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

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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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Ratings: 1,563 |  Reviews: 313
Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Samuel Adams Mix-pack, purchased at Peekskill Bev, Peekskill, NY. Best before July 2013 notched onto the label.

Pours clear medium amber. Frothy lite tan head, leaves ample and lasting low sheeting and bits of lace low in the glass.

Floral and leafy hop nose.

Better then average hop package, especially for the style. Easy drinking and pleasing brew, decent sessioner at 5%. Nothing special, but would work just fine in a pinch, sort of a hoppy brew with training wheels. Good one to encourage a hoppy beer newbie to check out.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 6 pack.

A - IPL? Pour a dark orange ruby with a two finer head that fades quickly. Lace hangs on side of glass.

S - grass, lemons, hops, some biscuit

T - bread, back end bitterness, very mild fruit, grass and sea salt

M - carbonation on the high side. Sharp finish.

O - nice attempt. I have never searched this combo out, and not sure it completely works, but it may open up some lager only palates out there.

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Photo of tenacioustomato
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Ograd001
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of the spring thaw mixed case -enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The lager pours a deep golden/ light amber with thick white head and ultra fine bead with streamers of lace, retention is good. The smell is very herbal and has some citrus odors with lemon rind and light pepper. The mouthfeel is great with crisp spicy quality and slight resinous element from hop oils with light astringency and mild bitterness as it has a semi-dry finish with mild sweetness in the mid palate.

The taste has a genlty herbal but not really grassy taste more subtle and finessed with smooth bitterness blending with light citrus flavor and a pleasant lemon accent with mild dry herbal hop mixed with a peppery quality reminiscent of saaz with some slight grapefruit tinges in the back and a pretty dry finish flavor wise. This is a great hoppy lager which is smooth enough to warrant a second taste and very drinkable with nice hop flavor and subtlety w/ residual bitterness that brings you back after the swallow.

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Photo of dante23x
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Turbojet307
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice Job on this one. I really enjoy this beer and hope that it is one I will be able to purchase year round. These are becoming harder to find in 12 packs, I'm guessing thats because it was a one time brew. The case I bought the other day has a best buy date of July 2013, I'm guessing they were brewed around january. They still are tasting very good to me.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of bum732
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Soft orange, touch of pine, slight diacetyl, some malt sweetness, slight dankness

L: Crystal clear, burnt orange, creamy white head with decent retention and great lacing.

T: Bright citrus up front, orange with some mango. Super clean malt character, just lending a touch of sweetness. Medium resiny bitterness. Very clean maltiness with additional grapefruit resiny hops. Finishes clean with just a touch of tanginess.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Judging it as a hoppy pale ale. Solid, i could see this working in the future. Although, i don't really get the point of lagering a beer with so much fruity hoppiness.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Best by July 2013.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden amber color. The initial half finger of white head dies pretty quickly, leaving only wisps on the surface. Sporadic lacing paints the glass.

S - Floral hops on the forefront with accompanying caramel and biscuit malt. There is a tropical sweetness to the aroma as well. Clean and balanced aroma.

T - Slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue with roasty pale malts. Mild pine bitterness and floral sweetness follow. Herbal notes along with oats and other grain on the finish. Mild pine linger. Well done.

M - Pretty light and slick on the palate with a finish that is dry like an IPA but crisp like a traditional lager.

O - I have had hoppy lagers in the past, but this was done better. Malty, nutty, and grain charateristics of a lager mesh well with the floral, fruity, pine of the hops. This is a crisp, refreshing beer with a low ABV, well suited for good weather outdoor drinking. I am glad I gave this a try.

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Photo of Synergy87
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of HisBoyElroy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Label says enjoy before June 2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright hop aroma of citrus and herbal pine with a solid bready malt presence. Citrus hops upfront with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest. Solid herbal hints of pine spice and earthy grass. Solid lager malt balance with hints of bready biscuit, caramel, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid smelling balance of bright hops and malts.

Taste: Follows the nose with a nice hop mix of juicy citrus, spicy pine, and a solid balance of malt. Citrus hops with a nice clean taste of juicy orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and lemon zest. Earthy hops with herbal notes of spicy pine and grass. Good balance of bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, caramel, and crackers. A really nicely balanced tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and spicy with a nice drying finish.

Overall: A really good spin on a lager. The hops make it seem like a solid West Coast IPA.

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Photo of BurnMeInMyBar
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tviz33
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a pilsener glass.

A- This beer pours a light translucent orange color, topped by two inches of rocky light tan head. Lots of carbonation bubbles are seen

S- I initially thought of an IPA when I smelled it because of the pine and grassy notes, but then the lager components came out. Toasted malts and resin come out as well.

T- The taste is quite consistent with the nose. Again, it makes me think of an IPA at first, but the lager characteristics are right there in the background.

M- I really enjoy the feel of this. The body is fairly light, but it is well-carbonated and creamy.

O- This beer is a pretty easy-drinker, and the addition of extra hops makes it all the more enjoyable.

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Photo of beercanman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TeamMathis
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber orange.
Smell: Citrusy grapefruit.
Taste: Hoppy grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated.

If I ever wanted a lager, this is the lager that I'd choose. In between the lager and the IPA, it leans closer to the zest of an IPA. It has such a refreshing, citrusy smell and taste. The smell and taste really is dead-on grapefruit. This is definitely one of my favorite non-Imperial Series Sam Adams brews. I would get this again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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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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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