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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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BA SCORE
82
good

1,978 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,978
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 46
Gots: 159 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Ratings: 1,978 | Reviews: 966
Photo of CamuMahubah
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange Amber with a nice subdued head compared to the lager...

That characteristic caramel orange similiar to the lager...

A fruitiness all of its own. Caramel malt. Nice hop profile. This is one of the few Macros, or whatever you want to call it, that could almost pass for a homebrew. The Ale has that fruitiness to it that I have come to expect form ESB's and homebrews. Must be the yeast. Thoroughly enjoyable almost as if the Boston Lager were brewed with ale yeast. The finish is slightly sour...Nice...

Oh and this beer is severly balanced. Big malt profile matched by a superb hop profile, whatever they are. This is a balanced ale!

Has a crispness and lightness I wasn't expecting from an ale.

Delicous! I have passed this beer up way too many times in favor of the lager. From now I will buy whichever is fresher and be happy!

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Melchizedek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber, with a perfect, lingering head.

Smell portends good things, with a sweet malt aroma and the contrasting hops blending to produce a fairly rich, savory aroma, with a bit of metallic or sulfur character just detectable. Taste doesn't surprise, but is very nice for all that. I like the strong malt backbone; there's a consistent caramel/honey sweetness and breadiness, against which hops, not at all citric but earthy and with a somewhat floral bitterness, push through. The aftertaste is a bit more bitter, but also more fruity. Feels creamy and pleasant in the mouth, easy to enjoy.

This is a darn solid beer--good in every category. It looks good, smells good, tastes good, and I wouldn't mind another...

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rusty amber brew has a fat three finger head that just doesn't want to go anywhere! When it finally settles a bit, it forms an ice cream scoop mesa in the middle while TONS of frosty lacing is left on the glass. Eventually, islands of fat foam are left in a sea of lesser bubbles...never sank below 1/8 finger, and I sipped this one pretty slowly. I like the looks of this pretty ale.

Tons of thick milkshake malt goodness hits the nose first off, follwed by a dank river sandy smell in the background. This is the same pleasant wet sand smell that is very prevalent in Sam Adams lager....but here it is very subdued and buried under mounds of malt. Maybe this scent is attributable to the water source they use for their beers? Also, nice caramel and vanilla notes with a tiny hint of hops contribute to the pleasing and inviting aroma.

The first thing I taste is a very sweet caramel (I'm thinking of Worther's Original candies...the ones in a gold wrapper and the sappy old commercial about a kid and his grandpa).. This is follwed immediately by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and maybe ginger. This sweet sensation is soon overtaken by a nice hoppy bitterness that leaves a nice clean and sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodided, nicely carbonated, and the finish is just slightly dry. This highly highly drinkable, and could easily become a staple in my fridge. I love this stuff.

Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Rymish
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of artacosta
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of brewbucker
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Medium clean amber with a small head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is carameled and candied. Light hops and malts with a slight bitterness in the finish. This is a very solid brew. Straight 4's across the board.

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mbenthall
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color nice generous head that stays.

Smell: good malt and carmel with light hop undertone.

Taste: Medium bitter with good solid spicy hop flavour. Balanced with sweet malt. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with dry finish.

Drinkability: This is one great ale that is done right. You can find it just about anywhere and is great as a staple in your fridge.

Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DakotaJim
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of seanh99
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm in the same boat as Gary. I just picked up a six after a many-year hiatus and really enjoyed the beer. I'll be back for more sooner next time.

Photo of diabecktic
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Slowly rising carbonation is visible through a translucent light-amber color. The pour left me with slightly < 1 finger of creamy, white head. However, the retention and lacing were both excellent.

Smell:
A biscuity malt dominates the nose, but hoppiness is also present in decent balance; I found the latter to be a bit subdued. To say it simply, I think of a "hearty" sweetness which features a subtle hint of caramel.

Taste:
The flavor closely matches the nose. However, I found the hoppiness to be a bit more apparent on the palate. Bitterness is apparent up front; the sweet, caramel-like malth helps "melt" this sensation away.

Mouthfeel:
This beer is fairly rich, but not quite creamy. It's moderately dense with medium body. Though smooth for the most part, hops do tingle the tongue a little bit.

Drinkability:
The balance is excellent, so it makes for a great sipping experience. I could see myself enjoying this beer with nearly any food in any season.

Summary:
I'm not quite sure what others will say, but this beer reminds me of the Boston Lager. Aside from the obvious differences between yeast, I found the overall taste to be quite similar. However, I think that the Ale is a bit more smooth and a bit less crisp than the Lager. I'm quite pleased with this beer. In the future, I would love to do a side-by-side tasting because I'm not sure if I experienced some sort of "memory bias" during the tasting.

Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a decent light tan/off-white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. A great fruity maltiness is present in this brews nose as well as some light earthy hoppiness. Great fruity and toasty maltiness form th character of this brew with some very nice, slightly bitter noble hops at the end. Very smooth and fairly creamy for the style, this is one of my favorite brews from th BBC. Hopefully they can stop embarassing themselves and concentrate on making more good beers in the future.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,978 ratings.