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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,563
Reviews:
312
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.52%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
185
For Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of off-white head. Retention is maybe a minute and there is a decent bit of clingy lace on the glass. The brew is light-copper in color and mostly clear.

S-The smell is a pleasantly hoppy mixture of floral scents, some lemon and grapefruit, and earthy pine. The first couple of whiffs are pretty pungent and bitter, and give a bit of soapiness. Underneath the hops are light caramel malts. Pretty dry.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with floral notes, some citrus, and long, pleasantly bitter (and earthy) finish of pine and rye-like spice. Again, the brew is pretty dry, with just a bit of caramel and toasted bread to balance the hops. I get a bit of soapiness, but it fits the beer.

M-The feel is lightly oily and dank with relatively soft and chewy carbonation that drinks more like an IPA than a lager.

O-I quite enjoyed this beer. It drinks way above its 5% ABV and packs more than enough hoppy punch to go up against some of the better IPAs out there. There is a bit of grainy flavor in there to remind you that this is a lager, but I could definitely see drinking a few of these on a warm day next spring.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Excellent beer! If only it wouldn't have been kept under fluorescent lights at the store. Poured at a good temperature with a decent, foamy, frothy, thick, long lasting, cream-colored head and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, fruit, bit of skunk. Flavor is like nose, largely loses the skunk, has a great balance between bitter, tang, and sweet right up front and dance around each other in the mouth. Body is spot on; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has good length and is great drinking! Hope to get more of this.

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

Appearance - a crystal clear ambe color, with a light head.

Smell - You can smell the hops and the pine/citrus.

Taste - The spiciness from the hops is the initial flavor, then it goes towards a more pine like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied.

Overall - It tasted just like the Boston Lager but with a pine aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of thewilliamhart
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the ABV 5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance: It has a golden honey body with a creamy white head on top. This head has good retention and makes nice leasing on the glass.

Smell: There are nice citrusy hops with notes of tangerines and grapefruit as well as some tropical fruit.

Taste / Palate: The flavor picks up all the hop notes from the nose and adds them to a nice bread base malt. It has a solid medium body with balanced carbonation and mellow bitter finish.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of drunk1
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jculler82
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lee45102
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Frobot13
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Massive crown of dense, sticky white foam atop a slightly hazy light amber body. Patchy lacing like alien hieroglyphs adorns the glass walls. The head retention is slight, the carbonation faint.

Aroma: Prominent pine hops dominate the aroma, there are also pepper notes and a solid, though subdued caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Opens with a burst of hops, more spicy and citric than the pine tar aroma would suggest. Juicy flavors of grapefruit and orange rind assail the palate. Soon after, there is a decent wave of toasted and caramel malt, though this seems merely an accompaniment to the solid hop presence. As the taste progresses, a strong grassy characteristic appears. Finishes with mild, lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, and a slight, lingering sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-crafted, an over-the-top example of the style.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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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