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

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL
BA SCORE
3.73/5
1,564 Ratings
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,899
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
1,564
pDev:
11.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
190
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,564 |  Reviews: 314
Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of lic217
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Urk1127
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orangish yellow I'm color. White head
Smell is of dirt. Pine. Pineapple.
The taste is dirty earthy pine orange pineapple. Feel is light. High carbonation.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Clear sunset gold with ample fluffy bright white head.

S: Lots of pine in the nose...trees and spruce tips...suggestions of woody earth and pilsner biscuit malt.

T: Crisp malt backbone initially with an ample dose of clear lemon...pine as well, with some faint grapefruit, but overall the taste is a bit watery compared to the hop blast of the nose.

MF: Clear, crisp lager body, pretty refreshing and light.

O: Decent drinker but suffers from a lack of diversity and depth in flavors. Still a pretty nice pale lager with some ample hopping. A good value too.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Stignacious
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Bear1964
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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 tpauer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean, resinous pine is transmitted in an absence of other significant hops qualities. A trace of crackery malt barely registers. Focused in its vision, but moderate in overall intensity.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with woodsy coniferous hops aromatics that are soon joined by significant floral qualities and fruity citric acid. Flavor combinations seem familiar, yet dynamic. Light crystal malt comes through during the latter half, adding some rustic contrast to the dominant hops flavors. Bitterness is mild to intermediate in intensity, with a whiff of pine lingering long on the palate. The flavor profile seems drier at the final tally.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, momentarily acidic then turning very soft on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The heir-apparent to what was Noble Pils, this hoppy beer is redolent with Columbus hops qualities. That said, the hops are not unappealing--there is not a whiff of plastic or chemicals that might sometimes be associated with late additions of the cultivar. It may be a cleaner beer than Noble Pils, which could be a feather in its cap considering its style category. Clean does not mean balanced, however. This beer puts a potent emphasis on its hops qualities.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of firkingroovin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Tschnab
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams signature glass. The beer is crystal clear, bright gold in color, and sports a nice frothy head with good retention. The nose is bright and hoppy and boasts lots of mouth-watering tropical fruit, primarily lemons, grapefruit, and oranges.

Light body and crisp, clean flavor. Some corn-like sweetness up front that is well-balanced with plenty of bitter, flowery hoppy notes. Nothing too complex, but lots of flavor for the style. Very refreshing.

For an American Pale Lager, this beer is quite something. Lots of flavor, but does not sacrifice any of its thirst-quenching attributes. A really nice beer from Boston Beer Co. Not designed to blow anyone away, but rather a good all-around lazing-around-the-TV-watching-a-ballgame beer.

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Photo of taez555
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by June 2013, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear bright golden yellow - ranging towards the amber shades of gold. Poured a dense 1/4" off-white head, which died down to a persistent 1/16" thick foam across the top some strands and islands of persistent lacing noted. Looks like a IPA, but clearer and brighter.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit citrus dominate. There is a hint of malt under it all trying to get out, but it can't. I get this barest hint of sweetness with a swirl, but then the hops come right back and cover it up.

Taste: Bitter with pine right up front...and then it transitions into a well hopped, but bitter finish lager. The malt is crisp...and not sweet enough to balance against the strong hops. You get a hint of sweetness in passing between the hoppy start and bitter finish of this beer. Hops at the end are bitter, with a combination of tea and pine again. A nice dose of hop flavor, but unbalanced and it's not working great for me.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - close to fizzy but not quite. Lots of hop oils sticking to the teeth and they lingered quite a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, it drinks exactly as the brewer meant it - a combination of a west coast IPA and a lager. I'll give it high marks for creativity and for meeting exactly what they described it to be...except for the smoothness of the lager. That's missing because I think the hop wallop you get with this beer you need the higher level of sweetness from an ale yeast + caramel malts to balance against the hop bitterness. The lager is under there, but it's not sweet enough and when that sweetness comes out between the hop start and finish, it's odd...like its artificial or saccharine. So interesting concept, but for me, it's not working. One is enough - and I had a hard time finishing this one. Nice looking beer though - that lacing you get with the hops is certainly pleasant to look at.

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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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Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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