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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium amber with a slight off white head that quickly faded.

S: On the nose was some sweet caramel malting with a light fruitiness. There was some fresh flowery hops.

T: The flavor was decent, some light caramel and beadiness along with toasted grains. The sweetness upfront was balanced nicely with the fresh noble flowery hops in the finish.

M: smooth, medium carbonation with a fresh flowery hop fade on the tongue.

D: Decent drinkability for an everyday ale, the noble flowery hops saves this from being ordinary.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizzaria UNO in Plaistow, New Hampshire on Jan 31, 2009 under the moniker of UNO Amber Ale. 20 ounce glass.

Appearance - Copper-amber tone with a decent lacing. Foamy 3/4 inch off-white head.

Smell - Lightly hopped comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with a slow breakdown on the tongue after swishing about.

The taste was mildly hopped. Overall it was a good experience even though I knew I was drinking a Sam Adams that I've had under its real label in the past.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before OCT 2008 notched on the side of the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color wtih an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted malts and slightly biscuity with some citrusy hops, not overly aromatic but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is toasted malts with a kick of citrusy hops in the finish. The drinkability is very high, this would make a great session beer, and I could easily throw down a few of these without getting bored. Good classic American brew, enjoyed on 4th of July weekend! Overall, Sam Adam's Boston Ale is definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Piccadilly Pub, Sturbridge, MA, served in a one of their silkscreened pint glasses.

Nice creamy white head on top of (no surprise) amber brew. Not much aroma to speak of, good or bad. Taste is good for the style, but a little lacking in substance for me, both the hops and malt. A bit of an aftertaste, but a very drinkable offering, nice that they go through the trouble of having Sam make a beer for them.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seethru auburn sunset shade with one-finger white head and minimal lacing. A mild spicy, floral/herbal tea-like hop bitterness smell w/ very mild caramel/honey notes. Thin-bodied and a little slick and smooth, but packs a good herbal hop bite with some citric notes as a semi-sweet/roasted malt base. Good balance and it is a little chewey. Finishes with some crispness. A good pale ale that is easy to relax with and lets you know you're drinking a beer.

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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 Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bi-Rite Drugs and Liquors in Casper.

Pours from 12oz bottle(best by Dec 2007) a clear nice deep gold with an ample head of foam into my very nice Sam Adams glass.
This foam just hangs around forever and it has a ton of lacing.(drinking this at slightly above room temp)

The smell is a nice blend of sweet malt and spicy hops.

The taste has a great malt flavour up front....semi sweet caramel dominates initially. In the background, I get some good hop character by way of hop oil and some grassiness. Further sips in and some grain shows up and it's all done very well. Very smooth, very tasty, both of which make it very drinkable. Now I'm noting some earthy tones as well. How the heck did this one fly so long under my radar?? Very very well crafted brew that I should start enjoying more often. The mouthfeel is just right for the style and the finish is just slightly bitter but overall, the balance just leaves me shaking my head. Darn good stuff!!

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

Crystal clear amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Long lasting foam produced a good amount of lacing. There was a nice mix of malt, earthy hops and light fruit in the aroma. Solid, herbal bitterness that really lingered long into the finish. Malt was prominent in the front, with a bit of brown sugar and toasted marshmallow flavour. Hops were less evident, but still earthy, maybe a bit spicy as well. The body was on the light side, carbonation moderate, with a creamy texture and light dryness. Overall, a well made beer. I was surprised by the bitterness level and restrained hop character, but enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours pale orange. A large head rises and retains quite well. Laces good too. The beer is clear and bubbly.

S-Soft nose. A hint of maltiness combined with some light hops. A muted, yet somewhat favorable aroma.

T-Well balanced and pretty mellow. Hops compliment the sugary sweetness well. The flavor is also light. I prefer more agressive flavors but overall, not bad on the tongue.

M-Light and crisp. Like most every other aspect of the beer, the feel is subtle yet attractive.

O/D-Nothing bad to be said about this one, I find Boston Lager to be superior to this beer however. I just can't see myself going into a liquor store and coming out with a six-pack of this. Just doesn't wow me enough. But if anyone is looking for a mellow, easy drinker, give this a shot.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. It smells like sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of hops. The taste starts out with malty, toasted sweetness and has a nice hop bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is light/medium, but very smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, nice and sessionable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't really complain about this beer. Pours a nice semi-dark amber color with a bit of head. On the nose slight toasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness and grain. The taste is pretty smooth with a nice sweetness and malt with a touch of bitter hops in the taste. With the mouth-feel being moderate this beer is easily drinkable but hoppy ales are more appreciated in my book.

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Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper red. The large, beige foam is semi-compact. After a while, the foam forms a nice ring on the inside of the glass.

The smell is sweet with lots of diacetyl, but there are also notes of aroma hops, butter, teracle, cream and a little touch of some sourish flavours.

The carbonation is fresh and stronger than I had expected.

The taste is dominated by a full-bodied, dry, burned taste of malt; there is some bitterness and taste of rye bread. The aftertaste is a complex one with flavours of sweet corn, dark bread, apricots and some sweet notes.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color with carbonation evident. A sticky, medium sized pillowy white head sits on top. It has nice retention and laces nicely as well. There's really a nice hop nose on this beer. An herbal, yet also perfumey blend which melds nicely with the malts on the nose. I really like the taste of this one. Smooth and mellow caramel malt profile really provides a nice backbone. The hops are equally important. They add some herbal spiciness. A nice blend. Body is about medium-full. Very drinkable beer. Reminds me of an alt in some ways.

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Photo of Brad007
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh, not bad for a SA lighter style ale. Looks decent, not the usual brown for SA, closer to the standard MBC yellow for them. Not yellow, closer to yellow than brown. No aroma, other than that of some dough malt thing.

Taste, ugh, where SA always has trouble. Not bad, but no heft, at least some of the other SA's are legitimate malt bombs, but when they make commercials about the hops . . .

Mouthfeel, eh, you can get it down, because it is ilghter on the malt end, it makes it a little more drikable than your average SA earthy wood minus hops experience.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a decent amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. A quarter inch of head and some OK lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma, with hops, malt and mild spices making an appearance.

T: The taste on this one didn't seem to go one way or another. There's a fair amount of hops, a bit of malt and possibly some cinammon. It just seemed indecisive to me.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

T: Overall, this is just an OK beer. Sam Adams has done better. The taste just wasn't enough of one thing or another to make it compelling.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not know this beer existed until yesterday, which is when I stumbled upon it. Best by June 2012.

A clear copper with a dense, tan head with rather excellent retention and nice lacing, this is one good looking beer. The nose is actually pretty nice! It's not really an APA, exhibiting a lot of English hop character, a blend of floral and leafy hops. There's a very nice, complex bready malt backbone as well, a blend of Vienna and a little caramel malt. A touch fruity, but there's also a very faint sulfur note, which is surprising. It does dissipate, though. Quite enjoyable.

The palate, however, isn't quite there. Opening with a surprising level of hop flavor, with rose water, green leaves and twigs, it does take me by surprise. The mid-palate follows with some malt character, not quite as balanced as on the nose. Biscuit, caramel and Vienna malt are present, though it does feel a little watery here. Drying and quite bitter on the finish with dried herbs, and a level of Hallertauer bitterness that almost seems overdone. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite nice. Not an APA by any stretch of the imagination, but as a beer, it's a success.

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Photo of mltobin
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a mix-a-six.

Poured beer into a pint glass. It is a red and brown color with a decent sized head that sits atop the beer for some time after pouring. I smells like malts and brown sugar, certainly an inviting smell. It tastes of some hops, with more of that brown sugar, and a classic, clean american pale ale taste that does not tire no matter how long the foundations of this recipe have existed. Mouthfeel is earthy, a little dry, with some lingering sweetness from the brown sugar. Drinkability is average. I would pair this with a hamburger or pork tenderloin.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden with a nice full creamy beige head, good carbonation with slow bubbles, and leaves lace rings. Caramel malt (Crystal malt) aroma dominates with a touch of buttery diacetyl. Tastes similar to aroma with a touch of toastiness and something a bit harsh that I cannot define. Medium bodied and smooth but not as rich as the slow bubbles would indicate.

An OK beer but certainly not as good as I remember (could this possibly be a bad bottle?)

Per B.B.Co. website:
Original Gravity: 13.5º Plato, 1.055 specific gravity
Malt Type & Varieties: 2-row Harrington, caramel 60º
Hop Varieties: Saaz, Fuggles, Goldings
Special/Unique Ingredients & Procedures: Stock ale begins with a warm ale fermentation, but is krausened and aged at cooler temperatures.

Purchase Before: 09/04
Tasted: 07/03/04

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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a tall frothy ivory head that holds excellent retention and leaves lacing rings all the way down the glass. Aromas are malty, bready, caramel, herbal hop. Tastes are nutty, earthy, caramel, herbal hop, bready malt. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, sharp, and crisp. Overall, loved the appearance of this one, decent APA and what I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better “Session” beers to be found anywhere along with the “Boston Lager”, and a beer I look for if there is nothing else on tap worth sampling. The beer pours a deep copper color, the head masterful and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Big malt nose, fresh and clean and lightly sweet, front malt sweet and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops quite pronounced in their bite and the dry lingering aftertaste adds much to the enjoyment, one damn fine “Session” beer and always a treat to the palate.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken from the family beer fridge in charlotte over thanksgiving

appearance: pours a hazy see-through copper amber color into a ND pint glass, heavy beige frothy cap

smell: noble hopping, light toatsed grain, caramel

taste: nice balance of light toasted malt and gentle hops. not horribly complex but an easy drinker

mouthfeel: fine, a little light

drinkability: fine

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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 champ103
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish color with good clarity. At first a large white head of over two fingers forms, but quickly recedes. Some nice sticky lace is left behind.
S: Bready malt with caramel. An odd hop leaf spiciness. Some citrus fruits as well.
T: Very sweet. Toasted caramel, and some graininess. Again an odd hop spiciness that I can't really describe. Though it is very enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body, but to watery for my tastes. Easy and smooth to drink. This is something to session.

I had this at the Atlanta International Airport while waiting for my connecting flight. Not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed it. Worth a try.

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