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

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

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1,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 1747
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%

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:
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Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not an APA- more like an amber ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a relatively clear red caramel color, 1.5 finger head, pretty good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is pretty malty- lots of caramel balanced by a little hops.

Taste is better than I expected- still pretty malty, but a nice malt flavor. Lots of caramel, a nice barley flavor, a little bit hop hop bitterness, finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing but maybe a little sweet- medium body, light prickly carbonation. This is a pretty good offering from Sam Adams, good session beer. A little too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:56:49 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of BakerMoore

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring not too big of a head forms less than one finger. What head does form is white and a bit fluffy it laces very very well even though the head does not retain. Not so bad. The bubbles rising to the top are not consistent. Its sporadic without the one constant stream. Due to the fact that I have had this before this leads me to believe that appearances can be misleading. The body color is dark copper color and looks just like an ale should besides the bubbling aspects.

The smell is definitely of herbal hops and malt. The other dominant smell is caramel which can be thought to be coffee at first. The smell is strong and aromatic, therefore pleasing to the nose.

The taste is very pleasing as it gives a flavorful bitter taste with a nice blend of caramel and herbal hops. That same blend shows itself in the aftertaste. It goes down well even still.

The mouthfeel is of some carbonation but just enough that it copmlements the taste and goes down smoothly. Its not too sticky.

Overall, its a very tasty beer that I will buy again. Its very enjoyable and I will purchase it again. I enjoy the caramel and herbal hop taste and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:12:12 | More by BakerMoore
Photo of barnzy78


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a tall frothy ivory head that holds excellent retention and leaves lacing rings all the way down the glass. Aromas are malty, bready, caramel, herbal hop. Tastes are nutty, earthy, caramel, herbal hop, bready malt. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, sharp, and crisp. Overall, loved the appearance of this one, decent APA and what I expected from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:39:29 | More by barnzy78
Photo of BigCheese


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red/Copper in color. Minimal lacing. Smell is mostly buiscity malts, molasses, rasins. Tastes is similar, nice smooth breadyness, very similar to boston lager, but a bit less roasted, and more spicey with a little more of a citrus hop kick as opposed to grassy hop kick. Minimal hops though. One of the weaker ones in the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:28:04 | More by BigCheese
Photo of kylehay2004


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

A: single finger thick head on a clear, copper-orange body.

S: caramel and toasted malts, toffee and earthy hops.

T: caramel and toasted malt forward APA. Hops are mostly earthy and slightly floral. brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is much more drinkable than Boston Lager. The flavor and hop character is better than expected as I feel this is the best year-round Samuel Adams beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:53:39 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of damndirtyape


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

12oz bottle, best by Oct 2012. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange-copper with a 1/8" thick dense off-white head. Big sheets and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: When first poured - just a hint of citrus an some toasted malt. After about 5 minutes there is practically nothing. Only with a swirl can I get something to come back out, an its only a hint of that citrus hop. A bit disappointing.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it makes up for in flavor. Smooth malt flavor blending nicely into a rich toasted malt + citrus hop finish. The hop finish has some earthy notes in there too. As far as APAs go - balanced, nothing special, but I will give it points for being a well balanced beer in the taste dept.

Mouthfeel: Rich mouthfeel. Nice thickness, carbonation just right.

Overall / Drinkability: I think overall, it's just okay. On the good side - very nice lacing but a bit of a weak color and a good mouthfeel. On the weak side - smell is weak (almost non existent) and the taste is balanced but not good enough to make up for the lack of aroma. So just okay. Drinkability - I can't see getting this again. Oh well - not every beer can be great.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 23:54:08 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

A - Pours a moderate to light amber; big, white, frothy, dense head; great retention

S - floral, grassy, citrusy, faint bread

T - bread, sweet, caramel, grassy, citrusy, floral, bitter finish, faint pine

M - medium bodied, crisp, smooth

This is an easy drinking APA, but it lacks the depth and character of some of the others on the market. The caramel is overly sweet and a bit sticky and the hops are more subtle and can't stand up to the sweetness. Overall, it's not bad but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 00:36:48 | More by tdm168
Photo of ryantho00


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

Pours a off yellow brown with a slight fizz and small head that laces well.

A bit light on the nose, I detect a hint of toasted grain, some underlying hops, a hint of some bready maltiness but not much else, a little on the lighter side of smell.

I must say I like the blend of subtle hops, a nice bready taste, biscuits, grain, spicy pine and a nice malt and toasted oaks aftertaste with a dry, almost a hint of sour, finish.

Well balanced brew, not gonna knock your socks off but much better than most widely available beers. Quite a bit less hoppy than Boston Lager, but a fuller taste (less carbonated).


Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:28:39 | More by ryantho00
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a rich clear amble color with a massive creamy off white head. The head retention is perfect! Stays thick and foamy throughout the life of the beer.

At first sniff I get a big malty. Sweet and bread like. The hop is floral but blends in with malt perfectly.

Mmmm, I love how they perfectly balance malt sweetness with hop bitterness. Very English though!! I get a small hint dialectal finishing the toasted malt. The malt brings out kind of a sweet fruit flavor as well, and along with the hop some citrus as well.

The body is medium and is perfect for session drinking.

This is truly one of my favorite pale ales. You can never go wrong with a fresh 6 pack of Boston Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 04:54:08 | More by Luigi
Photo of DefenCorps


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not know this beer existed until yesterday, which is when I stumbled upon it. Best by June 2012.

A clear copper with a dense, tan head with rather excellent retention and nice lacing, this is one good looking beer. The nose is actually pretty nice! It's not really an APA, exhibiting a lot of English hop character, a blend of floral and leafy hops. There's a very nice, complex bready malt backbone as well, a blend of Vienna and a little caramel malt. A touch fruity, but there's also a very faint sulfur note, which is surprising. It does dissipate, though. Quite enjoyable.

The palate, however, isn't quite there. Opening with a surprising level of hop flavor, with rose water, green leaves and twigs, it does take me by surprise. The mid-palate follows with some malt character, not quite as balanced as on the nose. Biscuit, caramel and Vienna malt are present, though it does feel a little watery here. Drying and quite bitter on the finish with dried herbs, and a level of Hallertauer bitterness that almost seems overdone. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite nice. Not an APA by any stretch of the imagination, but as a beer, it's a success.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:09:47 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of wages


4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - 5/5 - Pours a an attractive orange/red with a creamy looking one finger head.

smell - 4/5 - A pleasant and fairly mild malt aroma.

taste - 4.5/5 - Both surprisingly and not-so-surprisingly similar to Boston Lager, only in Ale form. The malt aroma becomes a mild sweetness balanced by subtle earthy hops.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Perfect level of carbonation that helps this beer be refreshing while still offering flavors to the palate.

overall - 4.5/5 - Seems to be what Bud's American Ale was aiming for, but of course, done to Samuel Adams level of quality. All I would ask of this beer would be a tiny bit more hops, but it's quite wonderful as is.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:28:47 | More by wages
Photo of rangerred


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a one finger white head.

Smells of toffee and piny, earth hops. Almost like a sweeter version of Boston Lager.

The taste is Earthy hops and sweet malt up front along with a moderate bitterness that lasts throughout. There is a little bit of spice too with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

This reminds me a lot of Boston Lager but not quite as clean and crisp. The flavor profiles are quite similar. An ok beer but nothing I would really seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:28:00 | More by rangerred
Photo of acevenom


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a fluffy off-white head. there's a strong aroma of malt. The sweet malt flavor is well balanced with the bitterness from the hops. There's a pleasant medium mouthfeel. This is a very well balanced, drinkable beer from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:54:07 | More by acevenom
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small, sweet gingerbread like malt. In the taste, a small sweetness that rides through the mellow maltiness of gingerbread. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. A bit spicy, but just about average for an ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 15:16:11 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of BigDRS


3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Color is a copper/apricot with a slightly off white head. The head leaves a decent film and lots of lace down the sides of my glass.

S - Light on the nose. A bit of floral hops, some earthy notes and that's about it.

T - Just the right amount of sweetness combined with some earthy hop flavors. Just the right amount of crispness. Very session-able.

M - Medium to light body with good carbonation.

O - This isn't the best beer in the world, but it's a solid choice. When faced with the decision between this and some piece of crap BMC-whatever ... choose this beer every time.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:12:32 | More by BigDRS
Photo of brewskifan55


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle freshness date marked Jan 2012, but still very tasty
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Opaque, light amber color. 1 finger head that lingers; light lacing.

S: clean, floral, malty

T: smooth and robust; malts come through with sweet toffee. Slightly bitter, hoppy finish that doesn't offend.

M: medium with low carbonation. Creamy.

O: This style was always my favorite of the SA line when I was just getting into craft beers. Haven't tried it in a few years. It's still a great beer; very sessionable. Wonder why it's not as readily available as all the other SA flavors. I'll be having more, soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 15:54:53 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of smakawhat


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till March 2012, no excuses now! You are an odd find strangely in the plethora of Sam Adams land down here, I never see this beer around. Sam Adams anything else... not a problem.

A hazy body off the pour, a dull amber, mixing with an off white forming head that manages a finger. Good retention and staying power on the head. Mild lacing.

Not much of a nose, some fainty yeast fruity esters, and mild malt, but fairly quiet, and some biscuity sensations.

Mild fruity and an interesting bitter on this. Mixing chewy and malt body with a faint spritzy and bitter hop on the aftertaste. Seems almost like an aggressive English Pale Ale. Biscuit like malts and stickiness slightly become a little more noticeable after some time. There's some faint chocolate in this also.

A pretty solid and simple straightforward brew from the Sam Adams gang.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 02:39:17 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rlee1390


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear copper orange with little carbonation that produces a one finger head

S-Malt and some citrus hops.

T-Extremly malty for an APA with little in the way of hops.

M-Light with little carbonation.

O-Very disappointing. It seems (or am I just hoping?) that the beer was not fresh as it would explain the lack of hops and the malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:12:25 | More by rlee1390
Photo of depechemode1983


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

A - Pours and amber bronze color. The head is a light khaki color and has excellent retention. There is tons of sticky lacing all around the tulip. Looks awesome.

S - Right up front you get a subtle caramel sweetness that sorta just fades into light floral and piney hops. Orange is noticeable but not really dominant.

T - More caramel with more piney hops. The hops don't coming in as complicated. Just a sweet end with a simple bitter finish. Very tasty none the less.

M - Mouth feel is right there in the middle and a bit oily. Coats the palate nicely. Slick

O - Pretty damn good stuff. This is a good go to beer if nothing else better is available. Not to say this beer can't stand amongst the greats.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:59:45 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of barleyroad


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is amber, light and clear. Smell is smooth and clean to the nose. This is a nicely hopped APA. The mouthfeel is great with the right balance of hops and is lingers well, wow. Taste is well blended and hit the tongue in all the right places. Overall this is a well brewed American Pale Ale, one worth having in the fridge. This brew will leave you wanting more. Eat some peanuts.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:34:12 | More by barleyroad
Photo of CowsCanBark


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-brown with a two-finger quickly dissipating head, some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, caramel, burnt notes

Taste: Heavy on the malts all the way through; caramel and brown sugar, extremely well balanced with very little bitterness. Not really much hop presence, but some.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with light carbonation, still an easy drinker. Creamy as well.

Overall: An excellent brew and something to grab if I'm in the mood for something malty, cheap, and good.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:29:10 | More by CowsCanBark
Photo of GNWBC


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of off white head that fades quickly and leaves a nice lacing.

S: smell is strait up orange peel and spices

T: taste follows, lots of orange with a nice mix of spices, it also has a nice sweetness that hangs around and leads into some hoppy bite. pretty awesome.

M: goes down pretty clean little bit of hoppy resin

O: pretty good overall, good to session and watch the nucks beat bruins with!!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:27:58 | More by GNWBC
Photo of Ilovesuds

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Carmel colored concoction right after I finished a Dogfish 60 Minute IPA. It was a terrific transition. Sam Ale had a cherry, malt, sweetness that I don't think I would have enjoyed if I didn't start with an IPA. Great head and lacing. Sudsy mouthfeel. An all around great brew. I will keep it in the fridge at all times.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:10:45 | More by Ilovesuds
Photo of jsisko01


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark orange-amber color with an inch thick head that lasts for a while. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts with caramel. Nothing else really..

Taste - Caramel with a sweet, toasty flavor. Has a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty thick body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - I was excited to try the original beer made by Samuel Adams.. it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 06:19:25 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Innocentexile


3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into pint glass

A-poures an orange color with a pretty big head the way i poured it. laces all the way down, nice

S-faint malts with very little else, maybe some yeast

T/M-unoffensive malty beer with a slight hop taste near the end. medium bodied with a normal amount of carbonation.

O-very decent. this is not meant to be extravagant, its their "go to beer" and it does a good job as just that

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 07:58:02 | More by Innocentexile
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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