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

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1,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 38
Gots: 132 | 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

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Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a thin, rolling head. Hearty retention leaves thick sheets all down my glass. My last SADAIPL didn't look this good. This must be the alpha of the 6 pack.

Soft, piney citrus with toasted malt underneath. SA says DAIPL boasts 7 hops varieties - that's about 6 IBUs per hop variety! Glad they left some for the late additions.

Tastes like it smells but with a black peper, bready aftertaste. Pleasant hop character but I'd like a bit more because as with most SA hoppy beers, the hops you start with aren't the hops you finish with.

I like their IPL better than their IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a crystal clear copper color with a bubbly white head that leaves some lacing behind. Some small bubbles come up through the middle.

S. Very hoppy with a hint of lemon.

T/M. It has a tart rye taste. It has an easy hop taste. Some lemon tang. There's a mild caramel with a bit of a grassy undertone. Carbonated and easy to drink. Fairly refreshing.

O. Mild and unassuming, but a good session-like lager.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- pours crystal clear bright golden color with a small fizzy white head that retains long after the pour, patches of lace stuck to the side

S- grainy toasted malt with some citrus hop, lemon zest, a bit grassy. Typical grainy aroma of a lager, but with citrusy hops infused

T- light and refreshing lager feel, but jut enough citrus hop flavors to compliment the grainy toasted malt flavors. Not as strong as a typical IPA, which allows the traditional flavors of a lager to shine. Toasted malt finish with just enough citrus linger on the palate

M- light-medium body with lively carbonation which leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

O- I really enjoyed this beer and could see this becoming my summer/outdoors go-to if available in 6packs this summer. The hops add just enough flavor, yet doesn't overpower those traditional lager flavors. A welcomed style!

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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for this one.

A: Crystal clear bright amber body under a perfect two fingers of fine white head. Great retention, lovely lace. Perfectly gorgeous beer.

S: Fresh, spicy, and fruity. Good balance of hops and lager yeast. Not crazily aromatic like, say, Hoponius Union, but pleasant in its own more restrained way.

T: Spicy up front, followed by some floral and citrus notes midway through. Cleanly bitter finish with just a hint of yeasty minerality. Herbal, hoppy aftertaste. Really tasty.

M: Lively, frothy, slightly prickly light body. A bit much.

O: Better than the sum of its parts; this one really works. I hope more craft breweries develop this underutilized style.


Photo of CaptCleveland
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle my brother-in-law left in my fridge. Best by 08/2013.

Pale-orange elixir poured into SA glass. One finger head, plenty of lacing.

Nice aroma of piny hops, tropical fruit and lemon zest.

Hops and tropical fruit nicely combine in this one, with a smooth hop aftertaste lingering on the palate.

Light to medium mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, refreshing.

Surprised. A nice sessionable APA. Well done.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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%

Photo of JamesMN
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful honey copper color that is completely translucent with bits of effervescence rising towards what was a one finger frothy off-white head after the pour and has now dissipated to a thin film. Lacing looks imminent. If the head hadn't disappeared so quickly this would have been a near perfect appearance.

Aroma: Dank citrus and overripe tropical fruit. Hints of pine as well and basically completely hop dominated but not super aromatic.

Taste: Very interesting because it tastes like an ale. The dank hop blend from the aroma comes through right away in the flavor along with a light malt bill. There is almost an onion/garlic hop character going on that isn't ideal for my palate but some may enjoy. The bitterness is pretty moderate and I'm actually surprised at the depth of flavor considering the low 5% ABV. The finish is pretty much the average crisp lager/hoppy beer experience and the aftertaste is all bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body which is an accomplishment in its own right. Lager-like carbonation but it's not overdone. Easy drinkability and could be sessioned.

Final Thoughts: I'm not sure how fresh the bottle is because it only has a mark for when it will be best by (July). However, I tend to think any hop forward beer tastes the best within a month of being bottled/canned. After that length of time it's possible that the dank onion and garlic flavors could be more perceptible as the citrus/tropical fruit characteristics fade. That being said, I enjoyed Double Agent IPL if for no other reason than it was a great idea by Samuel Adams to create a super hoppy lager. I think it's an interesting avenue to go down that hasn't been experimented with nearly enough. Would I drink it again? Yes, the fresher the better.

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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