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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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1,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 1744
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 biteme398


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 03:52:54 | More by biteme398
Photo of bosox941827

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:35:00 | More by bosox941827
Photo of LiquidBread219


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 15:08:05 | More by LiquidBread219
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, poured into a tumbler with that classic head to be expected from Sam Adams above the orange copper body. Head leaves behind some lacing. A little biscuit-y/metallic in the nose with a herbal hop note as well. As the brew warms, of course the metal fades. The taste follows through but all in all, these two senses are mild. Decent body, with good carbonation. A good, sessionable beer, but I want more from it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 01:32:22 | More by wcintula
Photo of JesteR14


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice copper color. Milky head that leaves a nice lace on the top of the glass.

S- Classic adams malts wth some mild hops and some dark sweetness... Brown sugar??

T- Smooth. Low carbonation which makes this very nice to drink. I get malts, some wheat and grain but it focuses on malts. I love it for the great brown maltness with the dark sweetness to pull this brew all together.

M- Smooth on the tongue and i like it. Great beer!

D- great drinkable beer. Nothing else about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 07:35:13 | More by JesteR14
Photo of yuenglingfan101


5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

has in between a golden and amber look to it. Smell of some caramel. Taste of apricot and caramel. The mouthful says it all. A sweet feeling and taste that begs you to drink more and more. Drinkabilty is fine, Goes down easy and able to drink a good six pack

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:30:41 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of mikeal1917


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A classic pale ale that I was extremely excited to taste from my 12 pack adventure....

Appearance: Very dark brown, chocolate/reddish hue. Exceptional

Smell: Sweet and nutty smell that begs you to drink the brew. One of the finest beer smells I've encountered.

Taste: Malted and Robust, with definite taste of nuts and possibly caramel, similar to the Scotch Ale. Sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, oily feeling on the tongue. Smooth though.

Drinkabilty: Very heavy, but drinkable. This would be a one or two brew, very hearty.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:55:18 | More by mikeal1917
Photo of Aphexwolf


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:Pale brown-coppery, clear. Thick head, good retention, excellent lacing, medium carbonation.
Smell: Malty sweet smell balanced with a faint hint of hops.
Taste: Bitter and dark taste of hops, not much malt here. Lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, not as much froth as anticipated.
Drinkability: Medium, leaves a small feeling of fullness. Can drink 2-3 in a sitting.
Summary: This is a good beer. I gave it 7.9/10 or C+. I like the color and appearance. I'm particularly impressed in the head. It has a nice smell to it. This beer works my appetite up and makes me hungry, which makes me think it would be great with appetizers for company. This being the first ale I've tasted with no other ales to compare it too, I would say this is a fine ale and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 11:16:29 | More by Aphexwolf
Photo of foogerd

New York

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

A solid standby thats always reliable when nothing else craft is available. Hop and malt balance is perfect with hops aplenty to satisfy the hophead in a desperate situation. Hops are less apparent in the nose but extremely foward and even have a certain roughness on the palette.
An almost oily feel on the tongue and tons of wetness.
Defintely a quality brew to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 03:25:23 | More by foogerd
Photo of avaccani


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper to amber in color. Had a decent 2 finger off white head.

S - Getting some caramel, biscuit and faint hop aroma.

T - Nothing great. A sweeter APA. Maybe I just like hoppier APA's but this one just isn't doing it for me.

M - Carbonation was fine.

D - I had 2 and that was enough for me. I wouldn't seek it out again, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:48:26 | More by avaccani
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber in color with a puffy head that has decent retention

Smells hoppy and slighty fruity/sweet

Tastes very much like bread, I also picked up on alot of bitter hops in there as well as a nice maltiness. Kind of has a caramel aftertaste to it.

This beer is smooth with a flavorful, full bodied profile.

Its good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 05:48:38 | More by Tundruth
Photo of Lauthaha


4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Deep golden hue, bordering on amber. Moderately heavy carbonation is visible. Head is a cream or off-toffee color, and maintains at about a centimeter. Wispy lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: Light buttery tone to the mix. Gentle toffee-type malt with a marginally more aggressive hop profile. Almost smells like a Belgian brew. Not too overpowering, not too shallow. Just a touch of cinnamon and carrot-cake or pumpkin-pie flavor to the nose as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is creamy throughout the entire drink. A medium level of sweetness brought on by a sturdy malt backbone is accented here by a very floral hop profile. This is quite possibly the best-tasting Samuel Adams beer I have ever tried.

Drinkability: I think this is even better than their Boston Lager. If it were on tap locally, I'd use this as a go-to beer. Very intriguing little brew here.

Bought this on a whim this afternoon, and it REALLY hit the spot. Lots of flavor, with a normal ABV which allows for maximum enjoyment with minimum revenge later on. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:20:48 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of fdw3


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a white head that retains moderately well and laces quite nicely. Smell is slightly sweet but with noticeable hop qualities and is overall pretty mild and straightforward. Taste is well-balanced with a bit of malty, caramel sweetness mixed with fruit and spice notes that ends slightly bitter. Body is moderately light with moderate carbonation that finishes clean and crisp.

A very drinkable "good" beer that isn't complex but also avoids being boring. This isn't something I would seek out, but I would certainly enjoy it if someone handed it to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 05:56:29 | More by fdw3
Photo of beastfromtheeast


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out with a good amount of slightly off-white head with minimal retention. However, there is a fair amount of lacing to nicely complement this beer's relaxing amber color.

Smell: Spicy hops scent accompanied by a subtle, sweet fruity smell.

Taste: Apparent earthy / spicy hops, along with a noticeable yet less powerful sweet caramel malt flavor. Quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Rather smooth with a very light carbonation and medium body.

Drinkability: Certainly aesthetically pleasing, but the bitterness ends up dominating the taste, although the caramel malt and fruity flavor adds mild complexity. Though it may be of no surprise to some, Boston Ale is an entirely different beast in comparison to Boston Lager, which is a good thing to bear in mind if you consider drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 21:24:03 | More by beastfromtheeast
Photo of JMad


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The color was orange, copper with a thick off white head.

I could smell apricot, nutty sweet malt and earthy hops.

There is a light piney hop bite, some dried apricot, and more earthy hops.

This is smooth and medium bodied, has soft carbonation.

This is great, reminds me of some scottish and english ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 16:28:53 | More by JMad
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Enjoy before date notched on label" dating provided.

Pours medium copper amber, light tan head, that stays nicely, leaving a thick collar, nice sheeting and then blobs of thick lacing here and there.

Caramel malts in the nose with some light herbal hops.

More caramel malts carry the load here, hops in place but not on the assertive side. I get a more Brit. style take on things here. Minor citrus notes. Tasty and highly sessionable ale. Respectable if unspectacular offering. Would work fine in a lack of higher quality craft beer pinch.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:10:17 | More by Billolick
Photo of madjr80


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass straight from the bottle. A small head that doesn't linger too long. The aroma was bitter sweet. There was author bit of hop to it, but it could have been more. It was Very smooth going down, but it could had a little bit more of something else. A sweet caramel/honey after taste that lingers on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:20:34 | More by madjr80
Photo of mnrider


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz brown bottle.

A: Pours a semi-clear amber, with off white head which starts thick then turns thin within a few seconds of the pour. Not the best head retention either (at least in this pour).

S: Sweet fruits with a crisp small aroma of hops.

T/M: Smooth with a medium hop bite and faint bitterness. Malts are sweet and fruity. Brew goes down clean with a nice clean aftertaste. Medium bodied all the way.

D: Nice brew with great drinkability. Could use a little more hops. Also seems to be watered down a touch from years past. Every one should try this brew.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:32:23 | More by mnrider
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - golden in color, just a little murky, with about 2 fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - Malty-smelling, with a bit of a hint of fruitiness. Also maybe a subtle hint of a charcoal-barrel smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Maltiness in taste, but not a whole lot else coming out of the taste, at least not for me. Still a little bit of the "barrel" in the taste too, but not in a bad way. Texture is fairly light and toward the watery side.

Drinkability - not a bad tasting brew at all, but not terribly complex in the taste either. Not many surprises. But again, nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 05:39:51 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of BB1313


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I decided to revisit this one, haven't had it in awhile. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a bold amber with decent white head and ok lacing. Smell's nice and hoppy with a touch of malt. Tastes very sharp and bitter; slightly spicy. Lots of caramel, toffee, and breads in the mix. Nice mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, smooth. Drinkability isn't bad, but the bitterness can catch up to you. Nice beer.

I enjoy this over Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 16:14:32 | More by BB1313
Photo of rmolledo


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light Amber with a white head, good lacing.

S: malty, light floral hops

T: caramel and toasted malts, fairly sweet. subtle hop flavor and bitterness.

MF: medium body, moderate carbonation.

D: It's ok, not the best SA beer or the best pale ale but it is
session friendly and goes well with burgers and such.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 20:49:10 | More by rmolledo
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Under a finger of foam settles over a deep golden to copper-hued beer. Aromas are actually more European than I expected ... mildly cooked grains come to mind. Toasted biscuit. Flavors are a bit metallic, and biscuity. Caramel sweetness is heavily present with a bit of warmth. This beer is listed under APA, but it seems like more of an english style. Not sure I'd go out of my way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 20:36:56 | More by washburnkid
Photo of Mora2000


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

The beer gushes upon opening. Once calmed down, it pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the biscuit malt, with a little bit of grassy and citrus hop notes. The flavor is biscuit and bread malt, with a touch of grass and orange notes. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:28:13 | More by Mora2000
Photo of larryi86


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice dark orange/copper color with a one finger white head.

S- Some grapes, honey, and caramel malts. Reminds me of a weaker smelling Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

T- A slightly watered down version of the smell, but not watered down to the point where flavor is truly lost.

M- Medium body, smooth.

D- A nice beer that is enjoyable. The smell is the best part of this beer and it has a very nice smell. I would not go out of my way to get this beer, but would definitely drink it at a bar or party with limited selection.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:42:20 | More by larryi86
Photo of Jadjunk


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

This is my first review, ever really. I've enjoyed Sam Adams plenty of times and places before, however this is the first time I have taken the time to review in depth the depth of this popular Ale. Purchased as a part of a "Mix & Match Six" pack deal, this felt like a good starter to kick off my review binge with.

Poured from 12 oz bottle to room temperature pint glass.

(Appearance) Beer pours a deep amber to mid-gold shade, crystal clear and has a 1-finger depth head that lingers for several minutes, gradually fading away (much longer than I expected). There is some minor lacing. This beer certainly appears attractive to the eye. 4

(Smell) I sense a somewhat bitter aroma, a bit hoppy. There is not much else I sense here, it's difficult to discern any unique characteristics here. It's nothing I haven't smelled before, but it certainly isn't turning my stomach. 3.0

(Taste) The beer has a light malty taste, possibly some nut and/or spices, and there is a minor but far from overwhelming bitter aftertaste, and it lingers. Perhaps my biggest criticism is a lack of dimension in the overall taste, as if there is some critical ingredient that is missing from the final product, which draws it closer to your average supermarket beer. 4

(Mouthfeel) Beer goes down smooth and is largely enjoyable. There is little carbonation, just enough so that the beer can be detected by my tongue. 3.5

(Drinkability) I found the beer easy to consume. Personally, this is one of my favorite commonly available beers that one could buy at any supermarket or grocer and it is a highly drinkable one, but not a party beer. I could see myself enjoying a couple of these before growing bored with the two-dimensional taste and moving on. 4

Verdict: An enjoyable selection when you are financially limited or unable to make the pilgrimage to a specialty store, easy to drink in moderate amounts but lacks the character and depth that I am looking for in my ultimate choice Ale. Regardless, a decent Ale for any average run-of-the-mill beer drinker. B (3.75)

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:51:20 | More by Jadjunk
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