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

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BA SCORE
79
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892 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001)
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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
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 emsroth
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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 MDekker
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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 MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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 TheMadJack
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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 DogFood11
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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 Zachb4au
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of disruptor32
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
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 ArfArf
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of jaredkc889
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of pcsnyder
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of shick1
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Onenote81
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in a mixed sixer from Total Wine. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a much lighter than expected pale gold. This looks like a lager. A small finger-width white head on top. Light lacing left behind. Scents of honey, flowers, jello, and faint fuggle hops.

Good crisp ale here. Carbonation level is good, finishes clean. This has great flavor. Excellent balance between the bittering hops and a smooth sweet finish. Floral notes noted in the flavor, as well as some apple notes. This surprised me. I wasn't expecting much, but this is as accessible of a Pale Ale as one can get. A spot in the fridge is set aside for this one from now on.

Photo of MrSeth
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
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 wcudwight
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a 1/4" fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a halo around the top. Thin whispy spotty lacing. Boring appearance.
Smell is of sugary malts, honey and flowers.
Pretty malty for a pale ale. But it works fine as there is just enough floral and piney hop flavors to round it all out. Also hints of honey and bananna. It's a very tasty beer.
Crisp and clean in the mouth.
This is an outstanding tasting session ale. It's a very different take on the style, but a very good brew. Somewhat similar to Highland's St. Therese PA.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw with a two finger rocky head that laces nicely.

Aroma is of caramel malts and hops. Pretty similar hop aroma from most SA beers.

Flavor is nicely malty. Very forward caramel and cream. Hops are there, but not overly done. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is slightly harsh carbonation with a creamy feel on the tongue. Leaves a residue on the teeth almost making it chewy.

Good, nicely balanced brew that would session well. I would look for this again.

Photo of evanackerman
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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...

Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.