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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,474 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 110 | 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:
Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Massive crown of dense, sticky white foam atop a slightly hazy light amber body. Patchy lacing like alien hieroglyphs adorns the glass walls. The head retention is slight, the carbonation faint.

Aroma: Prominent pine hops dominate the aroma, there are also pepper notes and a solid, though subdued caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Opens with a burst of hops, more spicy and citric than the pine tar aroma would suggest. Juicy flavors of grapefruit and orange rind assail the palate. Soon after, there is a decent wave of toasted and caramel malt, though this seems merely an accompaniment to the solid hop presence. As the taste progresses, a strong grassy characteristic appears. Finishes with mild, lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, and a slight, lingering sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-crafted, an over-the-top example of the style.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light orange with a decent head; nice-looking lacing on the glass.

S: Negligible pale malt aromas - this one's all about herbal hops - and even then, not enough to sting your nostrils.

T: I'm really impressed by this one; what seemed like sort of a Sam gimmick - some work, some really don't - has actually turned out to produce an almost gold standard of a sessionable lager. Crisp, refreshing...reminds me of a more sessionable Prima Pils, without an adherence to a Bohemian style.

M: Balanced.

Pleasantly surprised.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.69/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big sticky, hoppy, and pithy citrus and pine notes up front. Orange rind dominates as the beer warms. Clean fermentation character. No alcohol heat.

Appearance: Bright amber pour with yellow edging. Pillowy off-white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light lemon zest and orange rind up front. A touch of caramel sweetness followed by more citrus hop flavors. Kind of reminds me of orange juice. Balance is to the bitterness. Finish is very clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily and creamy. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A good beer with an identity crisis. Smells like an IPA, tastes like a pale ale, and claims to be a lager. I don't care what it is but it's a finely crafted beer and I'll gladly have another.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The smell was fantastic with a strong earthy scent. Every time I brought the glass up to taste I enjoyed the smell. Not much head but decent lacing. Nice gold color. Drinks easy with a lingering hoppyess. I can’t pick out flavors yet, but it’s good!

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.