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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: 1,969
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 151 | 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 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.

Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of biernuss
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of TAMU99
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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
3.69/5  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
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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