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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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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 88 | 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 taez555
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a thick off white head with a somewhat clear amber/brown orange body.

The nose had a big thick malt smell. Some fruit, slight wood, some hints of smoke, caramel and toasted malt.

The taste is big and thick, with a smooth creamy medium bodied malt. Toasted bisquit malt. Slightly grainy and dry, but a serious malt taste. A slight metalic taste. Some woody earthy hops. A smooth even bitterness. Some soft citrus lemon peel. Basically it starts very smooth and ends with a nice earthy and citrus bitterness.

Overall, this is just an amazing and so often overlooked beer. It's so good I'm amazed Sam Adams hasn't discontinued it. Not your complex belgian trapist or anything like that, just a great drinkable all around fridge beer.

taez555, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning -- in this case September (2003) -- printed on the label's leftmost corner; $5.99/6 pack from Ralph's.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy honey-copper with a fine, sudsy, off-white head; moderate, astructural lacing; respectable head retention.

Smell: To my nose, predominantly of sweet Caramel malts.

Taste: Surprisingly, not at all like its aroma; dry, gentle, biscuity type malts up front, moderately pronounced woodlike hop bitterness in the finish; more than a bit floral; at times, a whit soapy.

Notes: Hop profile is blissfully distinct from that of your typical west coast style APA; to my dismay, however, malt backbone has a touch of scoliosis. Would have preferred a slightly firmer malt presence.

Mustard, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is coppery amber, with a reddish tint, topped with a thick, lasting almond colored head. Head clings to the glass and outlasts the beer. Very nice.
Aroma is very robust. Big german hoppiness. Herbal and bitter smelling. Light nutty malt aroma, some floral and appley esters. Nice complex aroma. The hops are very defined, and very similar to the way actual hop pellets smell.
Flavor is definitely hoppy, with bitterness all the way through. Malts are light, and provide a light estery floral and fruity flavor, particularly towards the end. Body is light to medium, carbonation is perhaps a bit high for my tastes. I think the beer would be a bit better without the overwhelming effervescence. I was really surprised at how good this beer is. Probably one of the best beers I've had in a while. Very robust, complex flavor.

UnionMade, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of 99bottles
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first sampled this when I toured the brewery last spring, and upon the recommendation of the tour guide, I purchased a case to enjoy at home. The beer pours a nice reddish brown, not overwhelmingly dark. The nose is that of malt, nuts, and some faint burnt aromas. The taste is that of the smell, yet balanced out with a nice blend of hops. The taste is reminsicent of the lager, and I feel as if the blend of hops is similar, only this is brewed as an ale. The taste is really quite good, and like my tour guide I prefer this to some other offerings from Boston Beer. Very drinkable, and I had no problems with getting an entire case.

99bottles, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of bditty187
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, chestnut brown/amber hue, a nice color, the light beige head reached a smidge over a finger in height, fair head retention, it does fade to a soapy cap. As I removed the liquid some lace was produced albeit in an unorganized manner. The bouquet is pleasant with biscuit toastiness, vague earthy sweetness, notes of butter, and clean hoppiness. It is a very inviting and contrasting nose. The palate is exceedingly friendly with a perfectly balance of toasty biscuit malt, crackers, a distant note of fruit, earth, mineral water, tangy hops with perfect bitterness (modest in attitude). The finish is long and dry, kind of husky but savory. The mouthfeel is largely uneventful, the carbonation is firm and the body is smooth and a little thin. It is plenty easy to drink and damn enjoyable too! This is a terrific session beer and a great companion to steak or burgers. This is another winner from Sam Adams. It is well worth trying. Better than the Boston Lager? That is for you to decide. I do wish this were more available in Omaha.

bditty187, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a really creamy nice looking head. not a verys trong smell to this, with only a little hops and nuttiness. somethin almost smokey, but not quite. good hops flavor with plenty of malt to go around as well, has a nice balance. the nuttiness comes through here a little also. good medium/full mouthfeel suits this beer well. one of the only sam adams beers i will buy consistently.

kmo1030, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

marburg, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of tar
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

tar, May 29, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

BierReise, May 26, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

AudioGilz, May 12, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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

AtrumAnimus, May 09, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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?

AtLagerHeads, May 02, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Dogbrick, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

scottum, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

oberon, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Tballz420, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Quaffer, Mar 21, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Admiraldinty, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

BeerResearcher, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of goz
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

goz, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

mzwolinski, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Jason, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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?

kelticblood, Feb 08, 2003
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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