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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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1,216 Ratings
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Ratings: 1216
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:
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(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of jjamadorphd


4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what can I say. I know I really like a beer at the first smell and taste - and this offering from Sam Adams has 'it'.

When I can taste what I smell or smell what I taste, I have convinced myself with this brew that that's what I look for in a beer. Although it pours a relatively nice golden color with a frothy lightly tanned, white head (good lacing all the way down), what blew me away was its odor. You are assaulted with a mix of lemon, orange, pears, peaches, apples, and other citrusy scents. The same goes for the taste - I think I can taste them all and then some. As a lager, it also poses as a Indian Pale Ale (not something I really like) but it balances the fruity taste just right. I was simply blown away from the start - gotta hand it to Sam Adams...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:50:54 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light copper body; effervescent; medium frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: Malty; strong citrusy hops with a grapefruit aroma

Taste: Juicy malt on the start, quickly going to grapefruit hops; lingering hop bitterness in the end with a semi-sweet finish

Mouthfeel: juicy and slightly creamy

Remarks: not bad overall for an American IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:22:16 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of EagleTalon


3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous white head and excellent lacing. Bright copper color. Aroma is hop-dominant with citrus and pine prominent. No esters. Flavor is clean and lager-like as advertised with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is light and easy. Overall, a good tasting hoppy lager that defies style conventions.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:13:47 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of McStagger


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly brassy/amber color with good clarity. Carbonation is moderate, with little bubbles floating to form a khaki white head. Two fingers worth of fairly rocky foam, with moderate retention. Lacing is good.

S: Certainly smells hopped up. Lot of tropical fruit, with a touch of herbaceousness and some grapefruit undertones. Balanced with the malts, which strike me as being crystal, with some sweetness and breadiness in the mix as well.

T: Clean and crisp and straight to the point. A lot of the fruitiness in the nose is lost in the palate. It's instead replaced by a more pungent taste of herbal hoppiness. The finish is very much a lager, being clean and dry with maybe a touch of roastiness. Aftertaste of straw and milled grain.

M: Fairly light bodied, with some substance. Nothing overly wowwing about the texture.

O: Looks and smells great. Just wish they could have gotten more of the awesome fruity boquet into the taste of the beer. The lager yeast and the West Coast hop varietals don't seem to get along very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 07:18:43 | More by McStagger
Photo of Keginator70


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass. The head was three fingers thick from a tilted pour releasing a piney, woodsy, earthy aroma. Combined with the clear golden color I found myself ready to rumble.

The aroma transitions to savory with a hint of lime complimenting a nice, mild caramel ( reminds me of Belgian) malt. Just enough bitterness throughout finishes dry on the tongue, sweet on the palate. The mouth feel is smooth, light but in no way watery; should go great with anything humans eat.

I am left wanting more. Pleasantly surprising and easily the best rendition of an IPL or hoppy pilsner I have tried. Sorry Victory and Jack Abby. Kudos to BBC and all apologies for assuming an affordable quaff can't be top shelf. Thanks for setting me straight. Round two-ding!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 17:53:22 | More by Keginator70
Photo of CoachC


3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bottle into a pint glass, copper color with a 1 inch head

S - smells of hops and notes of caramel

T - very tasty brew, hoppy yet drinks like a lager

M - medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel, great with food

O - another solid offering from Sam Adams, hoppy and refreshing. Good when paired with food

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:53:17 | More by CoachC
Photo of gmfessen


4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Double Agent is a clear peachy-orange color with a two-finger, soapy white head. The nose is as advertised, all west-coast hops. Piney and citrusy, pleasant boquette. The name Double Agent is well used, the hop flavor and aroma is there but the lingering bitterness you would expect from an IPA is abscent. Seems like a good "wet hopped" beer. Intense flavor, none of the bitterness - well done. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a minimal, inactive carbonation. Overall, this is possibly one of my new favorites, I hope SA keeps it around for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:36:32 | More by gmfessen
Photo of curasowa

New York

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

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: A nice blend of pine and citrus hop notes, some green, fresh hops and hints of caramel malt.

Taste: A bit of medium bodied malt up front quickly followed by a big hit of crisp, fresh hop bitterness. It tastes like it was aggressively dry hopped. The bitterness fades nicely to a crisp, slightly astringent lager finish.

The Rest: There were two of these in the mix pack, and I drank the first one the other day and didn't think it was anything special. After sitting down to review the second one, I'm much more impressed. It would be a decent IPA in it's own right, but the unique, lager finish really makes this an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:59:18 | More by curasowa
Photo of cyclonece09


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent orange with a small white head. Smells of floral hops with hints of pine. Tastes of earthy and piney hops, but with a nice lager taste. A little over carbonated, but light bodied goes down great. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:02:21 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pils glass.

4.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a tons of lacing is left.

4.0 S: After having some SA fruit drinks, I'm relieved to smell an actual beer again. Hops run wild in this. Huge floral hoppiness with notes of grapefruit, pine, and herbalness. The lager is clean with a mild neutral maltiness.

3.5 T: The taste is missing big flavors and a central focus, but it's still quite tasty. It's a "mellow" IPL. Mild bitterness, moderate neutral maltiness, clean. Hops are floral foremost with a touch of herbalness and grapefruit. Faint caramel.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonable creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer with no faults.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 20:57:58 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of bmwats


3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Medium-dark golden hue. Lots of effervescence rising throughout and clinging persistently to the sides of the glass. Pours about a 3 finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving plenty of dry sticky residue as it does. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Hay toned malt. Sourdough bread, with a little pine hop.

T: Malty and biting hoppiness. A little twangy. Hard to describe....

M: Light and bitter.

D: Bitter but not enough to slow your pace.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice hue, plenty of carbonation, great head, lots of persistent lacing. Nose is grainy and piney. Malt flavor with a biting hop, offset with something of an out-of-place twang. Overall, this is an interesting, and good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 02:35:15 | More by bmwats
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Gold amber in color with a thick white head. Medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of hops and citrus dominate, smells more like an IPA than a lager style beer.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and medium bodied. Taste is bitter hops more like a lager taste.

Overall. Interesting brew, it was good for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:45:57 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best I have had to date of these hoppy agers. Floral hops. Thanks Americo for sharing the growler. Herbal, somewhat A nice mouthfeel. lacy and creamy head on a golden body, a dry and hoppy finish. Citrus, good drinkability. A good hoppiness, great for the summer.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2013 00:13:46 | More by Sammy
Photo of morimech


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with one finger of head that faded to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and pine. It delivers the West Coast hops like its label claims. Also pick up some earthiness and floral elements. Nice hop aromas.

I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. Mostly hop flavor. More pine and earth than citrus. Moderately bitter with just a little bready malt to add some sweetness. Nothing much getting in the way of the hop flavor.

Feels lighter in body than an IPA. Not surprising considering its modest ABV. Very nicely carbonated.

A successful beer to this drinker. I enjoyed this one more than any other Sam Adams beer I have had, and I have had quite a few. Wish more brewers would do hoppy lagers. Not enough of them on the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:34:52 | More by morimech
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light, lemon tea color with a medium sized white head. Some lacing is present and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is pretty hoppy. Slight citrus but way more floral aromas. Some mango, pineapple, fresh hop aroma.

Nice taste. To tell the truth, this one tastes a lot like the Noble Pils beer from SA. Nice hop flavor with some bitterness, but not IPA bitterness. More mango and pineapple with some slight orange flavors. Nice bitterness. Solid malt backbone, but not much character on the malt end. Slightly bready. Medium bodied.

A decent beer. Not much different than other SA beers but a nice change of pace from a traditional pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 18:14:14 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of smakawhat


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

A real nice bronzed body, nearly crystal clear with nice rising pinhead carbonation in the middle, lemon hues at the bottom. Head is frothy white and three fingers with very good retention settling to a nice island and some swiss cheese like bubbles. Really nice looking beer here.

Nose is soft citrus lime and wonderful chewy zesty hop front. Hints of spritzy character, and a wonderful aromatic citrus of lemon lime and hinting tropical notes. Not much else though, but very enjoyable.

Palate hints with a noticeable thick sweetness of malts, but the lime hop bitterness comes in to balance it out. Still borderline syrupy and hinting towards fussel boozy character, but the beer feels bigger than it's five percent abv hints at. Sharp aftertaste on the finish with a hint of crispness as well, with the hop angle rolling along nicely on the palate.

This is a real enjoyable beer, glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 22:58:55 | More by smakawhat
Photo of ChrisKayler


3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this one after a great day at work. Kanye West - Runaway.

Glass: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint #properglassware

Appearance: Really quite a good looking beer. Perfectly clear, ranging from yellow in the thinner parts of the glass to orange in the thickest part. A solid stream of bubbles is coming off the nucleation point on the bottom of the glass. With a relatively mild pour, about a half of a finger of bright white head was produced, quickly dissipating to leave only a small rim around the glass.

Smell: Great smell of citrus with a bit of pine. Definitely more towards piney than fruity. While the scents are great, the intensity of lacking.

Taste: Hmmm, interesting, for sure! Hops dominated the smell and they certainly dominate the initial taste. However, they quickly fall off from citrus to pure earthiness, eventually fading to a more bready malty lager taste. I like the initial sip, and the aftertaste, but the earthiness in the middle is not to my liking.

Mouthfeel: OIL!! This one leaves my tongue coated in hop oil. The kind that makes you want to stick your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Or, maybe that's just me. Medium body and high carbonation. I enjoy this aspect quite a bit.

Overall: A really new and refreshing beer. I'm glad I decided to finally try one of these. The appearance and smell are great (if a bit subdued), and the mouthfeel is perfect. Taste is my biggest complaint, and of course that is an important one. I love the initial taste but there is some definite funky earth stuff going on that I am not a fan of. I would easily drink this one again, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 20:25:31 | More by ChrisKayler
Photo of Cylinsier


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a clear deep golden, film of a white head retains well.

Smells of grassy malts, grapefruit hops and hints of honey and citrus.

Dry malt flavor with potent floral hop bitterness, some honey and citrus notes.

Medium body with a light tingly carbonation.

Good flavorful ale-like lager, very enjoyable and sessionable. Would have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 19:11:30 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A crystal clear pale bronze body with a thick, frothy cream colored head.

S- Definite lager body, with some toasted malt aromas coming through. Hops come through nicely with floral, pine and citrus aromas.

T- Flavors do compare to an IPA and a lager. A moderate amount of piney and floral hops come through with some citrus flavors, with caramel malts and bready lager yeast flavors providing the backbone. Flavor is pretty good for a fairly light beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, could put a few of these away pretty easily.

O- Pretty well done based on the intentions. This is a hoppy lager with some floral and tropical notes and it seems like that was the exact intention.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:15:01 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of Bills453


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden. One finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - a small amount of hops I can smell. Not as strong as a pale ale, but definitely some hops. Some wheat too.

Taste - actually quite nice. Very refreshing. Hops aftertaste. Definitely not near the hoppiness I need for a pale ale, but I guess good for a pale lager?

Mouthfeel - average

Overall - actually surprised how much I'm enjoying this offering. Pretty delicious lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 22:16:38 | More by Bills453
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in fluted ale glass
A: crystal-clear copper; very good carbonation; one-finger head dissipates relatively soon
S: beautiful bouquet of roses and hops; very inviting; cannot be improved
T: delicious; it is all about the hops, which in this incarnation burst into an assortment of flavors; I pick out, aside from the grass and slight pine also tropical fruits--guava and mango; not boozy, so very sessionable; not very sweet; highly complex

Highly recommended; in fact, @buzzlitebeer and I plan to brew something like this as a model.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 03:08:57 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of fank2788


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams pint glass
Bright copper, clear with a two finger tall white head of a mix of fine and coarse bubbles. The nose is nearly all west coast hops, pine, grapefruit and floral not much of the malt in the smell. The taste is much like the smell with the hop flavors coming out front here the grapefruit really takes over. Along with the hop flavors there is a pretty good amount of bitterness on the level of a strong pale ale or weak IPA. Biscuity caramel malts are in there as well to provide a base but it is clear that the hops are the main focus here. The mouthfeel is interesting while the hops make one think of an IPA body is all lager. Light body with a nice clean, crispness that you just cant get in an ale. There is a good bit of carbonation in there that combined with the bitterness keep things tingly. The finish is a touch sweet with lasting bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Overall I'm a fan of this one, although it is kind of playing tricks on my mind. A good combination of a nice hoppy ale and a crisp clean lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:23:23 | More by fank2788
Photo of neenerzig


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pokal glass. This beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy but mainly clear deep medium to dark golden color with lots of little bubbles continuously rising up to the top of the glass. The fluffy looking white head is initially 1 1/2 inches when first poured before settling to a good solid 3/4 inch about 5 minutes after being poured. Head has good staying power, even after a few sips. Pretty decent lacing too. Aromas of citrus and pine hop notes upfront followed with some hints of slightly toasted caramel malt aromas. Has a nice pine and citrus hop flavor upfront with light to moderate bitterness. Do my tastebuds detect a hint of mango? I believe they do, and we like it! Rounded out with some notes of slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness on the back end. Good balance of flavors here for sure! Has a crisp, slightly sharp and somewhat prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Perhaps this is just a bot too carbonated for my preference, but other than that excellent drinkability here! The best American Pale Lager I have ever had, that's for sure! Quite an enjoyable and refreshing nightcap on this warm mid spring night here in Cleveland, OH.


Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:45:53 | More by neenerzig
Photo of Dope


3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before August 2013. I presume this to be around 3 months old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big tall fluffy offwhite head. Head fizzes away slowly with great retention. Nice vertical streaks of lacing (don't see that too often).

S: Hmph, nice juicy tropical fruits. Don't often see a hoppy BBC beer. Mango, apricot and oranges mainly? Some caramel and resin too. Flowery.

T: More of the juicy tropical fruits but fairly subdued. Floral hops too. Mild breadiness and a little caramel sweetness. Primarily floral hops in the finish as well. Decent bit of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and sticky. Not bad for a 5% lager.

O: Surprisingly good offering from BBC. I'm not surprised by them trying a hoppy IPL given the explosion of Jack's Abby in the last year or two. This certainly isn't a hoponious union but it's like the 60minute version. Balanced, smooth, drinkable. Not bad!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:10:01 | More by Dope
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear solid gold color with a grand, fluffy head that deflates to a thin, tight-bubbled cap. Smells floral and citrusy over a bready base. Oily, zesty citrus flavor; a crisp hoppiness that becomes dry, grassy, and a little resinous before giving way to some cracker-like malts. The moderate bitterness lingers well into the finish. Fairly light bodied and snappy, making it easy to suck down. Not really any lager qualities coming through...this could pass as one of those hip, new session IPAs everyone's talking about.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:03:51 | More by wedge
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 1,216 ratings.