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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,320 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 47 | 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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LightsOut3000

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

04-30-2013 19:11:22 | More by LightsOut3000
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -73.3%

04-30-2013 08:23:41 | More by Travcofarms
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clear, deep golden hue. Small, 1.5 finger head that retains ok and laces fairly well. Lots of rising carbonation. Really a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Big hops right up front with a citrus burst in the nose. Citrus flavors are backed up by a pine scent. No malts or malt sweetness is detectable under the hops, but man the hops are great.

T- Just like the scent. Moderate hops bitterness up front that persists throughout the drink. Light and fruity towards the end before ending in a slightly aggressive hops bite. Brilliantly balanced with hops and base flavors.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and infinitely drinkable. This one goes down smooth and won't catch up with you with it's ABV. This is a pretty awesome feel for a beer to session.

Overall, this is the best beer Sam Adams makes. Easy to drink, great hops flavors, and smooth as can be. I will reiterate the sentiments of others here, Jim Koch, please keep making this.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:55:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours out a hazed copper colour with a tan tinged white head, slim in girth but with some stickiness and staying power. nice lace. straight up west coast hop aroma...restrained but appropriate. the flavour profile is hop forward. juicy fruit and pine sap with a puckering, tongue slapping bitterness. pale malts try to hold up the bottom end but pretty much gets buried in bitterness. tastes pretty nice if you like your lagers hop forward. overall body seems fullish at first blush, even though it's really not due to the excessive hop bill....therefore the mouthfeel can be best described as blistering and tongue tingling. definitely quenching and dry. drinkability is nice. i'd have another.

overall i would say that this is a overly hopped lager that SA does a nice job with, in the tradition of their past hop heavy lagers. i find an "empty" spot somewhere in the body/mouthfeel that really sticks out to me and distracts just a bit. i think this would pair with some crackers and cheese, popcorn or other bar snacks just to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 22:04:14 | More by budgood1
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FliryVorru

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

04-29-2013 17:26:39 | More by FliryVorru
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RyFikes

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-29-2013 13:44:25 | More by RyFikes
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jtingue

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

04-29-2013 03:25:35 | More by jtingue
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-28-2013 22:27:10 | More by GaryMarkle84
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-28-2013 19:14:29 | More by goblue3509
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-28-2013 02:53:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Amber golden in color with a very clear body. Two fingers of white foamy head form on top with ease, and is very slow to dissipate. Carbonation is abundant and races to the top, keeping about a centimeter of head present at all times. Light lacing can be found.

S: I could smell this beer just by pouring it. The potency took my by surprise. Big notes of lemon juice, followed by citrus peel and pine. Just a hint of dark fruit can be found when the beer begins to warm.

T: Lemony and grapefruity peel and fruit with a piney flavor backing. Caramely and biscuity malts can be found in the back playing a supporting role. They do not completely balance out the hops, allowing them to shine through.

M: I probably would not guess this was a 5% ABV lager if I tasted this blind. The feel is much more substantial than any lower ABV lager that I have had. Carbonation is slightly tickling. This beer is crisp and clean, and goes down incredibly easy.

O: This is easily one of my biggest beer surprises this year, if not of all-time. Double Agent is tasty, easy drinking, and makes you want to keep putting glass to lips. The single best beer I've had from Sam Adams without a doubt. Can't wait to put a sixer of this on ice during the summer. Note to Jim Koch, keep making Double Agent IPL!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:43:45 | More by CMUbrew
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-28-2013 01:06:44 | More by kylehay2004
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scmoore81

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

04-28-2013 00:56:06 | More by scmoore81
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socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-27-2013 23:34:37 | More by socon67
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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
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.