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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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1,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 93 | 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 KevinB
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking beer. The pour revealed a dark, ferruginous copper body with a creamy camel colored , one finger head, mild lacing throughout.
Nice toasted malts aroma, with some real mild floral notes.
Taste is a bready, buttery beer with nice balance of flavorful caramel malts, with some lively hops.
Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish, very drinkable.
Overall a nice offering, has a little of everything, very sessionable.

KevinB, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a nice dense off-white head that left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is rather faint, some caramel malt, some fruity esters, and a hint of hops. The taste is of buttery caramel malt, maybe a bit toasted. Some hops detected on the backend to add a bitter kick. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture to it, finishes a tad bitter. One of the better SA offerings, this brew is well balanced for some easy drinking.

Gmann, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange-amber pour with a thick, creamy and well-sustained light tan head. Slightly sweet toffee malt in the aroma. The nicely toasted palate features a firm caramel note and subdued hop character.

Another solid brew from Sam Adams; great toasted flavors with some tasty caramel. This session ale is drinkable, easygoing but still fairly satisfying.


arguemaniac, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is copper with just a hint of red. There is a good, fluffy head. Bubbles of carbonation floating onward and upward. The copper color resembles a rich dark orange.

Scent is a nice mild "ale" scent (you all know what I mean). A ihint of fruit here, and a touch of flowery there. Just a smidgen of deep cherry. The dry malt smell is light, but pleasant enough.

The first sip is an understated bitter malt. There is a combination of dry malt, but with a bitter accent. Has a dark (black?) cherry undertone. The hops are light. Sweet fruit and bitter malt ping-pong in the mouth. Actually sweeter than a normal ale.

The thickness is a nice creamy feel that leaves a film behind. It's easy to drink, even if it is just a *little* too sweet for my liking. Still, it's quite a solid, sweeter-than-normal ale.

williamherbert, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with a best-by date of December 2007. Poured into my new Mikasa ale glass. Medium-sized white head that dissipated pretty quickly after the pour. It's a beautiful golden-red color. Very appealing. Smells and tastes center around the toasted malts. Nice, toasted sweet flavors. Hints of dark fruit like cherries. Little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean, malty finish that I love. Perfect medium mouthfeel. Overall, a nice balanced ale. Not terribly complex, but still wonderfully drinkable. A very strong offering from Sam Adams.

ndekke39, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of jar2574
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this is a mixed 12 pack. Was disappointed with several of the beers in the summer variety pack, but this one was OK.

Light orange color, nice 1/2 inch of head. Can smell some hops and maybe a touch of citrus as well.

Very mellow ale, well balanced and easy to drink. Not really exceptional in any way, but more than adequate.

jar2574, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice amber color, poured a nice fluffy head, but then left a ring around the glass. Some lace sticked, but nothing major. Low carbonation.

smell - Hops are present with s hint of malt there. Kinda balanced I think.

taste - 55% Hops, 45 % Malt. Little spicey too.

mouthfeel - Carbonated, light-medium body.

drinkability - Haven't had this one in a long time. My ol stompin grounds. Wish I had this on tap right now. great beer.

auxiliary, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of nullforge
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with a foamy, off-white head that slowly collapses to a medium size. The head retains very well and leaves some sticky lace. The nose has a faint pine and citrus hop aroma. It's slightly fruity, but very clean overall. The taste starts with a moderate, earthy hop bitterness that has a dash of spice to it. Malt sweetness helps to balance out the bitterness, but is quite subdued. Crisp fruit flavors follow, backed up by butter (diacetyl). All flavors linger into the finish. Medium bodied with a good carbonation that creates a smooth feel. The feel is also rather slick from the diacetyl. Overall, a very easy drinking pale ale.

This beer tastes slightly different from the last time I had it. It's less malty and more buttery than I remember. Still quite good, though.

nullforge, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of asabreed
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow body with tinges of copper or light amber. As I let it warmed a bit and finished about half the glass, the head's stayed pretty nicely above the body and has left some sheets of white around the top of the glass.

Smell: A nice balance of malt and hops without a lot of differentiation, aside from some citrus somewhat from the hops and a bit of diacetyl and biscuit aromas.

Taste: The aforementioned aroma comes through a lot better in the taste, as it lets the brighter and sweeter flavors from the malts balance well with the somewhat sour and pleasing hop bite. Long finish with lingering hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly watery at first before a nice bite or carbonation with a light to medium body.

Drinkability: Again, another solid brew from Sam Adams excluding a seasonal variety. There are bolder and more experimental brews in the style of course, but this is especially nice for a balanced brew with a bite for summer.

asabreed, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with best by notch on side of label into a pint glass. It was a clear copper color. It had a good sized head that slowly settled to a film. Very good lacing. The mouthfeel was nice and crisp with good carb. The aroma was toasted caramel malts and a slighly fruity sweetness. Did really make think of an APA though. The taste was good at first but then got better as it warmed up. Not a "taste" beer but could be a decent session beer. Overall, pretty good and worth trying and one of the few Sam Adams to live up to the hype. (3.5, RB-mOAY, T, Y)

TexIndy, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of mjd83goblue
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Summer mix pack.

A: Pours a clear reddish copper with about an inch of head.

S: Smells overwhelmingly of buttery and caramel malts. Would like the hops to come through more in a APA.

T: Good malt base with those spicy SA hops. Not bad, but nothing special

M: Quite creamy for an APA, but a little thinner than the big malty smell suggests

D: Crisp and clean, a nice quaffer.

I think I'd take SABL over this, but a solid brew. This is the other end of the APA spectrum, totally different than SNPA or Stone. I find it has some similar characteristics to SABL in the hop taste and overall experience, but obviously sweeter and less toasty. Nice beer.

mjd83goblue, May 22, 2007
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
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.