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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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Reviews: 964
Hads: 2,017
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 48
Gots: 218 | 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 JohnnyChicago
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours pumpkin orange with a lumpy, white head that clings to the glass.

S: Gritty bitterness of lower AA hops and earthy malts.

T: Follows the nose. Its a very un-American pale ale and the hop presence is restrained and balanced by caramel notes.

D: It is very easy drinking stuff and the balance is nice, but its almost too boring to finish a single bottle, let alone a sixer.

Overall: More "just OK" stuff from SA. That being said, this beer has no real flaws and I feel like it would be excellent on cask...I'll keep on the lookout for that.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is transparent and orange hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is rather weak, offering faint scents of lightly sweetened malts, biscuits, bread. The flavor is a bit sweet, but not too. Bready and malty, with only a light hop presence evident in the finish. Easy to drink, but not the most exciting flavor. I would prefer a bit less sweetness in favor of some hop bitterness and/or biscuit flavors. Decent feel. Light to medium bodied. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try, though I prefer the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny amber body, finger head, very little lacing

S: light caramel, nutty, malt

T: sweet toasted malt, caramel, mild biter finish

M: light/med body, semi-dry mouth, hint of smooth

O: Not a bad beer, not amazing, but not bad
either. Enjoy it in the SA Variety packs, but would
not grab a 6 or 12 pack of this.


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Photo of codysjb
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an Amber color that’s clear with some head that dissipates relatively soon (not instant but certainly not holding on for too long). Smells like a Sam Adams, nothing too special but better than a generic lager. The taste really holds up on this beer, it’s very balanced and while there’s not all that much going on except for some caramel malts, is never fads during the mouthful nor does it taste to watery. I don’t usually drink the Boston Ale as I prefer to go for something that has more flavor but this beer really holds up and doesn’t fall apart which I find to be quite rare for a generic non-flavored ale. Certainly something to have around for a refreshing day.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

from a six pack. Poured a nice dark red color, with a bit of creamy white head. Pretty standard all around, both on the nose and on the palate. Some earthy hops, sweet malt, a little caramel and an easy drinking medium body. Not bad but not much more.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best if consumed by November 2011, into a Blue Star Brewery Pint Glass


This Ale pours a one fingered head which dissipates quite quickly and what remains is a sad lacing around the edges even though I haven't even picked up this drink. It pours a sinopia, shade of brown, body and edges. The color is solid all around and it seems different, but inviting none the less.


The smell is mostly malts with a fairly decent aroma of sweet caramels. This smells are just sweet and nothing too interesting.


This taste is close to what it smells like. It's mostly sweet malts throughout with a nice hoppy bitterness at the end.


The mouthful is just were this drinks just fails. It feels like water in my mouth. It's just too thin and it makes me feel like I'm barely drinking an ale.


I usually feel like Boston Brewing Company makes good drinks, but this is not one of them. It's just so far from being special and memorable. Its not completely horrible, but I feel bad that I bought a 6 pack of this. I feel like I have to give the rest of these to people who don't have taste and I could only hope that they enjoy it because I won't.

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Photo of lstokes
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a fair bit of lacing and a strong caramel smell. Earthy hops, biscuit/caramel malt, some bitter hop oils. I found that it became too sweet throughout the glass, so I'm marking it down a bit for that. Creamy in the mouth with good carbonation. Nothing particularly memorable, but a solid, classic, enjoyable session ale.

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Photo of JWU
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- clear amber hue, some thin white head that leaves some very light lacing that sticks better than you would think.

S- some caramel, and generic malts, with a touch of hops which are on the earthy side of things.

T- Clean. Typical Sam Adams hopping without going overboard. Toasty malts, and caramel.

M- Slightly drying, and decidedly medium bodied. Light Carbonation.

O- I think that this deserves much more praise, and likely gets looked over due to Boston Lager.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date Dec. 2011. Into a Perfect Pint.

Pours a nice amber/orange. Slim off white foamy head, decent retention and lacing.

Light aromas of floral hops and pale malt.

Very refreshing taste, biscuit malt with a touch of the floral hops at the end. Nothing overpowering or complex, but pleasing.

Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean in the finish.

A very balanced and sessionable pale ale. I've had this on a few occasions and wouldn't hesitate to go back to it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quick streams of carbonation zipping up to the thin white head. Some lace is evident as the beer drops down the glass. It is a golden brown with ruby highlights, attractive looking ale.

Smell: As with most Sam Adam’s offerings, the Bavarian hops are strong with this one. They are all over the nose. Also a slight burnt hop flavor in here, it is definitely more burnt than roasted. If you’ve smelled this one you’ve had a whiff of most generic ales out there.

Taste: Hop bitterness is one of the first things that catch my attention. Again, that distinctive Bavarian hop smell transfers to the palate, too. What’s nice is there are also some esters working here. As well as some toasted malt flavors, and an earthy taste from the hops. It all works pretty well together.

Mouth feel: It’s not thin at all. Very medium bodied, it’s crisp and smooth.

Overall: It’s pretty generic ale with the classic Sam Adam’s hop twist. The crispness and roasted malt help give it a little personality. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of fsvan
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date of October, consumed in July.

A- A copper tinged darkish orange. A finger of clinging off white head.

S- Bready malts, some pine hops. Fairly subdued vs. some of the hoppier versions of the style. Nice smelling, just not incredibly potent.

T- A nice tasting beer. Again, not nearly as hop forward as many of the style (ie, SNPA). More like an English pale in that sense to me. Very balanced bready malt and bitter hop profiles.

M- Medium. Nice for the style.

O- A solid pale ale, esp. if hop overkill is not your style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before September 2011.

A: Thin head. Clear, dull copper-coloured beer. Plentiful bubbles. Nice initial lace.

S: Malts. Almost an Old Ale funky quality to the smell. Very interesting.

T: Not terrible, but rather boring. Thin, almost watery, with little remarkable flavour. In fact, other than a light sour-sweet maltiness, I have nothing to say about the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with nascent carbonation.

O: Not impressed, but not repulsed. Drinkable. Might drink at a party or at the end of the night, but nothing I'd ever want to sit and sip. Not recommended.

EDIT: I didn't really like this beer, so I made the mistake of letting it sit for about an hour. Warmer, this beer is absolutely foul. Drink as cold as possible!

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Photo of 6993bc
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a beer glass. I had many Sam Adams before but not this flavor, I was pleasantly supprised.

A- Dark burnt orange color with a 2 finger head.

S- You smell a hoppy flavor with a caramel or sweet side kick flavor. Well balanced smell.

T- Hops and Barley flavors are strong but well balanced. This beer is very smooth tasting.

Overall: This is one of the more balanced Ales I have had in awhile but being so balanced can make you average. Good beer all around.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Ale has a thin, off-white (almost beige) head and a clear, copper appearance, with some lacing left down the glass. The aroma is of hop spice and a little malt. Taste is a round mix of roasted barley malt and generalized hop spiciness, and some sweetness as well. The roasted or dark-toasted flavor really shines through across the sip with this ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and it has somewhat of that ale fluffiness. Samuel Adams Boston Ale finishes smooth and refreshing and mostly dry. Overall, this is very good, and I recommend giving it a try.


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Photo of greenmonstah
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep copper color with a finger of large-bubbled off-white head.

S - Grainy/bready, caramel, a hint of hop. Slightly sweet. Very clean grain aromas.

T - Some caramel sweetness mixed with mellow hop bitterness. Finish has some toasted and buttered bread qualities to it. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Lightly fruity, which was a bit of a surprise.

M - Very smooth. Medium body, goes does effortlessly, but leaves a slight diacetyl finish. Not oily, though -- it actually finishes a bit dry.

O - Overall a perfectly passable offering. Yet another example of BBC making a beer that is a great introduction to a style, but with little risk or excitement involved.

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Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, with use by August date.

The appearance was good, a nice amber color, a fluffy white head with some light foamy lacing. The smell is of caramel malts a little hops but not very prominent. The body is medium light with carbonation. The taste is good, some malty sweetness followed by a little hoppy bitterness on the way down (which was more than expected from the smell). Overall this is a good beer, I prefer the Boston Lager but this is one I'll get again, an easy to drink tasty beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a English Style Nonic.

mellow shade of amber with a faint coppery hue. A Thin offwhite head leaves gorgeous lacing.

Aroma of Pale maltiness, apple-grape fruitiness with a subdued spicy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: soft but full

taste: broad maltiness with a complex layer of hops which are slightly earthy and slightly fruity but are well balanced with the malt. Ale finishes with a faint bitterness which is stimulating.

Notes: This version of an English Bitter is a great American Beer, full of sublety, balance and flavor. This is two thirds the price of Fuller's London Pride but every bit as flavorful and refreshing. Widely available, affordable and delicious this ranks up there with GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald as one of the great contributions to Brewcraft. I love this beer.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a great crisp golden color with some nice yellow highlights from the clear body. Nice white head.
S: Nice bready aroma with some hoppiness at the end. Slightly bitter.
T: Crisp and light bready flavor with some woody/bitterness from the hops. Good tavern style ale. Great flavor to have in a nice crowded bar.
M/O: Crisp and refreshing session style beer with great aroma/flavor and texture.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a an amber color with a white head on top. The beer looks pretty clean and crisp looking. The smell is a little less hoppy as the Boston Lager. The taste of the beer is good, it's a little bit lighter. Overall it's a good ale, it probably won't ever have the popularity of the Lager but is deserves a fair chance.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours pale orange. A large head rises and retains quite well. Laces good too. The beer is clear and bubbly.

S-Soft nose. A hint of maltiness combined with some light hops. A muted, yet somewhat favorable aroma.

T-Well balanced and pretty mellow. Hops compliment the sugary sweetness well. The flavor is also light. I prefer more agressive flavors but overall, not bad on the tongue.

M-Light and crisp. Like most every other aspect of the beer, the feel is subtle yet attractive.

O/D-Nothing bad to be said about this one, I find Boston Lager to be superior to this beer however. I just can't see myself going into a liquor store and coming out with a six-pack of this. Just doesn't wow me enough. But if anyone is looking for a mellow, easy drinker, give this a shot.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber with a Frothy head. looks like a nice english pub ale

S: There isn't a bunch going on here but some nice sweet caramel and malty notes. But then again i wasn't expecting a bunch here. I tend to love the drinkability of an english ale, not the smell as much.

T: Smoooth. You get some nice light hoppiness in here with some light fruits. But big winner is the malts. They aren't overwhelming but then again, i don't want that in an ale like this.

M/D: This is where im giving big points. Its silky smooth and could drink this all day. Very enjoyable!!!!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with nearly 3 fingers of eggshell-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of lacing. The aroma has a fresh leafy spiciness to it, with a ripe citric nature that mingles with the sweet smelling breadiness of the malts to impart a ripe green tang in the nose.

The taste is grassy in the mouth, with a green citric bitterness that is balanced by sweet notes of caramel and toast and even a light splash of butter in the backend. The finish sticks to the tongue with a dry pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation, yet it also has a soft underside to it that keeps this smooth in the mouth.

This was decent. Maybe a touch too earthy and bitter in spots but this seems mostly well balanced for the most part and the crisp yet smooth body helped keep this fairly approachable. Ultimately though, if I was going to buy of sixer of something from Sam Adams, I’d just settle for their Lager.

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Photo of biteme398
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color certainly isn't pale but rather a light amber. Head is fairly big and lacing is present. Smell is of hops and flowers and there is actually a bit of a roasted smell there too. The taste threw me off a little bit. The hops that are present in the style are there but not as "forward" as other types. A bit of spiciness too. Mouthfeel is very smooth. I think I would prefer its cousin, the SA Pale Ale, over this. The Boston Ale isn't bad but perhaps a little average.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Great Dane imperial pint glass
A - Pours a clear amber/brown, with very fine carbonation (*almost* similar to nitrogen) that forms a one finger head, which quickly dissipates.
S - Caramel malts mostly, and a bit of grapefruit hops.
T - Malts dominate this one, but it does finish with hoppy dryness. Haven't had this one in a while, and it is less hoppy than I remember it; a bit of sweetness and pale/caramel malts on the front, resolving into a hint of hoppiness, which is not really all too assertive. Has a similar taste to the Boston Lager, but with a less distinctive finish (which I attribute to the Hallertau Milltelfreu hops). Finish is dry and nice though.
M - A bit creamy and smooth, but dry. Very nice.
It's been many years since I had this one, and I used to think it was fairly hoppy. No more, but that doesn't make it a bad beer; will definitely come back to this more often, as it is a tasty, sessionable beer, something that is getting hard to find these days.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear, darker orange brew with a decent amount of carbonation. A strong head on it that stuck around for a little bit.

S - Not a lot of smell on this. Caramel malts with just a little bit of hops.

T - A beer with nice balance. It is a little sweet from the malts the the hops cuts through it nicely and adds just a touch of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Only gave it a three because it's not quite as drinkable as it should be considering the low ABV. That said, wouldn't have a problem doing at least two.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.