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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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1,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 37
Gots: 108 | 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 TommyW
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber/gold body with a white, sudsy head.

S- Sweet and biscuity malt aromas and some hop notes as well.

T- Semi-sweet, bready malts fade away into a nice hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- Really great session beer and definite go-to beer for me.

TommyW, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of jsisko01
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

jsisko01, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of dubmax
3/5  rDev -17.4%

dubmax, Jun 21, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Ropowers3
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Ropowers3, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Aisha
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Aisha, May 27, 2013
Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -17.4%

canders0927, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of iceball585
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish amber color, semi-clear, 1/2 finger thick head that lowered to a thin cover, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Hops, toasted malts, slightly floral

T- Hops, toasted malts, oak, honey, grains, sugar, nutty

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, clean, smooth, crisp flavor, slight oily finish

D- Easily a session beer

This is a pretty good american pale ale. Great blend of hops and malt that creates a very smooth beer.

iceball585, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

SIRIUS2, May 10, 2008
Photo of RWLawman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

RWLawman, Dec 17, 2012
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 Neorebel
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Neorebel, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of CBlack85
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This beer pours an orange/amber color with a dense white head. Good head retention that leaves spotty lacing.

The nose is slightly weak, but what is there is pleasant enough. Some biscuity malts are balanced by a nice grassy hop aroma.

The flavor is sweet and malty with a slightly fruity undertone. The hops are floral and grassy, and lead to a mildly bitter finish. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Easy to drink and refreshing.

CBlack85, May 30, 2010
Photo of sacfly
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz, drink by December 2006 notched.
Pours a hazy orange color with a huge thick head of large off white bubbles. Head is creamy and lasts the entire drinking experience. Aroma is caramel sweetness. Flavor follows suit. Moderate bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. This is a perfect session beer. Not too much of anything, just a very well balanced easy drinking brew. I would agree with the label that states “…smoother than most ales and richer than most lagers with a round, robust taste.” Nice, simple beer.

sacfly, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +10.2%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 31, 2011
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 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 richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

richobrien, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of buzzed
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

buzzed, Sep 16, 2012
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
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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