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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,394 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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 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
Photo of justinp
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

justinp, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is a beautiful golden color. It is clear with plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Two inches of tightly packed head top it.

S - I smell fresh lime along with other citrus aromas.

T - The taste is sort of a let down. It does not match the intensity of the aroma. The lime comes through in the taste, but is muted. I get some toast and a little toffee to round it out.

M - Moderate. It is pretty smooth.

O - I had high hopes for this beer. It is a delicious lager and would make a great session beer. This is only my second IPL. The previous one must have spoiled me. Even though it didn't live up to my expectations I would still buy this again. It would make a great session lager.

buschbeer, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of markzab
3/5  rDev -19.6%

markzab, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

TychoNDC, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of MDF
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

MDF, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of dertyd
4.96/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12oz bottle to a pilsner glass

A:light coper orange almoast like dark apple juice nice laceing that hangs around

S:wow what a nice smell grapefruit hoppiness

T:hops hops and more hops just like an ipa but thinish is more clean and dry like a lager

M:nice dry and crisp

Overall:what a damn good job sam adams one of my new favorit beers its like having an ipa but a lager at the same time haha I could pound theese all day long I can't wait to try more hopoligy beers.

Love life... drink beer!!!

dertyd, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

BrewmanCapote, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of YogiBeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

YogiBeer, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Ljoreilly
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Ljoreilly, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, notch on the side of the bottle says best by July 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. The last of the 6 beers in the variety pack.

A - Typical clear gold amber colored appearance with about a finger of white foamy head that goes down quickly. Nice scattered lacing; an impressive thing with a Samuel Adams beer.

S - Citrus grapefruit hops. Smells a lot better than the Samuel Adams Noble Pils did, if I am remembering correctly.

T - Bold citrus lemon / grapefruit hops are the prevalent feature here, and deservedly so. A much tastier and fruitier beer than the Samuel Adams Noble Pils or the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA. Mild level of carbonation, it is nicely balanced.

M - A clean, sticky mouthfeel. Lingering flavors of green apple sugars hanging out. A nicely tailored beer for sure.

Overall, an impressive outing from the Boston Beer Company. This beer would be better suited for hopheads and IPA lovers than people who enjoy the taste of a malty lager. A beer I would have again for sure, and I am looking forward to trying the other Hopology brews that they've got.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Feb 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

ucfalum08, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of mattkoon
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i really like this double agant ipl from sam adams. the color is a nice golden. the smell is thick with rich piney hops. theres a bold hoppiness in the taste. somehow they capture the hoppy flavor without the face squishing bitterness of some other really hoppy beers. being that this is an "ipl" i think sam adams did just what they sat out to do with this one. it is a very smooth very drinkable, hoppy ipa (l) beer.

mattkoon, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of lovindahops
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- double agent ipl pours a dark amber body with huge frothy head of foam that rushes to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing clasps to the edges of the brew

S- a grassy and herbal citric scent is at the forefront. Fruity and dank simultaneously, there seems to be a slight caramel malt tone in there as well

T- very bitter pine flavors with a citric undertone kick off double agent. Quite the resionious piney taste profile

M- carbonated and sticky, it's in good feel

O- double agent ipl is a good piney hopped up lager. Very concentrated and flavorful all the while sessionable as heck

lovindahops, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of rgille2
5/5  rDev +34%

rgille2, Feb 03, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.