JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 3, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 2/15/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear copper-amber color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade featuring typical texturing given the style. There’s a nice amount of lacing left on the glass.
S: Quite hoppy, yet in a subdued manner. The one hop strain I notice predominantly is the mango-like, slightly catty nature of Simcoe - but this also has the grapefruit peel of Cascade and the earth/lemon of Centennial. No real maltiness to be found, but who cares? I’m quite intrigued.
T: Just like the aroma, this has a noticeable influence from the hops. At first, the melon and mango flavors from Simcoe hops comes through. After a couple of sips, flavors of lemon, earth, pine, and grapefruit peel make an appearance. Slightly sweet maltiness finishes off the flavor profile. I also notice a bit of diacetyl, as well. It’s definitely a showcase for the hops, and while they don’t come across particularly boldly, they never come across as overpowering.
M: A bit heavy in texture, enough to quash drinkability somewhat. If I have any problem with this brew, it’s that it isn’t as easy to down as it could be. After a while, the malts win out in terms of palate feel, making it a touch syrupy; on the other hand, there is some good dryness in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is about right for a lager.
O: If I rated to style, this would be around a 4.5 or so - I don’t know if there’s a better pale lager out there (and obviously I haven’t had anything from Jack’s Abby, either). In terms of personal preference, it does a good job of showing off the hop profile, but it’s niggles keep it from reaching greatness.
Dark golden to amber color with a moderate taupe colored head and decent lace. Aromas of sweet malt, orange zest, some tomato paste, and bread. Fairly crisp. Pale malt, light caramel, mild pepper, orange zest, grapefruit and resin. Good, but a few sharp edges. 2/13
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a nice golden yellow. Aromas of malts, hops. Crisp hop bitterness and dry finish. IslandHaole (1268) - Misawa, JAPAN - APR 11, 2016
Clear medium Amber color, tan head. Aromatic hops, Left Coast hopping with some fruit cocktail notes. Nice hoppy flavor too, resinous pine tar, bread dough, hints of orange blossom honey, good bitter follow. Quite quaffable! hoptimusPrimed (155) - SPAIN - MAR 21, 2016
Pours a nice golden colour with a little head. Nothing special but is drinkable. Carbonation ok GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2016
April 22nd, 2014 - From the Hopology Collection comes the Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL, a smooth and mostly clear beer with a velvety creamy head, like a very well lathered shaving soap. The aroma is clean and crisp like a lager, but with a touch more sweetness than I’d normally expect, like grapefruit, with a touch of corn and lime juice, too. The flavor is much, much sweeter, with an intense carbonation, and a flash of hops and lime in the aftertaste. It is indeed a hoppy tasting lager, with a slight tropical lime-beer edge which I find a little off putting. But this would definitely serve as a porch chair drinker, with a smoothness to settle on hot summer days, but enough hops to engage.
Aggiebob (1127) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Bottle. Copper in color with a thin white head and lacing. A hoppy citrus aroma with grapefruit and resinous pine flavorings. It was moderately bitter as well. Quick3Beers (1234) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Pours a dark straw from a bottle, lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus fruits, flavor a thin watery lemon. Meh. BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - NOV 29, 2015
amber color; grapefruit, citrusy aroma;a little bready malt in the aroma as well; lots of citrusy, grapefruit hop flavor with a light, clean, bready malt background racecarr98 (42) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
This is another solid beer by Samuel Adams. Got it in a sampler but I would look for it again. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a clear, pale golden orange color with light edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Good retention with splotches of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with a subtle grassy hop notes but the pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes promised on the label are nowhere to be found in the nose. Kind of bland with floral hops followed by bready yeast, caramel malt and toffee. Hopefully it tastes more like an Indian pale than it smells.
On the lighter end of medium bodied with a crisp hop bite which provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the lager yeast into a slightly dry finish. Some sticky pine needle and grassy hop notes but again, the citrus and tropical fruit notes are undetectable to my palate. Caramel malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee, bread and biscuit. Really disappointing considering what I was expecting. The idea of a west coast style hoppy lager is intriguing but this was just a boring lager with a slightly aggressive, one dimensional hop profile.