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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: 43
Gots: 147 | 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 Citadel82
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Pizzeria Uno at the South Street Seaport in New York. I thought it was a decent amber ale though I was hoping for something with a little more malt and less hops. It arrived at the table with no head just a thin collar of lace. It left no further lacing but I attribute that to the glass. The aroma was floral with very faint biscuit notes, The taste was largely the same. Mouth feel was somewhat thin. It was drinkable overall, especially considering the only alternatives were macros but nothing to go out of your way to try.

Photo of Caesar1pup
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a couple of Sam Adams six packs last night that I have not tried yet from a store that was going out of business. 30% off, what a deal!

Appearance: Pours with an amber/orange in color.
Aroma: Sweet and slightly fruity but no discernable hop smell.
Taste: I found the taste to be rather unexciting and bland. Grass like sourness with very little hop flavor.

Overall: I was not overly impressed with this offering and would not purchase it again considering all of the alternatives in this category that one has to choose from.

Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz best before Sep 05 from the Brewmaster's Collection mixed sixer, poured into a pint.

Amber with a white head that starts off tall and falls to a couple centimeters which remain intact until almost the end. Leaves ringed lace as it goes down.

The nose is mostly caramel paired nicely with floral hops. Slightly citric.

The taste is very hoppy, with enough malty sweetness underneath to provide balance. The hop profile is both leafy and citric. Nice moderate with a clean bitter finish that does not linger. Great choice for a session brew.

Photo of cracgor
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber to red in color. Creamy white head. Leaves good lace and fantastic retention.

Smell: Beautiful floral aroma. Hops smell oily and sweet. The malts smell sweet and clean.

Taste: Sweet. Very well balanced. The hops are more subdued than many in this style. The malts definitely stand out. They are sweet and earthy. There is also the faint taste of cherry in this beer. A good combination.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Silky texture. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is refreshing, sweet, tasty, balanced. Anything I could expect. Would probably like it more if it was just a little more hopped.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A best before date of November 2005 is notched on the label.

Produces a generous, off white head when poured from the bottle. A thin layer and a ring around the glass of foam remains after the initial head has receded. A small swirl of the glass will revive the head. The color of the ale is a nice orange amber color.

Upon first sniff my nose picks up on a fruity maltiness that is reasonably sweet, but there are plenty of floral hops present to back it up. Notes of sweet cherries and orange are in there as well. Smells good.

The beer is moderately to almost highly carbonated with multitudes of tiny bubbles. The body is a generous medium.

Plenty of sweet, lightly fruity maltiness on the palate with a moderate amount of hops evident at first. After some of the maltiness has worn away, the finish becomes one of a lingering bitterness.

Very smooth in both aroma and flavor. A nice beer from Samuel Adams.

Photo of Boto
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at a Pizzeria Uno: I had hopes that it may be a good beer, but those hopes were dashed with the first sip. The color was a fairly clear amber hue. There ws some head. The aroma was ok, just a bit thin. Some malts and hops coming through. The flavor was passable, but not exciting at all. I switched to Sam Adams as it was the best thing available there. I was suprised to see that the beer had been brewed by Sam.

Photo of jakester
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the Brewmaster's Collection sampler case. I had this @ 50 degrees F, which seems perfect.

Pours a clear orange with a two finger head of off-white foam. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, but there is still good lacing all the way down. Pretty beer!

A pleasant, spicy, peppery smell from hops hits the nose first, followed by a clean, estery, fruity caramel. Smells inviting.

At first, a creamy caramel flavor slides across the tongue, and then you are reminded that this is an APA by the bittering hops. Not strong, but balancing this very well. Fruity esters fill your mouth in the aftertaste. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Sweetness is present but not overdone. A nice little grab at the back of the throat finishes this off nicely. This would be great with food. It's very palate cleansing.

Though I'm still not sure what a "stock" ale is, this is pretty good. As an APA, it's real good. Recommended.

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

Bought as a mixed pack, the Boston Ale was actually quite pleasing.

It poured out of the bottle as a light amber, almost burnt orange color with a frothy white head that lingered for a few minutes till settling while leaving noticable lace throughout the duration of drinking.

Smell was quite rich consisting of a hint of caramel, very spicy.

Taste was quite rich with a strong sense of light caramel, malty flavor with a hit of hops, very smooth throughout. Hard to describe the ever-present aftertaste which lead to a slightly heavy mouthfeel at the end of each sip.

It impressed me as a more potent version of Sam Adam's Boston Lager. Very similar characteristics while being bolder in every category.

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

12oz. bottle in the brewmasters collection 12 pack.
Appearance: When poured into a mug, it came out a copper orange color that had an small head of foam that left little lacing.
Smell: I could smell some bitter hops with a sweet aroma in the background. I really didn't notice the malts in the smell.
Taste: It was hoppy with some malts and with a very nice sweet aftertaste. It tastes better once it warms up.
Mouthfeel: It had an average mouthfeel that was medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This Ale would make a good selecton for a session beer that can be found very easily. Another good one from Samuel Adams.

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

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, the beer yields a slightly off-white head about 1 finger thick that lasted the entire length of the sample. Some good lacing was left throughout the sample. The beer itself was slight ruby-red color with some signs of carbonation feeding up the glass.

Smell was hoppy upfront and some softer caramel type scents in the background. A good amount of malt in the nose as well, but not the dominant aroma.

Taste was bitter upfront but not overly hoppy. A smooth matly finish lent to a slightly heavy mouthfeel and a slight chewyness. Well balanced and each sip greated the tastes bud with a bitter bite and smooth malty finish.

Moderate on the palate with only moderate carbonation.

A very easy drinking ale and one I prefer to there Boston lager. An easy find throughout Boston and one I like to keep around.

Photo of BadBadger
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant amber ale. Served in a pint glass the head was absent (perhaps the fault of the server and not the beer). It was a nice golden color. The smell was sweet. The taste nicley balanced. This is a beer worthy of your time, when the other selections are ordinary.

Photo of Maestro
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Draught served

Appearance: Bubbly, light orange with a foamy head that leaves an impressive lacing.

Smell: This beer has a sweet, malty nose reminiscent of biscuits, toast and fresh-baked bread. Little hops come through.

Taste: This had a classic English-style Pale Ale taste; low bitterness, clean pale malts, slight citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Drinkability: This makes for a great session ale!

Photo of lokicat444
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer's color is a standard orange; the bottle's red and blue color scheme really appeals to me... Smells distinctively like a Boston Lager. Taste is smooth and caramely, and ends with a bitter citrus taste, like grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall, an extremely drinkable beer. Preferred over a Boston Lager because of the way the hops assert themselves at the end of every sip.
SA's Boston Ale was my gateway to the world of good american ales, because I already liked the Sam Adams taste, but the hoppiness of this brew led me to try other better beers. If you can find it, give it a try. Great for getting your friends to try better beers.

Photo of EPseja
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at recommended temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear medium copper color with orange highlights and a fantastic pillowy finely-bubbled head standing well over an inch. The lacing is sticky and thick and lasts throughout the entire pint. The active carbonation in the pint glass adds the perfect finishing touch to an impressive looking beer. Perfect!

S - A wonderful blend of floral and organic nosed hops and robust, toasted malts. Slight wheaty notes. Very interesting and mouthwatering.

T - The malts are the first thing I notice on the tip of my tongue. Slightly toasty, slightly sweet. The middle of the sip brings a whisper of the hoppiness on board, and the finish sees the malty sweetness fade into the background of a fresh, mildly organic, medium hop-dominated aftertaste. Quite tasty.

M - Slightly thin on the way in, but develops some seriously round, cohesive body in the mouth. The finish is slick and slightly drying.

D - This has become one of my favorite offerings from Samuel Adams. You've got the looks, the smell, the taste, and the body of a solid, quality beer all wrapped into one, and that adds up to a solid drinkability for this style.

It's hard to believe that this beer is in the same class as Alpha King since the latter is so dramatically hoppy. To its credit this is one easily drinkable beer for someone who enjoys hops, but does not want to be clobbered over the head with them (at least at this moment).

While Boston Lager may be Samuel Adams' best selling and best known brew, this one stands heads and tails above it in character.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at UNO's just a little bit ago. It had a very malty tasted to it, definitely had some floral hops in it as well. Had a white frothy head that lasted a minute, maybe two minutes tops. Its a decent beer, kinda disappointed as far as Sam Adams is concerned for brewing it. Recommended but not real highly as far as a Sam Adams prodigy goes.

Photo of scooter231
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a lovely find, especially on a hot summer day. It poured a pretty golden red color, very clear, a good amount of head that fizzled down to a nice ring. Nose is lemony and dry. Tangy comes to mind. Taste is really quite refreshing- citrusy, zesty.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and delicious, smooth, light. Very very drinkable- the perfect beer to have lying around in your fridge always. Lip-smacking good.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a foaming head which takes a little while to disapate. Basically no lacing at all. This ale has a very nice taste, light-medium body. One of the better Ale's from Sam Adam's. I like this ale quite a bit, it's very drinkable (watch out, LOL).

Photo of cubedbee
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a finger of off-white head and moderate lacing. Floral hops dominate the nose with some caramel and biscuity malt as well. Honey and sweet bready malts first hit the tongue, with a piney hop flavor following up and leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and carbonation is med/high. This is a really nice APA from Sam Adam's, definitely their best "Boston" beer.

Photo of Naes
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a coppery brown with a sudsy cream colored head.

Aroma is hopy and a bit fruity.

The flavor starts of with mild hop bitterness and follows with tones of the malt. It’s a wonderful blend; much better than I was expecting.

This beer is highly fizzy but goes down smooth. It also leaves a thin layer on the palate and is a bit chewy in the end.

It’s a highly drinkable beer, smooth enough for a macro drinker yet flavorful enough for the BA’s. This could easily make a session beer.

Photo of packetknife
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-golden tone with a thin off-white head that was dense and laced. Too much hop on the nose and not enough on the tongue. It tasted like it was watered down a bit or not developed enough before bottling. Typical feel and drinkability. Nothing remarkable here.

Photo of itfaculty02
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great Ale. I like this beer because it is filling unlike some of Samuels other brews. I also enjoy the slightly bitter after taste from the hops. This is a very clean brew. What makes this a preferred beer of mine is its availability in grocery stores.

Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear amber color, with foamy head that fades quickly. Nose is very malty, with a lightly roasted bread-like aroma and a touch of earthy, russet-potato-like hops (weird, but that's my impression). Flavor is an average slightly-toasted malt with moderate bitterness. Hop flavor not much in evidence. Finish is fairly dry, somewhat chalky. Moderate carbonation and body.

Purchased as part of the 'Brewmaster collection', it's been a few years since I last saw the Stock Ale in these parts. It's always been my opinion that this early offering from the Boston Beer company is a bit on the uninteresting side.

Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a 2 finger head and good lace. Smells of nice caramel malt with a slight floral hoppiness. Not as hoppy as other APA's I have tried. Slightly fruity. A nice hop presence hits at first, not overpowering as you can definately taste the malt underneath it. Fruitier than I expected. Cleaner and crisper than I expected also - I mean this in a good way. Highly drinkable. A nice APA.

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

Nice start, picturesque deep and clear amber with foamy tan head. Nose was more malty than hoppy, although it did have a touch of floral. Quaffable, well balanced brew – perhaps needing a touch more hop bite. Slightly over carbonated, nit-picking here. This would be a good any-season frosty to enjoy.

Photo of mjohn27603
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish gold in a glass with a one finger head that lasts a good while - over couple of minutes. Smell is of faint piney hops. Taste is really dry and faintly of piney hops. This is part of a variety six pack that was good before Sept. 2005. However, this taste seems much more subdued than what I would expect. Is this a move by Sam Adams to be more macro like or is this a spoiled batch? I was expecting more hops. Crisp and light mouthfeel. But not much substance to this.

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