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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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BA SCORE
82
good

1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 82 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

04-20-2011 17:50:40 | More by Kegatron
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

Except for asthetis this was a great beer, so it's still a great beer IMHO

Poured dark gold to bronze with a bubbly head that dropped of rapidly. Bubbles occasionaly rise from the bottom. Minimal head retention and no lacing

Smell: Fruittiness and floral hops in abundance. Some butterscotch notes

Taste: Frutiness, slight hopiness, with slight butterscotch taste (in a good way in this instance) Citric hops bitterness with ever so slight graininess and alcohol on the finish

MF: Perfect balance. Malt & hops are in sync. Slight over carbonation

This worked for me, don't remember it being so good. Drink up!

Taste:

01-16-2006 05:26:40 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

This Boston brew pours out a dark red, though more a clear orange when seen through light. Head is impressively huge, thick, creamy, white. Aroma is quite large on sugar, with some fruitiness, notes of citrus, orange, banana, a touch of sourness, too, and a certain something else I can't finger. Yeasty, bready, a little spicy and toasted, even. Butterscotchy, and sweet.
On the palate, though, this beer plays it cool, with meager hops and moderate malt. A little oily tasting, too, and an indistinct finish. The brew came and left without a trace. Very mild, and easily drunk, but with precious little to hold my interest. The label calls it a "stock ale", but they seem to have hit the ESB style right on.

03-23-2003 16:15:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

I had this at Arooga's Allentown Blvd location - they label it 'Arooga's Amber' for sale as their house beer - I asked the bartender and she let me know who brews it.
Served very cold in a unfrosted pint.

A - A decent bright copper shade with thick pale beige cream. The appearance is good and leaves a film of lace on the glass as I let it warm slowly. The bartender was kind enough to leave head space for this. The bead is fine and clarity is good.

S - The smell is both fruity and moderately malty with a slight yeast ester reminiscent of stone fruit - very light spice noted with a light toasted grain hint

M - The feel is highly carbonated with moderate sweetness and medium body with a moderate amount of bitterness to balance, clean yeast profile with a semi-dry finish

T - The flavor is good to start with it has a mild sweetness with gentle caramel malt flavor and subtle diacetyl tinge w/ a light piney bitterness and mellow toasted malt flavor but slightly fruity with a hint of stone fruit in the background

D - This is a beer I used to love to quaff in the bottle, it is slightly different on tap, while the malt brings to mind a red, the hops are full enough in the taste to justify the pale categorization - a tasty brew, but average drinkability wise. I would probably choose others before this

08-14-2010 21:20:47 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

09-01-2004 01:16:25 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

12-24-2010 02:28:13 | More by Mora2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours copperish amber with a fluffy white head that slowly descends to a thin cover that stays around and leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is thin. Some sweet grassiness and dough.

The taste is of caramelish/honeyish sweetness balanced by earthy, leafy, bitterish hops. Pretty well-balanced.

It's light to medium-bodied. There is a certain coarseness to it, though it is smoother than not.


I used to like this more years ago. Since then it seems eclipsed by the ever-growing number of craft pale ales. It's a bit bland by today's standards. Still, it's easy enough to drink and serves as a decent "session" brew.

01-20-2007 22:16:34 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-22-2011 17:56:38 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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

02-24-2008 00:38:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Nice off-white head with sticky lace; the broth color could be described neutral amber with a touch of orange. Very clear.

Smell: More malt than hop; slightly sweet, very round. Lots of caramel, but no chocolate. The hop is present strictly as a spice.

The taste is similar to a British bitter. Strong hop bite in the swallow (and aftertaste), but the initial sip is malty. Very smooth--richer than most bitters with a typical amount of carbonation. I think this beer would do very well in a blind flight.

04-02-2005 17:57:13 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

06-07-2008 01:49:46 | More by Halcyondays
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a nice golden color, nice head to it... tons of lacing down the glass. Nice hoppy smell to it.. very IPA like. Taste is pretty good more light bodied than heavy, some nice floral notes can be detected, nice hop bitterness on the tongue. Sweet finish to this one, maybe a little too sweet. I remember having this back in the day and absolutely hating it. While I don't think it's a great beer by any means, it's definitely in the 'pretty good' category... I guess I matured, eh? No surprise here, a solid beer by SA.

09-11-2009 00:22:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-10-2012 21:57:02 | More by imperialking
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

01-02-2008 00:44:10 | More by woodychandler
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

05-26-2008 03:31:00 | More by tempest
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 02:05:49 | More by orangesol
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-11-2014 18:53:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

09-10-2009 21:55:25 | More by stakem
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-04-2011 04:10:17 | More by Billolick
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

11-13-2012 03:17:47 | More by dbrauneis
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +22%

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.

02-26-2005 22:32:20 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

03-21-2004 06:46:44 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

09-02-2007 15:50:21 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

04-04-2009 21:05:59 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-04-2013 00:12:45 | More by ejimhof
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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