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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,563
Reviews:
312
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
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57
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Ratings: 1,563 |  Reviews: 312
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The best I have had to date of these hoppy agers. Floral hops. Thanks Americo for sharing the growler. Herbal, somewhat A nice mouthfeel. lacy and creamy head on a golden body, a dry and hoppy finish. Citrus, good drinkability. A good hoppiness, great for the summer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 6/2013.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grapefruit juice, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with malty and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice hoppy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I give this the same B to B+ that I always seem to give sam adams regular releases. its good not great, feels more mass produced than crafted, but that said, is still a very enjoyable brew. the pour is a little more orange than the standard lager, and the head is an inch high and bone white but doesn't last long. smells hoppy, really hoppy actually, oily fruity hops, like gummy bears, with the familiar smell of a lager yeast. the flavor is less hoppy than the nose, which is okay in this setting. the beer is crisp and clean and very refreshing, but is lacking something. I think all well hopped lagers will be lacking for awhile, as I recently had humulus from the bruery and it blew my head off while setting the bar for the style. this one comes off a little thin and contrived, but its good nonetheless. lighter feel, great carbonation, medium hoppy finish, a good beer to ease in the warmer weather, but don't come into it expecting to be floored.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a really nice clear copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention is pretty solid and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I was hoping for. The aroma is pretty mild , hops are in there but the malt and yeast take over. The taste is pretty good. There is a nice bitter flavor from start to finish with a fruity essence and earthy back bone. The mouthfeel is sharp and clean, very drinkable. Overall this is a really nice beer. It's an interesting take on what could be an Ale but made into a Lager.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by citrusy flavors of hops along with hints of tropical fruits towards the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean (not crisp) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer might smell and taste similar to an IPA, you can definitely tell it's a lager by the lack of crispness and clean mouthfeel. In this aspect, I thought this was a very unique and enjoyable beer. The drinkability also makes it rather sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When seeking a drier IPA to enhance drinkability, the makers of Sam Adams reach to the cold aged lager for greater crispness, lightness and refreshment. And who says that creativity is dead?

Double Agent opens with a light copper, goldenrod body. As champagne-like streams of carbonation race to the top of the glass, it builds a frothy foam stance of cotton-white. Semi-firm retention and mild lacing leads me to think that the has been stripped down a bit much from filtration. But its sparkling clarity is quite charming.

Sharp aromas of white grapefruit stands tall above a tepid malt base. Somewhat of cracker, honey and biscuit- the beer's grain character is supportive of citrusy, piney hops but without rivaling it.

Its mostly grain, but partial malt sweetness carry the taste of toasted "Grape Nuts" cereal. Light granola-like honey-dipped sweetness gives a boost to the hop flavor that rises in the middle. The sharpness of white grapefruit juice and bitter orange peels offer a tangy acidity that develops toward a dry malt and resinous pine-like bitter finish. Still a persistent iron-like and sulfury taste carry on in the same way that most Sam Adams brands do.

Its dry mouthfeel is medium-light and racy from the start. Its abundance of carbonation ushers in a quick finish with fleeting malt structure and a crisp, plaster-like closure. Light leafy astringency continues to haunt the beer late even though its dry taste is highly celebrated.

The hoppy lager is a welcome attempt to do what IPA's do best. Promote hops while suppressing malts. This IPL is a rather effortless taste, even if somewhat underwhelming.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with blue pressure cap and generally appealing label acquired as part of the Spring Thaw variety pack at a local Vons (Safeway for ye Northerners/Coloradans) and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live within an hour of acquiring. 5% ABV confirmed. Expectations are above average given the current ratings.

Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Enjoy before: June. Hopology collection.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head - somewhat thin - with some slight cream, and of above average retention for the average ABV (~3-4 minutes). Little lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant clear pale copper-gold. I really like the body colour, actually. No yeast particles. No bubble show. Translucent as can be. Looks par for the style; I'd say it's above average.

Sm: Shockingly hoppy for a pale lager; great nectary oily hops and floral character. Piney as well. Sticky and a bit fruity. Incredible for a macrobrewed pale lager; I'm damned impressed. Clean malts. It's a bit soapy though, which I despise. No yeast character. No alcohol is detectable. An above average strength aroma. Is the taste as good as the aroma?

T: Not really. Pale malts and soapy hops - bleh. Too long spent in primary. Bubblegum. Light hop oil. An artificial garbage finish of empty bland malts. Imbalanced and forgettable, but as a failed experiment it's interesting. I like that they were bold and went for it with the hops, but unfortunately it's not really working here. Too bitter for the style. Lacks any real complexity or subtlety; it's boring, bland, and simple.

Mf: Awfully thin on the finish. Sharp and overcarbonated. Way too heavy on the palate for a pale lager. Horrible palate presence. Still, it's nicely smooth and wet. A bit sugary. I'd stop short of refreshing, but it's not bad.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A failed experiment from Sam Adams that I wouldn't get again. Still, some will really like this. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I've had far worse for the price.

D+

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber-infused golden color capped by a massive head that shows off its stickage and lacing abilities

Smell: White grapefruit and lemon with a hint of bread

Taste: A bit of bready malt and a bucket full of lemon and grapefruit (from the high Alpha hops) and a hint of white wine grape (from the Nelson Sauvin hops); clean, crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Wasn't sure what to expect but this is very tasty, showing off the best characteristics of both an IPA and a lager

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Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. It really smelled like an IPA or APA.

T - Spicy citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange. Some piney bitterness and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager.

O - This is a really tasty lager. It doesn't even taste like a lager.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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