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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
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1,901 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of Gatch
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A light copper color w/ a decent white fluffy head.
S - Not much to it besides some spice.
T - Spicy w/ a hint of hops and some subtle fruits come out in the finish. A grainy, sour fruit taste shows up, which is actually kind of good. Becomes better as it warms towards room temperature. Enjoyable but not really worth a second glass.
M/D - Fairly carbonated which contributes to the spicy feel. I've always liked Boston Ale, but wouldn't ask for it w/ other Sammy's styles on tap. Drinks well during this cold spring day but doesn't seem to go well w/ summer weather like I thought it would, being a Pale Ale.

Gatch, May 18, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a light amber color (almost a faint copper). Foamy two finger head had pretty good retention and left a light coat of lace after it subsided.

Smell: Initially, it smells very dry to me. A little light on the nose. Although it does present a nicely balanced hop and toffee malt aroma. Neither is extremely strong. But, just a well balanced light ale. Throw in a bit of spicy herbs and that's about it.

Taste: It does have a spicy herb taste. Hops and malt are well balanced. But, they aren't strong. It's got a slight grainy, earthy taste to it. Nothing really flashy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Extremely easy to drink. Definitely a decent session beer. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. I don't think it's one of the best Sam Adams beers out there. But, it's a good solid beer nonetheless.

prototypic, May 15, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-14-07

Pours an amber color with a smallish white head that has great retention and lacing.

Smell is light, slight hops, not much else.

Taste is good, a little bit malty at first and then a pleasant hop flavor with a decent bitterness. Very light and unoffensive.

Mouthfeel is good, perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, the easy and agreeable flavors make this a definite session beer.

BMoney575, May 15, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By ticking of 8/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Enjoyed this outside on the porch, a nice, brisk New England late spring evening. Poured with some surge and a little crackle. Nose is rather dry with straw, bitter hops, sourdough bread, yeast. Its a bit rocky in aromatics as well. After it had a little time to settle down and get some evening air I detected orange pekoe, soft tannins, and the aromatic sensation one gets when walking a dry, woodland trail in the late morning.

Head was a fat finger of mixed, sticky, dull latte stained foam with a soft crackle to it. Over time, it faded to an 1/8" blanket of the same that laced with curtains. A beautiful brassy, slightly ruddy, copper stained hue, its clean & crystal clear, a few lone bubbles wiggle up thru it.

Creamy on the tongue, very even, well balanced. Its nicely dry with malts echoing of crackers and straw counterbalancing dull, bitter hops. A caramel & faint cherry sweetness rounds out the taste & overall balance...nice. This is going down very easy. It stays dry on the palate with a subdued crunch, with a combination of the initial tastes joining in a semi-sweet, slightly syrupy effect. It finishes bittersweet, but with a surprise in the form of a very nice dark cherry echo from the throat, leaving a coating, somewhat chewy aftertaste that barely favors the bitter end of the spectrum.

This was very nice, very easy to drink, and a well balanced ale. There were no dead spots that I noticed. While not a taste bomb, it isn't meant to be, and its a good, easy to drink example of the style. Could be sessioned easily, and I could see it going great with anything involving cheddar cheese (cheeseburger, soup, a hearty salad, deli sandwich, etc.). Would definitely drink this again, and would encourage others to give it a try.

BuckSpin, May 14, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- medium amber body with creamy white head. Leaves good amount of lacing behind in the glass.

S- strong malt smell and thats it

T- blast of sweet malt first with nutty overtones. Subtle bitterness is left behind along with nutty flavoring.

M- medium body and medium carbonation. smooth brew.

D- this is fairly drinkable. Im surprised I didnt pick this one up earlier. very solid.

PittBeerGirl, May 14, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Labeling has freshness date stamped on the side.

Amber coloring with deep orange hues. Thick white head at the pour, very foamy, and creamy. Head retains through the whole beer and sticks everywhere.

Small hops with a herbal and spice nose. Not bad. Not great either.

Smooth. Very smooth, medium body. Odd hops bitterness though. Spicy and herbal. Fruity flavor too. Malts are present but very subdued. Dry finish with a hint of herbs and flowers. A very well balanced brew.

You can find it everywhere and you can stock it easily. Very well done to Sammy A.

ghostmech007, May 07, 2007
Photo of Brad007
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.

Brad007, May 06, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, medium amber with frothy head which dissipates quickly. leaving a bubbly lace behind.

S - Moderately malty with bready yeast smell

T - slightly bitter malty initial flavor with clean, very slightly sweet finish

M - light to medium body with dry finish. light carbonation

D - Smooth, not too heavy. Good session beer, though not my favorite.

walshclimb, May 03, 2007
Photo of benmiliron
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good brown tan color, not much head that dissipates quickly into no head. Smell is strong sweet malt. Little hops in the nose. Taste is again strong malt, cereal grains, medicinal hops creep up next. The bitter is too dominating in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but the gravity is good for this brew. Easy drinking for sure, but the taste leaves a bit to be desired.

benmiliron, May 01, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

there actually seems to be a bit of caramel in the beer. the smell is not strong the appearance is standard. This beer overall is a good standard ale. it does not wow me at all, but its above the avg beer you might get. if you want to start at an ale, or get a better than avg beer on a menue, get this beer. I good standbye beer.

Redwood21, May 01, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic pale amber color with overly generous head that retains well. Nice, fluffy white head on this beer and is reliable from bottle to bottle.

Nose is a citrusy malt character, with some caramel and toasted bread.

On the palate the light caramel malt comes through plenty of hops to round it out. To me this is a very balanced, highly drinkable pale ale. Nice caramel malt focus, British leanings perhaps, and also very drinkable.

yemenmocha, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, pours a nice orange rustic color with a fluffy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is very bready and yeasty with just a bit of citrus bite. Taste is very dry and earty with a bit of weed and bark in this just a bit of hop bitterness, not very balanced at all and very heavy carbonation. I guess this is a allright offering but nothing to write home about.

gunnerman, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of BoucheGulp
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass: Poured an amber-orange with a head that appeared foamy and dense but actually deflated rather quickly. The aroma reeks of sweet malts and a bit of orange. The lacing is quite sexy and looks like a wizard conjuring the foamy ghosts of cold cellars. The flavor is surprisingly crisp, and sweet breads like pie crust emerge amidst the waning citrus. The stock cellar aging - whether real or phoned-in - feels right, and this ale was clearly meant to be consumed pretty cold. I don't want to think about how unbearably sweet it could taste warm. A medium body and slightly carbonated mouthfeel make for a very drinkable beer.

My friends and I used to refer to this one as "The Streets of Boston" because we thought it tasted dirty... in a good way. This unique beer may not be the best choice for the uninitiated, but it is worth cracking once in a while for those with the ability to decipher the unusual combination of flavors.

BoucheGulp, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a steady golden orange, a little copper-like with a light tan soapy head. Big head initially and good retention thereafter. Smell is sweet + malty, earthy, woody, fruity and a little spicy. Very snifffable. Taste is pretty well balanced and has nice maltiness to it. A small amount of bitterness slowly creeps in after the finish. Texture is smooth and lightly carbonated. Good medium-like body and easy to drink.

Not bad. Another beer worth grabbing once and awhile from SA.

tastybeer, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber under a large, lumpy white mass of foam that reaches the top of the glass and wants to keep on going. Sweet malty aroma balanced with darkly spiced fruity esters and a little woodiness. Caramel hits the tongue first, slightly toasted, followed by an herbal spicy quality. Very even flavors. Smooth, medium-light body.

Samuel Adams was born and died in Boston, but this ale has a much more European feel to it than American. I'm not really sure what to call it, but you can't really compare it to other pale ales. "Stock Ale" makes me think of Old Ale, which I wouldn't call this either...it doesn't really matter, its something different that you can find just about anywhere.

wedge, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

dmamiano, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of JDK
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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

JDK, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a lovely copper color with a one finger head that settles into a light collar. Modest carbonation, a few bubbles rise slowly to the top. There is a sweetness to the aroma, an unexpected fruity/bubblegum aroma that is a pleasant surprise. Taste starts out with a mild maltiness that turns into a sharp, dry, biting hoppiness. Mouthfeel is somewhat light but I can't really classify it as watery. All-in-all, this is a pretty good beer, right up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (my current benchmark for APAs). SNPA is my #1 choice, but if it's not available i'll gladly drink Sam Adams Ale all day long instead.

CJfromPhilly, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of BradBLR
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a rich amber color with a slightly off white head. the head lasted about two thirds of the beer with a medium amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a nice balance between malt and hops. The malt had a hint of being toasted and the hops were more floral than citrus.

The taste was that of a mild pale ale, a malty flavor that was slightly sharp with a nice amount of hops on the back end, the beer was also had a little bit of a dry flavor. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being a little over done.

A pretty good pale ale from Sam Adams. Not my first choice but worth drinking.

BradBLR, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Boston Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Best before 05/07, restocked on 04/07

Poured a clear amber with an average off white somewhat lasting fizzy head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, with citrus, coriander and fruity bubble gum tones.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel and light bitter followed by a strong cheesy yeasty bitterness on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, a satisfyingly tasty beer. Nothing more nothing less.

xav33, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of klewis
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

klewis, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of BeerManDan
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, it was a light amber with a copper hue. Medium foam with some lace on the side of the glass.

The smell reminded me of cotton candy. Don't ask me why, it just did. The flavor was just average. While drinking this ale, I was trying to figure out what the flavor was, but, the sour/tart feel in the mouth kept masking the flavor of the hops and roasted malts. It was jus an OK ale that will be good for hot summer day's to cool one off!

BeerManDan, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks really nice in the glass. deep amber with a nice off-white head. good lacing. i picked up some caramel sweetness in the smell but pretty mellow. the taste is a nice balance of caramel, herbal notes, and good hop bitterness. finishes bitter but nicely so. i think i prefer this over the boston lager. would love to try it on tap.

scarletfire79, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

geexploitation, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is sweet and malty with hints of cinnamon. Pours to a yellow bronze with a lacy foamy head. Taste is sweet with hints a cinnamon and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is just right. A good brew, a liitle sweet for my tastes. A little more hopping would make it very delicious. I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it but if someone gave me one I'd quaff it.

mooseisloose, Mar 25, 2007
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.