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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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1,875 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 80 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Morey


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer poured copper-orange in color and has a good looking cream colored head that is holding it's own as I'm about half way through this bad boy. Good head retention.

Smell is definitely heavy on the malty, grainy, and bready tones. Hop aroma is almost non-existent.

Taste is slightly rich and very well rounded. Nothing that really jumps out at you, but it definitely has flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with a low carbontion that suites this ale just fine.

I could easily drink this beer all day at a BBQ.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good ale. Nothing flashy or extremely memorable, but if your looking for a good session beer with flavor, this could be your huckleberry.

04-27-2010 21:30:32 | More by Morey
Photo of KevinB

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

07-11-2007 00:08:25 | More by KevinB
Photo of Redrover


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz brown longneck. Clear freshness dating. Improved label design.

Beer pours a nice bronze with a beige head.

The beer has an aroma of spicy hops and a bit of a floral smell as well.

The taste is fairly well balanced. Noticeable pine/hop taste that is off-set by some malty sweetness. No off flavors or bad characteristics. A little more alcohol emerges about ½ the way through the glass. Stays solid as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is fine with carbonation that seems well suited to the beer. Drinkabity is also good, but this is not a session beer for me as it lacks a bit of complexity and the taste is a bit mild. Still, this is a fine ale and one along with its lager stable mate, is often the only decent beer many places offer.

11-19-2004 01:18:08 | More by Redrover
Photo of acrawf6


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

I've always been a fan of this beer (except the first time i bought this beer, i thought it was soo bitter... it had to be bad- but this was well before i got into beer- ha, i remember that first time i bought it, i didnt know the difference between ale or lager so i didnt know what to get)

Pours out a deep reddish/ amber hue, quite clear though. Two finger creamy head shows that later just grasps onto my glass. The smell is a little malty-sweet, a little medical. i dont see much hops present, but they still are.I think this taste is a generic taste, but not for an apa. I was hoping for more hops in this one. However, it is still very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is good with good carbonation. Beer is silky on my toungue.

Overall a good beer. Certainly one that i can fall back on. a great session beer, though i wish it showed more hops.

12-06-2005 06:57:05 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Onceeven

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Heard much about this one, couldn't find it anywhere though.. until I "accidently" found it at my local grocery. Quite strange. Poured a crystal clear copper hue. Good chunky offwhite head, that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Delicate grainy nose with caramel undertones and minimal hop presence. Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. There is a distinct caramel flavor from the outset, with a delicate hop balance. Seemed more mild that your average Pale Ale.. very smooth, very drinkable.

12-05-2003 23:48:58 | More by Onceeven
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

06-10-2014 03:51:48 | More by superspak
Photo of david131


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A- An ever so slightly hazed orange liquid with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The off-white head is thicker than expected and has some pretty good retention.

S- Caramel, apple and pear juice, and a hint of bubble gum. Rather simple, but unique enough to be memorable.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with an emphasis on the fruits. Pretty flavorful considering the alcohol content. A touch on the sweet side.

M- Very clean with light carbonation. There is a slight lasting bitterness.

D- A little sweet for my tastes, but it is nice for a change of pace. Surprisingly rich for the alcohol content. Well made and worth trying.

05-10-2010 01:55:08 | More by david131
Photo of Jayli


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

The Boston Ale poured a beautiful copper color, about a 2 finger head with nice head retention throughout. Thick, spider web lacing throughout. Slight hop aroma, but nothing that jumped out at me. This ale had a mild, pleasant, hoppy taste, with carbonation felt on the tongue. Definitely a drinkable and enjoyable brew. I'm not a big fan of Sam's in general, but this is a very drinkable brew.

12-07-2008 19:29:08 | More by Jayli
Photo of mfkr


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A- Dark red with a nice thick head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Malt, caramel, some hops.

T- Hops and roasted malt, a bit on the sweet side in the begining.

M- Smooth body with good carbonation.

A pleasant easy to drink beer, plus the low ABV makes it even better on quit evenings.

Serving type: Bottle

11-01-2009 02:00:38 | More by mfkr
Photo of jackorain


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A-Orange to amber with off-white rock head, good retention, decent lace. Had floaties, which suprosed me.

S- Some floral and leafy hop notes with some bicuit and carmel malt

T-Nice hop bitterness, florala nd leafy. There is a carmel and biscuit malt structure here as well. A little sour note on the finish that was not objectionable.

M- nice carbination light-to med body. got a touch watery as it warmed up though.

D-very drinkable, an easy sessionable brew

01-10-2007 18:19:26 | More by jackorain
Photo of BDIMike


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a nice cloudy copper color. There is a slight bit of carbonation that creates a thin white head that has great retention.
Smell has a nice caramel malt smell. There is a bit of toffee smell to it also. At the end there is a slight hop smell with a bit of fruity smell to it.
The taste of the beer has a little less to it than the smell. However, you can detect a bit of the caramel and toffee but it is much stronger in the hops department. Good strong aftertaste of hops.
Very nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Goes right down.
This beer is very drinkable because of the very smooth mouthfeel. I wouldn't want to drink a ton of these because of the thickness and nothing exciting about the taste, but a good drink to have a couple with dinner.

10-05-2008 23:28:08 | More by BDIMike
Photo of howsyournipples


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Bought as a mixed pack, the Boston Ale was actually quite pleasing.

It poured out of the bottle as a light amber, almost burnt orange color with a frothy white head that lingered for a few minutes till settling while leaving noticable lace throughout the duration of drinking.

Smell was quite rich consisting of a hint of caramel, very spicy.

Taste was quite rich with a strong sense of light caramel, malty flavor with a hit of hops, very smooth throughout. Hard to describe the ever-present aftertaste which lead to a slightly heavy mouthfeel at the end of each sip.

It impressed me as a more potent version of Sam Adam's Boston Lager. Very similar characteristics while being bolder in every category.

07-30-2005 03:35:23 | More by howsyournipples
Photo of bigdeuce


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

11-22-2006 01:37:11 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of marburg


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A little plain for my tastes. American Bass or some other very basic ale, really. Herbal and nutty aromas and flavors are expected and are had. A little wet and sticky in the mouth but drinkable nonetheless. It's easy and non-offensive, but it's not remarkable either.

06-29-2003 20:27:41 | More by marburg
Photo of msubulldog25


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked up a 6-pack of this at the Wal-Mart in Hazlehurst, MS; one of few 'craft brews' I could find. This was my accompanying beer with Thanksgiving dinner. A 12 oz. bottle, notched at 'enjoy before: Mar 2009', poured to a crystal drinking glass. Beneath the cap, a Gold Medal is cited in 'Providence'.

A: Beautiful warm amber, perfectly clean and clear, with loads of streaming carbonation (could be some etching inside the glass helping?). One finger of dense ivory cream, decent lace.

S: Bread dough and toasted malt. Honey sweetness with a touch of caramel.

T: Notable caramel malt and a generally sweet toasted (cereal) grain. Slight citrus and hints of berry fruit.

M: A crisp effervescent mouthfeel upfront. Light-medium body, malty coating sticks lightly. Pleasant little carbonated prickle.

D: Pretty tasty and very easy to drink. A nice compliment for Thanksgiving dinner, especially the starches and the oily fried turkey. No problem to finish six of these over the course of three days.

11-30-2008 19:38:23 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of larryi86


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

12-20-2010 01:42:20 | More by larryi86
Photo of bozebus17


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured a crystal-clear copper. A foamy white head topped the pint. In time it died down to a small white layer that seemed to have staying power. A bit of lacing was evident in the glass.

This beer smelled very toasted and roasted. There was a hint of citrus in the nose, but malt definitely dominates here.

Upon first sip I am hit with layers of malt. Flavors are all over the place, from toffee to toasted malt. I can taste a bit of earthiness from the hops, but like the aroma suggests, this brew is almost all malt. The flavor is just a tad sweet for my liking. The beer feels creamy throughout the mouth, and goes down pretty easy.

I can't believe it's taken me this long to try this beer. It was pretty good, although not a stand out. I was drinking it on its own, and I feel it could use a touch more bitterness for balance. I think it would pair nicely with grilled beef.

07-20-2008 15:31:55 | More by bozebus17
Photo of lstokes


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

09-11-2011 01:30:26 | More by lstokes
Photo of wahhmaster


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color. Has a medium-sized foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet malts and grassy hops with some fruity notes as well. Seems pretty well-balanced.

Taste: Starts bitter with grassy and earthy hops. Finishes sweet and fruity. Has a bit of a metallic twinge at the end. Fairly well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing but a little lacking in body.

Drinkability: A solid beer. This one falls squarely into SA's lineup. I've found that while most of SA's beers aren't outstanding, they are solid and faithful representations of the style. This beer isn't life-changing but it's pretty solid.

03-16-2010 19:43:23 | More by wahhmaster
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a 12 oz. Bottle

It pours out a good copper/amber color with a sizeable head that maintains decent retention during the entire drinking of the beer. Huge malt profile in the aroma. The taste is all malt sweetness. A It does not feel too watery and there is a good level of carbonation. A decently drinkable beer.

11-29-2005 00:40:48 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of KroMagnon


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

The color is a light red and the head was pretty good, a pale bit of fluff. The aroma is a touch hoppy, with a little bit of malt and a touch of fruitiness, but not very strong overall and a little disappointing for an ale. The flavor was good, a nice blend of malt and hops. This isn't a killer beer but its solid and tasty. Overall this isn't quite as creative as a lot of micro APAs but it has its place.

04-14-2005 00:59:54 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of NefariousR


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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

A - Brownish amber color with an off-white head. Slightly hazy.

S - Sweet, maybe a touch of dark fruit scents.

T - Malty with some raisin or fig, a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thin, a bit thinner than I was expecting. Light carbonation.

D - Pretty solid, but not something I'd buy extremely often; would drink if offered to me ;)

04-23-2010 03:20:11 | More by NefariousR
Photo of Maestro


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

22 oz. Draught served

Appearance: Bubbly, light orange with a foamy head that leaves an impressive lacing.

Smell: This beer has a sweet, malty nose reminiscent of biscuits, toast and fresh-baked bread. Little hops come through.

Taste: This had a classic English-style Pale Ale taste; low bitterness, clean pale malts, slight citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was a bit thin.

Drinkability: This makes for a great session ale!

07-17-2005 01:59:32 | More by Maestro
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to my Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack, its a Sam Adams Saturday!

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a medium-sized, creamy white head.

Smell: Clean biscuity malt aroma with a slightly floral undertone.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with a little bit of honey sweetness. A slight sourness creeps in before the lightly hoppy, lemon juice-esque finish. Notes of spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though simple, it is a fairly tasty, satisfying session beer.

02-10-2007 19:29:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of WoodBrew


3.69/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

09-21-2013 00:48:33 | More by WoodBrew
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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