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

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Reviews: 304
Hads: 1,522
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.92%
Wants: 51
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of jacksback
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of mattkoon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of DavidST
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by June 2013. This pours a clear yellow / light golden color with a large off white head. The smells are very crisp and of nice grassy and floral hops, a very nice smelling beer. The feel is medium to light mid carbonation. The taste is pretty good alight crisp grassy, and hoppy taste. This is a very good lager.

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Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear tawny color with white head that leaves sugary lacing. Hop aroma of grass, mint leaves, lemon skin, soap, and blood orange. Hops are in the forefront in flavor: grass, mint leaves, lemon skin, pine towards the finish, bitter but clean, cereal in the background. Light in body with medium carbonation that is prickly. Very clean, hop-forward lager that makes for some easy drinkin'. Interesting, sessionable, and enjoyable. Very refreshing when served cold as shit.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with a small off white colored head, it is the color of weathered copper.

Smell is all northwestern type hops as feature in AIPAs and APAs. Pine and grapefruit with some passion fruit and a little sandal wood. Little bit of biscuit malt.

Starts out hops over a biscuit malt backbone. Primarily grapefruit and cedar wood flavor. Little bit of pine. Fairly dry beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is OK but I don't need a six pack of the stuff.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear shade of light orange with a two finger white head. Man, this is a fantastic looking beer. Beautiful

S- nice bit of citrus coming through in the aroma. Tons of orange. Great

T- lots of citrus. A bit of soapiness as well. Slightly bitter. Not bad, but has a lot of the same qualities as a lot of Sam's lighter beers

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- not a bad beer at all, but it reminds me a lot of the Summer Ale with that soapy flavor I'm getting out of it

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold-colored beer with a medium-sized white head that left some very pretty lace.

Hoppy aroma of pine and citrus, with an aroma lingering in the background that I finally interpreted as onion. Interesting, not offensive.

Mostly pine and herbal hops. A bit of grapefruit. Bready.

Crisp mouthfeel, as advertised. Two went down pretty quickly and easily.

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Photo of Rumpole
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this in a 12-pack on its own, not part of a mix-pack. Rich amber color, thick white head; looks lovely. Aromas of pine and citrus. Strong hop flavor, more pine and plenty of citrus. A bit out of balance on the hop side, but that's not a tragedy. Smooth drinking throughout no matter the strength of flavor. Clean finish. Really remarkable.

What we have here is a straight 5% abv lager with a little extra malt and a lot extra hop. This fills a badly needed hole in the market, one of long standing, namely having that IPA hoppiness without the attendant IPA keister-kicking that you get when quaffing 7% and on up. Strongly flavored, but "sessionable", as they say - meaning you can drink in mass quantities with relatively less subsequent punishment.

I've since learned that others have already come up with a similar brew, especially on the West Coast. I'd be interested to learn what they're charging for the pleasure. The usual Sam Adams retail in glamorous Worcester, MA is around $15 or thereabouts for a 12-pack. By no means is that cheap, but I imagine it'll be tricky to find something else this strongly flavorful yet easy to drink for that price. We'll see. The Rumpole budget usually precludes beer in that range, but this stuff is so good that adjustments might need to be made.

Well done, Sam old egg. This one's up there with the dear old Noble Pils, which ought to be returned to the 12-pack format too. Meantime this'll do very nicely while it lasts.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- nice golden color. head is modest at about half a finger, but what's there leaves very impressive lacing.

S- BIG grapefruit. lots of cascade hops in this one. very simple, yet very enticing.

T- similar to the smell with lots of grapefruit flavors. little bit of hops resin sits on the back of the tongue. biscuit malts fight for power with the hops in the aftertaste.

M- balanced level of carbonation. fairly slick, but still has sort of a fluffy feel to it.

O- straightforward and simple, but it's well done. hopefully, they come out with this in a six pack.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium copper color with a huge bubbly and sticky bone white head that slowly recedes and sticks itself all over the glass on the way down. Smells of floral pine and resin in spades with hints of bread onion and garlic. Wow the aroma on this one shocked me! The flavor is light bready and caramel malt with a ton of hop flavor. Earth pine and resinous hop flavors tip the scale heavily to the hop side. Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. This is nice beer, I was quite surprised by this one.

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Photo of corby112
2.22/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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...

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Photo of bashiba
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.