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

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)

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82
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1,747 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 1747
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%


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.

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:42:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 17:18:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 00:12:02 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 01:55:04 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:21:52 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:50:46 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:18:40 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 19:29:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2003 10:07:49 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 09:30:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Boston brew pours out a dark red, though more a clear orange when seen through light. Head is impressively huge, thick, creamy, white. Aroma is quite large on sugar, with some fruitiness, notes of citrus, orange, banana, a touch of sourness, too, and a certain something else I can't finger. Yeasty, bready, a little spicy and toasted, even. Butterscotchy, and sweet.
On the palate, though, this beer plays it cool, with meager hops and moderate malt. A little oily tasting, too, and an indistinct finish. The brew came and left without a trace. Very mild, and easily drunk, but with precious little to hold my interest. The label calls it a "stock ale", but they seem to have hit the ESB style right on.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 16:15:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2006 02:10:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Except for asthetis this was a great beer, so it's still a great beer IMHO

Poured dark gold to bronze with a bubbly head that dropped of rapidly. Bubbles occasionaly rise from the bottom. Minimal head retention and no lacing

Smell: Fruittiness and floral hops in abundance. Some butterscotch notes

Taste: Frutiness, slight hopiness, with slight butterscotch taste (in a good way in this instance) Citric hops bitterness with ever so slight graininess and alcohol on the finish

MF: Perfect balance. Malt & hops are in sync. Slight over carbonation

This worked for me, don't remember it being so good. Drink up!

Taste:

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 05:26:40 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent which boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a nice malty flavor with a dry fruity finish. It goes down smooth and with good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2004 01:16:25 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer gushes upon opening. Once calmed down, it pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt, with a little bit of grassy and citrus hop notes. The flavor is biscuit and bread malt, with a touch of grass and orange notes. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:28:13 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:52:18 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date of April 2008; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a frothy, lightly pockmarked surface, light tan, initially fat-two finger thick head. The beer is a clear, lightly cranberry stained, amber color but shows a bright, full copper color when held up to the light. The lightly hoppy aroma smells lightly metallic, a bit grassy and with a light herbal note. Thin malt notes, slight berry-like aromatics with perhaps a touch of stale citrus also are present. The aroma is not bad, but somehow is not all that appealing either.

The beer tastes lightly sweet up front, which accents a berry like fruitiness in the middle as well as a soft, sweet citrus note. A light, but substantial bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile, but it turns a bit tinny in the finish with a metallic astringency. This is certainly a hop focused beer, though I would not necessarily characterize it as a hoppy brew; the malt does play a secondary role here though; providing light flavors of caramelized malt, some biscuit notes and of course the grain sweetness. The beer has some heft to it, with a light medium fullness to it, but it is definitely a beer meant for quaffing. The hops provide flavors of light herbal, a touch of tangerine, and even a bit of hop-spice.

Not a bad brew, the aroma is a bit lacking, but the flavor is certainly agreeable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 00:38:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:50:15 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copperish amber with a fluffy white head that slowly descends to a thin cover that stays around and leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is thin. Some sweet grassiness and dough.

The taste is of caramelish/honeyish sweetness balanced by earthy, leafy, bitterish hops. Pretty well-balanced.

It's light to medium-bodied. There is a certain coarseness to it, though it is smoother than not.


I used to like this more years ago. Since then it seems eclipsed by the ever-growing number of craft pale ales. It's a bit bland by today's standards. Still, it's easy enough to drink and serves as a decent "session" brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 22:16:34 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 21:23:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice off-white head with sticky lace; the broth color could be described neutral amber with a touch of orange. Very clear.

Smell: More malt than hop; slightly sweet, very round. Lots of caramel, but no chocolate. The hop is present strictly as a spice.

The taste is similar to a British bitter. Strong hop bite in the swallow (and aftertaste), but the initial sip is malty. Very smooth--richer than most bitters with a typical amount of carbonation. I think this beer would do very well in a blind flight.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 17:57:13 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, with a long-lasting medium white head, medium lacing.

S: Strong scent of an English ale maltiness, lots of toffee.

T: Sweet treacle malts dominate the flavour, not the harsh caramel flavour that amber ales can have. Light grassy hop character to balance, overall, I really enjoyed the malt in this one.

M: Very light carbonation, low to medium body, smooth and creamy, would like a bit more heft in this beer.

D: A very good beer from Sam Adams, don't know why it took me so long to revisit it. Similar flavour profile to the ubiquitous Boston Lager, but a smooth overall feel and I think the ale fruitiness complimented the malt better than in the lager. An easy beer to find, and relatively inexpensive for a craft, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 01:49:46 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this called an APA? Sam Adams calls it a stock ale (which can also mean old ale) and has a very British character in my opinion. Tastes and smells like an English pale ale really. The aroma is a smooth, creamy bread and carries over in the flavor. Mellow caramel malt with a slight herbal hops note make up most of the flavor. Mostly its all smooth sailing with the creamy yeast character and sweet malts. Quite delicious in all, though not as complex as I'd wish.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 03:31:00 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Enjoy before date notched on label" dating provided.

Pours medium copper amber, light tan head, that stays nicely, leaving a thick collar, nice sheeting and then blobs of thick lacing here and there.

Caramel malts in the nose with some light herbal hops.

More caramel malts carry the load here, hops in place but not on the assertive side. I get a more Brit. style take on things here. Minor citrus notes. Tasty and highly sessionable ale. Respectable if unspectacular offering. Would work fine in a lack of higher quality craft beer pinch.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:10:17 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in an American pint glass

A- crystal clear amber with gentle carbonation and a thin but long lasting tan head.

S- great citrus hop aroma with some nice toasted malt

T- a surge of crisp citrus hops start this beer off with a nice malty biscuit finish

M- solid medium body with no astringency and just a smooth carbonation

D- great hops that bring in a bold flavor but it has the malt to compliment them. It is a very nice beer and I was a bit surprised based on Samuel Adams track record. They make a solid lager and now I know they make a solid APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 22:32:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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