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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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1,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 28
Gots: 65 | 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.

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Photo of marburg


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little plain for my tastes. American Bass or some other very basic ale, really. Herbal and nutty aromas and flavors are expected and are had. A little wet and sticky in the mouth but drinkable nonetheless. It's easy and non-offensive, but it's not remarkable either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2003 20:27:41 | More by marburg
Photo of tar


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored, very transparent, it pours with a thick, foamy head. As the bubbles of the head very slowly diminish, some are left behind lacing the glass. The aroma is very mild, and the taste somewhat plain--a bit of hops and some sweetness comes through. In both taste and smell I found this beer to be very average. It feels smooth in the mouth and is light to medium in body. Not a beer I usually seek out, although it does frequently make appearances at various parties etc. and I find it fairly easy to drink several of these despite the fact that I'm not really impressed by it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 08:14:03 | More by tar
Photo of BierReise


3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I give it straight 3's across the board. It's a shame when you go into a restaurant with 16 taps and you end up choosing the house beer. But that's exactly what I had to do because it was a choice between Unos amber, Guinness, Killians or 13 other watery and watery light macros. The only thing worse would be Bennigans with 30 taps of wasted space, but that's another story alltogether.
This one is clear and light amber with small head and a surprising heavy lacing straight down the glass. Smell is on the sweet side and taste is a little thin with little bitterness. I guess this is Sam Adams Boston Ale in disguise because that's exactly what it tastes like. You could do alot worse but went well with the pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2003 17:13:03 | More by BierReise
Photo of AudioGilz


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's pale copper with a one inch chunky fluffy head. Sweet malts and caramel are all I got out of the nose, very enticing. Malty flavor is enjoyed first, then the finish is spicy hops with a lingering aftertaste of mellow bitterness. The mouthfeel is rather thin but the flavors compensate for that. I love the balance and hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 13:37:44 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly lighter umber color than I had expected. The head is thick and antique white in color; the life is well lived settling to leave a lot of lace on the class. The Flavor is a nice dry malt flavor that has a healthy portion of hopping. There are sweet and lively undertones that are kept in check by the hop bitter that follows afterward. The mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. Overall a very enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 11:58:06 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of AtLagerHeads


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just about as average as you can get. This is the only house beer currently available in the downtown Dayton Uno's. Amber indeed it has a little beige head and some light lacing. Not much nose, but that might be the serving temperature. Mostly malt, for what it's worth. Somewhat balanced flavor with a malt skew. OK for a pizza beer I guess, but Oggi's does real beer and real pizza; why can't others?

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2003 20:57:16 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Dogbrick


2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Uno near Tuttle Mall in Dublin, OH. Came in an unfrosted glass which was a nice surprise. Pours a deep amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel malt. On the lighter side body-wise with a malty and earthy flavor. Finish is lightly hopped and just a tiny bit metallic. A lot better than I was expecting but not something I wish I could take home or anything.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2003 06:54:19 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boston Ale pours a wonderful golden honey/amber. I poured it a bit rough, do that a lot on purpose just to see what happens. A real Bill Nye the Science Guy, huh? Made a mess with the Orval, but that's another review...

The Ale held its head better than the lager, keeping an inch or more for several minutes. This is my first Boston Ale after many, many Boston Lagers. The smell to me smells, well, pretty much like what the Lager might taste like. I was beginning to wonder if I would be able to tell the difference. No problem. That first taste had me wondering why I waited so long to try it. A great ale. Big sweet malt, easily sweeter than the Lager. Not sugary sweet like the Cranberry Lambic, just malty sweet.

There is a lightly bitter taste, much less than the lager, then just maybe a slightly acrid aftertaste? Not sure, I'm trying real hard to taste everything about this the first time around and hopefully not overdoing it.

Bottom line - this is such a dangerously smooth beer, I could drink it all night, perhaps more so than the Lager. A no-brainer for a session beer, I would drink all you brought me, or fall off my chair trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 22:38:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of scottum


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with some white head. Maybe the best macro brew out there. Good malt flavor with a nice soft hop balance. Slighty fruity/sweet on the malt side and slightly spicy/bitter on the hop side, but the balance is perfection. Goes down smooth. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 12:47:23 | More by scottum
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had no idea that Boston Beer Company was behind this one,have had 3 or 4 times at the Uno here in Greensboro.Poured into frozen mug wich I didnt care for much,not much head but a little lace,smelles sweet and a little grainy.Taste is malty and a little fruity but nothing spectacular.It is better than almost everything on tap there (except Sammy's)so its not to bad I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2003 10:07:49 | More by oberon
Photo of Tballz420


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good tasting beer. Nice fluffy white head, its a deep orange color. Its got a bit of a malty taste, i think its safe to say that this beer could be a good benchmark to compare other pale ales by. Nothing to crazy going on, but definately a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 14:16:17 | More by Tballz420
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Boston brew pours out a dark red, though more a clear orange when seen through light. Head is impressively huge, thick, creamy, white. Aroma is quite large on sugar, with some fruitiness, notes of citrus, orange, banana, a touch of sourness, too, and a certain something else I can't finger. Yeasty, bready, a little spicy and toasted, even. Butterscotchy, and sweet.
On the palate, though, this beer plays it cool, with meager hops and moderate malt. A little oily tasting, too, and an indistinct finish. The brew came and left without a trace. Very mild, and easily drunk, but with precious little to hold my interest. The label calls it a "stock ale", but they seem to have hit the ESB style right on.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 16:15:26 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Quaffer


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was an amber-orange beer with a cream colored head that exploded up out of the glass. It became nice and chunky as it settled back into the brew from whence it came. There was a thin cap of foam over the beer the entire drink which left a respectable amount of lace.

Smell: There were aromas of sweet, rich malt and butter combined with a mild spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin-bodied, but smooth and slick.

Taste: The taste was pretty straightforward. There were roasted malt flavors upfront that were joined with a mellow hoppiness toward the finish. Nicely balanced, but mild overall. As the beer warmed up, light flavors of butter and toffee joined the fray. Even with the slick mouthfeel, this beer ended up dry, making it moreish.

A nice offering from BBC. I don't think that I have had this beer before, but I would not hesitate to pick it up again. Very nicely balanced, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 20:01:17 | More by Quaffer
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite SA brew by far. Pours an orangey-red amber with a thick, sticky, creamy head. Hoppy, herbal aroma was prevalent. Medium bodied. Slightly smooth to start out, with some nice fruit esters, and some herbal, hoppy taste that makes it a little bitter. This is a beer I'll always come back to. It is basically a great all-purpose beer. Definitely even better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2003 14:30:36 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Boston Ale/Stock Ale is my favorite "everyday" ale. When researching and rating a vast array of ales and lagers, from delicate pilsners to over-whelming imperial stouts and barleywines, it's good to find an ale with which to refresh the palette or to simply enjoy without research in mind (yes, at times we need a break from the daily grind). This ale has a deep copper color with reddish hues, nice malty body and is amply hopped. The separation between the distinct malt and hops flavors, smooth out and become more balanced after a few gulps. The fresh finishing hop aroma lingers. There's a clean fruity finish and nice long lasting head. Now I’ve gone and made myself thirsty for one!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2003 16:06:24 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of goz


2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap the the Pic in Tewksbury. Pours clear amber, with a decent sized white head, long lasting, but no lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet, mostly hinting of caramel. Flavor is intenselt caramel, maybe overly sweet. No hops to speak of. Pretty thin mouthfeel also.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2003 12:58:48 | More by goz
Photo of mzwolinski


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly rich, with a biscuity and nutty malt character. The beer itself is an orangeish shade of amber, with a very thin head and a slight haze. Toasted malt dominates the flavor also, with more nutty and biscuity notes. The hops are fairly mild but lend a bit of citric and earthy flavor to the finish. Medium bodied, with a lightly dry finish. A very drinkable beer, to say the least!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 05:05:36 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Jason


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz frozen mug, pale amber hue shows a good clarity and lacing is thin but retains well. Faint aroma of caramel and grain, little hop in the nose … clean to say the least.

Solid crisp carbonation, light bodied and very refreshing. A bit watery in the malt department showing some grain and sweetness, touch of hop oil and bitterness easily keep things balanced. Clean after taste with some grain in the back.

One of the few beers that has any kind of real beer flavour at most Pizzeria Uno establishments. Very easy to drink … a no brainer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2003 12:44:13 | More by Jason
Photo of kelticblood


4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 20oz glass.Left a ring of lace with every sip.Straw yellow to light gold in color.Very bitter with decent amounts of hops.Nice crisp mouthfeel with medium malt thickness.Notes of honey,lemon,and wheat are tasted.Overall very good and well balanced.I drank two 20oz glasses with no problem.Leaves a long bitter after taste in the back of the throat.Everytime I go to Uno's I get this over any other beer they have on tap.I think it is outstanding.It goes great with everything they serve.Very refreshing,well-balanced,and malty.Has a crisp and clean taste.Boston Beer Co. should bottle this!Why doesnt the rest of their Sam Adams line taste this good?

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2003 15:35:42 | More by kelticblood
Photo of Morris729


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish medium amber color with a thick white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is light floral hops and is a bit herbal. Taste of lightly roasted sweet malts comes through up front followed by a strong herbal and spicy hop bite. Yet, despite the raw hop leaf flavor, the beer only has a mild level of bitterness. Finish is crisp with a touch of citrus. Very nice! This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 20:45:24 | More by Morris729
Photo of Thrasher


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went to a friend's wedding last summer and they had this on tap. I drank it all night. Then recently I tried SA's Boston Lager which I believe has gone downhill as of late, around the time they switched the labels and started promoting SA Light. Well I was a bit worried for Sam Adams but someone got this for me at the grocery store and this beer is still doing just fine, as good as I remember it from last summer. A basic pale ale with quite characterful malts, severely sweet at the beginning, but then a restrained amount of hops kicks in, mellowing and unifying the beer. Great big head, perfectly tempting aroma, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Fresh and on the warmer side, very yummy; a fine beer that anyone could like. I would like to see more brewers age their pale ales to get a mellower effect like they claim to do here. Koch and co. should be promoting this instead of the Light or Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 15:11:52 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Rocko


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a foamy white head. Smells of malt and hops are very clear together with a citrustone. Mediumbitter with a hoppy slightly roasted taste. Long aftertaste with a bitterness on the palate. A decent ale I quite like. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 01:54:57 | More by Rocko
Photo of allboutbierge


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bright white head on top of amber brown color with light orange hue. Similiar taste to the boston lager but has a stock maltiness that is sour. I kept tasting this strong sour cream and onion aftertaste with every sip. Maybe this one was a little skunk because I have had this before and I dont remember it tasting like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 17:34:31 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Delirium


4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great overall beer, inviting amber gold with a Hollywood head, light and foamy, and a down to earth taste, bitter and dry. Born in Quincy, raised in Boston, what more can I say? Hail to Boston! Hail To Ale! Hail to Sammy's Boston ale! Love that dirty water, but adore your local beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 18:29:29 | More by Delirium
Photo of jtw5877


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a white head. A little bit of maltiness & hopiness to the aroma. A medium bodied ale with enough hops to keep things in line, the second Sam Adams product I ever tried; and it's certainly on old friend.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 08:22:17 | More by jtw5877
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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