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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewing innovation is about asking "what if?". What if we gave an IPA a new identity and used some of our favorite West Coast hops, with their grapefruit, piney, & tropical fruit character, in a lager? The result is this boldly hoppy & and flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. Cheers!

MALT VARIETIES Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend and Munich malt
HOP VARIETIES Zeus, Simcoe, Citra, Ahtanum, Cascade, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4299) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle at base camp, DC. Deep gold pour with a small white head. The nose is sherbet hops. Lemon cake. A bit of tasted bread. The taste is lemon zest. Moderate citric hop profile. Summery and bright. Toasted grain body. Slightly bitter finish. Light and quite refreshing. Tastes pretty fresh. Active carbonation. Overall, nice stuff. Drinks very much like a clean, approachable APA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Hazy amber color, fluffy white head. Aroma of spiced flowers. Taste starts sweet then floral bitterness. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CopterScott (124) - Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2013
bottle. hoppy aroma. light malt flavor with hop finish, hints on pine and citris.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1972) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a finger of foamy yellow tinted head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and caramel malt. Tastes of citrus & tropical fruit, pale malt, grapefruit, lemon rind, and pine. One of the best Sam Adams beers I've had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2659) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle - Pours amber with a foamy white head. Nose is big garlic/onion hops, with some citrus and a clean pale malt base. Same taste, though the malt is grainier and a bit rustic. The hop blend on this is just fantastic, making it one of the few imperial pils that I’ve liked--maybe the only one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
In short: An inoffensive golden beer with a restrained hopping. A bit bland
How: A few 12oz bottles shared by friends at a tasting, probably fresh.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a long-lasting small white head.
In long: Nose is rather discreet by modern hoppy-beers standards, a bit citrusy, a bit grassy, overall muted aroma. Taste has oily cereals, honey notes, citrus fruits, piney-tree, wet grass. Timid bitterness. Overall juicy-oily sensation. Nothing wrong with the array of flavors the beer proposes, however the beer totally lacked punch, felt tired, inexpressive. I usually find hoppy lagers are a good vehicle to really to bring out the hops with a bright definition, certainly not the case here. Inoffensive beer. This Double Agent wasn’t impressive at all, if all Double Agents were as lame we’d still be trying to figure out if Russia is communist country threatening America’s way of life or just a code name for Vodka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (266) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Draft. Pours golden yellow with white head that lingers. Medium hop flavor in a lager. Drinkable with only 5% abv. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2013
This is a really nice beer. I purchased it in a spring variety pack and it turned out to be my favorite. It is a beer with a light base and an IPA type bite and finish. It has fruity characteristics while remaining dry. The nose is flowery. This is a unique, creative, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Sam Koch is a kook. Like his beers or not his passion and spirit make for some fun (and good) beers. This ipa, pardon me, ipL is good. Pours a nice golden color with amber hues and a big thick fluffy just off-white foamy head. The aroma and flavor are a little grassier than your average ipa or apa. Flavor is of a grassy, flat ipa, but not in a bad way (just dont know how to describe it with more positive words).

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