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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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1,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 42
Gots: 134 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +38.1%
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 -1.1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +10.5%
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.

Photo of littleshamrocks
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of WJVII
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong caramel color with a decent 1/2 in cream color head. Head doesn't last long at all with minimal lacing. This beer doesn't have an overwhelming aroma. There is a nice hops smell and maybe a little oak. This beer has a decent mouth feel with light carbonation. There definitely is a mild bitterness to the aftertaste but nothing too impressive. This is a decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coloring (fairly dark) and pretty good head. It has a nice scent, soft and not overpowering, just a good crisp hoppy aroma. Goes down smooth, with a nice crisp taste. It has a great hoppy (bitter) aftertaste that lets you know you just drank a pale ale, but it's not overly strong.

Photo of eberkman
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, golden amber with a one-finger off-white head that sticks around for the duration. Smells of floral hops and bready malt. Taste is a refreshing hoppiness rounded out with malty sweetness with a little bit of a butterscotch feel to it toward the middle. Crisp to the palate and very drinkable. Exceptionally versatile beer -- could be either a quencher or a comfort beer on a cold day. A good one to keep around and an underappreciated part of the Sam Adams canon.

Photo of Scribbles
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a decent 2 finger head from an aggressive pour, a deep copper brown colour only slightly lighter than the bottle it came from.

S- floral hops, citrus and a bit of malty sweetness.

T- lightly toasted malts, some citrus and dry fruit flavours, the floral hops are there in the background. A really good APA imo.

M- light but fairly smooth, not overly carbonated, dry-ish finish and it leaves you with a pleasing taste in the mouth.

D- pretty good drinkability better than most APA's I can remember. I could definitely drink a few of these; quite good in the fall.

Photo of jdoncbus
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Kroger - on sale for $6.99 - why not?

Poured into tulip glass. orange amber color with two-finger biege head. Good amount of lacing to compliment the mild-carbonation.

Nose has a little hop bite to it with a nice carmel malt; somewhat metallic aroma as well.

Taste is very balanced with the malt, yeast, and hops. Nothing really overpowers the flavor, just a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is slick but leaves a moderate dryness to the top of the mouth and the back of the throat.

Extremely drinkable, almost too easy. Fortunately its only at 5% ABV and not heavy on the stomach at all. I look forward to cooking up a pepperoni pizza and enjoying some of these ales. A great starter beer for your BMC friends and family.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with a ton of bubbles and a huge rocky head, a classic pale ale look indeed.

Aroma is a mixture between toasty, caramel-like malts and lemony hints in the hops.

Flavor is bready, wheat-cracker malt with polite hops coming in to offer balance, while the mouthfeel is light and springy, helping give this sessionable ale through-the-roof drinkability.

There's not a ton to say here, it's a solid pale ale that delivers huge drinkability, but also doesn't floor you with character-overload. Another confident entry from this champion of craft beer.

Photo of iceball585
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tonistruth
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OKCNittany
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fitzy84
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of animal69
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 ...

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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