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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 39
Gots: 115 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of IBUnit63
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Sam Adams Richmond International Airport

Honey colored, nice head - good lacing, well-carbonated

Signature Sam Adams soapy hop and "dirty sock" malt profile - Germanic hop essence - clean

Heavy malt profile-nice grassy, daisy-flavored hop bitterness with a little sweetness of honey

Clean with bitter tinge from hop soapiness with honey on back of palate

Reasonably drinkable - little heavy for preference

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of osi
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured light amber with a pretty impressive head. When faded the lace hung around with more than just a film.

S - Smelled of malts with a slight plum undertone on the backend.

T - Mix of malts and hops that was very even and balanced. Alcohol was somewhat apparent with bitterness too.

M - Good average mouthfeel. Suited the flavor output of the beer. Just in the middle weight wise.

D - I expected more flavor out of this beer rather than the watered down taste it presented. Not sure if I had a bad bottle or not but I will try this beer and if necessary modify my review.

I would not drink this regularly.

Photo of cbleary
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of jkdrummer
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange amber. Very sweet and malty. Not much hop bitterness here at all -- well balanced. Head pours nicely and settles down to a hearty lace. Overall, I enjoyed it better then the Boston Lager. This is a great summer beer. I recommend it when you're looking for something above average and acceptable to the non-beer-snobs.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at Uno Pizzeria under the alias Uno Amber Ale, just after having the Winter Lager. I actually preferred this one. Very tasty. Pours a nice deep amber color with a good bit of head and a touch of lacing. Nose is very fruity, with a nice balance of malt. Grapefruit and other citrus as well. Taste is likewise, a little stronger than the nose, which is a positive. A very tasty beer, nothing really mind-blowing, but good all around. Body is fairly thick, perfect for the style. Overall, one I could drink a lot of. Maybe sessionable with the low ABV.

Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber color with a medium white head from a bottle. Smell was of sweet caramel like malt, and almost a touch of alcohol or tartness to go along with it. Taste was very mild bittering hops, but mostly of sweet sticky caramel, and a touch of unique tartness. Definitely a slightly unique amber, from my experiences, and I'd say, slightly above average as well. Got in a sampler pack and wasn't disappointed.

Photo of Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice amberish colour with an orange hue that is very impressive! This one caught me off guard with the perfect balance of hops and malts for a ale, it's very delicious and fairly similar the the lager which isn't bad at all another delicious brew from SA!

Photo of Traquairlover
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Orange tinted amber, small off white head, good lacing, and good cover of tracery on surface of liquid. Lots of carbonation with small to medium bubbles.

S = Lots of sweet malt smells, light scent of maple syrup, fresh harvested grains, whole wheat bread, also slight smells of lemon from hops.

T = There is more from the hops in the taste than there was in the smell. I get sharp bitterness on the front of my tongue before the malt flavors hit at mid-palate. Although the two tastes at first seem to be at odds, upon swishing the liquid around my mouth, it resolves into a well balanced taste and finishes long with a lingering sweetness on the tongue even while the bitterness of the hops is present.

M = Light to medium bodied, carbonation is a little too strongly felt, mouthcoating is fair.

D = This is a very drinkable APA, less hoppy than many and with a very satisfying malt character.

Photo of Hatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap. Freshness date is present on the bottle.

Pours a medium amber with hints of orange. White fluffy head, foamy, good retention, some lacing that slides down glass.

Smells of some hops, floral hints, mild sweetness.

Initially you taste the malt bite followed by a rush of floral hops, smooth, some sweeter citrus notes, spicy. Some mild bitterness. Mild, smooth, and balanced. A medium-bodied ale that's easy to drink.

Notes: A good balanced brew that's pretty easy to find which gives it points.

Photo of drperm
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say? I'm an ale man, through and through, but I find the Boston Lager to be superior to the Boston Ale. As I say regarding the SABL, "better than Pete's Wicked," but that's not saying a whole lot. The appearance has a strange fogginess to it that I can't quite fathom. The taste is a sweet-over-bitter combo that leaves me scratching my head slightly, and the finish is not quite as smooth as I'd like. Still, I'd have a pint in a pinch.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I almost reviewed the wrong beer!! Boston Lager, brown ale oh wait this is Boston Ale.

This pours a nice copper brown color with good head. Head goes away but leaves a nice lace and ring around edge. Smell is hoppy. Nice blend of hops and malt. Citrus is pleasantly mixed in.

I bought this at Walmart!! Price is nice too. This is a very good pale ale.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at a Pizzeria Uno (as its alias)
Served as a mdieum amber colored beer with modrate off-white head.
Smell has a nice caranel profile, with some light citrusy hops in the background.
Taste blends the caramel malt and citrusy hops nicely to present a nice refreshing dinner beer.
Very easy to drink. Would be nice tio session.
Note: When I ordered this beer, our waiter told us it was very similiar to a Sam Adams??

Photo of CU570M
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep rich red harvest color. The smells were average. Taste was smokey, woody flavors; well rounded. The mouthfeel was a nice carbonation and great silky smoothness. The drinkability of this one is pretty good, definately not the best; but a good everyday drinker.

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a big, rocky, off-white head. The color was a beautiful, deep-golden amber. The nose had a malty sweetness, which seemed a bit odd for an ale. The mouthfeel was medium with a fair amount of sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a nice, hoppy bite, but too little, too late. It also created decent lacing throughout. I'd take the BOS Lager over this.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice coppery amber with a one finger off white head which faded quickly and left little lacing.

It smells delicious with a wonderful nutty sweet malt aroma and a bit of hop earthiness.

Flavor does not live up to it's aroma, pretty much middle of the line bready malt with a bit of sourness and a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of caramel nuttiness. Improves greatly as it warms with a metallic tang noticed at it's coldest nearly dissapearing. It does have a bit of an aftertaste that it's hard to put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps too much carbonation initially, medium in body.

Overall this seems to be a rather average ale, definitely a bit middle of the road in most aspects. Not one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings, but not bad. I doubt I will buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down. It may just be that it has a flavor profile that isn't my favorite as it seems to be well appreciated by most.

Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent amber, with a small off-white head. Smells earthy and malty. Taste is a malt-oriented pale ale, with a slight lemon twang and good bitterness. The hop profile is earthy as well. Full mouthfeel, good carbonation. Quite drinkable, a good session ale.

Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Sam Adam's crowning achievement. Perfect in every way. It's smooth as hell going down but has a lot of character. I love their lager, but this is a cut above anything else they've ever done. This may just be the best mass produced beer around. This and Guiness are my two favorites. If I were rich and could afford to drink as much as I wanted I'd be dead within a few days from drinking this beer 12 hours out of every day.

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Brewmaster's 12-pack poured into a working glass.

Coppery-orange and very clear pour with signs of mid-heavy carbonation. A shade off-white head settles into a light layer atop the ale. Small spots stick along the sides of the glass. The aroma is balanced between sweet malts and light spicy hops. The flavor is much the same. Balanced light caramel sweetness, medium hops flavors and bitters. Light fruit/ citrus hints. Sweet and bitter finish. A bit heavy on the carbonation, medium body. Smooth drink, good balance.

Photo of jneiswender
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Drink by date is notched for April (drank in November).

Nice clear brown topaz color. Egg white like head that lasts.

Fruity, raspberry like smell.

Fruity, berry flavor with a nice balance of malt. Good hop bitterness at the end.

Smooth tasting and very drinkable. Good session beer. I have always thought that this beer was one of SA's best offerings.

Photo of pwoods
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Party Source, poured into a pint. Best by Jan. '08

A: Pretty golden orange with slight chill haze. 1 finger of eggshell head that stays fluffy for quite awhile before reducing to a thick skim. Decent patchy lacing.

S: Citrus hops and a clean, crisp, grassy note. Malts are subtle in the background adding a bit of earthy grains.

T/M: Citrus and grassy hops again in the taste. Some of the citrus adds a tart and sourness. Bready malts bring up the rear. Body is very light and has some extra carbonation.

D: Not incredibly complex but easy to drink. There are too many better APA's out there.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle marked "Brewmaster's Collection" into a plain old glass.

A: Poured a clear copper orange with a very thin covering of carbonation that reduced down fairly quickly.

S: Smells flowery and a bit pungent from the hops, but fairly subdued.

T: Taste is a clean and more hoppy, lending some imbalance to this ale. There is some sweetness from the malt, but the bitter, floral pine hops come through more. It's pretty good.

M: Mouthfeel is clean, crisp and refreshing. A little sticky and a little bitter.

D: I could drink a bunch of these easily, and it would make for a great session ale. However, if you're searching for something special, or even another ale that's more economical, I'd look elsewhere, no sense just paying for a name here.

I prefer the Boston Ale to the Boston Lager, primarily because I'm a hophead. This SA brand won;t wow you, but like most of their ales and lagers, it's reliable. It's a good call for an APA.

Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Batdorf, Annville, PA on 11/19/07.

A - Clear amber/orange body with creamy white head and tiny bubbles of carbonation. Head mostly diminished and left only a bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Light bready pale maltiness with some graininess paired with a very light hop aroma. Actually, not much of a hop aroma whatsoever.

T - More malty than hoppy. Initial sweet caramel flavor with a semi-bitter finish. Nice breadiness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with a fairly dry texture and soft carbonation. Nice, crisp pale finish.

D - This is easy to drink. Nothing spectacular, but a good session beer nevertheless. I find most offerings from Sam Adams quite easy to drink.

Photo of IPAcraig
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured whilst watching yet another episode of Sopranos. Poured into an Amberbock pint glass.

A - It pours a nice mostly transparent copper, with a 1.5 finger off white head that left good lacing.

S - It has the aroma of slightly sweet fruit with a hint of fresh baked biscuits.

T - A solid beer for an amber, but not much of an American Pale Ale. This is a really tasty beer. Nutty ... some fruit, but not much hops. Only the faintest bitterness in the finish.

M - Low carbonation, and a fairly light body.

D - Very drinkable, and full of flavor for a beer under 5%. A nice beer, but not an APA.

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