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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

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

superspak, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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).

Wasatch, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

ppoitras, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mebuzzard, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

mdaschaf, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

smakawhat, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

LXIXME, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -17.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

plaid75, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

tdm168, May 25, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color with carbonation evident. A sticky, medium sized pillowy white head sits on top. It has nice retention and laces nicely as well. There's really a nice hop nose on this beer. An herbal, yet also perfumey blend which melds nicely with the malts on the nose. I really like the taste of this one. Smooth and mellow caramel malt profile really provides a nice backbone. The hops are equally important. They add some herbal spiciness. A nice blend. Body is about medium-full. Very drinkable beer. Reminds me of an alt in some ways.

Bighuge, Oct 29, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh, not bad for a SA lighter style ale. Looks decent, not the usual brown for SA, closer to the standard MBC yellow for them. Not yellow, closer to yellow than brown. No aroma, other than that of some dough malt thing.

Taste, ugh, where SA always has trouble. Not bad, but no heft, at least some of the other SA's are legitimate malt bombs, but when they make commercials about the hops . . .

Mouthfeel, eh, you can get it down, because it is ilghter on the malt end, it makes it a little more drikable than your average SA earthy wood minus hops experience.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber with a fluffy, off-white head. Long lasting foam produced a good amount of lacing. There was a nice mix of malt, earthy hops and light fruit in the aroma. Solid, herbal bitterness that really lingered long into the finish. Malt was prominent in the front, with a bit of brown sugar and toasted marshmallow flavour. Hops were less evident, but still earthy, maybe a bit spicy as well. The body was on the light side, carbonation moderate, with a creamy texture and light dryness. Overall, a well made beer. I was surprised by the bitterness level and restrained hop character, but enjoyed it quite a bit.

DrJay, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

JohnGalt1, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

liamt07, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PEIhop, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Tone, Jan 17, 2009
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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