Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL
5.0% ABV
The Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
12 oz bottle
Served in Duvel tulip glass
Date notched on bottle: Best by July 2013
Reviewed on 2/22/13

This lager (an India pale lager) pours an almost clear golden amber color with a decent bubbly off-white head.  Decent lacing.  Moderate carbonation.

Smell consists of hops, malt, wheat, sugar, floral, citrus, spice, grapefruit.

Taste consists of dry hoppiness with good malt lager notes mixed in.  Wheat, spice, citrus, floral, slight pepperiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dry with a decent touch of bitterness.  Good floral earthiness on the palate.

Overall, this is a good mix of a hoppy IPA and a malty lager.  Nice dryness and spiciness come together with some sugar, wheat, and citrus flavors.  Not sure who this style of beer is meant to appeal to, though it does appeals to this hophead and it makes for a neat and somewhat unexpected brew.

My score: 89

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