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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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1,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 80 | 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 JackTheRipper


4.53/5  rDev +24.8%

Ahh, another one of my old stand-by beers. Now that I've started to get my beer-smarts on, I can appreciate it a bit more.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish-amber color, clear. Nice big tan head, I'm about halfway through the glass and the head is mostly gone by now. Some lacing, but not too much.

Smell: A little on the spicy side, I really need to quit smoking so I can get a better nose for my beers.

Taste: Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Sort of a carmel undertone throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation, alcohol is very well masked.

Drinkability: This is a beer that is very easy to enjoy. It has stood the test of time very well with me, I could drink these all night long and not get bored with them. It's a lot easier to find than some of the higher rated beers, but IMHO, stands up well to most of them.

01-19-2004 01:00:18 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of twilight


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Pizzeria UNO's in Astoria, Queens, NYC. [It's a sad thing when a full third of the dozen taps are 'Light' beers from the major Macros.]

Poured copper red in a 22 oz. UNO Pilsner glass with very little head. Lacing was evident, but just barely. The smell was surprisingly slightly hoppy. The first sip was pretty unimpressive, but subsequent sips revealed a slight hop flavor as well as a slight sour/metallic taste that stays with one as a bitter aftertaste. Still, it was a pretty good brew. Light-bodied but with too much carbonation, perhaps to mask flavor. I would say this is a good session beer, but I'd rather not spend any more time at UNO's than I have to, particularly if I've been dragged there.

01-18-2004 03:10:55 | More by twilight
Photo of waughbrew


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Very clear light amber, very impressive off-white head - sticky and retentive. Smells of diacetyl and toasted malts, some spicy and earthy hops. Big caramel flavor with buttery backing. Very dry, and seems a hint smoky to me. The dryness makes the hop flavor seem a bit metallic. Feel is rather slick on the tongue. Very drinkable. I like this beer more out of the bottle than on draft, where the butteriness can seem overwhelming. A nice brew for sure, but not that memorable for me. I will drink it occasionally.

01-09-2004 01:17:40 | More by waughbrew
Photo of BierManVA


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

This is quite tastey. An excellent appearance, head, etc. A little weak in the aroma department but the taste is what's important. Very flavorful Ale. Exellent balance of hop and malt.

Finishes very light. Not a heavy brew. I can see a few of these going back over the course of an evening.

Sam's either hits the mark or doesn't. They hit it well with this bier.


01-03-2004 21:03:54 | More by BierManVA
Photo of Rob6852


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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

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


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

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

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


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

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

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


4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

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


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 .

10-06-2003 13:25:34 | More by JAL67
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

09-28-2003 00:58:01 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of SetarconeX


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

09-04-2003 02:15:36 | More by Bruiser81
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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

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

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

08-18-2003 05:51:38 | More by Mustard
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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