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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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1,969 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,969
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 151 | 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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Photo of robebo44
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mbeerdino21
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of boudreaux
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lstokes
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.

Photo of pcsnyder
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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 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 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.

Photo of tikk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle dated best by November. Pours a nice copper color with some golden hues when held to light. There is a nice white head that stays around for a while, and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt and carmel. There is also a faint smell of floral hops as well.

The taste is sweet and there is carmel present as well. There is also a little citrus present. And the beer finishes with a little bitterness. I would like a little more hops but it is solid none the less.

Mouthfeel is decent. There is a nice carbonation level and the beer is medium bodied, and a little sticky. Pretty decent brew from Boston Beer, I would prefer a little more hoppieness but it is a solid beer and I am likely to pick it up again.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bright white head on top of amber brown color with light orange hue. Similiar taste to the boston lager but has a stock maltiness that is sour. I kept tasting this strong sour cream and onion aftertaste with every sip. Maybe this one was a little skunk because I have had this before and I dont remember it tasting like this.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Samual Adams Celebrates Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh airport. An all-around tasty ale. Copper-colored body covered with a fairly sticky off-white head. The smell is familiar -- it smells a lot like their lager. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It tastes a lot like it, too. Where it differs is that familiar fruity yeasty zing that tickles your tongue at the end of the swallow. It's nice. Pretty well balanced (maybe on the sweet side, if you ask me). With a slightly heavy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and good drinkability.

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 SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of Jackal
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of PatronWizard
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had it before, but I likes me some Sammy Adams brews.

Pours a medium toned copper fire. Again with the half finga head, fades just a little too quick. First and only 12 oz pour so don't know if I just schlubbed up the pour like I sometimes do.

Smell is ... little. Light and malty.

Taste is ... what the fuck. Took a drink and this beer literally disappears down the ole pie hole before getting a flavor. Seriously smooth. It might take a whole glass to get a taste. I'm down.

I guess it's a typical, regular, ordinary good ale. Not too forward with any attribute but good overall. Could easily finish the whole glass with one mighty swig if I wasn't trying to enjoy.

Overall: ordinary

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,969 ratings.