Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.58/5 rDev -4%
[Suggested Glassware: Lager Glass]
The pour was a crystal clear light orange with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that diminished slowly, down to a few large puddles and large collar with good sticky lacing.
The aroma was of a grain malt, floral and pine hops and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and a touch of tropical fruit.
The taste was nice and hoppy right off the bat with a slight floral taste and a touch of citrus and caramel early on, and then had a light bitter citrus peel presence take over along with a bold pine hop presence and had a light fruity ending. The flavor hung around for an average duration after the swallow, with a decent hoppy fruity taste left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a lively carbonation.
Overall this was an exceptionally smooth and easy to drink brew, with a nice hoppy beginning and a mild fruitiness at the end...
03-11-2013 19:00:37 | More by KajII
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
12oz bottle, pours golden with a frothy off-white head, excellent retention with tons of carbonation helping it holds steady, along with some nice lacing as it fades down. Aromas are fresh citrusy hops with grapefruit pith, biscuity malt, pine. Tastes are biscuity malt, toasty grain, lager yeast, grapefruit pith again, finishes insanely clean. Nice, smooth medium body with plenty of creaminess and carbonation. Overall, nice idea and a solid beer from Sam Adams.
03-11-2013 00:57:05 | More by barnzy78
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Clean, resinous pine is transmitted in an absence of other significant hops qualities. A trace of crackery malt barely registers. Focused in its vision, but moderate in overall intensity.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with woodsy coniferous hops aromatics that are soon joined by significant floral qualities and fruity citric acid. Flavor combinations seem familiar, yet dynamic. Light crystal malt comes through during the latter half, adding some rustic contrast to the dominant hops flavors. Bitterness is mild to intermediate in intensity, with a whiff of pine lingering long on the palate. The flavor profile seems drier at the final tally.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, momentarily acidic then turning very soft on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: The heir-apparent to what was Noble Pils, this hoppy beer is redolent with Columbus hops qualities. That said, the hops are not unappealing--there is not a whiff of plastic or chemicals that might sometimes be associated with late additions of the cultivar. It may be a cleaner beer than Noble Pils, which could be a feather in its cap considering its style category. Clean does not mean balanced, however. This beer puts a potent emphasis on its hops qualities.
03-10-2013 20:43:25 | More by beagle75
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a medium large sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate amounts of pale and biscuity malts with some pine and citrus/lemon hops.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amounts of toasted and biscuit malts that also have a light amount of sweetness. There is a moderate amounts of pine and citrus/lemon hops as well as a touch of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: In my opinion, one of the better new beers that Sam Adams has introduced in the last couple of years. I like the combination of APA/IPA like flavors blended with those of a lager. Easy to drink and enjoyable, matches well with food.
03-10-2013 03:24:17 | More by dbrauneis
3.24/5 rDev -13.1%
12 oz. brown bottle. "A hoppy smooth lager."
A: Pours clear golden yellow. Nice eggshell head. Plenty of carbonation. Good retention
S: Pine and more pine. Citric fruit, bottle says grapefruit. I guess so.
T/M: Sharp distinct pine. Bitter and then the lager flavors come in. Chewy smooth malts.
Back to some citrus. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Bitter and really dry on the finish.
O: I wanted to like it and in some ways I do, however I am having a hard time with the
mixture of an IPA and Lager. It ends up being just average. Would have been better if they
just stuck to one style. Still drinkable but nothing I'd want again.
03-09-2013 21:13:35 | More by mnrider
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Bottle #3 from Spring Thaw (most excited for this one!)
A - light copper, straw colour, half finger head which eventually dissipates, leaving a thin film.
S - hops hops hops! Not overly potent, but the only thing I can make out
T - slightly sweet lager taste up front, gives way to hop bitterness momentarily, but a fairly crisp finish.
M - almost a creamy feel, very full, not as light as expected.
O - A great, smooth, hoppy beer from SA. Definitely sessionable where the bitterness and taste aren't too pronounced and the finish is fairly clean. I'm impressed.
03-09-2013 02:57:09 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
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...
03-09-2013 01:05:58 | More by PhantasIPA
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
03-09-2013 00:49:37 | More by damndirtyape
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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