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

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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a thin, creamy off-white head. Nice lacing that clings to the glass. The smell is a hint of citrus peel. Taste begins with some toffee sweetness, followed by some some citric flavors, then a pounding of pine cones and grapefruit in the finish. Surprisingly hoppy for a SA beer. Mouthfeel is good. Overall quite a nice beer. Plenty of hop flavor here.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, fruity hops with notes of orange and bready malt.

T - Thick, bready malt up front with spicy hop notes in the middle. Orange and lemon hop notes come out in the finish with more thick malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - An interesting hybrid. It has a lager-like smoothness to the malt profile, but the hops bring fruity, spicy notes that mark it as something else. It might have benefited from a touch more bitterness to balance the thick malt and really drive the hop character home.

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Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Light orange/amber with a moderate, off white head. Crystal clear. Decent lacing and head retention

S: Nice wallop of citrus and floral hops with a bit of grassy/earthy and slight pine in the mix. Some nice tropical fruits coming through as well. Moderate carmel maltiness and a bit of biscuit malts on the backend. Doesn't really smell like a pale lager at all. More of a IPA/APA

T: Not quite as good as the nose. Starts out with citrus, floral and grassy/slightly spicy hops. A tiny bit of malt sweetness and some light biscuit malts. Soapy hops near the backend. Other than that, it finishes with a bit of hops, but still fairly clean.

M: On the heavier side of a light body. Seems a bit over carbonated, kind of sharp on the tongue.

O: Not bad, but not that good either. I'm really partial to hopped up lagers and while this one smelled really nice, it just didn't quite live up overall. Decent drinkability, but I wouldn't get this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of fmccormi
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; freshness date of July, 2013 notched on the left hand side of the label (“FOR BREWERY-FRESH TASTE, ENJOY BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED—JUL 2013”).

Appearance (4.25): Probably two good fingers of milk-colored foam makes up the head, mostly very fine, tight bubbles but as it diminishes a few fatties come through. Good retention, actually, with decent lacing—a few scattered suds on the near side of the glass, and almost a solid coating on the far side of the glass where closely-spaced collars form something more like a turtleneck. The body is reaaally pretty, a nice honey-orange color and crystal-clear.

Smell (4.0): Nice hop character, though surprisingly moderated—fresh lemonade, crushed pineapple, and honeydew, which is a nice touch. The malt body is nice and grainy-bready, a nice, rich, multigrain kind of character and a bit rustic. Very nice combination of scents, if a bit restrained.

Taste (4.0): The flavor component of the hops is rather tame on the palate, which leaves a very nicely balanced pale lager to shine through from underneath: citrus bitterness (lemon juice, white grapefruit flesh) and a very pale, dry, flaky biscuit kind of starchy malt character come together for a very crisp, snappy lager. That distinctively lager-esque yeast character comes through, too—crisp, almost skunky, with a very subtle medicinal note—but it complements the malt body well. There’s a light, fruity sweetness that comes through very nicely and understated, almost like Juicy Fruit. But in the end, that crisp, citrusy bitterness makes a very nice counterpart to the distinctly pale lager-ish malt and yeast combo.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very smooth, light, and dry, definitely on the light side of medium-weight but not a throwaway beer, either. Finishes dry as much because of the crisp malt / yeast character as for the hops profile. Super drinkable, definitely a session beer.

Overall (4.0): This is a very, very solid beer. Doesn’t blow you out of the water in any respect, but they got what they were going for and made a very pleasing, quenching lager with a respectable hops character. What’s especially cool about this beer is that I could easily see it pleasing folks who are accustomed to light, swishy lagers as much as people who like old-school craft beer like SNPA and Boston Lager. So, good for Sam Adams—if any beer bridges the divide, as it were, this might be it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter. Bottle says "enjoy before" July 2013.

A: Pours crystal clear, medium amber in color, with a generous beige head and limited easily visible carbonation. Above average head retention and plenty of rather sticky lacing.

Aroma: Markedly hoppy for a pale lager; with plenty of floral, pine and herbal hop notes. Light, biscuity malts in the background.

T: A hoppy lager, as billed. A bit fruity; more so than in the aroma. Lacks complexity. Long-lasting, mildly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium body yet surprisingly thin {lager style) finish. Well chosen medium carbonation. Nicely smooth..

O: Probably the hoppiest lager I have ever had, yet well balanced and highly drinkable. A pale lager hopped up to the level of an Amer. Pale Ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jwjon1
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never having had an India Pale Lager, don't really know how to accurately judge this against style.

Reminded me of a few top notch American pilsners. Victory's Brewmaster Pils immediately came to mind, but with a much more floral nose. High praise in my book.

Really enjoyed this beer. Aside from the excellent hop profile, it managed to remain crisp and refreshing. And at 5% abv, this is one I'd buy by the case.

Here's hoping Sam keeps IPL in their stable of beers, and makes it a regular. Great job!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Omnium
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served into my SA Alpine Spring Glass

A - Pours a light amber/golden color, less than a finger head, thin, fades fast.
S - Dry pine and floral hops, grapefruit, and lager yeast, light bready malt.
T - Tastes pretty much how it smells, middle of the road hop bite, but has that smooth sessionable lager quality to it. Its a tad dry, but to my liking.
M - Feels very balanced, very quaffable.
O - This is another good solid brew BBC/SA can add to their recent efforts. While there's not a whole lot of IPL's around, this might inspire other breweries to take a stab at it. Its incredibly refreshing, sessionable, and has great flavor. I could also see this as a good place to get your typical lager drinker to try some other routes. I look forward to buying this in summer and fall to enjoy.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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