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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: 871
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Gmann

New York

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden brown color with an average eggshell head that dissipated into a decent cap. The smell is of malt, a bit on the sweet side, and a hint of hops, not very distinct. The taste is of lightly toasted malt followed by some light hop bitterness. The hop taste is not very pronounced. A very neutral brew. The feel is light and moderately carbonated, finishes a bit astringent and bitter. A weak American Pale Ale but good for English Pale Ale standards, though not as sweet and a bit more bitter than the English counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 19:13:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of gatornation


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- from 12 oz bottle it pored a mostly clear light copper color with an off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving some spotty lacing

S- was faint malts and hops with a grass and bread smell some lemon grass and citrus

T- more of the same very light in hops with a faint citrus hop taste some sweet malts

M- medium carbonation with a watered down taste on hops/malts

O- not a PA i would buy/recommend ..i will stick to SA boston lager or noble pils

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 21:55:02 | More by gatornation
Photo of RichieS2


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance - it poured a medium bodied gold between that of a pilsener and an amber ale. A slight head that dissipated after about a minute.

Smell - Nice floral presence suggesting heavy hops, not much else.

Taste - Definitely the English style of Pale Ale, the hops weren't punching you in the face with their bitterness. The first taste was actually malty before immediately giving way to the hops. The bitterness always remained moderate and never became noticeably high.

Mouth feel - Thin, was able to swash around rather easily.

Drinkability - A respectable entry for the British Pale Ale, I wouldn't be bothered by having another one. Of course I prefer the American style of Pale Ale so I would probably pick another Pale over this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 22:52:52 | More by RichieS2
Photo of OtisinAZ


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour - a light golden color with a thick white head that faded rather fast with little to none lacing.
The taste - an ok hop presence was expecting a little more with a very weak almost light beer style malt, cereal flavor.
The smell - you can smell hoppy flower aromas but not what I expected.
Over all a drinkable beer, but I expect more from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 22:28:07 | More by OtisinAZ
Photo of Bruiser81


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a clear golden color with a half inch white head and tons of bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma was very hoppy with a grassy smell also a little bit of citrus and not totally void of malts. After that wonderful complex aroma I was expecting a wonderful complex taste but I was wrong. I felt the taste was very thin. The little taste that was there was sort of flowery and grassy. There just wasn't a lot going on with this brew. Hard to pick out any specific flavors, maybe because there wasn't any. The mouthfeel was okay with a nice amount of carbonation. I doubt I will puchase this again but I would take one for free:)

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 17:10:35 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of BigRedN


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of beers of summer mixed 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The beer is clear, a darker gold. My pour produced a nice 1/2 inch white head. Head fades to a pathwork of cover on the liquid leaving scant lacing. Almost looks like a macro lager, a little darker though.

Smell: A little roasted grainy malts. Some floral hops. Just not a lot in the nose.

Taste: A bit of malt (lightly roasted grains) with some hoppy bitterness on the finish. A little spicyness in the middle. Subtle flavors, to me this is more English style pale ale than American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium in body. Light carbonation, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Sure its ok, but doesn't excite me at all. There are just way to many better pale ales available. I can drink it, but would not seek this out again. I would pick many other Sam Adams beers before this.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 03:43:36 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Pale Ale is a soft, golden color with a pretty nice looking off-white head. Both retention and lacing a reasonably impressive.

The aroma features fruity, earthy, English-style hops and a little bit of lightly toasted malt.

This IPA certainly hits the style points of an English IPA: Lightly toasted malts, and a fruity, slightly citric, and somewhat earthy hop profile. It feels kind of toned down though. It seems that all of the appropriate ingredients were used to make a nice IPA, but not in the appropriate quantities.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and a little light on the body.

This is a drinkable beer, and I think it would be hard to find a person who really had a problem with it. It might also be hard to find a person who really loves it either though.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 14:34:28 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of boralyl


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, Gold-Orange color. A finger's length of creamy foam. Head dissapated quickly with little lacing.

A: In the aroma I can make out a fruity and floral smell, along with some malt.

M: A nice lignt to medium bodied beer.

T: The first taste is slightly malty, then earthly. The end of the taste is bitter and hoppy. The after taste of the hops lingers.

A decent pale ale that would go great with a lot of food, and is also a drink that you could have all night. Deffinetly an easy beer to drink, but not the greatest pale ale

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 00:07:22 | More by boralyl
Photo of thatguy3579


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored, with dissipating head. Relatively clear, and plenty bubbly.

S: Smells of corn and earth.

T: Gentle and balanced. Some roasted, corn, and floral flavors.

M: Averagely bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is pretty mild, all around. It is not really exciting, but it is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 23:36:07 | More by thatguy3579
Photo of leif86


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date: Nov 2008

A: Golden coppery hue on a nice clear body. The head poured about a half an inch thick white/off white foam that lasted about 30 seconds. Some lacing stuck around.

S: Delightfully malty with a little subtle hint of something floral.

T: Something to desire. Starts a little sweet and gives way to a little spice before a unpleasingly tart taste comes through and lingers. It's this unpleasant taste at the end that ruins the beer for me.

M: Creamy and smooth but with a LITTLE too much carbonation for my liking.

D: Light and refreshing. Would be very drinkable if it wasn't for that lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 16:20:00 | More by leif86
Photo of dblinkhorn


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a white head that is somewhat soapy but still a decent amount of smoothness about it. The head very quickly dies away to become a thin layer of lacing on top of the brew. There is almost no lacing throughout the drink. The brew itself is a pale straw yellow color.

Smell - Slightly light, slightly roasted malt character makes the foundation of this brew's aroma. The hops smell clean, crisp, and citrusy but are far from potent. There is a slight alcohol scent from the brew, about what you would except for this ABV.

Taste - Crisp, clean, and balanced. There are obvious notes of those trademark pale ale hops, but they are quite toned down. The malt is way, way in the background on this brew, and is mainly showcased at the finish and into the aftertaste a bit. The aftertaste is also accompanied by a moderate earthy property.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with some moderate bite on the tongue from a level of carbonation that is a bit strong, in my opinion, for this particular brew. The brew itself is not that smooth and actually has a somewhat coarse character to it. Not too pleasant for the mouth.

Drinkability - This stuff goes down almost as easily as water. The flavors are very light, along with just about everything else with this beer. It is a typical macrobrew style ale, if not slightly better quality.

Overall, the best feature of this beer is its refreshing character and the overall crispness of drinking it. This is a beer to drink to get intoxicated, or to quench thirst (as you would do with cold water). You certainly won't be drinking this beer for its oustanding flavor, but it is decent nonetheless. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 01:30:02 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a pale golden color. It has a 1/2 inch white foamy head on it. The head left some good lacing behind.

S - It smells of pale malts and some citrus. The smell is crisp and clean.

T - The taste is of light sweet malts and a subtle hoppiness. There is some citrus present in the finish. It has a clean taste, but it is lacking in depth and character.

M - It has a light body and prickly carbonation. It is smooth and goes down fairly easy.

D - This has decent drinkability. It is light and easy to drink, but it doesn't have the best flavor. It's an alright beer, but there are plenty of better pale ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 08:22:56 | More by JizackFH
Photo of beveritt


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Standard Samuel Adams label indicates best by September 2008.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles fairly quickly to about half its original height. Nice lacing. The beer itself is pale yellow, maybe a shade darker than a standard BMC lager. Medium level of activity in the glass.

Smell: Faint citrus hop aroma.

Taste: A little hop spiciness upfront, almost piney. Slightly sweet biscuity malt. Mild bitterness in the finish. Finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: An easy drinking ale, a bit more bland than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 00:02:21 | More by beveritt
Photo of DAllspaw


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 1 inch head and decent lacing. Nothing to overt in the smell, just a general non-descript hop smell, no particular citrus, pine etc.

Taste starts nice, good bitterness similar to a run of the mill IPA but ends with a bit of a turpentine aftertaste, which is not too pleasant and ruins it. Will finish these (as part of sampler) but will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:11:07 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of arguemaniac


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This solid English-style pale ale features a biscuity palate with tasty notes toasted grain and caramel. The hop spice is very mellow but balances the malt to a fair extent and offers a more pronounced citrus character in the finish.

Not bad, just not the most remarkable pale ale out there. Not sure why this one is classified as an American pale ale, both the hop spice and malt sweetness are a little too mellow, a characteristic more typical of the English pale ale.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 01:15:22 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams
Pale Ale

Pours a deep golden color with a good soapy froth. Aroma of buttery toffee, bread, and earthy hops. Mild bitterness, and very much like an English bitter. Soft noble hops and a toffee/butterscotch like note. Finishes with a leafy hoppyness and a slight tang. Light to medium bodied feel with an oily hop and sweet yeast. Overall, a mild, session able ale with a very English character.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 23:35:26 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of KevinB

New York

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a conicle. A fine looking beer. The pour revealed luteous body with a pale nimbus, one finger head. Very mild lacing though out.
Smell is very faint, hints of roasted malts balanced with floral hops.
A nice tasting brew, not very strong or overly complex but very well balanced with light toasty malts, slightly tangy hops and a mild bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is a medium carbonated ,very light bodied , clean , crisp with a dry afterfinish.
Overall this is a good beer, nothing too exciting but very sessionable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 01:50:11 | More by KevinB
Photo of SamN


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honey colored,with great clarity. Limited head formation. Smells
of mild cereal grains, faint smokiness and very mild hops citrus. Taste is very reserved, some corn tastes upfront, but moves to a nicely mellow hops and mushy banana. Spicy, almost cinnamon finish. A little bland and cheap tasting, but certainly a good first "decent beer" experience. Feel is average, more body than most mainstream beers, more flavor and more to experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:32:24 | More by SamN
Photo of giblet


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a good beer. not a spectacular pale ale but a decent one. poured nicely with about 1" of head. good carbonation with some lace. some pale dry hop flavor but light on the hop. very drinkable. this one is light enough to go well with food and will not fill you up too much.

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 17:54:01 | More by giblet
Photo of NA1NSXR


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden color, medium-small head, medium-big bubbles in the carbonation and head. Looks a bit boring to me but there is nothing that suggests theres anything bad about the beer.

Smell - Spicier than I expected, almost like a like peppery smell similar to whats in SA Summer Ale. I didn't like that aroma in that beer and I don't like it here either, even though it is not as strong. There is some floral hop smell but it is 'behind' the peppery scent.

Taste - Vague start to the flavor, then a very mild hop sensation and taste in the middle, and then finishes moderately malty. I expected more from this. Overall its just ok.

Mouthfeel - Good medium consistency with medium low carbonation.

Drinkability - Within the price and style ranges this beer does not present a viable alternative. There are much better, even benchmark pale ales for the same money. On the other hand, although it is somewhat mediocre it is still a very drinkable beer on its own merits. Better than the average beer but not up to the expectations I have for Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 05:41:14 | More by NA1NSXR
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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another slightly better than average brew from Sam Adams. This one poured a pale golden with a creamy off-white head. Smell is of metallic hops and slight malts. Taste is nice, not too sweet, bready malts up front, witha pleasant hop finish. Not too hoppy, or malty. Maybe I'm crazy, but I swear there is a lemon-tart component in here. Not my type of pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 21:12:07 | More by alexgash
Photo of Meerkey


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: frothy, huge white head; pale, clear copper.

S: hops, sweet toasted malts, some grain, hint of citrus. not a strong smell, but alright.

T: lots of sweet toasted malts, way less hoppy than expected. still, bitter hops are present.

M: carbonated and lingering bitterness afterward. rather refreshing.

O: not bad. pleasant enough and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 18:08:17 | More by Meerkey
Photo of Cynic-ale


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-01-2013 15:02:33 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-10-2013 16:09:36 | More by acurtis
Photo of nms1987

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks fine. Gold-ish color. Maybe a little darker.

Nice smell. Good balance of sweetness and hops mixing on the nose.

It is a little too "meh" on the palate. It is not bad, but it isn't really memorable either. Some gentle malty sweetness and a little bit of lemony hops, but just a little too watery and indistinct.

It is really nice in some ways, but the total package just isn't there. Too bad, I love what Sam Adams/Boston Beer Co does.

Nice and sessionable though

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:56:47 | More by nms1987
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