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

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | 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 GreenWBush
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reliable BBC pour from this beer. Dumped straight into the glass, nothing gets too over-excited and leaves a nice lace to indicate your current pint-status. Easily meringed.

The beer is a buttery copper with a slight chill haze.

The nose is cidery and bready, one would assume Kent Goldings for the former and Fuggles for the latter. A slightly bad-cheese aroma has overwhelmed my nose as well, one could assume from being a bit long in the tooth. Modest noble hopping.

The taste manages to be crisp and meddling at the same time. The hops kick is really never what I was hoping for in a American Pale, but in fact this baby is much more accurate to the original British style. There is an unfortunate gooey and gummy mouthfeel and an overwhelming feeling that this is just not anything too special.

Would make a good session-er if a tad fresher.

Photo of sacfly
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, enjoy before Oct, drank Sept 2nd.
Pours a shade of yellow with particles in suspension. Head is thin, and dissipates rapidly. Aroma is on the sweet side for a pale ale with a hint of floral hops peaking through the malt. Taste follows the aroma with the hops playing a slightly larger role. Aftertaste is mildly bitter with an earthy character. Lackluster by any American pale ale standards, but not offensive. Looking closer at the bottle, it lists East Kent Goldings and Fuggles as the hop varieties. Drinks much more like an English Pale ale than American.

Photo of steveh
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm... a Pale from our friend Sammy.

A -- Bright gold with a thick, light tan head.

S -- Rather thin nose -- some spicy hops eking thru.

T -- Hmm. Rather thin flavor all around, some earthiness that reminds me of... Sam Light. Odd, and it's a fresh bottle. Just not a lot going on, but some vague malt, that Sam house yeast character, and some good bittering in the end.

M -- Soft mouthfeel and a light to light medium body. All in all, pretty good.

D -- Well, it's definitely downable, but compared with a Goose Island Honkers, I'm a little disappointed. I may have to try this warmer -- a la English ale, and see if I have a different opinion.

Photo of DuqTroops
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - golden yellow in color. little white head.

Smell - hoppy and fruity to smell! excellent pale ale scent.

Taste - great balance of malts and hops. like a circus in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - see above.

Drinkability - great to have a few throughout the evening, but remember moderation.

Photo of bmills1608
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color, with a nice creamy white head.

Taste was balanced but leaned towards the lighter side. Malt presence was average, hop balance was mostly earthy-herbal. I nice easy drinking beer with a fair amount of complexity, but nothing in it really stands out.

The Boston Ale is the bigger brother to this brew for sure.

Photo of hero27
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Clear gold color, solid coat of white foam.
Light caramel malt flavor, slightly bitter finish, and easy enough to drink. Would be good crossover beer I would imagine..I say that like it's a flaw, but it's really not...just more soft, subtle flavors that won't overwhelm the casual beer drinker. Overall, no standout characteristics, but a pretty standard rendition of the style.

Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less malt that in the Boston Ale and more hops. This seems to make it a pretty typically pale. The hops bite first (but only a little bite like a small fuzzy puppy going throught it's teething stage) hang around for a bit and then it finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Not unpleasant, but not as good as the Boston Ale.

Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a small white head, lovely carbonation. Aroma of floral hops, biscuit malt with some citrus and pear notes. Light to medium, slightly crisp body. Flavor of biscuit malt, ripe fruit with earthy hops come through in the long dry finish. Decent English Pale.

Photo of Naes
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a golden brown ale with a small white head that does not retain well, but does leave a decent amount of lacing.
The aroma is of mild hops.
The flavor is mildly hopy up front with the malt becoming more noticeable near the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a quality brew, just nothing about it seems to stand out.

Photo of beergod1
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seen the Latitude 48 in a Summer sampler, and just HAD to buy the whole freekin thing, along with Light, Blackberry Wit, Boston Lager and Summer Ale. Dammit. 3 out of the 6 is worth it. plus I never had the Pale Ale before. I think I could drink a lot of these in the summer, but all in all, it's just an O.K. Pale ale. Pours a Crystal clear, bright golden hue. thick white head, looks delicious. Taste has a decent balance of hops and malt, lite body and no lingering aftertaste. At least there was no Cranberry Lambic in this sampler

Photo of lackenhauser
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale golden in color-has a nice head that is gone by the time you set the bottle down from pouring it. Slight hoppy aroma-very faint. Ok malty flavor with a slight balancing hop flavor. No real hop presence to define it as a US Pale Ale. Good body-perhaps its best characteristic actually. An ok beer-I am a big Sam Adams fan but this one falls way short. Just really never gets off the ground in any way, shape or form.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw golden colour with a nice white head and lacing.

Smells of honey, sweet grain, citrus, and some grassy hops.

Very underwhelmed by the taste, was expecting more of a hoppier beer, but it is an english pale ale, pretty good for the style, but not my cup of tea. Some sweet malty grain, bready, a nice slightly bitter hop finish. Sort of like a hoppy pilsener.

Carbonated, thin mouthfeel, nothing special.

Photo of jwhancher
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one from a Sam's summer variety case. Pours a clear golden color with nice white head and good carbonation. Seems somewhat on the lighter side as most craft pale ales are somewhat darker then what's offered here. A very clean smelling beer with the faintest of lemon, citrus like hops. You really need to struggle to get much of any aroma. Tastes sweet with a touch of caramel like goodness. Nothing that really stands out. Mouthfeel just okay. This beer strikes me as one where Sam Adams tried to keep things neutral and safe. It's not bad; it's just not anything close to revel over.

Photo of denjen
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dennis: The problem I always have with pale ales is that more often than not they taste just like IPA's. Much like an English brown compared to an American brown, this beer at least doesn't try to rise above it's own destiny. The hop blend is definitely something you don't come across very often. No cascade or columbia here, but rather fuggles and east kent goldings. Either way, it's easy to drink, reasonably high in alcohol (5.25%) and probably very cheap.
Jen: Samuel Adams seems to always be a good, keep in your fridge, kind of beer. This one just adds to the decent brews they put out. There is a nice blend of "not the usual" hops here which gives it a different taste than other pale ales. It has a lighter body with a fair amount of carbonation, making this an easy to drink, and easy to like beer. This light, refreshing brew is a great addition to any summer BBQ.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Gmann
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.

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

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.

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.

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:)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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