Samuel Adams Pale Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Pale AleSamuel Adams Pale Ale

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my father inlaws garage fridge and grabbed a few to take home,poured into a standard pint glass a light clear golden with a tight pillowy one finger white head that settled nicely into a creamy mass.Light lemon and toasted grain notes in the nose mainly,quite clean on the palate hints of lemon, faint leafy notes,tea, with that underlying toastiness.Kinda ho hum flavors but its not bad,it could appeal to the people trying to venture into ale territory but for me just average.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a murky yellow, and the translucence allows you to see the carbon dioxide escape to the surface. The top presents a thin, patchy head, though most of the beverage surface is covered.

The smell is also on-point for the style, smells like an English Pale Ale. As with the smell, Sam Adams' tastes commonly run into each other. There are surely better pale ales out there, but there's a consistency and fulfillment of expectations that Sam Adams lovers expect. In that context, I deem it an average pale ale.

The mouthfeel's got the subtle hops, but the "specialty malts" have got to be your average pale malts. The hop presence offers a bit better feel than your baseline pale ale.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with abundant carbonation and a white soapy head of about 3/4" thick. Retention was decent, reducing down to a nice layer of uneven bubbles that stayed with the brew. Lacing was good.

S: Light malt and some modest hops; relatively well balanced.

T&M: For a pale ale, I would have expected more hops. This brew was very well balanced between light malts and hops and the relatively abundant carbonation and generally creamy texture made this feel pretty light on the tongue. Overall, the taste was about average and relatively refreshing.

D: Even though it was a bit light on the hops in my humble opinion, this was still a smooth easy to drink brew and was rather enjoyable. I nice summer brew on the back porch.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden yellow/orange pour with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Steady bubbles rise up from the bottom. Aromas start off with crisp, lightly toast grains. Some lemon zest along with herbal, grassy hops. Biscuit tone underneath as well.

First sip brings a lightly toasted grain malt upfront that is somewhat sweet and dominates the flavor. Mellow citrus and light biscuit that is followed by some herbal, grassy hops. Flows down with just a hint of bitterness. Is it just me or does it seem like this one is seriously lacking in the hops department for a pale ale? Finishes with a lingering malt aftertaste. Kinda boring.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation that lends a nice creaminess. Fairly well spot on for a pale ale making it easy to consume. However, this one just ends up being a bit too underwhelming for me and doesn't have the hop profile I like in a pale ale. I'll be passing on this one next time.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden color on the darker side. Sweetish malty nose, not hoppy like I'd expect. Smooth, unintrusive taste. The first impression I had of this beer was that it seemed to be more in the English Pale Ale style. The beer had some of the metallic characteristics of other English pale ales, like Samuel Smith's. This is as good as any other Sam Adams beer, but also what some people may interpret as being middle-of-the-road and forgettable.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer variety pack. Poured into a pint glass, it was a dark yellow with a medium head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma was some sweet grain, not anything else. Mildly hoppy taste. While it was crisp and refreshing as advertised, I didn't think it was that outstanding.

Photo of twi1609372
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very nice ale. nice balance between full bodied and smooth. intricate taste, sort of unusually pale, but it's good. somewhat reminds me of spring ale, but a little more bodied. hard to find this here anymore but i woulden tpass it up when i do. never had a chance to try it but im sure it would be a great tap beer.

Photo of marvin213
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale ales don't ever look overly impressive, but this is probably exactly what you want one to look like. It's a murky yellow, and the translucence allows you to see the carbon dioxide escape to the surface. The top presents a thin, patchy head, though most of the beverage surface is covered. I figure an "exceptional" pale ale might provide full coverage, but I'm confident this is a good-lookin' pale ale.

The smell is also on-point for the style, but what is it about Sam Adams beers that they offer that same distinguishing odor? Is it the Kent hops? Golding? I'm not knowledgable enough to specify it, but the beer otherwise smells like an English Pale Ale. But that lingering Sam Adams smell....

As with the smell, Sam Adams' tastes commonly run into each other. This is like a mixture of Sam regular with Sam Light. Does that a pale ale make? Surely not, but there's just not much to the taste. At what point do you just go normal, cheap BMC if you don't want a really good beer? There are surely better pale ales out there, but there's a consistency and fulfillment of expectations that Sam Adams lovers expect. In that context, I deem it an average pale ale.

The mouthfeel's got the subtle hops I previously mentioned, but the "specialty malts" have got to be your average pale malts. Though "hand-selected" hops could be just as blindly selected as machine-assorted ones, the hop presence offers a bit better feel than your baseline pale ale.

I never want another one, but I don't really like pale ales. Even if you do, I wonder how much of this you'd want to enjoy. The more experience with "better" beers I get, the more I wonder how pale ales continue to exist.

Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its appearance is golden yellow with a good white head that makes nice lacing. The aroma is light with sweet honey and light roasted malts. The hops are light in the nose adding some faint floral notes. There is a smooth malty flavor up front that is lightly roasted and sweet with hints of caramel. The hops are earthy and add a delicate bitterness towards the finish which is crisp and dry. The medium body and easy carbonation give it a creamy smooth mouth feel. Overall it's a very good easy drinking beer.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full flavoured pale ale leaning towards English style, good balance to make for a beer that one could sit down and have a few and not be overwhelmed in any aspect. An all around good pale ale and a decent stab at the English style.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thick with a typical Samuel Adams head. Smell is very hoppy, with malt accents. The Taste is malty and sweet. I don't know if this is what a pale ale is supposed to taste like. Overall, a pretty decent beer. The problem I have with Samuel Adams is the the beers all taste pretty much the same. I drank this out of a sampler, and after a few they all tasted the same.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber body with a two finger, offwhite head that demonstrates good retention and laces the glass with considerable patching. Aroma features pale malt, a hint of caramel, and a restrained, but evident, English style, herbal/floral hops note. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and has medium carbonation. Very mild hops bite on the tongue. Taste is of a well balanced, British style, pale ale, similar to Bass. A sweet malt backbone is balanced by a subdued, but pleasant, hops presence. Don't expect an American style, IPA here. This is nowhere close to a hoppy, SNPA, but compares favorably to a Bass Pale Ale. Finish is clean, and slightly dry. Drinkability is very good. A very nice alternative if you're faced with a limited selection in a store or restaurant.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the variety pack

Appearance: gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: toasted malt, grass, and light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability: An above average pale that very much tastes like a Sam Adams brew. Nothing I would get excited over, yet high quality, and one I could have a six of.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a glass

A: Nice golden color, I think of honey when I see this beer

S: Malty hop balance, this is a sweet smelling beer

T: Tastes sweet but the hops are what mark this beers taste. They are a nice fruity flavor, almost lemony

M: light-body especially for Samuel Adams which is usually a brand of Fuller-bodied brews.

D: a very drinkable brew, thirst quencher, you could quite a few of these. Another good one from Sam

Photo of Byeast
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pure deep gold, with a small foamy white head. Smells pretty good, bit of bisquity malt in there , good dose of citrus thats on the lemon side and a hint of chalk(?). The flavor is a just bit thin for my liking, but what is there is not bad at all. First comes a quick flash of bitter leafy hops , then some medium bodied maltiness fills the feel and flavor out a bit, faint fruitiness, then more hops for a slightly lingering, bitter, and dry finish. Overall i think it would be a good beer to session , with its easy drinking qualities and soft light body,a good brew by BBC.

I liked this beer so much more once i let it warm just a bit, much better that way.

Photo of bsp77
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pale, burnished yellow with minimal head. Very clear, looks like a lager.

Smell: Cereal grains, semi-sweet malts, and very slight British hop presence.

Taste: Grainy, about halfway between sweet and dry. Not much bitterness at all, just a very mild Fuggles taste.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body. Semi-dry finish (prefer drier for the style).

Drinkability: It's an English Pale Ale, so of course it's drinkable, but there are many better to choose from.

I would rather have the Sam Adams Boston Ale, which despite it's claim to be an old style American Stock Ale, is very much an English Pale Ale in my book.

Photo of beerkittycat
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really subdued crystal-clear yellow. I mean it looks thin. Average off-white head. Not much foam or lacing. Aroma has some faint bready malt and flowery hops, more like Noble than grassier or earthy English hops. Flavor is a bit thin with some malt and flowery hops again, but no earthy malt tones or grassy hops that are found in English pale ales. Mouthfeel is thin but the drinkability is definately there. This tasted more like an American blonde ale and nothing like an English pale ale. However, this would make a tasty alternative to your average industrial American lager.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle out of fridge poured into a pint glass. best before NOV 2010 notched on label.

pours a very clear golden color with a one finger or so of white fizzy head. average retention with some decent lace.

not a huge aroma. clean, fruity, pale pilsner smelling malts and grain.

the taste is pretty fruity as well. not much in the way of hops, grassy, some lemon citrus, and maybe a touch floral. some pilsner, grainy malts. tastes similar to a lager.

light body. fizzy, high amount of carbonation.

pretty drinkable, but not a whole lot of flavor. i could session all night long, but theres a whole lot of better choices out there. not a bad 2 bottles in the summer mix pack however.

Photo of far333
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear pale apricot colored with a sizzling and popping white head of foam that settles out quickly.

Aroma of bready malt and corn notes, faint floral hops. Flavors of corn and metallic notes, some faint toffee and biscuit. Mild bitterness, no hop flavors. Even mouthfeel, a bit slick, finishes tingly. Not much complexity or balance, not too drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out a light copper color with below average head. Aroma is faint floral hops, really smells like Saaz and Tetenang stuff.

Taste is very much a light pale ale. Very light. More flavor than BMC, but clearly the next level, a better introduction to beer. Carbonation seems high on the palate compared with the appearance. Dry, typical Sam Adams underhopping (even for an English style pale) and lemon flavor. Another underwhelming effort from SA.

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hops are floral and spicy (and a tad metallic), not fruity. Average finish. Reminds me of Bass. The Boston Lager tastes more like an American Pale than this brew. Average mouthfeel and not a distinct finish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper slightly hazed nice creamy white head leaves nice even rings of lacing. Aroma: Bready with citrus pine edges not bad mellow but nice. Taste: Very nice semi sweet breadiness with flowery hop flavor with a good amount of bitterness, simple pretty reserved English style pale ale. Mouthfeel: Medium body carbonation is solid no complaints. Drinkability: Damn fine session brew in my eyes, not much to say balanced decently hopped ale.

Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not great, quite thin in the end, and it had quite a funky sort of flavour, a bit oily aswell and a bit soggy tasting, not their best.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a Sam Adams glass)
best before Sept. '08
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden straw yellow body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles racing up from the nucleation site and a spongy snow white head that lasted for much of the beer.

S- The soft smell of raw grain has some pale malt and field corn notes to it. There was no real hop aroma until it was very warm then only some green notes.

T- The taste of dry raw grain had a raw corn note to it with soft green hop hint at the finish. There was a lager quality to the grain and a sulfur note to the hops. As the beer warmed the hops flavor stayed soft but the pungent bitterness grew after the finish. Still it was very soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that cleans up the finish.

D- I figured I can't go wrong with a Pale Ale so I picked up a box of this to try and I couldn't get through more than 3 of them before unloading it on friends. This beer taste like a pale lager more than a pale ale. The one-dimensional malt flavor was clean and dominated by corn notes and the slight bitterness of hops really didn't have any flavor or aroma to support them. I understand that a pale ale is not and IPA but this really had no interesting malt qualities. I would give it another try if it was on cask but not in bottles or tap.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tradional beer mug

A- golden amber with a thick puffy white head that disappated a bit to quickly.

S- some hops not to much nose here, on the other hand it is not overpowering which is often the case for APAs

T- one of the more underated offerings from SA, smooth and clean with some citrus in the finish.

M- balanced as most SA are nothing to interesting here

D- as ussual an incredibly well balanced beer from SA. Smooth but with some complexity unlike a macro beer.

This and the Sierra Nevada are my favorites of the APA style

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