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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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1,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,958
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 41
Gots: 137 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle dated best by November. Pours a nice copper color with some golden hues when held to light. There is a nice white head that stays around for a while, and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt and carmel. There is also a faint smell of floral hops as well.

The taste is sweet and there is carmel present as well. There is also a little citrus present. And the beer finishes with a little bitterness. I would like a little more hops but it is solid none the less.

Mouthfeel is decent. There is a nice carbonation level and the beer is medium bodied, and a little sticky. Pretty decent brew from Boston Beer, I would prefer a little more hoppieness but it is a solid beer and I am likely to pick it up again.

Photo of MooseBoose
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of allboutbierge
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bright white head on top of amber brown color with light orange hue. Similiar taste to the boston lager but has a stock maltiness that is sour. I kept tasting this strong sour cream and onion aftertaste with every sip. Maybe this one was a little skunk because I have had this before and I dont remember it tasting like this.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Samual Adams Celebrates Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh airport. An all-around tasty ale. Copper-colored body covered with a fairly sticky off-white head. The smell is familiar -- it smells a lot like their lager. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It tastes a lot like it, too. Where it differs is that familiar fruity yeasty zing that tickles your tongue at the end of the swallow. It's nice. Pretty well balanced (maybe on the sweet side, if you ask me). With a slightly heavy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and good drinkability.

Photo of McStagger
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange red color with a brown overlay. Looks like fresh brick. Head is slightly tan with moderate dissipation and good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine notes are offset by mild notes of honey, fig and plum.

T: Sweet notes in the beginning that are reminiscent of the same dark fruit. However, there is a raisin-y overtone to the fruit that was not detected in the nose. The hops take over after that, with notes of citrus and juniper that last throughout the entire finish. There is also a note of toasted grain on the finish that complements the hops very well.

M: Beer slides across the palate. The body of the beer is a tad on the heavy side, but the carbonation on the beer picks this up before it becomes really noticeable.

D: This beer has a great flavor. This beer is not overly heavy. This beer is not hard to drink.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a pale ale this certainly has a lot of body and good flavor. It's sort of like the Boston Lager but a tad lighter with a bit of added spice. It's a red/brown mix color with a bunch of head and good carbonation. The aroma is slightly malty with cinnamon added. The flavor is comparable. It's rather smooth and finishes with a good sweetness. I'll definitely have this one again.

Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/amber with a nice thick frothy cap. Nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, citrusy floral hops, sort of sweet tropical fruits as well.

Tastes sort of like an english IPA with a bit more hops, nice sweet fruity malt backbone, and a nice citrus hop finish.

Very smooth and drinkable ale.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Crystal clear coppery amber in color; Good off-white colored head of about 3/4" reducing slowly into an uneven layer of bubbles. Good lacing. It just looks pretty!

S: Faint aromas of moderate malts and light hops.

T&M: Relatively light weight on the tongue with a fuller than expected taste. The malt comes on strong in flavor without being sweet. The balance with the malt and hops is very good and quite nice, with a result of a brew with a slightly dry edge. The carbonation in this was fine but abundant and contributes quite a bit to the overall mouthfeel. The finish is mostly clean with just a bit of maltiness on the linger.

D: A cut above average, this is an enjoyable brew to drink. It's similar in so many ways to the Boston Lager but there is a nice edginess to the flavor that I like in a brew. Recommended.

Photo of jsisko01
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark orange-amber color with an inch thick head that lasts for a while. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts with caramel. Nothing else really..

Taste - Caramel with a sweet, toasty flavor. Has a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Has a pretty thick body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - I was excited to try the original beer made by Samuel Adams.. it's not bad.

Photo of Jackal
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mbeerdino21
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Beautiful maltness in the scent with a three fingers high foam. The beer lacks some character but is otherwise almost perfect with the long and smoked aftertaste.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a brilliant golden/light amber color with a white head that lingered through most the beer leaving a nice lace on the glass, an impressive appearance. The aroma is moderately sweet, caramel sweetness, it almost smells like there may be a small amount of some black malt and there are also elements of alcohol or wine-like aroma. Hop aroma is low, just a bit of spicy hop aroma. The beer has an initially caramel sweet taste, yet still balanced by hop bitterness. After the initial sweetness, the beer turns and finishes dry and almost wine-like, there also seems to be a bit of a metallic after taste. The carbonation is moderate with a medium body and somewhat smooth. Overall I found this beer to be decent, not the best beer from Sam Adams. It is an attractive looking beer, has a good balance, but I really do not care for the finish. I don’t know if the wine-like, metallic finish and after taste is intended by yeast strain selection or an off-flavor. The aroma advertised the taste well, but I didn’t find it overly inviting.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had it before, but I likes me some Sammy Adams brews.

Pours a medium toned copper fire. Again with the half finga head, fades just a little too quick. First and only 12 oz pour so don't know if I just schlubbed up the pour like I sometimes do.

Smell is ... little. Light and malty.

Taste is ... what the fuck. Took a drink and this beer literally disappears down the ole pie hole before getting a flavor. Seriously smooth. It might take a whole glass to get a taste. I'm down.

I guess it's a typical, regular, ordinary good ale. Not too forward with any attribute but good overall. Could easily finish the whole glass with one mighty swig if I wasn't trying to enjoy.

Overall: ordinary

Photo of greenmonstah
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep copper color with a finger of large-bubbled off-white head.

S - Grainy/bready, caramel, a hint of hop. Slightly sweet. Very clean grain aromas.

T - Some caramel sweetness mixed with mellow hop bitterness. Finish has some toasted and buttered bread qualities to it. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Lightly fruity, which was a bit of a surprise.

M - Very smooth. Medium body, goes does effortlessly, but leaves a slight diacetyl finish. Not oily, though -- it actually finishes a bit dry.

O - Overall a perfectly passable offering. Yet another example of BBC making a beer that is a great introduction to a style, but with little risk or excitement involved.

Photo of alkemy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange/copper color with about a 1-2 finger head that seemed to keep decent retention. Nice looking lacing throughout. Somewhat vague hop aroma. This is where I should probably point out that this is the first I've had this in roughly ten years. When I was in college a nearby bar had it on tap and I also treated myself to bottles when I got sick of getting hammered on macros. I don't know if my palate has become jaded, but this just doesn't seem as good as I remember. I don't know if Sam Adams quit brewing this for a while (there seemed to be quite a few years I never saw it) and then brought it back changed or what. This ale is mildly pleasant in it's hoppy taste, but just isn't as flavorful as I remember. All in all, it is still a pretty good beer and would be a great choice for a session beer.

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

there actually seems to be a bit of caramel in the beer. the smell is not strong the appearance is standard. This beer overall is a good standard ale. it does not wow me at all, but its above the avg beer you might get. if you want to start at an ale, or get a better than avg beer on a menue, get this beer. I good standbye beer.

Photo of tikk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +10.5%

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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