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

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams pint glass

A-Light yellowish/copper color with a good head and pretty good lace throughout not real thick but present.

S-Fresh very clean, hops and fresh citrus with the very slightest pine note

T&M-Flavor is very clean just like the nose fresh very clean notes of citrus and a nice crisp finish that lingers in the back of your mouth, small piney note as well. Its very good balance and good level of carbonation make it very smooth and easy to drink.

D-Not the very 1st APA i would reach for but this is definatly one i would pull out for somone just starting into the craft beer scene

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12 pack. 'Enjoy before' date notched August 2010.

Poured golden amber, mostly clear. Head started off white and tall but very soon turned to a diminutive ring. Fresh green hops on the nose, not much else to note. Taste twists into some bitterness midway through, followed by some mellow malts. A bit of citric aftertaste; feel is carbonated and acidic. Nothing really stood out a lot about this beer, but it was worth the try in the sampler pack.

Photo of aquaderek
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer as part of the Sam Adams summer variety pack. I poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a golden orange golden color and the head disappears quickly. The nose is biscuty and hoppy and the taste is well balanced and follows the nose. Pretty good offering of pale ale, not the best, but good none the less.

Photo of sabrills70
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of September 2007. Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a 2 finger head that faded rather quickly, but had decent lace. Deep honey malt aromas with a slight citrus smell mixed in. Upon first tasting its a big honey malt followed by a subdued hop flavor finishing with a decent mix of the two. Pretty evenly balanced. Not a ton to think about here, but thats what makes it nice. Lots of big bold flavors but they are very straight forward and blend nicely. A nice session beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber body with a two finger, offwhite head that demonstrates good retention and laces the glass with considerable patching. Aroma features pale malt, a hint of caramel, and a restrained, but evident, English style, herbal/floral hops note. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and has medium carbonation. Very mild hops bite on the tongue. Taste is of a well balanced, British style, pale ale, similar to Bass. A sweet malt backbone is balanced by a subdued, but pleasant, hops presence. Don't expect an American style, IPA here. This is nowhere close to a hoppy, SNPA, but compares favorably to a Bass Pale Ale. Finish is clean, and slightly dry. Drinkability is very good. A very nice alternative if you're faced with a limited selection in a store or restaurant.

Photo of jackndan
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice copper color. Very nice belgian lace clings to the side of the glass the whole time. The taste is a nice light ale, dry finish. Would match well with chicken and other dishes.

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling even gold color with an inch of frothy white foam. Looks good. Classic SA sweet toasted malt notes in the aroma. Light, clean, almost creamy fruitiness and a subtle spiciness from the hops. Taste follows the smell pretty closely...sweet, toasty, herbal, finishing with some earthy grain. Don't be fooled, this is no APA. All English hops were used and pretty lightly too. Nicely balanced, light bodied, and mildly bitter. Not bad all around, just don't expect a big citrusy ale. Simple and sessionable.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice light amber, pretty pale with a good amount of yellow in the color. A very nice towering two inch plus white head of foam toppled over on this one like a beast. A large amount of carbonation came steaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. The large head faded after a few minutes and left behind nothing more then a touch of side glass lace. Overall pretty decent for a pale.

S – Aroma was light. Full of grain and a touch of a floral hop presence, A nice orange peel, or some other citric hoppiness was definatly present and formed a good overall punch on here. However the overall aroma was a little light. Maybe a touch of peach or apple, possibly some other fruit combo in there, but overall it was kinda light.

T – Very nice plae ale. It had a nice tight little hoppy punch right in the front of it, then as it mellowed down brought out some more flavors of grains, a touch of cereal and a little bit apple, or maybe even apricot. Proably in the yeast. But very nice overall package here on this one. I really did like what was done with it. It was a decent classic hoppy plae ale. Nice mixed in light malted back as well.

M – Very nice, light with huge carbonation really helped it roll quite well. Had a nice smooth feel to it and a really crisp, quick and very clean finish. No residual left on this one at all. A really decent pale for sure.

Overall this was easily the most sessionable out of all the ones in the mixed pack. It was just very light but had just the right amount of fruitiness or hoppiness to get you to really wanna put down a few. Now don’t get me wrong there are a lot of very fine pales out there that this cannot hold a candle to, but for what it is I really have no complaints. If you see it around you could definatly do worse and I would say go for it and give it a shot. Proabaly very nice on tap indeed.

Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a short white head with a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. It has some pale malt smell with some hoppy finish at the end of the aroma. The taste is pretty good for a pale ale. It is not as hoppy as other pale ales, but it adds to the drinkability that way. The pale malts are a good sweet base that the hop bitterness finishes off at the end. But since it is not that hoppy, it is more of a sweeter pale ale. The mouthfeel is very good as this is a nice smooth beer with a perfect amount of carbonation. It is a very drinkable beer as it does not have alot of overpowering flavor.

Photo of oelergud
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semitransparent polished brass body with moderate carbonation. Big creamy and silken head. Good retention and lace.
Sour and straw sweet scent with a fresh doughy quality of premature hazel nut.
Unusual taste, green nut, abit of harsh hops. Not much of an aftertaste but mildly hopped.
Medium body, just abit of coating. Dry almost tart finish.
Good drinkability and a good session beer for the hot summer.


Photo of Pauly2X
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden, nearly two finger head.

S- Earthy hop aroma with hints of malt sweetness.

T- Good balance with light esters. Very even hop/malt balance throughout.

M- Light, fairly smooth

D- Very refreshing.

While not my favorite pale ale as for pure taste, but it takes the gold for balance and refreshment in my book.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- transparent deep yellow with thick white soapy head. great head retention.

S- hops and malt. good balance.

T- the first hit is some floral light citrusy fruits and malt followed by a floral hop aftertaste.

M- light carbonation and light body. goes down prety smooth.

D- this is a good drinkable pale ale. Its probably a good transition beer too.

Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a golden clear with a nice fluffy head; kind of mirange looking. The head goes away and leaves a skim of bubbles. The nose is mild. Maybe a hint of malt but not much worth reporting. Taste is kind of boring but not bad. Not much hops with some malt and hops at the finish. Medium carbonation on the tongue; a little seltzer like. This is tamed down Samuel Adams. Mouthfeel is average and not annoying. Easy to drink but not very strong flavored. I tend to like stronger flavored beer regardless of the style. This is OK to drink but not remarkable.

Photo of davidshamoon
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Pale Ale is no epic beer, but it's not aiming to be. What it does, it does right.

A thick, white head sets off the amber color of this refreshing ale. Its palate of flavors is fairly simple, but delicious. I tend to be sensitive to hops, so that's what dominated my tasting. Which is not to say that the hops were jarring or unpleasant -- like most other Sam Adams beers I've enjoyed, this one is expertly blended.

I have to recommend sampling this beer with some sharp, cheddar cheese. Other hard cheeses would probably be tasty, too.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. White head does not retain very well, save for a faint ring around the glass.

Smells very malty, bready.

Unfortunately, I'm a fan of American-style pales, so the fact that this is an English is a bit disappointing.

That said, this is in keeping with the style.

A little light-bodied and thin.

Photo of aval89
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with about a 1 finger head.. Didn't really last too long.. Not much carbonation going on..

Smell: at first I picked up lightly roasted malts... Kind of sweet.. Little bit of spice in there... Maybe cloves? Ginger? Just a tad bit of hop aroma.. Also some caramel in there.. Also some pear..

Taste: kind of nutty at first.. Sweet malts come into play with hints of caramel.. Finishes a bit hoppy with a dry finish.. I'm getting some fruity flavors.. Maybe apricot? Yes.. Finishes with an apricot/ hop finish..

Mouthfeel is pretty light, not much carbonation..

Easy drinking brew..

Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's transparent gold (almost looks copper). Head is foamy and about one and a half fingers. Average retention and lacing.

Smell: It's a nice blend of caramel malts, citrus scents (orange and grapefruit), and a nice dose of hops.

Taste: It's got an initial sweet taste that's attributed to the mix of malt and citrus flavors. There's a bit of grapefruit, orange, and maybe lemon in there. Hops provide a nice, dry bitter taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and extremely drinkable. Carbonation is excellent. I could session this with no problem. Overall, it's a good beer. There's better APAs out there, but this one is pretty good.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass, best before October.

A: Not too interesting to look at. Pours a clear and light orange brown with a cream colored and bubbly one inch head the fades into a cap with some decent lacing. The color is a little light for my taste.

S: Smell is a bit skunky which seems sort of off to me as I was expecting a floral hop punch. Instead there are hints of apple and a loose bready scent, but again is dissapointing and does not have me licking my lips like most other APAs I've tried.

T/MF: Lots of apples up front and boy do I means lots, it is almost like bitting into a sour apple wrapped in bread. That being said this brew is a bit more on the malty side of the APA spectrum. Hop bitterness attacks the center of the tongue but the malts kick in after the bitter apple and gives a nice taste of buttered bread and finishes rather slick and sticky.

D: This is sort of a suprising beer, when I saw pale ale on the label I figured this one was going to be like all the other APAs out there (big hop hammer with bitter grapefruit and citrus) but this one seems to fit more into the English Pale Ale category as it relies more on the nutty malt character instead of the fruity hops. Nice offering and a sort of nice suprise but I've had better.

Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drink by oct 09

pours clear gold with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of sour spicey bread

taste is spicey earthy hops and nice bready malts

mouthfeel is light and refreshing with plenty of carbonation

drinkability - is very good on this 85 degree day

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Best by Aug '09 notched on label.

A - Clear, light golden budy with little carbonation bubbles feeding an otherwise nice, dense, off-white and lumpy head. Low retention and little lacing.

S - Piney and floral with a touch of fruity hop aromas coming fourth. Spices a little bit? A sort of crystal light iced-tea aroma. Low levels of malt on the nose with a very subtle sweetness.

T - Dry straw flavor, no malt, with a strong hop presence yet not asserting itself in any certain way. "Green" and flowery hop flavor. A tad spicy maybe.

M - Dry, crisp, and bitter with a strong carbonation kick to it.

D - Its a nice lawnmower beer but there isn't a whole lot of depth to it. The malt level is almost non-existent while the hops are just there. It's certainly easy to drink though.

Photo of neenerzig
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although this site this claims this beer is available year around I have never seen this beer before until a few days ago when I saw it as a part of a Sam Adams Summer Seasonal mix 12 pack. This beer pours a deep light to medium clear golden color. The head is about 1/4 inch thick when poured and settles very quickly to a decent film layer. Very little lacing here. Aromas of malt and hops are somewhat present along with some citrus. Sweet flavors of malt and honey are present followed by some citrus and floral hops. The flavors are very nicely balanced tastewise, I just wish they were all a bit stronger overall, especially the hops that round out the taste. Not bad by any means, but I have come to expect a bit more from the fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a good beer should be. Not bad. A good solid beer here, but nothing too great either.


Photo of Budlum
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with one inch of foamy white head lasting well in to the first few sips. Amber, pale body with a strong orange hue. Displays quite a bit of carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass.

Sweet and aromatic on the nose. Very fresh and clean hops mixed with a sweet and bready malt smell. The presence of pine and vanilla is notable.

Immediately loaded with fresh hops providing a pine and nutty taste. The hops are followed by sweet and toasted malty flavors. A fine balance between the malt and hops unveils some vanilla flavors. Pleasant finish with faint hops dominated by a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light at the same time. Great effervesence adds to the enjoyment.

Drinkability is great. A very refreshing brew. The flavors and balance make this an enjoyable session choice.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly disappears.

S: A decent amount of bready/toast smell with just hint of sour smell.

T: A decent balance between the bread and toast which is most prevalant on the front end with a nice amount of hops on the back end.

M: A decent light bodied beer, good carbonation. Leaves a nice dry feel.

D: Very easy to drink this pale ale. Not overly complex but a nice summer beer.

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid but not spectacular offering from Sam, true to the style, what you would expect to get for it, but nothing really different or over the top, but done well. Stands to be a solid offering, I would get it at a bar, or at dinner and be happy to get it in the mixed 12 pack. Doesn't stand up to some of the other pale ales I like better.

Nice golden yellow pour, decent head, crisp and clean looking. Smells faintly of hops and citrus.

Nice and smooth, goes down easy, very easy drinking.

Pretty hoppy, a bit bitter but not overly so, not that dry for a pale ale. Has a nice finish, hits you in the back of the throat. Not a lot to describe though, I think they could have done a little more with it. Slight citrus flavor as well.

All in all pretty good, but not wowing me, worth a try in the mix pack but don't go out of your way to get it.

Photo of rowew
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, same as the rest of the SA line. Best by month notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours clear gold with just a hint of red, medium sized head. Nice retention.

Smell: Floral hops, and light bready malt.

Taste: Nice combination of bready malt and subdued hops.

Overall impression: Certainly not a thrilling beer, but a solid offering. Nice combination of malt and hops makes it highly drinkable.

Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.