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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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1,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 27
Gots: 63 | 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.

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Photo of palliko


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember when I have ever given all 3.5's to a beer! Guess that says it all – just above average. Not a bad beer, but I felt it could have benefited from some more complexity in the hops. Orange Topaz in color, some white foam with some sticky lacing. Softly hopped, some herb and fruit: even Allspice. A smooth, raw, mildly bitter ale with some malt that balances the middle. Medium to light body. Nice floral finish. Aged to add a robust smoothness. Would be great for picnics, and it is available nationally.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 18:20:35 | More by palliko
Photo of kb2250

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-24-2012 02:41:33 | More by kb2250
Photo of pastramionrye7


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-16-2013 02:06:27 | More by pastramionrye7
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the 2010 Spring variety 12 pack.

Pours a dark copper to brown color; clear with thick, off-white, frothy head and good lacing. Nice head retention as well.

Citrusy hop aroma with some spicy and herbal notes. Hints of caramel malt. Flavor is more on the malty side with plenty of caramel. The citrus hop notes are there but subtler.

Light body, slightly bitter, but thin on the finish. A solid, if mostly average APA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 19:55:48 | More by goldbot
Photo of TubaManJack


3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A chilled bottle from the brewmasters pack into my mug. 3 months before the best by date.

Appearance- A mild copper amber and clear body. A bit of a standard white head. A smidgen of lace and carbonation.
Smell- A bit of musty citrus hops. Some light biscuit malts.
Taste- A bitter APA is a bitter flavor, with a bit of a bready malt. Somewhat floral but it kinda works.
Mouthfeel- Lighter and Crisp crisp and a slight a lingering dryness. Drinkable- Its average but I would still fight for a space in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 19:44:32 | More by TubaManJack
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-21-2011 01:26:19 | More by twkirkby
Photo of goz


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap the the Pic in Tewksbury. Pours clear amber, with a decent sized white head, long lasting, but no lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet, mostly hinting of caramel. Flavor is intenselt caramel, maybe overly sweet. No hops to speak of. Pretty thin mouthfeel also.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2003 12:58:48 | More by goz
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-17-2012 23:26:02 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
Photo of thespaceman


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep gold in color, poured a pretty nice head with good retention and soapy lacing.

Smell: A few earthy scents hit the nose first, with a good backdrop of caramel malt and hoppy elements. A bit of butterscotch and honey also make this one appealing to the nose.

Taste: As felt in the nose, a bit of leafy/grassy elements hit the tongue first, followed by a decent overflow of malt and fruit flavored hops. A tinge of spice hits the palate followed by a decent warming sensation in the finish, not from the alcohol but from the complexity of the spice and maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, this one has great body to it, it doesn't seem to become square when it sits on the tongue for a while, it holds up nice and firm.

Drinkabiliy: Besides Boston Lager, this is easily Samuel Adams easiest, yet most appealing brew to chill out with. It's got robust flavor and is something that isn't generally boring after 2 or 3. Kudos to Samuel Adams for continuing to keep this Ale on the market and not in the retired forum like alot of other BBC favorites I've had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:12:29 | More by thespaceman
Photo of Pamola


4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-16-2011 17:23:08 | More by Pamola
Photo of fisherbray


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-02-2012 02:46:12 | More by fisherbray
Photo of umustdrink


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light amber in color. Head is white in color and fades to rocky splotches. Lacing is medium to strong.

S - Oh boy, caramel malts just like every other fucking SA beer. Nothing different.

T - Again, caramel malts and a few subtle spicy nuances, maybe a hop bitterness here or there.

M - Thin consistency and too much carbonation.

D - Although it tastes almost exactly like the other darker SA beers I wont take points off. It is a really boring beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 07:08:02 | More by umustdrink
Photo of wnh


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crisp, clear reddish copper with one finger of fizzy, ever-so-slightly foamy white head. Not lively, not dull, but looks tasty.

There's not much in the way of aroma, however. I sniffed and sniffed and couldn't come up with much more than some earthy hoppiness. There's nothing particularly bad about it, just nothing to really note. On the tongue is the slight earthy hoppiness again, though the hop bitterness is more discernible. Well-balanced, I suppose, but with few discernible flavors. Kind of boring, really.

Good carbonation. I drank this with a bison cheeseburger, and cut through the fat of the cheese (and the little fat in the bison) well. Medium-light mouthfeel. Drinkable enough, I suppose, but I don't know in what situation I'd really care for another.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:35:22 | More by wnh
Photo of akinsja


4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-28-2011 21:09:14 | More by akinsja
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-19-2014 02:29:49 | More by JC333
Photo of hiikeeba


4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy amber with a creamy white head

S - Fruity, apple notes, with some hop bitterness

T - Subtle Hop flavor starts around the sides of the tongue and is replaced with a grainy malt flavor that reminds me of tea. Finished with hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - full bodied, with moderate carbonation

D - Goes down smoothly, and the hop finish isn't overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 21:16:07 | More by hiikeeba
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-12-2013 16:49:43 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-31-2011 21:31:16 | More by muddyh2oblues
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-19-2012 17:13:14 | More by mttdls
Photo of beerprovedwright


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to my glass, to my mouth, yum. Lovely brownish amber color with a one finger head. Color is a 12 on the SRM chart. Head is a light tan, with about two minute lasting power. Light, lace with little cling. Aroma of honey, citrus, lilac, golden wheat, sweet malt and green hops. Flavor is a well balanced refinement of wheat, citrus, malt, and a crisp edge of hops. Smooth, creamy feeling in my mouth with a great amount of tingle. One of the better ale's I have had, good drinkability, widely available, good price.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 19:43:14 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of frosted33


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-15-2012 03:13:11 | More by frosted33
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-17-2013 19:15:52 | More by Syraquse
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

08-17-2012 18:27:10 | More by MooseBoose
Photo of jadpsu


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with an off white, mostly tan head that demonstrated excellent retention and excellent lacing.
Smell, not much in the malt category . Some spicy orange/lemon/fruity hops are most noticable. Pick up some spicy black pepper.
Taste, some malts show up here. Medium body with hoppy bitterness and spices come come on , then a aftertaste that is a bit on the dry side.
Very good ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:57:20 | More by jadpsu
Photo of Klebe


3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-20-2014 16:09:48 | More by Klebe
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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