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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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1,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 152 | 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 Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of rockdick
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.32/5  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.

Photo of malthead
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of aquatonex
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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!

Photo of far333
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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).

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

Good sized off-white head forms atop this copper to amber colored brew.
Aroma of toasty, caramel malt and floral, earthy hops. Slight fruit.

Taste shows a solid, crisp, floral, earthy hop bite. Solid toasty caramel malt backbone. Hint of fruit.

Body and mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Flavorful and crisp, yet easy-drinking.
Overall, a good session type beer. I always enjoy this one.

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

Boston Beer Company – Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
This brew from Sam Adams is a very good beer, probably their best (in my book, so read into it as you will) year around offering. I really like this brew. It pours to a nice deep coppery color with a nice thick off white head that breaks down slowly to excellent lacing through out the entire brew. The aroma is sweet from a good amount of malt with nice spicy and toasted highlights. The taste is very pleasing with malts dominating and a slight hop hit that balances it out nicely along with those toasted highlights from the aroma. This is a brew that I can enjoy year around and one that has quite a bit of character!

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

Poured out a copper color with the right amount of carbonation I thought. Dark for a pale ale. Sweet malts hit the nose with a little bit of toasted aroma as well. So far so good with this beer. Taste is what makes this beer come alive. Malts come upfront with a hint of sweetness, then mixes with some hops in the middle, then blends in with some toasted flavors all the way through the end. For once this is balanced somewhat. This is what Bass wants to be but never will. Nice flavors with this beer, and one of the better beers from Sam Adams.

Photo of niknar
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a wonderfully dark amber with hints of red. A large, thick cream colored head appeared and lasted an extra long time. It finally settled into a nice thick lace. The smell to me was primarily that of yeast, but also has faint hints of malt and fruit. I really enjoy the flavor of this one. It initially has the typically strong hop accents you would expect from other Samuel Adams offerings, but is mixed with a nice sweetness in the middle. It then finishes with a slightly bitter and dry feel. Excellent! It is distinctly carbonated in the mouth, but not so that it feels too thin. Samuel Adams is one of my favorite brands of widely distributed beer, and I'm fortunate enough to find it at my local grocery store. This is one I can drink over and over again!

This review was written on the "Brewmaster's Collection" edition... not the standard Stock Ale. I am not sure what the differences are, if any.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting beer. I think it combines a nice array of flavor in its boquet.

It pours in a nice darker amber color. Lightly tan, frothy head and a bit of carbonation upon 1st pourings.

Like I said, the taste is a mix of things. It starts with a nice spicy/ hop pa mix. very smooth tasting and rather easy to drink. The aftertaste has an interesting malty/ creamy taste that sticks around for a while, kind of like the winter lager.

Nice beer. I never sampled the original recipe, only the new "brewmaster series" stlye, so I do not know of the difference (if there is any). Nice beer, looking forward to having more

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

Clear, with a color somewhere between copper and honey. An initially large head settles to a persistent layer of lace.

Has an earthy, leaf and mulch aroma with hints of fruit.

Taste is leafy, dry hops, with lightly toasted malt chewyness in exacting balance. Fairly smooth and easy drinking, but still flavorful enough to not disappoint. Not the typical American Pale; more like a Yankee interpretation of the English version.

Obtained in the "brewmasters' sampler", I definitely favor this over the lager; but it's been hard to find the ale in grocery stores. I could track it down at a beer store, but when I do make the trip, there are more exotic selections (and local gems) to browse instead.

Anyway, a quality brew from Sam Adams that isn't "dumbed down" as some of their other offerings are accused of being.

Photo of ColForbin
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear deep golden color with a thin white head, Sam Adams Boston Ale has an slightly hoppy, slightly malty, fruity aroma. The taste has a firm malt backbone, with some floral/fruity sweetness up front and a dry finish with just a small amount of hop bitterness. A very smooth ale that has some lager-like characteristics, possibly due to the cold aging this beer had (according to the label). A quality session brew.

Photo of edchicma
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piccadilly Pub in Auburn....Light amber appearance with a nice half-inch head with very nice lacing. Smell was barely noticeable with a hint of a malt presence. Taste was very nice with an intial malty sweetness and a light hop taste on the finish. Mouthfeel was light and creamy. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth character.

Photo of tommy78
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Today, I picked up the brewmaster collection today and sampled the Boston Ale first. The appearance is a copper colour, with some serious foam. However, the foam settles down after about two minutes. The smell is malty; not too strong but not weak either. The taste is also malty, with a hop to it. Not much of an aftertaste, though you feel the flavor at the mid-point of your tongue. As for drinkability, it is easy to enjoy more than one bottle. I must say that the Boston Ale goes very well with a barbeque chicken pizza. A good one from Jim Koch.

Photo of joshlara
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewmaster's collection twelve pack. I am revisiting beer I haven't had in awhile to see if my initial opinion agrees with my feelings now. They seem to be about the same for this beer.

Appearance: Pours a copper color with marginal lacing, a thick collar lingers.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt accompanied by some toasted grains.
There is also a light floral hop presence but it is mostly lost behind the caramel. Sweet caramel being the key word here.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet caramel malt dominates from beginning to end. Some grain huskiness helps push the slight bitter hop finish that helps balance it out. It is medium bodied and very smooth. The drinkability is relatively high but I don't think I could drink this all night as it would eventually become too sweet.

Overall: Definately along the lines of an English style pale ale. I personally would choose their lager every time over the stock ale but it is still a decent beer.

Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Month notched label noting best before Sept. 04 (sampled April 04)
Aroma: A very inviting balanced aroma. I’m getting toasted malt blended with a noble hop. Something like a porter smell, hard to explain.
Appearance: Clear copper/orange color with a thin off white head. Steady carbonation stream and a good amount of lace.
Flavor: Imagine if Fat Tire and Old Speckled Hen had a child. Same toasted malt profile balanced with just enough hop bitter to keep it all enjoyable. While there is a nice balance, the two tastes are distinct. The hops are a bit rough, but enjoyable. The malt is sweet, honey like, and like other reviewers, I noted a touch of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and a very smooth texture. A foamy mouth coat, maybe a touch too carbonated.
Overall Impression: A different and enjoyable ale. It may benefit from a little aging, which is an odd thing to say about an ale, but the tastes are just a bit disjointed. No problem with drinkability, this could make a pretty good session.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Pizzeria Uno's in Boston, MA.

A light brown color with a thin head that had decent lacing. Could detect a very small fruity scent. The taste is pretty decent. A bit sweet from the presence of hops. Could use a little less carbonation, but not rough on the palate by any means. Drinkability is high.

I was definitely surprised by this ale. I had little expectations for it and ended up being very pleased with my selection. I recommend you try this ale if you go to Pizzeria Uno's. With about 15 beers on tap, the only ones that would have been a better choice, in my opinion, would be Guinness and Newcastle.

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