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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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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 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 mothman
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours about a 1 finger of slightly off white head. Head settles pretty quick but leaves some lace rings. Carbonation bubbles stick to the glass. Color is a clear golden orange with an amber hue.

Aroma reminds me of Boston Lager. Carmel and roasted malts. Some earthy hops.

Taste is of carmel and roasty/bready malts. Again, the taste reminds me of Boston Lager. Earthy hops and a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is crisp like a lager then smooths out. Ends with a slight sticky and boozy aftertaste.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer. I would choose this as one of my top session beers as I can easily drink a lot of these. (670 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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent which boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a nice malty flavor with a dry fruity finish. It goes down smooth and with good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker. (468 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with faint particles stuck in suspension. Has a thick 2 finger head of big bubbly white foam that leaves a bunch of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of hops, malt and a bit of butter. Taste is malty with some slight diacetyl notes upfront and finishes a little bitter but is quite enjoyable. It is crisp with a medium mouthfeel and overall quite enjoyable. (384 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a moderate to light amber; big, white, frothy, dense head; great retention

S - floral, grassy, citrusy, faint bread

T - bread, sweet, caramel, grassy, citrusy, floral, bitter finish, faint pine

M - medium bodied, crisp, smooth

This is an easy drinking APA, but it lacks the depth and character of some of the others on the market. The caramel is overly sweet and a bit sticky and the hops are more subtle and can't stand up to the sweetness. Overall, it's not bad but there are better. (499 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived with a big, rocky, off-white head. The color was a beautiful, deep-golden amber. The nose had a malty sweetness, which seemed a bit odd for an ale. The mouthfeel was medium with a fair amount of sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a nice, hoppy bite, but too little, too late. It also created decent lacing throughout. I'd take the BOS Lager over this. (369 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By Date of April 2008; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a frothy, lightly pockmarked surface, light tan, initially fat-two finger thick head. The beer is a clear, lightly cranberry stained, amber color but shows a bright, full copper color when held up to the light. The lightly hoppy aroma smells lightly metallic, a bit grassy and with a light herbal note. Thin malt notes, slight berry-like aromatics with perhaps a touch of stale citrus also are present. The aroma is not bad, but somehow is not all that appealing either.

The beer tastes lightly sweet up front, which accents a berry like fruitiness in the middle as well as a soft, sweet citrus note. A light, but substantial bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile, but it turns a bit tinny in the finish with a metallic astringency. This is certainly a hop focused beer, though I would not necessarily characterize it as a hoppy brew; the malt does play a secondary role here though; providing light flavors of caramelized malt, some biscuit notes and of course the grain sweetness. The beer has some heft to it, with a light medium fullness to it, but it is definitely a beer meant for quaffing. The hops provide flavors of light herbal, a touch of tangerine, and even a bit of hop-spice.

Not a bad brew, the aroma is a bit lacking, but the flavor is certainly agreeable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,384 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till March 2012, no excuses now! You are an odd find strangely in the plethora of Sam Adams land down here, I never see this beer around. Sam Adams anything else... not a problem.

A hazy body off the pour, a dull amber, mixing with an off white forming head that manages a finger. Good retention and staying power on the head. Mild lacing.

Not much of a nose, some fainty yeast fruity esters, and mild malt, but fairly quiet, and some biscuity sensations.

Mild fruity and an interesting bitter on this. Mixing chewy and malt body with a faint spritzy and bitter hop on the aftertaste. Seems almost like an aggressive English Pale Ale. Biscuit like malts and stickiness slightly become a little more noticeable after some time. There's some faint chocolate in this also.

A pretty solid and simple straightforward brew from the Sam Adams gang. (899 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, with a long-lasting medium white head, medium lacing.

S: Strong scent of an English ale maltiness, lots of toffee.

T: Sweet treacle malts dominate the flavour, not the harsh caramel flavour that amber ales can have. Light grassy hop character to balance, overall, I really enjoyed the malt in this one.

M: Very light carbonation, low to medium body, smooth and creamy, would like a bit more heft in this beer.

D: A very good beer from Sam Adams, don't know why it took me so long to revisit it. Similar flavour profile to the ubiquitous Boston Lager, but a smooth overall feel and I think the ale fruitiness complimented the malt better than in the lager. An easy beer to find, and relatively inexpensive for a craft, recommended. (774 characters)

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

Purchased a pint of this from the taps at PETCO Park in San Diego, on to the beer:

This is a malt-mouth's pale ale, and one that tastes more English than American. Lots of caramel, toasty, and dextrin flavors in the beer, ended by a touch of hops. When this beer warms up, it is at its optimal window for consumption. I was delighted by this beer, as well as the first time I found this on draft. (397 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this called an APA? Sam Adams calls it a stock ale (which can also mean old ale) and has a very British character in my opinion. Tastes and smells like an English pale ale really. The aroma is a smooth, creamy bread and carries over in the flavor. Mellow caramel malt with a slight herbal hops note make up most of the flavor. Mostly its all smooth sailing with the creamy yeast character and sweet malts. Quite delicious in all, though not as complex as I'd wish. (471 characters)

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

A. 12 oz bottle - clean pint glass:
Orangish body and a soapy foam which sticks around

S. Bready and a whiff of hop.

T. Malty with leafy hops reminiscent of tobacco. Bready malt hosting the grapefruit family. Puckering hops stick to the palate. Caramel malt flavor echos as the beer approaches room temp.

M. Medium bodied, finishes dry. Saying "Sip Me"

D. This beer has alot of character, perhaps a bit more than Samual Adams boston lager. Flavor is there in spades, Solid. (479 characters)

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

Pours a clear Amber brew.

Smell is all malt, with a faint spicy hop scent.

Taste is mild sweet malt with a bit of spice and wood in the finish. A simple brew executed well.
After taste is woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super drinkable brew, hard to find on the West Coast now. (284 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in an American pint glass

A- crystal clear amber with gentle carbonation and a thin but long lasting tan head.

S- great citrus hop aroma with some nice toasted malt

T- a surge of crisp citrus hops start this beer off with a nice malty biscuit finish

M- solid medium body with no astringency and just a smooth carbonation

D- great hops that bring in a bold flavor but it has the malt to compliment them. It is a very nice beer and I was a bit surprised based on Samuel Adams track record. They make a solid lager and now I know they make a solid APA. (572 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white hed. There was decent retention ane little lacing.

The smel featured a soft sweet caramel malt with a smattering of aroma hops.

The taste was upfront sweet caramel with a semi-dry grassy hop finish. Decent doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was light with a very dry finish.

Overall a very drinkable and sessionable ale. Easy and simple. (400 characters)

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

Pours a clear golden color with a foaming head which takes a little while to disapate. Basically no lacing at all. This ale has a very nice taste, light-medium body. One of the better Ale's from Sam Adam's. I like this ale quite a bit, it's very drinkable (watch out, LOL). (273 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Summer Mix-pack... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2" head lasts forever with pretty lacing ... brew is a clear copper.

Aroma has an earthy/spicy hop component balanced by some toasty malts and light caramel.

Flavor is identical to the aroma but with a yeasty fruitiness.. and a slightly tannic black tea finish.

Body is a little bit less than medium and the carbonation is perfect.... I have always really liked this beer... I just wish it was available locally in 6'ers. (498 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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops. Fits the style quite nicely. Smooth, crisp, and a tartness of a mouth feel. High carbonation levels are present. Tastes strongly of hops. There is a small malt background noticeable. Overall, a good beer - not too overpowering with the hops - worth a try. (360 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Piccadilly Pub, Sturbridge, MA, served in a one of their silkscreened pint glasses.

Nice creamy white head on top of (no surprise) amber brew. Not much aroma to speak of, good or bad. Taste is good for the style, but a little lacking in substance for me, both the hops and malt. A bit of an aftertaste, but a very drinkable offering, nice that they go through the trouble of having Sam make a beer for them. (420 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium amber with a slight off white head that quickly faded.

S: On the nose was some sweet caramel malting with a light fruitiness. There was some fresh flowery hops.

T: The flavor was decent, some light caramel and beadiness along with toasted grains. The sweetness upfront was balanced nicely with the fresh noble flowery hops in the finish.

M: smooth, medium carbonation with a fresh flowery hop fade on the tongue.

D: Decent drinkability for an everyday ale, the noble flowery hops saves this from being ordinary. (537 characters)

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