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

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962 Reviews
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Reviews: 962
Hads: 2,011
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 49
Gots: 205 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of The-Sud-Truth
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is their stock ale that they created to commemorate their brewery's opening in the late 1980s. My local beer store apparently carries this year-round but I never noticed it until yesterday ( I thought it was a seasonal ). That said, I had to give this a try as I am a fan of some of their other offerings and a big fan of the Ale style overall.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is about as appealing as beers come: A vivid copper amber that lures you in and dares you take a taste. Lacing is as expected. I will note that this would seem to be indistinguishable from their more highly promoted Boston Lager.

S: Aromas fall on the more autumnal side of the spectrum: Subtle hops trumped by more noticeable hints of cinnamon and all-spice. A robust scent that attacks the nose upon inhaling. (in a good way).

T: As I anticipated, this tastes like a traditional English ale and is consistent with that style. A well blended swallow yields to a notable after taste that stays with you as you finish the serving.

M: The feel is full and hearty and is easily measured in all sides of the mouth.

O: Overall, I was hoping that this would equate to other ales in the north Atlantic on either coast and I was not disappointed. The best aspects of this brew are the appearance and mouth-feel. I can see buying a case of this two or three times a year to add variety to the stock in my refrigerator. (1,424 characters)

Photo of darko_bertovic
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drink it regularily when outside. Very good beer, near the top of my choice, goes nicely with a pot beef or with a beef steak for that reason :-). Nicely bittered, crisp, a bit sweet, refreshing and fresh with a right amount of bubbles. Would definitelly recommend during autmns in Sunshine state. (298 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of buttery malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily. (693 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the foundations of Sammy A....Boston B. The Stock Ale is delicious. The beer pours a nice copper with 1/2 finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The scent is simple...hints of malt mixed with bittering hops. The taste is a nice even ale....seemingly a little lighter in body than the Lager version. Overall this beer is as sessionable as they come...a great stand-by. (376 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint.

A - Caramel hue with an off-white head. Fair retention with little lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Yeast, mild hops and a touch of citrus round out the aroma.

T - Big malt profile for a pale ale, English PA is almost too passive. That said, I really like the strong foundation. Touches of citrus, lemon and a balanced hop bitterness round it out. Simple and well done.

M - Smooth medium body with above average carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite brews from Sam Adams ever since I had my first pint at a local pub. They tend to get a bad rep for some sub-par brews that take the "craft" label and, in my opinion, tarnish what craft beer can be for newcomers. However, this brew make for a delicious sixer at a reasonable price. My mind sees it as a more complex (and sweeter) version of a stock Newcastle. Certainly not the best beer on the planet, but damn good for the style. Bravo Sam Adams. (936 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Josh for the bottle, saving me from having to buy this beer myself. It's a ruddy copper color with some red-ish hues that spike out at the edges. Light clarity throughout with a mild chill haze that clears up over time. The foamy, off-white head is mighty quick to recede to the edges of the glass where it remains as a dusty collar for quite a while.

Spaghetti and meatballs. Seriously, you can stop reading right there, just save yourself the time because I don't know what the hell my nose it up to. But, yeah, I'm getting a total spaghetti sauce vibe from the aroma, and I don't know why, because it seems that I'm the only one with this notion.

Mild bready malt... Sure. Faint leafy hops... I guess. The incessant incision of a mildly tomato-ish and basil-like spice keeps distracting my nose (and eventually my brain) long enough to prevent me from pulling out any other beer related aromas that might actually be there. Does it smell like Mama Mia's Pizza Beer? No. But goddamnit, this stuff is saucy.

In hopes that a sip of this brew would wash away the crazy notions my nose was having, I take a few gulps, only to find that there's still a bit of that spaghetti sauce spice on my palate now. What the hell! Granted, it's not quite a body slam like the aroma, but it's still there. At least maybe it's settled enough to allow me to actually review this as a beer now.

Bright hops, toasty malt, and a slightly sweet, yeast filled finish with a crisp aftertaste that's something you'd normally get from a lager. That's about all I can say for this one, other than the whole pizza sauce debacle. Thin bodied, but I think that was expected. High carbonation, aiding in the crispness and dry nature of the finish.

So I don't know what spices, hops, or malts are used for this beer, by my brains seems to translate the marriage of them into a sensory reminder of Ragu. It wasn't as cumbersome or off-putting as something like Mama Mia's Pizza Beer; it was actually drinkable and not *that* bad. But it's still something I'll be leaving on the shelf next time. (2,078 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bready, with lots of malt and some yeast. Some floral notes like clover or pine needles. Caramel.

Taste: Malty upfront, closely followed by some hoppy bitterness, almost too much for my liking, but not quite. Pretty two note, however, just the malt and the hops, and nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some good carbonation.

Overall: This is not a bad ales, but I’ve had a lot better. In fact, I’ve had better beers from Samuel Adams, so I’m more than a little disappointed in this one. It’s decent, but forgettable. (802 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright copper in color, quite clear with a two finger head after the pour that falls to leave a thin layer of fine bubbles and laces a bit. The smell is of caramel and biscuit malts with a bit of citrus and floral hop. The caramel malts are the leader in the taste as well with a full range of smooth buttered biscuit tastes. The malt is balanced by enough earthy floral hop flavor and bitterness to keep things under control and from becoming overly cloying or too sweet. This is a very smooth beer almost creamy in the mouth due to the perfect level of carbonation and its malty nature. In the end this is a really great session beer not challenging by any stretch of the imagination but that is part of what makes this so good. It is simply a great ale that you could literally drink all day without tiring of it. (851 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before August 2013. Poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with about two fingers of a white head on it. Very sexy lacing.

Smell: Mmm.. sweet malt, with some spices. Trace hops, but they don't come out that much in the aroma.

Taste/feel: Really a sweet ale on the front, but then the bitterness comes in... and it's an odd bitterness. I'm not sure what I mean by that, but it's almost the metallic bitterness that I get in canned beers that have adjuncts. I don't get it on every sip, but when it comes in, I don't care for it that much. The feel on this one is very good... makes this beer super drinkable. Medium carbonation, and a medium-light body with it. After taste is a lot like Boston Lager with crackery flavors. To be honest, I prefer Boston Ale to Boston Lager... I'm surprised it took me so long to try this beer. Really, really nice, and for a super reasonable price. (937 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice amber color bordering on copper. Upon pouring there are tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the clear brew. A two finger just off white head sits atop the brew after pouring, which slowly fades over time to give a moderate level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a mix of malt, sweet and hop. The malty is of a bready and biscuit nature with the sweet being of a caramel and toffee nature. With these aromas is a hoppy aroma of a more earthy and herbal smell which rounds out the sweet and malty well.

Taste – The taste begins with a more bready taste upfront. With this more bready taste are some flavors of a hoppy nature. The hop begins largely as a citrus and earthy nature. As the flavor advances however the citrus hop fades while a herbal hop takes its place. While this occurs, a caramel sweetness develops and maximizes more toward the middle to the end of the taste. At the very end, the caramel is of moderate strength and mixes with the bready flavor as well as the hop flavor, which is now most potent in a herbal and earthy nature, leavening a malty but bitter sort of earthed flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Both are rather appropriate for the style and make for a rather easy drinker.

Overall- A pretty good ale. A bit more of earthy and herbal hop then that standard ale, but nothing totally out of the ordinary. (1,600 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear shade of copper with a two finger head. Retention is pretty good, and some lacing forms close to the remnants of the head. Aromatics are pretty muted. Freshly baked bread and some toffee. Very faint floral hop note.

The flavor is malt forward but still nicely balanced by the English hops. Dry finish with light bitterness. Bready malt profile with a touch of diacetyl. Mouthfeel is this beer's best attribute: the carbonation has a very soft touch without being anywhere near flat.

A robust, malty take on an English pale ale. It's similar to Boston Lager in its overall flavor profile: malt forward but still nicely hopped. While a far cry from England's finest, this is a well-made English style ale. (719 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber and clear, head and lace are pretty good.

A good mix of hops and malts compose both the nose and pallet. Good and spicy with hops that stand out. Caramel and biscuit malts.

Body is a bit slick and lingers in aftertaste.

Overall it's tasty but for a stock Sam Adams I prefer the lager. (294 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head with decent retention and thin/sticky lacing.

S: Some biscuity malt with a little bit of earthy/grassy hops and a hint of pine.

T: On the bready side with a touch of sweetness, almost honey like. There is also a touch of nuts in this one.

M: Medium bodied, a little chewy with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not memorable. Something I would order at a Boston bar with terrible beer options. (480 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my SA Perfect Pint.

A -- Clear copper color with a couple fingers of white head. The foam dissipated quickly but left a good layer and had excellent lacing.

N -- Fruity (I get mostly citrus I think) and bready. The smells are subtle but very very pleasant. No funk, not too hoppy or malty. Good balance. Smells like it's going to be a good, smooth drinking beer.

T -- Taste follows the nose (wherever it goes!). The citrus/fruity hops up front, some earthy good tones after that, finished off with solid malted barley. Not highly roasted, but a good, warm, light biscuity taste. Quite good.

M -- Nothing to complain about in the mouth feel. Not had to sip, not hard to glug, just easy to drink. Kind of spicy/bubbly for a bare moment on the backend, leaving a breaded feeling in the mouth.

O -- Very good, straight up ale right here. Like it a lot, wish SA would push it a little more. They do a lot of solid six packs that often slip my mind (black lager, cream stout, and this). It might seem a little boring, but if I was at a party and they were serving this, I would go back again and again. Cheers! (1,134 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Sam Adams Brew Club at Newark International Airport (EWR)

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some orange highlights when held up to the light and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - excellent head retention. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral, earthy, and spicy hops over the top of toasted and caramel malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted caramel malts upfront with the spicy and earthy hops following afterwards. Light amounts of lingering bitterness are observed.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - good flavors and relatively low ABV, reminds me of the local ales I drank when in the UK. Well balanced. (1,002 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper/amber color with 2 fingers worth of off-white head

S: Light bready notes, some fruity notes, and caramel are really all that are showing up

T: Starts off fruity and citrusy and then moves into some bready malts and sweet caramel with some earthiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely follows the English style more than the American style, but not bad overall. Well balanced and easy to drink. A solid stock ale (456 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber body with an off white head. Kind of tastes and smells German to me. Sweet and slick, with an earthy presence dominating. Cereal grains come out quite nicely. I get a bit of a metallic/copper taste and feel that I dont necessarily like. Nice hint of caramel, but it has more of a full body than other pales, almost like a stock ale should. When I think of stock ales, I think of North Coast. This is nowhere close to that, but the idea of a thick, earthy, full bodied ale is spot on.

I actually really like this one. (529 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. The head is a two finger offwhite color that settles down slowly and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but pleasant to look at.

S: Fairly weak. There's a little caramel sweetness alongside some brown sugar and a hint of earthy hops, and that's about it.

T: On the plus side, it tastes richer than it smells. Caramel gives way to a light citrusy fruitiness and a very light bite of grassy finishing hops. Problem is, it's still kind of boringly nondescript. Nothing wrong with it, there's just nothing here that stands out.

M: No problems with the texture - it's light enough to go down easily. The faint dryness from the hops is this beer's best feature.

O: Meh. It's completely middle of the road in every way imaginable. Not too far off from Boston Lager in terms of a similar flavor profile, but somehow not as enjoyable. Just an average beer in all aspects. (994 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by November 2012:

Into a pint glass:

A: clear copper/amber body that leaves a one finger white foamy head that lasts for about a good two minutes. Some spotty lacing speckles the sides of the glass and the body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: earthy/herbal sweetness combined with some really light hops.

T: bready maltiness to the earthy/herbal sweetness

M: medium to heavy with a slight sharpness on the tongue, sessionable

O: not bad. However, I think I would only have this again on tap. (524 characters)

Photo of kagent777
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of Oct 2012 from the Utah system. Poured into my Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber beer with about 1 finger of persistent head that is slightly off white that leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Amber malts with a molasses like sweetness. Maybe a touch of earthy-herbal type light hops.

Taste: Bready malts with a sweet finish. This is not an APA, as the category says. Nothing pale about this one. As the label says this is a smooth ale with a robust rounded taste. A touch more hops are found in the taste as a general slight bitterness to round out against the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A medium to slightly heavy beer for the style. Rich flavors coat the mouth easily.

Overall: I liked this one pretty well. I think my issue is that there are simply beers I like better than this one. Not saying it is poorly brewed, but I probably would choose another beer. (918 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of BakerMoore
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (432 characters)

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