Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by melagnus:
4/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Aggressive pour produces slightly more than finger-thick off-white frothy foam that looks sticky as it clings to the side of the snifter glass. The hue is Pale Amber (SRM 9) in color and clear. The carbonation levels seem to be of low character, which is to style. A thin film is all that is left after a couple of minutes and swirling the beer does result in some spider webbing, though nothing like that of a resinous IPA.
S - Biscuit-sweet malt mixes with esters dried fruit and citrus, though citrus notes are mild. Caramel almost seems to come through as well, which would be due to the carmel malted barley used in brewing this beer. American Pale Ales are supposed to have American varieties of hops, though both the aroma and label states that English/German variants (Spalt, East Kent Goldings, and Fuggles) were used.
T - Crisp bitterness washes over the palate. Sweetness comes from the caramel and helps to wet what finishes dry.
M - Biscuity-sweet light-bodied liquid that have a numbing effect on the palate from the hops. Warming element towards the end of the bottle, though very much a Session Beer!
C - This beer, although classified as an APA is referred to by Samuel Adams as a Stock Ale, something they define as a beer that has been cellared in "stock cellars." Therefore, a classification of this beer as an American Stock Ale might be a better assessment of this beer. Also, the ABV is now 5.1%, so still a Session Beer, but getting stronger.
I remember being disappointed with this beer when I first tried it a few years ago, as I was looking for IPAs almost exclusively at this time and didn't have the knowledge of different beer styles then. Despite this original take on it, I can honestly say that this "little" beer comes with a lot of love and forethought and I'm glad that Jim Koch decided to rescue it and this style from the cellar!
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2009 00:59:25 | More by melagnus
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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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