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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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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 85 | 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 iceball585
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Reddish amber color, semi-clear, 1/2 finger thick head that lowered to a thin cover, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Hops, toasted malts, slightly floral

T- Hops, toasted malts, oak, honey, grains, sugar, nutty

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, clean, smooth, crisp flavor, slight oily finish

D- Easily a session beer

This is a pretty good american pale ale. Great blend of hops and malt that creates a very smooth beer.

iceball585, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

It pours a clear reddish/amber with a vibrant 2 fingered head that settles down to a solid cap that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is earthy and bready. I don't get any of the expected hop smell of an APA.

The malt dominates this beer. The hops are evident on the finish. It has a nice clean and crisp mouthfeel and very good carbonation. It is not a great APA because of its lack of hoppiness, but it is a solid beer that tastes good. It is easy to drink so very sessionable with its low alcohol.

morimech, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

A- thin and bubbly 2 finger white head sits on a brick red tinted straw brew, filmy lace clings to glass, decent retent on the head

S- rich, fruity, hint of caramel, toasted malts, floral and herbal aromas

T- sweet dried fruit flavors from malts, brown sugar, toasted malts, orange (citrus), rich caramel

M- smooth and well carbonated medium body, crisp and dry finish

D- malt balanced sessionable brew, definitely warrants a try with its surprising complexity

tonistruth, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear orange/amber body. Two finger off-white head with excellent retention - left a nice lacing.

S: Light aroma of roasted malt, some caramel, and little hops.

T: Strong roasted malt flavor - a bit grainy too. Balanced, but far less hoppy than I prefer in this style. Not bad, just off of what I expected & hoped for.

M: Medium body & perfect carbonation. Smooth & somewhat creamy with a lasting aftertaste.

D: Not hoppy enough for an APA, but it's a lot better than the English PA's I've had. Would make a good session beer.

OKCNittany, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Bright reddish-brown pour comes from the bottle. It's smell is pretty strong of citrus-like hops but with an almost earthy aroma. It's pretty sour and crisp but with a sweet aftertaste. It has an average mouthfeel: light and carbonated. Overall, a pretty drinkable beer.

fitzy84, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a copper color with about two fingers of white head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell is of toasty malt with a tinge of hops.

The toasty malt is the first taste which turns to a biscuity flavor. This is followed by a bit of floral hops to balance out the flavor.

This is a very sessional brew. Very easy to drink, not complex by any means, but a solid ale. This is does not quite have the hop profile I would like in of most APAs, but still a very drinkable brew.

penguinjive7, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

i saved this last one for the game; poured a light copper w/ very little white head, some lacing; nice malt-hop aroma, floral undertones; crisp malt flavor w/ some toasty malt, good hop balance; a little lighter on the palate than advertised, but not "watered down" at all; i would (and will) definitly drink this beer again ...

animal69, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance- Pours a light brown color with hints of amber. A medium head that subsides fairly quickly but leaves plenty of tracing. The Cabronation on the pour was fun to watch, swirled around for awhile in the glass.

Smell- Hoppy malted nose, subdued though, not a knock out hoppiness or malt odor. Hints of molasas, spicy apples, and roasted nuts.

Taste- A very balanced beer, notes of oak, dark bread, and a touch of a hearty apple. A strongly flavored beer that would stand up well with meat or other intense flavors.

Mouthfeel- A relatively thick brew, almost chewy.

Drinkability- A delicious beer, one of the better SA's Ive had, I would love to kick back with the Pats or Red Sox and a few of these!

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured a light brown almost orangy with off white head that leaves lacing on my glass. The smell is sweet and malty good smell. It has a good taste sweet malts and finishes a little hoppy. Good amount of carbonation light body fairly smooth. Over all this is a drinkable beer good taste and fairly smooth I'd get it again.

armock, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

A- orange/copper/amber in color, glows neon in the light. coool. 1in off-white creamy foamy later with great retention, bubbles rise through the slightly hazy brew turning the head into swiss cheese with chunks of wispy wavy lace on the glass.

S- mineral water, buttery citrus, toasty malt, old garden tools (wood and metal?), sweet bread, and some woody floral hops in the back

T- multi-grain bread, tin or steel, diluted coffee, damp wood, rich soil, earthy mushroom, orange bitters, and pale barley with a corn husk/dry grass character. tastes more like autumn than most autumn beers out there. grainy hops come out at the end with a leafy feel and an herbal sour lemon that dries nicely.

MF- mid-hi carb, medium body, brew feels dry, resinous and coating

D- this is the boston beer company meyn! u know what it iz.

hustlesworth, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Orangy amber with medium thick, foamy head with some lace retention

S: Sweet malts and hoppy with a little bit of spice

T: Sweet malty backbone with some bready flavors combined with assertive hops bitterness with some grainy, estery touches in the finish.

M: Medium body but a little thin with light carbonation. Clean malty aftertaste.

D: Really smooth and distinctive with esters mixed with a nice hoppy bite.

argock, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of musicjustintime
3.45/5  rDev -5%

Decent ale. Not hoppy like I expected, which to me, is GOOD! Very nice balance of malts and hops. Very crisp, clean, and drinkable, in my opinion. Good malt flavors and a tiny hop bite at the end...but not too much. Nice brew. Recommended! Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

musicjustintime, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Samuel Adam's Boston Ale pours two fingers of foam
over a slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Carbonation
is steady, and the nose is fruity English yeast esters and
just a whiff of herbal hop. The flavor is sweetish malts
with vanilla notes and a long subdued grassy hop finish.
Mouthfeel is full, yet also crisp and a bit dry. Nice

shadow1961, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of McStagger
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Orange red color with a brown overlay. Looks like fresh brick. Head is slightly tan with moderate dissipation and good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine notes are offset by mild notes of honey, fig and plum.

T: Sweet notes in the beginning that are reminiscent of the same dark fruit. However, there is a raisin-y overtone to the fruit that was not detected in the nose. The hops take over after that, with notes of citrus and juniper that last throughout the entire finish. There is also a note of toasted grain on the finish that complements the hops very well.

M: Beer slides across the palate. The body of the beer is a tad on the heavy side, but the carbonation on the beer picks this up before it becomes really noticeable.

D: This beer has a great flavor. This beer is not overly heavy. This beer is not hard to drink.

McStagger, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of eballard
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer poured an amber color with a nice light head. The head settled into a small layer over the length of the beer and left a lacing down the side of the glass. Good carbonation. It has a strong malt aroma with a flowery hop in the back. It’s a light smell over all but sweet and enticing. The beer tastes strong of malt with a little grain and a nice hop finish. Not a lot of bit but rather a sweet hop that finishes nicely. The beer is clean and crisp. It had a good carbonation that helps the beer go down smooth and refreshing. This beer is very drinkable. It has all the qualities that you would expect from Sam Adams Boston Ale. It’s a smooth beer that drinks easy and has a good flavor. It’s nothing that will knock you down but for a beer with dinner or after a long days work this is the Sam Adams to grab.

eballard, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

mikesgroove, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Light, clear copper appearance. A good deal of carbonation but not much of a head developed, just a thin film. The aroma is a bit disappointing, weak hops and just a hint of nutty caramel malt.

Tangy and toasty breadcrumb malt flavors with a bit of medicinal hops in the finish. Decent bitterness. The taste is a bit drying, especially toward the end. A decent flavor profile overall but it doesn't come out enough. Sharp, but fine carbonation on the tongue. Medium body, not too thin.

This was not one of my favorites out of the mix-pack. It has a decent drinkability but nothing too exciting overall...

bennetj17, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of GrillMeister
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Another flavor from a Summer Sampler twelve pack.
Drank it straight from the bottle. I have yet to be disappointed by any beer of Sam Adams.

Appearance is good. A really nice head still distinguishable after a few minutes.

Smell is average. Nothing really distinct in the smell.

Taste is good. Nice tasty ale with a slight aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Feels nice and frothy.

This beer is very drinkable. A nice overall ale. I wouldn't mind draining a few on a warm summer day.

GrillMeister, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

A very good way to start off the Samuel Adams collection. I think this brew is much better than SA's Boston Lager. 12 oz. bottle with a nice frothy head that retains real well. Citrusy smells and light caramel malts. Taste is an immediate sour tang from the citrus, followed by sweet malts and hops in the back. Very crisp taste and medium-bodied. I think for someone knew to Samuel Adams, Boston Ale would be a better choice than Boston Lager. Consistency, taste, mouthfeel are all higher in quality in its Ale over its Lager.

zerofear13, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Purchased a pint of this from the taps at PETCO Park in San Diego, on to the beer:

This is a malt-mouth's pale ale, and one that tastes more English than American. Lots of caramel, toasty, and dextrin flavors in the beer, ended by a touch of hops. When this beer warms up, it is at its optimal window for consumption. I was delighted by this beer, as well as the first time I found this on draft.

DoubleJ, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Poured from a bottle a very clear gold with a rich off-white head and some decent lacing.

Sweet and biscuity aroma.

First taste has a sourness that leaps out at you. But there's also a tart and crispness with a sweet maltiness there. Some bitterness at the finish.

Light to mid-mouthfeel with a slick oiliness to the tongue. Medium carbonation.

This is a very sessionable beer. Decent taste for an ale.

Monkeyknife, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of jspruit
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Purchased an "Imported Brewmaster's Collection" 355ml bottle from off-license and decided to give it a shot. Poured a cloudy medium amber color with an off white head a bit more than a finger high. Nice smell, not too complex, and with some hoppy aroma.

You can taste the light hops along with some maltiness and sweetness-very easy going down and tasty but not too strong. Not too complex, but definitely a nice tasting session beer that I would try more of if I get my chance.

jspruit, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

This was a pretty solid APA.

A: Poured a dark amber body with a decent-sized white head. Retention was okay; about halfway through the beer. Reduces to a nice lacing that stays with the beer until the finish.

S: A mellow, sweet, caramel smell that was very inviting.

T: Taste matched the smell. Nice malts present with a sweet, caramel presence. There was a nice, bitter aftertaste that did well to balance the sweet malts.

M: A decent mouthfeel; nice and refreshing.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Good tasting, crisp, and refreshing that was very easy to drink. Definitley a nice, chill beer to have before bed.

maddogruss, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a cloudy light amber color with an ample off white head that remains at one finger height. The head leaves great thick lacing all the way down the walls of my glass. In the nose I detect some floral hops, but its difficult to pick out any depth here.

Tastes of subdued floral and spicy hops that mellow out into a nondescript malty sweetness. Very balanced and easy to drink. Nothing really stands out even after I let it warm up hoping for something to appear.

Smooth nearly creamy light to medium mouthfeel. Everything adds up to a highly drinkable American Pale Ale, but nothing jumps at me wishing for more.

Another solid beer from Sam Adams that I wouldn't turn my nose up at, but it's doubtful I'll purchase this one again although I'd try it on tap if given the chance.

Jmamay22, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

This orangey beer has a very sweet malty aroma absent of any hops. Taste is solid, some sweet maltiness at the front with a nice hop bite at the end with a smooth dry finish. I like this as a session beer more than the lager because of the hoppiness at the end. A very tasty and drinkable pale ale.

saintwarrick, Aug 14, 2007
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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