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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 NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

1" foamy white head with decent retention. Whispy lacing with slightly above average strength. A very clear copper in color; a bit thin.

Medium-high floral hop aromas. A bit of lemon but balanced with a mild caramel malt sweetness.

A caramel malt flavor with a pleasant mild sweetness. A biscuity hop bitterness as well that fits as an English Pale a lot more than it does an American Pale. The malt flavor dominates compared to the hop profile (again more reminiscent of an English Pale).

Medium bodied; Smooth and unobtrusive, but feels a bit too carbonated on the palate.

Very pleasant and drinkable. Probably one of my favorites from Sam's since most of their other beers suck IMO. A bit off for the American Pale Ale style, but a nice tasting English Pale.

NEhophead, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: dark golden brown color. Thin lasting head with slight lacing. Streams of carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom.

Smell: Hoppy and smelling of a rich apple cider

Taste: Almost the taste of strong tea, but with bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue. Aftertaste was enjoyable.

Drinkability: Not a bad ale, but I guess I was looking for a stronger flavor.

tomthumbsblues, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of redmosquito
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper in color with a decent head and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops and some maltiness. Nice malt flavor with some hops but not much yeast flavor similar to a lager. I was really surprised at the flavor of this beer, somewhere between a craft and a macro.

redmosquito, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of oelergud
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean and clear copper body, low carbonation, good steady off-white head, small bubbles, very good lace and retention.
Very well balanced scent, sweet and hoppy in harmony, faint smell of caramel and slight hint of spice.
Taste not up to par with the smell, much more bland, still well balanced with a good lingering hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is ok, medium feel, nothing special really. A decent brew that has a good drinkability.


oelergud, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of palliko
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember when I have ever given all 3.5's to a beer! Guess that says it all – just above average. Not a bad beer, but I felt it could have benefited from some more complexity in the hops. Orange Topaz in color, some white foam with some sticky lacing. Softly hopped, some herb and fruit: even Allspice. A smooth, raw, mildly bitter ale with some malt that balances the middle. Medium to light body. Nice floral finish. Aged to add a robust smoothness. Would be great for picnics, and it is available nationally.

palliko, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden orange with a bubbly one inch head...nice and inviting. Smell has some hops in it along with citrusy grainy tones. A nice pale ale flavor comes through with some subdued hops flavor and a nice malt. Slight bitterness on the back of the palate along with citrus notes. Overall, it's a nice APA that's not to hard on the wallet and easy to drink. One of the better Sam brews that I've tried.

orbitalr0x, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent which boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a nice malty flavor with a dry fruity finish. It goes down smooth and with good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

WesWes, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date clearly notched for January 2005. This beer has plenty of shelf life left.

Appearance is a shade of amber with a decent head that disappeared quickly. Sticky lacings were noticable after some sips.

Aroma is a little fruity, hoppy and plentiful.

Taste is really enjoyable. Sweet malt characteristic with a soft hop profile. Nicely balanced beer.

This is a really good beer when it's fresh. When given the option, I prefer this over the Sam Adams Lager. This has a better overall profile and is a solid ale.

Hibernator, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour, tight head, good retention, great lacing. Pretty amber color.

Smell light light hops and fruit. Tastes like light hops up front, along with a hint of a dull fruit, a little bit of allspice in the back along with more light hops. Not bitter. Just tasty.

Take everything that's good about the Boston Lager and improve it by just a little bit and you get this beer.

mynie, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden amber color. The head is about a finger tall but falls fast to a thin cover over the beer with a nice ring around the top. The nose is sweet with a lot of caramel coming through. Not bad at all. There is a light caramel malt taste that finishes with a decent floral hop. The carbonation is just right for the taste and feel. Much more than I expected from a Sam Adams product. The beer is suprisingly moderately thick, more-so that I had expected. This is an easy drinking beer, easily something to sit down and have more than one of. This was a nice surprise for me, as I tend not to like the Sam products.

kmpitz2, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of JMendyka
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this for my weeklong trip in Provincetown. Was looking for the Summer Ale variety, as that would have been more appropriate circumstances, but, alas, this was the finest brew available at the convenience store I was in.

It poured well with a nice head, 2-3 fingers more or less depending on how much I paid attention while pouring. It retained the head well right down to the bottom of the glass. The color was amber, perfectly. I should be well acquainted with the color as it matched with the many amber peices I saw in P-town's myriad jewelry stores.

The smell good, but unbalanced. There is a sweet base, but there is a sharp almost bitterness that gives an uneasiness to it.

The all important taste can be described in one word, solid. While I probably would have preferred the Summer Ale, the Boston Ale served my purpose. A definite balance of maltiness and bitterness, it was refreshing and fulfilling. It had a full mouthfeel and went down like beer should. I could chug it if I had to, but it was definitley more conducive to soothing sips.

While I never drink more than one to two beers a nite, I could have enjoyed a few more of these on the cool Cape Cod nights.

JMendyka, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boston Ale is transparent orange-amber, accent on the orange. The head is buttery yellow beige in color and is firmsticky. It displays a significantly rockiness as it descends and leaves a satisfactory amount of chunky lace on the glass. Very nice appearance. The nose is primarily of spiced caramel, but there's also a citrusiness than lightens things up a bit.

It tastes of heavily toasted caramel malt with an enjoyable amount of spicy-earthy hops. Boldness and balance are the operative words here. The flavor profile doesn't change appreciably within each mouthful, but I'm fine with that since the beer is delicious to begin with. The body is a perfect match in that it's firm and smooth with a spot-on degree of carbonation.

The words that keep coming to mind as I drink are 'classic' and 'solid'. If I wanted to nitpick I'd say that I prefer my APAs more citrus hoppy than this, but I'm not in a nitpicking mood today. Besides, this is really more of a British-style pale ale and it hits that target directly. Boston Ale is excellent beer and I'll be sure to look for it from now on.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber clear liquid with a white foamy head. The head stayed only briefly. There was a slight amount of lace on the glass. Smells slightly toasty, along with slightly floral. Taste is a nice richly toasted malt, to go along with a floral, slightly herbal finish. The bitterness was not very high, and the finish was pretty dry. Slightly astringent. Medium body with a good amunt of carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Overall, this was a pretty drinkable beer to go with my pizza. I would have enjoyed more hops in this one.

Bierguy5, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of rockdick
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a beautiful, rich brownish-red color with a semi-weak head that didn't last but about 1/3 the way down.
Smell was a light and sweet hop like aroma.
Taste was pretty refreshing and i'm not a big fan of pale ales.
Went down great and very drinkable.
I think this is one of the better pale ales i've had.

rockdick, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. I typically do not seek out ales of this sort. I am a tremendous fan of porters and stouts. This however, is quite tasty. Poured a orange/golden colour with a slightly off-white foamy head about a half inch thick that lingered for a while. Smell was hoppy with a little bit of yeast in there as well. Not usually a big hop fan, either, but in this configuration, it was quite nice. Very easy to drink and almost thirst quenching. Seemed to have a very faintly cream-like mouth feel that I also enjoied. Again, I do not usually seek out this style of brew, but I was kind of impressed with this one and will likely buy it again. Definately worth a try if you've never had it.

SilentSabre, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice amber ale with a good-sized head that dissolved into lace after a few moments.

The aroma was of bitter hops, which was very inviting.

The taste was bitter and hoppy, with some hints of maltiness but not sweetness.

Overall a very good ale.

connecticutpoet, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of malthead
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before Nov. 04

Looks good, Smells malty, of bread, nuts. Starts with a little malty taste, then some nice hops, then more malt, a good balance of relatively strong flavors. Mouthfeel was a little strange for me, something about the aftertaste wasn't quite right. Good drinkability, good session brew. Overall, very solid, not a strong standout but one to always come back to.

malthead, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium to dark golden colored. Smells a little of malt and alcohol, but very lightly. This brew goes down quite smoothly, a very solid and thorough taste with a bit of alcohol. Was medium strong. The Boston Lager is a very good choice if you're just up for drinking some beer without any frills.

aquatonex, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden with a nice full creamy beige head, good carbonation with slow bubbles, and leaves lace rings. Caramel malt (Crystal malt) aroma dominates with a touch of buttery diacetyl. Tastes similar to aroma with a touch of toastiness and something a bit harsh that I cannot define. Medium bodied and smooth but not as rich as the slow bubbles would indicate.

An OK beer but certainly not as good as I remember (could this possibly be a bad bottle?)

Per B.B.Co. website:
Original Gravity: 13.5º Plato, 1.055 specific gravity
Malt Type & Varieties: 2-row Harrington, caramel 60º
Hop Varieties: Saaz, Fuggles, Goldings
Special/Unique Ingredients & Procedures: Stock ale begins with a warm ale fermentation, but is krausened and aged at cooler temperatures.

Purchase Before: 09/04
Tasted: 07/03/04

RBorsato, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear, reddish amber with lots of fine carbonation. Its head is medium-sized, cream-colored and coarse. It leaves thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is tangy caramel; some sour milk (ok); some toasty grains. The beer starts sourish and caramelly. A butter malt middle is quite darkly fruity. Buttery, bitter, nutty finish. Nutty burps. This is really good. Nutty and fruity.

kbub6f, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with this sample. I'd had this years ago and didn't like it nearly as much as this time around.
Aroma is largely roasted yet mild malt with a diacetyl quality. Pleasing.
Orange-brown-gold amber. Clear. Fizzy with a one inch steady head.
Nice complexity and mix of flavors. Starts soft and smooth and then intensifies through the drink. First, with ever increasing malt boldness, followed by hoppy sharpness and bitterness that makes up the middle and lingering finish. Nice changing of the flavors as temperature changes, eg. sweetness up front increases as warms.
Very nice standard ale smoothness. Softness develops as warms. Carbonation may be a little too much which made it a bit too filling.
The hops may prove to present too much for some as it overpowers the smooth malt quality of the middle. As for me, I liked this.

garymuchow, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew’s average appearance, with a reddish-gold body and a misty white head, is its best feature. The subtle aroma of dried hopes wasn’t too bad – but the watery brew went down hill from there. Stale, or over-dried hops dominated the flavor, all but silencing hints of caramel malts. Remarkably, low taste brew retained notes of the quintessential S.A. house flavor. While I could drink a fair amount of this brew, I don’t see why I’d try.

AllThingsNinja, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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

cbl2, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

longpondbeerman, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

far333, Jun 21, 2004
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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