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

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1,399 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 30
Gots: 72 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Mattyb79, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

DoomVM, Apr 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

acslatersbtb, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper body alive with carbonation streams. First shows excellent clarity, then developes chill haze. Two fingers of tight white foam.

Mild aroma of grapefruit and other citrus.

Light and sweet malt beginning. Citrus fruit. Bitter nip. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel.

A nice lager with a dash of extra hops that drinks lighter than Boston Lager. Boston Beer should brew this through summer.

Not an equal to the Imperial Pilsner of a few years past.

RonfromJersey, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bronze copper colored beer.

Big hoppy aroma with some soapiness mixed in with the citrus and pine hops aspects.

Citrus hops seem to outweigh some pine aspects and the light soapy maybe yeast like qualities of this IPL.

A light soapy quality to the light dryish aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I liked the hops qualities of this beer but the light soapy, for lack of a better way to describe it, aspects of this beer were a turn off for me.

LXIXME, Apr 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

BrownAleMale, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orangish color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with fresh citrusy hops. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice malty backbone making way for the hops in the finish. The hops used in this beer provide the perfect balance of bitterness and flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I purchased this as part of a mixed pack with other Sam Adams beers but this one really stands out as something I would puchase again in the future on its own.

cjgator3, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of JesseMurdock
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This sounded like an interesting concept, a heavily hopped lager. I just don't think it worked. The hops seemed odd with the level of carbonation and crispness of this lager. Gave the beer a nice aroma of citrus and flowers but seemed to clash with the taste. Stick to Boston Lager if you want a refreshing lager or just pick up an IPA if you are in the mood for hops.

JesseMurdock, Apr 14, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before August 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; a bit weak on strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy lager. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Asics, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, showing a clear golden copper with a half inch of off white cap. Light retention and lace with very little apparent carbonationn in the liquid.

Offers a nice hop aroma, with citrus notes interplaying with a herbal/flowery character as well. Not much of a oily/resin character yet bright and tropical in nature.

Taste is slightly sweet with citrus and bready malts on the tongue. Offers again a light level of carbonation and a rather short finish. Feel is squarely in the middle of the road. Full for a lager yet lighter than one might expect given the solid look and aroma.

Overall a decent brew yet a bit nondescript as well. Lacking in bitterness vs. what I expected from the label, what with 'double' and 'IPL' mentioned, though I'm referring largely to the 'IPL' here as double is obviously not an ABV reference. And at 5.0% it drinks like a citrusy Pale Ale. Low carbonation is surely a deterring factor for this particular bottle. A decent Pale Lager yet not representative of expections.

HalfFull, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Beermaine, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DarthGator, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

yankhawk, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

dmorgan310, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DanE, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Mavigo
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass. Not really a fan of IPAs.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a short off white head with medium amounts of patchy lacing.

S: Hops present, wheat, grains, grasses, barley

T: Tastes pretty good, very smooth, has a mild kick from the hops, have experienced worse so this is not bad at all.

M: Bit carbonated but doesn't really tarnish the beer at all. Medium bodied.

O: Overall this was alright, might have liked it a bit more if it wasn't a IPA, but not too bad. Would probably have again but wouldn't seek it out.

Mavigo, Apr 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

carndog, Apr 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Nightwish1094, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Bustafluff, Apr 11, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans

A- clear crisp golden color. 1 and half finger head that is fluffy and mountainous. Nice lacing on mug.

S- heavy on the citrus notes. grapefruit, pineapple and pine hops. no malt detectable.

F- grapefruit and pine come to the front with some biscuit wheaty malt in the background.

M- dry and refreshing. It is good on a hot spring day from what i just experienced. Very realxing and goes down smooth.

O- Not a bad beer and you cant go wrong with too many sam adams. a nce fail safe if out at a bar and its on tap with BMC's.

Dodo2step, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

jaxray8, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bromine, Apr 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

nebula1999, Apr 10, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.