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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 brewdude1982
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a orange color with excellent clarity and a good head with slight lacing and mild retention. It smells really hoppy and made me excited about this lager. It tastes pretty damn amazing considering that it is a lager and I am not a huge lager fan. It has an interesting hop character and I would like to know what hops they used. It has a pretty good body considering that lagers don't have a lot of body and is well carbonated. This is a good beer and I would like it if they sold it in six packs.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange with a decent white head. Nice sticky lace. Looks like SA.

Decent hop aroma, with pine and citrus, and some toasty malt.

Big hops up front, but not super in-your-face. Malt is nice with a toasted bread note. Some cracker and bread crust and malt bitterness as well. Finishes fairly clean.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

A solid hoppy brew. I like the malt and what they did to keep it in balance with the hops. Pretty decent. Not an earth-shattering beer though. A little safe, but that's ok.

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

Ba Review #253
Served On: 2/8/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
ABV: 5.6%Date/ Code: June

This was a 12oz bottle from the spring mixed 12 pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD ($15.99).

Look: Crystal clear pale gold color (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). High carbonation level. Creamy 1-finger of whipped egg whites for head.

Smell: Super sharp citrus hop aroma. Some onion notes were noticeable. No lager qualities in the nose whatsoever.

Taste: First up was a sweet nectar of hops mixed with some base malts in the background. No real bready or sour notes typical to most lager styles. The citrus and onion hop notes kicked in towards the end of each sip. This pretty much seemed like a hoppy pale ale to me.

I liked this beer, but the lager theme was completely lost in the pungent hop profile that Boston Beer managed to achieve with this one.

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Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear medium copper with a one finger white head. The head hangs around in some form nearly throughout with really nice lacing.

Aroma is quite a shock as it is much more than I was expecting. Tons of tropical fruit character with orange, tangerine, mango, and some pineapple. There is a little bread trying to poke through but it is nearly all hops.

The flavor has the same punch of tropical hops up front and it is really pretty strong and juicy. Adds a real nice layer to what would otherwise be a pretty typical lager. Beneath the hops there are notes of bread and caramel that is very reminiscent of other Sam Adams lagers. One can definitely tell that this is a Sam Adams beer. Bitterness is on the mild side with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a little bit of a sticky finish.

Overall, one of the better beers I have had from Sam Adams. I really love the hops and the crispness the lager yeast gives. This beer is highly drinkable and provides an added bonus of great flavor. Definitely one to pick up.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to June 2013.

Strong citrus aroma, taste precisly follows; very grapefruit/ mandarine orange flavors. Nice crisp finish. Appearance was very appealing; poured clear orange-yellow with full white head. Head lingers and laces the glass well. Although it is from their "Hopology" collection, it does not seem to be all that "hoppy", much milder and smoother than many IPA's I have tried. Give this one a go!

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Photo of mikeal1917
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden color, wispy disapating head

Smell: floral, citrusy, with the typical IPA hoppiness

Taste: I'm not normally a huge fan of IPA, but this one I can definitely sink my teeth into occasionally. typical IPA bitterness without the lingering aftertaste which I've always disliked.

Mouthfeel: IPA taste without the thick, heaviness of a normal IPA. Depending on your preference, that could be amazing or disappointing.

Overall: A good/great IPA that I could drink all night, though it wouldn't be my first choice from the Spring Thaw pack from Sam Adams.

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Photo of hopandbarley28
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into wide tulip

A: nice crystal clear yellow-orange color. A slight haziness and nice bright white head

A: definitely has a nice American ipa aroma. Pine mixed with grapefruit and a hint of tangerine. Also a nice toasty malt character. Well balanced aroma. Not picking up on too much hops or too much bready lager yeast

T: nice and balanced just like the aroma. Slight bitterness upfront followed by a little juicy hop flavor. The finish is toasty and bready like a lager but has a nice dryness and a hint of pine in the aftertaste.

M: very balanced beer. It's light and crisp like a lager, but the hops trying valiantly to fight of the lager character. Not too heavy, not too hoppy. The bitterness and maltiness are an even match

Overall, this is a very balanced and refreshing beer. Very drinkable at 5% and not overly bitter(not sure what the ibus clock in at). I can't wait until someone amps up the abv and ibus to see what happens. DIPL anyone? Anyway, This is worth a try.

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Photo of chilidog
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up in the spring sampler box, poured into a Sammy glass.
An ipl, not sure on this one but wow, a nice brew indeed.
A good looking beer. Amber, copper with a tan thin head, maintained well, thin lace.

Aroma straight from the bottle at cap off. Citric hop, pine and grapefruit.

Taste is Chrystal hops, malts, grapefruit citric hop, pine and some candied sugar sweetness. A good well balanced flavor.

Mouth is very smooth, soft and a citric flavor treat.

Drink ability very easy at 5.0. While a smooth bounty of flavor comes forth.

Overall a better Sammy sample than most. I say bottle this one.

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Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I see IPL I think of Hoponious Union, any chance that this stands up at all?

A- Bottle poured into a pint glass with a clear golden-amber body. A thick and creamy cap forms to a few fingers in size. The head has great retention and resembles bubbly cream.

S- A pleasant hop character at a medium strength. Hops lend mostly hints of tropical fruit and citrus peel. Doesn't hit you as hard as many modern hoppy beers but still nice. With time some light caramel and cereal grain notes come through. Thick lace forms cloud-like fixtures all down the glass.

T- Follows the nose quite nicely, especially with the hops. Again, reminds me of what many smaller brewers are going for these days with a good deal of tropical fruit and citrus, lemon and grapefruit are big, following it. Some pine with warmth. A bit more malt is noticed here but I think it is just everything in general as the nose wasn't that strong. Light caramel, cracked grains and some yeast bread round it all out.

MF- Light body with moderately high carbonation supporting the hop flavors nicely. Fairly creamy and silky but not overly so which I think works better here. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

One of the better Sam Adams beers I have tried in a long time, maybe the best I have had. Really hits that tropical fruit flavor but drinks smoothly and mildly making it a session beer candidate. I would laugh if people claim this is one-dimensional or something because it really is similar to 80% of the IPAs/hoppy Pales out there today.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber beer, not much in the way of head, but what there is has a moderately long retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Don't have to look hard to get the smell off of this one. Lots of bright citrus notes, some pine as well, and a backbone of crystal malts.

T: Some biscuity malts up front, but they are almost immediately overwhelmed by the resinous, piney hops. Little bit of lemon underneath the pine. Finish is dry.

M: Moderately high carbonation, medium body and rather oily.

O: I happen to like Sam Adams as a casual drinking beer, but this is really good even for them. Well balanced, nice blend of citrus and pine, lots of flavor for a 5% ABV. It isn't a surprising or particularly interesting brew, but it's very drinkable, and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip.

A: Clear sunset gold with ample fluffy bright white head.

S: Lots of pine in the nose...trees and spruce tips...suggestions of woody earth and pilsner biscuit malt.

T: Crisp malt backbone initially with an ample dose of clear lemon...pine as well, with some faint grapefruit, but overall the taste is a bit watery compared to the hop blast of the nose.

MF: Clear, crisp lager body, pretty refreshing and light.

O: Decent drinker but suffers from a lack of diversity and depth in flavors. Still a pretty nice pale lager with some ample hopping. A good value too.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hear there's a mole in the agency. ...Or maybe it was the garden... Anyway, this stuff pours clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light leek, sweet caramel, and grass. The taste holds notes of orange rind, light lemon rind, grapefruit peel, mild caramel, and a bit of honey dripping from a tall blade of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little hoppy lager, nothing overtly special, but a generally enjoyable experience.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass

A- Golden in color with champaign like carbonation. One finger of head with nice retention.

S- The aroma is hoppy and earthy. A nice deal of hopped bitterness, citrus aroma, and bready malt aromas as well.

T- A good amount of hop taste up front that is well balanced with some malty sweetness. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the boston lager. A little bit of a roasty taste as well.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of crisp carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly bready.

O- Another delicious brew by Sam Adams. Reminded me a lot of the Boston lager, only a little bit more hoppy and less roasty. I have been a fan of the Boston lager, but I think I like this even more. I will be picking it up again when I get the chance. It is both delicious and well priced.

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Photo of jacksback
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has to be the first pale hippy offering from Sam Adams that I've actually looked out for. Had to get some mix pack with a REALLY promising sounding maple pecan worst nightmare thing.

but on to this innovative India pale lager... Just like jacks abbey has been ding for a while now...

pours a clear light copper with a decent head. TOO clear though. Looks too thin and watery.

smell actually shows a lot of promise. All hops. Mostly sharp, bright citric notes... With a bit of resinous action in the background. Not really any hints of malt sweetness.

flavor... Is shocking, given the brewery. Big hop flavor, moderate bitterness, and only a bit of malt sweetness to distract. Hop character follows the nose- big sharp citrus in front, with some light earthy resins underneath. Bitterness only really kicks in near the middle, letting all the hop flavors jump out in front.

Crisp, clean and even on the palate. Plenty of flavor and a bit of sharpness on the finish. Super drinkable.

overall... A rather suprising one from Sam Adams. A solid ipa-ish brew with plenty of hop character and no real flaws. Impressive.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in a mixed 12 pack, the new Spring thaw mixer out this year.
Pours a clean golden tone, good carbonation.Head is also light, medium, and nice to look at.
Smells of lime,grapefruit rind,touch of orange, biscuit malt, pepper,light bread.
Flavor is upfront and center grapefruit. Biscuit malts, pepper, add a nice background supporting role.
Tons of citrusy goodness, especially for a 5% beer
Pretty surprised at this brew.Much better than expected. Something I would/will buy again.. usually not the case for me when it comes to Sam Adams beer
And for the category it falls in? American pale lager..i.e..BMC bullshit..this really blows the competition away.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is a beautiful golden color. It is clear with plenty of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Two inches of tightly packed head top it.

S - I smell fresh lime along with other citrus aromas.

T - The taste is sort of a let down. It does not match the intensity of the aroma. The lime comes through in the taste, but is muted. I get some toast and a little toffee to round it out.

M - Moderate. It is pretty smooth.

O - I had high hopes for this beer. It is a delicious lager and would make a great session beer. This is only my second IPL. The previous one must have spoiled me. Even though it didn't live up to my expectations I would still buy this again. It would make a great session lager.

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

12oz bottle to a pilsner glass

A:light coper orange almoast like dark apple juice nice laceing that hangs around

S:wow what a nice smell grapefruit hoppiness

T:hops hops and more hops just like an ipa but thinish is more clean and dry like a lager

M:nice dry and crisp

Overall:what a damn good job sam adams one of my new favorit beers its like having an ipa but a lager at the same time haha I could pound theese all day long I can't wait to try more hopoligy beers.

Love life... drink beer!!!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, notch on the side of the bottle says best by July 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. The last of the 6 beers in the variety pack.

A - Typical clear gold amber colored appearance with about a finger of white foamy head that goes down quickly. Nice scattered lacing; an impressive thing with a Samuel Adams beer.

S - Citrus grapefruit hops. Smells a lot better than the Samuel Adams Noble Pils did, if I am remembering correctly.

T - Bold citrus lemon / grapefruit hops are the prevalent feature here, and deservedly so. A much tastier and fruitier beer than the Samuel Adams Noble Pils or the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA. Mild level of carbonation, it is nicely balanced.

M - A clean, sticky mouthfeel. Lingering flavors of green apple sugars hanging out. A nicely tailored beer for sure.

Overall, an impressive outing from the Boston Beer Company. This beer would be better suited for hopheads and IPA lovers than people who enjoy the taste of a malty lager. A beer I would have again for sure, and I am looking forward to trying the other Hopology brews that they've got.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL ---3.5/5

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Photo of mattkoon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i really like this double agant ipl from sam adams. the color is a nice golden. the smell is thick with rich piney hops. theres a bold hoppiness in the taste. somehow they capture the hoppy flavor without the face squishing bitterness of some other really hoppy beers. being that this is an "ipl" i think sam adams did just what they sat out to do with this one. it is a very smooth very drinkable, hoppy ipa (l) beer.

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

A- double agent ipl pours a dark amber body with huge frothy head of foam that rushes to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing clasps to the edges of the brew

S- a grassy and herbal citric scent is at the forefront. Fruity and dank simultaneously, there seems to be a slight caramel malt tone in there as well

T- very bitter pine flavors with a citric undertone kick off double agent. Quite the resionious piney taste profile

M- carbonated and sticky, it's in good feel

O- double agent ipl is a good piney hopped up lager. Very concentrated and flavorful all the while sessionable as heck

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Photo of DavidST
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best by June 2013. This pours a clear yellow / light golden color with a large off white head. The smells are very crisp and of nice grassy and floral hops, a very nice smelling beer. The feel is medium to light mid carbonation. The taste is pretty good alight crisp grassy, and hoppy taste. This is a very good lager.

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Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear tawny color with white head that leaves sugary lacing. Hop aroma of grass, mint leaves, lemon skin, soap, and blood orange. Hops are in the forefront in flavor: grass, mint leaves, lemon skin, pine towards the finish, bitter but clean, cereal in the background. Light in body with medium carbonation that is prickly. Very clean, hop-forward lager that makes for some easy drinkin'. Interesting, sessionable, and enjoyable. Very refreshing when served cold as shit.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber with a small off white colored head, it is the color of weathered copper.

Smell is all northwestern type hops as feature in AIPAs and APAs. Pine and grapefruit with some passion fruit and a little sandal wood. Little bit of biscuit malt.

Starts out hops over a biscuit malt backbone. Primarily grapefruit and cedar wood flavor. Little bit of pine. Fairly dry beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is OK but I don't need a six pack of the stuff.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear shade of light orange with a two finger white head. Man, this is a fantastic looking beer. Beautiful

S- nice bit of citrus coming through in the aroma. Tons of orange. Great

T- lots of citrus. A bit of soapiness as well. Slightly bitter. Not bad, but has a lot of the same qualities as a lot of Sam's lighter beers

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- not a bad beer at all, but it reminds me a lot of the Summer Ale with that soapy flavor I'm getting out of it

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

A gold-colored beer with a medium-sized white head that left some very pretty lace.

Hoppy aroma of pine and citrus, with an aroma lingering in the background that I finally interpreted as onion. Interesting, not offensive.

Mostly pine and herbal hops. A bit of grapefruit. Bready.

Crisp mouthfeel, as advertised. Two went down pretty quickly and easily.

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