Looking through the LIBA beer review catalog is an interesting task. On one hand, it’s testament to all the beers Josh and all of us guest reviewers (to a lesser degree) have written up over the years. But on another hand, it’s an excellent way to see who’s the boss when it comes to craft beer – and from my perspective, Samuel Adams crushes craft beer LIKE A BOSS.
That realization dawned on me today when I was at the store picking out a review beer and checked to see what had already been reviewed. My first two choices were already listed, but lo and behold, I came across an as-yet-unreviewed Sam. Considering the epic list of Boston Brewing company beers in the catalogue, it’s evidence of how often Sam comes out with a new beer.
Anyway, this week I’m reviewing the Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL. It’s an interesting mix of big West Coast hops and a standard lager, and is part of their Hopology Collection. And it’s GOOOOOD. I’m biased as a hops guy, but seriously, kudos to these guys once again.
The beer pours out a crystal clear dark copper color, with lots of tiny bubbles floating up to the top in a constant stream but no lacing and just the smallest foam crown. For such a hoppy beer, the aroma is surprisingly sweet and reminds me of a roasted malt-dominated brew.
But this beer really shines on the taste. It starts out with a big hops punch in the mouth, mixing grapefruit and piney hops in a crisp first sip before turning to a dry and citrusy fruit middle. Through the end, it reverts to the stereotypical lager sweetness, but all blends together smoothly. Maybe best of all, this brew only weighs in at 5% ABV, in spite of the huge hops.
Another great Boston Brewery beer. I definitely recommend giving it a try.