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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,306 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,306
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 27
Gots: 38 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright copper crystal clear hue with an off white cream colored head forms thick, cloudy textured large bands of lace as it settles. Aroma straight up hops, citrus peels, cut grass, even some grapefruit action. It's like a light IPA, or IPL in this case smooth breadiness malt back bone action sweeps the bittering hops in the background, citrus, floral notes, and cut grass make up the flavors I'm getting in the hops. A nice blend of a lighter more sessionable hoppy beer. Mouthfeel has a medium to light body with hop oils texture in there a nice bitter finish carbonation moves the beer on very well, this is really good with different foods. Overall a style that Sam Adams should keep around I could picture having this around on hand more often.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 19:08:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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mntlover

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with lightest hint of orange, almost looks like urine lol. Nice cream colored head falls slow and leaves some sticky lace behind.

Aroma is nice sweet malts mostly bready some caramel hints. Hops are nice bright citrus mingled evenly with nice pine. Aroma is crisp almost refreshing smelling.

Taste is nice hops upfront grapefruit, lime and pine intermingle on the taste buds. Hops are riding on a bready malt base that has decent body but only light sweetness. Nice hop forward tasty lager, make a great warm weather brew its crisp and refreshing but not overly light.

Mouthfeel feels a little heavier then I think it is. Carbonation levels about medium. Nice feeling brew.

Overall found this to be enjoyable highly drinkable, very flavorful, can see buying more of this as the temps warm up. I know some will knock it because its a Sam Adams but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 16:29:35 | More by mntlover
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-27-2013 04:45:38 | More by trevorpost
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Seekerpilgrim

Washington

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a very clear burnt yellow, there is a meaty sweetness on the nose, reminiscent of jerky, mixed with the pine tang of Simcoe hops (of which there are seven varieties in this brew!), and the slightest hint of citrus courtesy of just about everything else. On the tongue, surprisingly smooth for so many hops. There is still a very strong bite, but the brewers seemed to have created a balanced chorus of pine, citrus, earth, and fruit, so the flavor is brief and the finish crisp, like you'd expect from a typical lager.

This is perfect with meaty sandwiches, bratwurst, or gyros (to help balance the feta), but also a great introduction to the more hop heavy world of IPAs and such. A great palate cleanser, perhaps your third or forth to wake up those taste buds. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 23:54:50 | More by Seekerpilgrim
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bigfancy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-26-2013 18:42:50 | More by bigfancy
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Falcone

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

04-26-2013 00:19:04 | More by Falcone
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a self-avowed hophead, I am and remain a big fan of Samuel Adams' Hopology Collection. I managed to try all of the varietals that went into the original Latitude 48 series as well as the newer one with Mosaic hops and this is a cool idea. A hop-forward lager?!? Brilliant!

From the bottle: "Brewing innovation is about 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! [undersigned] Jim Koch".

This did not act like a lager on the pour, producing a massive, dense two-plus fingers of tawny head that formed following a cascading-like action. Color was a deep-gold with NE-plus quality clarity and Croesus and Midas sat across from me, rubbing their hands together. The nose was grapefruit and pine and thanks to my deep inhalation, my eyes watered a little at its intensity. My mouth also began to water, but that was a separate issue. I could not wait any longer and went for my first sip. Mouthfeel was medium but the hops were intense on the tongue, burning away the old, dead taste buds and paving the way for a lot of taste. The taste showed that the hops had not been squandered, instead, intermingling and giving a real bite to a style that can often be unobtrusive. Finish was very dry, just the way this hophead likes his beers. I really like what they are doing with hops up there in Boston!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 20:57:40 | More by woodychandler
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

04-25-2013 16:13:59 | More by Lang44
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-25-2013 15:15:41 | More by JakeDebus
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear copper color with a large two finger white head (served in a 14 oz. pilsner). Head is near perfect as it clings to the glass till the last sip.

The aroma is dominated with pine and grapefruit bitterness. There is not much balance. But, from an ex hophead, this would be perfect.

The taste is again dominated with pine and citrus hops bitterness. The finish is dry with bitterness lingering on the tongue.

I really enjoyed this lager. But, because of the aggressive IPA style hops there is really no style to compare this beer to. Overall a solid brew for the hophead in all of us.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 05:48:27 | More by Luigi
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The veer looked very nice in the Pilsner glass I chose, with a golden colored clear body, a two finger thick head, and lots of fine carbonation. The smell was typical of a West Coast IPA, with lots of grapefruit, orange peel, and some pine, as well as some spicy smells. The taste was juicy, citric, very clean, and had some bubblegum notes in mid sip, with clean finish. I drank the beer warm from the grocery store yesterday, and it taste a bit lifeless. With time to chill today, the beer was much more lively. The mouthfeel was very soft, aided by the pillowy head, and about a billion finely textured carbonation bubbles. This is one the best beers to ever come out of the Sam Adams brewery collections.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:58:16 | More by rajendra82
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GFD400

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

04-25-2013 01:49:35 | More by GFD400
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spedprof

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

04-24-2013 23:22:56 | More by spedprof
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber in appearance. A two-finger head leaves some very nice lacing all around the crown of the pint glass. Floral, hop-forward aroma. Smells fresh and inviting, but hardly interesting. A clean, crisp, pilsner-like lager flavor, augmented by a moderate hop kick. Grassy, just short of being "piney," with a bit of citrus. Moderate bitterness all the way through. Well-carbonated, with a texture that's nice and slick.

While enjoyable, this IPL won't be taking the place of any of my favorite APAs or IPAs. I do prefer it over the Sam Adams Alpine Spring, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:48:51 | More by gr0g
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-24-2013 21:38:26 | More by Duff27
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Herky21

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-23-2013 12:20:17 | More by Herky21
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Stub & Herb's. Clear with a good head... somewhat darker than I thought it would be. Light and crisp on palate with an appropriate malt base that keeps it well from being watery. Certainly hoppy but hops are in the backseat... highlight to me is the light sweetness and bready character; and yet a clean and refreshing taste.

Well balanced with a lingering but mild bitterness at the end of the crisp finish. Very drinkable beer, I will buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 05:01:26 | More by tewaris
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

04-23-2013 02:07:07 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-22-2013 22:04:05 | More by taez555
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Chill-hazed golden color, nice, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus note, distant "catty" hop note
Taste-Faint, piney hops, mellow citrus zest, light-bodied but pretty flavorfull for a lager. Would make a nice"crossover" craft brew for the newby craft beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 18:06:58 | More by hosehead83
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

04-22-2013 15:43:34 | More by rbmjr1
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

04-22-2013 12:29:29 | More by rondufresne
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

04-22-2013 03:05:16 | More by mdillon86
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clfrost

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.5%

04-22-2013 00:23:51 | More by clfrost
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden copper with a few finger head and small wisps of lace.

S - Clean and crisp aroma. Light sweet malt with even lighter citrus. Herbal and flowery notes.

T - Slightly sweet and bready. Light fruity, grassy hops. Clean and crisp.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly easy to drink. Wish there was a bigger hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:34:04 | More by brewcrew76
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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