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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,442 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 32
Gots: 90 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper with carbonation that is sparse in density but comes in spurts of thick bubbles when it appears. Good foam and lacing.

Smell: Earthy, clay-like hops that have a strong pine tinge.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong pine like an IPA. Extremely clean like a lager. A bit too thin.

Overall Drinkability: Can't wait for this to hit the taps.

tjsdomer2, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of KTO13
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

KTO13, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of kb2250
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kb2250, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +7.2%

dfillius, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle from Spring Thaw pack into a pilsner glass.

Beautiful light amber body with honey highlights, super clear with lively carbonation from the bottom of the glass. It's topped by a foamy head of two fingers that lingers and leaves heavy rings of lacing. Excellent looking stuff.

I wasn't sure what to expect on the nose but was pleasantly surprised. The bottle neck describes tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine - to my nose, I pick up all of these in the aroma. The hop aromas are backed by a biscuity malt presence and a clean lager yeast scent. While the fruitiness of the IPA is there, this also has a cleanness to it that isn't present in most ales. Very pleasant on the nose.

There's a surprising amount of bitterness in this beer, well-backed by the malt and also having a clarity that gets lost in quite a few IPAs. The front of the tongue is hit with bright grapefruit flavors and pine resin, with some bready malt on the middle. Some clean lager yeast along with more bitterness comes on the finish. Very refreshing stuff, and quaffable.

The carbonation does quite a bit to cleanse the palate between the sips, and the clean flavor on the finish doesn't leave much residual flavor, so this is very drinkable. A medium-light body with crisp flavor.

Very enjoyable stuff from Sam Adams, and probably one of the best beers from the Spring Thaw pack. Definitely worth a look!

Groomsy, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of u2carew
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head. Clear body, bronze in color. Sticky lacing as the head settles and on the drink down.
S) Bold hop aroma - northwest in origin. Slightly musky and earthy. Floral with some piney notes.
T) Smooth hops from the beginning. Mellow malt undertone. The aroma helps dominate the flavor profile. Piney. Floral.
M) Clean. Crisp. Light bodied. Dry in the finish.
O) A great beer. Light for drinkability with a favorable flavor profile.

u2carew, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of JG-90
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle into glass

A - Clear copper in color, aggressive pour yeilded medium head with surprising retention. Forms just a touch of a rocky head as time passes. I am truly amazed by the lacing on this one, almost a solid wall down the glass.

S - Almost nothing here and what was there was dissapointing. Pale malt, soap, grass. Where are the hops and fruity smells?

T - Follows the nose's lacking performance. Grassy lager with pale malts and a hint of soapy-ness. Not offensive but not what was expected.

The neck of the bottle reads... "grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character... boldy hoppy and flavorful..." This is not the case. It is a drinkable and non-offensive beer, but there is nothing special about it.

M - Light-medium body, high carbonation. Crisp finish (a bit of lingering grass/soap)

O - Meh at best. I was excited to try this beer, and it did not fulfil my expectations. Does not have the bold and varied flavors promised, but it is at least a decent price, and fairly drinkable.

JG-90, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Lanstrum, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of inspektor
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

inspektor, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

nitter, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ruckus232, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a signature Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: A deep slightly darker gold with heavy bubbles on the body, white head is roughly 3/4" of an inch.

Smell: Hop scent is good but light, comes and goes even after trying to inhale this brew.

Taste: Hoppy and slight floralness to it making it an easy bitter to drink. The grapefruit skin just sticks to you not bad at all.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation. Very crisp roasted hop almost like a bavarian lager. Smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall: A very hoppy lager makes you think for a second "am I drinking an IPA?", pretty rich but nothing really that would separate it from the rest. It's definitely worth grabbing and depending on availability it's an easy go to. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of bnes09
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper colored and just a tad hazy. Two fingers of egg shell white head with excellent retention. Coats the glass with lacing after each sip.

Pine and ginger aroma with a hint of smoke.

Wheat bread malt flavor. Piney, spicy hop character. Tart in the end with mild smokey notes. Average balance.

Medium bodied, crisp in the finish and well carbonated.

I like the IPL idea. Good but could be a bit more balanced.

bnes09, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
4/5  rDev +7.2%

AJ01923, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tbone1384, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Mtooman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mtooman, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Cvescalante
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Cvescalante, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Kubrickx, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Mortarforker
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Mortarforker, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

FreshmanPour77, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color with amazing clarity, looks extremely professional, no floaties, solid 1" of white head on it, great lively carbonation. Sexy looking beer.

Aroma was hoppy and yielded plenty of lager yeast aroma, not unlike Bruery's humulus lager. Plenty of hop oil and resin, lager esters, amounting to a unique and enjoyable aroma.

The taste is a little bit of everything, small amounts of citrus and pine, but still plenty of lager character. Earthy malt aspect while remaining plenty light in the mouthfeel. Biscuit/cracker malt stays light, carbonation and hops stay lively. Plenty grassy. While Pilsner Urquell has been seemingly dumbed down over the last decade or so, this is a great alternative if you fell in love with that beer in the 80s/90s but don't get moved by it so anymore.

The hops stay alive and kickin' throughout the entire mouthfeel. Prickly, pithy, snappy. Always herbal. Plenty of bitterness. I'm not sure if these are just a bunch of noble hops of or not, but they are pretty potent, without obscuring what makes this a lager. Dry, hoppy, lagery.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of HoboMoo
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

HoboMoo, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of prisoner1572
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

prisoner1572, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Todd, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +7.2%

bonkers, Mar 11, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.