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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Rumpole
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of SSS
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, very nice brew.
A-Gold, and I mean Gooold, nice white head that lingers
S-Smells like heaven, so very nice, words do not do it justice.
T-Fruit, heavy hop, grapefruit, not too sweet to start, clean bitter bite, smooth bitter finish
M-Good carbonation, light and flavorful

I highly recommend.

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Photo of Turbojet307
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice Job on this one. I really enjoy this beer and hope that it is one I will be able to purchase year round. These are becoming harder to find in 12 packs, I'm guessing thats because it was a one time brew. The case I bought the other day has a best buy date of July 2013, I'm guessing they were brewed around january. They still are tasting very good to me.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to June 2013.

Strong citrus aroma, taste precisly follows; very grapefruit/ mandarine orange flavors. Nice crisp finish. Appearance was very appealing; poured clear orange-yellow with full white head. Head lingers and laces the glass well. Although it is from their "Hopology" collection, it does not seem to be all that "hoppy", much milder and smoother than many IPA's I have tried. Give this one a go!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL has a very thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, orange-golden appearance, streaming bubbles, and a lot of thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is sharp- strong, citrusy hop oil and some sweet bread. Taste is of sweet bread, strong hop oil, and a bit of citrus juice. It is pleasantly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and drinkable. Another winner from Boston Beer Company, this one is great!


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Photo of dertyd
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to a pilsner glass

A:light coper orange almoast like dark apple juice nice laceing that hangs around

S:wow what a nice smell grapefruit hoppiness

T:hops hops and more hops just like an ipa but thinish is more clean and dry like a lager

M:nice dry and crisp

Overall:what a damn good job sam adams one of my new favorit beers its like having an ipa but a lager at the same time haha I could pound theese all day long I can't wait to try more hopoligy beers.

Love life... drink beer!!!

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A TWO full fingers of off-white head on the pour - reddish amber with ultra clarity.
head quickly breaks down to just a film with clumps of foam, with decent lacing

S - nice hoppiness to the nose, (thanks)

T blast of hops with the standard malty base. NEAR PERFECTION, really really good.

M full body, abv at a minimum

D overall GREAT - have plenty

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint
Best by July 2013

A - Pours a clear shiny copper/brass color with 1 fingers of off-white head.

S - Big juicy citrus aroma fills the glass, some spicy onion, bready

T - Matches the nose with juicy citrus hops, tangerine, orange, and ruby grapefruit. Dried strawberries, pineapple, in a lager? Grassy/pine hops mix in creating some stickiness. Caramel malts add a very balanced sweetness and round out the hops. Firm bitterness with a long dry finish.

M - Medium body, solid carbonation smooth feel, dry and clean on the finish.

This is a double agent! This lager is bursting with fruit flavor. This could easily pass as an ale. Tons of flavor packed into a sessionable 5.00 ABV. This is one of the most impressive beers I've had this year. Hats off to Jim Koch for this awesome beer.

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Photo of u2carew
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Longneck
A) Pours with a two finger head. Clear body, bronze in color. Sticky lacing as the head settles and on the drink down.
S) Bold hop aroma - northwest in origin. Slightly musky and earthy. Floral with some piney notes.
T) Smooth hops from the beginning. Mellow malt undertone. The aroma helps dominate the flavor profile. Piney. Floral.
M) Clean. Crisp. Light bodied. Dry in the finish.
O) A great beer. Light for drinkability with a favorable flavor profile.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Double Agent IPL pours a nice clear light copper color with a large, fluffy white head. The aroma is excellent, this guy is hoppier than I expected, delivering a big hoppy citrus and resin kick. The taste is also excellent, it's got great zesty citrus and piney flavors over a grainy malt finish. Lots of hop resin on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is excellent.

Double Agent IPL is just the new beer Samuel Adams needed. It's a unique year-round offering for most of the country, and has enough hops to satisfy a hop head like me with a very low ABV. The hop profile is actually rather reminiscent of Laguntias's DayTime.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Straw/gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Moderate carbonation.

Orange, lemon, pineapple and papaya. Some clean caramel and hints of honey.

Candied orange, pineapple and papaya. Lemon and grapefruit juice. The malts are pilsner like with touches of honey and caramel. Some light notes of pine and florals.

Medium bodied, crisp and incredibly smooth.

I've never had a lager that worked so well with hops. Sam Adam's has always been great with lagers IMO and this really proves it. I would easily compare this to Daisy Cutter or DayTime in hop profile. The lager yeast is a real advantage and makes this beer incredibly smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! If only it wouldn't have been kept under fluorescent lights at the store. Poured at a good temperature with a decent, foamy, frothy, thick, long lasting, cream-colored head and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, fruit, bit of skunk. Flavor is like nose, largely loses the skunk, has a great balance between bitter, tang, and sweet right up front and dance around each other in the mouth. Body is spot on; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has good length and is great drinking! Hope to get more of this.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The veer looked very nice in the Pilsner glass I chose, with a golden colored clear body, a two finger thick head, and lots of fine carbonation. The smell was typical of a West Coast IPA, with lots of grapefruit, orange peel, and some pine, as well as some spicy smells. The taste was juicy, citric, very clean, and had some bubblegum notes in mid sip, with clean finish. I drank the beer warm from the grocery store yesterday, and it taste a bit lifeless. With time to chill today, the beer was much more lively. The mouthfeel was very soft, aided by the pillowy head, and about a billion finely textured carbonation bubbles. This is one the best beers to ever come out of the Sam Adams brewery collections.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orangish color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with fresh citrusy hops. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice malty backbone making way for the hops in the finish. The hops used in this beer provide the perfect balance of bitterness and flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I purchased this as part of a mixed pack with other Sam Adams beers but this one really stands out as something I would puchase again in the future on its own.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A - Pours a completely clear golden body with a midsize white head that reduces at a medium rate and leaves uniform white lacing.

S- Tropical with mango, grapefruit, and citrus notes. Sweet malt in the background.

T- Very juicy, follows the nose with mango, apricot, grapefruit, and citrus notes. Very light pine hoppy aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and very easy to drink. Sessionable indeed.

Samuel Adams really outdid themselves with this one. Reminds me of the highly ranked APAs, especially due to it's tropical nature. I'm convinced that if this wasn't a Sam Adams beer it would be rated 10 points higher. Recommendable.

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Photo of jwjon1
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never having had an India Pale Lager, don't really know how to accurately judge this against style.

Reminded me of a few top notch American pilsners. Victory's Brewmaster Pils immediately came to mind, but with a much more floral nose. High praise in my book.

Really enjoyed this beer. Aside from the excellent hop profile, it managed to remain crisp and refreshing. And at 5% abv, this is one I'd buy by the case.

Here's hoping Sam keeps IPL in their stable of beers, and makes it a regular. Great job!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in fluted ale glass
A: crystal-clear copper; very good carbonation; one-finger head dissipates relatively soon
S: beautiful bouquet of roses and hops; very inviting; cannot be improved
T: delicious; it is all about the hops, which in this incarnation burst into an assortment of flavors; I pick out, aside from the grass and slight pine also tropical fruits--guava and mango; not boozy, so very sessionable; not very sweet; highly complex

Highly recommended; in fact, @buzzlitebeer and I plan to brew something like this as a model.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Double Agent is a clear peachy-orange color with a two-finger, soapy white head. The nose is as advertised, all west-coast hops. Piney and citrusy, pleasant boquette. The name Double Agent is well used, the hop flavor and aroma is there but the lingering bitterness you would expect from an IPA is abscent. Seems like a good "wet hopped" beer. Intense flavor, none of the bitterness - well done. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a minimal, inactive carbonation. Overall, this is possibly one of my new favorites, I hope SA keeps it around for a while.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a orange color with excellent clarity and a good head with slight lacing and mild retention. It smells really hoppy and made me excited about this lager. It tastes pretty damn amazing considering that it is a lager and I am not a huge lager fan. It has an interesting hop character and I would like to know what hops they used. It has a pretty good body considering that lagers don't have a lot of body and is well carbonated. This is a good beer and I would like it if they sold it in six packs.

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Photo of acevenom
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle. The beer pours clear golden with a thick, slowly dissipating white head. There are lots of tiny rising streaming bubbles in the beer. A path of lacing creeps down the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is of piney, resinous, grassy, and citrus type hops with some caramel notes from the malt. Make no mistake about it. The aroma is hop forward and the dankness was pretty apparent even when the bottle was just cracked open. The flavor is of a sessionable IPA with lager characteristics, which is what it should be since it is a lager. The hops are quite bright and forward with the pine, resin, grassy, and citrus flavors that were detectable in the nose. It has that grapefruit type flavor along with some tropical fruit. The malt backbone is also present with some caramel and biscuit type notes. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and slightly dry. There's a pleasant hoppy aftertaste that lingers in the mouth after each sip. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clear, deep golden hue. Small, 1.5 finger head that retains ok and laces fairly well. Lots of rising carbonation. Really a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Big hops right up front with a citrus burst in the nose. Citrus flavors are backed up by a pine scent. No malts or malt sweetness is detectable under the hops, but man the hops are great.

T- Just like the scent. Moderate hops bitterness up front that persists throughout the drink. Light and fruity towards the end before ending in a slightly aggressive hops bite. Brilliantly balanced with hops and base flavors.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and infinitely drinkable. This one goes down smooth and won't catch up with you with it's ABV. This is a pretty awesome feel for a beer to session.

Overall, this is the best beer Sam Adams makes. Easy to drink, great hops flavors, and smooth as can be. I will reiterate the sentiments of others here, Jim Koch, please keep making this.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Photo of secondtooth
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big, frothy head. Lace is lovely, large, and detailed, with layers of frilliness over fence rows.

Nose is delectable tropical and citrus hops. Very, very appealing!

Taste is more of the tropical fruit and lemon-grapefruit-citrus hops zing, but the hoppy overload is tempered well by a substantial malt presence. This is a well-balanced and hoppy brew that tones down the sour and bitter qualities of the hops in favor of a highly-drinkable session beer for hop-heads.

I may seek out another 6-pack of these if I can find it!

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD of July 2013

Pours bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, catty & herbal

T: Follows the nose, some subtle tangerine & lemon notes as mixing well a slight breadyness up front. Nice pine apple notes mix with breadyness & grassyness as this warms. Finishes slightly dry, bready with nice tropical notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation, great balance

Super easy to drink, this is a nice offering from sammy

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by June, 2013:

Pours golden with a thick white head that lasts, leaving a sheet of lacing on the glass.

Smell is wonderfully hoppy...pine and citrus notes are strong.

The taste is hoppy as well - almost to the point of imbalance...but no complaints here...pine mingles with grapefruit and tropical fruits. Bitterness balanced by a sweet kiss from the malt. It has a fairly long finish.

Very smooth with a full body. Hop taste lingers without being too bitter.

Very well done! The hop character of an IPA with a smoothness of a lager.

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