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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,331 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | 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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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with light edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention with splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with a subtle grassy hop notes but the pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes promised on the label are nowhere to be found in the nose. Kind of bland with floral hops followed by bready yeast, caramel malt and toffee. Hopefully it tastes more like an Indian pale than it smells.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a crisp hop bite which provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the lager yeast into a slightly dry finish. Some sticky pine needle and grassy hop notes but again, the citrus and tropical fruit notes are undetectable to my palate. Caramel malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, bread and biscuit. Really disappointing considering what I was expecting. The idea of a west coast style hoppy lager is intriguing but this was just a boring lager with a slightly aggressive, one dimensional hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 09:18:13 | More by corby112
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LoulaBrewing

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-29-2013 03:46:36 | More by LoulaBrewing
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ale207

Maine

4/5  rDev +7%

01-29-2013 03:40:14 | More by ale207
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-29-2013 01:15:01 | More by vfgccp
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JonSzakelyhidi

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +27%

01-28-2013 23:09:25 | More by JonSzakelyhidi
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2013 16:48:36 | More by MilkManX
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vdub191

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

01-28-2013 15:57:41 | More by vdub191
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2013 05:56:51 | More by Stockfan42
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-28-2013 04:45:46 | More by OldTime
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Eriehle

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-28-2013 03:42:47 | More by Eriehle
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Double Agent IPL, from the Spring Thaw pack. In a clean Great Lakes pint.

Pours beautifully clear. Very orange color, more realistically light amber. Some lacing after the cap settled. Only hoisted about 1/4" of white sudsiness. Parades of rising bubbles.

Tropical fruits implied from a boisterous hop nose. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and light pine make a sweet-smelling quad combo. Crackery malts have a pilsner bready crispness that's light, but evident. No off-notes to speak of. Just a sweet hop aroma with some balancing grain. No real mustiness, either, like some lager yeasts can produce. Excellent.

Crisp hoppiness with more subtleties in the fruitiness. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and spruce are detected, but not with the intensity that the nose was driving. I mean, c'mon! It's not an IPA, right? But, it is an IPL; and, to boot, this is a nice hoppy lager if I may say so myself. Light metal note rings out with the clean maltiness. Still not musty, however, there is a little more of that here in the taste. Finishes with moderate bitterness, cracked grain, and a clean tropical hop note.

Crisp feel with a jumpy carbonation level. The body isn't terribly thin, either. Pretty decent.

An American Pale Lager, eh? Yeah, this is the tits. Now, the fun part. I get to rate it to style...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:44:49 | More by thecheapies
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +7%

01-27-2013 23:03:46 | More by 2GOOFY
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zeff80

Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. It really smelled like an IPA or APA.

T - Spicy citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Some piney bitterness and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager.

O - This is a really tasty lager. It doesn't even taste like a lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:58:46 | More by zeff80
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Bpierso1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-27-2013 17:58:35 | More by Bpierso1
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-27-2013 07:05:35 | More by Davepoolesque
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty impressed with this. Reminds a little of Alpine Spring loaded with oily, herbal hops. I guess I could wrap this review up with that statement but I will expand.

Clean appearance...clear, deep gold color....Nice bready malt backbone...hops are not bitter but definitey herbal, piney and oily...pretty clean finish with a lingering malt sweetness actually...

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Wish there were more beers like this being made these days. It combines an IPA hoppiness with a lager drinkability (not saying IPA's aren't drinkable but a lot push up to 7-8% ABV)....well done...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:40:58 | More by ZAP
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-27-2013 03:05:27 | More by lupercmda
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joeland

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-27-2013 02:35:19 | More by joeland
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bashiba

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clean light amber color with a thick and sticky long lasting white head.

The smell is hoppy, very green with a bit of pine and tropical notes along with a touch of caramel malt.

The flavor has a good amount of substance for a beer this light, a nice bit of bready malt that is quickly overtaken by some decent levels of late hop additions, nicely citrusy with a bit of mango and a long lingering hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light with a bit of resiny hop oil.

A pretty decent IPL, easy to drink and about on par with another sam adams stand out Noble Pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 00:41:43 | More by bashiba
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7%

01-26-2013 23:38:47 | More by justinm4bama
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-26-2013 23:13:37 | More by Milkysunshine
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prisdefer

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-26-2013 21:14:19 | More by prisdefer
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dpage27

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-26-2013 03:33:15 | More by dpage27
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

01-26-2013 00:32:08 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

01-25-2013 22:46:56 | More by rcatalano
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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