Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A 8-10 coloration. One finger head that dissipated very quickly.
S Moderate citrus smell with hints of pine
T - Pine and hop taste.
M - Full body for what it is .Dry finish. Moderate carbonation
O-Samuel Adams makes a great beer once again! I enjoyed this lager, but would have never guessed it was a lager had it not said on the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2013 03:09:08 | More by dakotaben
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very nice rich golden color, about that of good honey. I had about two fingers of frothy head that dissipated very slowly and left some decent lacing on the side of the glass, not too much and not too little. The beer is slightly hazy and full of carbonation.
Smell is very floral thanks to the hops, piney and sweet, a little grassy with some bread on the nose from the malt, though overall it's very clean. On tasting I immediately get a nice punch on the tongue from the hops, but it's not overpowering like some of the IPAs I've had. It's not as bitter as I would have expected, and the clean quality of the lager helps mitigate some of the stronger hop notes. The flowery hops fade away slowly, leaving sweetness that builds a bit, even after the swallow, and the grassy notes of the hops come back a little bit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice bite from the carbonation. It's a little bit heavy for a lager but I'm not complaining. Imagine the Noble Pils but with more body.
This is a pretty nice drink that while not too surprising is something I could drink six of and still enjoy. Though I enjoy the Noble Pils better than this when I want a hoppy Sam Adams lager, this Double Agent IPL bridges the gap between lager and ale quite nicely. Give it a try, you may enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2013 23:38:05 | More by Caj1
3.71/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Hoppy lagers like Noble Pils are the beers that keep me coming back to Sam Adams; hope this one’s as satisfying.
Best before November 2013 – months after the date of this tasting.
A: BBC always has some great-looking beers, and this is no exception: pours a brilliant goldenrod topped with fizzy white foam. Frothy retention and spotty lacing.
S: Built on pungent, fruity hops, this nose swells with pine, grapefruit, and white grape aromas – not as bold as a typical IPA, but with a definite hop focus. Underneath, there’s a less-than-solid lager base, but notes of straw and mild bread are still evident.
T: Soft grain and fruity hop flavors blend to create a remarkably balanced palate. Starts by filling out the profile with a bread crust and shredded wheat tone, expanding as it lays flat on the tongue. Hops come in on top with a complex flavor – the bright spice of pepper and pine mixed with the full sweetness of orange and mango. The aftertaste registers as mixed, as well, mostly dry and metallic but with an additional thick fruit syrup effect.
M: Goes down with a subtle sliminess, slightly sticking to the sides of the mouth. Now, while it doesn’t have that refreshing lager thinness that the summer months call for, it does have a hefty amount of carbonation (though soft), and that helps.
O: I wouldn’t call this a superb beer, but I would say it’s one of my favorites from Sam Adams. Put me in a bar or restaurant where this is on draft and I’ll be a happy man.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2013 18:54:43 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.81/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Brewing innovation is a bout asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Lager. First released in 2013, this is the newest addition to their "Hopology Collection" of beers, utilizing hops in different ways. Available in both 6 packs and in 12 pack variety cases, as I received mine.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature pint glass. Served north of 57º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a thick foamy off-white head of a creamy consistency over a golden amber body, very clear with ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is solid, curtained and light. This beer presents itself well. 4.5
(Smell) The aroma consists of earthy, resinous and fruity hop numbers, less potent with grapefruit and pine varieties. Hop aroma is the dominant part of the aroma, bitterness is moderate at most. Malt body is a standard biscuity caramel and pale malt blend, mildly sweet and very clean. There isn't much in the aroma that sets this apart even from balanced India Pale Ales, but the potency is medium/high and there are no off characters. 3.5
(Taste) The slick malt drinkability is one of the most calling features of this beer, very little graininess nor heavy bread tones, just a solid pale malt base with a mellow earthy sweetness and little jarring malt complexity otherwise. This could certainly be called out as a lager, with a touch of residual light caramel syrup sweetness thickening up the mix a bit more than the usual lager does. A lingering mineral note in the background makes this reminiscent of the earthier Samuel Adams' English Pale Ale. The hop character shines in the flavor with bold tropical fruit notes and floral characters adding a bright appealing complexity to the flavor, pine is subdued. There's less hop bitterness than the aroma gave off, with the exception of a mild dragging resinous note on the tail end. It's very drinkable and approachable. In general, I'm pleased with it. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Slick and medium-heavy with a light syrupy texture. Carbonation doesn't impact the texture further than a subtle creaminess. The body is medium+ for American Pale Lagers, medium overall. Alcohol presence is well concealed. Lack of sharp bitterness nor grain generates a moist finish. While the carbonation could have worked just as nicely to create a sharply carbonated mouthfeel, I find that this worked just as nicely, perhaps even better, keeping the subtle hop flavors front-and-center and bringing to mind the mellow-carbonated influences of English Pale Ales. 4
(Overall) Samuel Adams crafted a beer unlike anything else I expected with this release, and it turned out better than I had expected too. Drinkability is high despite a smooth, slick pale and caramel sweetness. The hops don't provide much bitterness to round out the flavor, but the hop flavor is fantastic with juicy fruit character and floral notes. It's another welcome addition to the Samuel Adams year round lineup. 4
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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 21:56:57 | More by Jadjunk
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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