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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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1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 151 | 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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2.6/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Drew966
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the original Pizzeria Uno in Chicago on Ohio Street. The glass arrived at the table with almost no head. The beer is amber in color. The aroma is on the malty side. I don't think this is that great of a beer tastewise, almost seems like there's some diacetyl, or something along those lines going on. Malt comes out up front with some hop toward the end. I'd probably go with something else.

Photo of klewis
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 7/07

A: Pours a clear amber with a smal bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Light malt smell with a touch of caramel. No noticable hop character.

T: Bland, watered down malt flavor with a mild hop character that is barely more pronounced than the Boston Lager.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Clena finish.

D: I remember loving this beer a few years ago. What happened? Drinkable but extremely dull and boring. Not enough hop character for evena n English pale ale. Pass.

Photo of Caesar1pup
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a couple of Sam Adams six packs last night that I have not tried yet from a store that was going out of business. 30% off, what a deal!

Appearance: Pours with an amber/orange in color.
Aroma: Sweet and slightly fruity but no discernable hop smell.
Taste: I found the taste to be rather unexciting and bland. Grass like sourness with very little hop flavor.

Overall: I was not overly impressed with this offering and would not purchase it again considering all of the alternatives in this category that one has to choose from.

Photo of bucko
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark copper color with an almost white head that quickly disappears. The smell is dominated by carmel from the malt. The hop aroma is there, but extremely subdued. The taste is dominated by the malt - carmel comes through. The hop bitterness is there, but the flavors are overpowered by the malt. The mouthfeel is rich and heavier than what I'd expect from an APA. The beer is definitely drinkable, but it took me some time to get over my expectations for an APA. I don't think this beer fits the style very well and think it might be a stretch to even call it an English Pale Ale. That being said, it's a smooth, consistant brew, but certainly not what one might expect within the APA category.

Photo of goz
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap the the Pic in Tewksbury. Pours clear amber, with a decent sized white head, long lasting, but no lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet, mostly hinting of caramel. Flavor is intenselt caramel, maybe overly sweet. No hops to speak of. Pretty thin mouthfeel also.

Photo of dmamiano
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured nicely. Beautifull golden yellow, clear and crisp looking. Ample beads of carbonation headed towards the top of the glass.
Thats where the goodness in my opinion ended. The nose was very non-descript with note of malt and almost a raw, skunked odor.
Taste was very average and hops and malt were both most elusive. Very bland at best. Mouthfeel average.
Not bad for a macro, but it can get a lot better.

Photo of midaszero
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear amber with 2 finger light tan head that has ok retention and lacing.

S - Heavy malt with a little floral

T - Just like the nose with some toasty notes maybe a little caramel with a off after taste.

M - Light-medium body with light carbonation, kind of sticky feeling

D - Good for sessioning if it is all you got but I won't be buying it again.

Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber pour, short off-white head. Weak aroma of hops, toffee, and earth. Watery taste that is mostly crisp hops. Some malt and caramel in the back. Just never had the full compliment of both to make this better. In the end, it tasted matery and somewhat skunked.

Photo of packetknife
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-golden tone with a thin off-white head that was dense and laced. Too much hop on the nose and not enough on the tongue. It tasted like it was watered down a bit or not developed enough before bottling. Typical feel and drinkability. Nothing remarkable here.

Photo of DogFood11
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light copper, light body, medium carbonation Eggshell white head leaves plenty of DNA.

Watery body, mashy smell, sweet basic malts. Cake comes to mind followed hopes intent to clean but they come up short. This is a malty ummm pale ale. Yes, its listed under American Pale Ale, but it definately leans towards an english version. Caramel around the edges, carbonation gets aggressive about half way through and then subsides.

Notes: Pretty boring. Along the line of most brews I've had from this company. Inoffensive, decent, but nothing more.

Photo of belzo35
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It oured orange-gold in color, with not much head.

Smell was of flowers, caramel, and some citrus.

Taste was same but also pretty hoppy.

Watery and clean feel.

I was a little disappointed, but overall not that bad of a brew... Ive had better for less price

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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