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

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1,442 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 32
Gots: 89 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jrohrbacher, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big, frothy head. Lace is lovely, large, and detailed, with layers of frilliness over fence rows.

Nose is delectable tropical and citrus hops. Very, very appealing!

Taste is more of the tropical fruit and lemon-grapefruit-citrus hops zing, but the hoppy overload is tempered well by a substantial malt presence. This is a well-balanced and hoppy brew that tones down the sour and bitter qualities of the hops in favor of a highly-drinkable session beer for hop-heads.

I may seek out another 6-pack of these if I can find it!

secondtooth, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

TGERUS, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poired thick two finger head slightly off white. Light golden body with rusted orange highlights. Bountiful lacing adorns my Sam Adams glass, very nice looking.

S - nice piney hop crispness, toasty malt, fruity hints of apple, tea.

T - forward hop profile of dank grass, resin, pine, grapefruit blends into a nice smooth lager finish with some crisp cereal malt character. very smooth, the flavoring hops are so delicious yet the bittering hops are subdued. This is allowing the crisp malt character to shine in the finish and makes this very balanced and well executed. I was fearing an overpowering bitterness to dominate and was pleasantly surprised.

M - thin to medium with ample carbonation. Balanced finish, drinks very easily and could be sessionable.

O - the is a great beer, the hops are very delicious and well balanced with the malt crispness. I was very happy, haven't been keen on SA IPAs and this is probably the best I have had from them, also being an IPL and nothing I have had I find it an interesting idea and very refreshing.

MaineBrewing, Feb 11, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear ruby red color. Good stream of carbonation .Definitely smells like an IPA, with big juicy/fruity American hops bursting out. Never smelled a lager like this before, but it’s certainly familiar territory. Taste is pretty much spot-on American IPA, but the lager difference comes in the ultra clean and light finish. And that finish really ups the drinkability of this brew. Good balance overall with a noticeable pale malt character and citrusy hops, followed up by good herbal/biting finishing hops. I like it quite a bit. Body is good--by no means thin and there’s ample carbonation.

Overall I think this beer is a success. I hope it will become a regular seasonal if not a permanent part of their lineup.

JEdmund, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

rolltide8425, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The body is a darker bronze color, with a fluffy white head. There is some lacing, but only here and there. The beer is very transparent, and there is mild to low visible carbonation.

S: There is a bit of pine, and a very catty smell to the beer. Pretty average.

T: The flavor follows the scent, with mostly a catty taste, a bit nutty and some bread crust. There is an even balance between the malt and hop flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, a bit chewy, and pretty easy to drink.

O: Overall I thought it was fairly average. It was decent tasting, but it's not anything I would actively seek out. The catty flavor and smell dominated, so I would only recommend it to people who enjoy that. It has an rustic edge that is similar to crusty breads. It would pair well with these breads, and something like goulash and potatoes.

teromous, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

1mrbeer, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tracker83, Feb 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34%

Lincolnman, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Omer4176, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

buffcityx, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jimbodude5, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Tilley4, Feb 09, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

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

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

captainbearcat, Feb 09, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.