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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: 132 | 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 xav33
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Boston Ale
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Best before 05/07, restocked on 04/07

Poured a clear amber with an average off white somewhat lasting fizzy head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, with citrus, coriander and fruity bubble gum tones.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet caramel and light bitter followed by a strong cheesy yeasty bitterness on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, a satisfyingly tasty beer. Nothing more nothing less.

Photo of klewis
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 7/07

A: Pours a clear amber with a smal bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Light malt smell with a touch of caramel. No noticable hop character.

T: Bland, watered down malt flavor with a mild hop character that is barely more pronounced than the Boston Lager.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Clena finish.

D: I remember loving this beer a few years ago. What happened? Drinkable but extremely dull and boring. Not enough hop character for evena n English pale ale. Pass.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, it was a light amber with a copper hue. Medium foam with some lace on the side of the glass.

The smell reminded me of cotton candy. Don't ask me why, it just did. The flavor was just average. While drinking this ale, I was trying to figure out what the flavor was, but, the sour/tart feel in the mouth kept masking the flavor of the hops and roasted malts. It was jus an OK ale that will be good for hot summer day's to cool one off!

Photo of scarletfire79
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks really nice in the glass. deep amber with a nice off-white head. good lacing. i picked up some caramel sweetness in the smell but pretty mellow. the taste is a nice balance of caramel, herbal notes, and good hop bitterness. finishes bitter but nicely so. i think i prefer this over the boston lager. would love to try it on tap.

Photo of geexploitation
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly dull, toasty amber with beaten gold highlights and a thin head that fades to a ghost of a collar in no time. The nose is quite bracing with malts and zesty hops balancing each other out. Lemon grass notes and dry, toasty English malts. On the palate, brisk hops first off, then some very well-balanced sweet malts/dusky hops at the mid-palate. Toasty, lightly malty and very sessionable. Mouthfeel is excellent -- just enough weight to the malts, with hops that make things a little lighter, quench the thirst, and prompt further drinking. Very good beer. Highly drinkable and sessionable, with some integrated flavors that are tasty and smooth.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle smell is sweet and malty with hints of cinnamon. Pours to a yellow bronze with a lacy foamy head. Taste is sweet with hints a cinnamon and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is just right. A good brew, a liitle sweet for my tastes. A little more hopping would make it very delicious. I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it but if someone gave me one I'd quaff it.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a copper-amber color with medium white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is weak, but malty in character, although it was difficult to detect any particular smell. Mouthfeel was slightly tingly, and the flavor was mostly malty sweet, with a hint of bitter/stale. Fiish was short, with not much to it.

Another middle of the road beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of umustdrink
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light amber in color. Head is white in color and fades to rocky splotches. Lacing is medium to strong.

S - Oh boy, caramel malts just like every other fucking SA beer. Nothing different.

T - Again, caramel malts and a few subtle spicy nuances, maybe a hop bitterness here or there.

M - Thin consistency and too much carbonation.

D - Although it tastes almost exactly like the other darker SA beers I wont take points off. It is a really boring beer though.

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of basscram
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. pours reddish brown color with head that subsides to just a thin layer. Not much smell going on but you can smell a tad of the hops in this. first taste is has big carbonation on the back of the throat and you can taste a bit of a bitterness in it. After the initial taste the carbonation subsides and I can taste some roastiness in it. I can tell it is very low in alcohol content by the taste too. This is a beer I would definitely recommend to someone who wants to have more than a few drinks and not get too intoxicated. This is a very good drinkable beer! First time trying it too.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown 12er. For that brewery fresh taste: June 2007.

Caramel amber color, clear. Nice head, creamy with decent retention and splotchy lacing. Very little carbonation.

Sweet tart almost grape-like. Hops are floral and kind of spicy. Malt is light and creamy, caramel and nut.

Medium bodied and smooth. Slight metallic twang and first. Then some roasted barley and spicy floral hops. Malt base is light and creamy as indicated by smell. Moderate bitterness. Poor carbonation, mostly foam. Finishes somewhat tart and bitter, but overall refreshingly clean. As it warms it is still just as drinkable.

Hearty Pale Ale. Refreshing and decently tasty. Sweet malt base is understated with a fine hop flavor and bitter edge. Nothing wonderful, nothing bad. I would gladly drink Boston Ale with dinner, a meat & potato type meal.

Photo of HopsHops
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome...

Poured it into a big pilsner glass and it was like a dark, raw honey carmel color. Great appearance.

The first thing i smell in this one is carmel along with a bit of hops and some nice malt...very well balanced...

Taste is full of sweetness with hints of bitter hops and carmel candy...absolutely wonderful...dont get me wrong..it isnt too sweet...again, very well balanced...

Mouthfeel is great , not too much carbonation not too little, great to drink by itself.

Drinkability is like...WOW.... Thelow alcohol content is nice because it makes this great tasting beer so drinkable... I love a strong ale but this one is fun because you can keep drinking it without getting too trashed lol....

Photo of uwmgdman
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a brilliant golden/light amber color with a white head that lingered through most the beer leaving a nice lace on the glass, an impressive appearance. The aroma is moderately sweet, caramel sweetness, it almost smells like there may be a small amount of some black malt and there are also elements of alcohol or wine-like aroma. Hop aroma is low, just a bit of spicy hop aroma. The beer has an initially caramel sweet taste, yet still balanced by hop bitterness. After the initial sweetness, the beer turns and finishes dry and almost wine-like, there also seems to be a bit of a metallic after taste. The carbonation is moderate with a medium body and somewhat smooth. Overall I found this beer to be decent, not the best beer from Sam Adams. It is an attractive looking beer, has a good balance, but I really do not care for the finish. I don’t know if the wine-like, metallic finish and after taste is intended by yeast strain selection or an off-flavor. The aroma advertised the taste well, but I didn’t find it overly inviting.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased as part of a "Brewmasters Collection". Nice copper color with decent head. Malty caramel aroma. Not terribly heavy. Not overly carbonated. Very easy to drink. Not nearly as 'flavorful' as some other beers i've had recently, but it would be a good lunch or early dinner beer.

Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with an off-white head. Biscuity, malty aroma hints of caramel. Medium-bodied in mouthfeel. Hearty malt flavor which seems to be a little buttery with a slight nuttiness to it. Middle dries out a little. Hop bitterness arrives near the finish and tends to linger just a bit. Finish is a little grainy.

Heartier in flavor than their Boston Lager. SA Boston Ale isn't quite as bitter as the Boston Bee company's flagship beer either. Solid session beer that would seem to pair well with most foods.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid outing from Sam Adams. Appropriately shaded pale ale. Aroma features yeast, subtle hops.

flavor is the distinctive Sam Adams yeast taste that permeates the B. Lager and White Ale. Very tasteful hopping, this is a nicely balanced beer from a venerable American brewer.

Mouthfeel is spot on for an APA. Easy to drink, perfect session beer. Classic American Pale.

Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with a firm egg white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong caramel almost treacly aroma

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that progressively becomes sweeter until the swallow, where an earthy bitterness gnashes with the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really don't care for the flavors here - the sweetness becomes almost cloying and really conlicts with the bitter flavors creating an almost medicinal flavor

Photo of rodrot
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a solid 1/2 inch head. Aroma: quite malty and candyish with a good bit of perfumy hops. Taste: lots of sweet caramelly malt flavors with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Hops have a definite British character(Fuggles or Goldings?). Mouthfeel was pretty light, however this beer still packs quite a bit of flavor. Drinkability was very good. If I remember correctly, this was Sam Adams second offering after Boston Lager back in the late 80's or early 90's. It used to be one of my favorites and now I know why. It's a solid beer, tasty and sessionable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack, its a Sam Adams Saturday!

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a medium-sized, creamy white head.

Smell: Clean biscuity malt aroma with a slightly floral undertone.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with a little bit of honey sweetness. A slight sourness creeps in before the lightly hoppy, lemon juice-esque finish. Notes of spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though simple, it is a fairly tasty, satisfying session beer.

Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a bright copper penny color with a two or three finger head depending on your pour with a fair lacing to the finish. very simular to samuel adams boston lager. smell is bready, toffee, and hoppy. taste same with middle of the road flavor not weak but not to strong. very good balance of malt and hop, smooth with lots of carbonation. just a great beer for your everyday drinking.

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

a - poured a two fingers thick white and fluffy head into a tumbler. the head leaves a little lace and sheeting throughout. the body is clear and light amber.
s - hints of yeast, pine and malts.
t - light citrus and caramel tones.
m - medium and bubbly.
d - goes down smoothly but this is overall a nondescript brew.

Photo of gmfessen
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a honey-orange color with a minimal white, soapy head. The smell is very sweet and of grain. The taste is very interesting, well balanced with hops, but it has a flavor I can't quite put my finger on... but I like it. The mouthfeel is light, but it has viscous, creamy carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and pretty tasty too. I prefer this over the Boston Lager any day.

Photo of becktone
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite appealing to the eye. Light copper, or copper in the literal sense when it comes to color. head is a creamy egg white with very nice retention and formation at one finger. Some good lacing also. I'll say that Sam Adams, from the two that I've had today(different styles) seem to always have a great appearance, especially good head retention.

Aroma of this beer has a strong malt backbone. A real grainy character in the nose along with hints of caramel and a very lightly toasted aroma. Don't really smell any of the hops.

Perhaps I've got some bad batches of brew. I picked up a mixed 12 today, and both of these have had a real metallic flavor. Strong malt backbone right up front. Just a bit of flavor hops near the finish of this brew, not very much though, took me a while to notice it. Sweet and nicely balanced by the hops, though I'd prefer more hop flavor and aroma from an APA. And definitely less metallic taste. Nothing to brag about I'd rather SNPA, Burning River, Stone PA, Anchor Liberty, or Bell's Pale Ale. This one just doesn't do it.

Medium-light bodied with perhaps just a bit too much carbonation, feels almost like I'm drinking a heavy soda. Finishes somewhat dry with a metallic tang. All in all mouthfeel is ok, I wouldn't call it average, but I don't think that it deserves below a three. Drinkability-there's much better out there, from just the few APAs I've sampled this I know. This just doesn't cut it.

Photo of veech
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always found this beer to be an excellent go to ale when seesionability is key.
A: Cupperic red with ample head and carbonation
S: Sweet tasty malts with honey hints and a touch of hops
T: Deliciously balanced sweet/bitter combo throughout with no one aspect dominating the other. Far from extreme, but in a good way.
M: light to med bodied with a smooth texture and nice viscosity
D: Easily a beer to be repetitively quaffed at any occasion. A beer that would be equally at home while mowing the yard as it would be washing down a $30 New York strip. A fine beer for sure.

Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve always enjoyed this beer, often preferring it to the ubiquitous SA lager. It pours a rich and clear copper color. The head is brilliant white, stable, but modestly thin. A welcoming caramel smell greets the nose, followed by an herbal hoppiness, and some fruit (apricots). As the brew warms, a decidedly doughiness comes out as well. The taste presents a nice toasted malt flavor, but is slightly dry. It’s a medium-light bodied brew, and incredibly easy to drink. This is a heck of a session brew.

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.