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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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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 HardTarget
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bright golden glass shows excellent clarity and holds a solid finger of bright white head that doesn't lace as much as I expected.

Smell: Heady hop nose, pine, citric, a leafy earthy note, just a hint of underlying malt.

Taste: Where I expected a full punch of alpha acids, I got a playful slap that left me a little underwhelmed. There is some bitterness, but it's not the citric juicy hop cone that I crave in IPAs. Some tea like flavor, a bit more of the leafy earthy hops that say German to me.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, medium light body, oily finish.

Overall: Meh. It's like a double Pils, maybe not even that, just a really hoppy Pils. A bit boring truth be told. Don't know what I was expecting from Sam Adams, this is like a restrained, focus group tested version of daring innovation. (817 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, brilliantly clear. Pours a moderate sized white head, creamy and with good retention.

Nice citrusy hop nose, an almost solventy pine smell, but otherwise fairly clean.

Slight malt sweetness before the hop flavors take over. A subtle pine character to the hop flavor. Transition to finish is smooth. Finish is bitter, but not overly so. Flavor is hoppy without being intensely bitter. Hop flavor and gentle hop bitterness linger.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation might be medium high. No astringency, but the carbonation and bitterness give it a bite on the tongue.

A highly drinkable beer, and definitely more interesting than the typical lager. (676 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (775 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 jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden amber hue with a thin off white head. Interesting nose of biscuity and caramel malts along with flowery and fruity hops. Grainy, hay, citrus, and pine.

Definitely different. Has that dortmunder export like malt bill, full of flavor and grainy notes followed by and earthy and herbal bitterness. Strangely though on the finish bright citrus hops burst and linger in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate and nice with a faint sweetness lingering as well. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. It's pretty good but the bright citric hop flavors tend to muddy up the clean grain bill. I dont think we'll be seeing too much more of this style cause of how contradictory the flavors but sam managed to make it work a little bit and managed to still make it a pretty clean beer.

Being that boston beer makes pretty safe beers, this is even a little bit of a stretch for them and doesn't work perfectly so I'd be surprised to see other breweries take it to the next level only to make a sloppier beer. (1,005 characters)

Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass , 3" head, good lacing , cascade hops lots of them .. citrus ..good mouthfeel,finish
what a great ale, doesn't seem like a lager, we have added this to our regular beers in the fridge , i agree good with a roast or just about anything, breakfast even...
a keeper from Jim Koch (303 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clear, deep golden hue. Small, 1.5 finger head that retains ok and laces fairly well. Lots of rising carbonation. Really a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Big hops right up front with a citrus burst in the nose. Citrus flavors are backed up by a pine scent. No malts or malt sweetness is detectable under the hops, but man the hops are great.

T- Just like the scent. Moderate hops bitterness up front that persists throughout the drink. Light and fruity towards the end before ending in a slightly aggressive hops bite. Brilliantly balanced with hops and base flavors.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and infinitely drinkable. This one goes down smooth and won't catch up with you with it's ABV. This is a pretty awesome feel for a beer to session.

Overall, this is the best beer Sam Adams makes. Easy to drink, great hops flavors, and smooth as can be. I will reiterate the sentiments of others here, Jim Koch, please keep making this. (956 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours out a hazed copper colour with a tan tinged white head, slim in girth but with some stickiness and staying power. nice lace. straight up west coast hop aroma...restrained but appropriate. the flavour profile is hop forward. juicy fruit and pine sap with a puckering, tongue slapping bitterness. pale malts try to hold up the bottom end but pretty much gets buried in bitterness. tastes pretty nice if you like your lagers hop forward. overall body seems fullish at first blush, even though it's really not due to the excessive hop bill....therefore the mouthfeel can be best described as blistering and tongue tingling. definitely quenching and dry. drinkability is nice. i'd have another.

overall i would say that this is a overly hopped lager that SA does a nice job with, in the tradition of their past hop heavy lagers. i find an "empty" spot somewhere in the body/mouthfeel that really sticks out to me and distracts just a bit. i think this would pair with some crackers and cheese, popcorn or other bar snacks just to keep it interesting. (1,052 characters)

Photo of CMUbrew
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Amber golden in color with a very clear body. Two fingers of white foamy head form on top with ease, and is very slow to dissipate. Carbonation is abundant and races to the top, keeping about a centimeter of head present at all times. Light lacing can be found.

S: I could smell this beer just by pouring it. The potency took my by surprise. Big notes of lemon juice, followed by citrus peel and pine. Just a hint of dark fruit can be found when the beer begins to warm.

T: Lemony and grapefruity peel and fruit with a piney flavor backing. Caramely and biscuity malts can be found in the back playing a supporting role. They do not completely balance out the hops, allowing them to shine through.

M: I probably would not guess this was a 5% ABV lager if I tasted this blind. The feel is much more substantial than any lower ABV lager that I have had. Carbonation is slightly tickling. This beer is crisp and clean, and goes down incredibly easy.

O: This is easily one of my biggest beer surprises this year, if not of all-time. Double Agent is tasty, easy drinking, and makes you want to keep putting glass to lips. The single best beer I've had from Sam Adams without a doubt. Can't wait to put a sixer of this on ice during the summer. Note to Jim Koch, keep making Double Agent IPL! (1,339 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 mntlover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with lightest hint of orange, almost looks like urine lol. Nice cream colored head falls slow and leaves some sticky lace behind.

Aroma is nice sweet malts mostly bready some caramel hints. Hops are nice bright citrus mingled evenly with nice pine. Aroma is crisp almost refreshing smelling.

Taste is nice hops upfront grapefruit, lime and pine intermingle on the taste buds. Hops are riding on a bready malt base that has decent body but only light sweetness. Nice hop forward tasty lager, make a great warm weather brew its crisp and refreshing but not overly light.

Mouthfeel feels a little heavier then I think it is. Carbonation levels about medium. Nice feeling brew.

Overall found this to be enjoyable highly drinkable, very flavorful, can see buying more of this as the temps warm up. I know some will knock it because its a Sam Adams but certainly worth a try. (886 characters)

Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a very clear burnt yellow, there is a meaty sweetness on the nose, reminiscent of jerky, mixed with the pine tang of Simcoe hops (of which there are seven varieties in this brew!), and the slightest hint of citrus courtesy of just about everything else. On the tongue, surprisingly smooth for so many hops. There is still a very strong bite, but the brewers seemed to have created a balanced chorus of pine, citrus, earth, and fruit, so the flavor is brief and the finish crisp, like you'd expect from a typical lager.

This is perfect with meaty sandwiches, bratwurst, or gyros (to help balance the feta), but also a great introduction to the more hop heavy world of IPAs and such. A great palate cleanser, perhaps your third or forth to wake up those taste buds. Cheers! (781 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a self-avowed hophead, I am and remain a big fan of Samuel Adams' Hopology Collection. I managed to try all of the varietals that went into the original Latitude 48 series as well as the newer one with Mosaic hops and this is a cool idea. A hop-forward lager?!? Brilliant!

From the bottle: "Brewing innovation is about asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

This did not act like a lager on the pour, producing a massive, dense two-plus fingers of tawny head that formed following a cascading-like action. Color was a deep-gold with NE-plus quality clarity and Croesus and Midas sat across from me, rubbing their hands together. The nose was grapefruit and pine and thanks to my deep inhalation, my eyes watered a little at its intensity. My mouth also began to water, but that was a separate issue. I could not wait any longer and went for my first sip. Mouthfeel was medium but the hops were intense on the tongue, burning away the old, dead taste buds and paving the way for a lot of taste. The taste showed that the hops had not been squandered, instead, intermingling and giving a real bite to a style that can often be unobtrusive. Finish was very dry, just the way this hophead likes his beers. I really like what they are doing with hops up there in Boston! (1,525 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The veer looked very nice in the Pilsner glass I chose, with a golden colored clear body, a two finger thick head, and lots of fine carbonation. The smell was typical of a West Coast IPA, with lots of grapefruit, orange peel, and some pine, as well as some spicy smells. The taste was juicy, citric, very clean, and had some bubblegum notes in mid sip, with clean finish. I drank the beer warm from the grocery store yesterday, and it taste a bit lifeless. With time to chill today, the beer was much more lively. The mouthfeel was very soft, aided by the pillowy head, and about a billion finely textured carbonation bubbles. This is one the best beers to ever come out of the Sam Adams brewery collections. (708 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden copper with a few finger head and small wisps of lace.

S - Clean and crisp aroma. Light sweet malt with even lighter citrus. Herbal and flowery notes.

T - Slightly sweet and bready. Light fruity, grassy hops. Clean and crisp.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly easy to drink. Wish there was a bigger hop presence. (347 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, bright with a deep golden hue and a foamy white-head. Intricate lacing added to the attractive appearance.
Very pronounced American hop aromas of bittersweet, tropical fruit and pine were evident upon opening the bottle. This impressive aroma was sustained after pouring in the glass.
I suspect if more lagers tasted like this, the lager would become more popular among ale drinkers. The refreshing smoothness of a lager with a hop profile found most often in an American pale ale. The flavor begins with a very nice, faintly bitter fruity profile with a lingering piney flavor in the aftertaste. The malt is minimal as this is meant to be refreshing and thirst quenching.
Fairly light bodied with strong lager-like carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel that is typical of a lager.
The brewery can call it an "India Pale Lager" if they must; to me, this is simply a flavorful, sessionable and refreshing lager that I will enjoy often during the warm months ahead. (1,012 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (453 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 cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orangish color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with fresh citrusy hops. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice malty backbone making way for the hops in the finish. The hops used in this beer provide the perfect balance of bitterness and flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I purchased this as part of a mixed pack with other Sam Adams beers but this one really stands out as something I would puchase again in the future on its own. (640 characters)

Photo of JesseMurdock
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This sounded like an interesting concept, a heavily hopped lager. I just don't think it worked. The hops seemed odd with the level of carbonation and crispness of this lager. Gave the beer a nice aroma of citrus and flowers but seemed to clash with the taste. Stick to Boston Lager if you want a refreshing lager or just pick up an IPA if you are in the mood for hops. (368 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)

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