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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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1,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 113 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

I have had roughly two dozen different types of Sam Adams beer and this is in my opinion by far the worst. Nearly undrinkable, this beer is a disgrace to the brewery.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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1.93/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A watery stock ale? A rather odd APA? I have no idea what this beer is. Not much nose on this one and what there is isn't great. Pours like most sam adams, large but thin bodied head, lots of carbonation and this one is a dark amber copper color. Taste...well it's like a watery stock ale with some European style pale ale characteristics...which begs why this is called an APA. Sierra, stone, and every other great American brewer is doing a face palm at this being called an APA. It's not as drinkable as you'd think given everything else and the mouth feel is a bit off for the flavors. I just feel this is a failed beer that's got a lot of potential.

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear halfway-in-between golden and amber color. A healthy looking head sits atop the liquid. Nice and craggy with good retention and lacing, both of which are probably above average for the style.

The nose is nearly impossible to detect, even very close up... I can just barely pick out some biscuity malts.

This medium-bodied beer tastes of biscuits, sweet maple syrup, with low key white grapefruit and pine. A crisp bitter edge complements each sip. Unfortunately, the whole glass did not taste as good as the above description might imply. As it warmed, some flaws began to show up: a nasty plastic flavor, an inappropriate astringency and an unsettling artificial, fruit roll-ups-esque flavor. All of the following made it almost painful to finish the glass.

WTF? I don't know what went wrong here, but I would not drink this one again. Terrible pale ale. It was nearing the "best by" date, but even if it was past it, I don't see any justification of these flaws. Sam Adams is hit or miss for me... and this is definitely a miss.

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2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have no idea why breweries brew more than one style of beer and slap different names on them? Anyway, Sam Adam's Boston Ale pours a reddish-copper color. The aroma resembles mostly malt with some hint of alcohol in the background. The taste is much of the same. There's that sweetness at the beginning that I also noticed in the Pale Ale. Still too much malt flavor for my liking. It feels to me like SA didn't really try on this beer and that's never a good thing. I hope SA doesn't decide to make an IPA because so far, their Pale Ales are too similar and unimpressive.

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2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured light amber with a pretty impressive head. When faded the lace hung around with more than just a film.

S - Smelled of malts with a slight plum undertone on the backend.

T - Mix of malts and hops that was very even and balanced. Alcohol was somewhat apparent with bitterness too.

M - Good average mouthfeel. Suited the flavor output of the beer. Just in the middle weight wise.

D - I expected more flavor out of this beer rather than the watered down taste it presented. Not sure if I had a bad bottle or not but I will try this beer and if necessary modify my review.

I would not drink this regularly.

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2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew’s average appearance, with a reddish-gold body and a misty white head, is its best feature. The subtle aroma of dried hopes wasn’t too bad – but the watery brew went down hill from there. Stale, or over-dried hops dominated the flavor, all but silencing hints of caramel malts. Remarkably, low taste brew retained notes of the quintessential S.A. house flavor. While I could drink a fair amount of this brew, I don’t see why I’d try.

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