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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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1,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 38
Gots: 115 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.