Sam Adams Double Agent IPL – East Coast Meets West Coast
With the recent posts on the Massive Influence of Sam Adams Beer and Bob the Brit’s review of Sam Adams Noble Pils, I felt remiss in not submitting this review earlier. The summer’s been mega busy, with at least something going on in town or out of town every weekend. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Sam Adams has been my “go to” beer for years. If a restaurant doesn’t have a more interesting craft brew, I’ll order a Sammy. While the number 33 is more frequently associated with another beer, this is the thirty third variety of Sam Adams I’ve sampled since keeping track. Many are from the different variety packs; in fact, my favorite Sam Adams beer, Old Fezziwig Ale, and my least favorite, the Cranberry Lambic, came from the same Winter Sampler!
When I received the Boston Beer Company email describing the Hopology Double Agent IPL, I could not wait to get a six pack. When the bottles were in my fridge, I wondered “did they report back to Beer Headquarters, saying ‘he does have those three bottles of Chimay that have been there at least a year, and two cans of Busch Light from a friend’s visit, he *swears* he’s going to make beer bread with them.’”
The neckband states “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 & flavorful brew with the crisp smoothness of a lager. In other words, can this east coast IPL match up with some of the best west coast IPA’s such as Mammoth’s Epic?
Upon opening the bottle, one immediately notices the floral, citrus, and pine aroma. The beer pours a deep amber color with a rapidly dissipating two fingers head. Once in the glass, the aroma is even more evident. There is a light carbonation that is retained throughout the entire glass. The taste? Wow. Boston Beer knocked it out of Fenway Park with this one.
The hops add a nice bitterness that is balanced by the tropical fruit and pine of the hops. Research shows that the IBU is 43, but this seems way too low. The ABV is 5% which makes this quite sessionable. My only negative comment is that this did have a funky, sweet aftertaste that lingered for some time. Can’t place my fingers on it, but the salivary glands were in overdrive.
Of the nationally sold IPA’s and IPA derivations, this is in the top strata.
Four and a half stars. Enjoy!