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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,363 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 29
Gots: 59 | 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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Gemini6

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-07-2014 09:40:23 | More by Gemini6
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

When seeking a drier IPA to enhance drinkability, the makers of Sam Adams reach to the cold aged lager for greater crispness, lightness and refreshment. And who says that creativity is dead?

Double Agent opens with a light copper, goldenrod body. As champagne-like streams of carbonation race to the top of the glass, it builds a frothy foam stance of cotton-white. Semi-firm retention and mild lacing leads me to think that the has been stripped down a bit much from filtration. But its sparkling clarity is quite charming.

Sharp aromas of white grapefruit stands tall above a tepid malt base. Somewhat of cracker, honey and biscuit- the beer's grain character is supportive of citrusy, piney hops but without rivaling it.

Its mostly grain, but partial malt sweetness carry the taste of toasted "Grape Nuts" cereal. Light granola-like honey-dipped sweetness gives a boost to the hop flavor that rises in the middle. The sharpness of white grapefruit juice and bitter orange peels offer a tangy acidity that develops toward a dry malt and resinous pine-like bitter finish. Still a persistent iron-like and sulfury taste carry on in the same way that most Sam Adams brands do.

Its dry mouthfeel is medium-light and racy from the start. Its abundance of carbonation ushers in a quick finish with fleeting malt structure and a crisp, plaster-like closure. Light leafy astringency continues to haunt the beer late even though its dry taste is highly celebrated.

The hoppy lager is a welcome attempt to do what IPA's do best. Promote hops while suppressing malts. This IPL is a rather effortless taste, even if somewhat underwhelming.

02-05-2014 18:57:53 | More by BEERchitect
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Walletsworth

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 01:39:47 | More by Walletsworth
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, herbs, grapefruit, honey, lemon, and pine fill the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, crackers, straw, caramel, honey, and biscuits coat the palate. The finish is grainy and crisp with robust citrus and pine flavors joined by biscuit and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied and a little sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: Not bad at all. I can really appreciate the clean separation of malt and hop flavors in this beer.

02-01-2014 21:08:16 | More by mrfrancis
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lochef81

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%

Number 3 on the Hop Tour. Pours a rich copper amber with a short lasting frothy white head that gives way to...well, nothing. The beer does have some legs and leaves a little lacing but on the whole is quite thin. The aroma is pleasant with a large amount of citrusy hops and a nice malty backbone. The flavor follows the nose with a hop forward bitterness and a generous amount of citrus and grassy notes. This is an enjoyable pour; nothing outstanding but a great beer on a hot day or after a long shift. Definitely enjoyable but not of note.

02-01-2014 06:25:23 | More by lochef81
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-01-2014 01:47:14 | More by BodiesLexus
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senttochris

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-31-2014 06:29:19 | More by senttochris
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Frostyglass

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33%

01-29-2014 23:33:25 | More by Frostyglass
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Ilovelampandbeer

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2014 18:25:17 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
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fisherbray

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2014 04:17:11 | More by fisherbray
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target88

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-28-2014 11:10:06 | More by target88
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Jbl3246

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-28-2014 03:21:46 | More by Jbl3246
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AndersonGT

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-28-2014 01:51:39 | More by AndersonGT
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2014 01:01:13 | More by nheinzie57
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jburlew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-26-2014 02:14:46 | More by jburlew
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REY_CORTEZ

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-24-2014 23:36:06 | More by REY_CORTEZ
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brewlover517

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-24-2014 04:13:04 | More by brewlover517
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-23-2014 02:21:47 | More by mpayne5
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-23-2014 02:18:09 | More by kvgomps
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Greenster

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-21-2014 15:27:09 | More by Greenster
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BrooklynPanch

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-21-2014 03:51:32 | More by BrooklynPanch
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-21-2014 01:44:10 | More by THECPJ
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JayBarnes10

Ohio

2.59/5  rDev -30.6%

ALOT of head. this beer poured with more head than beer at first. I'm not a fan AT ALL of IPAs so I thought I'd try an IPL, since I'm a lager fan. the aging didn't help at all, lol, I still don't like IPAs. I'm not sure YET, as to what makes it have that "IPA" flavor, I think it's the hops, but whatever it is, I don't like the hops flavor.

01-20-2014 20:00:21 | More by JayBarnes10
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2014 19:48:18 | More by Vogey77
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JLT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-20-2014 17:54:08 | More by JLT
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.