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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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1,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 76 | 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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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

02-21-2007 03:21:24 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a thin, off-white head that yields spotty lacing.

S: Aromas of malt, biscuit, fruit and yeast.

T: Solid malt foundation balanced with spicy hop notes, followed by touches of sweet fruit and biscuit. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M: Rather thin mouthfeeel with moderate carbonation.

D: A less than robust taste profile lends itself to prime summertime poundability.

06-22-2008 22:24:19 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Syraquse


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-17-2013 19:15:52 | More by Syraquse
Photo of VinsanityDiesel


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-12-2013 16:49:43 | More by VinsanityDiesel
Photo of brokentee


4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-10-2011 23:39:13 | More by brokentee
Photo of McStagger


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

09-18-2007 08:07:40 | More by McStagger
Photo of Liverocks


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-10-2014 09:49:54 | More by Liverocks
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12oz with a Nov 05 freshness date. Pours out a medium to light orange color that is very clear with ample carbonation and rising bubbles. Topped it off with a one inch off-white creamy head that leaves an ample amount of lace.

The smell is slightly fruity with a spicy mix. There is a touch of citrus in the smell too. The taste is mildly malty and nicely hopped. There is a good balance of hops in this one. Not much grapefruit flavor like an ipa, but a definite lean toward one. This is a very good ale.

08-25-2005 22:01:54 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Milkysunshine

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-22-2012 21:51:14 | More by Milkysunshine
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured a nice coppery amber with a one finger off white head which faded quickly and left little lacing.

It smells delicious with a wonderful nutty sweet malt aroma and a bit of hop earthiness.

Flavor does not live up to it's aroma, pretty much middle of the line bready malt with a bit of sourness and a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of caramel nuttiness. Improves greatly as it warms with a metallic tang noticed at it's coldest nearly dissapearing. It does have a bit of an aftertaste that it's hard to put a finger on.

Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps too much carbonation initially, medium in body.

Overall this seems to be a rather average ale, definitely a bit middle of the road in most aspects. Not one of my favorite Sam Adams offerings, but not bad. I doubt I will buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down. It may just be that it has a flavor profile that isn't my favorite as it seems to be well appreciated by most.

12-26-2007 22:43:05 | More by BlackBearForge
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2011 22:27:21 | More by Oboogie
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-19-2014 02:29:49 | More by JC333
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle marked 036451320 poured into a pint glass

A—clear orange amber brown with ½ tan head that slip down to a thin white line in a matter of minutes

S—roasted malts and hops are balanced in the aroma, sweet and a little sour

T—again a nice balance of malt sweetness and hops bitterness, starts sweet then changes to a dry bitter finish

M—medium bodied with good carbonation

D—A good solid beer. I have a hard time finding a dominate taste…it’s really well balanced. Could easily have a few more.

02-21-2006 22:10:47 | More by hanco005
Photo of Gaisgeil


3/5  rDev -17.4%

This has got to be the most average beer I've ever had. It is perfectly situated between lesser maco beer and it's craft cousins. It has many of the characteristics of both, so, very, very middle of the road. Pours a crystal amber in color with a fizzy white head. Nose is a little lager-like, nearly macro territory, not sure if it's corn or what, but it smells a lot like Labatt or something, there is some extra malt sweetness in there, but by and large, unimpressed. Taste is quite light, almost a balance between a standard pale ale and a plisner. Bready maltiness combined with a light floral hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light, again, middle of the road. Drinlability is pretty good except that the beer is pretty uninteresting overall, well crafted though, no glaring faults.


06-22-2006 06:43:58 | More by Gaisgeil
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-24-2012 02:41:33 | More by kb2250
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-31-2011 21:31:16 | More by muddyh2oblues
Photo of palliko


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-03-2004 18:20:35 | More by palliko
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-21-2011 01:26:19 | More by twkirkby
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Minimal head with a crystal clear body, amber in color
S: Some grape scent, not too much going on other than a mild sweetness
T: Very refreshing beer, the hop profile reminds me of SABL, but that shouldn't be too surprising. The malt profile is not obvious until the finish which is caramely and bready, which also included a carbonation bite (minor).
M: Very very easy to drink, like a lager almost, low carbonation.
O: A easy drinker that i'm sure i could have all night, but definitely nothing to call home about. A solid offering for those who want to tiptoe into the realm of ales.

02-09-2014 23:40:14 | More by Duesler
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-28-2014 23:43:39 | More by Patches826
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-17-2013 02:30:40 | More by Metaltildeath
Photo of TubaManJack


3.05/5  rDev -16%

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.

07-19-2009 19:44:32 | More by TubaManJack
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-02-2012 02:46:12 | More by fisherbray
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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