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

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1,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | 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 PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July 2013. Pours a clear light amberish gold with virtually no head. Good amount of lacing. Smells pretty good. The aroma is of spicy and citrus hops. Hints of pine as well. The taste is of spicy and piney hops. Biscuity. Good amount of hop bitterness. Really drinkable. Resinous, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. This is a perfect balance of hops and drinkability. This was a nice surprise to find in the Mix 12 pack. Hopefully this one finds its way into its own 6 pack. Overall, worth seeking out.

PicoPapa, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of billybob
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

billybob, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a golden-amber color with excellent clarity. Two fingers of creamy, pillowy, bone-white head retain extremely well. Jagged, clumpy rings of lacing cement themselves onto the glass. This is a good looking beer.

S: Hop-forward on the nose with aromas of pine, light grapefruit, tangerine, lemon rind, and melon. Sweet-ish bready and caramel malt base.

T: Pine and grapefruit rind. Modest bitterness builds on the mid-palate until it becomes somewhat aggressive. Lemon peel, slight tangerine, and bitter leafy herbs. Malt base is substantial, as tastes of bread, crust, caramel, and wet grain punch through to provide some balance. Bitter and drying on the finish with tastes of crust and grapefruit rind.

M: Decidedly medium bodied, creamy and somewhat chewy. Moderate carbonation.

O: This beer has been compared to Hoponius Union around these parts. The comparison is a bit unfair, in my opinion. This is a different ball of wax. The bitter, West-coast influenced hop profile is there, but like Latitude 48, it has a bigger malt backbone to anchor it. It's a good beer, but I think the drinkability suffers just a tad due to the heftier malt body. Still my pick as the best beer from the Spring Thaw variety pack.

ryan1788a5, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of JPlo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JPlo, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Zach136, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

heizerbjj, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%

A friend at work unload a few of these on me he got from the winter variety pack.

Best before June 2013.

Served in a Founders pint glass.

A: Poured as clear as a bell, golden in color, and with a finger or so head, and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Much more hoppy than I was expecting, sweet grains and then some, and with a bit of sour dough bread with white pepper.

T: Wouldn't have tagged this as a Pale Lager... I'da tagged this as a Pale Ale for sure. Full body for what it was, pleasant sweet flavor, a with a hint of bitter grapefruit on the end. Really nice.

M: To-die-for carbonation with made this remarkably drinkable and with just the right level of bitterness. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

O: I see why my friend didn't like this because he doesn't like anything hoppy. Really good stuff. I'm struggling to come up with anything clever to write. Oh well, I guess after 1100+ reviews, I've learned they can't all be witty.

Chaney, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Best by June, 2013:

Pours golden with a thick white head that lasts, leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

Smell is wonderfully hoppy...pine and citrus notes are strong.

The taste is hoppy as well - almost to the point of imbalance...but no complaints here...pine mingles with grapefruit and tropical fruits. Bitterness balanced by a sweet kiss from the malt. It has a fairly long finish.

Very smooth with a full body. Hop taste lingers without being too bitter.

Very well done! The hop character of an IPA with a smoothness of a lager.

jwc215, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of powpig2002
4/5  rDev +7.2%

powpig2002, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of gcamparone
4.44/5  rDev +19%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A - Pours a completely clear golden body with a midsize white head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves uniform white lacing.

S- Tropical with mango, grapefruit, and citrus notes. Sweet malt in the background.

T- Very juicy, follows the nose with mango, apricot, grapefruit, and citrus notes. Very light pine hoppy aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and very easy to drink. Sessionable indeed.

Samuel Adams really outdid themselves with this one. Reminds me of the highly ranked APAs, especially due to it's tropical nature. I'm convinced that if this wasn't a Sam Adams beer it would be rated 10 points higher. Recommendable.

gcamparone, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Lukebell15
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Lukebell15, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a brilliant golden light copper with a frothy half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened, with resiny and piney hops jumping to the forefront. Catty and dank notes mingle with grapefruit and lightly sweet caramel malt, adding complexity. Onion surfaces as it warms.

Flavor is fairly tart initially, with grapefruit and orange underlying bready, toasted caramel malt that dominates mid palate. The finish is lightly bitter. Tropical mango and grassy resin become evident, along with perfumey notes.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of hop astringency. Crisp at the finish.

Aroma is very nice, with assertive, complex flavoring hops and a light malt backbone. Flavor falls a bit short, offering less complexity and a lack of bitterness for the style, which is ok by me.

barczar, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ralphw56, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

larebear, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

dgeebs07, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

tobelerone, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.55/5  rDev +22%

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL has a very thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange-golden appearance, streaming bubbles, and a lot of thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is sharp- strong, citrusy hop oil and some sweet bread. Taste is of sweet bread, strong hop oil, and a bit of citrus juice. It is pleasantly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and drinkable. Another winner from Boston Beer Company, this one is great!


RonaldTheriot, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz. single found at my local Total Wine,

A: Pours a very clear amber with a frothy soapy white head with excellent retention, thick spotty lace.

S: Lots of floral character, hop cone, pine, dandelion greens, some melon rind.

T: Nice crystal malt flavour, grassy backing hops, earthy, nice hop flavour though it's never huge.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, easy drinking, has a nice attack.

O: This is a good beer no doubt. Comparing it to the best IPL - Humulus Lager, this beer gets its butt kicked. Enjoy it for what it is, but this isn't a beer to make anyone go crazy with hop euphoria.

Halcyondays, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

zachgroves, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. Some minimal white froth and lacing left behind. Decent retention.

(S)- Quite a nice blast of pine forward hops with a bit of lemon lime citrus behind it. An extremely subtle underlying sweetness, but the hops definitely take all the thunder in the aroma.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell, with a hop-centric profile. Despite a bit more pine in the smell, in the taste, the citrus comes through a bit more.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The play of pine and citrus is fun and the underlying sweetness is there in a supporting role. Bitterness grows at it warms, but never overpowering.

(O)- I do not have a ton of experience with this particular style, but this showcases the hops quite well and is definitely easy to polish off a few of them without loosing interest.

sweemzander, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

RoryOMoore, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Keith_R, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ChrisMon02, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint
Best by July 2013

A - Pours a clear shiny copper/brass color with 1 fingers of off-white head.

S - Big juicy citrus aroma fills the glass, some spicy onion, bready

T - Matches the nose with juicy citrus hops, tangerine, orange, and ruby grapefruit. Dried strawberries, pineapple, in a lager? Grassy/pine hops mix in creating some stickiness. Caramel malts add a very balanced sweetness and round out the hops. Firm bitterness with a long dry finish.

M - Medium body, solid carbonation smooth feel, dry and clean on the finish.

This is a double agent! This lager is bursting with fruit flavor. This could easily pass as an ale. Tons of flavor packed into a sessionable 5.00 ABV. This is one of the most impressive beers I've had this year. Hats off to Jim Koch for this awesome beer.

StaveHooks, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of ejane
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

ejane, Feb 18, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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