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

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL
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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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Ratings: 1,563 |  Reviews: 313
Photo of target88
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bills453
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden. One finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell - a small amount of hops I can smell. Not as strong as a pale ale, but definitely some hops. Some wheat too.

Taste - actually quite nice. Very refreshing. Hops aftertaste. Definitely not near the hoppiness I need for a pale ale, but I guess good for a pale lager?

Mouthfeel - average

Overall - actually surprised how much I'm enjoying this offering. Pretty delicious lager.

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Photo of lewis0216
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Gowcheco
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 7/13. Consumed 3/13.

A: Peach ice tea pour has a sharp clarity showing a light and lazy rise of spacious carbonation bubbles. Frothy head sits about an inch high, barley color, pretty lengthy hold retention wise while providing a thin saturn like ring lace with speckled highlights around.

S: The nose is of pale citrus and grapefruit, moderate in strength, with some signs of dry tropical fruitiness. Spicy orange character and some fresh mangos.

T: Flavor of toasted grain, munich like rather crystal, lightly dry, with hops of pine, citrus and toasted orange peels. Cypress, dried tropical fruit with some mango. Has a creamy, buttery, avocado hint on the finish. Spicy pine-orange alcohol fade.

M: Decent mouthful, medium caramel based, with a lightly refrained distinction of carbonation. Warming spiciness of lemony-pine-caramel stand out on the hold. I usually like a both a lager and ipa to have a bright and crisp mouthful, this was more laid back.

O: Overall heard alot of good things about this, i usually like sam adams and thier easy approach to drinkability while maintaining just the right amount of flavor, balance, and style regards. An easy drinking ipa, though hardcore ipa fiends may find this a little under-par either by bitterness or prejudice of brewery still worthy a single try.

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Photo of CKav
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of joe12pk
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Light amber. Fluffy white head stays with excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Pine and sweet citrus.

T - Strong hop profile starts with pine and finishes with sweet citrus and malts. Bitter aftertaste mellows if one lets the beer sit several minutes.

M - Medium creamy

O - I've tried this 3 times before and it was always skunky and obnoxiously bitter. A very good lager, but be careful with the expiration date and where you buy it. Cheers!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect amber and copper tinted color with exception clarity from head to toe. The foamy white head reduces to a thin skin that sits atop the beer. Extremely spotty lacing - barely enough to really even call it lacing. Nose is a bit light, contains little bits of orange peel, vegetal hops, very light white pepper spice, slight onion tones, some grassy notes, and maybe some mild "steel-y" caramel flavors. There's a strange aroma mixed in there that pops out every now and then, but I still can't quite put my finger on it. Not off-putting, but a little different. I wonder what it is...

Taste is crisp and snaps on the tongue thanks to the overall thin body and heavy carbonation. Contains a hefty helping of lemon and grapefruit pith - inserting quite the bitter bite, or at least, much bitter than I was expecting. Some more lemon and orange zest notes join at the end and add a bit of sweetness. Hops are kind of leafy and grassy, maybe even with a little bit of pine now. I'm still picking up a touch of pepper spice and onions, though they're not as strong anymore. Light sweetness from the toasted caramel malts in the aftertaste, though it's moreover dominated by the fading hop bitterness. Dry and bready finish.

Pretty damn good for a 5% ABV lager - this is something you could definitely session with. Not the tastiest thing on the planet, but it's certainly worth the price and content for the low alcohol tax.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bronze copper colored beer.

Big hoppy aroma with some soapiness mixed in with the citrus and pine hops aspects.

Citrus hops seem to outweigh some pine aspects and the light soapy maybe yeast like qualities of this IPL.

A light soapy quality to the light dryish aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I liked the hops qualities of this beer but the light soapy, for lack of a better way to describe it, aspects of this beer were a turn off for me.

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Photo of Moose90
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best By – Jun 2013

A – Pours crystal clear and orange. Head is tall and pale white in color. Lacing is good considering that this is a lager.

S – Citrus and spice. Coriander, lemon, and fresh cut grass. Some pine here too and a little earthiness. Some sweet malts do make an appearance.

T – Bitter, some not so fresh lemon/lime makes an appearance. Big grass and sweet malts. Dry bready malts.

M – Light-medium body, it is nice and crisp and fairly clean. Finish is surprisingly long, though not entirely enjoyable.

O – A hoppy hoppy hopppy lager, the hops are there, but its still covered by a sticky sweet lager body. It's drinkable, and worth a try. Good thinking just putting two in a sampler though.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden copper with a few finger head and small wisps of lace.

S - Clean and crisp aroma. Light sweet malt with even lighter citrus. Herbal and flowery notes.

T - Slightly sweet and bready. Light fruity, grassy hops. Clean and crisp.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly easy to drink. Wish there was a bigger hop presence.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #253
Served On: 2/8/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
ABV: 5.6%Date/ Code: June

This was a 12oz bottle from the spring mixed 12 pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($15.99).

Look: Crystal clear pale gold color (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). High carbonation level. Creamy 1-finger of whipped egg whites for head.

Smell: Super sharp citrus hop aroma. Some onion notes were noticeable. No lager qualities in the nose whatsoever.

Taste: First up was a sweet nectar of hops mixed with some base malts in the background. No real bready or sour notes typical to most lager styles. The citrus and onion hop notes kicked in towards the end of each sip. This pretty much seemed like a hoppy pale ale to me.

I liked this beer, but the lager theme was completely lost in the pungent hop profile that Boston Beer managed to achieve with this one.

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Photo of Southside830
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this brew. A little toned down for those that don't like intense hops. This would be a great crossover beer.

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Photo of lochef81
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number 3 on the Hop Tour. Pours a rich copper amber with a short lasting frothy white head that gives way to...well, nothing. The beer does have some legs and leaves a little lacing but on the whole is quite thin. The aroma is pleasant with a large amount of citrusy hops and a nice malty backbone. The flavor follows the nose with a hop forward bitterness and a generous amount of citrus and grassy notes. This is an enjoyable pour; nothing outstanding but a great beer on a hot day or after a long shift. Definitely enjoyable but not of note.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light copper body; effervescent; medium frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: Malty; strong citrusy hops with a grapefruit aroma

Taste: Juicy malt on the start, quickly going to grapefruit hops; lingering hop bitterness in the end with a semi-sweet finish

Mouthfeel: juicy and slightly creamy

Remarks: not bad overall for an American IPA

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter. Bottle says "enjoy before" July 2013.

A: Pours crystal clear, medium amber in color, with a generous beige head and limited easily visible carbonation. Above average head retention and plenty of rather sticky lacing.

Aroma: Markedly hoppy for a pale lager; with plenty of floral, pine and herbal hop notes. Light, biscuity malts in the background.

T: A hoppy lager, as billed. A bit fruity; more so than in the aroma. Lacks complexity. Long-lasting, mildly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium body yet surprisingly thin {lager style) finish. Well chosen medium carbonation. Nicely smooth..

O: Probably the hoppiest lager I have ever had, yet well balanced and highly drinkable. A pale lager hopped up to the level of an Amer. Pale Ale.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There is not really an appropriate category under the BJCP for this, so I just rated it in terms of my enjoyment.

Appearance: Light, pale copper; clear. 2 fingers of light tan head, rocky. Ample, continuous carbonation with decent 1/8" retention. Outstanding lacing.

Aroma: Light, tart citrus. Smells like an APA. Really is a pleasant, hoppy, clean aroma.

Taste: Light, dry, clean arrival. Dry & salty across mid-palate. Solid, but not overpowering bitterness. Super-clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-mid weight. Crisp, clean, astringent.

Overall: This starts out like an APA, then when you expect that malt backbone to come in at the end, it just drops off. Despite that, it doesn't feel out of balance the way many west-coast IPA's do. Instead, it just feels sort of empty. Beautiful to look at & smell, and would certainly be a go-to for a hoppy session beer; but if drinking just one, it leaves a lot wanting.

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Photo of Slowjamcdub
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S A can't make a bad beer! Carb is off the chain on this one so hoppy smooth! Ohh what a beer!! B+

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Photo of nelsonracite
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logan_0842
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer for Thanksgiving. Pours from the bottle a mostly clear dark golden color with small white head. Aroma of bready malts, lemon peel, sweet honey, grapefruit. Smells like a malty DIPA. Flavor follows as expected, big bready malts, lemon peels, sweetness, really like a malty DIPA. Slick body, medium high carbonation, big flavor for only 5%. Not bad, but was hoping for a lighter on the malt body and bigger aromatic hop profile.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a very clear burnt yellow, there is a meaty sweetness on the nose, reminiscent of jerky, mixed with the pine tang of Simcoe hops (of which there are seven varieties in this brew!), and the slightest hint of citrus courtesy of just about everything else. On the tongue, surprisingly smooth for so many hops. There is still a very strong bite, but the brewers seemed to have created a balanced chorus of pine, citrus, earth, and fruit, so the flavor is brief and the finish crisp, like you'd expect from a typical lager.

This is perfect with meaty sandwiches, bratwurst, or gyros (to help balance the feta), but also a great introduction to the more hop heavy world of IPAs and such. A great palate cleanser, perhaps your third or forth to wake up those taste buds. Cheers!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 62.2% out of 100 with 1,563 ratings
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