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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL

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

Pint at Stub & Herb's. Clear with a good head... somewhat darker than I thought it would be. Light and crisp on palate with an appropriate malt base that keeps it well from being watery. Certainly hoppy but hops are in the backseat... highlight to me is the light sweetness and bready character; and yet a clean and refreshing taste.

Well balanced with a lingering but mild bitterness at the end of the crisp finish. Very drinkable beer, I will buy it again.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Chill-hazed golden color, nice, bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus note, distant "catty" hop note
Taste-Faint, piney hops, mellow citrus zest, light-bodied but pretty flavorfull for a lager. Would make a nice"crossover" craft brew for the newby craft beer drinker.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden copper with a few finger head and small wisps of lace.

S - Clean and crisp aroma. Light sweet malt with even lighter citrus. Herbal and flowery notes.

T - Slightly sweet and bready. Light fruity, grassy hops. Clean and crisp.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly easy to drink. Wish there was a bigger hop presence.

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Photo of jkrich
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: clear, bright with a deep golden hue and a foamy white-head. Intricate lacing added to the attractive appearance.
Very pronounced American hop aromas of bittersweet, tropical fruit and pine were evident upon opening the bottle. This impressive aroma was sustained after pouring in the glass.
I suspect if more lagers tasted like this, the lager would become more popular among ale drinkers. The refreshing smoothness of a lager with a hop profile found most often in an American pale ale. The flavor begins with a very nice, faintly bitter fruity profile with a lingering piney flavor in the aftertaste. The malt is minimal as this is meant to be refreshing and thirst quenching.
Fairly light bodied with strong lager-like carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel that is typical of a lager.
The brewery can call it an "India Pale Lager" if they must; to me, this is simply a flavorful, sessionable and refreshing lager that I will enjoy often during the warm months ahead.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper body alive with carbonation streams. First shows excellent clarity, then developes chill haze. Two fingers of tight white foam.

Mild aroma of grapefruit and other citrus.

Light and sweet malt beginning. Citrus fruit. Bitter nip. Clean finish.

Light mouthfeel.

A nice lager with a dash of extra hops that drinks lighter than Boston Lager. Boston Beer should brew this through summer.

Not an equal to the Imperial Pilsner of a few years past.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly settles into a nice lacing above a clear bronze copper colored beer.

Big hoppy aroma with some soapiness mixed in with the citrus and pine hops aspects.

Citrus hops seem to outweigh some pine aspects and the light soapy maybe yeast like qualities of this IPL.

A light soapy quality to the light dryish aftertaste of this medium bodied beer.

I liked the hops qualities of this beer but the light soapy, for lack of a better way to describe it, aspects of this beer were a turn off for me.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orangish color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with fresh citrusy hops. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice malty backbone making way for the hops in the finish. The hops used in this beer provide the perfect balance of bitterness and flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I purchased this as part of a mixed pack with other Sam Adams beers but this one really stands out as something I would puchase again in the future on its own.

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Photo of JesseMurdock
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This sounded like an interesting concept, a heavily hopped lager. I just don't think it worked. The hops seemed odd with the level of carbonation and crispness of this lager. Gave the beer a nice aroma of citrus and flowers but seemed to clash with the taste. Stick to Boston Lager if you want a refreshing lager or just pick up an IPA if you are in the mood for hops.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before August 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes; a bit weak on strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, pineapple, floral, light pine, light bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy lager. Great balance and complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, showing a clear golden copper with a half inch of off white cap. Light retention and lace with very little apparent carbonationn in the liquid.

Offers a nice hop aroma, with citrus notes interplaying with a herbal/flowery character as well. Not much of a oily/resin character yet bright and tropical in nature.

Taste is slightly sweet with citrus and bready malts on the tongue. Offers again a light level of carbonation and a rather short finish. Feel is squarely in the middle of the road. Full for a lager yet lighter than one might expect given the solid look and aroma.

Overall a decent brew yet a bit nondescript as well. Lacking in bitterness vs. what I expected from the label, what with 'double' and 'IPL' mentioned, though I'm referring largely to the 'IPL' here as double is obviously not an ABV reference. And at 5.0% it drinks like a citrusy Pale Ale. Low carbonation is surely a deterring factor for this particular bottle. A decent Pale Lager yet not representative of expections.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass. Not really a fan of IPAs.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a short off white head with medium amounts of patchy lacing.

S: Hops present, wheat, grains, grasses, barley

T: Tastes pretty good, very smooth, has a mild kick from the hops, have experienced worse so this is not bad at all.

M: Bit carbonated but doesn't really tarnish the beer at all. Medium bodied.

O: Overall this was alright, might have liked it a bit more if it wasn't a IPA, but not too bad. Would probably have again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans

A- clear crisp golden color. 1 and half finger head that is fluffy and mountainous. Nice lacing on mug.

S- heavy on the citrus notes. grapefruit, pineapple and pine hops. no malt detectable.

F- grapefruit and pine come to the front with some biscuit wheaty malt in the background.

M- dry and refreshing. It is good on a hot spring day from what i just experienced. Very realxing and goes down smooth.

O- Not a bad beer and you cant go wrong with too many sam adams. a nce fail safe if out at a bar and its on tap with BMC's.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's got the slight orangey color of an IPa, but it's excessively clear like most offerings from Sam Adams. The head is a brilliant contrasting, very bright white with the look of an IPA head. Craterous with good retention, nice lacing.

Pleasant smell with a blast of pineapple, pine and grapefruit. There is a grainy smell in the background, pale malt maybe.

Surprisingly good, refreshing taste. It's like an IPA with the citric notes, but like a lager has a smoother, less aggressive, sort of watery finish. It's like a hybrid, the first part is IPA, the second part is lager. Grapefruit, pine, bubble gum all dance on the tongue.

It's somewhat strange, but it works. It's got the taste and smell of an IPA, but lacks the bitterness many people don't appreciate. Extremely refreshing. Crisp and clean. Each sip scrapes the tongue clean so the next sip has a clean palate.

Overall, it's a good beer. Very easy to drink and almost a session beer so in the summer you can enjoy a cooler full of them. Kind of strange, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of SludgeFactory327
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent, pale orange color wih a thin but lingering head. Citrusy, west coast IPA hop aroma, pleasant and familiar somehow (Long Trail IPA?). Very smooth and easy drinking; definitely a lager in that regard. Beyond that one trait, it's more IPA than Lager for sure. Hop character dominates, but not too sticky on the palate. Definitely worth a try on a spring day.

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Photo of estlinska
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a standard shaker on 4/6/13. Pours a golden amber color with a strong 1cm of fizzy head that evaporates into islands of fuzz on the top of the beer. It leaves thin lacing that persists rather well. The beer is very clear and has absolutely no haze to it with great light penetration. The nose is a gorgeous citrus hop bomb recalibrated with that biscuit-like breadiness of a good lager. It really does open your eyes and I found myself very impressed with how well they worked well together. The taste was very good. It was crisp like a good lager, tasting of warm baked bread, but it has a strong resin and citurs punch as well. It was full of lime peel, resinous pine flavor, and a strong flavor of oranges and magoes. Very good and clean on the palate, perfect carbonation overall. This is a very good offerening from a very good beer company. This gives you the hop flavor a hop-head would love at a very sessionable 5% and the twist of the lager yeast just makes it nice and refreshing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard some chatter so I picked up a bottle of this. Thick orange color, good suds. Smell is quite hoppy, citrus, floral, pine, almost west coast. Flavor matches the smell pretty well but not as fruity as an IPA. Crisp lager finish. This was a solid beer, low alcohol, strong hops. I went back for another sixer not too long after.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -3.7%
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 Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Turbojet307
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
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 bum732
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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 NoLeafClover44
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 tviz33
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 TeamMathis
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,562 ratings.
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