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

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84
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1,483 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | 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:
Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  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.

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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by June 2013, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear bright golden yellow - ranging towards the amber shades of gold. Poured a dense 1/4" off-white head, which died down to a persistent 1/16" thick foam across the top some strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Looks like a IPA, but clearer and brighter.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit citrus dominate. There is a hint of malt under it all trying to get out, but it can't. I get this barest hint of sweetness with a swirl, but then the hops come right back and cover it up.

Taste: Bitter with pine right up front...and then it transitions into a well hopped, but bitter finish lager. The malt is crisp...and not sweet enough to balance against the strong hops. You get a hint of sweetness in passing between the hoppy start and bitter finish of this beer. Hops at the end are bitter, with a combination of tea and pine again. A nice dose of hop flavor, but unbalanced and it's not working great for me.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - close to fizzy but not quite. Lots of hop oils sticking to the teeth and they lingered quite a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, it drinks exactly as the brewer meant it - a combination of a west coast IPA and a lager. I'll give it high marks for creativity and for meeting exactly what they described it to be...except for the smoothness of the lager. That's missing because I think the hop wallop you get with this beer you need the higher level of sweetness from an ale yeast + caramel malts to balance against the hop bitterness. The lager is under there, but it's not sweet enough and when that sweetness comes out between the hop start and finish, it's odd...like its artificial or saccharine. So interesting concept, but for me, it's not working. One is enough - and I had a hard time finishing this one. Nice looking beer though - that lacing you get with the hops is certainly pleasant to look at.

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beerluvr
3.17/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from a Stella Artois chalice. A nice frothy off white head is roused with the pour, nice lacing as it settles. Clear deep gold with small bubbles of carbonation rising. Intense hoppy nose...getting alot of Simcoe at first whiff. I'm gonna blaspheme here and admit I'm more of an "old school" hop guy...Simcoes and the newer varieties don't do it for me like Cascades, Saaz and Bullions do but anyways, quite a noseful here. The taste follows the aroma, lots of hops, some sweetness from the malt but the hop is the main attraction here. Finshes on a piney note backed with some sweetness and light tropical fruit. I don't care what Sam calls it, to me it has a hoppier Pale Ale written all over it. Nice as a one-off purchase but I won't be a repeat customer of this.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in fluted ale glass
A: crystal-clear copper; very good carbonation; one-finger head dissipates relatively soon
S: beautiful bouquet of roses and hops; very inviting; cannot be improved
T: delicious; it is all about the hops, which in this incarnation burst into an assortment of flavors; I pick out, aside from the grass and slight pine also tropical fruits--guava and mango; not boozy, so very sessionable; not very sweet; highly complex

Highly recommended; in fact, @buzzlitebeer and I plan to brew something like this as a model.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear tawny color with white head that leaves sugary lacing. Hop aroma of grass, mint leaves, lemon skin, soap, and blood orange. Hops are in the forefront in flavor: grass, mint leaves, lemon skin, pine towards the finish, bitter but clean, cereal in the background. Light in body with medium carbonation that is prickly. Very clean, hop-forward lager that makes for some easy drinkin'. Interesting, sessionable, and enjoyable. Very refreshing when served cold as shit.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.