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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)

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82
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1,844 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 27
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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twi1609372

Florida

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boston ale is an excellent part of the sam adams line. it has a good taste, it isnt bitter, smeels and appears nice also. not overwhelming flavor but not watered down. tastes the way an ale should, has to be one of my all time favortie from sam adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 23:41:24 | More by twi1609372
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jackndan

Illinois

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far and away my favorite beer in my favorite style, and thus it is my first and only perfect 5. I’ve always loved most of Jim Koch’s beers, but when I’ve got to convince a doubter as to the quality of American beers, I tell them to have a Sam Adams Boston Ale, as it is simply world class. The Beer Advocate, Todd A., hits the nail on the head when he said this was a perfectly balanced beer. This is a “mass produced” (almost) beer you can give to the greatest beer snobs of Europe, and convince them that the Colonies can produce a unique, yet world class, beer. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2002 21:47:27 | More by jackndan
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

has in between a golden and amber look to it. Smell of some caramel. Taste of apricot and caramel. The mouthful says it all. A sweet feeling and taste that begs you to drink more and more. Drinkabilty is fine, Goes down easy and able to drink a good six pack

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:30:41 | More by yuenglingfan101
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beershlitz

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-19-2011 05:27:55 | More by beershlitz
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abriggs1

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Sam Adam's crowning achievement. Perfect in every way. It's smooth as hell going down but has a lot of character. I love their lager, but this is a cut above anything else they've ever done. This may just be the best mass produced beer around. This and Guiness are my two favorites. If I were rich and could afford to drink as much as I wanted I'd be dead within a few days from drinking this beer 12 hours out of every day.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 20:13:13 | More by abriggs1
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PirateBier

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-21-2011 10:55:12 | More by PirateBier
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Beerme09

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +37.4%

01-23-2012 22:11:22 | More by Beerme09
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Squacher

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +37.4%

07-11-2014 19:43:27 | More by Squacher
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mikennat

Missouri

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-14-2011 16:19:14 | More by mikennat
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oneturbucfan

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +37.4%

12-10-2011 22:01:27 | More by oneturbucfan
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BeerNut78

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +37.4%

01-25-2012 02:50:50 | More by BeerNut78
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59rockabilly

Kansas

5/5  rDev +37.4%

06-04-2012 23:55:05 | More by 59rockabilly
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xare

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is exactly what I want in an APA (and this is probably the beer that got me hooked onto APAs). Lovely amber color with an off-white head that doesn't stick around but does lace somewhat and clings to the glass. Nice looking.

Smell is light floral hop boquet blended with a touch of malt. Truly exceptional blend of aromas that makes my mouth water whenever I smell it.

Taste is of light malts with touches of hops throughout. Excellent balance and you always get a dose of hoppiness (but it never pushes it over the edge). Fantastically balanced flavor and I truly wish that more beers would meld flavors into a single cohesive flavor that works harmoniously as this beer does.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, crisp, clean, smooth, somewhat creamy. Only deduction is that there's a somewhat bitter carbonation sensation going on near the back end of each gulp. The bitterness abates before the finish but is offputting enough to deduct half a point from an otherwise exceptional drinking experience.

Drinkability is outstanding. I specifically search for this beer every year. Oddly enough, it's hard for me to find in my area as you can easily find almost every other Sam Adams product easier than this one, excepting Utopias and the brewery-specific area-limited-releases. Give this one a try and you won't be sorry. I try to sample this beer every year as part of my annual rotation.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 23:51:20 | More by xare
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a bright copper penny color with a two or three finger head depending on your pour with a fair lacing to the finish. very simular to samuel adams boston lager. smell is bready, toffee, and hoppy. taste same with middle of the road flavor not weak but not to strong. very good balance of malt and hop, smooth with lots of carbonation. just a great beer for your everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 23:26:19 | More by billybob
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a rich clear amble color with a massive creamy off white head. The head retention is perfect! Stays thick and foamy throughout the life of the beer.

At first sniff I get a big malty. Sweet and bread like. The hop is floral but blends in with malt perfectly.

Mmmm, I love how they perfectly balance malt sweetness with hop bitterness. Very English though!! I get a small hint dialectal finishing the toasted malt. The malt brings out kind of a sweet fruit flavor as well, and along with the hop some citrus as well.

The body is medium and is perfect for session drinking.

This is truly one of my favorite pale ales. You can never go wrong with a fresh 6 pack of Boston Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 04:54:08 | More by Luigi
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AaronRed

New York

4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Execellent, smooth ale, not as recognized as their other beers. Goes with all types of food. A good starter beer for someone trying to expand their tastes to full bodied ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2001 16:49:28 | More by AaronRed
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boston Ale pours a wonderful golden honey/amber. I poured it a bit rough, do that a lot on purpose just to see what happens. A real Bill Nye the Science Guy, huh? Made a mess with the Orval, but that's another review...

The Ale held its head better than the lager, keeping an inch or more for several minutes. This is my first Boston Ale after many, many Boston Lagers. The smell to me smells, well, pretty much like what the Lager might taste like. I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to tell the difference. No problem. That first taste had me wondering why I waited so long to try it. A great ale. Big sweet malt, easily sweeter than the Lager. Not sugary sweet like the Cranberry Lambic, just malty sweet.

There is a lightly bitter taste, much less than the lager, then just maybe a slightly acrid aftertaste? Not sure, I'm trying real hard to taste everything about this the first time around and hopefully not overdoing it.

Bottom line - this is such a dangerously smooth beer, I could drink it all night, perhaps more so than the Lager. A no-brainer for a session beer, I would drink all you brought me, or fall off my chair trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 22:38:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Arnold


4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

11-13-2012 01:54:40 | More by Arnold
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Mortarforker

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

09-08-2012 20:24:50 | More by Mortarforker
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper color, good carbonation. A rocky, multi-level just-slightly-off-white head with popping bubbles. Nice lacing. A deep floral and fruity hoppy nose. Outstanding balance between the hops and the malt in the mouth. They are both there, working in harmony. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Bottle doesn't list recipe, but it seems like there might be some chocolate or roasted malt. A neglected star in the Sammy galaxy. The seasonals, the experiments, the Light and the Lager get the pushes, but this one deserves more attention. Next time Jim needs to trim the line, drop the Pale Ale, it might distract people from this.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2002 21:23:16 | More by RonfromJersey
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pabstsmear

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unforunately this brew is hard to find since the lager, light, and seasonal brews are always on display. I was lucky enough to find one 12 pack in my local Shaws on sale for $10.99. The brew is and has always been my favorite from Sam Adams. Well, nothing changed with this purchase, in fact I think I got a pretty lively batch. I have nothing more to say except seek out an American classic- stock ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 01:12:48 | More by pabstsmear
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far the best Ale brewed in America!
I love this beer - never had a "bad" Sammy
The amber color is beautiful in a pint glass, the head is thick and rich, and oh, the taste!
This is now packaged as part of their "brewmaster's collection" series but it was this beer along with Boston Lager that put Sam on the map.
I did a tour of the brewery on a trip to Boston and met Jim Koch. Jim told us that he got the recipie for this ale from a book of beer recipies in his father's attic. I'm glad his dad kept the recipie around.
This beer is a smooth, refined version of a classic ale and I would reccomend that it be tried by anyone who likes a good beer!

please drink responsibly or just pass out on your own couch!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 16:05:14 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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generallee

New York

4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always a good choice. The Boston Ale has a golden amber color with good clarity and carbonation. It forms a thick off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Its aroma is malty sweet with a hint of honey and floral hops. On the tongue the malts are bready and lightly toasty. The hops are light and have a nice piney and citrus bitterness that fades slowly into the finish. I really like the balance on this ale and I fined it to be very drinkable and refreshing. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 15:45:02 | More by generallee
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a thick off white head with a somewhat clear amber/brown orange body.

The nose had a big thick malt smell. Some fruit, slight wood, some hints of smoke, caramel and toasted malt.

The taste is big and thick, with a smooth creamy medium bodied malt. Toasted bisquit malt. Slightly grainy and dry, but a serious malt taste. A slight metalic taste. Some woody earthy hops. A smooth even bitterness. Some soft citrus lemon peel. Basically it starts very smooth and ends with a nice earthy and citrus bitterness.

Overall, this is just an amazing and so often overlooked beer. It's so good I'm amazed Sam Adams hasn't discontinued it. Not your complex belgian trapist or anything like that, just a great drinkable all around fridge beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 06:55:32 | More by taez555
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this offering from Boston Beer. Having just experienced a poor case of Double Bock and a slightly dissapointing Weiss, this beer was truly a treat. I love the way the malt flavors play off the bitterness of the hops. Wonderful, inviting color and aroma, with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates but leaves a reminder that it was there. Very good ale. It would be easy to drink too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2002 10:23:55 | More by aaronh
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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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