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

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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPLSamuel Adams Double Agent IPL

Brewed by:
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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Added by Ford on 12-28-2012

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then a good hops presence comes in along with a mild but complementary sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, this is a nice poundable beer to drink for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden amber hue with a thin off white head. Interesting nose of biscuity and caramel malts along with flowery and fruity hops. Grainy, hay, citrus, and pine.

Definitely different. Has that dortmunder export like malt bill, full of flavor and grainy notes followed by and earthy and herbal bitterness. Strangely though on the finish bright citrus hops burst and linger in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate and nice with a faint sweetness lingering as well. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. It's pretty good but the bright citric hop flavors tend to muddy up the clean grain bill. I dont think we'll be seeing too much more of this style cause of how contradictory the flavors but sam managed to make it work a little bit and managed to still make it a pretty clean beer.

Being that boston beer makes pretty safe beers, this is even a little bit of a stretch for them and doesn't work perfectly so I'd be surprised to see other breweries take it to the next level only to make a sloppier beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ale1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass , 3" head, good lacing , cascade hops lots of them .. citrus ..good mouthfeel,finish
what a great ale, doesn't seem like a lager, we have added this to our regular beers in the fridge , i agree good with a roast or just about anything, breakfast even...
a keeper from Jim Koch

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clear, deep golden hue. Small, 1.5 finger head that retains ok and laces fairly well. Lots of rising carbonation. Really a good looking beer in the glass.

S- Big hops right up front with a citrus burst in the nose. Citrus flavors are backed up by a pine scent. No malts or malt sweetness is detectable under the hops, but man the hops are great.

T- Just like the scent. Moderate hops bitterness up front that persists throughout the drink. Light and fruity towards the end before ending in a slightly aggressive hops bite. Brilliantly balanced with hops and base flavors.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and infinitely drinkable. This one goes down smooth and won't catch up with you with it's ABV. This is a pretty awesome feel for a beer to session.

Overall, this is the best beer Sam Adams makes. Easy to drink, great hops flavors, and smooth as can be. I will reiterate the sentiments of others here, Jim Koch, please keep making this.

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3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours out a hazed copper colour with a tan tinged white head, slim in girth but with some stickiness and staying power. nice lace. straight up west coast hop aroma...restrained but appropriate. the flavour profile is hop forward. juicy fruit and pine sap with a puckering, tongue slapping bitterness. pale malts try to hold up the bottom end but pretty much gets buried in bitterness. tastes pretty nice if you like your lagers hop forward. overall body seems fullish at first blush, even though it's really not due to the excessive hop bill....therefore the mouthfeel can be best described as blistering and tongue tingling. definitely quenching and dry. drinkability is nice. i'd have another.

overall i would say that this is a overly hopped lager that SA does a nice job with, in the tradition of their past hop heavy lagers. i find an "empty" spot somewhere in the body/mouthfeel that really sticks out to me and distracts just a bit. i think this would pair with some crackers and cheese, popcorn or other bar snacks just to keep it interesting.

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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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