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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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1,845 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 28
Gots: 65 | 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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Rob6852

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the Boston Lager before but never this brew. Time to see if its as good.
Beer pours a ruby-amber color with a big white/tan head that settles down and leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Beer smells woderful. I smell the malt and some slight fruity aroma comming from it.
The beer has a wonderful taste, and the hops give it a nice twang. I still say there are some subtle fruit tastes going on.
This is a beer i wish I could have found earlier. This makes a good session beer and is a solid drinkable beer.
Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 02:52:16 | More by Rob6852
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palma

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours light brown. Very foamy head, off-white in color. Head lasts till the last cc of beer and sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity and sweet. Strong barley aroma.

Taste: Less hops than expected. Citrus, and sweet malts. Very crisp. Very fruity end. A good tasting beer but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Above average mouthfeel. Medium carbonation overall though you get a quick shot of high carbonation in the beginning of your sip. Pretty smooth overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 04:21:19 | More by palma
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surfmeister

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber, slight orange hue, nice firm creamy head
Smell: bread yeast and hops, I think the nicest aspect of the brew, not faint, hits you on first sniff
Taste: well balanced malt to hop, I found it less fruity than other ales (like SNPA) which I count against it. Bitter finish which I found overbearing
Mouthfeel: full, but not chewy, substantial, appropriate for type
Drinkability: Bitterness prevented a 4.0 otherwise very pleasant ale that I could drink more of.
Overall: For this type of beer I will have a hard time buying it over, say SNPA, but it's a good brew worth drinking

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 17:45:33 | More by surfmeister
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stunning clear amber appearance with a medium head that is slightly off-white in color. Quite a bit of lacing. Subdued floral hop aroma is inviting to the nose. Mouthful is nice, even pleasant, with plenty of carbonation that is well balanced with hops and malt. Taste is well balanced and easy to enjoy. Crisp finish is dry enough to make this ale a very nice experience. Very good drinkability overall. This is a tasty ale that I prefer over most of the west coast's pale ales. The best Sam Adams brew I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 18:33:17 | More by merlin48
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Onceeven

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard much about this one, couldn't find it anywhere though.. until I "accidently" found it at my local grocery. Quite strange. Poured a crystal clear copper hue. Good chunky offwhite head, that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Delicate grainy nose with caramel undertones and minimal hop presence. Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. There is a distinct caramel flavor from the outset, with a delicate hop balance. Seemed more mild that your average Pale Ale.. very smooth, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2003 23:48:58 | More by Onceeven
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice copper color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is malty and bready, with a hint of dark fruits. The flavor is malty with a bit of bread and a semi-fruity, spicy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is mooth and creamy. It is light-medium in body and highly drinkable. A very well-balanced beer. This is probaby my favorite sammy's brew.

Sampled 10/18/03

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 21:44:03 | More by BeerBuilder
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Ellbert

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Apperance: This beer is a beautiful orange/amber color with a nice big offwhite head that keeps going. Perfect five in this category.

Smell: As soon as I opened the bottle I was able to smell hops. out of the mug I smell a nice mixture of sweet malt and spicy hops.

Taste: As with the smell a nice balance of malt and hops. A very nice subtle hop flavor comes around shortly after the maltiness. A very good tasting Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: A decent consitency but a little overcarbonated.

Overall a Very good beer, a great session beer. The low alcohol content makes it verrry drinkable. Mmmmm

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 01:59:41 | More by Ellbert
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found it on tap the other night, you used to be able to find this on draft pretty often, but it seemed as BBC spread the Lager and Seasonals forced it out.
Deep amber color with red highlights, medium sized off-white head.
Some hops and aromatic herbs in the smell. Strong taste with the malt filling out notes of pepper and citrus, well balanced between hop and malt.
This is a beer you can build a session around. One of my favorite ales, it may not be as strong in some areas as others, but it's balanced, and readily available in the bottle. To find it on draft is even better, I wish the BBC would push this one more

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2003 17:12:57 | More by mschofield
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TripelJ

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Sam Adams Boston Ale

Pours a hazed golden amber with very minimal head. Aroma is sweet with some hints of grain. Taste is dominated by an unspecific sweetness which is followed by a very light hop finish. There is a little bit of a crispness to the mouthfeel which makes the hops seem more apparent than I believe they are. Overall this is not a bad pale ale, certainly distinct and one I could pick out easily in a blind tasting. Not as drinkable as the lager, but easily a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 00:16:53 | More by TripelJ
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep bright red in color with a sticky white head. Not much in way of aroma, raw hops and some peppery spice. Taste is full of raw leafy hops. Some malts balance the hops and there is a more spicy notes as well, I really like these raw unrefined flavors. Unique and very tasty. Wish that this one was as available as the Boston Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2003 14:59:48 | More by chaduvel
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Ale does seem to be a beer that gets lost in the shuffle of BBC's extensive lineup. Plain and simple, this is a good beer. While it shares some characteristics with the Boston Lager, the ale-like qualities of this one make it slightly better. All in all, this is a beer that really satisfies.

Boston Ale pours a nice medium amber color with and reddish and gold hue. A decent off-white head forms and lasts for awhile, thinning out but still lacing quite well. It has a typical "pale ale" smell to it. There is some light maltiness and caramel notes along with some hoppiness in the nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a moderate amount of fizz, but definite ale smoothness here. The malt flavor hits the palette first, with some caramel and nutty notes. Good hop bitterness, carrying somewhat of an herbal/light cinnamon character. The nuttiness becomes more apparent in the aftertaste, with some cracker-like notes appearing as well. The assertive hop bitterness and dryness continues, bringing along some bitter grapefruit qualities with it. Finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

I can somewhat imagine this being the type of beer that was drunk by the founding fathers of this country. For some reason, it has a down-home, patriotic feel to it. A well-balanced beer that is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 06:39:14 | More by Beastdog75
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JAL67

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very good beer(dare say excellent). Nice amber appearance. Good strong taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. I have to say, it is much better than SA Lager. Why doesn't BBC push the Boston Ale!? Too good of a beer to be missed. It's a good session beer where you can sit back and enjoy. Can't really find this offering on tap. Too bad.

Mr. Koch, you should promote/advertise this brand...it's a winner .

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 13:25:34 | More by JAL67
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just a solid, solid overall beer. although they have distinctly different tastes, SA boston ale is in my opinion our east coast version of SNPA. simple, too the point brews that are damn good. this one just oozes new england to me. pours a nice orange colour with a decent head that comes down to a sticky lasting lace. the hop/malt balance here is superb, combined with a bit of a citrus flavour, it really can't be beat. the really is an american pale ale at it's best. sadly (to an extent, as i also love SNPA) you can find it's west coast partner in crime in far more pubs. maybe it because the BBC pushes the SA lager as it's main brew, along with SA light. they should really push this one some more as well, as it really is a gem. definitely a well made, standard type brew that is a nice fridge filler that can appeal to the masses.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 00:58:01 | More by guinness33
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer's a fairly nice orange color, though some Sam Adams brews, including this one, do sometimes take on an odd slightly viscous appearance. The smell's malty, sugary, and perhaps a little citrusy. The citrus, however, comes out much stronger in the taste. Near the end of your sip, you finally get around to detecting the somewhat faint hops around the end.

Not a half bad ale, really. Lacks the kick of many of the more expensive ales out there, but it's completely drinkable. Not too fancy, but sometimes you just want a solid, basic, no frills cup of ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 05:50:54 | More by SetarconeX
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beerguy101

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light Amber color, large white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Mild ale, medium malts, slightly roasted, hoppy. A mild tasting ale, smooth. Bottle aged. A lighter taste, but full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 02:19:37 | More by beerguy101
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Bruiser81

Kansas

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a clear copper color with a creamy head that lasted at about a quarter inch. Great lacing, seemed quite sticky.
Not much aroma at first, however as it warms sweet malt and caramel jump out. Maybe a bit of vanilla.
Taste upfront involves a strong malty presence. Behind the strong malt front sits some toffee, bread, and a bit of sweetness. A little amount of hops balances out the end keeping it from becoming too sweet.
Good full mouthfeel, goes down creamy smooth.
I think this is a good beer and its availability makes it even better.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 02:15:36 | More by Bruiser81
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz sample, tasted on draft at the Samuel Adams Bar in Miami International Airport.

Appearance: After the rather “flavorsome” SA Cherry Wheat, I decided to cleanse the palate with a couple Pints of the Boston Ale (Stock Ale). This offering looked extremely inviting and very good when presented onto the Bar in front of me. A deep amber-copper color with a marvelous slightly off-white head. It looked very appealing, tops marks for looks when served on draft.

Nose: Caramel malts, slightly sweet in character, but restrained enough to refrain from ever overpowering.

Taste: Malts start the beer, some caramel aspects, middling with a slight herbal feel and finishing with a lovely bitter bite, which is crisp. Astringent, lingering finish that reminds you how good this beer is, just in case you cannot believe it first time round.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that has a smooth drink, creamy at times, the carbonation adds vitality.

Drinkability: I started with a 16oz sample at first, but I made sure that the second Boston Ale was going to be a 24oz Glass. A good session beer.

Overall: Well, I have to admit that I was quietly impressed with this offering from Samuel Adams, to the extent that I had a couple of these. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2003 21:45:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper bronze appearance, good pale head of rocky foam and 1/2 inches of height to start. Decently intricate lace. Floral aroma, some sense of peach fruitiness and vanilla. Malt leans toward a heath bar toffee, creamy carbonation carries the first impression well and leads the beer into a nice hop balance -- sweetened orange, perfumey, and not shocking. Agreable finish and aftertaste. Not a challenging beer but it may be one of Sammy's best session Ales. As a product, it may have lost out on the early promotion front to the Lager because of an early public's wariness of "Ale" as a word.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 13:33:30 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome looking beer copper amber with a huge peach colored head just like a whipped cream sitting on top, heavy patches of lacing great appearance. Aromatics have some fruit tones and a strong backbone of malted barley rich tones fulfilling to the senses but not overpowering. Flavor perfect balance of bready yeast tones, sweet malt and fruity tones a bit of a citrus bite not bad at all very drinkable. Mouthfeel is fluffy textured medium in body and perfect carbonation fine crafted ale, and could very well be a fall back beer in my opinion with all of the bashing of Sam lately it's kinda funny I have found two great beers of theirs.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 21:23:40 | More by WVbeergeek
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a thick off white head with a somewhat clear amber/brown orange body.

The nose had a big thick malt smell. Some fruit, slight wood, some hints of smoke, caramel and toasted malt.

The taste is big and thick, with a smooth creamy medium bodied malt. Toasted bisquit malt. Slightly grainy and dry, but a serious malt taste. A slight metalic taste. Some woody earthy hops. A smooth even bitterness. Some soft citrus lemon peel. Basically it starts very smooth and ends with a nice earthy and citrus bitterness.

Overall, this is just an amazing and so often overlooked beer. It's so good I'm amazed Sam Adams hasn't discontinued it. Not your complex belgian trapist or anything like that, just a great drinkable all around fridge beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 06:55:32 | More by taez555
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning -- in this case September (2003) -- printed on the label's leftmost corner; $5.99/6 pack from Ralph's.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy honey-copper with a fine, sudsy, off-white head; moderate, astructural lacing; respectable head retention.

Smell: To my nose, predominantly of sweet Caramel malts.

Taste: Surprisingly, not at all like its aroma; dry, gentle, biscuity type malts up front, moderately pronounced woodlike hop bitterness in the finish; more than a bit floral; at times, a whit soapy.

Notes: Hop profile is blissfully distinct from that of your typical west coast style APA; to my dismay, however, malt backbone has a touch of scoliosis. Would have preferred a slightly firmer malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 05:51:38 | More by Mustard
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is coppery amber, with a reddish tint, topped with a thick, lasting almond colored head. Head clings to the glass and outlasts the beer. Very nice.
Aroma is very robust. Big german hoppiness. Herbal and bitter smelling. Light nutty malt aroma, some floral and appley esters. Nice complex aroma. The hops are very defined, and very similar to the way actual hop pellets smell.
Flavor is definitely hoppy, with bitterness all the way through. Malts are light, and provide a light estery floral and fruity flavor, particularly towards the end. Body is light to medium, carbonation is perhaps a bit high for my tastes. I think the beer would be a bit better without the overwhelming effervescence. I was really surprised at how good this beer is. Probably one of the best beers I've had in a while. Very robust, complex flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2003 05:46:21 | More by UnionMade
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first sampled this when I toured the brewery last spring, and upon the recommendation of the tour guide, I purchased a case to enjoy at home. The beer pours a nice reddish brown, not overwhelmingly dark. The nose is that of malt, nuts, and some faint burnt aromas. The taste is that of the smell, yet balanced out with a nice blend of hops. The taste is reminsicent of the lager, and I feel as if the blend of hops is similar, only this is brewed as an ale. The taste is really quite good, and like my tour guide I prefer this to some other offerings from Boston Beer. Very drinkable, and I had no problems with getting an entire case.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 12:05:05 | More by 99bottles
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, chestnut brown/amber hue, a nice color, the light beige head reached a smidge over a finger in height, fair head retention, it does fade to a soapy cap. As I removed the liquid some lace was produced albeit in an unorganized manner. The bouquet is pleasant with biscuit toastiness, vague earthy sweetness, notes of butter, and clean hoppiness. It is a very inviting and contrasting nose. The palate is exceedingly friendly with a perfectly balance of toasty biscuit malt, crackers, a distant note of fruit, earth, mineral water, tangy hops with perfect bitterness (modest in attitude). The finish is long and dry, kind of husky but savory. The mouthfeel is largely uneventful, the carbonation is firm and the body is smooth and a little thin. It is plenty easy to drink and damn enjoyable too! This is a terrific session beer and a great companion to steak or burgers. This is another winner from Sam Adams. It is well worth trying. Better than the Boston Lager? That is for you to decide. I do wish this were more available in Omaha.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2003 12:38:58 | More by bditty187
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a really creamy nice looking head. not a verys trong smell to this, with only a little hops and nuttiness. somethin almost smokey, but not quite. good hops flavor with plenty of malt to go around as well, has a nice balance. the nuttiness comes through here a little also. good medium/full mouthfeel suits this beer well. one of the only sam adams beers i will buy consistently.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 13:34:25 | More by kmo1030
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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