Double Agent IPL photo by stevegarfield of flickr.com

Double Agent IPL photo by stevegarfield of flickr.com

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL 5% ABV, 43 IBU

To be honest with you I never thought of Samuel Adams (SA) as a micro brewery or even macro; perhaps somewhere in the middle. I haven’t had a beer from this label in a long time. I do like the music in their commercials though. I’ve always enjoyed good, bold and tasty suds. Most that fit that description happen not only to be ales, IPAs but more specifically American IPAs especially from the Northwest. I’m not referring to English ales as I recently returned from the UK and am brilliantly unimpressed with the room temperature poured ales. Anyway, this concoction from SA’s “hopology” is called an India Pale Lager and it was a love/love relationship to me real quick after drinking it.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL  I have to say right away is a must try. It’s not too heavy, it’s not too light and without seeing the bottle some people may not know its a lager. And since summer is on the horizon it being “non-heavy” makes it properly refreshing for hot temperatures. It pours like its stronger cousins, has a fluffy head and light amber color. The citrusy smell also helps describe it as an IPA impostor (that’s a good thing in this case). I was exceptionally amazed when I first tasted this beer. It’s an IPA tasting lager but not as strong. The finish, well, the finish is superb. Cheers!