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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 VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Borrowing from Jack's Abby (on of my favorites), Sam Adams takes a crack at the IPL.

A-Pours a bright copper color. No haze. Head is a thin foamy skin. The skinny head leaves tons of lacing.

S-Interesting. Blatantly a Lager, but it is hopped with a solid dosage of West Coast hops. The intriguing mixture of yeast and hop is inciting. Grapefruit and pine with a light catty note. To me it smells like Simcoe on Lager yeast.

T-Definitely tasty! They did it well. Sam Adams does Lagers well so I am far from surprised. Piney and lightly catty with some tropical fruit and solid citrus. There is a buttered biscuit/cracker aspect that sneaks around behind the more eccentric flavors too.

M-Zipping bubbles. Moderate bitterness. Body feels fuller than a 5% brew. Drinks easy.

O/D-Sam Adams did a nice job with this one. Its not on the same tier as some of the best Jack's Abby brews (Hoponius Union and Kiwi Rising) but its certainly delicious. I think the IPL has plenty of potential and this beer is excellent evidence of my belief.

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Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Mild aroma of citrusy and piney hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some notes grapefruit and floral hops and just a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth, and mildly crisp. An average amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A decent enough beer. Better than the standard IPA but nothing special.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Straw/gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Moderate carbonation.

Orange, lemon, pineapple and papaya. Some clean caramel and hints of honey.

Candied orange, pineapple and papaya. Lemon and grapefruit juice. The malts are pilsner like with touches of honey and caramel. Some light notes of pine and florals.

Medium bodied, crisp and incredibly smooth.

I've never had a lager that worked so well with hops. Sam Adam's has always been great with lagers IMO and this really proves it. I would easily compare this to Daisy Cutter or DayTime in hop profile. The lager yeast is a real advantage and makes this beer incredibly smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden straw appearance with decent head. Really hoppy aroma--smells like an IPA. Initially it tastes like an IPA and then you get hit with that lager taste. Really hoppy of course and the grapefruit notes are readily apparent. To someone who doesn't really like IPA it tastes like an overly hoppy fruity lager or an overly stated pale ale. Finishes a bit more bitter.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a nice copper-amber color with a one finger off white head. The head is rather thick, slowly fading over time to give a nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma s quite hoppy in nature. It consists largely of a citrus and some pine hop. There is a sweet aroma mixed with these hop aromas as well. Some tropical fruit notes of mango and tangerine as well as a very light caramel smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a light pine and some sweeter tangerine, melon, and mango. As the flavor advances the pine hp flavors lessen in nature while a citrus hop flavor begins dominating the hop taste. While the grapefruit hop gets stronger, the sweeter flavors dwindle some more. In the end a lightly sweetened and actually rather hoppy malt flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite nice for hop and bready flavors as well as the sweet flavors being accentuated well as well by the creamy body.

Overall- A very nice drinking and hoppy brew. Quite tasty and delicious.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear copper-amber color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade featuring typical texturing given the style. There's a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Quite hoppy, yet in a subdued manner. The one hop strain I notice predominantly is the mango-like, slightly catty nature of Simcoe - but this also has the grapefruit peel of Cascade and the earth/lemon of Centennial. No real maltiness to be found, but who cares? I'm quite intrigued.

T: Just like the aroma, this has a noticeable influence from the hops. At first, the melon and mango flavors from Simcoe hops comes through. After a couple of sips, flavors of lemon, earth, pine, and grapefruit peel make an appearance. Slightly sweet maltiness finishes off the flavor profile. I also notice a bit of diacetyl, as well. It's definitely a showcase for the hops, and while they don't come across particularly boldly, they never come across as overpowering.

M: A bit heavy in texture, enough to quash drinkability somewhat. If I have any problem with this brew, it's that it isn't as easy to down as it could be. After a while, the malts win out in terms of palate feel, making it a touch syrupy; on the other hand, there is some good dryness in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is about right for a lager.

O: If I rated to style, this would be around a 4.5 or so - I don't know if there's a better pale lager out there (and obviously I haven't had anything from Jack's Abby, either). In terms of personal preference, it does a good job of showing off the hop profile, but it's niggles keep it from reaching greatness.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white head with a fluffy peaked top. Light amber color with high clarity. Head remains for about three minutes, sticky lacing hangs around.

S- Spicy, earthy hops. Pepper, citrus, maybe even some pine. Malts are quiet.

T- Smooth, well-balanced hop character. Slightly bitter from piney, West-Coast hops, but sweet malts as well. Odd mix of flavors that I suppose are typical of this style.

M- Smooth and buttery, with a bite from the carbonation.

O- Nice effort by Sam Adams. Drinkable and not at all unpleasant. For a strange style, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect amber and copper tinted color with exception clarity from head to toe. The foamy white head reduces to a thin skin that sits atop the beer. Extremely spotty lacing - barely enough to really even call it lacing. Nose is a bit light, contains little bits of orange peel, vegetal hops, very light white pepper spice, slight onion tones, some grassy notes, and maybe some mild "steel-y" caramel flavors. There's a strange aroma mixed in there that pops out every now and then, but I still can't quite put my finger on it. Not off-putting, but a little different. I wonder what it is...

Taste is crisp and snaps on the tongue thanks to the overall thin body and heavy carbonation. Contains a hefty helping of lemon and grapefruit pith - inserting quite the bitter bite, or at least, much bitter than I was expecting. Some more lemon and orange zest notes join at the end and add a bit of sweetness. Hops are kind of leafy and grassy, maybe even with a little bit of pine now. I'm still picking up a touch of pepper spice and onions, though they're not as strong anymore. Light sweetness from the toasted caramel malts in the aftertaste, though it's moreover dominated by the fading hop bitterness. Dry and bready finish.

Pretty damn good for a 5% ABV lager - this is something you could definitely session with. Not the tastiest thing on the planet, but it's certainly worth the price and content for the low alcohol tax.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pour a very clear golden honey colored beer. A very good looking beer with a huge white head and excellent retention.

S - Love the smell. Starts off with pine and citrus smells and I also dtect some floral aromas. Wonderful!

T - Love the hops in this beer. Nicely balanced beer in my opinoin. Up front is tastes on pine and a little citrus. It finishes bitter but you can also definately taste the malts.

M - Almost creamy feeling. Would call it medium bodied beer. Fairly smooth beer.

O - I love it. I would look for it and buy it. I got this bottle out of the Sam Adams Spring Sampler pack and its my favorite by far. I had never had an IPL before. Kudos to Boston Beer Company for making this one available.

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Photo of Thads324
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gokden honey color, big pillowy head that is slightly off white. Head dissipates slowly, minimal lacing.
Soft aromas of white bread, honey, sugar, citrus rind and slight pine needles.

Starts light and watery with no flavor at all until the midway point. Hop bitterness starts the second half with mild stone fruit flavor and a hint of minty pine and grass. Malt undertones of rustic white bread with honey glaze and a bit of corn. Finishes solid with a bit of grassy and earthy bitterness that is reminiscent of that first spring hike of the year.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, lighter end of medium bodied. Good crisp and dry finish. Highly drinkable

Although there is a hole of no flavor to start, otherwise a very good beer. Tasty hops that don't overpower and a smooth, dry mouthfeel. While an ale here would be hearty, this one stays a bit lighter and flirtatious. And highly drinkable.
This will be an excellent option in the summer months, especially at this price.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from spring mix pack.

A: Crystal Clear golden with a big thick white head. A true pillow. Leaves nice rings of lacing, head died down by the end.

S: Nice fresh hop aroma. A blend of pine, grapefruit, and grassy floral. some cascade i believe.

T: A Hit of fresh hops. A mix of grapefruit, pine, then I get some more tropical kiwi/mango notes. Definitely has that crisp lager yeast finish. A bit of maltiness but not too much. Some grassy and herbal notes.

M: High carbonation, a nice creamyness. Not watery at all for ABV, for what it is, quite nice.

O: Big flavors for a 5% ABV, crazy. More of a hopped up pilsner than a "IPL". I like this alot though, one of the best sam offerings, especially for the hop forward beers. Like a munich helles with a complex mix of west coast ipa hops. Europe meets cali.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best before July 2013 notched on the label. Pours a light copper hue with a translucent clarity and a fizzy, one inch, bright white head that quickly sizzles and pops as it recedes into a sudsy film. Nose reveals light, toasted malts with a slightly sweet character, citrus notes and a hint of earthiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus character is expressed more as acidity than any specific fruit. Malt profile also comes off a little less sweet; however, light, earthy bitterness is still evident towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a lively, almost prickly, carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a pleasant, easy-drinking APL. Nothing really stands out per se, but I wouldn't pass one up if offered. Definitely worth experiencing.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date on bottle is best before jun 2013.

A - Poured a nice 3 finger frothy head with small to large bubbles that stuck around and left decent lacing. The body of the beer is a crystal clear light copper color. Looks lightly carbonated.

S - The aroma is nice and clean with a piney/citrus nose. Malts follow the hops with light caramel note.

T - The flavor of the mouth is clean and piney, grassy and sweet with slight citrus in the background. The malts follow with slight caramel. No alcohol detected here and really clean profile.

M - The feel of this is crisp clean with a medium light body with medium amount of carbonation.

O - This is a clean easy drinking IPA. Not the most exciting but for someone who is just getting into drinking IPA's this one would be a good on to try, because its a easy clean drinking beer. I could see sessioning this one when it becomes warmer outside. I might have to try that, cheers.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - crystal clear copper body, small white head.

S - Grassy, citrusy, earthy. Nice hop profile. This is on-par with a lot of straightforward IPAs.

T - Malty first and foremost. Some caramel malts, and a dry finish. The hop profile is mostly bitter, not a lot of flavor coming from there.

M - Powerful on the tongue with carbonation.

O - this is fine, easy drinking, nothing special. Smells nice.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An IP...L?? Oh boy, here we go.

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Deep yellow/gold with a two-finger white head. Spiderweb patches of lacing.

S - Nice strong aroma of fresh cut grass, floral hops, and a touch of pine.

T - Starts off with extremely floral hops with some grapefruit, lemon, and spruce elements. Wafer-like underbelly brings some malt sweetness to balance. Slightly grainy. Overall, this sucker is pretty tasty.

M - Super clean and crisp finish. Light and airy, but just full bodied enough to not be watery. Standard Sam Adams prickly carbonation.

O - I've been critical of recent SA releases and of SA IPA's in particular, but this one feels like a little more care and inventiveness went into it. Not a stunner, but no major flaws either. I enjoyed the super clean lager finish with the strong hop profile.

IP...L? Yes, this brew actually delivers on the strange combination!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So this is just a quite hop forward lager? Okay cool, I can dig that. Good earthy influence on there with a strong malt sweetness (that I could do with a little less of honestly). Feel is pretty good. Carbonation strikes a bit firmly. For the beer nerds, this is a good one to go for. With the less experienced and those looking for standard lager type beers, this might strike as too heavy and abrasive.

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

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big, frothy head. Lace is lovely, large, and detailed, with layers of frilliness over fence rows.

Nose is delectable tropical and citrus hops. Very, very appealing!

Taste is more of the tropical fruit and lemon-grapefruit-citrus hops zing, but the hoppy overload is tempered well by a substantial malt presence. This is a well-balanced and hoppy brew that tones down the sour and bitter qualities of the hops in favor of a highly-drinkable session beer for hop-heads.

I may seek out another 6-pack of these if I can find it!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poired thick two finger head slightly off white. Light golden body with rusted orange highlights. Bountiful lacing adorns my Sam Adams glass, very nice looking.

S - nice piney hop crispness, toasty malt, fruity hints of apple, tea.

T - forward hop profile of dank grass, resin, pine, grapefruit blends into a nice smooth lager finish with some crisp cereal malt character. very smooth, the flavoring hops are so delicious yet the bittering hops are subdued. This is allowing the crisp malt character to shine in the finish and makes this very balanced and well executed. I was fearing an overpowering bitterness to dominate and was pleasantly surprised.

M - thin to medium with ample carbonation. Balanced finish, drinks very easily and could be sessionable.

O - the is a great beer, the hops are very delicious and well balanced with the malt crispness. I was very happy, haven't been keen on SA IPAs and this is probably the best I have had from them, also being an IPL and nothing I have had I find it an interesting idea and very refreshing.

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

Crystal clear ruby red color. Good stream of carbonation .Definitely smells like an IPA, with big juicy/fruity American hops bursting out. Never smelled a lager like this before, but it’s certainly familiar territory. Taste is pretty much spot-on American IPA, but the lager difference comes in the ultra clean and light finish. And that finish really ups the drinkability of this brew. Good balance overall with a noticeable pale malt character and citrusy hops, followed up by good herbal/biting finishing hops. I like it quite a bit. Body is good--by no means thin and there’s ample carbonation.

Overall I think this beer is a success. I hope it will become a regular seasonal if not a permanent part of their lineup.

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Photo of teromous
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The body is a darker bronze color, with a fluffy white head. There is some lacing, but only here and there. The beer is very transparent, and there is mild to low visible carbonation.

S: There is a bit of pine, and a very catty smell to the beer. Pretty average.

T: The flavor follows the scent, with mostly a catty taste, a bit nutty and some bread crust. There is an even balance between the malt and hop flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, a bit chewy, and pretty easy to drink.

O: Overall I thought it was fairly average. It was decent tasting, but it's not anything I would actively seek out. The catty flavor and smell dominated, so I would only recommend it to people who enjoy that. It has an rustic edge that is similar to crusty breads. It would pair well with these breads, and something like goulash and potatoes.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a really nice clear copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention is pretty solid and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I was hoping for. The aroma is pretty mild , hops are in there but the malt and yeast take over. The taste is pretty good. There is a nice bitter flavor from start to finish with a fruity essence and earthy back bone. The mouthfeel is sharp and clean, very drinkable. Overall this is a really nice beer. It's an interesting take on what could be an Ale but made into a Lager.

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly thanks to many bubbles streaming from the bottom of my SA PP glass, crystal clear auburn tan maple color. The bubbles create a pillowy rising head.

Nose nice hops, plenty of citrus, some grassy floral hops, hint pine and candy citrus, and faint hint of fresh hop resins, and light crisp lager and toasty straw malt underneath.

Taste is fresh hops again, floral and grassy, some pine and citrus again, light resin too. The grassy noble hop flavors win out in the end with soft fruity grassy slightly earthy and spicy hops. A nice overall bitterness, not till strong but enough, and let's the beer underneath come out. Light crisp lager flavors, hint fruit lager, nice soft lager overall, light grainy cereal straw malt. Finish has a nice long lingering bitterness, grassy slight earthy spicy hops, hint citrus, light crisp dry lager finish but could have been a bit more crisp.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft lager, nice carb, although could be a little more crisp and dry on the finish.

Overall a pretty nice beer, nice hops that bring enough bitterness to be an ipl but light enough not to destroy the lager underneath. Tasty soft and enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly kicked up version of the original Noble Pils (not the crap they put out now and pretend to call it noble pils).

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Photo of wingman14
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellowish orange with a frothy white head. Smell is strong with hops, citrus, pine and subtle sweetness. Taste is more subtle then the smell would suggest. Hoppy all the way through the sip but they aren't strong till the end/aftertaste. There is some malt and citrus at the beginning and ends with the strong hop punch. A nice medium mouthfeel, good body for this beer. Overall an enjoyable beer a nice malt presence that is not usually found in an IPA. My first IPL and it was tasty.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at ShopRite in preparation for the storm that we're still digging out of. I was thrilled to see this in its own six-pack instead of mixed in with the Spring Thaw pack since I had enjoyed most of the beers that were sold with it. Even though this was an American Pale Lager, this certainly isn't pale and had enough hops and body to feel like a wet-hopped ale, and this was certainly one of the best session beers that I've had in quite a long time!

The pour to this was a relatively dark amber with a nice frothy white head that settled in due time. There was some lacing after my first few sips but not as much as I worked my way through my pint glass. Nice herbal aroma with some mint thrown in, the latter became more pronounced in the taste. Just enough of an oily resin to the mouthfeel to make the hops felt but there was never any burning to this - just a bit of a metallic touch in the aftertaste. The feel of this was a subtle but strong grapefruit rind that lasted from start to finish, tying one sip into the next. The carbonation and body were spot-on, feeling neither weak or heavy. I actually had to pace myself when drinking this, since it went down to easily.

I'm glad I bought six of these, even though I only had one in this particular sitting. Like SNPA or the Sammy Boston Lager, this beer can be enjoyed year-round and deserves to be in anyone's rotation. This certainly pushed the edge to what a Lager can look and taste like and will please just about anyone who plunks $10 and gives this a go. Enthusiastically recommended!

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Photo of tdm168
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - orange with a ton of carbonation bubbles; a big, soft, thick white head that has great retention

S - herbal, spicy, piny; very intense hoppy aroma

T - citrusy, piny, spicy, herbal, very hoppy, some lagery notes, a mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is one of the better Pale Lagers I have ever had. It definitely delivers the hops that it promises. It has tremendous drinkability, and doesn't disappoint. I won't buy the whole mix-pack again for this, but if I came across it elsewhere, I would definitely get it again.

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,561 ratings.
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