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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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1,913 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 93 | 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 mschofield
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found it on tap the other night, you used to be able to find this on draft pretty often, but it seemed as BBC spread the Lager and Seasonals forced it out.
Deep amber color with red highlights, medium sized off-white head.
Some hops and aromatic herbs in the smell. Strong taste with the malt filling out notes of pepper and citrus, well balanced between hop and malt.
This is a beer you can build a session around. One of my favorite ales, it may not be as strong in some areas as others, but it's balanced, and readily available in the bottle. To find it on draft is even better, I wish the BBC would push this one more

mschofield, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Sam Adams Boston Ale

Pours a hazed golden amber with very minimal head. Aroma is sweet with some hints of grain. Taste is dominated by an unspecific sweetness which is followed by a very light hop finish. There is a little bit of a crispness to the mouthfeel which makes the hops seem more apparent than I believe they are. Overall this is not a bad pale ale, certainly distinct and one I could pick out easily in a blind tasting. Not as drinkable as the lager, but easily a session beer.

TripelJ, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep bright red in color with a sticky white head. Not much in way of aroma, raw hops and some peppery spice. Taste is full of raw leafy hops. Some malts balance the hops and there is a more spicy notes as well, I really like these raw unrefined flavors. Unique and very tasty. Wish that this one was as available as the Boston Lager.

chaduvel, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Ale does seem to be a beer that gets lost in the shuffle of BBC's extensive lineup. Plain and simple, this is a good beer. While it shares some characteristics with the Boston Lager, the ale-like qualities of this one make it slightly better. All in all, this is a beer that really satisfies.

Boston Ale pours a nice medium amber color with and reddish and gold hue. A decent off-white head forms and lasts for awhile, thinning out but still lacing quite well. It has a typical "pale ale" smell to it. There is some light maltiness and caramel notes along with some hoppiness in the nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a moderate amount of fizz, but definite ale smoothness here. The malt flavor hits the palette first, with some caramel and nutty notes. Good hop bitterness, carrying somewhat of an herbal/light cinnamon character. The nuttiness becomes more apparent in the aftertaste, with some cracker-like notes appearing as well. The assertive hop bitterness and dryness continues, bringing along some bitter grapefruit qualities with it. Finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

I can somewhat imagine this being the type of beer that was drunk by the founding fathers of this country. For some reason, it has a down-home, patriotic feel to it. A well-balanced beer that is very drinkable.

Beastdog75, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of JAL67
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very good beer(dare say excellent). Nice amber appearance. Good strong taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. I have to say, it is much better than SA Lager. Why doesn't BBC push the Boston Ale!? Too good of a beer to be missed. It's a good session beer where you can sit back and enjoy. Can't really find this offering on tap. Too bad.

Mr. Koch, you should promote/advertise this brand...it's a winner .

JAL67, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just a solid, solid overall beer. although they have distinctly different tastes, SA boston ale is in my opinion our east coast version of SNPA. simple, too the point brews that are damn good. this one just oozes new england to me. pours a nice orange colour with a decent head that comes down to a sticky lasting lace. the hop/malt balance here is superb, combined with a bit of a citrus flavour, it really can't be beat. the really is an american pale ale at it's best. sadly (to an extent, as i also love SNPA) you can find it's west coast partner in crime in far more pubs. maybe it because the BBC pushes the SA lager as it's main brew, along with SA light. they should really push this one some more as well, as it really is a gem. definitely a well made, standard type brew that is a nice fridge filler that can appeal to the masses.

SixpointJMH, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer's a fairly nice orange color, though some Sam Adams brews, including this one, do sometimes take on an odd slightly viscous appearance. The smell's malty, sugary, and perhaps a little citrusy. The citrus, however, comes out much stronger in the taste. Near the end of your sip, you finally get around to detecting the somewhat faint hops around the end.

Not a half bad ale, really. Lacks the kick of many of the more expensive ales out there, but it's completely drinkable. Not too fancy, but sometimes you just want a solid, basic, no frills cup of ale.

SetarconeX, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light Amber color, large white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Mild ale, medium malts, slightly roasted, hoppy. A mild tasting ale, smooth. Bottle aged. A lighter taste, but full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a clear copper color with a creamy head that lasted at about a quarter inch. Great lacing, seemed quite sticky.
Not much aroma at first, however as it warms sweet malt and caramel jump out. Maybe a bit of vanilla.
Taste upfront involves a strong malty presence. Behind the strong malt front sits some toffee, bread, and a bit of sweetness. A little amount of hops balances out the end keeping it from becoming too sweet.
Good full mouthfeel, goes down creamy smooth.
I think this is a good beer and its availability makes it even better.

Bruiser81, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16oz sample, tasted on draft at the Samuel Adams Bar in Miami International Airport.

Appearance: After the rather “flavorsome” SA Cherry Wheat, I decided to cleanse the palate with a couple Pints of the Boston Ale (Stock Ale). This offering looked extremely inviting and very good when presented onto the Bar in front of me. A deep amber-copper color with a marvelous slightly off-white head. It looked very appealing, tops marks for looks when served on draft.

Nose: Caramel malts, slightly sweet in character, but restrained enough to refrain from ever overpowering.

Taste: Malts start the beer, some caramel aspects, middling with a slight herbal feel and finishing with a lovely bitter bite, which is crisp. Astringent, lingering finish that reminds you how good this beer is, just in case you cannot believe it first time round.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that has a smooth drink, creamy at times, the carbonation adds vitality.

Drinkability: I started with a 16oz sample at first, but I made sure that the second Boston Ale was going to be a 24oz Glass. A good session beer.

Overall: Well, I have to admit that I was quietly impressed with this offering from Samuel Adams, to the extent that I had a couple of these. Very nice.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper bronze appearance, good pale head of rocky foam and 1/2 inches of height to start. Decently intricate lace. Floral aroma, some sense of peach fruitiness and vanilla. Malt leans toward a heath bar toffee, creamy carbonation carries the first impression well and leads the beer into a nice hop balance -- sweetened orange, perfumey, and not shocking. Agreable finish and aftertaste. Not a challenging beer but it may be one of Sammy's best session Ales. As a product, it may have lost out on the early promotion front to the Lager because of an early public's wariness of "Ale" as a word.

ADR, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome looking beer copper amber with a huge peach colored head just like a whipped cream sitting on top, heavy patches of lacing great appearance. Aromatics have some fruit tones and a strong backbone of malted barley rich tones fulfilling to the senses but not overpowering. Flavor perfect balance of bready yeast tones, sweet malt and fruity tones a bit of a citrus bite not bad at all very drinkable. Mouthfeel is fluffy textured medium in body and perfect carbonation fine crafted ale, and could very well be a fall back beer in my opinion with all of the bashing of Sam lately it's kinda funny I have found two great beers of theirs.

WVbeergeek, Aug 27, 2003
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
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.