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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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82
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1,979 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 46
Gots: 160 | 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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Ratings: 1,979 | Reviews: 966
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zerk
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a frothy head that dissapated quickly. Slightly hoppy aroma. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but with a nice spice / hop flavor. Decent amber ale, but not nearly as good as others in the same genre.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Ale does seem to be a beer that gets lost in the shuffle of BBC's extensive lineup. Plain and simple, this is a good beer. While it shares some characteristics with the Boston Lager, the ale-like qualities of this one make it slightly better. All in all, this is a beer that really satisfies.

Boston Ale pours a nice medium amber color with and reddish and gold hue. A decent off-white head forms and lasts for awhile, thinning out but still lacing quite well. It has a typical "pale ale" smell to it. There is some light maltiness and caramel notes along with some hoppiness in the nose. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, with a moderate amount of fizz, but definite ale smoothness here. The malt flavor hits the palette first, with some caramel and nutty notes. Good hop bitterness, carrying somewhat of an herbal/light cinnamon character. The nuttiness becomes more apparent in the aftertaste, with some cracker-like notes appearing as well. The assertive hop bitterness and dryness continues, bringing along some bitter grapefruit qualities with it. Finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

I can somewhat imagine this being the type of beer that was drunk by the founding fathers of this country. For some reason, it has a down-home, patriotic feel to it. A well-balanced beer that is very drinkable.

Photo of kinger
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought this might stand out as one of their better brews but It's rather average at best. Sweet malty aroma, dark copper pour with decent head and adequate lacing. Filling mouthfeel with an awkward aftertaste. Flavor is fine, sweet and bready. Some bitterness present. Kind of buttery.

Photo of ujsplace
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a nonic glass.

Huge, chunky, lemon merangue pie like white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of grains, herbal hops and some sweet malts.

Good malt and hop balance. Earthy hops, biscuty malt with some mild burnt, carmelized malt sweetness.

Smooth and crisp with nice carbonation.

A solid ale from Samuel Adams. Will definitely be a crowd pleaser. Caseworthy to say the least.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lupe
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a thick creamy head which leaves lace trails and rings on the glass. Flavor is rich with some spice and a unique hop flavor. A very drinkable ale with good flavor.

Photo of beerman207
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pour leaves quite a bit of head and the beer looks to be a dark amber

S - Malts, caramel, bread coming through the nose

T - Some pine hops coming through along with the bread and malt presence

M - Medium carbonation

D - This is a very drinkable pale ale. I would definately rank Alpha King and Yazoo above this one but it's a decent APA

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 boudreaux
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EPseja
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at recommended temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear medium copper color with orange highlights and a fantastic pillowy finely-bubbled head standing well over an inch. The lacing is sticky and thick and lasts throughout the entire pint. The active carbonation in the pint glass adds the perfect finishing touch to an impressive looking beer. Perfect!

S - A wonderful blend of floral and organic nosed hops and robust, toasted malts. Slight wheaty notes. Very interesting and mouthwatering.

T - The malts are the first thing I notice on the tip of my tongue. Slightly toasty, slightly sweet. The middle of the sip brings a whisper of the hoppiness on board, and the finish sees the malty sweetness fade into the background of a fresh, mildly organic, medium hop-dominated aftertaste. Quite tasty.

M - Slightly thin on the way in, but develops some seriously round, cohesive body in the mouth. The finish is slick and slightly drying.

D - This has become one of my favorite offerings from Samuel Adams. You've got the looks, the smell, the taste, and the body of a solid, quality beer all wrapped into one, and that adds up to a solid drinkability for this style.

It's hard to believe that this beer is in the same class as Alpha King since the latter is so dramatically hoppy. To its credit this is one easily drinkable beer for someone who enjoys hops, but does not want to be clobbered over the head with them (at least at this moment).

While Boston Lager may be Samuel Adams' best selling and best known brew, this one stands heads and tails above it in character.

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.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a fair bit of lacing and a strong caramel smell. Earthy hops, biscuit/caramel malt, some bitter hop oils. I found that it became too sweet throughout the glass, so I'm marking it down a bit for that. Creamy in the mouth with good carbonation. Nothing particularly memorable, but a solid, classic, enjoyable session ale.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Although an APA I think this could easily pass as an Amber. Pours reddish copper, clear, with fluffy head and minimal retention and no lacing. Smell is strong of caramel malt, some sweetness, and a touch of hops. Taste is about the same. A somewhat dry and bicuity malt backbone, some caramel as well. I really cant say I detect much, if any, hops. Mouthfeel was fine. Not really thin, a little more to the medium side with a slightly dry aftertaste. Overall a good beer, and easy drinker, just not a standout APA.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of vtfan77
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber with minimal head but a fairly decent lacing.

S- Quite malty in the nose. Caramel malts and some citrusy hops are evident.

T- Maltiness carries through to the taste. Toasty malts come through with a caramel/ butterscotch flavor. Hops aren't as big a part of this beer as I thought they'd be. Perhaps a bit of a citrus and pine bite in the end with a little bitterness, but that's it. Esters are apparent in the aftertaste and give it a sort of apple-like fruitiness.

M- Medium-light bodied, not much carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. Low abv and smooth. Good quaffer.

A solid beer. Not fantastic, but pretty good. I was expecting more hoppiness. Still miles above any macro, but I've had better pale ales and better beers from Sam Adams (their Boston Lager, for one). Still a good drinker with no obvious flaws. Recommended, but don't expect to be blown away.

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 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 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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

It is poured an amber color with touches of orange along the sides the glass. A half inch head forms on top that is cream in color. The head stays there for some time. Malty and bread fragrances hit the nose at first scent. That is then overtaken by the strong scents of grass and pine. The malt flavor flows across the palate for a hearty bread and biscuit flavors. Then as hits the back of the palate a mild bitterness hits, mostly of grass and touches of tobacco. A medium bodied feel and staying that way evenly all the way through. This is an easy to drink beer the color and look are make you thirsty, the aroma makes you want to take a sip. Then the flavor makes you to keep drinking and the feel makes you glad beer is the best beverage on earth, a great session beer.

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