Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Best by August 2013 ... poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Looks like a beer-beer... a lot like Samuel Adams Boston Lager. A nice, crystal clear amber color. Three fingers or so of a nice, creamy-ish white head. Lacing's awesome on this one. Good looking.
Smell: For some reason, a lot of metallic aromas... though this could be because I rinsed my glass out just before using. Behind that is plenty of hops. Grapefruit, and a non-descript tropical note. As the label says, a lot of West coast aromas in this one. Well done.
Taste/feel: It's a Boston Lager in IPA form, I think... and it's fantastic. It's a lot like an IPA on the front, but the finish is sweet, with that classic biscuit/cracker aftertaste that I get from Boston Ale/Lager, and now this. The mouthfeel is of about medium carbonation with a slight creamy feel. Truly one of the, if not THEE, best Samuel Adams beers that I've had. I hope this is a year round offering that's available in six-packs. $8.49 for a six pack? Sign me up.
03-15-2013 23:48:19 | More by Alextricity
3.88/5 rDev +4%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - clear copper color with a fluffy white head that thinned down some and left lots of thick lacing.
S - citrus and floral aromas.
T - mostly floral hop flavor upfront with plenty of malt to balance things out, dry and mildly bitter on the finish.
F - medium bodied, it's crisp, clean and easy to drink.
O - a fine beer that I would drink again.
03-15-2013 22:10:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
A very interesting beer - I can't say that I hate it. I actually kind of like it, but I can't imagine drinking more than one or two. Paired it with homemade porkchops that had marinated in a ginger/apple marinade. Pairing was Ok - apple cider vinegar brought out a lot of the sharpness in the hops. I would recommend something smokier or even a steak with creamy mushroom sauce.
A - clear, nice light amber lager color - nice little bubbles float up from the bottom
S - high and hot on the tropical fruit
T - pretty hoppy with a weirdly pleasant lager bitter smooth aftertaste. Well carbonated
M - clean and smooth
O - Still can't decide if I really like it, but I think it is well done. I'd like to see another "IPL" to compare it with.
03-15-2013 18:08:19 | More by ktblue22
3.81/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, hop oils, hint of pine, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, citrus, slight pale malt, and slight pine. Overall, good appearance, decent blend, aroma, and body. Overall,
03-15-2013 14:31:22 | More by Tone
3.79/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: Copper with carbonation that is sparse in density but comes in spurts of thick bubbles when it appears. Good foam and lacing.
Smell: Earthy, clay-like hops that have a strong pine tinge.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong pine like an IPA. Extremely clean like a lager. A bit too thin.
Overall Drinkability: Can't wait for this to hit the taps.
03-15-2013 03:21:31 | More by tjsdomer2
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
12 oz. bottle from Spring Thaw pack into a pilsner glass.
Beautiful light amber body with honey highlights, super clear with lively carbonation from the bottom of the glass. It's topped by a foamy head of two fingers that lingers and leaves heavy rings of lacing. Excellent looking stuff.
I wasn't sure what to expect on the nose but was pleasantly surprised. The bottle neck describes tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine - to my nose, I pick up all of these in the aroma. The hop aromas are backed by a biscuity malt presence and a clean lager yeast scent. While the fruitiness of the IPA is there, this also has a cleanness to it that isn't present in most ales. Very pleasant on the nose.
There's a surprising amount of bitterness in this beer, well-backed by the malt and also having a clarity that gets lost in quite a few IPAs. The front of the tongue is hit with bright grapefruit flavors and pine resin, with some bready malt on the middle. Some clean lager yeast along with more bitterness comes on the finish. Very refreshing stuff, and quaffable.
The carbonation does quite a bit to cleanse the palate between the sips, and the clean flavor on the finish doesn't leave much residual flavor, so this is very drinkable. A medium-light body with crisp flavor.
Very enjoyable stuff from Sam Adams, and probably one of the best beers from the Spring Thaw pack. Definitely worth a look!
03-15-2013 00:33:53 | More by Groomsy
4.53/5 rDev +21.4%
A) Pours with a two finger head. Clear body, bronze in color. Sticky lacing as the head settles and on the drink down.
S) Bold hop aroma - northwest in origin. Slightly musky and earthy. Floral with some piney notes.
T) Smooth hops from the beginning. Mellow malt undertone. The aroma helps dominate the flavor profile. Piney. Floral.
M) Clean. Crisp. Light bodied. Dry in the finish.
O) A great beer. Light for drinkability with a favorable flavor profile.
03-14-2013 23:50:52 | More by u2carew
2.64/5 rDev -29.2%
Bottle into glass
A - Clear copper in color, aggressive pour yeilded medium head with surprising retention. Forms just a touch of a rocky head as time passes. I am truly amazed by the lacing on this one, almost a solid wall down the glass.
S - Almost nothing here and what was there was dissapointing. Pale malt, soap, grass. Where are the hops and fruity smells?
T - Follows the nose's lacking performance. Grassy lager with pale malts and a hint of soapy-ness. Not offensive but not what was expected.
The neck of the bottle reads... "grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character... boldy hoppy and flavorful..." This is not the case. It is a drinkable and non-offensive beer, but there is nothing special about it.
M - Light-medium body, high carbonation. Crisp finish (a bit of lingering grass/soap)
O - Meh at best. I was excited to try this beer, and it did not fulfil my expectations. Does not have the bold and varied flavors promised, but it is at least a decent price, and fairly drinkable.
03-14-2013 20:09:29 | More by JG-90
3.76/5 rDev +0.8%
Served in a signature Samuel Adams pint glass.
Appearance: A deep slightly darker gold with heavy bubbles on the body, white head is roughly 3/4" of an inch.
Smell: Hop scent is good but light, comes and goes even after trying to inhale this brew.
Taste: Hoppy and slight floralness to it making it an easy bitter to drink. The grapefruit skin just sticks to you not bad at all.
Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation. Very crisp roasted hop almost like a bavarian lager. Smooth and very easy to drink.
Overall: A very hoppy lager makes you think for a second "am I drinking an IPA?", pretty rich but nothing really that would separate it from the rest. It's definitely worth grabbing and depending on availability it's an easy go to. Salud!
03-13-2013 06:01:53 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5 rDev +3.5%
Light copper colored and just a tad hazy. Two fingers of egg shell white head with excellent retention. Coats the glass with lacing after each sip.
Pine and ginger aroma with a hint of smoke.
Wheat bread malt flavor. Piney, spicy hop character. Tart in the end with mild smokey notes. Average balance.
Medium bodied, crisp in the finish and well carbonated.
I like the IPL idea. Good but could be a bit more balanced.
03-13-2013 03:20:45 | More by bnes09
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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