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Really digging Sam Adam's IPL.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by BladeRunner, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. BladeRunner

    BladeRunner Apr 4, 2007 Illinois
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    It almost tastes like they used Boston Lager as the base recipe but switched out the noble hops in favor of west coast hops. Very solid brew and I'm pretty impressed overall. Anyone else digging this brew?
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  2. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    better question is IPL the next up and coming style? JA is doing great things with IPLs and I welcome the thought of more options in the market.
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  3. LivingWeapon

    LivingWeapon Oct 29, 2012 Illinois

    Yeah I really like the SA IPL.. i am actaully becoming quite impressed with Sam Adams.
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  4. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby already brewed ABCs. It should be bottled and available for crushing soon!
  5. willbm3

    willbm3 Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I thought the Sam IPL was pretty middle of the pack. It just tastes like marginally hoppier Boston Lager. Hoponius Union blows it out of the water so maybe I'm spoiled. Perhaps I should try it again but Sam hasn't done it for me since I was 19. Other than some of their more special releases, there's just too many other good brews out there
  6. shand

    shand Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    The SA IPL really reminded me a lot of Lagunitas' DayTime in terms of hop profile, strangely enough.

    I haven't had Jack's Abby to compare, I'm sure they do the style better. But Double Agent is pretty damn good for my money.
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  7. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
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    I really liked it. I'd easily pick up a 6 if I see it, but right now I've only seen it in the variety packs.
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  8. OldhouseRecs

    OldhouseRecs Aug 3, 2012 North Carolina
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    They've released this as stand alone 6 packs and I'm quite happy about it.
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  9. Handle

    Handle Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    This really tastes like a hoppy Boston Lager to some of you? I don't get anywhere near the maltiness that Boston Lager has; it's a much lighter beer in color as well.

    I liked most of the beers in the Spring Thaw 12-pack, especially the IPL and Alpine Spring.
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  10. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I tried one and really enjoyed it. I'll be picking up a six pack soon. It seems perfect for the (hopefully soon) arrival of spring. Even though I've enjoyed my winter full of imperial stouts, DIPAs, and other high abv special releases, I'm starting to crave some lighter but still flavorful beers.
  11. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Jul 13, 2011 Florida
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    I tried a single of it and enjoyed it as well - just not sure I'd buy a 6 pk of it when I can get SNPA for the same price or Lagunitas and some other brews for $1 more.
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  12. HeyJim

    HeyJim Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I really didn't like this. In fact, I didn't like much at all from the Spring 12 pack. The Whitewater IPA from the Hop Tour six pack I had, however, may be my favorite Sam Adams beer I've had yet.
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  13. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Bought a 6-pack today, wasn't all that impressed. After drinking Hoponius Union for months, Double Agent just doesn't stand up. A decent beer, but the hops just don't show up for me. The price is right, but I think I actually prefer Alpine Spring.
  14. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    the newest regular in the fridge. i wasn't expecting anything and was takin' totally off guard. price is very good. if it wasn't sam adams, it would be getting more love. recommended it to a co-work and this weekend, he and his dad had it with pizza. LOVED IT.
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  15. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Boston Lager is much more focused on the continental malts than IPL, but yes, I am very impressed with it. They've been coming up with some really great beer over the last few years
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  16. JediMatt

    JediMatt Jun 18, 2010 Iowa

    Agreed. Those two are the best things Sam Adams has done in a while, IMO.
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  17. Heidelberg7

    Heidelberg7 Sep 13, 2008 Illinois
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    If SA lowered their price on Alpine and Ipl I would buy but for almost the same price I can get Zombie Dust/or Lagunitas sucks ......etc
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  18. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    Double Agent IPL was my favorite from the Spring Thaw pack. I went into it thinking I would love the Maple Pecan Porter the best, but I was surprised by the IPL. I've seen Alpine Spring all over here in Northern Wyo. Advertised as on tap, in 6-packs, and just generally being pushed pretty hard. I thought Alpine Spring was decent, but it was kind of "meh," in my opinion.

    I'm also intrigued by IPLs as a style. IPAs are by far my favorite style of beer, but I'm intrigued by lagers. The more styles of lagers I have, the more I'm enjoying them for their own merits as opposed to comparing them to what I love about ales. I'd love to try Hoponius Union.
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  19. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    I really liked the Double Agent. I hope the IPL style catches on outside of JA, which I cannot get.
  20. scootsmal

    scootsmal Aug 15, 2012 New York

    Im on board with this as well. Drank an 6'er last weekend and went and bought another right away. My hope is its a regular in their brewing line now. In all honesty I havent drank a bunch of SA since i got into this craft beer shenanigans. the IPL could swing me back to SA again. Boston Lager and Latitude 48 are respectable as well.

    With all this said, it cant shake a stick at Hoponius Union, that stuff is spectacular.
  21. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    Enjoyed this one. Not bad at $5.99/6 on sale.
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  22. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Agreed. I really do enjoy IPL, but I don't think the malt profile is anything like Boston Lager's.
  23. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    :) Someone likes a lager?
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  24. bleakies

    bleakies Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I like the Double Agent.

    It's not Hoponius Union, but it's not a nearly 7% abv IPL either, so I'm happy to have access to both.
  25. ShanePB

    ShanePB Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I was pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed the Double Agent IPL. Nice work, guys.
  26. Brew33

    Brew33 Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    I was disappointed. Great concept, poor execution. Maybe put some more hops in your hoppy beer?
  27. Handle

    Handle Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    I think it's very well hopped, considering it's a hybrid of an IPA and a lager. Sam Adams has never brewed hop bombs.
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  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I fixed it for you.
  29. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    The other lager threads ignore all of the other ingredients. Just saying.
  30. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    "Never"? Wouldn't 110 IBU's be considered a "bomb-ish" level.
  31. Handle

    Handle Mar 16, 2009 North Carolina

    Huh, never heard of that one. I guess I should have said they don't make a habit of brewing hop bombs. :p
  32. Brew33

    Brew33 Oct 24, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    Fair point. That being said, calling it an "India Pale" Lager and advertising Citra hops among others made me think I was going to have a hoppier beer. I guess I really just had high hopes and I think this is a style that we're going to see a lot of. I think there is a lot of potential here.
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  33. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    I liked it. Interesting flavors.
  34. JimKal

    JimKal Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    Wouldn't it be nice , now that SA is canning, to put this one in a can (along with Latitude 48)?
  35. BeerLover99

    BeerLover99 Dec 13, 2008 Illinois

    Ever since Sam Adams did the hop-by-hop breakdown case, I have been rediscovering SA.
    I, too, enjoy the IPL.
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  36. BCarder

    BCarder Dec 16, 2011 Massachusetts

    I have been drinking Hoponius Union since the beginning. When I first had the Double Agent IPL - I wanted to compare it to Hoponius - but it can't be. They're both great at what they are.
  37. dan027

    dan027 Mar 28, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I was really excited to try this one and very pleased when I had it. I thought it was great and love the whole IPL concept, looking forward to having more and really need to try Hoponius Union after reading this thread. Until then, can't wait to session the hell out of this one on the golf course this spring.
  38. GFG

    GFG Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    I really like the Double Agent. I also really like the Latitude 48 this year. Could be because I love mosaic hops, but either way it's pretty good.
  39. priwen

    priwen Apr 1, 2007 Arkansas

    I really enjoy it. The alcohol is low enough to session, and the hops level is such that it won't wreck your palate.
    I would also like to see this one in cans. I think it would be a great one to take to the lake/river this summer.
    I don't agree with the comparisons to Boston Lager. I don't taste any similarity between the two.
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  40. godlessape

    godlessape Dec 12, 2010 Georgia

    Yes. I thought it was really good. I got it in the Spring sampler pack, and I liked all the others in there as well.
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