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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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865 Ratings

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | 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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange with a foamy head. The head stays for a bit and leaves a touch of lace around the rim of the glass. Lots of fast-moving bubbles rise from the bottom.

Smell: Very balanced smell. Has hints of malt sweetness in the aroma with a good amount of nutty hops mixed in.

Taste: What you smell is what you get! Starts off a bit sweet and toasty, finishes bitter and nutty. Hints of toastiness remain in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Strongly carbonated and crisp. Relatively light-bodied.

Drinkability: Overall another solid effort by Sam Adams. I'd definitely have it again- Sam Adams can always be a good go-to in almost any style. This beer is no different.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 22:32:57 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice lacing from a tight-bubbled head on top of an amber/orange transparent body

S- Smell is full of good malts and hops competing for dominance

T- Brilliant balance in this beer. Bold, earthy, grainy malts combine with spicy, floral hops to create a very enjoyable, refreshing taste

M- Not much to the feel but sorta crisp

D- Refreshing with no nasty off flavors to detract from drinkability

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 06:24:33 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of burnstar


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a medium sized head. Smell is a bit of toasted malt with some floral hops. Taste is a light biscuity malt. Some hop bite through the middle and into the finish. Herbal and floral. Significant sweetness throughout. Balanced. Very British in taste and aroma. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Quite drinkable. Overall this is a very nice English style pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 21:01:56 | More by burnstar
Photo of Offa


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems more like a lighter, golden-ale version of an English pale ale.

It is pale golden amber, it has a fairly large, off-white head that shrinks steadily to a thin top with some lace.

The aroma is overall quite good, with bread, grain, leafy and citrusy hints, a little fruit, and pine.

The taste is light grain, hay, citrus, bread, and hints of pine. It's nice, clean, crisp, and very drinkable, if rather light and a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 23:15:07 | More by Offa
Photo of mynie


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light for an APA, dark gold with a bright fluffy white head. And there's these little black bits in the head...at first I thought I had a dirty glass. I drank that beer and poured a new one into a new, freshly-washed glass. Still, little black bits. I pick them out and they smell like burnt hops. Strange, but not bad.

Smells of very rounded English hops. More sweet than bitter, with a very nice and balanced aroma. The hops dance against Boston Beer's distinctive bread yeast.

Tastes much like a less-hopped, sweeter Boston Ale than an APA. The profile is distinctly British, with the Fuggle hops taking center stage at the start of the sip and moving quickly into a sweet biscuit malt middle and finish.

It's very nice, quite solid, but I don't think this is an APA. It's too light and bitter to be an ESB, and it fit the description of an English Pale Ale almost perfectly.

No matter what, it's worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 06:11:43 | More by mynie
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly light golden with some good carbonation. A bit cloudy in my opinion. Not too much head retention, but some decent lacing is here. Pretty good.

Smell: Delicious spiced cinnamon apples and apricots. Probably the best part of this beer. Great summery smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very creamy considering the light appearance. Kind of a cider-like feel to it. Lots of apricot. A good amount of hops as well.

Drinkability: Crisp, refreshing summer brew.

Overall: See drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:20:19 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of chaunur


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a light yellow tan color with a slight haze, looked 'thin'. Left a very light head with some lacing. Smelled better than it looked, nice floral hop smell yet not overpowering. Again tasted better than it looked, mildly hop for a pale ale, which suits me fine, almost 'dry'. I thought this was a good pale ale, could easily drink several at a sitting, a pity only available in a sampler pack

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:37:41 | More by chaunur
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4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One inch of frothy white head on top of a golden tan body.

S - Light hoppy aroma with a hint of malt.

T - Again, subtle hops and a nice malt/hop finish.

M - Smooth to start and slightly coarse from the middle to the finish. This brew goes down very nice.

~ Once again the Boston Beer Company has made a winner. This is a nice light pale ale that is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 17:32:41 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a shaker pint the beer was a translucent dark golden color. One-finger of pure white head formed atop the beer and lots of carbonation rushed to the surface.

The nose is suprisingly hoppy and balanced with some sweet maltiness and a bready, fresh bread aroma.

The innitial taste has hops jump to the front of the palate. I was surprised here. I know the style displays its share of hoppiness, but I wasn't quite expecting such a nice hoppy bite upfront. A crisp, assertive hop profile that fades quickly into balance with a bready doughy malt bill. Some prickly carbonation throughout and the hoppy bitterness returns for the last word on the palate.

Medium body, about usual carbonation.

A suprise for me from Sam Adams. Although I enjoy a numer of BBC beers, I somehow had the impression that their stab at a Pale Ale might be a little boring. I was wrong, although this will not excite your inner beer geek, the beer has enough hoppy flavors and crisp bitterness, all kept in good balance, to make it interesting and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 22:52:01 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass on 2/8/08. Best by March 2008.

A - Very clear pale gold body with one-finger bubbly white head that quickly receded into a thin film but left a bit of lacing here and there. Plenty of active carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel mixed with a biscuity/cracker-esque malt aroma and a slight buttery aspect. Light noble hops are primarily grassy with just a touch of citrus fruit. Some faint honey notes as well.

T - Very well-balanced flavor blends a caramel sweetness and a flaky, biscuity maltiness reminiscent of buttery crackers with light noble, grassy hops. Some honey and lemon flavors as well.

M - Light bodied ale with a slightly creamy texture, but just a bit watery. Carbonation provides some modest prickle on the tongue. Crisp, clean finish that's lightly bitter on the tastebuds.

D - Very pleasant and super easy to drink. Mild flavors work well together. Nothing dominates or stands out, but everything is well-balanced and flavors blend nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 00:52:12 | More by ffejherb
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the bottle.
Pale Ale flavor. Started off smooth and tasted of hops and wheat. Ended with a dry fading bitterness. Very good mouthfeel. This is a very good brew and could drink these all night with a nice plate of spicy wings.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:48:52 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of philibum13


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a variety pack (Sam Adams Summer Styles), I was not sure of what to expect from 'Pale Ale.' Appearance looked great (as does almost any beer), the aroma was enticing (like most of Sam Adams beers). The taste was surprising and good. Containing that distinct bitter & unique characteristic found in 'Boston Lager' and other Sams, the Pale Ale won my vote for a good beer. And I would recommend it to those who appreciate beer, not to those who just like "good" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 23:38:01 | More by philibum13
Photo of RBorsato


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and nice active carbonation. Nice light English hop aroma at first gives way to a toasty malt character. Very nicely balanced toasted malt and English hop flavors. Light-medium bodied and nicely balanced with a light bitter finish.

More of an English Pale Ale in my mind. Fairly nice and seems better than the one time they brewed this as a one-off a few years back.

Per Label: "Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops"

Per BBC website: Blend of 2-row malts.

Enjoy Before: Sep '06
Tasted: 08/08/06

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 17:15:28 | More by RBorsato
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent offering from the BBC. Actually, it's one of my favorite Pale Ales out there. I realize it's not nearly as hoppy or strong tasting as other Pale Ales out there, but the beer is very well balanced, and this is, in my opinion, better than just having the strongest hop flavor.

The beer pours a very distinct light orange color. As its consumed, it leaves a very nice lacing on the glass. The real distinct thing about this brew is its scent. I really can't pinpoint exactly what it smells like, but it has a very good distinct smell of some earthy hops and floral scents. Upon the first sip, I found the beer has an incredibly clean, crisp, earthy, and very refreshing taste. As it warms a little on your tongue, it finishes with a somewhat bitter hop bite mixed with some floral notes to balance everything out.

Like I said, this is by far one of my favorite (if not my favorite) pale ale out there. If you are looking for something that is an overwhelmingly hoppy beer, this is not for you. If you want a pale ale that has a fairly light to medium mouthfeel that is well balanced, this is your brew. I'm looking forward to having a few more of these this Labor Day Weekend! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 02:14:38 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of Freshie


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't go into this beer expecting much. I have always found this style to be too lackluster for me, except for maybe Sierra Nevada.

Pours clear golden colur with visible carbonation. Nice head with good lacing.

Smells of light hops and some fruit/citric aromas.

Very tasty. Toasted malt character, sweet, with bitter hops coming later. Medium Body. The active carbonation lends to the dry finish very well.

Very Drinkable and enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 01:56:55 | More by Freshie
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 19:14:17 | More by dacrza1
Photo of MTNboy


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this is one of their better beers. It has amazing lace and head that just stick around. The body is a bronze transparent color with a lot of small bubbles. It has grainy aroma with a lot of hop esters. The flavor is cereal like with the hops really balancing out the malt. The only negative about this beer at all is that is does have a metallic aftertaste. It is a very smooth medium bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 10:47:35 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Haybeerman


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head dissipated to a skim. Some broken lacing. Lightly decanted.

S: Earthy aromas with citrussy floral hop.

T: Grains and lightly toasted malt flavors. Even bitter finish.

M: Light bodied. Ample carbonation. Smooth and malty. Finish is bitter and clean.

D: I enjoyed and appreciated the more balanced English style; not too resiny and sharp bitter in the finish while being able to taste the malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:32:58 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:50:55 | More by wcudwight
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 01:04:23 | More by wheatyweiss
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 00:03:41 | More by evanackerman
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 19:46:21 | More by Onenote81
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 17:45:01 | More by MrSeth
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 21:37:05 | More by Morris729
Photo of WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 01:06:20 | More by WesWes
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.