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

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1,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,423
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 83 | 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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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
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

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

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

bonkers, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium gold hue with crystal clarity and a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with good retention. I'm not really sure what more you could want from this style.

Smell: nice resiny hop aroma; strong for a beer of the style but surprisingly balanced with a lightly nutty malt character. I quite like this.

Taste: very much like the aroma; the piney and resiny hops play very well with a nutty malt flavor that creates a balanced beer with a very earthy overall character. Bitterness is surprisingly low for a beer of this hoppiness. I like it.

Mouthfeel: well-carbonated but very light-bodied; there's a creaminess here but it's quite ephemeral. This is the beer's only real drawback; texture isn't great but it's not insipid or anything, either.

Overall: a delightful and drinkable beer. I'd definitely go back to this well.

flagmantho, Mar 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

ridglens, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ZethOfTheNorth, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]

The pour was a crystal clear light orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that diminished slowly, down to a few large puddles and large collar with good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, floral and pine hops and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and a touch of tropical fruit.

The taste was nice and hoppy right off the bat with a slight floral taste and a touch of citrus and caramel early on, and then had a light bitter citrus peel presence take over along with a bold pine hop presence and had a light fruity ending. The flavor hung around for an average duration after the swallow, with a decent hoppy fruity taste left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall this was an exceptionally smooth and easy to drink brew, with a nice hoppy beginning and a mild fruitiness at the end...


KajII, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tallfellapgh, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours golden with a frothy off-white head, excellent retention with tons of carbonation helping it holds steady, along with some nice lacing as it fades down. Aromas are fresh citrusy hops with grapefruit pith, biscuity malt, pine. Tastes are biscuity malt, toasty grain, lager yeast, grapefruit pith again, finishes insanely clean. Nice, smooth medium body with plenty of creaminess and carbonation. Overall, nice idea and a solid beer from Sam Adams.

barnzy78, Mar 11, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean, resinous pine is transmitted in an absence of other significant hops qualities. A trace of crackery malt barely registers. Focused in its vision, but moderate in overall intensity.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with woodsy coniferous hops aromatics that are soon joined by significant floral qualities and fruity citric acid. Flavor combinations seem familiar, yet dynamic. Light crystal malt comes through during the latter half, adding some rustic contrast to the dominant hops flavors. Bitterness is mild to intermediate in intensity, with a whiff of pine lingering long on the palate. The flavor profile seems drier at the final tally.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, momentarily acidic then turning very soft on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The heir-apparent to what was Noble Pils, this hoppy beer is redolent with Columbus hops qualities. That said, the hops are not unappealing--there is not a whiff of plastic or chemicals that might sometimes be associated with late additions of the cultivar. It may be a cleaner beer than Noble Pils, which could be a feather in its cap considering its style category. Clean does not mean balanced, however. This beer puts a potent emphasis on its hops qualities.

beagle75, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

JohnBender, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

muddyh2oblues, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

1BadblueSS, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

allensr, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a medium large sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of pale and biscuity malts with some pine and citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amounts of toasted and biscuit malts that also have a light amount of sweetness. There is a moderate amounts of pine and citrus/lemon hops as well as a touch of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: In my opinion, one of the better new beers that Sam Adams has introduced in the last couple of years. I like the combination of APA/IPA like flavors blended with those of a lager. Easy to drink and enjoyable, matches well with food.

dbrauneis, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

speracado, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Cooper, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

acurtis, Mar 10, 2013
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3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. brown bottle. "A hoppy smooth lager."

A: Pours clear golden yellow. Nice eggshell head. Plenty of carbonation. Good retention
and lacing.

S: Pine and more pine. Citric fruit, bottle says grapefruit. I guess so.

T/M: Sharp distinct pine. Bitter and then the lager flavors come in. Chewy smooth malts.
Back to some citrus. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Bitter and really dry on the finish.

O: I wanted to like it and in some ways I do, however I am having a hard time with the
mixture of an IPA and Lager. It ends up being just average. Would have been better if they
just stuck to one style. Still drinkable but nothing I'd want again.


mnrider, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

kaelingirl, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ridgeline23, Mar 09, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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