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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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966 Reviews

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Reviews: 966
Hads: 2,025
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 49
Gots: 222 | FT: 1
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 tone77
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts detected. Taste is also very mild, some malts, very lightly hopped, not very big on flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another "alright" Samuel Adams beer. Tastes a lot like their Pale Ale, a little maltier, but very similar. Boston Ale pours a medium amber shade with average head size and retention. Smell is malty, more so than expected from an APA, with some slight hops presence. Taste is maltier than I'd like, the sweetness seems a little artificial and forced. Still, this is fairly tasty and very easy to drink. Considering the score here, I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizzaria UNO in Plaistow, New Hampshire on Jan 31, 2009 under the moniker of UNO Amber Ale. 20 ounce glass.

Appearance - Copper-amber tone with a decent lacing. Foamy 3/4 inch off-white head.

Smell - Lightly hopped comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with a slow breakdown on the tongue after swishing about.

The taste was mildly hopped. Overall it was a good experience even though I knew I was drinking a Sam Adams that I've had under its real label in the past.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bi-Rite Drugs and Liquors in Casper.

Pours from 12oz bottle(best by Dec 2007) a clear nice deep gold with an ample head of foam into my very nice Sam Adams glass.
This foam just hangs around forever and it has a ton of lacing.(drinking this at slightly above room temp)

The smell is a nice blend of sweet malt and spicy hops.

The taste has a great malt flavour up front....semi sweet caramel dominates initially. In the background, I get some good hop character by way of hop oil and some grassiness. Further sips in and some grain shows up and it's all done very well. Very smooth, very tasty, both of which make it very drinkable. Now I'm noting some earthy tones as well. How the heck did this one fly so long under my radar?? Very very well crafted brew that I should start enjoying more often. The mouthfeel is just right for the style and the finish is just slightly bitter but overall, the balance just leaves me shaking my head. Darn good stuff!!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before OCT 2008 notched on the side of the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color wtih an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted malts and slightly biscuity with some citrusy hops, not overly aromatic but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is toasted malts with a kick of citrusy hops in the finish. The drinkability is very high, this would make a great session beer, and I could easily throw down a few of these without getting bored. Good classic American brew, enjoyed on 4th of July weekend! Overall, Sam Adam's Boston Ale is definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. It smells like sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of hops. The taste starts out with malty, toasted sweetness and has a nice hop bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is light/medium, but very smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, nice and sessionable.

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Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper red. The large, beige foam is semi-compact. After a while, the foam forms a nice ring on the inside of the glass.

The smell is sweet with lots of diacetyl, but there are also notes of aroma hops, butter, teracle, cream and a little touch of some sourish flavours.

The carbonation is fresh and stronger than I had expected.

The taste is dominated by a full-bodied, dry, burned taste of malt; there is some bitterness and taste of rye bread. The aftertaste is a complex one with flavours of sweet corn, dark bread, apricots and some sweet notes.

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Photo of Brad007
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have no idea why breweries brew more than one style of beer and slap different names on them? Anyway, Sam Adam's Boston Ale pours a reddish-copper color. The aroma resembles mostly malt with some hint of alcohol in the background. The taste is much of the same. There's that sweetness at the beginning that I also noticed in the Pale Ale. Still too much malt flavor for my liking. It feels to me like SA didn't really try on this beer and that's never a good thing. I hope SA doesn't decide to make an IPA because so far, their Pale Ales are too similar and unimpressive.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't really complain about this beer. Pours a nice semi-dark amber color with a bit of head. On the nose slight toasted malts with a bit of caramel sweetness and grain. The taste is pretty smooth with a nice sweetness and malt with a touch of bitter hops in the taste. With the mouth-feel being moderate this beer is easily drinkable but hoppy ales are more appreciated in my book.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seethru auburn sunset shade with one-finger white head and minimal lacing. A mild spicy, floral/herbal tea-like hop bitterness smell w/ very mild caramel/honey notes. Thin-bodied and a little slick and smooth, but packs a good herbal hop bite with some citric notes as a semi-sweet/roasted malt base. Good balance and it is a little chewey. Finishes with some crispness. A good pale ale that is easy to relax with and lets you know you're drinking a beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a decent amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. A quarter inch of head and some OK lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma, with hops, malt and mild spices making an appearance.

T: The taste on this one didn't seem to go one way or another. There's a fair amount of hops, a bit of malt and possibly some cinammon. It just seemed indecisive to me.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. This is a medium-bodied beer.

T: Overall, this is just an OK beer. Sam Adams has done better. The taste just wasn't enough of one thing or another to make it compelling.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better “Session” beers to be found anywhere along with the “Boston Lager”, and a beer I look for if there is nothing else on tap worth sampling. The beer pours a deep copper color, the head masterful and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Big malt nose, fresh and clean and lightly sweet, front malt sweet and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops quite pronounced in their bite and the dry lingering aftertaste adds much to the enjoyment, one damn fine “Session” beer and always a treat to the palate.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack.

Pours a dark copper orange, with a healthy 2.5 inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet and slightly toasty malts and grains, with a bit of cut grass.

Very crisp, clean taste. A little bit malt sweetness is cut by a slightly husky grassy hop bite. Just very easy drinking, nothing crazy, but it gets better the more you drink of it.

Could use a little more carbonation, it's slightly flat. Crisp mouthfeel, however, and very drinkable. Light to medium bodied.

An excellent and drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours pale orange. A large head rises and retains quite well. Laces good too. The beer is clear and bubbly.

S-Soft nose. A hint of maltiness combined with some light hops. A muted, yet somewhat favorable aroma.

T-Well balanced and pretty mellow. Hops compliment the sugary sweetness well. The flavor is also light. I prefer more agressive flavors but overall, not bad on the tongue.

M-Light and crisp. Like most every other aspect of the beer, the feel is subtle yet attractive.

O/D-Nothing bad to be said about this one, I find Boston Lager to be superior to this beer however. I just can't see myself going into a liquor store and coming out with a six-pack of this. Just doesn't wow me enough. But if anyone is looking for a mellow, easy drinker, give this a shot.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not know this beer existed until yesterday, which is when I stumbled upon it. Best by June 2012.

A clear copper with a dense, tan head with rather excellent retention and nice lacing, this is one good looking beer. The nose is actually pretty nice! It's not really an APA, exhibiting a lot of English hop character, a blend of floral and leafy hops. There's a very nice, complex bready malt backbone as well, a blend of Vienna and a little caramel malt. A touch fruity, but there's also a very faint sulfur note, which is surprising. It does dissipate, though. Quite enjoyable.

The palate, however, isn't quite there. Opening with a surprising level of hop flavor, with rose water, green leaves and twigs, it does take me by surprise. The mid-palate follows with some malt character, not quite as balanced as on the nose. Biscuit, caramel and Vienna malt are present, though it does feel a little watery here. Drying and quite bitter on the finish with dried herbs, and a level of Hallertauer bitterness that almost seems overdone. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite nice. Not an APA by any stretch of the imagination, but as a beer, it's a success.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a tall frothy ivory head that holds excellent retention and leaves lacing rings all the way down the glass. Aromas are malty, bready, caramel, herbal hop. Tastes are nutty, earthy, caramel, herbal hop, bready malt. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, sharp, and crisp. Overall, loved the appearance of this one, decent APA and what I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Enjoy before JUL 2014 notched on label.

A - Pouring a nice rich amber color this clear ale's steady carbonation keeps it's lively ivory head afloat for some time, leaving rings of lace on the pint as it dissipates.

S - Layers of buttery, flaky biscuit underscore a toasted malt profile that incorporates notes of dense dough into the mix, punctuated by floral, slightly spicy hops poking through faint suggestions of fruity yeast esters on the finish.

T - Toasted bread malts meet caramel sweetness in a tasty malt-forward entry on the tongue. Slightly spicy English hops add peppery notes to the back end while cooler aging post fermentation drives off the undertone of fruity yeast coming from the aroma, an otherwise nice mirror.

M - Gentle carbonation skids along the tongue in this medium-light bodied ale that finishes dry and almost more lager-like. Thoroughly malty, this beer still remains balanced with a touch of bitterness to keep it nice and drinkable.

O - Samuel Adams' Boston Ale is a simple brew that, despite faint fruity yeast esters in the nose, borders on being lager-like with it's dry and crisp finish. Easy drinking and delicious malt breadiness balanced by slightly spicy English hops makes for a nice English-style ale worthy of a pub session.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear slightly coppery amber with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent white head. Aroma is malty and just a little bit fruity with a whisper of sweet. Malty and slightly fruity flavor has a hoppy and bitter undertone. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Josh for the bottle, saving me from having to buy this beer myself. It's a ruddy copper color with some red-ish hues that spike out at the edges. Light clarity throughout with a mild chill haze that clears up over time. The foamy, off-white head is mighty quick to recede to the edges of the glass where it remains as a dusty collar for quite a while.

Spaghetti and meatballs. Seriously, you can stop reading right there, just save yourself the time because I don't know what the hell my nose it up to. But, yeah, I'm getting a total spaghetti sauce vibe from the aroma, and I don't know why, because it seems that I'm the only one with this notion.

Mild bready malt... Sure. Faint leafy hops... I guess. The incessant incision of a mildly tomato-ish and basil-like spice keeps distracting my nose (and eventually my brain) long enough to prevent me from pulling out any other beer related aromas that might actually be there. Does it smell like Mama Mia's Pizza Beer? No. But goddamnit, this stuff is saucy.

In hopes that a sip of this brew would wash away the crazy notions my nose was having, I take a few gulps, only to find that there's still a bit of that spaghetti sauce spice on my palate now. What the hell! Granted, it's not quite a body slam like the aroma, but it's still there. At least maybe it's settled enough to allow me to actually review this as a beer now.

Bright hops, toasty malt, and a slightly sweet, yeast filled finish with a crisp aftertaste that's something you'd normally get from a lager. That's about all I can say for this one, other than the whole pizza sauce debacle. Thin bodied, but I think that was expected. High carbonation, aiding in the crispness and dry nature of the finish.

So I don't know what spices, hops, or malts are used for this beer, by my brains seems to translate the marriage of them into a sensory reminder of Ragu. It wasn't as cumbersome or off-putting as something like Mama Mia's Pizza Beer; it was actually drinkable and not *that* bad. But it's still something I'll be leaving on the shelf next time.

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3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a 22 oz. pilsner-style glass. It had a nice frothy cotton like head. Slowly dissapated with spotty lacing. Surprisingly nice head retention. Deep red color with an orange glow where the light strikes. Slow bubbles attempt to reach the top.

Definite sign of caramel malts with hints of roasted malts in the sweet aroma. Faint scent of hops in the background.

It tastes like toasted sourdough bread with sweet caramel honey coating the top. A spicey toasted hop finish holds off the carbonation in the end.

Medium to thin mouthfeel.

I'd have to say this is an easy beer to drink. It may be a little sweeter than I prefer, but I had no problem putting back 3 deuce-deuces.

Although it's not going to break my heart that this one isn't on the shelf at one of my favorite beer purchasing establishments, I must say this will be my beer of choice the next time we decide to dine at the downtown, excuse me, UPTOWN Charlotte Uno location.
And please note if you are so inclined, that this place is located on the corner of College and 2nd, not Tryon and 2nd as it's listed. I found out the hard way.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.