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

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896 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 896 | Reviews: 574
Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It pours to a nice head that sticks to the glass all the way down. Th e smell is definetly of hops and malts. The taste is great it has a great balance of hops and malts, with a medium mouthfeel and one hell of a drinkablility. I really recommend you try this Pale Ale you will truly be satisfied.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.76/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sam adams pale ale poured a slightly dark amber color, with a slightly smaller head. It smelt of hops, and nohting else. It tasted like a pale ale, no extra flavors, just beer, it was dry, and bitter, but not overly bitter. It was easy to drink, tastes great, one of my favorite beers.

Photo of likethetaste
4.73/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very good beer. This beer actually went well with Hummus! ! This is one of the better of the Sam Adam beers that I have tried. Got in a variety pack offered by Sam Adams for summer drinking. I will be buying this beer again. I know this is a great beer because I cannot stop thinking about getting it again.

Photo of pjohnston007
4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paul's one-line review (per area):

A-Straw w/slight berry, bright white lasting head
S-Hops, cascade
T-Cascade hops start, cake, with malty finish
M-Thin, then acidic, then fizzy, thick finish
D-Good IPA, in the Sam Adam's fashion. Pleasing

Beautiful color. Great taste. One of the better IPAs I've had in awhile. Well done, Sam Adams!

Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber color with nice head and medium retention.

S: Very nice balance of hops and malt. Slight earthy scents.

T&M: Very good flavor and excellent attempt at English style ale. Medium bodied.

One could sit down and have a few without being overwhelmed. An all around good pale ale. I like it better than their mainstay lager style.

Photo of Bricelyn
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Its like looking through honey! Half a fingers worth of head that has very littl lacing. Wonderful the bubbles race to the top almost suspended in the center for a split second making this beer seem thicker than it really is.

Slight malt in the nose with a finish of hops and a light whisp of alcohol.

Taste is crisp hops up front washed quickly away with a medium malty caramel and a finish of oats that lingers

Mouth feel lightly bubbly then turns into head and then disipates in your mouth quickly

This beer is very drinkable and might become a fixture on the menu at my house.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best english pale ale that I've tried. It's a fairly malty brew and I do prefer american pale ales, but I really enjoy this brew.

This brew has a great head and retention. The smell is strong of caramel malts. It's very very inviting. The taste is malty with a nice hop balance. Caramel malts are dominant.

Mouthfeel is not crisp but clings fairly well.

This is easily a sessionable brew.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear golden color, with a pretty dense white head that is very persistent. Really a nice presentation from this bottle, out of a mixed case.

Aroma has a really nice grassy hop profile, with very light lemon notes and subtle sweet malty undertones. Tastes of lemongrass, mild hints of other herbs, sweetness from malt in background again but giving good support. I love the herbal notes from the hops in this English Pale Ale. Some other American brewers could take a lesson in moderation and balance from this beer, IMO.

Nice light body, yet has some substance. This is by all means a quaff-able beer any time of year. BBC has the right idea with their take on this style.

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

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

A: Nice clear, straw colored appearance. 1 inch head that fades a bit quick but leaves plenty of lacing

S: Light lemon notes and a bit of a sweet malty undertone make up this fine brew.

T: Very nice sweetness from the malt with a sweet finish. Very crisp.

M: Moderate carbonation, light. Goes down easy and smooth.

D: Very good drinkability. Well balanced, and very refreshing. Perfect for hot summer days such as today.

This is an excellent pale ale from Samuel Adams. Cheers!

Photo of mutd8710
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of the beer consisted of grains and wheat bread along with a slight citrus sweetness. The taste is great and the East Kent hops give it a very nice English ale flavor. The malts come through at the end and the balance is superb.

I purchased the Summer Styles 12 pack and this was my first time trying Sam's Pale Ale. I must say it was better then I anticipated. This is a drinkable beer and definitely not a bad ale to have around during the summer.

Photo of emsroth
4.34/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with freshness date. Poured into a 12oz glass.

App: Gold with hints of amber. One finger head that quickyl recedes. Substantial lacing.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, reminiscent of a sweet baguette. Faint hop smell, but it is not needed or missed.

Taste: Starts husky and grainy paired perfectly with the carbonation. A touch of roasted flavor. Next is pleasant sweetness. It ends with the slightest hint of hops. As I finish the sweetness diminishes and the hopiness comes forward. The hops remind me of pine, wood, and grass.

Nice, full mouthfeel. Dry aftertaste.

Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep golden ale with a white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a good herbal hop scent. Not sweet smelling mostly just an herbal hop scent, the hops have a minty quality to them.

Taste is a little sweet and aggressively bitter. Mild spiciness in the hop profile, this is much like a bitter Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is good.

Exceedingly drinkable. This is NOT another cookie cutter APA full of grapefruit and pine flavor and scent. This is much closer to a Pilsner in bitterness and hops used. This beer is all about the hops, satisfyingly bitterness and very well dry hopped. I did not expect this beer to be so tasty; this is now my favorite Sam Adams brew!

Photo of flipshevanel
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most stand-out Pale Ale's I've had in a while that I can really remember. Started out with an average white head that was mostly diminishing. A nice clear body with a golden orange hue. Carbonation was normal. This aroma stood out by the dominance of the yeast over the hops, unusually for Pale Ales. I got hints of dough and banana. The palate was incredible, a nice medium to full body that was creamy in texture, soft carbonation, and a finish that screamed bread (my favorite). The flavor is a little subdued with light bitterness but long finish, I think this adds to the drinkability.

Photo of TheGarvenator
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear golden color with a head that gradually dissipates...

S - smells of citrus hops and malt thats not overbearing..

T - dry and tart from the hops but satisfying...

M - lightly carbonated with a good after taste that begs for more..

I think this is a good pale ale from Sam Adams. Could be way better and I did over-hype it to myself but Im not dissappointed. Its a decent beer that I wouldnt mind to get again...even though I'd prefer a Doggie Style or a Sierra Nevada.

Photo of TheMadJack
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass

A: Brass colored and crystal clear with a half-centimeter of head that leaves light lacing.

S: Balanced, simple, mostly malt with a classic, understated hops presence characteristic of the style. Butter, toffee, and pear.

T: Exactly to suit thus far. The flavor is crisp and clear, well balanced with exactly the right bitterness for the style. Butter and D'Anjou pear with just a hint of vanilla. Slight character of mineral water in the finish.

M: Full and velvety. The beer almost feels warm despite being served just cool enough for water to condense on the outside of my glass.

D: Versatile, refreshing, and timeless. You can drink this beer with practically anything and at any time of day in any season.

Photo of MDekker
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a filtered orange brown, with 2 fingers of head off a hard pour. Good lacing as the beer went down. The aroma was dry, with notes of citrus, a little banana, and hops. The taste totally did it for me: banana, a pleasant, crisp apple flavor and just the right amount of bitterness, which gave it nice balance. It felt...clean. However, the cleanliness made it feel a little watery, too, but mostly it was fine. I could and will consume more of this brew.

Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This highly filtered brew is a shiney yellow with some light copper towards the core. Medium carbonation roll to the top under a Ivory white, tight head that retains well and leaves ring lacing.

My first impression was that this is an English Pale Ale as the hop twang is mellow and more of a drying effect and slightly bitter. I don't get any of the citrus, hop dominance that occurs in most American versions. Hell with style's, this is a fine brew, mellow, smooth, crisp and clean. Nothing is dominant, the malt bill is of some sweetened grain and a snappy, cleansing hops.

Notes: Ummmm this should be in my stable at all times. Perfect on a hot day and enough character to be consumed on any occassion. I believe this is the best "year round and year to year" beer that they make.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Florian's. Light amber translucent body with a quarter iinch of off-white head. Aroma is dominated by hops with a little malt. Tastes hoppy overall, with some roasted malt. Medium bodied. Very drinkable and pleasant. What else can I say? Much better than expected! I like it, definitely be getting this one again.

Photo of Franchise
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Nerax:

This beer poured a deep orange brown leaving a surprisingly large head from the cask. The aroma is very sweet, candied fruit, mild hops, grass, and a wonderful bouquet of flowers. The taste is similiar to the nose, very malty upfront, delicious sweetness balanced with a mild grassy, citrus hop background but malt dominate.

Note: Similiar to the Harpoon Dark, this SA-Pale Ale on cask surprised me and could very well be the surprise/best beer of the night IMO.

Photo of MrSeth
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bubbly white head. It settles then reforms now and again. The body is a beautiful gold. The nose is fruity at first, fresh rasberries.. then a honeyish malt aroma. Good taste, something barely estery.. it's a nice element although it doesn't remind me of any particular fruit. The finish is only mildly bitter and that will add a point to the drinkability.

Photo of Morris729
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color with a creamy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Floral hops come through in the aroma along with a hint of cinnamon. Nice balance of malt and hops in the taste up front with oily hops dominating the finish. Quite smooth and refreshing.

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts. It has a fruity quality as well as a wonderful English hop aroma. The taste is great. This is what I like about the English style pales. It's malty with a smooth, dry finish. The hops add good balance and it attains a slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is quite possibly the best beer these guys brew. I like everything about it.

Photo of evanackerman
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i am surprised by the low reviews of this beer, i find it extremely delicious.

pours a nice light amber with thick white head that retains well. aroma is reminiscent of sourdough bread. taste is a nice balance of bready malt and english hops. mouthfeel is a bit thin but pretty good. drinkability is very high.

a very nice light ale, perfect for when you want a very refreshing beer with good flavor but not something huge. very quaffable and a nice interpretation of the style in my opinion. i will definitely be buying this again.

Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Situation: enjoying reruns of The Office and 30 Rock with Shan...
Glassware: Yuengling tumbler...
Appearance: Clear, lucid copper body with thick foamy white head that settles unevenly; expected and appropriate...
Aroma: Nice, aromatic hops (a sweet perfumy scent) and balanced mellowing malts; pitch perfect ale-- a bit more Brit that American...
Palate: smooth, creamy ale, with soft bubbles under the tongue--crisp and refreshing...
Taste: strikingly mellow--the hops are definitely East Kent Goldings and Fuggles, as this borders a bit on the ESB with its soft buttery and nutty qualities... the malt backbone makes this a beautiful glass tipper...
Overall: A perfect compliment to their flagship lager--drains as well as any pale ale I've tasted... solid all around with the appropriate flavor and balance--an excellent East Coast answer to the Sierra Nevada variety...

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