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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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 39
Gots: 118 | 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 gr0g
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear shade of copper with a two finger head. Retention is pretty good, and some lacing forms close to the remnants of the head. Aromatics are pretty muted. Freshly baked bread and some toffee. Very faint floral hop note.

The flavor is malt forward but still nicely balanced by the English hops. Dry finish with light bitterness. Bready malt profile with a touch of diacetyl. Mouthfeel is this beer's best attribute: the carbonation has a very soft touch without being anywhere near flat.

A robust, malty take on an English pale ale. It's similar to Boston Lager in its overall flavor profile: malt forward but still nicely hopped. While a far cry from England's finest, this is a well-made English style ale.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of MooseBoose
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of greenmonstah
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep copper color with a finger of large-bubbled off-white head.

S - Grainy/bready, caramel, a hint of hop. Slightly sweet. Very clean grain aromas.

T - Some caramel sweetness mixed with mellow hop bitterness. Finish has some toasted and buttered bread qualities to it. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Lightly fruity, which was a bit of a surprise.

M - Very smooth. Medium body, goes does effortlessly, but leaves a slight diacetyl finish. Not oily, though -- it actually finishes a bit dry.

O - Overall a perfectly passable offering. Yet another example of BBC making a beer that is a great introduction to a style, but with little risk or excitement involved.

Photo of Jlabs
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of alkemy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange/copper color with about a 1-2 finger head that seemed to keep decent retention. Nice looking lacing throughout. Somewhat vague hop aroma. This is where I should probably point out that this is the first I've had this in roughly ten years. When I was in college a nearby bar had it on tap and I also treated myself to bottles when I got sick of getting hammered on macros. I don't know if my palate has become jaded, but this just doesn't seem as good as I remember. I don't know if Sam Adams quit brewing this for a while (there seemed to be quite a few years I never saw it) and then brought it back changed or what. This ale is mildly pleasant in it's hoppy taste, but just isn't as flavorful as I remember. All in all, it is still a pretty good beer and would be a great choice for a session beer.

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

there actually seems to be a bit of caramel in the beer. the smell is not strong the appearance is standard. This beer overall is a good standard ale. it does not wow me at all, but its above the avg beer you might get. if you want to start at an ale, or get a better than avg beer on a menue, get this beer. I good standbye beer.

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +10.2%

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber with some reddish tones. Lacing sticks to the glass after a good off white head.

Smells are similar to Boston lager but more american hops and less caramel malt.

Taste is slightly simple, but well balanced and tasty. Slightly light mouthfeel up front with good carbonation. Slightly citrus hops come in late.

Not a bad beer. Exactly what I would expect from SA Boston Ale. Not a west coast hoppy pale ale, but a well balanced subdued session beer.

Photo of baconman91
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of richobrien
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent copper/amber pale ale color. Very little head retention, almost non-existent. The nose is very faint. I'm having trouble pulling much of anything from this one. Maybe a hint of citrus. The taste is okay. A little bland for an APA at first, the middle is choppy and robust, and it finishes with a tangy and citrusy flavor. The mouthfeel is thick and soft. Drinkability is good as well, I seem to be getting more and more interested in this beer after each sip.

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.

Photo of dubmax
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mbeerdino21
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Neorebel
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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.

Photo of ScottieD
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RWLawman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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