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

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303 Reviews
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Reviews: 303
Hads: 1,514
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 4.16%
Wants: 48
Gots: 155 | 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 dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden hue with a thick, frothy head; decent lacing

S: Subtle grapefruit and tropical fruits; some flower and pine aromas; a grainy, bready undertone but fairly subdued

T: Nice hop flavors up front--citrus, tropical fruit, and pine needles mingle fairly well--with a pleasant bready, malty backbone; I love the balance on this

F: Very creamy and chewy--really nice mouth feel

O: This is a fun beer; I really like how complex and yet still crisp this lager is (465 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of gold. No orange. No hues. Lager bubbles are making their way to the top in perfect clarity. There is a fat head of creamy bubbles that fell off unnoticed because I drank it so fast. Left wet and patchy lacing. carbonation refreshed upon each tilt of the glass.

This had a big bright nose. Everything you love about hops. Pine, citrus and floral. A bit of orange peel and a light bread. Tucked just under all that is a light yeasty lager scent. Spruce, pine needles. Lightly sweet malt.

Taste is exceptional. It has a tremendous hop forward character that is tempered and smooth. The hops are herbal and succulent with out a terrible bitter. They are not even really that tart and that's how it is one step toned down from an IPA. There is a bit of grapefruit on the palate though but a light tangerine takes hold and a bit of orange blossom honey. Bread is light and the lagering has done this beer a great favor. It has made it smooth and drinkable in the best way. The pine is intense but not sharp. A touch of resin to make the aftertaste last and plenty of earth. It's crisp and bold. There is just a bit of bitter in the dry finish.

Leave it to sam adams to mix these two beer styles so perfectly. This beer has tremendous flavor but is not the least bit harsh. it doesn't numb you with bitterness. It doesn't defeat you with a high abv. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is perfect with a little bite to it. It is gentle enough and the lager character does indeed make it easy drinking. (1,534 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at James Joyce in Ybor City. Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice gold color with a fair amount of chill haze. One finger of white foamy head and an average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Hoppy aromas up front (pine, grass and herbs), and some light malts and lager yeastiness. Low sulfur character, if any.

T: The clean malt flavors show the lager style, but the hops become a nice counterpoint - pine, grass, and some grapefruit citrus. It isn't a bitter hop bomb at all, just well-integrated.

M: Fairly light-bodied for an IPA, but certainly more do it than most American Pale Lagers. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, and the alcohol is quite well-hidden.

O: I found this to be pretty enjoyable. Recommended if you're in the mood for something a little different. (805 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with 1 1/2 finger foamy white head, with good retention and generous lacing. the aroma has floral hops, citrus, and fresh cut grass.

Has a hop forward taste with floral hops, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, bread malt, and crackers. Has a nice combination of flavors. The malt does provide some balance for the hops, but thankfully not too much, which allows the hops to be the star of this beer.

Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, with a grapefruit and floral hop aftertaste. A very nice India Pale Lager, which I will buy again. (584 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear bright orange, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Starts with a good deal of citrus hops, some grass. Then straw.

T-Starts with citrus and grass. Finish has a good deal of straw with a slight bitterness. However as it warms the hops take a back seat and the balance is thrown off.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp but watery.

O-The knock is that as it warmed it went downhill. Drink cold. (413 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Slowly foaming out the the of the bottle when I opened it. In the glass it is a clear apricot color with plenty of just off white head.

S: Grapefruit, and orange peel with a little grass smell as well. Slightly grainy with a touch of lager yeast character.

T: Tropical fruits, orange peel, apricot, and a touch of herbal grassyness in the flavor. There is a sweetness to it that I am not in love with.. almost similar to an IPA that sat around too long.

M: Crisp, with plenty of carbonation. Slightly drying on the finish.

O: Overall good, not amazing.. Interesting, but not overwhelmingly good. (605 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams signature glass. The beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color, and sports a nice frothy head with good retention. The nose is bright and hoppy and boasts lots of mouth-watering tropical fruit, primarily lemons, grapefruit, and oranges.

Light body and crisp, clean flavor. Some corn-like sweetness up front that is well-balanced with plenty of bitter, flowery hoppy notes. Nothing too complex, but lots of flavor for the style. Very refreshing.

For an American Pale Lager, this beer is quite something. Lots of flavor, but does not sacrifice any of its thirst-quenching attributes. A really nice beer from Boston Beer Co. Not designed to blow anyone away, but rather a good all-around lazing-around-the-TV-watching-a-ballgame beer. (773 characters)

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As with many others, I wasn't going into this with a lot of pre-exiting knowledge. That being said, one would expect citrus, floral, pine, earthy with extreme smoothness shining through with the lager-ing process and yeast.

Copper-hued clarity screams at you as you gaze at the glass.
Aroma is a pronounced IPA signature, with the hops playing the prominent role.
Taste is all IPA, with a punch of citrusy tang. The bitter profile carries through the palate leaving a bittering finish...perhaps, perhaps a slight bit smoother than your average IPA.
Mouthfeel is the norm.

This beer delivers most of what it claims. However I didn't pick up the lager tranquility. It seemed very heavy handed on the IPA side of the scale, but not too much on the lager end. Even in the finish. I have to say, though, this was sampled AFTER a Stone IPA and a Goose Island IPA. Which in my opinion, should have made the lager smooth profile really stand out from heavily hopped intentional IPA's.

All of that being said, I did enjoy the beer immensely. Even to introduce non believers to IPA's, this is probably too much on the bitter end of the spectrum.
Worth a try, to enjoy, and come to your own conclusion. (1,194 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated March (2014?). Sampled on August 17, 2013.

It has a slightly murky medium amber-orange pour with a silky, soft off-white head. Evocative carbonation.

Interesting aroma of malts, grains, and tropical fruits. The hops are not as up front as they are on the taste, which I will get to.

Medium body with a slight creaminess.

There is a vague butterscotch note on the taste at first but it is quickly overtaken by the earthy hops and tropical fruitiness. Uniquely enjoyable for a pale lager. (523 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best by December 2013.

A - Clear light amber orange with 2 finger white cap. Thick collar remains through out the session and rings of lacing line the glass.

S - Big sweet notes of malt, cracker, bread, honey dominate. Mixed in are some light citrus and pine hops. Grain and straw are also present.

T - Starts off with a sweet malt character, with some cracker, bread, and honey. Grains, yeast and straw transition into a light hoppiness with citrus and pine. Finishes as a dry, lightly hopped lager.

M - Crisp, slick, oily with a lighter body and great carbonation. A bit dry and bitter on the finish.

O - Nice beer from SA given the price. I enjoyed it. (697 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear darkish amber with a bright white head.

The smell is citrus, yeasty, smell like what you would expect from a lager with extra hops in it.

The taste is citrus, a little sweet, finishing slightly bitter, tastes like what you would expect from an extra hoppy lager.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, one of the best sam adams beers in my opinion. (403 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
Best before: Dec 13

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with 3 fingers width of white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: Malty, lager yeast, hop spice, faint citrus.

T: Matly, citrus rind, orange, lemon lime. Decent bitterness.

M/D: Medium body, crisp and clean finish, drinkability is average.

O: Overall, pretty good. Better than I thought it was going to be actually, not because I am a Sam Adams hater (which I am not), but because I tend to not like lager styles. This is a tasty beer though. I wouldn't seek it out but I may drink it again if its the only non BMC on tap somewhere. (743 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle given to me by my mother in law’s brother in law. Thanks Floyd! “AUG 2103” checked off on the side of the label. We are only 7 days into August so that is good!

A 3 inch creamy head over a translucent light copper body. Good look and possibly better than I thought it might look. 4.0

S Floral hops in front, distant barley malt also in there. I sense a gentle sweetness as well. Mostly it is like a hop flower though. Ho-hum to me. 3.0

T Like a lager eclipsed by a lot of floral hops. The hops are up front and carry all of the way through to the after taste. I don’t mind hops but here they are used too much and it leaves an unbalanced beer taste in my opinion. 2.5

M edgy with the floral hops and somewhat full feel because of it. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is meh. Overall this is “as advertised:” on overly hopped Lager. I found myself wishing that it was a lager since I appreciate the taste of a standard lager over this rather gimicky beer. 2.0 (1,006 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best By: Nov

Pours a nice clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, sweet. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy. Medium body with a dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, but would probably not buy again, we'll see. (353 characters)

Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aggressively poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured a nice golden amber. Cream colored head that left a nice lace.

S: citrus hop aroma dominates, faint hint of malt. The aroma dies quickly for me.

T: hoppy bitterness with a bit of malty sweetness. Nice hop spice on the end. Don't notice the alcohol.

M: thin and dies quickly.

O: tasty and solid. I'd drink again. Not memorable but not bad either. I'd prefer more body. (437 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, very nice brew.
A-Gold, and I mean Gooold, nice white head that lingers
S-Smells like heaven, so very nice, words do not do it justice.
T-Fruit, heavy hop, grapefruit, not too sweet to start, clean bitter bite, smooth bitter finish
M-Good carbonation, light and flavorful

I highly recommend. (297 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma is floral, citrusy, hoppy, some bready malt.

The flavor follows with a good amount of hops. Floral, grassy, citrus notes along with some sweetness on the back and also that lagery effervescence.

A very crisp lager that holds a good amount of hoppy flavor, even at its lower ABV. Reminds me of Peekskill Hop Common, another delicious hoppy lager. A really enjoyable beer that Sam Adams has brewed. (443 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-07-21 in Maple Grove, MN

A - Mostly clear golden-orange with a 2-finger off-whte head and moderate lacing.

S - Light fresh bread, light orange citrus, light pine, touch of hop floral. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - Pretty tame at first with light malt, then orange citrus, bread and finally some bitterness, which does continue nicely into the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty smooth but it gets a bit prickly towards the end of the taste, which I liked.

O - This is a tasty but not a challenging brew. Unlike Victory Prima Pils, this brew doesn't let you know it is first and foremost a lager. I enjoyed it but it won't make it into rotation. (703 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle taken from a six-pack purchased at a local grocery store for $6.99. According to the label, this is “Best by November, 2013.”

Poured a clear, orangey amber color with a big, sudsy beige head that took it’s time to drop and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Not as hoppy as, say, a typical West Coast IPA, but there’s quite a bit of piney hop aroma. Some bready malts can be scented as well.

As I expected, piney hops up front. It’s pretty well balanced with the malts. Finishes somewhat lager-like, but with more hop flavor than I was expecting, with a bit of a dry zap at the end.. Seems rather sessionable.

Slightly slick, oily mouthfeel, though much more toned down than most IPAs.

Seems like a good summer session beer, but with a little extra hop flavor – not a bad thing. Reminds me of Iron Goat’s ISA. Not bad at all. (865 characters)

Photo of dakotaben
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of Caj1
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,317 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,502 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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
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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- copper color, nice size head

Smell- pale malts, tiny bit of hops

Taste- light flavor of pale malt

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- It was ok, not the best but still ok. It was very light. I don't usually like stuff this light. Good chance I won't be drinking it again but I don't really like stuff that light. Probably pretty good cold on a hot day though (376 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice amber with a one finger white head. Very pretty. Scents of pine and citrus, heavy on grapefruit, with some very faint lager fruitiness. Quite enticing. Flavor is of citrus, grapefruit pith and grapefruit heavy, pine notes dominate on the finish which is quite bitter. Malt and lager yeast flavors are minimal, leaving the hops to dominate. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, very much like a lager. This beer is excellent, showcasing the West Coast hops, with minimal interference from malty sweetness. I thought I would have to homebrew an IPL, but apparently I wasn't the only one to think of trying this, and it seems to work quite well. A hit by Boston Beer Company. (698 characters)

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.