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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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1,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,915
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 36
Gots: 96 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

RWLawman, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of bcrossan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bcrossan, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Liverocks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Liverocks, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BuckSpin
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By ticking of 8/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Enjoyed this outside on the porch, a nice, brisk New England late spring evening. Poured with some surge and a little crackle. Nose is rather dry with straw, bitter hops, sourdough bread, yeast. Its a bit rocky in aromatics as well. After it had a little time to settle down and get some evening air I detected orange pekoe, soft tannins, and the aromatic sensation one gets when walking a dry, woodland trail in the late morning.

Head was a fat finger of mixed, sticky, dull latte stained foam with a soft crackle to it. Over time, it faded to an 1/8" blanket of the same that laced with curtains. A beautiful brassy, slightly ruddy, copper stained hue, its clean & crystal clear, a few lone bubbles wiggle up thru it.

Creamy on the tongue, very even, well balanced. Its nicely dry with malts echoing of crackers and straw counterbalancing dull, bitter hops. A caramel & faint cherry sweetness rounds out the taste & overall balance...nice. This is going down very easy. It stays dry on the palate with a subdued crunch, with a combination of the initial tastes joining in a semi-sweet, slightly syrupy effect. It finishes bittersweet, but with a surprise in the form of a very nice dark cherry echo from the throat, leaving a coating, somewhat chewy aftertaste that barely favors the bitter end of the spectrum.

This was very nice, very easy to drink, and a well balanced ale. There were no dead spots that I noticed. While not a taste bomb, it isn't meant to be, and its a good, easy to drink example of the style. Could be sessioned easily, and I could see it going great with anything involving cheddar cheese (cheeseburger, soup, a hearty salad, deli sandwich, etc.). Would definitely drink this again, and would encourage others to give it a try.

BuckSpin, May 14, 2007
Photo of jaluria
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A medium-copper color with a bit of head that leaves behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of malt, hops, and caramel seem to come out. The taste is much sweeter than might be expected for this style. The malt profile is more like a German lager with hints of spices and a subtle aftertaste that sits in the back of my throat. Drinking this beer makes me think it was prepared ever so carefully with just the right amount of this with that. Together, the components make a good session beer, but not one that works within the style.

jaluria, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at UNO's just a little bit ago. It had a very malty tasted to it, definitely had some floral hops in it as well. Had a white frothy head that lasted a minute, maybe two minutes tops. Its a decent beer, kinda disappointed as far as Sam Adams is concerned for brewing it. Recommended but not real highly as far as a Sam Adams prodigy goes.

Rootdog316, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of depechemode1983
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours and amber bronze color. The head is a light khaki color and has excellent retention. There is tons of sticky lacing all around the tulip. Looks awesome.

S - Right up front you get a subtle caramel sweetness that sorta just fades into light floral and piney hops. Orange is noticeable but not really dominant.

T - More caramel with more piney hops. The hops don't coming in as complicated. Just a sweet end with a simple bitter finish. Very tasty none the less.

M - Mouth feel is right there in the middle and a bit oily. Coats the palate nicely. Slick

O - Pretty damn good stuff. This is a good go to beer if nothing else better is available. Not to say this beer can't stand amongst the greats.

depechemode1983, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing this one. One of the first beers I reviewed when I joined BA--I wanted to revisit it after having close to a full year of beer exploration under my belt.

A: Light amber color with a creamy head that retained well and left decent lacing all the way down the glass. Solid appearance for an APA.

S: Caramel aromas, some spices, and a earthy/spiced hop aroma. It's got an aroma that is quite similar to some of the Harpoon beers.

T&M: It's a fairly dry beer that starts with dry, malty flavors that give way to some lightly citric hop flavors. The finish is dry with a lingering hint of malty flavor. Medium body, nice flavor, good finish.

D: Drinkability is solid. More flavor would aid it somewhat, but it's still a decent brew. It's well-balanced and enjoyable. Definitely a good party/social beer--something I could drink a lot of at a bar.

BamaBeerBuff, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice almost brown/caramel color, like the color of the leaves changing in autumn.
Smells dry with some sweet citrus and hop notes.
Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a sweet note.
Finish is crisp with a refreshingly dry/sweet after-taste.
A refreshing sipper and a nice drinker that is smooth.

ThaBobfather, May 26, 2009
Photo of PSUDREW
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting beer. I think it combines a nice array of flavor in its boquet.

It pours in a nice darker amber color. Lightly tan, frothy head and a bit of carbonation upon 1st pourings.

Like I said, the taste is a mix of things. It starts with a nice spicy/ hop pa mix. very smooth tasting and rather easy to drink. The aftertaste has an interesting malty/ creamy taste that sticks around for a while, kind of like the winter lager.

Nice beer. I never sampled the original recipe, only the new "brewmaster series" stlye, so I do not know of the difference (if there is any). Nice beer, looking forward to having more

PSUDREW, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of uwmgdman
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

uwmgdman, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color with an off white head that holds up nicely and leaves good amounts of lacing.

Aroma of light hops and some caramel malt.

Taste reveals a slight hop bitterness along with notes of caramel and grapefruit.

Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Overall, exhibits characteristics similar to the Boston Lager but taken a step further. Nothing I would actively seek out but for the price, this isn't a bad find.

Vengeance526, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of kdivers
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kdivers, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with a best-by date of December 2007. Poured into my new Mikasa ale glass. Medium-sized white head that dissipated pretty quickly after the pour. It's a beautiful golden-red color. Very appealing. Smells and tastes center around the toasted malts. Nice, toasted sweet flavors. Hints of dark fruit like cherries. Little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean, malty finish that I love. Perfect medium mouthfeel. Overall, a nice balanced ale. Not terribly complex, but still wonderfully drinkable. A very strong offering from Sam Adams.

ndekke39, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Neorebel
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Neorebel, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rcatalano, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of twkirkby
3/5  rDev -17.4%

twkirkby, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of packetknife
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-golden tone with a thin off-white head that was dense and laced. Too much hop on the nose and not enough on the tongue. It tasted like it was watered down a bit or not developed enough before bottling. Typical feel and drinkability. Nothing remarkable here.

packetknife, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Awesome head, really thick and creamy, light tan color, leaves lace even as it settles, active bubbles, very clear dark amber in color, one of Sam Adams best looking

S: Kind of like crisp lager, but a little brighter, definitely smell some toasted grainy malt, but there's also a lighter side, not spices but hints of hops

T: A good dose of hops, but lacking in flavor, that's all you really taste is the bite, kind of herbally but not much

M: Lighter than medium, doesn't add much

D: Ok, again flavor not great

Notes: This is an ok beer. I was looking for more after the promising start. It definitely isn't bad, just about average.

dpodratsky3, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of mklinger
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nasty15108
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Poured a clear amber/honey color. The Pour produced a thick head of white foam and lots of soapy lacing. Good carbonation.

S - Floral and slightly spicy. Hints of fresh fruits and malts.

T - Malty with hints of creamy butterscotch. finishes with a slightly soapy floral taste and a slight hop twang.

MF&D - Meduim bodied, crisp and refreshing. Would make a nice session ale.

nasty15108, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of hyuga
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw-orange colored brew with a sudsy, sticky white head that retains well.

Full sourish bready malt aroma with some pleasant herbal English hops.

Nice hop bitterness around the edges, starts off malty with a good hop/malt balance in the middle. Maltiness is doughy, kind of a salty dough flavor, and a bit grainy. Hops are herbal and slightly spicy, coming through bigger at the end and combining with the malt for a crisp, clean finish.

Medium bodied. A bit creamy in the mouthfeel.

A tasty beer that's still good no matter how many amazing beers I drink. This is an old standby beer of mine, and trying it again now after not having it in a long time, I think it should be a regular standby again. One of the beers that got me into craft beer, and for that I'll never forget it.

hyuga, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's pale copper with a one inch chunky fluffy head. Sweet malts and caramel are all I got out of the nose, very enticing. Malty flavor is enjoyed first, then the finish is spicy hops with a lingering aftertaste of mellow bitterness. The mouthfeel is rather thin but the flavors compensate for that. I love the balance and hoppiness.

AudioGilz, May 12, 2003
Photo of drxandy
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, nice goldeny amber shade with a cream colored tightly bubbled head that retained nicely

smells of toasted caramel maltiness, sweet citric hops, slight diacetyl

taste is bready dry malt, caramel sweetness balanced by hop presence, slightly astringent bitterness, spicy hop citrus, grassy, slight diacetyl like the boston lager has, creamy body, like a souped up creamier boston lager.. not bad

mouthfeel is great! probably my favorite thing about this beer, nice and creamy, the malt and hops follow through with great balance.. overall just as sessionable as its lager counterpart but tastier :D

drxandy, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of brett606
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

brett606, Jul 03, 2013
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,915 ratings.