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

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84
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1,474 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 110 | 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:
Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Luigi
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of rajendra82
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of gr0g
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of hosehead83
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jkrich
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, bright with a deep golden hue and a foamy white-head. Intricate lacing added to the attractive appearance.
Very pronounced American hop aromas of bittersweet, tropical fruit and pine were evident upon opening the bottle. This impressive aroma was sustained after pouring in the glass.
I suspect if more lagers tasted like this, the lager would become more popular among ale drinkers. The refreshing smoothness of a lager with a hop profile found most often in an American pale ale. The flavor begins with a very nice, faintly bitter fruity profile with a lingering piney flavor in the aftertaste. The malt is minimal as this is meant to be refreshing and thirst quenching.
Fairly light bodied with strong lager-like carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel that is typical of a lager.
The brewery can call it an "India Pale Lager" if they must; to me, this is simply a flavorful, sessionable and refreshing lager that I will enjoy often during the warm months ahead.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.