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

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Style:
Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #62
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,850
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.5%
Reviews:
319
Ratings:
1,572
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  63
Gots
  188
SCORE
84
Good
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL
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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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Mar 09, 2013
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Rumpole from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this in a 12-pack on its own, not part of a mix-pack. Rich amber color, thick white head; looks lovely. Aromas of pine and citrus. Strong hop flavor, more pine and plenty of citrus. A bit out of balance on the hop side, but that's not a tragedy. Smooth drinking throughout no matter the strength of flavor. Clean finish. Really remarkable.

What we have here is a straight 5% abv lager with a little extra malt and a lot extra hop. This fills a badly needed hole in the market, one of long standing, namely having that IPA hoppiness without the attendant IPA keister-kicking that you get when quaffing 7% and on up. Strongly flavored, but "sessionable", as they say - meaning you can drink in mass quantities with relatively less subsequent punishment.

I've since learned that others have already come up with a similar brew, especially on the West Coast. I'd be interested to learn what they're charging for the pleasure. The usual Sam Adams retail in glamorous Worcester, MA is around $15 or thereabouts for a 12-pack. By no means is that cheap, but I imagine it'll be tricky to find something else this strongly flavorful yet easy to drink for that price. We'll see. The Rumpole budget usually precludes beer in that range, but this stuff is so good that adjustments might need to be made.

Well done, Sam old egg. This one's up there with the dear old Noble Pils, which ought to be returned to the 12-pack format too. Meantime this'll do very nicely while it lasts.

Feb 02, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper color with amazing clarity, looks extremely professional, no floaties, solid 1" of white head on it, great lively carbonation. Sexy looking beer.

Aroma was hoppy and yielded plenty of lager yeast aroma, not unlike Bruery's humulus lager. Plenty of hop oil and resin, lager esters, amounting to a unique and enjoyable aroma.

The taste is a little bit of everything, small amounts of citrus and pine, but still plenty of lager character. Earthy malt aspect while remaining plenty light in the mouthfeel. Biscuit/cracker malt stays light, carbonation and hops stay lively. Plenty grassy. While Pilsner Urquell has been seemingly dumbed down over the last decade or so, this is a great alternative if you fell in love with that beer in the 80s/90s but don't get moved by it so anymore.

The hops stay alive and kickin' throughout the entire mouthfeel. Prickly, pithy, snappy. Always herbal. Plenty of bitterness. I'm not sure if these are just a bunch of noble hops of or not, but they are pretty potent, without obscuring what makes this a lager. Dry, hoppy, lagery.

Mar 12, 2013
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mattparsons from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Jan 04, 2013
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Jasoncpace from Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

May 02, 2013
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AMCPhD from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

Feb 08, 2013
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Mar 03, 2014
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Apr 04, 2014
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A crystal clear pale bronze body with a thick, frothy cream colored head.

S- Definite lager body, with some toasted malt aromas coming through. Hops come through nicely with floral, pine and citrus aromas.

T- Flavors do compare to an IPA and a lager. A moderate amount of piney and floral hops come through with some citrus flavors, with caramel malts and bready lager yeast flavors providing the backbone. Flavor is pretty good for a fairly light beer.

M- Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, could put a few of these away pretty easily.

O- Pretty well done based on the intentions. This is a hoppy lager with some floral and tropical notes and it seems like that was the exact intention.

May 15, 2013
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jimbodude5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

Feb 10, 2013
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Bill235 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Oct 19, 2014
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Liverocks from Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Jul 10, 2014
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The color is a light, lemon tea color with a medium sized white head. Some lacing is present and the head retention is quite nice.

Aroma is pretty hoppy. Slight citrus but way more floral aromas. Some mango, pineapple, fresh hop aroma.

Nice taste. To tell the truth, this one tastes a lot like the Noble Pils beer from SA. Nice hop flavor with some bitterness, but not IPA bitterness. More mango and pineapple with some slight orange flavors. Nice bitterness. Solid malt backbone, but not much character on the malt end. Slightly bready. Medium bodied.

A decent beer. Not much different than other SA beers but a nice change of pace from a traditional pale lager.

May 18, 2013
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karlt from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

May 01, 2013
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

Feb 10, 2013
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Crumpetsnbeer from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Dec 02, 2013
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Satanic from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Feb 24, 2013
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Vogey77 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Jan 20, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a tapered tumbler it pours with a flurry of bubbles that settle into a thin compact layer of creamy white foam. A thick band of lace is left behind, dripping downward into the glass. Pale golden orange, bright clarity and the occasional rising bubbles.

Slight pale malt sweetness, vague orange peel, noticeable hop presence.

Dried orange taste, bready pale malt, lingering herbal hop bitterness. LIght bodied, reminiscent of a light bodied IPA, so they achieved that at least. However the IPA model is fairly dull here. Seems as if it could use a fair amount of tweaking to improve, though the product isn't at all bad, just a little uninspired.

Apr 03, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hear there's a mole in the agency. ...Or maybe it was the garden... Anyway, this stuff pours clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light leek, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of orange rind, light lemon rind, grapefruit peel, mild caramel, and a bit of honey dripping from a tall blade of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing overtly special, but a generally enjoyable experience.

Feb 05, 2013
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weaselchew from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

Mar 15, 2013
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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Feb 10, 2013
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BrunoH from New York

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Jan 05, 2014
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rab53 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Feb 03, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1572 ratings