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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: 965
Hads: 2,023
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 49
Gots: 221 | FT: 1
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 Bouleboubier
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

[bought a loose bottle - no best-buy date (all 2016) notched on label... poured into a shaker]

L: really creamy-spongy foam, reminiscent of some bottle-conditioned Belgian ales... the liquid's a crystal-clear reddish-amber... somehow held foam till the the end, messy lace top-to-bottom

S: very vibrant aromas of estery dough, light caramel, spice-d hops... if a textbook English pale ale is what they're going for, they've done alright, though the overall smell may come across as a bit canned, indistinctive, and on par with many a larger craft breweries' (Saranac, Long Trail, et al) 'standard English pale' - hope that makes sense... somethings just a bit off in their execution

T: the caramel malt intensity is flavorful, but a bit much - its character more akin to an American amber ale than a British pale... the peculiar xmas spice in the nose is also found on the palate, notably in the finish and aftertaste... thankfully, the bitterness is just biting and lasting enough to give a little depth... arguably metallic and gravel-y tones in the aftertaste

F: rather smooth, like a true, bottled British ale that's been sitting on an American liquor store shelf for 4-6 months... for the perceived flaws in their use of the caramel malt, it does seem to add enough to the body to make this seem different enough from the BL

O: has that unmistakable Sam Adams amber-colored-beer malt character that makes this taste not all that different from their Octoberfest, Boston Lager, and probably a few other brands from their classically bloated portfolio... it's tastes like something produced from lab computations as opposed to something truly 'crafted'... really couldn't drink more than two of these when sober

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Photo of delcobrewzzz
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is good....on all counts....rating reflects the ever-relative style...very English pale with an American touch.

a balanced, less known brother to the famous Lager...which, too, is a classic (like SNevada's Pale)...just can't go wrong with this if you want a balanced, heftier 'session' ale...savor this one and let the not-in-your-face (but assertive enough) mellow malts, crisp/fresh hops, deep tawny color, herbal nose and solid brew do its job...

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Photo of Nyg
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good for few. Just a good all around ale. I prefer this over the lager. Pour clear/amber with a bit of a caramel malt with a light spice and a short lasting bite of bitter

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3-20-15. Threshold Beer Glass. BB August 2015.

Appearance: Some smoke on popping the cap. Golden amber. Pours 1 finger sandy head. Very nice retention, rocky 1/8 inch of retention. Significant carbonation.

Aroma: "Aley" smell. Amber ale smell. Caramel mal. Smells very English hoppy.

Taste: Very much an amber ale - dry arrival, caramel malt mid-palate, no sweetness. Turns bitter toward the end. Fruitiness hits mid-palate; blackberry leaf?

Mouthfeel: Hefty. Good carbonation, not overdone.

Overall: More like an amber ale than an English Pale Ale. Exactly what I was looking for. Contrary to the web/reviews this is NOT exactly like the Boston Lager. That is refreshing and has more noble hop aroma. If I think of this as an assertive Amber, it's right up there with the best of them, more assertive than Bell's or Sawtooth. [Postscript: did a side-by-side with Boston Lager, and this is by far the bolder beer in every respect. More hops (which are decidedly English in character, to the BL's noble lineage), more malt, more fruity character (esters or hops, can't really tell; it's subtle), and WAY more carbonation.]

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Photo of drunkenmess
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Average beer for Sam Adams. Wanted something with a little more hops, so I strayed from my usual (comfort zone) stout and porter thirst. And this is defintley a more bitter beer then I'm used to. Pours a very light amber color with an excellent light tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells of yeast to me and also wheat idk... mayb its me. At first taste it was bitter then quickly went away till the next swig, as i keep drinking it gets smoother. Nice after taste. Overall... not bad Sam, not bad.
P.S. goes really good with sloppy joes

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Photo of TaylorLH22
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is a nice light brown. Smells bready, caramel malts, hops, barly that's been toasted. The taste is good nice balance of hops with the barley and malts. This is a good brew for average joes wanting to expand into the more hop forward beers. It can take a long time to develop a palate for hops, especially seeing as how the general public has shunned anything with more then the lowest IBU rating. If you're joe six pack then you are probably wondering what's the point in developing a palate for hops. Well... For one you will get major respect from fellow beer snobs for ordering an IPA. On a flavor level hops can impart a lot of different flavor a other then bitterness. Probably the most famous is a "piney" flavor. This is a great place to start on the road to the holy grail of beerdom, the IPA.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that falls slowly with abundant lacing. Color is a hazy amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: fairly mild aroma of caramel and toasted barley, a hint of hops as well

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied slick with a somewhat wet finish.

Flavor: caramel is dominate along with biscuit, toasted bread crust, and a bitter earthy hops.

Overall: very well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear amber/orange with a one-finger head of small bubbled foam. Rings of lacing.

S - Moderate strength aroma; very bready, almost like raw dough. A hint of candied fruitiness.

T - Caramel malts forward. Baked wheat bread, butter, some toffee. Hints of red apple and in the mid-palate. Sweeter tasting. Mild English hops bring some balancing bitterness in the finish. Hops are earthy, spicy, and floral. Picks up a little "paste" taste in the finish as it warms.

M - Medium bodied, with delicate carbonation. Very pleasant creaminess. Feel matches the flavor profile very well. Crisp finish.

O - Underrated English pale ale, and probably BBC's best regular offering. I remember enjoying these many moons ago and I am pleased to see how well this one has held up over time. Would love to see this included in variety packs over the lager. Not as good as the very best English Pales (Fullers, etc.), but solid nonetheless. I can see me picking up a few of these over the course of a year.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a Sam Adams in ages, but thanks to all of the ads during the Sons of Liberty miniseries on the History Channel, I decided to give it another try. (I actually didn't notice until later that this is the Boston Ale and not the Boston Lager)

Pours a light amber with a short off-white head.

Aroma is a bit off to me. I can't put my finger on it but I'm not keen on it.

Thankfully the flavor is nice. Very grain-malt oriented. Nice background of hops. Starts dry but ends sweeter. This seems like a very English-style well-balanced beer.

Nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

This beer was ok but the aroma really hurt it. I'm wondering if maybe I just picked up a bad six pack?

Later edit: I just noticed the freshness date on the bottle. It says best if enjoyed before "August 2014." Oops... well I will review this one again soon when I can find a fresh batch.

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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 predikit
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber, left a one finger off-white head with good retention. Leaves plenty of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells bready, I consider this to be a rather standard 'ale' smell. Hard to put into words otherwise.

Piney hops takes forefront, slightly sweet, with a hint of barley malt for the finish. A little hop forward, but by the time I got to the end of the glass it mellowed out quite a bit.

Medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a bit of residue that sticks around for awhile.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Sampling with now on 11/17/14 with dinner. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a Samuel Adam's Boston Lager pint glass.

This isn't their original 'Boston Lager' at all as the label is different as well as the brew. This 'English Pale Ale' style brew pours a pretty clear copper-amber in color with about a 1/2 finger white head that settles down to around 2mm after a while. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the glass. The aroma is very pleasant and is of grains, biscuit, with a hint of caramel also. More going on with the taste with a hint of fruit (dark?) also. Finishes just a tad dry but good. Actually, wasn't sure how this brew was going to be overall. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, it was good and probably even better on tap.

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Photo of dabarton
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

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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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear copper colored body with a very thick, frothy, lasting head; globs of sticky foam on the glass. Very faint cereal grain aroma. Lightly warmed bread flavor; biscuit; a hint of fruitiness; nice, low-key bitterness. Medium bodied; somewhat dry finish.

A pretty nice ale that delivers a satisfying, easy drinking experience. When you're tired of hop bombs and deep, dark, thick ales won't cut it, this ale should fit the bill. It's always refreshing to find a good tasting, basic beer, and this beer is one of them.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a lovely clear medium amber with a one-finger head that leaves some spotty lacing.

The aroma is full of yeasty bread, crackers and caramel with a hint of candied fruit.

The taste i loaded with caramel and bread with a hint of spicy hops as well. A little lingering peppery finish is very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.

Overall, an excellent beer that is very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from bottle to teku glass

A- pours a clear, deep amber color with a nice two-finger creamy off-white head that retains nicely, eventually leaving behind some nice lacing

S- caramel and buttery malt, earthy and fruity hops, sweet doughy bread

T- buttery caramel english malt, fruity hops with some herbal and earthy notes, bready malty finish with a caramel linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and silky finish

O- loves the bready caramel sweetness, my favor interpretation of an english pale thus far

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Enjoy before JUL 2014 notched on label.

A - Pouring a nice rich amber color this clear ale's steady carbonation keeps it's lively ivory head afloat for some time, leaving rings of lace on the pint as it dissipates.

S - Layers of buttery, flaky biscuit underscore a toasted malt profile that incorporates notes of dense dough into the mix, punctuated by floral, slightly spicy hops poking through faint suggestions of fruity yeast esters on the finish.

T - Toasted bread malts meet caramel sweetness in a tasty malt-forward entry on the tongue. Slightly spicy English hops add peppery notes to the back end while cooler aging post fermentation drives off the undertone of fruity yeast coming from the aroma, an otherwise nice mirror.

M - Gentle carbonation skids along the tongue in this medium-light bodied ale that finishes dry and almost more lager-like. Thoroughly malty, this beer still remains balanced with a touch of bitterness to keep it nice and drinkable.

O - Samuel Adams' Boston Ale is a simple brew that, despite faint fruity yeast esters in the nose, borders on being lager-like with it's dry and crisp finish. Easy drinking and delicious malt breadiness balanced by slightly spicy English hops makes for a nice English-style ale worthy of a pub session.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beautiful maltness in the scent with a three fingers high foam. The beer lacks some character but is otherwise almost perfect with the long and smoked aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack.

Pours a dark copper orange, with a healthy 2.5 inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet and slightly toasty malts and grains, with a bit of cut grass.

Very crisp, clean taste. A little bit malt sweetness is cut by a slightly husky grassy hop bite. Just very easy drinking, nothing crazy, but it gets better the more you drink of it.

Could use a little more carbonation, it's slightly flat. Crisp mouthfeel, however, and very drinkable. Light to medium bodied.

An excellent and drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: May 3, 2014... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: unwinding after the annual M&M Mars Fest in Hackettstown--thanks for the free candy!... APPEARANCE: thick white head the consistency of carwash soap--remains two fingers well after pour; copper orange body with vibrant carbonation--a looker... AROMA: sweet caramel aroma; fragrant hops are bright, soft and alluring without being distinguishable... PALATE: solid, medium-bodied with slight effervescence; highly drinkable, with zero suggestion of alcohol...TASTE: sweet caramel delivers underneath a mellow, soft pine flavor; a stereotypical ale (?), one to set expectations to... OVERALL: a recipe that wins in its simplicity--some bubblegum late in the glass adds to its otherwise "stock" profile--shout-out to neighbor Scott for bringing it over!

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Photo of keitho
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Amber in colour leaving a half of finger head, medium carbonation. Good looking pint.

Smell- Slight toffee smell, fruity hop smell but not too much aroma.

Taste- Caramel with a hint of treacle in the malt with good balance of refreshing hops lingering on just long enough.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and good carbonation makes this beer feel nice on the tongue.

Overall- Nice refreshing beer, good balance of malt and hops with a bit of a kick to it. Would buy again and makes me curious to try other Sam Adams beers as we only get this and Boston lager here in N.Z.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable, one of the more underrated offerings from Samuel Adams. I appreciate that this beer has survived since 1988, with such little marketing to back this particular brew.

A very drinkable, yet big enough body to not disappoint really anyone of us in the craft beer community. A nice bitterness with enough of a sweetness to not let the bitterness overpower the overall flavor of this almost red ale. This type of beer pretty much goes with just about anything!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber clear color forming a light yellow bubbed and aired head. Low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long on the top

S: Very malty, sweet and biscuity. Strong notes of caramel. Fruity. Great flowery hops in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of roasted malts, toffee and raisins. Very malty and biscuity in the mouth. In overall, a dry, crispy and refreshing taste. Light hops bitterness in the end. Hops are bit citrus and quite flowery

M: Light body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation. Malty and biscuity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Samuel Adams expected quality. Recommended

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Photo of Duesler
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Minimal head with a crystal clear body, amber in color
S: Some grape scent, not too much going on other than a mild sweetness
T: Very refreshing beer, the hop profile reminds me of SABL, but that shouldn't be too surprising. The malt profile is not obvious until the finish which is caramely and bready, which also included a carbonation bite (minor).
M: Very very easy to drink, like a lager almost, low carbonation.
O: A easy drinker that i'm sure i could have all night, but definitely nothing to call home about. A solid offering for those who want to tiptoe into the realm of ales.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.