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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 28
Gots: 51 | 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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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-03-2013 20:07:05 | More by RedneckBeerz
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

05-03-2013 18:54:18 | More by TTripp725
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-03-2013 18:43:00 | More by imperialking
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.8%

05-03-2013 14:06:29 | More by jenray
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-03-2013 04:20:18 | More by BYOFB
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ALLMUCH

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-03-2013 02:50:20 | More by ALLMUCH
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carlitosbronson1

California

4/5  rDev +7%

05-02-2013 19:46:58 | More by carlitosbronson1
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LCannon4

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

05-02-2013 16:01:26 | More by LCannon4
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

05-02-2013 02:11:43 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Jasoncpace

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

05-02-2013 00:55:37 | More by Jasoncpace
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then a good hops presence comes in along with a mild but complementary sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, this is a nice poundable beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 19:25:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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karlt

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

05-01-2013 02:47:37 | More by karlt
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-30-2013 23:47:04 | More by AndrewMichael
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden amber hue with a thin off white head. Interesting nose of biscuity and caramel malts along with flowery and fruity hops. Grainy, hay, citrus, and pine.

Definitely different. Has that dortmunder export like malt bill, full of flavor and grainy notes followed by and earthy and herbal bitterness. Strangely though on the finish bright citrus hops burst and linger in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate and nice with a faint sweetness lingering as well. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. It's pretty good but the bright citric hop flavors tend to muddy up the clean grain bill. I dont think we'll be seeing too much more of this style cause of how contradictory the flavors but sam managed to make it work a little bit and managed to still make it a pretty clean beer.

Being that boston beer makes pretty safe beers, this is even a little bit of a stretch for them and doesn't work perfectly so I'd be surprised to see other breweries take it to the next level only to make a sloppier beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:45:38 | More by jtierney89
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +7%

04-30-2013 22:44:11 | More by largadeer
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ale1

Florida

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

poured into a pint glass , 3" head, good lacing , cascade hops lots of them .. citrus ..good mouthfeel,finish
what a great ale, doesn't seem like a lager, we have added this to our regular beers in the fridge , i agree good with a roast or just about anything, breakfast even...
a keeper from Jim Koch

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:14:24 | More by ale1
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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
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.