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

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL

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1,217 Ratings
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Ratings: 1217
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%

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 alexgash


4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Clear coppery-orange body. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige head. Great retention and lacing. Grassy, herbal, fresh hoppy nose. Fruit and graham cracker malt right alongside the hops. Nice.

Minty, herbal bitterness up front. Some citrus tang as well. Toasted malts come on, but soon turn crackery with notes of caramel. Spicy, peppery hop flavors accent the palate. Herbal, resinous bitterness in the dry finish. Some lingering citrus and caramel-cracker. Moderate body with a slightly sticky feel. Very refreshing and appetizing. Should be a year rounder!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 22:20:27 | More by alexgash
Photo of Braz


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the selections from the spring thaw variety pack.
Crystal clear copper gold in color. Very thin white head that doesn't last very long. Doesn't have a very active look to it.
Smell nice. Aroma full of grapefruit and citrus. Resinous, smells very inviting.
Tastes of floral citrus notes. Grapefruit, lemon and think I get just a bit of rye as well. Well balanced. Very light buttery citrus aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is quite good. Good amount of carbonation. Sort of velvety. Not what I thought I would get from the appearance.
Very decent, would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 06:06:08 | More by Braz
Photo of lwillitz


3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers white head over a transparent golden body with lots of rising carbonation bubbles; very nice lace

S - floral, pine, citrus; smells like an IPA

T - pine, pink grapefruit, peppery spice, bready malt backbone, dry finish

M - prickly medium body, high carbonation, somewhat oily

O - IPA flavor with the smoothness of a lager; not bad

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 22:28:23 | More by lwillitz
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: A good dose of citrusy and fruity hops start things off, along with a solid malt backbone and light spiciness. The hops give off an almost candy-like sweetness as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the hops, which are citrusy and tropical with a hint of pine. Moves into the lager aspect with bready malts and light earthiness. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp

O: The lagering process of this beer mellows out the hops just enough for them to still rule over the malts and breadiness. The yeast also obviously makes it different from an IPA, but this is one solid brew. I wish this was available outside of the Spring pack... Here's to hoping

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 00:49:18 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden to tan and clear, some rising bubbles, a good head and good lacing.

Aroma is pungently hoppy, smells like an IPA. Spicy, citrusy hops dominate the aroma, complimented by a little bit of maltiness.

Taste is again bold and hoppy, very nice! Spicy, citrusy (grapefruit, lemon peel, orange peel), with a good balancing slightly sweet maltiness, bready and grassy, delicious!

Drink is off the charts. I just got done with school and I'm thirsty, it's all I can do to keep from chugging it!

I would happily buy a twelve pack of this. Next time I'm in the grocery store, I'll see if they have sixers or twelvskies. Great job on this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 22:08:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Weston19


3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured one of these into a Pilsner glass.

A: Copper color with about a finger head. After a while is shrunk to about half a head but either way it has good retention.

S: The smell of this is very pleasant, Grapefruit, hops, and malt.

T: Lots of citrus initially then some bitterness once it hits the back of the tongue. You can really taste the hops and it has the taste of grapefruit as well. I didn't really like the bitterness of it but that's just my personal preference.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer. You can easily drink a few of these without any problem.

Overall: It's not bad just not my kind of beer. I don't really like hoppy beers but my friend who loves IPA and similar beer absolutely loves this one. For my preference I didn't like it but for those of you that like these kinds of beer it seems to be pretty good. Loved the aroma though.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 23:55:13 | More by Weston19
Photo of Amish_Ambush


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper color with a white billowy head. Head retention on this one is impressive.
Smell: Grapefruit, Malt and hops.
Taste: Grapefruit, slight malt
Mouthfeel: Slight above medium body. Smooth.
Overall: It's a hoppy lager. I can get behind that.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:16:06 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of Andrew61923


4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up the Spring Thaw pack yesterday and cracked this right at the start of the Falcons/49ers game. Poured into Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

A: Pours a clean dark golden color with a small white head. I was expecting more of a head, but am not disappointed whatsoever by how this looks.

S: Some grapefruit and other citrus, but also an assertion of the beer's malts with some caramel sweetness. I would have liked it to be a little bit more hop forward in the nose, but not bad at all.

T: A lot more citus on the tongue than in the nose, which gives way to the malt on the back on the tongue. Really nice.

M: Crisp, clean, and extremely drinkable. I could drink this all day.

O: I had high hopes for this one and am extremely pleased with it. Make this a 6-pack offering!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:15:43 | More by Andrew61923
Photo of StoutHunter


3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a twelve pack of the Samuel Adams Spring Thaw with the Double Agent IPL in it for $12.99 at Meijers. It seems pretty early for spring seasonals, but a couple of the beers interested me so I decided to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. There was no notch to indicate the best buy date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty typical for Samuel Adams and it says it's part of the Hopology Collection. It poured a nice and pretty clear golden color that took on a darker golden hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down a to thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some really nice lacing behind. This beer looks good and true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a nice dose of hops that impart lots of spicy hops aromas along with some citrus hops also that make for a nice tangerine like aroma. After that comes the malts which seem to have a medium amount of sweetness and impart a grain and bread like aroma. The aroma was pretty nice, but I think it would be even better if the citrus hops showed up as much as the spicy hops.

T- The taste seems to pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with a pretty large amount of spicy hops that really stick out and it leaves the citrus hops in the background and they don't really come through that much since they are overpowered by the spicy hops. After that comes the malts which have a medium amount of sweetness and impart a grainy, pale malt, and bread like flavor. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a slightly spicy and very bready aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought that spicy hops were just a little to overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, clean, slightly creamy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of slightly higher medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and pretty true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice example of the style, it was a hoppy lager, just as promised, but the profile seemed to lack the balance I wish it had. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, but I think one would be enough since I would get tired of the spicy hops. What I liked the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just how it should be. What I liked the least about this beer was that the spicy hops were a little to overpowering, if the spicy and citrus hops were at the same level I think it would make this beer much more enjoyable. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own, I would much rather have a Shift from New Belgium, that beer is a little better in just about every aspect, but I would still recommend giving it a try. All in All I thought this beer was solid, it was nice for what it is, I am happy that Samuel Adam's took a shot at this style, nice work guys, keep being creative.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:48:57 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of Suds


4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a completely clear, pale gold color. The foam is white and long lasting. The aroma is heavy with floral, herbal, and woody-smelling hops. Grass and malt are ther as well. Not fruity, but the hops do have a touch of citric in the background. Nice flavor! Balanced and drinkable. Nice up front sweetness and malt. Lots of hop flavor throughout the taste. Medium body. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:15:32 | More by Suds
Photo of Kromes


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. A clear gold color with a thin white head.

There is a clean, fresh and spicy noble hop aroma with some biscuit malt.

The flavor follows the aroma with a big dose of noble hop up front that fades and gets more fruity (peach maybe). It finishes sweet with a lingering herbal hop flavor and touch of grain.

The beer is light with higher carbonation to give it a peppery feel to compliment the spicy hop.

For a pale lager, this is very good. The aroma, flavor, and feel are all top notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:39:02 | More by Kromes
Photo of kojevergas


2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with blue pressure cap and generally appealing label acquired as part of the Spring Thaw variety pack at a local Vons (Safeway for ye Northerners/Coloradans) and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live within an hour of acquiring. 5% ABV confirmed. Expectations are above average given the current ratings.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Enjoy before: June. Hopology collection.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head - somewhat thin - with some slight cream, and of above average retention for the average ABV (~3-4 minutes). Little lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant clear pale copper-gold. I really like the body colour, actually. No yeast particles. No bubble show. Translucent as can be. Looks par for the style; I'd say it's above average.

Sm: Shockingly hoppy for a pale lager; great nectary oily hops and floral character. Piney as well. Sticky and a bit fruity. Incredible for a macrobrewed pale lager; I'm damned impressed. Clean malts. It's a bit soapy though, which I despise. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Is the taste as good as the aroma?

T: Not really. Pale malts and soapy hops - bleh. Too long spent in primary. Bubblegum. Light hop oil. An artificial garbage finish of empty bland malts. Imbalanced and forgettable, but as a failed experiment it's interesting. I like that they were bold and went for it with the hops, but unfortunately it's not really working here. Too bitter for the style. Lacks any real complexity or subtlety; it's boring, bland, and simple.

Mf: Awfully thin on the finish. Sharp and overcarbonated. Way too heavy on the palate for a pale lager. Horrible palate presence. Still, it's nicely smooth and wet. A bit sugary. I'd stop short of refreshing, but it's not bad.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A failed experiment from Sam Adams that I wouldn't get again. Still, some will really like this. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I've had far worse for the price.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:20:43 | More by kojevergas
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. June 2013 notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear medium gold with a 2 finger dense white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body.

S: Has a hoppy yet quite malty aroma. A breadyness mixed with a skunky earthy hop.

T: Mild taste that delicately balances a strong malt body with an ample backing of hop. I enjoy the crackery malt at the tail end of this brew.

M: Fairly light body with ample carbonation. Real easy drinking with a crisp finish.

Overall a pretty good new brew from Sam Adams. I like this blend of styles and am looking forward to more breweries interpreting this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:00:17 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of russpowell


4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD of July 2013

Pours bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, catty & herbal

T: Follows the nose, some subtle tangerine & lemon notes as mixing well a slight breadyness up front. Nice pine apple notes mix with breadyness & grassyness as this warms. Finishes slightly dry, bready with nice tropical notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

Super easy to drink, this is a nice offering from sammy

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:52:38 | More by russpowell
Photo of silverking


4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a clear golden amber with a frothy white head. Head retention is excellent and the lacing is moderate. It smells of piney hops with a bit of citrus and a subtle malt background. The taste comes across as grapefruit to me, almost entirely. the malt does shine through at moments, but the finish is definitely pure grapfruit. The mouthfeel in light and crisp with light, prickly carbonation. I have mentioned In previous reviews that I am not terribly fond of Samuel Adams, but I don't have any serious problems drinking this beer. It may be a little simple as far as flavor and taste go, but is shines brilliantly with Its bitter hops and malty highlights. Mmmm. I am very glad that this is in the Spring Variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 23:06:42 | More by silverking
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light golden color with a fairly thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is pretty faint, not much to it. Very light hop notes, slight sulfur character. Taste is fairly bitter, with no truly discernible unique hop characteristics. Maybe a slight earthiness. Definitely got the flavor of a lager, the sulfur character carries to the taste. Medium carbonation and light body. Overall this beer is pretty disappointing, very bland with the character of a poorly executed standard lager. Definitely none of the "india pale" character you may be expecting. I will not be having this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:12:30 | More by scvance
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop atop a grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of peppy piney and herbal hops with a crisp grainy pale malt and lingering doughiness.

The mouthfeel was clean, with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty hop forward lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:29:21 | More by plaid75
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a short dense khaki colored head that left a sparse cap with some lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of a nice floral hop; grapefruit and light pine come out to play as well. Bright hop aroma which makes you want to dig into this beer.

The taste is of a sweet bready malt with some honey and metallic notes. Kind of a british malt flavor. Hops are not as bright as in the flavor. I pick up more grassy notes and an apricot sweetness. There still is some grapefruit and pine though. Reminds me a bit of the Lat48 hop profile.

The feel is light with crisp carbonation. Finishes fairly clean but hard to do with the hop oils. Mostly hop bitter, on the moderate side.

A good brew, probably a hair lighter than some of the other all malt lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 16:48:50 | More by Gmann
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a polished orange... great off white head leaves nice lacing.

The nose is a hoppy tropical fruit bowl with just enough maltiness to bloom the hops... Smells pretty good.

Great hoppy flavor mirrors the aromas... not really bitter, just great hop flavors from front to back... very clean... I like it.

Body and carbonation are both great.


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:21:18 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Brad007


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a large head that quickly fades in my glass, leaving some lacing along the sides.

Mild pine hops with a bready feel in the nose. Reminiscent of a regular pale ale but with enough characteristics to be a lager.

Taste is mellow with a good dose of pine upfront followed by buttery bread and a chewy texture. Crisp. Very tasty. Easy drinking.

The lingering texture is a bit off-putting though and that's likely a characteristic of the house yeast. It's like their Boston Lager but with slightly more hop aroma/flavor. Doughy in a sense.

I like it. Might be a good alternative to the Boston Lager for those who find that polarizing (I don't though).

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:21:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: VONS in Grantville, Calif. (San Diego), on Jan. 3, 2013
Price: $13.97 w/ card ($17.99 regular) for the Spring Thaw Variety 12-pack
Misc.: Label said to enjoy before June

Poured a dark golden clear color with just over a finger of off-white head. Not much lacing on the sides of the glass. Decent retention, especially after most of the head dropping early.

Smelled a sharp whiff of icy Cascade hops. Also citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel) and some floral hops. Some spices on the nose as well.

Taste really didn’t gel with the smell. Not as much flavor, more of an alcohol crescendo. Hops really don’t come through as much, but still bitter ending. Slight grapefruit if anything. Cool, icy Cascade hops, albeit slight. Maybe some mango in there, as well as tangerine and orange peel late.

Light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Got better as it went down.

A pretty good beer, especially after looking at the label after I rated it. Thought it was an IPA, but apparently it’s an IPA-lager hybrid. Beer Advocate calls it an American Pale Lager. Either way, I’ll be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:37:36 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of aubuc1


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before June 2013 poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear orangeish amber with a big off white head that is slowly receding.

Delicious smell of hops. Citrus and pine dominate everything else. Smells like the bottle says it should.

Taste is right on for the description. Hoppy beer yet a lager finish. Kind of reminds me of a hoppier boston lager.

Very good mouthfeel.

Overall, this is probably the best beer in this classification as I have had. Not a great beer, but for a pale lager...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:38:44 | More by aubuc1
Photo of SouljaSaia17


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alright, this is the 1st of 3 new beers to come out of Samuel Adams Spring Thaw mixed pack. Even though I have already had my 1st one and am reviewing my 2nd, this is the first official IPL I have ever had.

A: This beer pours a darkish wheat color with a thin soapy white head that leaves some lacing. Initial color is of a typical lager or macro, but has that orange tint to it due to the hops.

S: Very hoppy smell up front and I noticed it as soon as I poured it out of the glass. Has some underlying pine and grapefruit characteristics. This beer says that it uses tropical fruit notes and i dont notice much, maybe some kiwi or pineapple.

T: Nice hop bite in the flavor, starts sweet and then turns tart. I can taste the pine right behind the hops, as well as the grapefruit. Its a nice blend that finishes with i believe to be clove or some other earthy note.

M: It has a nice bitter bite to it that is balanced well with the sweetness from the pine of the earthy notes.

O: I think this beer is a very nice twist on an IPA, nobody does innovation like Sam Adams thats for sure. This can be a great any occasion beer for standard Macro beer drinkers and craft beer enthusiasts alike.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 06:31:49 | More by SouljaSaia17
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Agent IPL pours a clear golden color, with a very nice lacing head. There is a strong hoppy floral aroma. The taste is very well balanced, good floral notes, but not overerly bitter, with a good solid malty backbone. Good full and crisp flavor. Overall a very nice beer, the hops don't make this beer, but instead add on to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 00:22:08 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of shand


4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Double Agent IPL pours a nice clear light copper color with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma is excellent, this guy is hoppier than I expected, delivering a big hoppy citrus and resin kick. The taste is also excellent, it's got great zesty citrus and piney flavors over a grainy malt finish. Lots of hop resin on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is excellent.

Double Agent IPL is just the new beer Samuel Adams needed. It's a unique year-round offering for most of the country, and has enough hops to satisfy a hop head like me with a very low ABV. The hop profile is actually rather reminiscent of Laguntias's DayTime.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:37:21 | More by shand
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