Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #68
Ranked #36,196
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: The distinct hop character of an IPA in a smooth lager. The hops in this brew lend a bright grapefruit, citrus, floral aroma and flavor with a refreshing, crisp lager finish
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes 2/26/13: Pours a clear coppery amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, short-lived, white head that leaves rings, webs and streaks of lace as it recedes. Aroma is heavy to pine with hints of grapefruit, pineapple/mango, lager yeast and a little caramel in a bitter background. Taste is bready, bitter pine, citrus and lager yeast with a hint of honey. Finishes dry and bitter with a rapidly diminishing bitter and drawing (astringent) aftertaste. An interesting mixture of hops and yeast. Taste like a heavily hoped version of Boston Lager which some might hold as an improvement.

Oct 22, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This a well executed and gorgeous beer. Pours dark gold with towering, fluffy head. Aroma of hops, like an IPA. taste is hops with a malt backbone. This a really excellent beer.

Mar 09, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a thin pale orange color with an adequate transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head that swiftly died off. Not much lace.
The aroma had a bright zesty to spicy grassy hoppiness bold and up front with some pine and citrus rind flowing on into that.
The flavor was moderately spicy with a balanced zesty to sweet hop contour enabling a fairly bright pine and citrusy aspect about it. Aftertaste was definitely spicy and sweet adding in a little bit of lager-like breadiness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Hop bite isn't too distracting in this one. Light oily sort of feel rolled over my tongue. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was semi-oily with a little bit of spice and zest.
Overall, as an India pale lager, I'd say this works. I'd have again.

Sep 24, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s a clear reddish brown lager with a significant foamy white head. The smell is of grapefruit, reminiscent of many California IPAs. The flavors are primarily of grapefruit and pine as advertised on the label with some definite bitterness, but less than most IPAs probably. The aftertaste is surprisingly bready and malty, not typical of an IPA. It is more crisp and lighter than a typical IPA, but in this case I don’t think that is a good thing. The flavors seem surprisingly muted and the hop character is nothing compared to what I’m used to with the SoCal IPAs. Not a bad beer for the price to sit and drink on a hot day, but nothing really special about it either. It is definitely inferior to many of the IPAs that I’m used to.

Jun 11, 2016
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the 2015 Hopology box.
Look - Orangy copper color. White head, eventually settles. Lots of lacing on the glass.
Smell- Faint hints of citrus, pine and wet bread.
Taste- Who got IPA in my lager? Well, who got lager in my IPA? I like it!
Feel - Light and crisp like a lager.
Overall - Mighty fine styling by Sam Adams!

Feb 07, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a huge fluffy off white head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing as well. The aroma is pretty weak. Subtle grapefruit, pine, earthiness and bready malt. Taste is similar, but also very yeasty. EDIT: As it warms the yeast comes through in the aroma just as strong as in the taste. Feel is light side of medium. Carbonation is medium too. Overll this beer is alright. Not a huge fan of the IPL style in general, but therr are better ones out there.

Jan 06, 2016
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decidedly weak flavor that should be pushing the hops. Maybe it's just the difference between ales and lagers, for whatever that's worth, but this is substantially less impressive than some of Samuel Adams' other IPA derivatives.

Dec 20, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, real nice clarity on this beer, full inch of white head. Aroma was plenty hoppy, especially for a Sam Adams beer, the yeast comes through too. Impressed.

Taste hits with bitterness, yeast, pine and grapefruit like citrus. Light mouthfeel, biscuity, high carbonation. Grassy. Earthy. This is far more my cup of tea than Boston Lager (a decent beer).

Good stuff.

Dec 10, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orangish yellow I'm color. White head
Smell is of dirt. Pine. Pineapple.
The taste is dirty earthy pine orange pineapple. Feel is light. High carbonation.

Dec 08, 2015
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RockRuler from Mississippi

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pulled from a "Hopology Collection" 12 pack sampler. Good flavor and taste. Nice hop flavor. Nicely balanced. A good drinking beer. Pleasantly surprised and would drink again. Cheers!

Dec 05, 2015
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Golden-amber with a quarter inch cap of rather persistent foam that laces. Smell is grapefruit pith, earthy, faint pine, malty-bread. Taste has a quick wash of grapefruit essence, somewhat oily, hop bitterness is quick across the tongue then fades to a definite caramel sweetness. Faintly metallic aftertaste, medium light body is a little bit loose/light. Overall this one seems mass produced and over-wrought. Purchased as a part of a 24 pack sampler containing six varities. Double Agent is drinkable but I wouldn't buy it again.

Dec 04, 2015
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date March 2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with less than one-finger, off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is a small amount of lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel, flowers, grapefruit citrus, pine resin and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, grapefruit citrus is most prominent then pine resin and bread.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: I enjoy the IPL style, it's getting to be more common, it's less hoppy than a traditional IPA but more hoppy than a pale ale, the 5% ABV is appreciated as you can drink more than one in a sitting, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style and would have this again.

Nov 29, 2015
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HiWire from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden brown. 2 finger head with moderate retention. Smells earthy and mildy hoppy. Tastes of tea leaf and hops with a malty quality. Clean mouthfeel throughout sips. Easy to drink down. Mild.

Nov 25, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of the IPL in general, but I think that gives me some objectivity in this case. This particular beer looks alright tastes alright, but as always seems to be the case with SA, has an off-putting oily consistency on my palate, as if they're trying to add hop essences yet still maintain a watery body for some reason. Meh overall

Jul 18, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium amber, cream/ offwhite head, magnificent lacing. Aroma of papaya and pine, like a good IPA. Taste is malt forward and clean with light tropical fruit and menthol. Mouthfeel is frothy and buoyant. This is a very good beer.

May 11, 2015
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zachpaschal from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised with this brew. It was left in my possession from a vacation with friends and found in the back of my fridge a few months later. Held up nicely and an all around solid drink.

May 01, 2015
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rjplumer from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super grapefruit citrus aroma. Nice copper body with a 2 finger head that laces up nicely. Bitter start that smooths out quickly. Hint of a sour finish but is otherwise smooth. Like this one very much. If you like west coast pale ale or IPA’s it’s worth the a try

Feb 21, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Hop Tour 6 Pack

A clear orange color, with almost no head and little lacing on the edges.

Tastes of a crisp clean light lager, with the hops layered in over the top and finish. It's flavorful and interesting, but the hops start to quickly overtake the traditional lager flavors. The hops are a bit too assertive for what is usually a lighter flavor profile with a lager such as this.

The mouth feel is light to moderate, and pretty smooth. No sticky mouth feel after drinking, as you get sometimes with really hoppy beers. This is on the lighter end.

Overall, was enjoyable as part of the hop tour side by side tasting. Not going to knock your socks off, but enjoyable non the less. This was a nice study of different hop beers (hop tour 6 pack), but there are better options out there for an IPA.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

Feb 06, 2015
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle

Sam Adams Double Agent IPL has a clear bright amber/copper body and atop sits a foamy white head that reduced to light lacing. The nose was dominated by citrus hops - grapefruit stood out. The taste copies the nose with citrusy and piney flavors - grapefruit and lemon. Mouth feel is light-medium bodied with a lingering hoppy aftertaste - but not too bitter.

Overall, Double Agent is a nice hoppy lager that doesn't go "overboard" with bitterness.

Jan 23, 2015
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AC-Mivsek from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a copper with a small head. Mild to low carbonation. Smells biscuity, not much hop presence in the nose. Very smooth and crisp going down. I don't much care for lagers, but I am starting to open up to these IPLs.

Oct 07, 2014
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the_awesometeer from California

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance - Great looking beer. Dark gold with a nice foam head that laced the glass.

Smell - My nose was overwhelmed with the hoppy and piney smell

Taste - Nice hoppy taste without an over powering bitter taste. Slight hint of citrus flavors with a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with descent carbonation.

Overall - I am not huge into hoppy beers but this one is actually good. Has an actual nice hoppy taste without being extremely bitter.

Oct 02, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, light piney and grassy hops. Flavor is biscuit malt, grassy hops with light piney and citrus elements. Finishes with grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness and citrus rind. Medium bodied. Exactly what is expected from a India pale lager, with a classic lager body with distinctive grassy hops with piney and light resinous notes. The hops are well balanced with the crackery malt. A little of the distinctive Boston Beer light butteriness in the finish.

Oct 01, 2014
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car2052 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle from a Hop Tour Sixer to a Pint glass.

A: Clear, Burnt Orange. One finger white head that diminishes after a short bit. 4.
S: Strong hop smell, one of strong orange peels, light berry, and other tropical fruits. Very nice. 4.5
T: Taste follows the nose, but the hop flavor is not as strong as it was in the smell. The most evident flavor is of orange and citrus flavor. Sweet, light bready malt balanced the slight bitterness of the hops. Finishes crisp with hardly any aftertaste. 4.25
M: Light to medium body, nice finish. 4.
O: Although this is a lager, It does laps around your standard BMC beers, boasting stronger malt flavor and lovely hop bitterness. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, so I think many people would enjoy this beer. I sure did!

Sep 21, 2014
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JayQue from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

An interesting mix of a mild IPA and a crisp light lager. Some citrus, balance between bready malt and light bitterness with a good size head.

A little different than a standard IPA and much more interesting than a good many lagers. This beer isn't great, but is worth a try. Went well with dinner.

Sep 11, 2014
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

From notes on 11/4/13

Very fruity. The hops impart a very tropical fruit and grapefruit flavor. Not my usual thing, but it is very good. Very interesting beer. Maybe being a lager helps give it such a unique touch.

Aug 29, 2014
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