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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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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 46
Gots: 160 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of scooter231
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a lovely find, especially on a hot summer day. It poured a pretty golden red color, very clear, a good amount of head that fizzled down to a nice ring. Nose is lemony and dry. Tangy comes to mind. Taste is really quite refreshing- citrusy, zesty.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and delicious, smooth, light. Very very drinkable- the perfect beer to have lying around in your fridge always. Lip-smacking good.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a foaming head which takes a little while to disapate. Basically no lacing at all. This ale has a very nice taste, light-medium body. One of the better Ale's from Sam Adam's. I like this ale quite a bit, it's very drinkable (watch out, LOL).

Photo of cubedbee
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a finger of off-white head and moderate lacing. Floral hops dominate the nose with some caramel and biscuity malt as well. Honey and sweet bready malts first hit the tongue, with a piney hop flavor following up and leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and carbonation is med/high. This is a really nice APA from Sam Adam's, definitely their best "Boston" beer.

Photo of Naes
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a coppery brown with a sudsy cream colored head.

Aroma is hopy and a bit fruity.

The flavor starts of with mild hop bitterness and follows with tones of the malt. It’s a wonderful blend; much better than I was expecting.

This beer is highly fizzy but goes down smooth. It also leaves a thin layer on the palate and is a bit chewy in the end.

It’s a highly drinkable beer, smooth enough for a macro drinker yet flavorful enough for the BA’s. This could easily make a session beer.

Photo of packetknife
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-golden tone with a thin off-white head that was dense and laced. Too much hop on the nose and not enough on the tongue. It tasted like it was watered down a bit or not developed enough before bottling. Typical feel and drinkability. Nothing remarkable here.

Photo of itfaculty02
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is great Ale. I like this beer because it is filling unlike some of Samuels other brews. I also enjoy the slightly bitter after taste from the hops. This is a very clean brew. What makes this a preferred beer of mine is its availability in grocery stores.

Photo of allengarvin
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear amber color, with foamy head that fades quickly. Nose is very malty, with a lightly roasted bread-like aroma and a touch of earthy, russet-potato-like hops (weird, but that's my impression). Flavor is an average slightly-toasted malt with moderate bitterness. Hop flavor not much in evidence. Finish is fairly dry, somewhat chalky. Moderate carbonation and body.

Purchased as part of the 'Brewmaster collection', it's been a few years since I last saw the Stock Ale in these parts. It's always been my opinion that this early offering from the Boston Beer company is a bit on the uninteresting side.

Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a 2 finger head and good lace. Smells of nice caramel malt with a slight floral hoppiness. Not as hoppy as other APA's I have tried. Slightly fruity. A nice hop presence hits at first, not overpowering as you can definately taste the malt underneath it. Fruitier than I expected. Cleaner and crisper than I expected also - I mean this in a good way. Highly drinkable. A nice APA.

Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice start, picturesque deep and clear amber with foamy tan head. Nose was more malty than hoppy, although it did have a touch of floral. Quaffable, well balanced brew – perhaps needing a touch more hop bite. Slightly over carbonated, nit-picking here. This would be a good any-season frosty to enjoy.

Photo of mjohn27603
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish gold in a glass with a one finger head that lasts a good while - over couple of minutes. Smell is of faint piney hops. Taste is really dry and faintly of piney hops. This is part of a variety six pack that was good before Sept. 2005. However, this taste seems much more subdued than what I would expect. Is this a move by Sam Adams to be more macro like or is this a spoiled batch? I was expecting more hops. Crisp and light mouthfeel. But not much substance to this.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sam Adams Boston Ale....from the Brewmaster's Variety Pack...

Appearance-golden reddish color with a foamy lace-filled head, the head dissapears quickly but leaves a nice impression.

Smell-bready malts dominate with a small hop flourish, some alcohol, malt dominated.

Taste-somewhat light but then the hops do kick in more than expected, very well balanced and quite pleasent.

Mouthfeel-incredibly drinkable and balanced, a light spicy hop aftertaste after a bready finish.

Drinkability-really drinkable, not even 5% alcohol and quite flavorful, can't go wrong with that.

Overall-a nice balanced APA, more malty and bready than many I've tried which tend to be more hoppy but I enjoyed this one nonetheless. A nice balanced APA and definitely a good way to introduce non-craft drinkers. This beer has a cult following for a reason.

Photo of soper2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this since my pre-BA days when I just turned 21. Ahh... When Moosehead was the beer of choice. Well onto the review.

Pours a nice crisp golden/orange with a head that struggles to stick around with a mixture of small bubbles and a few soapy looking bubbles as well. Nose has strong notes of caramel and an earthy aroma which i can't pin down. Taste is a bit of a dissappointment in the hop department. Sweet malts dominate this APA, in fact it tastes more like an extremely mild EPA. More piney hop notes come out as the brew warms but not nearly enough to redeem it. I've had much better Sam Adam's brews and I'm hoping this was just a fluke.

Photo of danielharper
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL, in a mixed six-pack with the Hefeweizen and the Black Lager. Reviewing all three today.

This is a pretty decent beer, actually, on par with their Lager. I probably prefer the lager to the ale, but then again I generally prefer lagers to ales, so what do I know? Nothing spectacular, but a nice brew -- if I can find this one at a restaurant somewhere I'll definetly try it with a burger or a steak.

Pours a light reddish color, lighter than I expected, with a small but foamy head. The head dissipates quickly, but some foam persists throughout the beer.

The scent is dominated by fruit flavors as well as the standard Sam Adams hop profile. This beer is actually the fruitiest I've had from Sam Adams, smells and tastes of red apples mixed with hop bitterness. I'm giving a slightly lower score here due to the bitter aftertaste, but that could be avoided by simply drinking another one, right?

Mouthfeel is largely positive here; the brew is highly carbonated, but it seems to match well to the taste profile. It's a foamy beer that coats the inside of the mouth quite well, and it finishes sort of rough and tart.

This beer is really pretty average to me. I'll probably buy it again (although in the six-pack instead of the sampler), but I won't seek it out immediately. Not really to my taste, but I can see why it's such a fan favorite.

Photo of Dubblebock
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Ale is one of Samuel Adam's benchmark beers. It's a great introduction to craft brewing if you know (or are) someone who wants a good gateway beer. It's not overpowering at all, and it's smoothness and easy drinkability make it a fantastic session beer.

The Boston Ale pours with a massive, creamy head. The head won't hang around too long, but it's a splendid first impression. The nose is hoppy and slightly bready. Light amber in color, very clean and crisp looking in the mug.

The taste leans to the hoppy side, but the hops don't dominate the beer. The malts lend a cracker-crisp backbone to this brew. There's nothing particularly complex going on here, just a consistent balance of flavor that stays even throughout the sample.

It's a very refreshing and lively beer. It finishes strong, and has good mouthfeel. Good carbonation level. Very drinkable, it would be easy to quaff a few of these in one sitting.

Would pair well with salty bar snacks, or light chicken or beef dishes. Recommended.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to an extremely clear light coppery color with a great looking foam cover that leaves a spotty lacing on the glass. Smells of barley malt, but mostly dominated noble hop aromas.

Taste includes a slight (not unpleasant) amount of buttery diacetyl, like most english pale ales or stock ales I've tried. Has a subtle fruity esterness in the background and of course a nice bit of spice from the hops. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and harsh from the carbonation, but still a highly drinkable brew. Sam Adams not only has a good line of beers for people looking to get their feet wet with craft brew, but meanwhile they also make a damn solid product for the dedicated craft brew drinker as well.

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Years ago, back when it was called Stock Ale, this was the beer that made me decide I was wasting my time homebrewing. Then somehow, I just didn't drink it for a long time, long enough that I began to wonder if I dared try it again. But it's time. So:

Freshness notch: AUG 2004.

Toasty brown with white head that doesn't last.

Bit of old-sock bite in the malty aroma, with tones of citron.

Pleasant bready malt with your basic citrus and a slowly growing resin finish.

Medium heavy body with a fine sparkle.

It seems hoppier than I remember, like an old friend who's changed a bit, but it's still reliable. Good, good, good.

Photo of MrSeth
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light tan head, lots of staying power. The body is an orange-brown. On the nose, toasty malt, there's also a bready aroma with some subtle hops. I can't decide anything about the flavor. It hides under the strong carbonation. When it makes an appearance there is again toasty malt. The finish is a medium puckering feel, with some aftertaste.. at most I would only have one of these.

Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear copper color with creamy tan head that falls off quickly.

I picked up a yeasty/doughy aroma but little in the way of hops to tell me this is a pale ale. The taste was balanced with malt, strong but not cloying.

A bit of a hop uptick at the end. This is refreshing, quite drinkable, but didn't feel in style.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a light red and the head was pretty good, a pale bit of fluff. The aroma is a touch hoppy, with a little bit of malt and a touch of fruitiness, but not very strong overall and a little disappointing for an ale. The flavor was good, a nice blend of malt and hops. This isn't a killer beer but its solid and tasty. Overall this isn't quite as creative as a lot of micro APAs but it has its place.

Photo of Dithyramb
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber flecked brown colored brew with off-white head. There were loads of beads of carbonation, with great lacing and retention. Last of the brew master six-pack mixer

Nose: A ton of caramel malts with a light smackering of citrus

Taste: Delicious malt goodness is the flavor with a crisp hop finish, just enough of both and not too much

Mouthfeel: Medium body that has a smooth character. It was very creamy, but not in a buttery way. Slightly astringent on the finish

Drinkability: Sam Adams sets the bar for ongoing quality and goodness. Another amazingly good beer that I would of course have another of. This was perfect for the first 70+ day of the summer, chillin out on the deck.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden lager-ish appearance, one finger head with farily minimal retention. Smell is leafy organic hops with tangy malt in the background. Mouthfell is light and fairly thin for an APA in my opinion. Taste is immediately hoppy but balances out in the middle with a fruity malt taste and finishes dry. An easy drinking American Pale Ale that would be excellent as a transition or gateway beer for new converts. A light and somewhat complex ale that grows on you as you go and would function well as a session beer or a fall back choice

Photo of twelvsies
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've recenty rediscovered Sam Adams. Since it's around so much and it regarded as one of the more commercial "micro" breweries I think I tend to overlook it. I've recently been reminded by this beer and their new black lager that they make some damn fine stuff. This one pours a drab iced-tea amber color with highlights of red and orange. A bit of white bubbly head. Smell is nice and malty, soft and sweet, with some dusty hops thrown in. To me, this tastes like maybe it has an English-style influence even though it's technically classified as an APA. Nice soft malts and mellow sweetness. A little biscuity buttery taste and some toffee, which is what reminds me of an English ale. This beer does have a typical APA style hop profile; a little bitter, piney, and nicely citrusy and fruity. I find that the hop characteristics mesh really well with the sweeter maltier side. A really well balanced beer actually, I'll have to remember that I like this stuff.

Photo of LPorter33
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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