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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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Reviews: 964
Hads: 2,017
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 48
Gots: 216 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice amberish colour with an orange hue that is very impressive! This one caught me off guard with the perfect balance of hops and malts for a ale, it's very delicious and fairly similar the the lager which isn't bad at all another delicious brew from SA!

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Photo of nebula1999
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Similar taste as the Lager (even though it's an ale), but a bit more full bodied and fruitier. I think Sam Adams brews are very reliable and tasty. Always been good to me, and this is no exception. I also like the fact that it is under 5% ABV. I consider it a session beer, and it's mild but memorable flavor invites another pour.

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Photo of wages
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - 5/5 - Pours a an attractive orange/red with a creamy looking one finger head.

smell - 4/5 - A pleasant and fairly mild malt aroma.

taste - 4.5/5 - Both surprisingly and not-so-surprisingly similar to Boston Lager, only in Ale form. The malt aroma becomes a mild sweetness balanced by subtle earthy hops.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Perfect level of carbonation that helps this beer be refreshing while still offering flavors to the palate.

overall - 4.5/5 - Seems to be what Bud's American Ale was aiming for, but of course, done to Samuel Adams level of quality. All I would ask of this beer would be a tiny bit more hops, but it's quite wonderful as is.

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Photo of MarkBlackout
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I like this. I didn't immediately label it as a Pale Ale upon trying it: maybe a decently hopped ESB or Amber Ale? It has a really nice maltiness and maybe a more spicy, peppery hop flavor (as opposed to fruit/pine oriented which i find prominent in other easily-acquired, major market pale ales). I used to disrespect Sam Adams, but lately I've retried several of their beers and found all three passable or better. May this review serve as a retraction of those statements. Except for the one to the effect that their television ads are indeed as corny and contrived as the commercials for any other product. I'm impressed with the product, though, so I'm willing to ignore the advertisements and proceed to pick more of these up (I only bought one this evening) on the way home from work tomorrow.

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Photo of Delirium
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great overall beer, inviting amber gold with a Hollywood head, light and foamy, and a down to earth taste, bitter and dry. Born in Quincy, raised in Boston, what more can I say? Hail to Boston! Hail To Ale! Hail to Sammy's Boston ale! Love that dirty water, but adore your local beer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Boston Ale/Stock Ale is my favorite "everyday" ale. When researching and rating a vast array of ales and lagers, from delicate pilsners to over-whelming imperial stouts and barleywines, it's good to find an ale with which to refresh the palette or to simply enjoy without research in mind (yes, at times we need a break from the daily grind). This ale has a deep copper color with reddish hues, nice malty body and is amply hopped. The separation between the distinct malt and hops flavors, smooth out and become more balanced after a few gulps. The fresh finishing hop aroma lingers. There's a clean fruity finish and nice long lasting head. Now I’ve gone and made myself thirsty for one!

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Photo of JDK
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden amber with very little head
Nice carbonation
Very, very light smell of malt
Loved the mouthfeel, nice fizz on the tongue, very little after taste
Tastes of light malt with a touch of hops. Very refreshing and will make a great summer beer.
Nice combo between a lager and ale, most everybody should enjoy this brew

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Deep golden hue, bordering on amber. Moderately heavy carbonation is visible. Head is a cream or off-toffee color, and maintains at about a centimeter. Wispy lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Light buttery tone to the mix. Gentle toffee-type malt with a marginally more aggressive hop profile. Almost smells like a Belgian brew. Not too overpowering, not too shallow. Just a touch of cinnamon and carrot-cake or pumpkin-pie flavor to the nose as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is creamy throughout the entire drink. A medium level of sweetness brought on by a sturdy malt backbone is accented here by a very floral hop profile. This is quite possibly the best-tasting Samuel Adams beer I have ever tried.

Drinkability: I think this is even better than their Boston Lager. If it were on tap locally, I'd use this as a go-to beer. Very intriguing little brew here.

Bought this on a whim this afternoon, and it REALLY hit the spot. Lots of flavor, with a normal ABV which allows for maximum enjoyment with minimum revenge later on. Excellent!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in an American pint glass

A- crystal clear amber with gentle carbonation and a thin but long lasting tan head.

S- great citrus hop aroma with some nice toasted malt

T- a surge of crisp citrus hops start this beer off with a nice malty biscuit finish

M- solid medium body with no astringency and just a smooth carbonation

D- great hops that bring in a bold flavor but it has the malt to compliment them. It is a very nice beer and I was a bit surprised based on Samuel Adams track record. They make a solid lager and now I know they make a solid APA.

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a English Style Nonic.

mellow shade of amber with a faint coppery hue. A Thin offwhite head leaves gorgeous lacing.

Aroma of Pale maltiness, apple-grape fruitiness with a subdued spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: soft but full

taste: broad maltiness with a complex layer of hops which are slightly earthy and slightly fruity but are well balanced with the malt. Ale finishes with a faint bitterness which is stimulating.

Notes: This version of an English Bitter is a great American Beer, full of sublety, balance and flavor. This is two thirds the price of Fuller's London Pride but every bit as flavorful and refreshing. Widely available, affordable and delicious this ranks up there with GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald as one of the great contributions to Brewcraft. I love this beer.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is amber, light and clear. Smell is smooth and clean to the nose. This is a nicely hopped APA. The mouthfeel is great with the right balance of hops and is lingers well, wow. Taste is well blended and hit the tongue in all the right places. Overall this is a well brewed American Pale Ale, one worth having in the fridge. This brew will leave you wanting more. Eat some peanuts.

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Photo of themilkman01
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Remember ... when reading this review, this is a review done by a new beer drinker. As such, I try to review beers as a new beer drinker, for new beer drinkers, and hope to primarily appeal to new beer drinkers in their quest to find their perfect beer.

Sam Adams Boston Ale is the Boston Beer Company's first major beer. Brewed in the traditional Boston Ale style, this is an ale that most people should enjoy.

The appearance of this ale is good, although, being in a bottle, you don't get to see much of the coloring. This beer has an exceptional head, and you may see it once or twice throughout the life of the bottle.

This beer smells good, although it's not an overpowering smell. When you pop the cap, your nostral's won't be flooded with the smell of beer. You'll have to get down on the bottle to smell it, but it has the great, classic beer smell.

The taste of this beer was great! It was a beer that you could keep in your mouth and roll around for a minute or two. It was sweet when it was supposed to be, bitter when you want it to be, and everything in between. The only drawback to the taste was the aftertaste. I'm still not digging the whole "beer-bitter aftertaste," but I found that if you swallow it the proper way, you skip over the back of your tongue and don't get that bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was superb! To me, mouthfeel is the primary characteristic of a beer you should look for ... and Boston Ale feels great. Not overly carbonated, this beer will not assault your tongue before you get a chance to taste it. The best thing about Boston Ale is that you can keep it in your mouth for awhile, which allows you to enjoy all the flavorings this beer has to offer.

The drinkability of this ale is also great. I could sip, I could gulp, I could do anything with this beer and it never gave me an uncomfortable feeling in my mouth.

I definately suggest that if you are either a beginner drinker, or want a type of "stock beer" that you can go to again and again, then Sam Adams Boston Ale is the beer for you. It gives you all the base characteristics of a good beer, and allows you to have a good platform to other beers. Try it out (I definately suggest the Sam Adams mix pack or six or twelve) ... you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of BoSox5902
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

by far the best beer brewed by the boston beer company. it is a peg above the boston lager which is also very good. as do all samuel adams' beers, it has a strong hop content in it. some may feel it is overwhelming but i think its delicious. i had a homeless guy in new york buy me a six pack of this, which he payed for it with his money believe it or not. his name was homeless charlie look him up he was on opie and anthony.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Except for asthetis this was a great beer, so it's still a great beer IMHO

Poured dark gold to bronze with a bubbly head that dropped of rapidly. Bubbles occasionaly rise from the bottom. Minimal head retention and no lacing

Smell: Fruittiness and floral hops in abundance. Some butterscotch notes

Taste: Frutiness, slight hopiness, with slight butterscotch taste (in a good way in this instance) Citric hops bitterness with ever so slight graininess and alcohol on the finish

MF: Perfect balance. Malt & hops are in sync. Slight over carbonation

This worked for me, don't remember it being so good. Drink up!


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Photo of jbertsch
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This one's like an old trust-worthy friend.

Amber in color, and fairly clear. It has a decent head with sticky lacing.

I smell faint sweet malts, slight hops and spices.

I taste a smooth spice along with leafy hops and a healthy dose of malt that rounds out this beer. It's balanced, but leans more towards a spicy malt area...at least to my taste buds. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with average carbonation.

This ale goes down so easy and tastes so agreeable. I could drink a ton of these. A great fall-back beer.

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Photo of shohog
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am on my 2nd bottle and I am very impressed. I am drinking from a pint glass. It has a good 3 finger white to off white head. Beautiful clear copper to gold color. Good lacing and has a very pleasant citrus to caramel scent. Good carbonation with a nice and true amber mouthfeel. A slight more of a sweet caramel taste that might be stronger than some prefer but enough hops come right behind it for an excellant balance for a complex exlposion on your tastebuds.

This is my first taste of Boston Ale and as always Samuel Adams doesn't disappoint.

It taste as awesome as it looks!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bi-Rite Drugs and Liquors in Casper.

Pours from 12oz bottle(best by Dec 2007) a clear nice deep gold with an ample head of foam into my very nice Sam Adams glass.
This foam just hangs around forever and it has a ton of lacing.(drinking this at slightly above room temp)

The smell is a nice blend of sweet malt and spicy hops.

The taste has a great malt flavour up front....semi sweet caramel dominates initially. In the background, I get some good hop character by way of hop oil and some grassiness. Further sips in and some grain shows up and it's all done very well. Very smooth, very tasty, both of which make it very drinkable. Now I'm noting some earthy tones as well. How the heck did this one fly so long under my radar?? Very very well crafted brew that I should start enjoying more often. The mouthfeel is just right for the style and the finish is just slightly bitter but overall, the balance just leaves me shaking my head. Darn good stuff!!

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Photo of geexploitation
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly dull, toasty amber with beaten gold highlights and a thin head that fades to a ghost of a collar in no time. The nose is quite bracing with malts and zesty hops balancing each other out. Lemon grass notes and dry, toasty English malts. On the palate, brisk hops first off, then some very well-balanced sweet malts/dusky hops at the mid-palate. Toasty, lightly malty and very sessionable. Mouthfeel is excellent -- just enough weight to the malts, with hops that make things a little lighter, quench the thirst, and prompt further drinking. Very good beer. Highly drinkable and sessionable, with some integrated flavors that are tasty and smooth.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color with carbonation evident. A sticky, medium sized pillowy white head sits on top. It has nice retention and laces nicely as well. There's really a nice hop nose on this beer. An herbal, yet also perfumey blend which melds nicely with the malts on the nose. I really like the taste of this one. Smooth and mellow caramel malt profile really provides a nice backbone. The hops are equally important. They add some herbal spiciness. A nice blend. Body is about medium-full. Very drinkable beer. Reminds me of an alt in some ways.

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For years Sam Adams' lager, like Sierra Nevada pale ale, has held a special place in my heart because SA managed to combine wide distribution and still maintain a consistent level of quality. Even in a bar or restaurant where they sell Bud Lite by the tankerload, you can usually count on a bottle of SA lager in the cooler. For some reason, I just never got around to trying SA's stock ale (distracted by more exotic lures, I guess). Now I'm kicking myself for ignoring this tasty ale for so long. Solid malt and a respectable hops kick - nothing over the top, but quality beer, through and through.

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Photo of Koolbreeze2
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Nice look for an Ale. Colorful.

Smell-Crisp. Just the way I like it.

Taste-Surprising. I really enjoyed this Ale. I paced a few within a weeks time to be sure. Sam Adams is a quality Ale. Nice bite, refreshing, lovely after taste.


Drinkability-Very refreshing. I find good Ales to be very refreshing. This one caught me by surprise. I never tried any Sam Adams beers until recently because I felt that they were too macro. I was wrong.

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Photo of rhester14
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion this tastes ALOT like boston lager, just in an ale (lighter) fare. A wonderful beer for me especially seeing as my favorite beer is the Boston Lager. Cheers!

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber with a Frothy head. looks like a nice english pub ale

S: There isn't a bunch going on here but some nice sweet caramel and malty notes. But then again i wasn't expecting a bunch here. I tend to love the drinkability of an english ale, not the smell as much.

T: Smoooth. You get some nice light hoppiness in here with some light fruits. But big winner is the malts. They aren't overwhelming but then again, i don't want that in an ale like this.

M/D: This is where im giving big points. Its silky smooth and could drink this all day. Very enjoyable!!!!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed wih 2-row pale and Caramel 60 malts. Hopped with Spalt Spalter, Eas Kent Goldings, and Fuggles hops.

OG=1.0148, 5.1% ABV, 180 cal/12 oz.

A beautiful looking brew, this pours out to a sparkling clear honey-amber with orange accents, forming a thick, sticky light-beige head of very fine bubbles with excellent retention and very nice sheets of lacing. Aroma is rich and satisfying, beginning with fragrant spicy hops, a sweet-cookie maibock caramel note, honey, vanilla...yummm. Carbonation is moderate with a lightly acidic, creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Taste is very cleanly fermented with juicy fruit characteristics, the aforementioned lingering cookie-like sweetness, mild toast, a faint suggestion of metal fermenting tanks, a faint residual dryness with a mild bittering hop finish.

This is a world-class brew in my book, comparable to Rogue Dead-Guy Ale in many ways. I would certainly pick this over the Boston Lager, and it is my favorite Sam Adams. Rich, easy to drink, great mouthfeel....a feel good beer all over. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish medium amber color with a thick white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is light floral hops and is a bit herbal. Taste of lightly roasted sweet malts comes through up front followed by a strong herbal and spicy hop bite. Yet, despite the raw hop leaf flavor, the beer only has a mild level of bitterness. Finish is crisp with a touch of citrus. Very nice! This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.