into an Imperial Pint Glass, from a Hopology 6 pack.

This one tastes really good to me. Poured a nice golden iced-tea color with about 1/2" of off-white head. Lots of tiny bubble trails from the bottom of the glass. I smell a good amount of grapefruit and other citrus. The grapefruit isn't as strong in the taste. Slight amount of pine in there. Mouthfeel is great. I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but it has turned out to be quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:11:06 | More by perryw
Photo of spoony


3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:05:59 | More by spoony
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! If only it wouldn't have been kept under fluorescent lights at the store. Poured at a good temperature with a decent, foamy, frothy, thick, long lasting, cream-colored head and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, fruit, bit of skunk. Flavor is like nose, largely loses the skunk, has a great balance between bitter, tang, and sweet right up front and dance around each other in the mouth. Body is spot on; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has good length and is great drinking! Hope to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:00:19 | More by drpimento
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a crystal clear ambe color, with a light head.

Smell - You can smell the hops and the pine/citrus.

Taste - The spiciness from the hops is the initial flavor, then it goes towards a more pine like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied.

Overall - It tasted just like the Boston Lager but with a pine aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 05:04:12 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of Pegasus


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Massive crown of dense, sticky white foam atop a slightly hazy light amber body. Patchy lacing like alien hieroglyphs adorns the glass walls. The head retention is slight, the carbonation faint.

Aroma: Prominent pine hops dominate the aroma, there are also pepper notes and a solid, though subdued caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Opens with a burst of hops, more spicy and citric than the pine tar aroma would suggest. Juicy flavors of grapefruit and orange rind assail the palate. Soon after, there is a decent wave of toasted and caramel malt, though this seems merely an accompaniment to the solid hop presence. As the taste progresses, a strong grassy characteristic appears. Finishes with mild, lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, and a slight, lingering sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-crafted, an over-the-top example of the style.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 14:04:34 | More by Pegasus
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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.