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

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Reviews: 962
Hads: 2,004
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 48
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

has in between a golden and amber look to it. Smell of some caramel. Taste of apricot and caramel. The mouthful says it all. A sweet feeling and taste that begs you to drink more and more. Drinkabilty is fine, Goes down easy and able to drink a good six pack (258 characters)

Photo of mikeal1917
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A classic pale ale that I was extremely excited to taste from my 12 pack adventure....

Appearance: Very dark brown, chocolate/reddish hue. Exceptional

Smell: Sweet and nutty smell that begs you to drink the brew. One of the finest beer smells I've encountered.

Taste: Malted and Robust, with definite taste of nuts and possibly caramel, similar to the Scotch Ale. Sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, oily feeling on the tongue. Smooth though.

Drinkabilty: Very heavy, but drinkable. This would be a one or two brew, very hearty. (534 characters)

Photo of Aphexwolf
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:Pale brown-coppery, clear. Thick head, good retention, excellent lacing, medium carbonation.
Smell: Malty sweet smell balanced with a faint hint of hops.
Taste: Bitter and dark taste of hops, not much malt here. Lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, not as much froth as anticipated.
Drinkability: Medium, leaves a small feeling of fullness. Can drink 2-3 in a sitting.
Summary: This is a good beer. I gave it 7.9/10 or C+. I like the color and appearance. I'm particularly impressed in the head. It has a nice smell to it. This beer works my appetite up and makes me hungry, which makes me think it would be great with appetizers for company. This being the first ale I've tasted with no other ales to compare it too, I would say this is a fine ale and I would drink it again. (802 characters)

Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid standby thats always reliable when nothing else craft is available. Hop and malt balance is perfect with hops aplenty to satisfy the hophead in a desperate situation. Hops are less apparent in the nose but extremely foward and even have a certain roughness on the palette.
An almost oily feel on the tongue and tons of wetness.
Defintely a quality brew to quaff. (370 characters)

Photo of avaccani
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper to amber in color. Had a decent 2 finger off white head.

S - Getting some caramel, biscuit and faint hop aroma.

T - Nothing great. A sweeter APA. Maybe I just like hoppier APA's but this one just isn't doing it for me.

M - Carbonation was fine.

D - I had 2 and that was enough for me. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn it down either. (365 characters)

Photo of Tundruth
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber in color with a puffy head that has decent retention

Smells hoppy and slighty fruity/sweet

Tastes very much like bread, I also picked up on alot of bitter hops in there as well as a nice maltiness. Kind of has a caramel aftertaste to it.

This beer is smooth with a flavorful, full bodied profile.

Its good, but not great. (332 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Deep golden hue, bordering on amber. Moderately heavy carbonation is visible. Head is a cream or off-toffee color, and maintains at about a centimeter. Wispy lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Light buttery tone to the mix. Gentle toffee-type malt with a marginally more aggressive hop profile. Almost smells like a Belgian brew. Not too overpowering, not too shallow. Just a touch of cinnamon and carrot-cake or pumpkin-pie flavor to the nose as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is creamy throughout the entire drink. A medium level of sweetness brought on by a sturdy malt backbone is accented here by a very floral hop profile. This is quite possibly the best-tasting Samuel Adams beer I have ever tried.

Drinkability: I think this is even better than their Boston Lager. If it were on tap locally, I'd use this as a go-to beer. Very intriguing little brew here.

Bought this on a whim this afternoon, and it REALLY hit the spot. Lots of flavor, with a normal ABV which allows for maximum enjoyment with minimum revenge later on. Excellent! (1,103 characters)

Photo of fdw3
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a white head that retains moderately well and laces quite nicely. Smell is slightly sweet but with noticeable hop qualities and is overall pretty mild and straightforward. Taste is well-balanced with a bit of malty, caramel sweetness mixed with fruit and spice notes that ends slightly bitter. Body is moderately light with moderate carbonation that finishes clean and crisp.

A very drinkable "good" beer that isn't complex but also avoids being boring. This isn't something I would seek out, but I would certainly enjoy it if someone handed it to me. (578 characters)

Photo of beastfromtheeast
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out with a good amount of slightly off-white head with minimal retention. However, there is a fair amount of lacing to nicely complement this beer's relaxing amber color.

Smell: Spicy hops scent accompanied by a subtle, sweet fruity smell.

Taste: Apparent earthy / spicy hops, along with a noticeable yet less powerful sweet caramel malt flavor. Quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Rather smooth with a very light carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Certainly aesthetically pleasing, but the bitterness ends up dominating the taste, although the caramel malt and fruity flavor adds mild complexity. Though it may be of no surprise to some, Boston Ale is an entirely different beast in comparison to Boston Lager, which is a good thing to bear in mind if you consider drinking this beer. (804 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The color was orange, copper with a thick off white head.

I could smell apricot, nutty sweet malt and earthy hops.

There is a light piney hop bite, some dried apricot, and more earthy hops.

This is smooth and medium bodied, has soft carbonation.

This is great, reminds me of some scottish and english ales. (359 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of madjr80
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass straight from the bottle. A small head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma was bitter sweet. There was author bit of hop to it, but it could have been more. It was Very smooth going down, but it could had a little bit more of something else. A sweet caramel/honey after taste that lingers on the palate. (340 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz brown bottle.

A: Pours a semi-clear amber, with off white head which starts thick then turns thin within a few seconds of the pour. Not the best head retention either (at least in this pour).

S: Sweet fruits with a crisp small aroma of hops.

T/M: Smooth with a medium hop bite and faint bitterness. Malts are sweet and fruity. Brew goes down clean with a nice clean aftertaste. Medium bodied all the way.

D: Nice brew with great drinkability. Could use a little more hops. Also seems to be watered down a touch from years past. Every one should try this brew.

Cheers!! (581 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - golden in color, just a little murky, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - Malty-smelling, with a bit of a hint of fruitiness. Also maybe a subtle hint of a charcoal-barrel smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Maltiness in taste, but not a whole lot else coming out of the taste, at least not for me. Still a little bit of the "barrel" in the taste too, but not in a bad way. Texture is fairly light and toward the watery side.

Drinkability - not a bad tasting brew at all, but not terribly complex in the taste either. Not many surprises. But again, nice taste. (659 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to revisit this one, haven't had it in awhile. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a bold amber with decent white head and ok lacing. Smell's nice and hoppy with a touch of malt. Tastes very sharp and bitter; slightly spicy. Lots of caramel, toffee, and breads in the mix. Nice mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, smooth. Drinkability isn't bad, but the bitterness can catch up to you. Nice beer.

I enjoy this over Boston Lager. (450 characters)

Photo of rmolledo
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Under a finger of foam settles over a deep golden to copper-hued beer. Aromas are actually more European than I expected ... mildly cooked grains come to mind. Toasted biscuit. Flavors are a bit metallic, and biscuity. Caramel sweetness is heavily present with a bit of warmth. This beer is listed under APA, but it seems like more of an english style. Not sure I'd go out of my way for this one. (396 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice dark orange/copper color with a one finger white head.

S- Some grapes, honey, and caramel malts. Reminds me of a weaker smelling Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

T- A slightly watered down version of the smell, but not watered down to the point where flavor is truly lost.

M- Medium body, smooth.

D- A nice beer that is enjoyable. The smell is the best part of this beer and it has a very nice smell. I would not go out of my way to get this beer, but would definitely drink it at a bar or party with limited selection. (561 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, ever really. I've enjoyed Sam Adams plenty of times and places before, however this is the first time I have taken the time to review in depth the depth of this popular Ale. Purchased as a part of a "Mix & Match Six" pack deal, this felt like a good starter to kick off my review binge with.

Poured from 12 oz bottle to room temperature pint glass.

(Appearance) Beer pours a deep amber to mid-gold shade, crystal clear and has a 1-finger depth head that lingers for several minutes, gradually fading away (much longer than I expected). There is some minor lacing. This beer certainly appears attractive to the eye. 4

(Smell) I sense a somewhat bitter aroma, a bit hoppy. There is not much else I sense here, it's difficult to discern any unique characteristics here. It's nothing I haven't smelled before, but it certainly isn't turning my stomach. 3.0

(Taste) The beer has a light malty taste, possibly some nut and/or spices, and there is a minor but far from overwhelming bitter aftertaste, and it lingers. Perhaps my biggest criticism is a lack of dimension in the overall taste, as if there is some critical ingredient that is missing from the final product, which draws it closer to your average supermarket beer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Beer goes down smooth and is largely enjoyable. There is little carbonation, just enough so that the beer can be detected by my tongue. 3.5

(Drinkability) I found the beer easy to consume. Personally, this is one of my favorite commonly available beers that one could buy at any supermarket or grocer and it is a highly drinkable one, but not a party beer. I could see myself enjoying a couple of these before growing bored with the two-dimensional taste and moving on. 4

Verdict: An enjoyable selection when you are financially limited or unable to make the pilgrimage to a specialty store, easy to drink in moderate amounts but lacks the character and depth that I am looking for in my ultimate choice Ale. Regardless, a decent Ale for any average run-of-the-mill beer drinker. B (3.75) (2,054 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours an amber with a small but long lasting head. Aroma of mostly earthy hops with some bread and caramel malt notes. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavor starts with moderate herbal hops which faints to a sweet caramel malt, lasting finish. I have drank this beer for years and just love it the same as Boston Lager. (337 characters)

Photo of marc956
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of Sam Adams's best beers in my opinion. Good hoppy flavor, without being as bitter as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that I normally get. Only have one at my disposal so not sure about its drinkability, but would definately recommend this one to BA members. (258 characters)

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fantastic foamy, white head, "gushing" carbonation, pale amber color with a bit of a light brown hue
S: Distinct caramel sweetness, malt up front, slight herbal hops note
T: Stunted English ale hops, watery and evanescent, caramel malt is much more subdued than the nose lets on
M: Light-moderate bodied, rounded and watery, diluting any crispness brought on by all the carbonation
D: Tastes like a light English ale to me. There are some interesting flavors, though subdued. Easily a session beer for these reasons, but I prefer something more vibrant (555 characters)

Photo of chchchchia
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Amber, translucent. Pours with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.
S - Toasted malt. Bready. No real hops to speak of.
T - Malt sweetness, but not overpowering. Finishes with a bitter cut, reminding me of a British bitter.
M - Medium to high carbonation.
D - Very high, especially at this ABV.

This is an american pale ale? This is far closer to a British bitter in my opinion. It's a good session beer, nothing over the top. A crowd pleaser. Would score higher as a bitter than an American pale ale. (545 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I purchased as a single at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $2 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Feb 2011" notched on the left side of the front label so we are good.

A Off white, slightly brown fluffy head that leaves a surprisingly good lacing on the inside of the glass over a medium caramel translucent body. I really like that lacing. 4.0

S Kind of a light hops smell but it is muted, over a dull grain smell. Not all that impressed with the smell. 2.5

T I am glad that the taste is more inspiring than the smell suggested to me as there is a moderate hop bitterness presence and a slight malt sweetness but that dull grain thud persists. I appreciate the first few qualities which certainly entertain the taster more than that boring grain dullness. 3.5

M Quite beefed up by the hops presence and the malt which is welcomed. 4.0

D ABV is manageable but I think that that dull grain background makes this beer one that I would not look for again. In fact, I believe that SA Boston Lager is far superior to this one for the drinkability category. 2.0

Notes: Interesting to finally taste and rate this beer which I did not see in stores for a very long time! (1,241 characters)

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