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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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1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 151 | 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 walshclimb
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, medium amber with frothy head which dissipates quickly. leaving a bubbly lace behind.

S - Moderately malty with bready yeast smell

T - slightly bitter malty initial flavor with clean, very slightly sweet finish

M - light to medium body with dry finish. light carbonation

D - Smooth, not too heavy. Good session beer, though not my favorite.

Photo of benmiliron
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good brown tan color, not much head that dissipates quickly into no head. Smell is strong sweet malt. Little hops in the nose. Taste is again strong malt, cereal grains, medicinal hops creep up next. The bitter is too dominating in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but the gravity is good for this brew. Easy drinking for sure, but the taste leaves a bit to be desired.

Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

there actually seems to be a bit of caramel in the beer. the smell is not strong the appearance is standard. This beer overall is a good standard ale. it does not wow me at all, but its above the avg beer you might get. if you want to start at an ale, or get a better than avg beer on a menue, get this beer. I good standbye beer.

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

Classic pale amber color with overly generous head that retains well. Nice, fluffy white head on this beer and is reliable from bottle to bottle.

Nose is a citrusy malt character, with some caramel and toasted bread.

On the palate the light caramel malt comes through plenty of hops to round it out. To me this is a very balanced, highly drinkable pale ale. Nice caramel malt focus, British leanings perhaps, and also very drinkable.

Photo of gunnerman
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, pours a nice orange rustic color with a fluffy head that leaves some serious lace on the glass. Smell is very bready and yeasty with just a bit of citrus bite. Taste is very dry and earty with a bit of weed and bark in this just a bit of hop bitterness, not very balanced at all and very heavy carbonation. I guess this is a allright offering but nothing to write home about.

Photo of BoucheGulp
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass: Poured an amber-orange with a head that appeared foamy and dense but actually deflated rather quickly. The aroma reeks of sweet malts and a bit of orange. The lacing is quite sexy and looks like a wizard conjuring the foamy ghosts of cold cellars. The flavor is surprisingly crisp, and sweet breads like pie crust emerge amidst the waning citrus. The stock cellar aging - whether real or phoned-in - feels right, and this ale was clearly meant to be consumed pretty cold. I don't want to think about how unbearably sweet it could taste warm. A medium body and slightly carbonated mouthfeel make for a very drinkable beer.

My friends and I used to refer to this one as "The Streets of Boston" because we thought it tasted dirty... in a good way. This unique beer may not be the best choice for the uninitiated, but it is worth cracking once in a while for those with the ability to decipher the unusual combination of flavors.

Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a steady golden orange, a little copper-like with a light tan soapy head. Big head initially and good retention thereafter. Smell is sweet + malty, earthy, woody, fruity and a little spicy. Very snifffable. Taste is pretty well balanced and has nice maltiness to it. A small amount of bitterness slowly creeps in after the finish. Texture is smooth and lightly carbonated. Good medium-like body and easy to drink.

Not bad. Another beer worth grabbing once and awhile from SA.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber under a large, lumpy white mass of foam that reaches the top of the glass and wants to keep on going. Sweet malty aroma balanced with darkly spiced fruity esters and a little woodiness. Caramel hits the tongue first, slightly toasted, followed by an herbal spicy quality. Very even flavors. Smooth, medium-light body.

Samuel Adams was born and died in Boston, but this ale has a much more European feel to it than American. I'm not really sure what to call it, but you can't really compare it to other pale ales. "Stock Ale" makes me think of Old Ale, which I wouldn't call this either...it doesn't really matter, its something different that you can find just about anywhere.

Photo of dmamiano
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured nicely. Beautifull golden yellow, clear and crisp looking. Ample beads of carbonation headed towards the top of the glass.
Thats where the goodness in my opinion ended. The nose was very non-descript with note of malt and almost a raw, skunked odor.
Taste was very average and hops and malt were both most elusive. Very bland at best. Mouthfeel average.
Not bad for a macro, but it can get a lot better.

Photo of JDK
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden amber with very little head
Nice carbonation
Very, very light smell of malt
Loved the mouthfeel, nice fizz on the tongue, very little after taste
Tastes of light malt with a touch of hops. Very refreshing and will make a great summer beer.
Nice combo between a lager and ale, most everybody should enjoy this brew

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a lovely copper color with a one finger head that settles into a light collar. Modest carbonation, a few bubbles rise slowly to the top. There is a sweetness to the aroma, an unexpected fruity/bubblegum aroma that is a pleasant surprise. Taste starts out with a mild maltiness that turns into a sharp, dry, biting hoppiness. Mouthfeel is somewhat light but I can't really classify it as watery. All-in-all, this is a pretty good beer, right up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (my current benchmark for APAs). SNPA is my #1 choice, but if it's not available i'll gladly drink Sam Adams Ale all day long instead.

Photo of BradBLR
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a rich amber color with a slightly off white head. the head lasted about two thirds of the beer with a medium amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a nice balance between malt and hops. The malt had a hint of being toasted and the hops were more floral than citrus.

The taste was that of a mild pale ale, a malty flavor that was slightly sharp with a nice amount of hops on the back end, the beer was also had a little bit of a dry flavor. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being a little over done.

A pretty good pale ale from Sam Adams. Not my first choice but worth drinking.

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.

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