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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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1,844 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 27
Gots: 64 | 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.

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Photo of stjarnflikka


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all clear, orange and red coloured beer. A nice thick, creamy foam settles on top.

Nice fresh malty smell. Some citric hops in there and apples come to mind very strong with a touch of sourness.

Sweet malts come, sugar, fruits and carbonation. Nice blended taste with some depth, nice chewy feeling to it. Comes on with some carbonation to lift malts and finish somewhat bitter with quite long aftertaste.

Better on tap than on bottle, not spectacular either though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2005 10:19:09 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of showell


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an okay one. Not my favorite Sam Adams, but it was fine, nonetheless. Pours orange/yellow with a white head that stays and stays. The smell was fine. Malt and bread. Taste is VERY bready with a rather bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is good. I could drink a few of these, though again, they're not my favorite. Refrigerated well, and on a hot day, I think it would be the best way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 03:18:30 | More by showell
Photo of Whiteweasel


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh my first beer after a long bout with mono...I really am trying not to inflate my review, but I'm just so excited to have a beer again!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours mostly clear with a decent amount of carbonation and a huge frothy head. Significant lacing and large bubbles. Burnt sienna colour to the ale, and a pure white colour to the head

S: Bold scent, hoppiness and malts in equal abundance. Yeast is perhaps more similar to lager yeast.

T: Pretty standard pale ale. Smoother than most. Malt/hops ratio is roughly the same as in the smell. Has a woody, almost smoked/burnt taste that is very subtle.

M: Again very smooth. Carbonation is pleasant and present in abundance.

D: In a great range for a sessioner. Easy to put back and while not terribly interesting, its a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 07:59:03 | More by Whiteweasel
Photo of JasonCoop


4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy pale orange color. smallish cap to it. looks pretty good.

smells malty with caramel. faint hops.

tastes pretty good. a good amount of maltiness and sweetness are present. nice and crisp, good carbonation. pretty good balance to it.
extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 07:57:58 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of ardy007


4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-18-2012 00:34:57 | More by ardy007
Photo of joek440

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-26-2012 21:58:47 | More by joek440
Photo of harpo111


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is a good APA...you can definately tell it is a sam adams..has their distinctive taste..a little lighter in taste than the boston lager...but still very drinkable.
app: nice two finger head, golden amber color
smell: malt and hops..slight carmel
taste: hoppy, with citris overtones...full, not watery...
mouthfeel: smooth, not thick
drinkablility: very nice, light...not as filling as the boston lager...
for those who don't want a light beer, but don't want to compromise taste...this is a good brew...not as full flavored as their lager..but a good pale ale...very much like other good pale ales...not too sweet..but very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 16:49:42 | More by harpo111
Photo of PaleAlien2


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a white head.
S: Very smooth malt with a mellow caramel scent.
T: This beer has a very smooth tast to it. Tons of malt. Not much hops. Nothing overwhelming about it, but qood. Some leafiness and pine needles at the end.
M: Has a very dry finish with some malt in the backend the leaves an aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 20:04:37 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of rTheory

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-01-2012 03:05:11 | More by rTheory
Photo of JedediahK

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-20-2012 21:04:10 | More by JedediahK
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-22-2012 23:10:20 | More by SammyD
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured with a nice light amber color and a medium sized head that left an large amount of lacing. The taste was unique, with a hop profile I haven't experienced before in an APA and a long, delicious malt finish. It was very balanced and mild for an ale but retained the full ale mouthfeel. Excellent, I want to get a case.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 18:28:28 | More by cbleary
Photo of tomgossert


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-04-2012 04:05:35 | More by tomgossert
Photo of tj4288

New York

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an over all great american ale. i like this even better than the boston lager.

poured from 12oz bottle into chilled pilsner glass.

a- clear, golden brownish nice fluffy head, great lacing

s- not overpowering but hoppy and fresh

m/d- a great beer with or with out food. i could easily kill a sixer of this beer. two thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 04:04:19 | More by tj4288
Photo of Bryfind


3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-06-2012 20:21:38 | More by Bryfind
Photo of RoninBirdman


3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-14-2013 15:46:38 | More by RoninBirdman
Photo of Mick

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A red-amber appearance colors the glass as this one is poured. Nice head, although it diminishes a bit too much as you drink. A definitely nice hop aroma. A sweet malty and slight hop flavor. Smooth and calm across the palate, but noticeably present.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 12:37:52 | More by Mick
Photo of skiit13


3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-16-2012 20:34:52 | More by skiit13
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker


2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best if consumed by November 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass


This Ale pours a one fingered head which dissipates quite quickly and what remains is a sad lacing around the edges even though I haven't even picked up this drink. It pours a sinopia, shade of brown, body and edges. The color is solid all around and it seems different, but inviting none the less.


The smell is mostly malts with a fairly decent aroma of sweet caramels. This smells are just sweet and nothing too interesting.


This taste is close to what it smells like. It's mostly sweet malts throughout with a nice hoppy bitterness at the end.


The mouthful is just were this drinks just fails. It feels like water in my mouth. It's just too thin and it makes me feel like I'm barely drinking an ale.


I usually feel like Boston Brewing Company makes good drinks, but this is not one of them. It's just so far from being special and memorable. Its not completely horrible, but I feel bad that I bought a 6 pack of this. I feel like I have to give the rest of these to people who don't have taste and I could only hope that they enjoy it because I won't.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 20:58:07 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
Photo of dmartin118


4/5  rDev +9.9%

09-16-2012 23:35:44 | More by dmartin118
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-01-2012 12:54:47 | More by herring556
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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

04-17-2013 01:37:27 | More by Punqbert
Photo of littleshamrocks


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with the enjoy before month clearly notched on the side of the label. Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager specialty pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with a creamy looking white head. Markedly hazy with a prodigious amount of bubbly carbonation. Head settles to a nice ring and left a solid wall of lacing on one side of the glass. Aromas are of grainy/biscuity malts, herbal hops, and fruity esters. Taste hit me in stages, starting with the slightly sweet, biscuity malts, followed by some caramel notes and a substantial spicy/herbal hop bitterness. Also noticed some dark fruit skin flavor as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a partially dry, smooth texture and lively carbonation.

Sam Adams labels this as a "stock ale", and while I am not entirely sure what the characteristics of a stock ale are, it does seem to vary from an APA. Maybe, the English Pale Ale is a more apt classification for this beer, due to the balance of the ingredients and the lack of a more intense hoppiness. With that being said, I really enjoyed this brew. Fairly complex flavor, along with extreme drinkability, make this a staple and a winner for Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 02:11:04 | More by littleshamrocks
Photo of jimj21


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle bought as part of the Spring Brewmaster's twelve pack. Best by July 2009 marked on the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a very clear orangey amber color. Pour produces a finger of off-white head. Not much retention but decent lacing. Some bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is pretty malty. Sweet aromas of caramel. Some toasted grains. There's a little hop aroma, but I can't pinpoint it. Floral maybe. Some fruity esters are there as well.

This one definitely has an interesting taste. There is a lot of toasted white bread and caramel flavors from the malt. Spicy hops move in as the malt fades. Some fruitiness makes its way into the taste as well. A little bitterness on the aftertaste. This actually reminds me of Boston Lager quite a bit, except that it's an ale instead of a lager. More fruitiness, not as crisp, etc.

Great carbonation in this one. Very creamy and smooth. Medium bodied. Not bad at all.

This is another solid beer from the Boston Beer Company. Not a whole lot of complexity, but something you could drink for any occasion. Good balance. Of note, I think this seems like more of an amber ale or even an English pale ale than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:49:50 | More by jimj21
Photo of rmolledo


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber with a white head, good lacing.

S: malty, light floral hops

T: caramel and toasted malts, fairly sweet. subtle hop flavor and bitterness.

MF: medium body, moderate carbonation.

D: It's ok, not the best SA beer or the best pale ale but it is
session friendly and goes well with burgers and such.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:49:10 | More by rmolledo
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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