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

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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

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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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Ratings: 1,564 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a transparent amber color, plenty of bubbles, and a foamy, long-lasting white head. Has a grapefruit and pine aroma. Taste is the same, with a little bit of hops. Has a crisp medium-body feel with medium carbonation. This is a very nice session beer that doesn’t sit heavy on the stomach and tastes delicious.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best before July 2013 notched on the label. Pours a light copper hue with a translucent clarity and a fizzy, one inch, bright white head that quickly sizzles and pops as it recedes into a sudsy film. Nose reveals light, toasted malts with a slightly sweet character, citrus notes and a hint of earthiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus character is expressed more as acidity than any specific fruit. Malt profile also comes off a little less sweet; however, light, earthy bitterness is still evident towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a lively, almost prickly, carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a pleasant, easy-drinking APL. Nothing really stands out per se, but I wouldn't pass one up if offered. Definitely worth experiencing.

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Photo of jkrich
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, bright with a deep golden hue and a foamy white-head. Intricate lacing added to the attractive appearance.
Very pronounced American hop aromas of bittersweet, tropical fruit and pine were evident upon opening the bottle. This impressive aroma was sustained after pouring in the glass.
I suspect if more lagers tasted like this, the lager would become more popular among ale drinkers. The refreshing smoothness of a lager with a hop profile found most often in an American pale ale. The flavor begins with a very nice, faintly bitter fruity profile with a lingering piney flavor in the aftertaste. The malt is minimal as this is meant to be refreshing and thirst quenching.
Fairly light bodied with strong lager-like carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel that is typical of a lager.
The brewery can call it an "India Pale Lager" if they must; to me, this is simply a flavorful, sessionable and refreshing lager that I will enjoy often during the warm months ahead.

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Photo of Jackjaffar
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aratcliffe
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Brewing innovation is a bout asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Lager. First released in 2013, this is the newest addition to their "Hopology Collection" of beers, utilizing hops in different ways. Available in both 6 packs and in 12 pack variety cases, as I received mine.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Signature pint glass. Served north of 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick foamy off-white head of a creamy consistency over a golden amber body, very clear with ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is solid, curtained and light. This beer presents itself well. 4.5

(Smell) The aroma consists of earthy, resinous and fruity hop numbers, less potent with grapefruit and pine varieties. Hop aroma is the dominant part of the aroma, bitterness is moderate at most. Malt body is a standard biscuity caramel and pale malt blend, mildly sweet and very clean. There isn't much in the aroma that sets this apart even from balanced India Pale Ales, but the potency is medium/high and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Taste) The slick malt drinkability is one of the most calling features of this beer, very little graininess nor heavy bread tones, just a solid pale malt base with a mellow earthy sweetness and little jarring malt complexity otherwise. This could certainly be called out as a lager, with a touch of residual light caramel syrup sweetness thickening up the mix a bit more than the usual lager does. A lingering mineral note in the background makes this reminiscent of the earthier Samuel Adams' English Pale Ale. The hop character shines in the flavor with bold tropical fruit notes and floral characters adding a bright appealing complexity to the flavor, pine is subdued. There's less hop bitterness than the aroma gave off, with the exception of a mild dragging resinous note on the tail end. It's very drinkable and approachable. In general, I'm pleased with it. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick and medium-heavy with a light syrupy texture. Carbonation doesn't impact the texture further than a subtle creaminess. The body is medium+ for American Pale Lagers, medium overall. Alcohol presence is well concealed. Lack of sharp bitterness nor grain generates a moist finish. While the carbonation could have worked just as nicely to create a sharply carbonated mouthfeel, I find that this worked just as nicely, perhaps even better, keeping the subtle hop flavors front-and-center and bringing to mind the mellow-carbonated influences of English Pale Ales. 4

(Overall) Samuel Adams crafted a beer unlike anything else I expected with this release, and it turned out better than I had expected too. Drinkability is high despite a smooth, slick pale and caramel sweetness. The hops don't provide much bitterness to round out the flavor, but the hop flavor is fantastic with juicy fruit character and floral notes. It's another welcome addition to the Samuel Adams year round lineup. 4

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. single found at my local Total Wine,

A: Pours a very clear amber with a frothy soapy white head with excellent retention, thick spotty lace.

S: Lots of floral character, hop cone, pine, dandelion greens, some melon rind.

T: Nice crystal malt flavour, grassy backing hops, earthy, nice hop flavour though it's never huge.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing, easy drinking, has a nice attack.

O: This is a good beer no doubt. Comparing it to the best IPL - Humulus Lager, this beer gets its butt kicked. Enjoy it for what it is, but this isn't a beer to make anyone go crazy with hop euphoria.

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Photo of Mgm54
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, sweet malt, hop oils, hint of pine, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, citrus, slight pale malt, and slight pine. Overall, good appearance, decent blend, aroma, and body. Overall,

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Photo of dakotaben
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 8-10 coloration. One finger head that dissipated very quickly.
S Moderate citrus smell with hints of pine
T - Pine and hop taste.
M - Full body for what it is .Dry finish. Moderate carbonation

O-Samuel Adams makes a great beer once again! I enjoyed this lager, but would have never guessed it was a lager had it not said on the bottle.

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Photo of budgood1
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours out a hazed copper colour with a tan tinged white head, slim in girth but with some stickiness and staying power. nice lace. straight up west coast hop aroma...restrained but appropriate. the flavour profile is hop forward. juicy fruit and pine sap with a puckering, tongue slapping bitterness. pale malts try to hold up the bottom end but pretty much gets buried in bitterness. tastes pretty nice if you like your lagers hop forward. overall body seems fullish at first blush, even though it's really not due to the excessive hop bill....therefore the mouthfeel can be best described as blistering and tongue tingling. definitely quenching and dry. drinkability is nice. i'd have another.

overall i would say that this is a overly hopped lager that SA does a nice job with, in the tradition of their past hop heavy lagers. i find an "empty" spot somewhere in the body/mouthfeel that really sticks out to me and distracts just a bit. i think this would pair with some crackers and cheese, popcorn or other bar snacks just to keep it interesting.

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Photo of ggourde
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Burst of pine greets you upon opening the bottle, comes out hazy golden with a creamy white head. The malt holds it own against the intense American hops giving it good balance. Medium light body with a bite to it. Overall- can't tell you what the lager yeast brings to it, you could have told me it was an IPA and believed you.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark gold body with good head and lace. The aroma is mostly hoppy with a little bit of grainy malts in there. These citric hops dominate the flavor profile but the beer is more fuller body and not quite smooth like some IPAs. Not much sweetness in this beer as it is mostly dry and hoppy. Easy finish and a good, hearty, filling beer worth sipping on.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden light copper with a frothy half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened, with resiny and piney hops jumping to the forefront. Catty and dank notes mingle with grapefruit and lightly sweet caramel malt, adding complexity. Onion surfaces as it warms.

Flavor is fairly tart initially, with grapefruit and orange underlying bready, toasted caramel malt that dominates mid palate. The finish is lightly bitter. Tropical mango and grassy resin become evident, along with perfumey notes.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of hop astringency. Crisp at the finish.

Aroma is very nice, with assertive, complex flavoring hops and a light malt backbone. Flavor falls a bit short, offering less complexity and a lack of bitterness for the style, which is ok by me.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours golden with a frothy off-white head, excellent retention with tons of carbonation helping it holds steady, along with some nice lacing as it fades down. Aromas are fresh citrusy hops with grapefruit pith, biscuity malt, pine. Tastes are biscuity malt, toasty grain, lager yeast, grapefruit pith again, finishes insanely clean. Nice, smooth medium body with plenty of creaminess and carbonation. Overall, nice idea and a solid beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to a medium large sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of pale and biscuity malts with some pine and citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amounts of toasted and biscuit malts that also have a light amount of sweetness. There is a moderate amounts of pine and citrus/lemon hops as well as a touch of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: In my opinion, one of the better new beers that Sam Adams has introduced in the last couple of years. I like the combination of APA/IPA like flavors blended with those of a lager. Easy to drink and enjoyable, matches well with food.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- double agent ipl pours a dark amber body with huge frothy head of foam that rushes to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing clasps to the edges of the brew

S- a grassy and herbal citric scent is at the forefront. Fruity and dank simultaneously, there seems to be a slight caramel malt tone in there as well

T- very bitter pine flavors with a citric undertone kick off double agent. Quite the resionious piney taste profile

M- carbonated and sticky, it's in good feel

O- double agent ipl is a good piney hopped up lager. Very concentrated and flavorful all the while sessionable as heck

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, herbs, grapefruit, honey, lemon, and pine fill the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, crackers, straw, caramel, honey, and biscuits coat the palate. The finish is grainy and crisp with robust citrus and pine flavors joined by biscuit and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied and a little sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: Not bad at all. I can really appreciate the clean separation of malt and hop flavors in this beer.

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Photo of Peter_M_Morris
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattcrill
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big sticky, hoppy, and pithy citrus and pine notes up front. Orange rind dominates as the beer warms. Clean fermentation character. No alcohol heat.

Appearance: Bright amber pour with yellow edging. Pillowy off-white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light lemon zest and orange rind up front. A touch of caramel sweetness followed by more citrus hop flavors. Kind of reminds me of orange juice. Balance is to the bitterness. Finish is very clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily and creamy. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A good beer with an identity crisis. Smells like an IPA, tastes like a pale ale, and claims to be a lager. I don't care what it is but it's a finely crafted beer and I'll gladly have another.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a fresh pint glass and this is what I found.

A. This beer is crystal clear with just a little bit of fizzly white head.

S. I can smell the typical Sam Adams lager yeast with strong but subdued piney earthy and grapefruity hop aromas.

T. This beer tastes.... very delicious. Nice hoppy flavor rolls around the tongue with some saltiness, stickiness, and a little nuttiness. Not as bold flavors as an IPA due to the lack of an ester profile.

M. Very good residual sweetness and nice body.

I would buy this by the 12 pack if it was available.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is a beautiful golden color. It is clear with plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Two inches of tightly packed head top it.

S - I smell fresh lime along with other citrus aromas.

T - The taste is sort of a let down. It does not match the intensity of the aroma. The lime comes through in the taste, but is muted. I get some toast and a little toffee to round it out.

M - Moderate. It is pretty smooth.

O - I had high hopes for this beer. It is a delicious lager and would make a great session beer. This is only my second IPL. The previous one must have spoiled me. Even though it didn't live up to my expectations I would still buy this again. It would make a great session lager.

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,564 ratings
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