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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
83
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1,947 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 112 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper/orange color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is pretty good on this one.

S - Smells of sweet and toasted grains.

T - Initial bitterness up front with a sweet ending that is biscuit like.

M - This one was somewhat flat and had a coating quality in my mouth.

D - This is a beer that I wouldn't mind having again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with some red tins and has a white head.

S: Some malt, and a little bit of hops. Nothing too complex.

T: A good hop profile with sweet malt guiding it through. The malt definitely sweetens it up.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. A very underrated beer out of Sam Adams.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of buttery malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with a firm egg white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong caramel almost treacly aroma

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that progressively becomes sweeter until the swallow, where an earthy bitterness gnashes with the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really don't care for the flavors here - the sweetness becomes almost cloying and really conlicts with the bitter flavors creating an almost medicinal flavor

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's beer. Not any real problems, but no real stand out contributing flavors either. Medium body; not too sweet and not dull. Moderate malty sweetness, but not cloying. Nutty, fruity, and spicy, but not bold on either. Fruity (peaches and appricots) with hop spiciness. Hopped for solid bitterness and a mild hop flavor. Copper colored with a fair head retention. Finishes clean and fresh. Good beer, just nothing to latch on to.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boston Ale is transparent orange-amber, accent on the orange. The head is buttery yellow beige in color and is firmsticky. It displays a significantly rockiness as it descends and leaves a satisfactory amount of chunky lace on the glass. Very nice appearance. The nose is primarily of spiced caramel, but there's also a citrusiness than lightens things up a bit.

It tastes of heavily toasted caramel malt with an enjoyable amount of spicy-earthy hops. Boldness and balance are the operative words here. The flavor profile doesn't change appreciably within each mouthful, but I'm fine with that since the beer is delicious to begin with. The body is a perfect match in that it's firm and smooth with a spot-on degree of carbonation.

The words that keep coming to mind as I drink are 'classic' and 'solid'. If I wanted to nitpick I'd say that I prefer my APAs more citrus hoppy than this, but I'm not in a nitpicking mood today. Besides, this is really more of a British-style pale ale and it hits that target directly. Boston Ale is excellent beer and I'll be sure to look for it from now on.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger thick head on a clear, copper-orange body.

S: caramel and toasted malts, toffee and earthy hops.

T: caramel and toasted malt forward APA. Hops are mostly earthy and slightly floral. brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is much more drinkable than Boston Lager. The flavor and hop character is better than expected as I feel this is the best year-round Samuel Adams beer.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice orange amber, a bit bright with a nice two inch plus head. Great retention as it only faded ever so slowly and still left behind about a half inch or so throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace was apparent throughout as well. A decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom also, lots of bubble chains, partly due to the nice Sam Adams glass, but still amply carbonated. Great color and overall look.



S – Aroma was quite light. A nice hoppy bouguet, a bit floral, and not very citrusy though. But this was only on the top as the main body of the smell was made of sugary malts which really domintated here. Lots of light earthy tones were throughout this one as it really just smacked of a nice session ale. Nothing overpowering, just a good solid aroma throughout.



T – Ahh, very refreshing. The taste on this was nothing that was going to knock you over, however, it was subtly very good and a solid offering here. Great malted flavor, light grain and cereal touch to it. A bit of a dry hoppy finis, but nothing strong by any means rounded it out. Had a very earthy feel to it. A nice light ale, almost a pale, but a little bit bolder then that. Still more then decent and very well put together.



M – Really ridiculously smooth would be the only was to describe this one. It was just so sessionable and light in feel, almost effortless. Now I know the carbonation helped in here, but this was really tight. Crisp clean and refreshing a very good example of what the style should feel like.



D – Superb. This was designed to be a session ale and that is exactly what it is. You could really have this one all night long. It was just easy going, light, flavorful, could carbonation and a nice mix of light flavors that would keep you coming back. Would love to see this on tap here, but you can just never get it around here.



Overall I was happy to finally try the Boston Ale. I could not belive that I had actually never tried it earlier. I would have thought I had this one years ago but it was also the lager that crossed my path. I found this to be very enjoyable and a true session ale in every sense of the word. Perfect with dinner or the game or mowing the yard, quality offering here.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a an amber color with a white head on top. The beer looks pretty clean and crisp looking. The smell is a little less hoppy as the Boston Lager. The taste of the beer is good, it's a little bit lighter. Overall it's a good ale, it probably won't ever have the popularity of the Lager but is deserves a fair chance.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack, its a Sam Adams Saturday!

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a medium-sized, creamy white head.

Smell: Clean biscuity malt aroma with a slightly floral undertone.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with a little bit of honey sweetness. A slight sourness creeps in before the lightly hoppy, lemon juice-esque finish. Notes of spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though simple, it is a fairly tasty, satisfying session beer.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had no idea that Boston Beer Company was behind this one,have had 3 or 4 times at the Uno here in Greensboro.Poured into frozen mug wich I didnt care for much,not much head but a little lace,smelles sweet and a little grainy.Taste is malty and a little fruity but nothing spectacular.It is better than almost everything on tap there (except Sammy's)so its not to bad I guess.

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a light copper color with a fluffy, white, two-finger head that left some good lace.

S - It smelled floral and malty. Also, a slight citrus aroma.

T - It was quite malty with a nice hoppy presence which provided a nice bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. Could make a good session beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, amber-copper in color with a dense, rocky off-white head that holds up very well and leaves some nice lace. Exceptional! The aroma is lightly malty, slightly fruity, and offers a nice, but light, earthy hop note. Fullish mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Gently zesty and creamy. The flavor starts with a firm malt and bitterness, allowing some hop flavors to come into play towards the swallow. Well balanced. The finish is short lived with a moderate bitterness and mineral-like hop flavor resting in residual malt sugars. Not as hoppy as it once was, but a very lively, dry ale with a distinct character and excellent drinkablility.

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz frozen mug, pale amber hue shows a good clarity and lacing is thin but retains well. Faint aroma of caramel and grain, little hop in the nose … clean to say the least.

Solid crisp carbonation, light bodied and very refreshing. A bit watery in the malt department showing some grain and sweetness, touch of hop oil and bitterness easily keep things balanced. Clean after taste with some grain in the back.

One of the few beers that has any kind of real beer flavour at most Pizzeria Uno establishments. Very easy to drink … a no brainer beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome looking beer copper amber with a huge peach colored head just like a whipped cream sitting on top, heavy patches of lacing great appearance. Aromatics have some fruit tones and a strong backbone of malted barley rich tones fulfilling to the senses but not overpowering. Flavor perfect balance of bready yeast tones, sweet malt and fruity tones a bit of a citrus bite not bad at all very drinkable. Mouthfeel is fluffy textured medium in body and perfect carbonation fine crafted ale, and could very well be a fall back beer in my opinion with all of the bashing of Sam lately it's kinda funny I have found two great beers of theirs.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizzeria Uno’s in Attleboro, MA, served in a large Pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold, with a thick foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of caramelized malt, hops and some wheat. Overall, though, the smell isn’t very strong.

T: At first the taste is malty with hints of nuts & caramel, with a little hops. As the beer gets warmer the hops become much more pronounced and start to dominate the flavor.

M: Crisp & smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonarion, clean finish.

D: Tasty and not very filling, goes down very easy, worth drinking for the duration of your visit to Uno’s.

This one tasted just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but a bit lighter, however, not as light as Sam Adams Light. So I guess you could call it Sam Adams Not-So-Light.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,947 ratings.