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

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1,407 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 30
Gots: 77 | 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 Chadhowie
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Chadhowie, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear medium copper with a one finger white head. The head hangs around in some form nearly throughout with really nice lacing.

Aroma is quite a shock as it is much more than I was expecting. Tons of tropical fruit character with orange, tangerine, mango, and some pineapple. There is a little bread trying to poke through but it is nearly all hops.

The flavor has the same punch of tropical hops up front and it is really pretty strong and juicy. Adds a real nice layer to what would otherwise be a pretty typical lager. Beneath the hops there are notes of bread and caramel that is very reminiscent of other Sam Adams lagers. One can definitely tell that this is a Sam Adams beer. Bitterness is on the mild side with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a little bit of a sticky finish.

Overall, one of the better beers I have had from Sam Adams. I really love the hops and the crispness the lager yeast gives. This beer is highly drinkable and provides an added bonus of great flavor. Definitely one to pick up.

rangerred, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -19.6%

skaboom420, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to June 2013.

Strong citrus aroma, taste precisly follows; very grapefruit/ mandarine orange flavors. Nice crisp finish. Appearance was very appealing; poured clear orange-yellow with full white head. Head lingers and laces the glass well. Although it is from their "Hopology" collection, it does not seem to be all that "hoppy", much milder and smoother than many IPA's I have tried. Give this one a go!

CaptJackHarkness, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tpauer, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Haybeerman, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

smutty33, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of mikeal1917
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden color, wispy disapating head

Smell: floral, citrusy, with the typical IPA hoppiness

Taste: I'm not normally a huge fan of IPA, but this one I can definitely sink my teeth into occasionally. typical IPA bitterness without the lingering aftertaste which I've always disliked.

Mouthfeel: IPA taste without the thick, heaviness of a normal IPA. Depending on your preference, that could be amazing or disappointing.

Overall: A good/great IPA that I could drink all night, though it wouldn't be my first choice from the Spring Thaw pack from Sam Adams.

mikeal1917, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of nquigley16
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nquigley16, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of hopandbarley28
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into wide tulip

A: nice crystal clear yellow-orange color. A slight haziness and nice bright white head

A: definitely has a nice American ipa aroma. Pine mixed with grapefruit and a hint of tangerine. Also a nice toasty malt character. Well balanced aroma. Not picking up on too much hops or too much bready lager yeast

T: nice and balanced just like the aroma. Slight bitterness upfront followed by a little juicy hop flavor. The finish is toasty and bready like a lager but has a nice dryness and a hint of pine in the aftertaste.

M: very balanced beer. It's light and crisp like a lager, but the hops trying valiantly to fight of the lager character. Not too heavy, not too hoppy. The bitterness and maltiness are an even match

Overall, this is a very balanced and refreshing beer. Very drinkable at 5% and not overly bitter(not sure what the ibus clock in at). I can't wait until someone amps up the abv and ibus to see what happens. DIPL anyone? Anyway, This is worth a try.

hopandbarley28, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up in the spring sampler box, poured into a Sammy glass.
An ipl, not sure on this one but wow, a nice brew indeed.
A good looking beer. Amber, copper with a tan thin head, maintained well, thin lace.

Aroma straight from the bottle at cap off. Citric hop, pine and grapefruit.

Taste is Chrystal hops, malts, grapefruit citric hop, pine and some candied sugar sweetness. A good well balanced flavor.

Mouth is very smooth, soft and a citric flavor treat.

Drink ability very easy at 5.0. While a smooth bounty of flavor comes forth.

Overall a better Sammy sample than most. I say bottle this one.

chilidog, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of beerguy36
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

beerguy36, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of monnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

monnik, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Beefytits4
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Beefytits4, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I see IPL I think of Hoponious Union, any chance that this stands up at all?

A- Bottle poured into a pint glass with a clear golden-amber body. A thick and creamy cap forms to a few fingers in size. The head has great retention and resembles bubbly cream.

S- A pleasant hop character at a medium strength. Hops lend mostly hints of tropical fruit and citrus peel. Doesn't hit you as hard as many modern hoppy beers but still nice. With time some light caramel and cereal grain notes come through. Thick lace forms cloud-like fixtures all down the glass.

T- Follows the nose quite nicely, especially with the hops. Again, reminds me of what many smaller brewers are going for these days with a good deal of tropical fruit and citrus, lemon and grapefruit are big, following it. Some pine with warmth. A bit more malt is noticed here but I think it is just everything in general as the nose wasn't that strong. Light caramel, cracked grains and some yeast bread round it all out.

MF- Light body with moderately high carbonation supporting the hop flavors nicely. Fairly creamy and silky but not overly so which I think works better here. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

One of the better Sam Adams beers I have tried in a long time, maybe the best I have had. Really hits that tropical fruit flavor but drinks smoothly and mildly making it a session beer candidate. I would laugh if people claim this is one-dimensional or something because it really is similar to 80% of the IPAs/hoppy Pales out there today.

cbutova, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

crobinso, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Duesler, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber beer, not much in the way of head, but what there is has a moderately long retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Don't have to look hard to get the smell off of this one. Lots of bright citrus notes, some pine as well, and a backbone of crystal malts.

T: Some biscuity malts up front, but they are almost immediately overwhelmed by the resinous, piney hops. Little bit of lemon underneath the pine. Finish is dry.

M: Moderately high carbonation, medium body and rather oily.

O: I happen to like Sam Adams as a casual drinking beer, but this is really good even for them. Well balanced, nice blend of citrus and pine, lots of flavor for a 5% ABV. It isn't a surprising or particularly interesting brew, but it's very drinkable, and I would definitely buy it again.

DaveBlack, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Clear sunset gold with ample fluffy bright white head.

S: Lots of pine in the nose...trees and spruce tips...suggestions of woody earth and pilsner biscuit malt.

T: Crisp malt backbone initially with an ample dose of clear lemon...pine as well, with some faint grapefruit, but overall the taste is a bit watery compared to the hop blast of the nose.

MF: Clear, crisp lager body, pretty refreshing and light.

O: Decent drinker but suffers from a lack of diversity and depth in flavors. Still a pretty nice pale lager with some ample hopping. A good value too.

Scotchboy, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Packman4IL
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Packman4IL, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hear there's a mole in the agency. ...Or maybe it was the garden... Anyway, this stuff pours clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light leek, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of orange rind, light lemon rind, grapefruit peel, mild caramel, and a bit of honey dripping from a tall blade of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing overtly special, but a generally enjoyable experience.

TMoney2591, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of MickeyBeer
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass

A- Golden in color with champaign like carbonation. One finger of head with nice retention.

S- The aroma is hoppy and earthy. A nice deal of hopped bitterness, citrus aroma, and bready malt aromas as well.

T- A good amount of hop taste up front that is well balanced with some malty sweetness. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the boston lager. A little bit of a roasty taste as well.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of crisp carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly bready.

O- Another delicious brew by Sam Adams. Reminded me a lot of the Boston lager, only a little bit more hoppy and less roasty. I have been a fan of the Boston lager, but I think I like this even more. I will be picking it up again when I get the chance. It is both delicious and well priced.

MickeyBeer, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of jacksback
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has to be the first pale hippy offering from Sam Adams that I've actually looked out for. Had to get some mix pack with a REALLY promising sounding maple pecan worst nightmare thing.

but on to this innovative India pale lager... Just like jacks abbey has been ding for a while now...

pours a clear light copper with a decent head. TOO clear though. Looks too thin and watery.

smell actually shows a lot of promise. All hops. Mostly sharp, bright citric notes... With a bit of resinous action in the background. Not really any hints of malt sweetness.

flavor... Is shocking, given the brewery. Big hop flavor, moderate bitterness, and only a bit of malt sweetness to distract. Hop character follows the nose- big sharp citrus in front, with some light earthy resins underneath. Bitterness only really kicks in near the middle, letting all the hop flavors jump out in front.

Crisp, clean and even on the palate. Plenty of flavor and a bit of sharpness on the finish. Super drinkable.

overall... A rather suprising one from Sam Adams. A solid ipa-ish brew with plenty of hop character and no real flaws. Impressive.

jacksback, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in a mixed 12 pack, the new Spring thaw mixer out this year.
Pours a clean golden tone, good carbonation.Head is also light, medium, and nice to look at.
Smells of lime,grapefruit rind,touch of orange, biscuit malt, pepper,light bread.
Flavor is upfront and center grapefruit. Biscuit malts, pepper, add a nice background supporting role.
Tons of citrusy goodness, especially for a 5% beer
Pretty surprised at this brew.Much better than expected. Something I would/will buy again.. usually not the case for me when it comes to Sam Adams beer
And for the category it falls in? American pale lager..i.e..BMC bullshit..this really blows the competition away.

czfreeman, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

justinp, Feb 05, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.