Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by andjusticeforale:
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This poured a pale red tinged gold out of the bottle, and immediately the crisp malt smelt wafted up from a none-much -to -speak of head.
I was immediately hit by two things with the first taste: firstly, a lack of hops, secondly, prominent sweetness. I guess in my mind I was constantly comparing this beer to the Boston Lager, and I have to say that I do prefer the Ale. I think there is just a bit more drinkability to the Ale. It tastes like a really big, American beer, but it maintains a commercial drinkability that works with the style.
I guess when it comes right down to it, this is the stuff taht first made me think there could be beer that was just plain better, better ingresients, better taste, just as consistent as the macros. Even if it is a "craft beer with training wheels"- this one is pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2007 13:11:30 | More by andjusticeforale
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4.06/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Enjoy before JUL 2014 notched on label.
A - Pouring a nice rich amber color this clear ale's steady carbonation keeps it's lively ivory head afloat for some time, leaving rings of lace on the pint as it dissipates.
S - Layers of buttery, flaky biscuit underscore a toasted malt profile that incorporates notes of dense dough into the mix, punctuated by floral, slightly spicy hops poking through faint suggestions of fruity yeast esters on the finish.
T - Toasted bread malts meet caramel sweetness in a tasty malt-forward entry on the tongue. Slightly spicy English hops add peppery notes to the back end while cooler aging post fermentation drives off the undertone of fruity yeast coming from the aroma, an otherwise nice mirror.
M - Gentle carbonation skids along the tongue in this medium-light bodied ale that finishes dry and almost more lager-like. Thoroughly malty, this beer still remains balanced with a touch of bitterness to keep it nice and drinkable.
O - Samuel Adams' Boston Ale is a simple brew that, despite faint fruity yeast esters in the nose, borders on being lager-like with it's dry and crisp finish. Easy drinking and delicious malt breadiness balanced by slightly spicy English hops makes for a nice English-style ale worthy of a pub session.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 00:07:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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