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

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1,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 29
Gots: 84 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a really nice clear copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention is pretty solid and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I was hoping for. The aroma is pretty mild , hops are in there but the malt and yeast take over. The taste is pretty good. There is a nice bitter flavor from start to finish with a fruity essence and earthy back bone. The mouthfeel is sharp and clean, very drinkable. Overall this is a really nice beer. It's an interesting take on what could be an Ale but made into a Lager.

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly thanks to many bubbles streaming from the bottom of my SA PP glass, crystal clear auburn tan maple color. The bubbles create a pillowy rising head.

Nose nice hops, plenty of citrus, some grassy floral hops, hint pine and candy citrus, and faint hint of fresh hop resins, and light crisp lager and toasty straw malt underneath.

Taste is fresh hops again, floral and grassy, some pine and citrus again, light resin too. The grassy noble hop flavors win out in the end with soft fruity grassy slightly earthy and spicy hops. A nice overall bitterness, not till strong but enough, and let's the beer underneath come out. Light crisp lager flavors, hint fruit lager, nice soft lager overall, light grainy cereal straw malt. Finish has a nice long lingering bitterness, grassy slight earthy spicy hops, hint citrus, light crisp dry lager finish but could have been a bit more crisp.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft lager, nice carb, although could be a little more crisp and dry on the finish.

Overall a pretty nice beer, nice hops that bring enough bitterness to be an ipl but light enough not to destroy the lager underneath. Tasty soft and enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly kicked up version of the original Noble Pils (not the crap they put out now and pretend to call it noble pils).

jlindros, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of wingman14
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellowish orange with a frothy white head. Smell is strong with hops, citrus, pine and subtle sweetness. Taste is more subtle then the smell would suggest. Hoppy all the way through the sip but they aren't strong till the end/aftertaste. There is some malt and citrus at the beginning and ends with the strong hop punch. A nice medium mouthfeel, good body for this beer. Overall an enjoyable beer a nice malt presence that is not usually found in an IPA. My first IPL and it was tasty.

wingman14, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Tilley4
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tilley4, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at ShopRite in preparation for the storm that we're still digging out of. I was thrilled to see this in its own six-pack instead of mixed in with the Spring Thaw pack since I had enjoyed most of the beers that were sold with it. Even though this was an American Pale Lager, this certainly isn't pale and had enough hops and body to feel like a wet-hopped ale, and this was certainly one of the best session beers that I've had in quite a long time!

The pour to this was a relatively dark amber with a nice frothy white head that settled in due time. There was some lacing after my first few sips but not as much as I worked my way through my pint glass. Nice herbal aroma with some mint thrown in, the latter became more pronounced in the taste. Just enough of an oily resin to the mouthfeel to make the hops felt but there was never any burning to this - just a bit of a metallic touch in the aftertaste. The feel of this was a subtle but strong grapefruit rind that lasted from start to finish, tying one sip into the next. The carbonation and body were spot-on, feeling neither weak or heavy. I actually had to pace myself when drinking this, since it went down to easily.

I'm glad I bought six of these, even though I only had one in this particular sitting. Like SNPA or the Sammy Boston Lager, this beer can be enjoyed year-round and deserves to be in anyone's rotation. This certainly pushed the edge to what a Lager can look and taste like and will please just about anyone who plunks $10 and gives this a go. Enthusiastically recommended!

JerzDevl2000, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of rallyr32
4/5  rDev +7.2%

rallyr32, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TheBishopco, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of beans923
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

beans923, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

captainbearcat, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - orange with a ton of carbonation bubbles; a big, soft, thick white head that has great retention

S - herbal, spicy, piny; very intense hoppy aroma

T - citrusy, piny, spicy, herbal, very hoppy, some lagery notes, a mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is one of the better Pale Lagers I have ever had. It definitely delivers the hops that it promises. It has tremendous drinkability, and doesn't disappoint. I won't buy the whole mix-pack again for this, but if I came across it elsewhere, I would definitely get it again.

tdm168, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Guinnsslvr, Feb 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

jslice99, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

AdamP, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Remdog
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Remdog, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of brewdude1982
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a orange color with excellent clarity and a good head with slight lacing and mild retention. It smells really hoppy and made me excited about this lager. It tastes pretty damn amazing considering that it is a lager and I am not a huge lager fan. It has an interesting hop character and I would like to know what hops they used. It has a pretty good body considering that lagers don't have a lot of body and is well carbonated. This is a good beer and I would like it if they sold it in six packs.

brewdude1982, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a decent white head. Nice sticky lace. Looks like SA.

Decent hop aroma, with pine and citrus, and some toasty malt.

Big hops up front, but not super in-your-face. Malt is nice with a toasted bread note. Some cracker and bread crust and malt bitterness as well. Finishes fairly clean.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

A solid hoppy brew. I like the malt and what they did to keep it in balance with the hops. Pretty decent. Not an earth-shattering beer though. A little safe, but that's ok.

OtherShoe2, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

RichD, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

AMCPhD, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #253
Served On: 2/8/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
ABV: 5.6%Date/ Code: June

This was a 12oz bottle from the spring mixed 12 pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($15.99).

Look: Crystal clear pale gold color (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). High carbonation level. Creamy 1-finger of whipped egg whites for head.

Smell: Super sharp citrus hop aroma. Some onion notes were noticeable. No lager qualities in the nose whatsoever.

Taste: First up was a sweet nectar of hops mixed with some base malts in the background. No real bready or sour notes typical to most lager styles. The citrus and onion hop notes kicked in towards the end of each sip. This pretty much seemed like a hoppy pale ale to me.

I liked this beer, but the lager theme was completely lost in the pungent hop profile that Boston Beer managed to achieve with this one.

CraftBeerTastic, Feb 08, 2013
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tpauer, Feb 08, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.