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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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1,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,885
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of cbl2

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%


Crystal clear light brown with half inch white head.


Malts are readily apparent. Smells inviting. Can't wait to taste.


Much smoother than a typical Sam Adams. Fruit flavors are apparent as well which is an oddity for Sam. Good malt flavors are first sampled to be replaced by the fruit flavors imparted by the hops which make their appearance at the finish with a faint bi

06-24-2004 18:40:42 | More by cbl2
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.23/5  rDev -11%

The thin head receded very quickly from atop this clear, tawny ale. The smell is mostly buttery malts, no distinguishable hops or spiciness. The mouthfeel is silky and worthy. The taste, however: bland. Some light nutty flavor, a touch of citrus, and at least I get the hops here, but really there is no movement from start to finish--flat line. Perhaps I've become a more discriminating beer drinker or maybe Sam Adams has dumbed down (or both), because I'm sure ten or fifteen years ago, I would have given this rave reviews. And the price is not right!

06-23-2004 23:09:17 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of far333


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

I'm not a fan of the lager, but I needed to try the ale to give it a fair shake. Copper colored with a thick white head that rises up a full inch and a half high, and then settles quickly, leaving a thin layer. Aroma is light, but mostly of malt and some toffee. Flavor is very thin and not complex at all. It's all malt, no hops, and seems to have that Bud burnt rubber lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is big, fat, and creamy, but it's all that this beer has going for it (IMO).

06-20-2004 23:59:12 | More by far333
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Good sized off-white head forms atop this copper to amber colored brew.
Aroma of toasty, caramel malt and floral, earthy hops. Slight fruit.

Taste shows a solid, crisp, floral, earthy hop bite. Solid toasty caramel malt backbone. Hint of fruit.

Body and mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Flavorful and crisp, yet easy-drinking.
Overall, a good session type beer. I always enjoy this one.

06-03-2004 04:28:48 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Stimack

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Boston Beer Company – Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
This brew from Sam Adams is a very good beer, probably their best (in my book, so read into it as you will) year around offering. I really like this brew. It pours to a nice deep coppery color with a nice thick off white head that breaks down slowly to excellent lacing through out the entire brew. The aroma is sweet from a good amount of malt with nice spicy and toasted highlights. The taste is very pleasing with malts dominating and a slight hop hit that balances it out nicely along with those toasted highlights from the aroma. This is a brew that I can enjoy year around and one that has quite a bit of character!

05-11-2004 00:56:54 | More by Stimack
Photo of necoadam


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured out a copper color with the right amount of carbonation I thought. Dark for a pale ale. Sweet malts hit the nose with a little bit of toasted aroma as well. So far so good with this beer. Taste is what makes this beer come alive. Malts come upfront with a hint of sweetness, then mixes with some hops in the middle, then blends in with some toasted flavors all the way through the end. For once this is balanced somewhat. This is what Bass wants to be but never will. Nice flavors with this beer, and one of the better beers from Sam Adams.

05-06-2004 00:39:57 | More by necoadam
Photo of niknar


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours out a wonderfully dark amber with hints of red. A large, thick cream colored head appeared and lasted an extra long time. It finally settled into a nice thick lace. The smell to me was primarily that of yeast, but also has faint hints of malt and fruit. I really enjoy the flavor of this one. It initially has the typically strong hop accents you would expect from other Samuel Adams offerings, but is mixed with a nice sweetness in the middle. It then finishes with a slightly bitter and dry feel. Excellent! It is distinctly carbonated in the mouth, but not so that it feels too thin. Samuel Adams is one of my favorite brands of widely distributed beer, and I'm fortunate enough to find it at my local grocery store. This is one I can drink over and over again!

This review was written on the "Brewmaster's Collection" edition... not the standard Stock Ale. I am not sure what the differences are, if any.

05-01-2004 23:41:16 | More by niknar
Photo of PSUDREW


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Very interesting beer. I think it combines a nice array of flavor in its boquet.

It pours in a nice darker amber color. Lightly tan, frothy head and a bit of carbonation upon 1st pourings.

Like I said, the taste is a mix of things. It starts with a nice spicy/ hop pa mix. very smooth tasting and rather easy to drink. The aftertaste has an interesting malty/ creamy taste that sticks around for a while, kind of like the winter lager.

Nice beer. I never sampled the original recipe, only the new "brewmaster series" stlye, so I do not know of the difference (if there is any). Nice beer, looking forward to having more

04-29-2004 01:57:31 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Clear, with a color somewhere between copper and honey. An initially large head settles to a persistent layer of lace.

Has an earthy, leaf and mulch aroma with hints of fruit.

Taste is leafy, dry hops, with lightly toasted malt chewyness in exacting balance. Fairly smooth and easy drinking, but still flavorful enough to not disappoint. Not the typical American Pale; more like a Yankee interpretation of the English version.

Obtained in the "brewmasters' sampler", I definitely favor this over the lager; but it's been hard to find the ale in grocery stores. I could track it down at a beer store, but when I do make the trip, there are more exotic selections (and local gems) to browse instead.

Anyway, a quality brew from Sam Adams that isn't "dumbed down" as some of their other offerings are accused of being.

04-26-2004 02:15:59 | More by shirfan
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

A clear deep golden color with a thin white head, Sam Adams Boston Ale has an slightly hoppy, slightly malty, fruity aroma. The taste has a firm malt backbone, with some floral/fruity sweetness up front and a dry finish with just a small amount of hop bitterness. A very smooth ale that has some lager-like characteristics, possibly due to the cold aging this beer had (according to the label). A quality session brew.

04-21-2004 22:05:21 | More by ColForbin
Photo of edchicma


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at Piccadilly Pub in Auburn....Light amber appearance with a nice half-inch head with very nice lacing. Smell was barely noticeable with a hint of a malt presence. Taste was very nice with an intial malty sweetness and a light hop taste on the finish. Mouthfeel was light and creamy. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth character.

04-21-2004 15:20:10 | More by edchicma
Photo of tommy78

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5%

Today, I picked up the brewmaster collection today and sampled the Boston Ale first. The appearance is a copper colour, with some serious foam. However, the foam settles down after about two minutes. The smell is malty; not too strong but not weak either. The taste is also malty, with a hop to it. Not much of an aftertaste, though you feel the flavor at the mid-point of your tongue. As for drinkability, it is easy to enjoy more than one bottle. I must say that the Boston Ale goes very well with a barbeque chicken pizza. A good one from Jim Koch.

04-21-2004 01:34:39 | More by tommy78
Photo of joshlara


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

From the brewmaster's collection twelve pack. I am revisiting beer I haven't had in awhile to see if my initial opinion agrees with my feelings now. They seem to be about the same for this beer.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with marginal lacing, a thick collar lingers.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt accompanied by some toasted grains.
There is also a light floral hop presence but it is mostly lost behind the caramel. Sweet caramel being the key word here.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet caramel malt dominates from beginning to end. Some grain huskiness helps push the slight bitter hop finish that helps balance it out. It is medium bodied and very smooth. The drinkability is relatively high but I don't think I could drink this all night as it would eventually become too sweet.

Overall: Definately along the lines of an English style pale ale. I personally would choose their lager every time over the stock ale but it is still a decent beer.

04-16-2004 01:46:44 | More by joshlara
Photo of HardTarget


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Month notched label noting best before Sept. 04 (sampled April 04)
Aroma: A very inviting balanced aroma. I’m getting toasted malt blended with a noble hop. Something like a porter smell, hard to explain.
Appearance: Clear copper/orange color with a thin off white head. Steady carbonation stream and a good amount of lace.
Flavor: Imagine if Fat Tire and Old Speckled Hen had a child. Same toasted malt profile balanced with just enough hop bitter to keep it all enjoyable. While there is a nice balance, the two tastes are distinct. The hops are a bit rough, but enjoyable. The malt is sweet, honey like, and like other reviewers, I noted a touch of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and a very smooth texture. A foamy mouth coat, maybe a touch too carbonated.
Overall Impression: A different and enjoyable ale. It may benefit from a little aging, which is an odd thing to say about an ale, but the tastes are just a bit disjointed. No problem with drinkability, this could make a pretty good session.

04-15-2004 01:39:47 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

On tap @ Pizzeria Uno's in Boston, MA.

A light brown color with a thin head that had decent lacing. Could detect a very small fruity scent. The taste is pretty decent. A bit sweet from the presence of hops. Could use a little less carbonation, but not rough on the palate by any means. Drinkability is high.

I was definitely surprised by this ale. I had little expectations for it and ended up being very pleased with my selection. I recommend you try this ale if you go to Pizzeria Uno's. With about 15 beers on tap, the only ones that would have been a better choice, in my opinion, would be Guinness and Newcastle.

04-05-2004 00:54:31 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of DPMomutant


4/5  rDev +10.2%

Pinky-sized head takes a little bit to fade, some lacing sticks on the edges. The body is a nice light brown as a pale should be.

Smell is a bit hoppy and spicy, but not very strong. A little time brings out the malt too.

A nice taste...mostly malty. Not typical for a pale ale but tasty nonetheless.

Very smooth on the mouth and I'm a bit partial to the malt aftertaste. I only have one bottle but I could have a couple more.

A nice alternative to the Boston Lager. Would like to see this in more places.

03-31-2004 05:41:52 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of Mitchster


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

Brewed wih 2-row pale and Caramel 60 malts. Hopped with Spalt Spalter, Eas Kent Goldings, and Fuggles hops.

OG=1.0148, 5.1% ABV, 180 cal/12 oz.

A beautiful looking brew, this pours out to a sparkling clear honey-amber with orange accents, forming a thick, sticky light-beige head of very fine bubbles with excellent retention and very nice sheets of lacing. Aroma is rich and satisfying, beginning with fragrant spicy hops, a sweet-cookie maibock caramel note, honey, vanilla...yummm. Carbonation is moderate with a lightly acidic, creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Taste is very cleanly fermented with juicy fruit characteristics, the aforementioned lingering cookie-like sweetness, mild toast, a faint suggestion of metal fermenting tanks, a faint residual dryness with a mild bittering hop finish.

This is a world-class brew in my book, comparable to Rogue Dead-Guy Ale in many ways. I would certainly pick this over the Boston Lager, and it is my favorite Sam Adams. Rich, easy to drink, great mouthfeel....a feel good beer all over. Highly recommended.

03-24-2004 21:32:08 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Zorro


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a clear Amber brew.

Smell is all malt, with a faint spicy hop scent.

Taste is mild sweet malt with a bit of spice and wood in the finish. A simple brew executed well.
After taste is woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable brew, hard to find on the West Coast now.

03-21-2004 06:46:44 | More by Zorro
Photo of Shaw


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a copper color, totally clear, with a short head that shrinks to about nothing quickly.

I can smell specialty malts. No hop aroma.

It's got a good clean taste. I sampled a Bass earlier today and this pale ale is much better. There is a nice malt flavor (and a little sweetness) with just a hint of bitterness. Well balanced and no off-flavors.

Boston Ale has a good mouthfeel as well. Just the right amount of body and substance. Doesn't feel like just water in my mouth.

Samuel Adams Boston Ale is one of the better Sam Adams brews and an above-average ale. Forms a nice pair with their Winter Lager.

03-15-2004 07:49:55 | More by Shaw
Photo of jwilli7122


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

pours a clear gold/copper with a nice frothy white head. - a good looking ale.
smell is grassy and malty with little hops. reasonably pleasant...not typical for american pale ale.
taste: first sip...a little bit malty. there is a little bit of hop spicyness, but this beer tastes less hopped than the boston lager. There is quite a bit of pale lager-type candy-apple sourness to this also - and some sugary sweetness. again, this is not a typical american pale ale.
a little bit oily, but not thick by any means.
Hmmm...certainly drinkable. I would always prefer the boston lager though.

03-15-2004 04:37:03 | More by jwilli7122
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz. amber bottle.

When my wife and I visit my parents, my dad always tries to make sure he gets some good beer for me (it sure beats Bud). This visit saw some SA Boston Ale in the fridge, one of the few SA beers I've not tried. Poured a clear and bright amber in color, with a long-lasting thin layer of white head that does a good job of hanging around and lacing the glass. Aromas of malt step up first, but there is an earthy/grassy hop note as well. Flavor is quite tasty, and very well-balanced between the sweet malts and the bittering hops. Finishes quite clean, with not much of an aftertaste. Good creamy mouthfeel. A great session beer. My favorite SA beer to date.

02-28-2004 12:59:50 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

On tap at Piccadilly Pub, Sturbridge, MA, served in a one of their silkscreened pint glasses.

Nice creamy white head on top of (no surprise) amber brew. Not much aroma to speak of, good or bad. Taste is good for the style, but a little lacking in substance for me, both the hops and malt. A bit of an aftertaste, but a very drinkable offering, nice that they go through the trouble of having Sam make a beer for them.

02-26-2004 01:57:33 | More by ppoitras
Photo of AndIWantYou


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

One thing I love about all the Sam Adams I've ever poured--no matter how bad my pour, it creates a beautiful, lasting head. That said, this beer is very pretty in itself: orangy-gold with a white foam head. At first it seemed a little overcarbonated, but that wore off as it mellowed in my mug. All these wonderful ales I'm drinking these days are turning me to the dark side (aka, those who like hops) and this beer has a nice amount of the stuff for a "beginning hop-head". It's tasting better and better, too, as it gets warmer. Hats off to another nice BBC brew.

02-24-2004 23:44:07 | More by AndIWantYou
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4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured a beautifully clear and bright orange amber. The head was large and lively. A wall of lacy white foam dressed the side of the glass. The aroma yields sweet caramel and citrus malts (lemon) and some other fruity notes, including ripe apples. The taste is buttery smooth and mellow, almost creamy. There’s a bitterness here but it’s barely detectable. Nice body of creamy butter malts and slightly caramelized grains. Creamy and delicious. Very nice.

02-24-2004 17:01:00 | More by pezoids
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Had thisone served in a plain pint glass at Uno's, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Its appearance was a clean looking red amber with some carbonation while only a thin off-white film lay atop the beer. While no head made it to the table, it did lace alittle in spots. The aroma was sweet grain with hints of both caramel and hop. The taste starts out abit sweet, malty caramel and grain. Not over-done for its followed by a crisp clean hop that lingers and leaves the mouth with a slight bitter feel. A decent beer to be had with the Uno menu. I set out to try this beer/place. Overall everything was good and id support this beer as long as they take the time to offer it.

02-16-2004 00:24:51 | More by chilidog
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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