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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)

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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 39
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Photo of shirfan
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.73/5  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
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -5%
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 +0.6%
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
4.13/5  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
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of DPMomutant
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pinky-sized head takes a little bit to fade, some lacing sticks on the edges. The body is a nice light brown as a pale should be.

Smell is a bit hoppy and spicy, but not very strong. A little time brings out the malt too.

A nice taste...mostly malty. Not typical for a pale ale but tasty nonetheless.

Very smooth on the mouth and I'm a bit partial to the malt aftertaste. I only have one bottle but I could have a couple more.

A nice alternative to the Boston Lager. Would like to see this in more places.

Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed wih 2-row pale and Caramel 60 malts. Hopped with Spalt Spalter, Eas Kent Goldings, and Fuggles hops.

OG=1.0148, 5.1% ABV, 180 cal/12 oz.

A beautiful looking brew, this pours out to a sparkling clear honey-amber with orange accents, forming a thick, sticky light-beige head of very fine bubbles with excellent retention and very nice sheets of lacing. Aroma is rich and satisfying, beginning with fragrant spicy hops, a sweet-cookie maibock caramel note, honey, vanilla...yummm. Carbonation is moderate with a lightly acidic, creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Taste is very cleanly fermented with juicy fruit characteristics, the aforementioned lingering cookie-like sweetness, mild toast, a faint suggestion of metal fermenting tanks, a faint residual dryness with a mild bittering hop finish.

This is a world-class brew in my book, comparable to Rogue Dead-Guy Ale in many ways. I would certainly pick this over the Boston Lager, and it is my favorite Sam Adams. Rich, easy to drink, great mouthfeel....a feel good beer all over. Highly recommended.

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Amber brew.

Smell is all malt, with a faint spicy hop scent.

Taste is mild sweet malt with a bit of spice and wood in the finish. A simple brew executed well.
After taste is woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable brew, hard to find on the West Coast now.

Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color, totally clear, with a short head that shrinks to about nothing quickly.

I can smell specialty malts. No hop aroma.

It's got a good clean taste. I sampled a Bass earlier today and this pale ale is much better. There is a nice malt flavor (and a little sweetness) with just a hint of bitterness. Well balanced and no off-flavors.

Boston Ale has a good mouthfeel as well. Just the right amount of body and substance. Doesn't feel like just water in my mouth.

Samuel Adams Boston Ale is one of the better Sam Adams brews and an above-average ale. Forms a nice pair with their Winter Lager.

Photo of jwilli7122
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear gold/copper with a nice frothy white head. - a good looking ale.
smell is grassy and malty with little hops. reasonably pleasant...not typical for american pale ale.
taste: first sip...a little bit malty. there is a little bit of hop spicyness, but this beer tastes less hopped than the boston lager. There is quite a bit of pale lager-type candy-apple sourness to this also - and some sugary sweetness. again, this is not a typical american pale ale.
a little bit oily, but not thick by any means.
Hmmm...certainly drinkable. I would always prefer the boston lager though.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. amber bottle.

When my wife and I visit my parents, my dad always tries to make sure he gets some good beer for me (it sure beats Bud). This visit saw some SA Boston Ale in the fridge, one of the few SA beers I've not tried. Poured a clear and bright amber in color, with a long-lasting thin layer of white head that does a good job of hanging around and lacing the glass. Aromas of malt step up first, but there is an earthy/grassy hop note as well. Flavor is quite tasty, and very well-balanced between the sweet malts and the bittering hops. Finishes quite clean, with not much of an aftertaste. Good creamy mouthfeel. A great session beer. My favorite SA beer to date.

Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Piccadilly Pub, Sturbridge, MA, served in a one of their silkscreened pint glasses.

Nice creamy white head on top of (no surprise) amber brew. Not much aroma to speak of, good or bad. Taste is good for the style, but a little lacking in substance for me, both the hops and malt. A bit of an aftertaste, but a very drinkable offering, nice that they go through the trouble of having Sam make a beer for them.

Photo of AndIWantYou
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One thing I love about all the Sam Adams I've ever poured--no matter how bad my pour, it creates a beautiful, lasting head. That said, this beer is very pretty in itself: orangy-gold with a white foam head. At first it seemed a little overcarbonated, but that wore off as it mellowed in my mug. All these wonderful ales I'm drinking these days are turning me to the dark side (aka, those who like hops) and this beer has a nice amount of the stuff for a "beginning hop-head". It's tasting better and better, too, as it gets warmer. Hats off to another nice BBC brew.

Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautifully clear and bright orange amber. The head was large and lively. A wall of lacy white foam dressed the side of the glass. The aroma yields sweet caramel and citrus malts (lemon) and some other fruity notes, including ripe apples. The taste is buttery smooth and mellow, almost creamy. There’s a bitterness here but it’s barely detectable. Nice body of creamy butter malts and slightly caramelized grains. Creamy and delicious. Very nice.

Photo of chilidog
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had thisone served in a plain pint glass at Uno's, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Its appearance was a clean looking red amber with some carbonation while only a thin off-white film lay atop the beer. While no head made it to the table, it did lace alittle in spots. The aroma was sweet grain with hints of both caramel and hop. The taste starts out abit sweet, malty caramel and grain. Not over-done for its followed by a crisp clean hop that lingers and leaves the mouth with a slight bitter feel. A decent beer to be had with the Uno menu. I set out to try this beer/place. Overall everything was good and id support this beer as long as they take the time to offer it.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange hue, decent head, sheets of lacing noticeable throughout. A slightly hoppy aroma, biscuit notes as well. The body of this beer is nearly a half-n-half combo of malts and hops; plain and simple. Sweet malts dominate early on, a decent and more powering blast of hops is noticed as this beer warms. Maintains some nice toasty qualities, somewhat astringent, barely carbonated. This bad boy has session beer written all over it! Good stuff.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright copper with tinges of amber. Creamy, lacy, ivory head. Smell is fruity and bitter and lightly spicy.

Taste is very bitter up front, followed by a fruity pale maltiness, and then followed by the bitter hops finish. A nice balance. Creamy, creamy, creamy. Very smooth but alot of flavor. Medium bodied with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very smooth and very drinkable. Why don't I get this more often? Oh yeah, lots of good pale ales made by local brewers I try to support. Very good though.

Photo of beergeek279
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a uneven white head. The smell is a very light citrusy hop. The taste is a mellow but noticable citrus hoppiness that is very well balanced with the pale malt. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

A great beer offering from Boston Beer. A nice pale ale (though reading about the stock ale was interesting as well) that seems just right to be refreshing. One of the top of the line from Boston Beer, and one that I'll look for again.

Photo of JISurfer
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know it's sad, but this is the first time I have ever had this one. If it wasn't for the Brewmaster's Collection, I don't know if I ever would have had it either. Oh well, thanks be to the brewmaster in the sky that I did get it. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. It was a nice creamy brew, with an almost perfect balance of malt and hops. This is by far the best Stock Ale that I have ever had. I guess it's the perfect balance of everything that makes it that way. I sure hope I can find this in 6 packs!

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that has similar look to the Boston Lager, but a much better taste. It pours a dark amber with an off-white head that seems to hang around long enough to get a little lacing down the first third of the glass (Depending upon how fast you drink it, of course). There is more ester present in the aroma than the lager due to an ale yeast being used, and there are less citrus overtones. I love the mild floral note from the goldings. The taste is crisp with a caramel sweetness from the crystal malt. The hops provide slight bittering and a slight hoppy flavor. This beer has good body from the crystal, and a decent amount of carbonation.

Photo of pheurton
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear color of slightly worn copper. decent white head that disappears rather quickly. mild toasted grain, soft floral hops and a yeasty fruitiness on the nose. medium carbonation, smooth easy drinking texture. the malt side is balanced rather well against a soft floral and subtle citric hop profile. quite a fruity and refreshing ale, i'll take this any day over the boston lager. quite a good session beer that is usually easy to find.

Photo of counselor
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tight white head. Smells of fruity esters, malts, and slight hops. Tastes nice, well balanced, apple, pear, mild lemony hops. Could be a little less carbonated, but as the beer warmed it seemed to settle down some. A nice offering and would be a good session beer.

Photo of Stingray5
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been quite a while since I've had this. Pours a crystal clear copper with a nice off white head. Rings of lace left down the glass. Mostly hops in the aroma, very nice hops, and what I can only describe as that 'signature Sam Adams aroma'. A little on the thin side, but the taste makes up for it with a fresh hops and solid malt balance. Dry finish and complimentary hop burps.

Glad I revisited this one. A solid Pale Ale. Would make a nice session brew.

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