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:
313
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
188
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KTCamm
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very clear light copper, virtually no foam. Empty Smell, touch of pine., but minor at best. Taste opens hop, evolves into citrus, gets a touch sweet and then finishes quick. Little lemon touch at the end. If the goal was a hoppy lager, mission accomplished. Interesting but not extraordinary.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Damian74
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - orange with 2 finger white head, lots of carbonation bubbles, head retained well.

S - Hops!, Piney, citrus, floral , best part of the beer.

T - citrus, piney, spicy, herbal, a bitter finish

M - medium bodied, high carbonation, Dry and crisp. Refreshing.

O- Good beer, would get again. Better than what I was expecting.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured this American Pale Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This lager poured a clear copper color, produced a nice white head, very nice retention and ample lacing stuck on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted pale malt, pine and citrus. Medium bodied, there is a foundation of toasted pale malted grain, fresh pine needles, citrus and spicy pepper. Smooth, bitter and dry finish. This is an awesome beer, well balanced you get the smoothness of a lager but with hop flavor and bitterness. The dry finish begs you to take another sip. One of the best American Lager's I have sampled.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear gold color with an impressively big 3 finger foamy off white head that looked like a cloud and didn’t budge; it was packed with bubbles and barely moved, dissipating and leaving mesa like caverns and mountainous dips followed by very sticky foamy lacing that coated the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of fresh citrus and piney hops up front, followed by lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, herbs, biscuit, caramel and light spices; this smelled like an IPA or hoppy APA, not a lager family member. Going back to inhale more brought out tea leaf, mint and more citrus fruit. A very nice nose overall.

Tastes of fresh citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, biscuit, wheat bread, herbs, fresh cut grass, caramel, tea leaf and light spices; no real spices jump out, but the hop spices are a big part of this brew and work very well with the malts. Like the smell, it tastes like an IPA or hoppy APA and not a pale lager. I expected a let-down after the impressive look and aroma, but this beer held up strong and followed with flavor that matched it’s odor.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and zesty, with light fizzy carbonation, a medium body for the style and a slightly bitter finish that has both the herbal hop character and malty sweetness.

Not sure when this Hopology Collection started, but this was an impressive introduction to this series. It is extremely easy to drink and to me a session beer that would be perfect year round. I put this right behind New Belgium’s Shift Pale Lager as the best and tastiest new beers in this category. I definitely recommend trying this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Moose90
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best By – Jun 2013

A – Pours crystal clear and orange. Head is tall and pale white in color. Lacing is good considering that this is a lager.

S – Citrus and spice. Coriander, lemon, and fresh cut grass. Some pine here too and a little earthiness. Some sweet malts do make an appearance.

T – Bitter, some not so fresh lemon/lime makes an appearance. Big grass and sweet malts. Dry bready malts.

M – Light-medium body, it is nice and crisp and fairly clean. Finish is surprisingly long, though not entirely enjoyable.

O – A hoppy hoppy hopppy lager, the hops are there, but its still covered by a sticky sweet lager body. It's drinkable, and worth a try. Good thinking just putting two in a sampler though.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,563 ratings.
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