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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 Bierliebhaber3
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of JackieTH
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of HiWire
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of fx20736
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of zachpaschal
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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 JLaw55
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.4/5  rDev -11%

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.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of car2052
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.4/5  rDev -11%

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.

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Photo of umaine14
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking at the quality of Sam Adam's products, this beer matches a lot of there best brews. I may be a little biased because I am a huge fan of IPA's but this IPL still gives me that hop flavor that I crave. It would be a great beer for people that like IPA's but do not want that bitter hops flavor. Overall a really good beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Copper orange filtered with a light haze, almost no carbonation and 4 fingers of orange cream head.

S: Citrus orange, orange candy, La Quinta Hotel’s shampoo and soap bars (seriously!) Light pine.

T: Candied orange, light citrus, dry and crisp character with a malt yeast dough bomb near the end, followed by a crisp bitterness.

M: Medium body, little fine bubbled carbonation, dry crisp finish.

O: Excellent brew, and a great presentation on an emerging style. Bought in Pensacola, FL, drank in Montgomery Alabama July 31st, 2014.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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 SaltofOH
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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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