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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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1,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 42
Gots: 132 | 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 BrettMRogers
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pumpkin color with a beige head. Aroma is pale and caramel malts with a kiss of sweet citrus, melon, and honey. Flavor is much less sweet, in fact it's very neutral. Some lightly toasty malts are countered by an earthy hoppiness that leaves a very very slight bitterness on the finish. Tastes more English than American. Mouthfeel is great. Light and refreshing without being watery. Characterful enough to maintain interest.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A-darker gold. good amount of cream colored head!

S-I smell grains and corn...a good corn scent though..not like a cheap light lager...there's also a touch of honey. its a good mild strength

T-It starts with a fairly strong hit of a a blend of honey and corn. the taste fades in to a creamy faint bready taste but the after-taste is a great caramelized corn flavor. I must add there is an unpleasant bitterness present throughout the taste.

M-medium carbonation with a good creamy finish. not much more i could ask for

D-this actually has a very thick body for the abv. it'll take a lot to get you drunk but it doesn't take a lot to fill up your stomach. i had a 16 ounce from the tap...which i enjoyed...but i do not want a second one.

Photo of madjr80
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of moocey
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is listed on BA as an American Pale? It's the usual amber colo.r It looks just like one, but it's the maltiest and smoothest one I've ever had. There's a definate hop bitterness in the finish, but it's overpowered by the malt. The nose is yeasty and malty.

This beer, depending on what mood I'm in, makes me wish I was drinking either Rouge Dead Guy or Sierra Nevada Pale. Right now I wish I had a pint of Dead Guy. Still, it's a tasty beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, taken from the family beer fridge in charlotte over thanksgiving

appearance: pours a hazy see-through copper amber color into a ND pint glass, heavy beige frothy cap

smell: noble hopping, light toatsed grain, caramel

taste: nice balance of light toasted malt and gentle hops. not horribly complex but an easy drinker

mouthfeel: fine, a little light

drinkability: fine

Photo of beveritt
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is typical of Samuel Adams and indicates best by October 2008.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of off-white head, with surface tension enough to rise above the glass. This settles slowly to about half its original size. Nice lacing and the head sticks around for the remainder of the glass. The beer itself is honey-amber with the slightest hint of red. Maybe a very slight chill haze, but nearly clear. Lots of activity.

Smell: Carmel-sweet malt with a hint of vegetal hops.

Taste: Hop bitterness upfront, with just a hint of fresh hop aroma. Good underlying malt backbone, slightly bready with a husky astringecny in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is great, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: I finally realized that Samuel Adams has so many beers out there that I have nto tried and they are always a safe bet. This is my attempt to "catch up" so to speak and I am pleased. Great session ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice orange amber, a bit bright with a nice two inch plus head. Great retention as it only faded ever so slowly and still left behind about a half inch or so throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace was apparent throughout as well. A decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom also, lots of bubble chains, partly due to the nice Sam Adams glass, but still amply carbonated. Great color and overall look.

S – Aroma was quite light. A nice hoppy bouguet, a bit floral, and not very citrusy though. But this was only on the top as the main body of the smell was made of sugary malts which really domintated here. Lots of light earthy tones were throughout this one as it really just smacked of a nice session ale. Nothing overpowering, just a good solid aroma throughout.

T – Ahh, very refreshing. The taste on this was nothing that was going to knock you over, however, it was subtly very good and a solid offering here. Great malted flavor, light grain and cereal touch to it. A bit of a dry hoppy finis, but nothing strong by any means rounded it out. Had a very earthy feel to it. A nice light ale, almost a pale, but a little bit bolder then that. Still more then decent and very well put together.

M – Really ridiculously smooth would be the only was to describe this one. It was just so sessionable and light in feel, almost effortless. Now I know the carbonation helped in here, but this was really tight. Crisp clean and refreshing a very good example of what the style should feel like.

D – Superb. This was designed to be a session ale and that is exactly what it is. You could really have this one all night long. It was just easy going, light, flavorful, could carbonation and a nice mix of light flavors that would keep you coming back. Would love to see this on tap here, but you can just never get it around here.

Overall I was happy to finally try the Boston Ale. I could not belive that I had actually never tried it earlier. I would have thought I had this one years ago but it was also the lager that crossed my path. I found this to be very enjoyable and a true session ale in every sense of the word. Perfect with dinner or the game or mowing the yard, quality offering here.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After the disappointment with the first and only Sam Adams product I tried (Cherry Wheat - yech!) I figured I should give them one more chance and try another of their brews.

Poured a nice clear copper with a three-finger head with good retention which slowly fades to a lasting layer of 1/2" foam. The lacing is phenominal, leaving a happy trail down the inside of my glass showing the level after each sip.

Smell is a nice balance of malt and hops with mildly floral undertones.

Taste was primarily of hops bitterness, although I'm super-sensitive to the hops due to my drinking primarily wheat beers (I know that doesn't quite make sense because it should actually make me notice the malt more). Nice sour and floral/citrus flavors in there also along with a hint a pepperiness.

Mouthfeel was average, not bad but nothing to write home about.

I could drink a million of these... while not exceptional, it's a solid, flavorful beer that goes down very easily! Much better than the SA Cherry Wheat; I'm glad I gave ole' Sam another chance.

Photo of KevinB
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking beer. The pour revealed a dark, ferruginous copper body with a creamy camel colored , one finger head, mild lacing throughout.
Nice toasted malts aroma, with some real mild floral notes.
Taste is a bready, buttery beer with nice balance of flavorful caramel malts, with some lively hops.
Mouthfeel is thin, medium carbonation, somewhat dry finish, very drinkable.
Overall a nice offering, has a little of everything, very sessionable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's beer. Not any real problems, but no real stand out contributing flavors either. Medium body; not too sweet and not dull. Moderate malty sweetness, but not cloying. Nutty, fruity, and spicy, but not bold on either. Fruity (peaches and appricots) with hop spiciness. Hopped for solid bitterness and a mild hop flavor. Copper colored with a fair head retention. Finishes clean and fresh. Good beer, just nothing to latch on to.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid outing from Sam Adams. Appropriately shaded pale ale. Aroma features yeast, subtle hops.

flavor is the distinctive Sam Adams yeast taste that permeates the B. Lager and White Ale. Very tasteful hopping, this is a nicely balanced beer from a venerable American brewer.

Mouthfeel is spot on for an APA. Easy to drink, perfect session beer. Classic American Pale.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: dark golden brown color. Thin lasting head with slight lacing. Streams of carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom.

Smell: Hoppy and smelling of a rich apple cider

Taste: Almost the taste of strong tea, but with bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue. Aftertaste was enjoyable.

Drinkability: Not a bad ale, but I guess I was looking for a stronger flavor.

Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber in color with a 1/2-finger ivory head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose -- some grassy hops and biscuity malt.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front, toffee or butterscotch-like. Hop bitterness follows -- grassy and mineral-like, even metallic a bit. Lingering fruity sweetness at the front of the mouth.

M: Somewhat light in heft. Carbonation is good.

D: Goes down fairly easily, even if it's not terribly interesting.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad ale but there are many better out there. It pours a decent head and does leave nice lacing down the glass. Has a boozy aftertaste with some nice caramel and some fruit (cherry maybe) sprinkled in there. A nice beer, kinda hard to find and although not my favorite, I will drink it anywhere I can find it.

Photo of MattXT
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AudioGilz
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's pale copper with a one inch chunky fluffy head. Sweet malts and caramel are all I got out of the nose, very enticing. Malty flavor is enjoyed first, then the finish is spicy hops with a lingering aftertaste of mellow bitterness. The mouthfeel is rather thin but the flavors compensate for that. I love the balance and hoppiness.

Photo of beerman207
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pour leaves quite a bit of head and the beer looks to be a dark amber

S - Malts, caramel, bread coming through the nose

T - Some pine hops coming through along with the bread and malt presence

M - Medium carbonation

D - This is a very drinkable pale ale. I would definately rank Alpha King and Yazoo above this one but it's a decent APA

Photo of Dizzy
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with creamy white head and some lacing. The aroma is sweet malts, fruit and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is malty with some noticeable hop bitterness and vague fruit flavor. Medium bodied. This is one of Sam Adam's better beers in my opinion.

Photo of mikey711
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams will forever have a special place in my heart. Now that that is out of the way, this is the first time I am reviewing one of there beers

A: Rich amber color, nice and clear, with a thick foamy white head about half an inch thick that retains well. Plenty of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass as well.

S: A mild caramel aroma with only the slightestbit of earthy hops.

T: Good malt backbone of caramel and bits of toffee with the slightest hint of apple fruitiness. The hops are very mild.

M: Medium body and light feel. Nothing great to note, but nothing outstanding.

D: Like many sam adams beer this is very easy to drink multiple of.

Photo of KBlodorn
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of acarroll413
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at (duh) pizzeria unos

A- a dull, pale amber. didn't look good at all. no head

S- hops, wheat are both dominant here.

T- delicious. the front end is all wheat. the hoppiness is in the back end and its not very bitter. a great beer.

M- nice and thick, well carbonated, and very smooth

D- i'd definitely have this again(next time im at unos, probably!)

Photo of 5OClockShadow
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very similar to Samuel Adams Boston Lager. It pours dark amber with a strong head that lasts until the last drop. Smell is very malty, with citrus and piney tones. Carbonation is medium. Mouthfeel is very strong for the type. Almost a ginger or heavy syrup aftertaste. overall, this is very good. excellent brew on a cold winter night.

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