Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
03-06-2013 01:13:09 | More by stakem
3.44/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
03-04-2013 22:22:51 | More by steveh
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
03-04-2013 22:18:42 | More by oberon
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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