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

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 1,514
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 4.16%
Wants: 49
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best I have had to date of these hoppy agers. Floral hops. Thanks Americo for sharing the growler. Herbal, somewhat A nice mouthfeel. lacy and creamy head on a golden body, a dry and hoppy finish. Citrus, good drinkability. A good hoppiness, great for the summer. (267 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 6/2013.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit juice, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with malty and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice hoppy aromas and flavors. (546 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by citrusy flavors of hops along with hints of tropical fruits towards the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean (not crisp) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer might smell and taste similar to an IPA, you can definitely tell it's a lager by the lack of crispness and clean mouthfeel. In this aspect, I thought this was a very unique and enjoyable beer. The drinkability also makes it rather sessionable. (914 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber-infused golden color capped by a massive head that shows off its stickage and lacing abilities

Smell: White grapefruit and lemon with a hint of bread

Taste: A bit of bready malt and a bucket full of lemon and grapefruit (from the high Alpha hops) and a hint of white wine grape (from the Nelson Sauvin hops); clean, crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Wasn't sure what to expect but this is very tasty, showing off the best characteristics of both an IPA and a lager (551 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,635 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a tapered tumbler it pours with a flurry of bubbles that settle into a thin compact layer of creamy white foam. A thick band of lace is left behind, dripping downward into the glass. Pale golden orange, bright clarity and the occasional rising bubbles.

Slight pale malt sweetness, vague orange peel, noticeable hop presence.

Dried orange taste, bready pale malt, lingering herbal hop bitterness. LIght bodied, reminiscent of a light bodied IPA, so they achieved that at least. However the IPA model is fairly dull here. Seems as if it could use a fair amount of tweaking to improve, though the product isn't at all bad, just a little uninspired. (654 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. It really smelled like an IPA or APA.

T - Spicy citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Some piney bitterness and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager.

O - This is a really tasty lager. It doesn't even taste like a lager. (409 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal a clear medium golden with a nice looking one finger fluffy white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles very slowly.Grapefruit rind and piney hops stand out in the nose,like an old school ipa,light toasted grain comes into play as well.Flavors start with a punch citric hops with a more pronounced malty bread-like presence,it finishes a little watery though wich nipped everything in the bud a little.A good beer,take away the watery finish and this outstanding,as is it's still pretty good. (535 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with just over an inch-high head of near white froth. Light lacing.

Smell: Restrained pale maltiness, a bit toasty, a tad biscuity. Hops in the nose lean resiny, steely, pithy, and a earthy.

Taste: Pale malts with a subtle, harmonious toastiness to it. Light sweetness. The hop blend is a bit floral, zesty, citrusy, resiny. A little grassy, even, maybe a hint of ground black pepper. Moderate bitterness. Smooth, dry, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Soft, smooth lager meets a brighter hop character, though not so much as a Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils. I thought it was fine and enjoyed it a bit more than expected. (786 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, fruity hops with notes of orange and bready malt.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with spicy hop notes in the middle. Orange and lemon hop notes come out in the finish with more thick malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - An interesting hybrid. It has a lager-like smoothness to the malt profile, but the hops bring fruity, spicy notes that mark it as something else. It might have benefited from a touch more bitterness to balance the thick malt and really drive the hop character home. (697 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hear there's a mole in the agency. ...Or maybe it was the garden... Anyway, this stuff pours clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light leek, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of orange rind, light lemon rind, grapefruit peel, mild caramel, and a bit of honey dripping from a tall blade of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing overtly special, but a generally enjoyable experience. (586 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly thanks to many bubbles streaming from the bottom of my SA PP glass, crystal clear auburn tan maple color. The bubbles create a pillowy rising head.

Nose nice hops, plenty of citrus, some grassy floral hops, hint pine and candy citrus, and faint hint of fresh hop resins, and light crisp lager and toasty straw malt underneath.

Taste is fresh hops again, floral and grassy, some pine and citrus again, light resin too. The grassy noble hop flavors win out in the end with soft fruity grassy slightly earthy and spicy hops. A nice overall bitterness, not till strong but enough, and let's the beer underneath come out. Light crisp lager flavors, hint fruit lager, nice soft lager overall, light grainy cereal straw malt. Finish has a nice long lingering bitterness, grassy slight earthy spicy hops, hint citrus, light crisp dry lager finish but could have been a bit more crisp.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft lager, nice carb, although could be a little more crisp and dry on the finish.

Overall a pretty nice beer, nice hops that bring enough bitterness to be an ipl but light enough not to destroy the lager underneath. Tasty soft and enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly kicked up version of the original Noble Pils (not the crap they put out now and pretend to call it noble pils). (1,350 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive golden amber color. Amazing amound of long-lasting foam-- even in the wide chalice. Can't argue with the sudsy, nearly creamy mouthful of carbonation that is quite appropriate for this quaffable brew.

First sip gives a surprising lemon-lime taste. The hops are like seasoning. They seem to stand out from the general texture like spice rub on a roast. It's a nice clean mix of flavors with citrus and a hint of mango. Even a brief whiff of cat pee? But it's light, tart, and thoroughly drinkable. The light lager sensation with the flavorful aromatic hops is quite nice, I don't care who makes it.

I have to score this pretty high since it's a very tasty brew in a run-down neighborhood of a beer style. From a 12 oz bottle in the inevitable mixed 12-pack bought at a local supermarket. (799 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bronze copper colored beer.

Big hoppy aroma with some soapiness mixed in with the citrus and pine hops aspects.

Citrus hops seem to outweigh some pine aspects and the light soapy maybe yeast like qualities of this IPL.

A light soapy quality to the light dryish aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I liked the hops qualities of this beer but the light soapy, for lack of a better way to describe it, aspects of this beer were a turn off for me. (517 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of the spring thaw mixed case -enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The lager pours a deep golden/ light amber with thick white head and ultra fine bead with streamers of lace, retention is good. The smell is very herbal and has some citrus odors with lemon rind and light pepper. The mouthfeel is great with crisp spicy quality and slight resinous element from hop oils with light astringency and mild bitterness as it has a semi-dry finish with mild sweetness in the mid palate.

The taste has a genlty herbal but not really grassy taste more subtle and finessed with smooth bitterness blending with light citrus flavor and a pleasant lemon accent with mild dry herbal hop mixed with a peppery quality reminiscent of saaz with some slight grapefruit tinges in the back and a pretty dry finish flavor wise. This is a great hoppy lager which is smooth enough to warrant a second taste and very drinkable with nice hop flavor and subtlety w/ residual bitterness that brings you back after the swallow. (1,019 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD of July 2013

Pours bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, catty & herbal

T: Follows the nose, some subtle tangerine & lemon notes as mixing well a slight breadyness up front. Nice pine apple notes mix with breadyness & grassyness as this warms. Finishes slightly dry, bready with nice tropical notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

Super easy to drink, this is a nice offering from sammy (469 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with blue pressure cap and generally appealing label acquired as part of the Spring Thaw variety pack at a local Vons (Safeway for ye Northerners/Coloradans) and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live within an hour of acquiring. 5% ABV confirmed. Expectations are above average given the current ratings.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Enjoy before: June. Hopology collection.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head - somewhat thin - with some slight cream, and of above average retention for the average ABV (~3-4 minutes). Little lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant clear pale copper-gold. I really like the body colour, actually. No yeast particles. No bubble show. Translucent as can be. Looks par for the style; I'd say it's above average.

Sm: Shockingly hoppy for a pale lager; great nectary oily hops and floral character. Piney as well. Sticky and a bit fruity. Incredible for a macrobrewed pale lager; I'm damned impressed. Clean malts. It's a bit soapy though, which I despise. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Is the taste as good as the aroma?

T: Not really. Pale malts and soapy hops - bleh. Too long spent in primary. Bubblegum. Light hop oil. An artificial garbage finish of empty bland malts. Imbalanced and forgettable, but as a failed experiment it's interesting. I like that they were bold and went for it with the hops, but unfortunately it's not really working here. Too bitter for the style. Lacks any real complexity or subtlety; it's boring, bland, and simple.

Mf: Awfully thin on the finish. Sharp and overcarbonated. Way too heavy on the palate for a pale lager. Horrible palate presence. Still, it's nicely smooth and wet. A bit sugary. I'd stop short of refreshing, but it's not bad.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A failed experiment from Sam Adams that I wouldn't get again. Still, some will really like this. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I've had far worse for the price.

D+ (2,156 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright copper crystal clear hue with an off white cream colored head forms thick, cloudy textured large bands of lace as it settles. Aroma straight up hops, citrus peels, cut grass, even some grapefruit action. It's like a light IPA, or IPL in this case smooth breadiness malt back bone action sweeps the bittering hops in the background, citrus, floral notes, and cut grass make up the flavors I'm getting in the hops. A nice blend of a lighter more sessionable hoppy beer. Mouthfeel has a medium to light body with hop oils texture in there a nice bitter finish carbonation moves the beer on very well, this is really good with different foods. Overall a style that Sam Adams should keep around I could picture having this around on hand more often. (759 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before August 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; a bit weak on strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy lager. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,257 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter. Bottle says "enjoy before" July 2013.

A: Pours crystal clear, medium amber in color, with a generous beige head and limited easily visible carbonation. Above average head retention and plenty of rather sticky lacing.

Aroma: Markedly hoppy for a pale lager; with plenty of floral, pine and herbal hop notes. Light, biscuity malts in the background.

T: A hoppy lager, as billed. A bit fruity; more so than in the aroma. Lacks complexity. Long-lasting, mildly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium body yet surprisingly thin {lager style) finish. Well chosen medium carbonation. Nicely smooth..

O: Probably the hoppiest lager I have ever had, yet well balanced and highly drinkable. A pale lager hopped up to the level of an Amer. Pale Ale. (783 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by June, 2013:

Pours golden with a thick white head that lasts, leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

Smell is wonderfully hoppy...pine and citrus notes are strong.

The taste is hoppy as well - almost to the point of imbalance...but no complaints here...pine mingles with grapefruit and tropical fruits. Bitterness balanced by a sweet kiss from the malt. It has a fairly long finish.

Very smooth with a full body. Hop taste lingers without being too bitter.

Very well done! The hop character of an IPA with a smoothness of a lager. (543 characters)

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.