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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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1,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 37
Gots: 109 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of LPorter33
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

single 12 oz bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance is clear bubbily amber with strong carbonation and substantial head

Smell is crisp, clean, light with almost a lemon like fragrance mixed in with a carmel like sweetness

Taste is magnificent. I love the strong carmel aftertaste. Incredibly tasty. I don't usually drink this style of beer but I will be switching soon, although I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of these at a time.

Overall - Definitely one of the better Sammy Adams brews i've had. Might be my all time favorite from Jim.

LPorter33, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice off-white head with sticky lace; the broth color could be described neutral amber with a touch of orange. Very clear.

Smell: More malt than hop; slightly sweet, very round. Lots of caramel, but no chocolate. The hop is present strictly as a spice.

The taste is similar to a British bitter. Strong hop bite in the swallow (and aftertaste), but the initial sip is malty. Very smooth--richer than most bitters with a typical amount of carbonation. I think this beer would do very well in a blind flight.

smcolw, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark yellow bordering on copper with a two finger head that slowly dissapated and left a nice amount of lace on top of the beer.

The smell was hard to pick up until the beer warmed, then the front was sweet fruit with hop spice at the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a thin almost watery carbonation. The flavor picked up in the middle with citrus fruit and slight hop spice. The finish was a quick hit of hops followed by a clean watery finish.

All and all a beer worth trying. Quite frankly I'd like to try cooking with this beer I think it would hold up well as a poultry maranade.

coasterfreak75, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden with some orange color mixed in nice looking off white head that falls to a cap and laces well.
Aroma is light bready malt mixed with some herbal, citrus hops and fruit undertones, overall not bad but not the normal APA aroma either.
Taste is malty some caramel/butterscotch notes in the mix finishes with some herbal and grapefruit mixture of bitterness. Kind of grows on you as you are drinking it wouldn't be my normal pale ale choice but its not too bad.
Mouthfeel is nice medium full for a pale ale not bad at all.
Drinkability is like I said before not bad wouldn't be my regular choice but would be a nice backup. Sure goes down easy and grows on you as you drink it low ABV make a good sessions brew.

mntlover, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple of days ago I reviewed Dominion Ale. The similarities are stunning. I wish I had tasted these blind. The Sam Adams has a fuller mouthfeel upfront, downright creamy. This is a carmel, dark orange ale with a 3/4 white head that left lace when it died down (about a minute). After the creaminess there is a smooth segue into the hop bite that lingers for good long while. This beer is highly drinkable. I believe that APAs will become my session beer of choice.

pentathlete, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild aroma of lightly sweet malt and a pinch of butterscotch. Short, dense, light cream colored head leaves some string of lace. Transparent deep copper colored beer with a few streams of medium sized bubbles running up the middle. Malty flavor is a mix of berries and butterscotch, and becomes slightly bitter towards the end. Body is solid, and the mouthfeel is watery soft. A tasty brew that's easy drinking.

HappyHourHero, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of biernuss
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strained my eyes to make out the little Uno Amber Lager logo on the menu, so I had to try it. Served in a 20 oz. glass, the beer had a nice thick head and a good copper color. The smell was somewhat lacking but the mouthfeel made up for it. The taste itself was maltly and bordered on a bitter ale side. I personally wouldn't add this to my must have list but I could make this a session beer if need be.

biernuss, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of TAMU99
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable beer.
A light cherry/mohagany clear brown with a thin head
Aromas of apple and oak
Taste has a fruity overtone with strong, but nicely balanced hops that contribute to the beer's palatability.
Average mouthfeel, enough carbonation so it's not flat, but not overwhelming.
Very drinkable, goes down smooth, not too strong, good flavor for just about anything but a hot summer day.

TAMU99, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an all clear, orange and red coloured beer. A nice thick, creamy foam settles on top.

Nice fresh malty smell. Some citric hops in there and apples come to mind very strong with a touch of sourness.

Sweet malts come, sugar, fruits and carbonation. Nice blended taste with some depth, nice chewy feeling to it. Comes on with some carbonation to lift malts and finish somewhat bitter with quite long aftertaste.

Better on tap than on bottle, not spectacular either though.

stjarnflikka, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in an American pint glass

A- crystal clear amber with gentle carbonation and a thin but long lasting tan head.

S- great citrus hop aroma with some nice toasted malt

T- a surge of crisp citrus hops start this beer off with a nice malty biscuit finish

M- solid medium body with no astringency and just a smooth carbonation

D- great hops that bring in a bold flavor but it has the malt to compliment them. It is a very nice beer and I was a bit surprised based on Samuel Adams track record. They make a solid lager and now I know they make a solid APA.

rhoadsrage, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of clemtig76
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Purchase by August 2005. Pour a dark orange/amber color with an ample head. Wonderful aroma of lightly toasted malts and mild hops. Toasted malt sweetness dominate this brew with a slight bitterness from the English hops. A well made American Ale.

clemtig76, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of froggyfrog
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good solid ale. Pours with tinges of red and orange. The short-lived head is made up of small tightly-knit bubbles. Moderately carbonated, this ale has an earthy caramel/citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel I would rate as good though perhaps a little light. The flavor is nicely balanced with an understated malty sweetness giving way to a nice smooth hop bitterness.

This beer is easy drinking with a satisfying finish and a very light cotton-candy taste at the very end. (If you are not paying attention, you might miss it.)

I always look forward to finding the Boston Ale in my SA Brewmaster's Collection cases. I find it more enjoyable than the Boston Lager.

Well my mug is empty, so this review is now officially over. Thanks for listening.

froggyfrog, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Brewmaster's 6-pack. 12 oz. with purchase by April '05 notched on the label. Pours into the imperial pint glass an orange/brown with a 2 finger head that leaves decent lacing. Smells buttery with caramel and a hop spiciness. Initially the malts are stronger, with butterscotch, caramel, bubblegum, and some fruit, but the hops become stronger toward the end with a nice bitterness and a citric/floral flavor. Hoppy enough to handle spicy foods and sweet enough to handle desserts.

mmmbeer, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of bark
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper red. The large, beige foam is semi-compact. After a while, the foam forms a nice ring on the inside of the glass.

The smell is sweet with lots of diacetyl, but there are also notes of aroma hops, butter, teracle, cream and a little touch of some sourish flavours.

The carbonation is fresh and stronger than I had expected.

The taste is dominated by a full-bodied, dry, burned taste of malt; there is some bitterness and taste of rye bread. The aftertaste is a complex one with flavours of sweet corn, dark bread, apricots and some sweet notes.

bark, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber topped by a large frothy head. A thick film of bubbles is all that is left after a few swigs, and this leaves small specks and blobs of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready malt aromas with a hint of brassy hops lurking in the background.

Taste: Toasted biscuit malt, kinda caramely. Not much in the way of hops except on the extreme finish.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body. Clean aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not bad. A very accessible APA both in terms of taste and ubiquity. I'd go for SNPA over this any day, however.

ManekiNeko, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck. Clear freshness dating. Improved label design.

Beer pours a nice bronze with a beige head.

The beer has an aroma of spicy hops and a bit of a floral smell as well.

The taste is fairly well balanced. Noticeable pine/hop taste that is off-set by some malty sweetness. No off flavors or bad characteristics. A little more alcohol emerges about ½ the way through the glass. Stays solid as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is fine with carbonation that seems well suited to the beer. Drinkabity is also good, but this is not a session beer for me as it lacks a bit of complexity and the taste is a bit mild. Still, this is a fine ale and one along with its lager stable mate, is often the only decent beer many places offer.

Redrover, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is an orange/amber color it had a one finger head that lasted about two minutes and it had some moderate lacing. The aroma was faint but citrus/pine like. The taste was sweetly malty at first but finishes with plenty of hop bitterness. The beer was thin bodied but well balanced and very drinkable.

Kookiekwan, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of moocey
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is listed on BA as an American Pale? It's the usual amber colo.r It looks just like one, but it's the maltiest and smoothest one I've ever had. There's a definate hop bitterness in the finish, but it's overpowered by the malt. The nose is yeasty and malty.

This beer, depending on what mood I'm in, makes me wish I was drinking either Rouge Dead Guy or Sierra Nevada Pale. Right now I wish I had a pint of Dead Guy. Still, it's a tasty beer.

moocey, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper body with a soft, dense, off-white head.
Nose is spicy, fruity malt with a zing of lemongrass hops.
Taste is earthy, herbal fruit, with dry biscuit malts. Nice, spicy hop flavors come in midway and lead to a bitter finish with lingering apple-y malt. Medium-bodied, smooth feel. A fine crafted ale, although not one of my favorites.

alexgash, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden hue with a quarter-inch white head that holds its place for a while. Aroma of fresh-baked bread, ale yeast, and a touch of malt. Slightly thick, sturdy body holds an up-front palate of toasty caramel malt, becoming more balanced towards the back of the mouth. Finishes with a nice dry hoppiness. Not bad.

ElGordo, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of warchez
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam head has tight bubbles with average sized streaming bubbles up glass. The head held strong for most of the glass.
Aroma had faint hint of butterness(diacetyl) to it, perhaps a batch issue, but its not distracting. Hop profile has moderate bitterness, with the classic Sam Adams spicey clean finish. Light amber/gold color.
Drinkable beer thar would pair with most mild pub foods.

warchez, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of tweeder263
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first sampling of the boston ale,,im a fan of the boston lager so i wanted to try this.A clean sweet tasting beer with some hops lingering in the background.2 finger head leaves lacing down the glass.All in all a good beer , in the future ill sample this and the lager side by side to determine which is my fave.

tweeder263, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another "alright" Samuel Adams beer. Tastes a lot like their Pale Ale, a little maltier, but very similar. Boston Ale pours a medium amber shade with average head size and retention. Smell is malty, more so than expected from an APA, with some slight hops presence. Taste is maltier than I'd like, the sweetness seems a little artificial and forced. Still, this is fairly tasty and very easy to drink. Considering the score here, I was expecting a bit more.

Gagnonsux, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $13.99 as part of the "Brewmaster's Collection" 12-pack.

The appearence is wonderful, the beautiful amber Samuel Adams colored bae with a medium white head with nice retention and lacing to follow. The smell is a nice malty blend.

The taste is also malty, but it goes down with a lemony taste as well, it's really quite interesting. Mouthfeel good, aftertaste pretty good, drinkability on par for a session... enough BS, ok...

Final Thought: Another HQ beer from the pioneer microbrew of the USA, can't go wrong with a Samuel Adams!

mobyfann, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a great session beer. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness upfront are followed by an estery and dry yeasty flavor. The thing that really stands out to me is the hop profile. It's very interesting and complex to me. Lots of spicy and bitter hops mixing back and forth. The finish is acidic and spicy. The body is a bit thin and the malts could mix better with the hops but all in all this is another solid beer from Sam Adams.

granger10, Sep 22, 2004
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.