Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL (India Pale Lager)

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL (India Pale Lager)

Rated 3.576 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Boston Beer Company

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  Lager

5% Alcohol by Volume

43 International Bittering Units

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Our fresh take on a boldly hoppy brew – an India Pale Lager (IPL) – with a burst of citrusy hop character with notes of grapefruit and orange and a hint of sweetness. Brewing innovation is about asking “what if?” What if we gave an IPA a second identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, and tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy and flavorful brew with a crisp lager smoothness.

ID: 50735 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank2182
Overall Percentile95.9
Style Rank2 of 1066
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.700
Weighted Score3.576
Standard Deviation0.277

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  • HANTRAN 550 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Big nose on this one, citrus and pear. Pours a medium gold body with a hint of orange topped with a white frothy head that lasts well and leaves good lace. Body is thinish but this is a lager. Carbonation is nice. Flavor is not complex, quite clean and dry. A hint of lemon, sme grass and grain, just s touch of sweetness in the end, the hops appear to be aroma and bittering, not much typical hop flavors, surprisingly well balanced between hops and grassy flavors. Very drinkable.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Light bronze color,good carbonation,with nice hop Aroma.Followed by smoothness in the taste w/a light hoppy flavor with some bitterness at the end.A very nice summertime thirst quencher.

  • GPILAFAS 267 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Outstanding brew from the folks in Boston. Orange/amber pour with medium white head. Fair amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is a light citrus. Very subtle yet memorable hop presence. Must have again!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    On tap at Bearden Beer Market: golden pour, tall white head, nice lacing. Surprising hops nose and initial flavor, then subdued with malty sweet, but hen the hops come right back, spicy and inviting, citrus and bitter, great linger too. This is a lager? It is now. Welcome to the New World. Boom - love it!

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Sampled on 7/5/2013. This Imperial Pilsner pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is citrusy, hoppy and bready. A medium bodied Imperial Pilsner. The malts are bready, fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy, floral and slightly piney. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. Crisp and clean. Nice malts at the start with some nice lingering at the finish. Slightly spicy, with some of the grape skin Nelson Sauvin character. An interesting beer. Very drinkable, its hoppy like an IPA, but has that malty sweeter character of a lager. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I may have waited a little too long on this, but it IS before the date and still pleasantly hoppy and floral. Tropical fruits, citrus and a hint of pine. Light in body, so as not to be cloying. Solid brew. Best new one I've had from them in a while.

  • CHOPZ 7183 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Nice, an India Pale Lager. Part of their Spring Thaw mixed pack. Rich golden colour with a frothy off-white head that stays very long, and creates thick foamy lacing. Beautiful full IPA Cascades hoppy nose with the typical grapefruit notes. The difference is in the taste. Pretty much the same, but much milder. Still, the grapefruits and pines are present. I really enjoyed this switch on the style, from ale to lager.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This may be the best of Samuel Adams I've had. A bright sunshine tinted light amber colored beer. A big fluffy textured, off white head rising above. There was good hang time on it. With it tilt a film blankets the sides of the glass. A bold citric nose. Nice blance of orange-citric and lighter sweet malt tasting. Full bodied, cramy and refreshing. Sorry I didn't pick up more

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    An India Pale Lager? Gotta love it! Robust aroma has a very strong hoppy component, a sour citrus underpinning, and a hint of crisp lager malt. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick ivory head. Hoppy flavor has nicely balanced woody and resiny components, with citrus and malt peeking through. Firm, smooth texture dances on the tongue, delighting with a hoppy and fruity finish. One brew experiment that makes the grade. If not Sam's best, definitely worth a try.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a yellowish orange with a frothy white head. Smell is strong with hops, citrus, pine and subtle sweetness. Taste is more subtle then the smell would suggest. Hoppy all the way through the sip but they aren't strong till the end/aftertaste. There is some malt and citrus at the beginning and ends with the strong hop punch. A nice medium mouthfeel, good body for this beer. Overall an enjoyable beer.

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