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

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1,320 Ratings
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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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New York

4/5  rDev +7%

03-09-2013 01:34:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of PhantasIPA


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I drank this beer straight from the bottle, now glass involved. So I have no colour to give you and no description of the head or the lacing (bad beer reviewer? Sorry!) I gave the brew an average rating based on my lack of perception...

Smell is great! Pine up front followed by a real balance between a citrus flavour (classic orange with a hint of grapefruit) and a real balance of malt and barley follows...and I mean a real balance.

The taste is great! Seriously! This brew carries a real balance between pine hops, citrus bite, sweet undertones of malt and solid flavour from the barley. Really nice! This may not be too hard to achieve given the low ABV of 5% alcohol, but it still does not change the fact that this brew tastes fantastic and has a real balance of flavour.

Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet and heavy. Carbonation is not a factor and the sweetness of the malt really makes the entire beer go down smooth.

Overall I really like this beer. It has a lot of characteristics that all work in conjunction with each other and make for a great, all-season, average ABV beer. Maybe the best beer Sam Adams has out right now...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:05:58 | More by PhantasIPA
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by June 2013, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear bright golden yellow - ranging towards the amber shades of gold. Poured a dense 1/4" off-white head, which died down to a persistent 1/16" thick foam across the top some strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Looks like a IPA, but clearer and brighter.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit citrus dominate. There is a hint of malt under it all trying to get out, but it can't. I get this barest hint of sweetness with a swirl, but then the hops come right back and cover it up.

Taste: Bitter with pine right up front...and then it transitions into a well hopped, but bitter finish lager. The malt is crisp...and not sweet enough to balance against the strong hops. You get a hint of sweetness in passing between the hoppy start and bitter finish of this beer. Hops at the end are bitter, with a combination of tea and pine again. A nice dose of hop flavor, but unbalanced and it's not working great for me.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - close to fizzy but not quite. Lots of hop oils sticking to the teeth and they lingered quite a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, it drinks exactly as the brewer meant it - a combination of a west coast IPA and a lager. I'll give it high marks for creativity and for meeting exactly what they described it to be...except for the smoothness of the lager. That's missing because I think the hop wallop you get with this beer you need the higher level of sweetness from an ale yeast + caramel malts to balance against the hop bitterness. The lager is under there, but it's not sweet enough and when that sweetness comes out between the hop start and finish, it's odd...like its artificial or saccharine. So interesting concept, but for me, it's not working. One is enough - and I had a hard time finishing this one. Nice looking beer though - that lacing you get with the hops is certainly pleasant to look at.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:49:37 | More by damndirtyape
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-08-2013 23:07:49 | More by woodchipper
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-08-2013 15:23:21 | More by carteravebrew
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-08-2013 02:08:13 | More by rob99er
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Very hoppy. A lot of earthiness and spicy flavors. A bit of fruit mixed in. Very bready. Pale malts. Grassy.

Mouthfeel: Dry, clean. Smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a fairly enjoyable beer. Reminds me of a pilsner. Easy to drink and you can have a few of them. This would be a great spring beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 01:51:39 | More by mothman
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-07-2013 21:46:56 | More by tswater
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2013 04:13:01 | More by slatetupelo
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-07-2013 04:07:06 | More by jds8411
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2013 20:09:11 | More by pfaucett
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-06-2013 03:05:29 | More by illeagle05
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a matching Sam Adams sensory glass. Big thanks to Eric for gifting me with a couple bottles from the new Sam Adams seasonal variety "thaw pack." The brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained frothy cap that is 2 fingers strong. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a sudsy topping across the surface and as the cap fades, it leaves a webbing of lace work on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and citrusy with hops. A little bit of fruity quality minorly tropical and fresh and zesty like grapefruit juice. A light touch of bready malt is noticed across the back giving the hop character something to bounce off. Overall a very pleasant smelling brew and much more bright and fresh than I was expecting for a "pale lager." As the brew warms up, it looses a bit of it's wow factor and the complexity of the hops transforms into what smells like fresh cut grass.

The taste includes just as much hop flavoring but the bitterness is quite restrained. A citrus to fruity rind and grassy to herbal component spread across the palate and finish with a contrasting toasty grain inclusion. A faint buttery touch lingers into the aftertaste which brings the focus of this brew back into the familiar lager territory.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Just like the name suggests, this is a sort of hybrid fresh and hoppy pale ale blended into a lager. I gotta admit, I am a fan of this. It has plenty of fresh juicy hop flavoring but that crisp and clean lager feel. This is something I would not only drink again but I would buy this to drink several of while doing yard work or other yard activities during warmer weather. The best of both worlds in each previously mentioned style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:13:09 | More by stakem
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-06-2013 00:56:06 | More by abex44
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2013 00:24:34 | More by mebalien
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-05-2013 22:34:28 | More by Whiskeydeez
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

03-05-2013 19:54:34 | More by RyanTheQ
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-05-2013 16:09:34 | More by MooseBoose
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4/5  rDev +7%

03-05-2013 04:11:36 | More by MN_Beerticker
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.8%

03-05-2013 02:09:48 | More by nzerbe
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New York

1/5  rDev -73.3%

03-05-2013 02:01:19 | More by DelmarAle
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-04-2013 23:35:51 | More by EdelweissDad
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3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally found six packs of this locally. $9 per.

American Pale Lager, eh? Hmm, based on the posts I've seen I figured this would have been labeled with more status.

A -- Clear gold-amber color with a craggy & dense, off-white head.

S -- Piny, resiny nose without being over-the-top, some mild fruit esters back.

T -- Same resiny, piny character up front, mildest of biscuit malt in the middle, some bready malt and mild citrus character in the finish.

M -- Body is medium with a soft to syrupy mouthfeel and dry, bitter finish.

O -- Why? I mean, why not just brew another APA? This beer is really lager in name only -- whether or not it uses bottom-fermentation or cold aging -- its hop profile and malt body place it directly into the APA range. It doesn't have a smooth malt backbone as most lagers do, it's not clean in the finish as a lager ought to be. It's obvious that BBC is trying to reach all of the lager nay-sayers to show them a lager can be made to their palate -- but there really is no reason since there are plenty of Pale Ales to make that contingent happy.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 22:22:51 | More by steveh
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal a clear medium golden with a nice looking one finger fluffy white crown that left multiple chunks of lace behind as it settles very slowly.Grapefruit rind and piney hops stand out in the nose,like an old school ipa,light toasted grain comes into play as well.Flavors start with a punch citric hops with a more pronounced malty bread-like presence,it finishes a little watery though wich nipped everything in the bud a little.A good beer,take away the watery finish and this outstanding,as is it's still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 22:18:42 | More by oberon
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

03-04-2013 20:53:11 | More by dragonx2099
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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