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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the sexy, curvy Samuel Adams glass. Clear golden body with moderate effervescence. An inch and a half of foamy white head. Aromas of lager yeast, piney hops, biscuit malt, earth and floral notes. Almost like a hoppier version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Medium bitterness. Clean and refreshing. Lasting notes of earthy hops and a bitter tang. Honestly, this is much better than I expected. I haven't been too impressed with the many hoppy offerings in the Samuel Adams lineup, but I'd have this again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 9/14. Pours a light amber, just a shade above golden, with a slight ruby tint. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Nice light nose of citrus, grapefruit and sweet tropical, over a bit of biscuit. Light medium body with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation which imparts a nice effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is a blend of hop flavor with very little bitterness. The hop flavor is citric, with a focus on grapefruit initially. The middle gets more tropical and ends with a nice biscuit crispness. On the finish, a nice light grapefruit rind bitterness lingers a bit.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark gold body with good head and lace. The aroma is mostly hoppy with a little bit of grainy malts in there. These citric hops dominate the flavor profile but the beer is more fuller body and not quite smooth like some IPAs. Not much sweetness in this beer as it is mostly dry and hoppy. Easy finish and a good, hearty, filling beer worth sipping on.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A TWO full fingers of off-white head on the pour - reddish amber with ultra clarity.
head quickly breaks down to just a film with clumps of foam, with decent lacing

S - nice hoppiness to the nose, (thanks)

T blast of hops with the standard malty base. NEAR PERFECTION, really really good.

M full body, abv at a minimum

D overall GREAT - have plenty

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a dark amber color and produces a nice, long lasting head. The taste is very hoppy, in fact more hoppy than I like. I hate IPAs, but I'd thought aid give an IPL a try. I don't hate it as much as the IPAs, but I'll stick with the original Boston Lager next time.

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Photo of 57md
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper with over a finger of head that lingers for a decent amount of time. The nose is mildly hoppy. The malt profile is present, but relatively light in character. The hop bitterness is present on the finish. This is basically SA’s classic Boston Lager with a little less malt and a little more hops.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Pale orange with a one-finger head
S: Pine & citrus rind initially with caramel & malt as well
T: Burnt malt, not nearly as fresh as the nose
M: Medium-bodied with pleasant carbonation though a bit burnt/bitter
O: This has a lot going for it, I'm just not sure why the palate tastes burnt given the rest of the beer is decent, but that makes me not a fan

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal-clear dark amber body with a thick, chunky, white head; lots of clumps of foam and lacing on the glass. Nice mixture of cereal grain and pine and citrus hop aroma. The taste is light in the malt flavors with a heavier focus on hop bitterness; light, honey dew melon fruitiness. Medium bodied with a crisp, clean, dry finish.

This beer goes down easily with its lager lightness and relatively mild malt grain flavors. The hop aroma and flavor character provide the real character and uniqueness to this brew. It's not as aggressively hoppy like a West coast IPA nor as smooth as a classic Czech or German styled pilsner yet does a good job of combining these styles in an approachable way. No, it probably won't blow anyone's mind who likes a classic IPA or pilsner style by itself (well, maybe the pilsner lovers may find more in common with this hybrid brew), yet I'd wager most people wouldn't turn down having another if given a chance. Fine and refreshing.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden color with some haziness with a firm long lasting white head.

S - A burst of pine and citrus hops.

T - Citrus, particularly grapefruit as well as some pine with some malt in the background.

M - Very rich with excellent carbonation.

O - Really great hop flavor, especially in a beer with such moderate ABV. This is a great thirst quencher and I intend to use it as such.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by Aug 2014 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of faint citrus
Head small (2 cm), white, creamy with small rocks, mostly diminishing into 3 mm layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings
Body yellow with slight haze
Flavor starts as a typical lager, with the white grapefruit bitterness overriding the malt backbone. However, the hop presence is more marked than in the standard lager, ending in an astringent chalkiness.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively

A solid “meh”, not too exciting lager with a little more hops than most, but still not close to an IPA.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow amber with a long lasting white head and lacing. Aroma and Taste of pine citrus hops, caramel malt, sweet fruity notes and mild bitterness, some light grapefruit tangy notes. A medium palate, crisp with moderate carbonation. Has a nice malt finish balance by pine citrus and slight tangy grapefruit notes. Has a bit of lager in it. Overall a good drinking brew.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Solid copper colored body, a cream colored head calms to a film, decent lines of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy pine and wood, subtle grapefruit.

Taste: A spicy wood note comes first, followed by more bitter hops and grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty decent flavor overall, hit the spot for a hop craving.

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Photo of arizcards
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in early February from Fry's as part of a mixed sixer for $1.50. Best by June 2014.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that dissipated pretty quickly but is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light cereal with hints of citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the cereal malts and the citrus and tropical fruit hop. Finish leaves a bit of of pine resin.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated and refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty tasty brew that is nice and refreshing. Makes for a nice warm weather refresher.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a transparent amber color, plenty of bubbles, and a foamy, long-lasting white head. Has a grapefruit and pine aroma. Taste is the same, with a little bit of hops. Has a crisp medium-body feel with medium carbonation. This is a very nice session beer that doesn’t sit heavy on the stomach and tastes delicious.

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Photo of MountainBeers
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought the "Double Agent IPL" as part of a Sam Adams "IPA Hopology" case that I bought at Costco...

Frankly, it's a thin beer that has just-average IPA flavors and it just doesn't get to join the "Awesome IPA" family...

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle form the Hop Tour case
02/14/14 – standard pint glass

A: Copper color body with fine clarity and some off-white froth capping the top. Decent retention efforts on this one with a few broken lines of sticky lace left behind on the glass.

S: Smells of fruity hops mostly with some light malt cracker underneath. I get peach and tangerine notes with some grapefruit, pine, and mild ganja. Simcoes are coming out in the nose a bit. Not incredibly potent but a nice hoppy bloom is achieved.

T: Fruity hops of nectarine and grapefruit melds with soft pines and some herbals. Light breadiness from a malty cracker base and a fairly neutral yeast character. Moderate to low end of bitterness with no alcohol to report. A rather decent IPL but nothing of great significance really.

M: Light and creamy feel. A touch thin and watery but with a nice creamy consistency. Finishes rather clean with some light drying.

D: A decent IPL with some enjoyable hop flavors. Would not turn this one down as it was probably my favorite of the Hop Tour but it still leaves a little something more to be desired.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally a good beer in this variety pack! It has a nice lager taste.

A-Pours a nice copperish color which is a little cloudy. Nice foamy head.

S-Nice lager smell that gets the mouth ready for a tasty beer.

T-I was surprised by how good this beer actually tastes. It has a nice lager feel to it.

M-The mouthfeel is pretty decent and it has a nice body that feels smooth in the mouth.

O-This would be a beer I would purchase again and has a nice cold dry lager flavor.

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

When seeking a drier IPA to enhance drinkability, the makers of Sam Adams reach to the cold aged lager for greater crispness, lightness and refreshment. And who says that creativity is dead?

Double Agent opens with a light copper, goldenrod body. As champagne-like streams of carbonation race to the top of the glass, it builds a frothy foam stance of cotton-white. Semi-firm retention and mild lacing leads me to think that the has been stripped down a bit much from filtration. But its sparkling clarity is quite charming.

Sharp aromas of white grapefruit stands tall above a tepid malt base. Somewhat of cracker, honey and biscuit- the beer's grain character is supportive of citrusy, piney hops but without rivaling it.

Its mostly grain, but partial malt sweetness carry the taste of toasted "Grape Nuts" cereal. Light granola-like honey-dipped sweetness gives a boost to the hop flavor that rises in the middle. The sharpness of white grapefruit juice and bitter orange peels offer a tangy acidity that develops toward a dry malt and resinous pine-like bitter finish. Still a persistent iron-like and sulfury taste carry on in the same way that most Sam Adams brands do.

Its dry mouthfeel is medium-light and racy from the start. Its abundance of carbonation ushers in a quick finish with fleeting malt structure and a crisp, plaster-like closure. Light leafy astringency continues to haunt the beer late even though its dry taste is highly celebrated.

The hoppy lager is a welcome attempt to do what IPA's do best. Promote hops while suppressing malts. This IPL is a rather effortless taste, even if somewhat underwhelming.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, herbs, grapefruit, honey, lemon, and pine fill the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, crackers, straw, caramel, honey, and biscuits coat the palate. The finish is grainy and crisp with robust citrus and pine flavors joined by biscuit and honey notes.

M: Medium-bodied and a little sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: Not bad at all. I can really appreciate the clean separation of malt and hop flavors in this beer.

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Photo of lochef81
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number 3 on the Hop Tour. Pours a rich copper amber with a short lasting frothy white head that gives way to...well, nothing. The beer does have some legs and leaves a little lacing but on the whole is quite thin. The aroma is pleasant with a large amount of citrusy hops and a nice malty backbone. The flavor follows the nose with a hop forward bitterness and a generous amount of citrus and grassy notes. This is an enjoyable pour; nothing outstanding but a great beer on a hot day or after a long shift. Definitely enjoyable but not of note.

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Photo of JayBarnes10
2.59/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

ALOT of head. this beer poured with more head than beer at first. I'm not a fan AT ALL of IPAs so I thought I'd try an IPL, since I'm a lager fan. the aging didn't help at all, lol, I still don't like IPAs. I'm not sure YET, as to what makes it have that "IPA" flavor, I think it's the hops, but whatever it is, I don't like the hops flavor.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Vibrantly clear. The beers lagger visuals are quite striking. A decent head comes with this one, but dissipated before I could snap a picture. But when it was their, I have to say, the beer looked amazing. 4.5\5

Aroma: pine\tar sap, wood, and big giant resiny hops. If their was hops where a tree, this is what its amber sap would smell like. A bit of bready mixed in as well. Very well pronounced hop flavor (especially since I'm getting over a cold and cant smell very well right now!). 4.25\5

Taste: this tastes like everything that the smell suggested that it would be. This beer tastes of huge amounts of hop resins, and its all up front. The neutral hop bitterness (what might be described as the IBU's) is also pretty noticeable. Id place it in upper-medium areas. It might be far too much for a new drinker, but anyone who likes IPA's should be comfortable with this beer. And as for the lager components, they work rather well. The clean flavor of the lager helps accentuates the hops, and the beers natural beady sweetness helps counter its hopping even at such a low alchol level. 4.25\5

Mouthfeel: for the abv and style, the mouthful is actually not too light. Fairly nice, sweetish, with a decent dose of carbonation (tho a bit more would make it feel better). 3.5\5

Overall: This beer is really gave me no surprise, as I had had it before and rated it fairly well. But that was almost a year ago, and now that I like hops more, I like this beer a lot more as well. I'm not sure if they made it better over the time or if its just me changing, but I give it a 4.25\5. A very nice brew, and an example of how Boston Brewing can defiantly do something very new and interesting.

personal score:90\100. Would try again. good work BB!

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Photo of tmm313
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear amber body. Poured a 1/4 finger head. Pretty good lacing.
S- Tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, caramel, bready malt, lemon, and a little dank.
T- Tropical fruit, lemon, grapefruit, pine and burnt toast. Bitter aftertaste with a touch of grapefruit.
M- Medium, oily body. Lightly drying with some lingering bitterness.
O- This is a pretty good beer. Its on the lighter side, but is nicely balanced and flavorful. There was a nice toasty, bread-like character that went well with the west coast hops. The tart lemon flavor added a nice dimension as well. I can see this being a really good session beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer for Thanksgiving. Pours from the bottle a mostly clear dark golden color with small white head. Aroma of bready malts, lemon peel, sweet honey, grapefruit. Smells like a malty DIPA. Flavor follows as expected, big bready malts, lemon peels, sweetness, really like a malty DIPA. Slick body, medium high carbonation, big flavor for only 5%. Not bad, but was hoping for a lighter on the malt body and bigger aromatic hop profile.

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

Poured from a bottle marked best by March 2014 into an Imperial Pint Glass, from a Hopology 6 pack.

This one tastes really good to me. Poured a nice golden iced-tea color with about 1/2" of off-white head. Lots of tiny bubble trails from the bottom of the glass. I smell a good amount of grapefruit and other citrus. The grapefruit isn't as strong in the taste. Slight amount of pine in there. Mouthfeel is great. I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but it has turned out to be quite good.

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