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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

883 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001)
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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +43.7%
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.

kdawg105, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of likethetaste
4.78/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

likethetaste, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of StaindProject86
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

vette2006c5r, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of pjohnston007
4.58/5  rDev +31.6%
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!

pjohnston007, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of lcdawg
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

lcdawg, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

seanh99, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

cdizinno, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of leagr
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

leagr, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of speracado
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

speracado, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Lincolnman
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Patlee3324
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Patlee3324, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of ARCAChanger27
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

ARCAChanger27, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jekane04
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

jekane04, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Mortarforker
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

ardy007, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

BigJaws, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

jasonjlewis, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Bricelyn
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Bricelyn, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

ZimZamZoom, May 29, 2010
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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

mcarroll10177, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

Zorro, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of flipshevanel
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

flipshevanel, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

HockeytownBrew, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of mutd8710
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

mutd8710, Jun 17, 2009
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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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