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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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BA SCORE
80
good

892 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 18 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001)
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Procrastinator
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle is part of a 6-pack. Enjoy before Feb 2008 notched on bottle label. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden colored body with off-white creamy head consisting of small bubbles, which recede in time to leave sticky lacing. Lots of bubbles stream off glass bottom to build creamy film on top of beer.

Smell: mild citrusy hop, not piney, but floral. Sweet grains with slightly bready scents.

Taste: upfront dry, yet slightly sweet grains, bitter and dry tasting british hops. Straight forward and nothing overly complex with alcohol at finish.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue, gentle and satisfying carbonation in a medium-bodied brew that tastes well balanced.

Drinkability: the mouthfeel and carbonation help to deliver a nice clean taste. The ingredients and their quality give this beer a different feel than your run-of-the-mill pale ale. I wish this beer was around more often in my area.

Photo of WVUbrew
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Nytemare
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I gotta get back into this review thing. I keep tryin' new stuff and just don't get around to writing a review.
I liked the way this beer looked, a nice golden color, pillowy head. It smelled like nice too. Nice bready malts and a sour hops note. Tasted the same. Good English style pale ale. Felt light a crisp in the mouth. Wasn't very filling. Thought it was just a good solid beer. Exactly what I was looking for last night. I could and will definately drink this again. Probably will drink a lot of this again.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of naterock
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, 4's across the board
A: yellowish gold, not as golden as usually seen.
S: complex hop aroma with a balance of lightly roasted malt and a woody finish. extremely enticing smell
T: well balanced and slightly bitter. dry finish, nicely dry-hopped and balanced with a finish of ester notes.
M: light bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too much for my taste
D: very drinkable, this is a great session beer, or to kick back on a hot summer day.

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of doerickson
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a persistent ivory froth. Biscuity malt and leafy hop aromas. Flavor is mild; bready malt followed by a bittering citrus flash. Gets maltier as it warms. Finish is brief. Drinkability is off the chain--the next bottle practically opens itself.

If it hadn't said Pale Ale on the bottle, I'd have thought this was a blonde ale. Either way, it makes a nice, uncomplicated hot weather brew--refreshing as all get out and super-easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of MP72
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sam Adams Pale Ale was a lot more of an English style than their stock ale , obviously this has already been mentioned.
Nice mouthfeel and full flavored.
Not much in the way of smell but what was there was not offensive.
A nice solid easy to drink English style pale ale. Well worth a try.
I'll buy it again.

Photo of Boozefox
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good British-style pale ale. More malt character than a lot of American style pales, not as ridiculously hopped, but still a good, biting, refreshing ale.

Poured from the bottle, starting soft, then hard, into a Yazoo Pale Ale glass.

A - Pours pale gold, clear with tiny bubbles. Thin white head from a (mostly) hard pour has excellent retention, sticking around for a long, long time. I'm halfway done with this one and it's still got almost as much (not a lot) head as it did right after the pour. Nice.

S - Not a whole lot going on in the nose; just a bit of hops and a bit of clean. Then again, I'm just getting over a sinus infection. But, as I say, not a lot to smell but what there is smells good and crisp.

T&M - Crisp on the tongue without being thin, perhaps a bit sticky on the finish. Malt is present, bringing some sweetness; hops are definitely there without being overpowering. Good hoppiness on the finish, leaving your mouth perhaps not with a bite so much as with a nip. It feels good and it tastes good.

D - High. I could smack these back in a continuous line for quite some time.

Notes: I'm drinking this one with the dregs of a delicious tilapia curry my girlfriend made today and some store-bought naan. This ale is strong enough to stand up to the spices without being strong enough to knock them down. It's definitely a pairing I will be making again.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a light amber hue with a snow white head that rose about one finger then it disapated rapidly. Lots of beading floating vigorously to the top.

Smell: Grassy and piney hops are present with a slight stench of corn and sour fruits.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose, grassy and pines,light in malts,sour apples and pears with just hint of alcohol.Not bad just nothing to rave about.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied,medium carbonation, clean, crisp with slight dry after taste.

Drinkability: I like this beer.Has been a good sessionable beer for me in the past.Not the best, but by far the worst Pale ale.

Cheers2beers

Photo of stockingcpl
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew poured quite well. Average head thickness, but very nice spiderwebbing. Color is a nice clover honey with very slight cloudiness.

Smell: The aroma is a light hopiness with a sweet zing early in the aroma curve. Pretty good. Well balanced, but a little light.

Taste: This is a fairly typical pale ale. However, the flavors are blended well and tend to roll of the tongue wuite well. Flavor curve is well defined. There are also citrus overtones. Very well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp brew which has just abotu a perfect flavor curve. Nice sharpness during onset. Tone tapers when citrus overtones kick in, followed by a smooth hop bitterness. Very well executed design for an English Pale Ale. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: This is a brew is very different. One sips this beer and wants more but upon a second look, there is more in the glass. Hard to explain, but I'm impressed.

I highly recommend this brew.

Prosit,
Nikki

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4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Adams curved pint glass.

Appearance: Nice light gold in color, pour yields a nice size head, good lacing down the glass. Soapy and sticky.

Smell: Small bits of hoppiness are present along with a toasted malt backround. Biscuit like aroma is pretty dominant here, not much in the way of hop overkill. Nicely balanced in the nose.

Taste: Up front, a small hop presence gives way to a toasted malt elements. Honey, a bit of spice from the malt, and some dry hops are all here. The finish consists of a huge malt backbone, finishes slightly bitter in account of the carbonation, the hops are very subtle but balanced to the maltiness just right.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation, although balanced right, this brew gets a bit wet on the tongue when sitting. Medium bodied, and a slight bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: It's nice to have a Pale ale that has more of a malt figure then a grapefruit hopped mess. Not only is this balanced correctly, but it's a perfect year round beer, refreshing in the summer, and toasty enough to keep your attention on a cold night. A excellent stab at the English style thats a sure go to brew in my book!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After posting this and reading some other reviews, I think some folks are reviewing this as an APA. Its not, it's clearly more of the English style and should be reviewed as such.

Best before April 2010 notched on the bottle
Pours with a creamy thick head with a lot of structure. The color is a perfect copper/amber and is bright with perfect clarity. Thick clumpy lacing everywhere. Excellent retention on the head.

Aroma is bright with tons of biscuit/cracker aromas and a bit of spice. Smells like a Sam Adams product for sure.

Balance is the order of the day here. Slightly nutty (almond) with a little white pepper and a nice toasted malt tone. Bitterness is more English in style. But very nice. Slight mineral taste to it. Again, distinctively English.

Medium bodied, crisp finish.

This beer is well built. Not overly complex, it comes straight at you and it right on point for the style.

Sam Adams continues to be a solid brewery and a great ambassador for the craft community.

Photo of twi1609372
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very nice ale. nice balance between full bodied and smooth. intricate taste, sort of unusually pale, but it's good. somewhat reminds me of spring ale, but a little more bodied. hard to find this here anymore but i woulden tpass it up when i do. never had a chance to try it but im sure it would be a great tap beer.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. One of the two from the summer 12-pack.

Appearance: Light gold and initially hazy yellow. Big frothy head stays amped up and leaves nice and thick clumped lacing all around the glass, which surprised me a lot.

Smell: Bready and initial buttery biscuit aromas with some malt sweetness, slight caramel, slight tinges of roasted malt, and a faint burst of citrus hops, though it's a bit masked by the malts.

Taste: Nice meld of malt sweetness, slight toasted malt and some husk flavors, a bit of diacetyl, and a balanced hop burst with citrus and almost a bit of sour fruit, possibly cherry and oddly some apple too. Very nice overall, clean and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a creamy carbonation that provides a lot more than I was expecting, helping all the flavors developed and contributing to quite a long and balanced finish.

Drinkability: They should make this a year-round 12-pack, because I think it'd be a nice switch up from some of the others. I really like this brew, and I'm glad I have another bottle. Nothing too crazy and not a lot of risk, but flavorful and balanced until the last drop.

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

curious to try this, one of the sam adams brews you don't see around as often.

pours a crystal clear yellowish amber color. looks light. nice white foam to it. looks ok.

smells pretty malty for a pale ale. interesting. only subtly hoppy. little earthy hops. a bit roasty even.

taste- not at all what i expected. nicely malty, but not malty sweet. more roasty. balanced out with a nice hop kick. not your typical highly hopped APA at all. hops have earthy slightly piney flavor. a very interesting interpretation. props to sam adams for trying something different. this tastes nice and balanced with a great malt character. finishes crisp and fairly dry.

mouthfeel is fair. about medium. nice dry finish keeps it drinkable. recommended to fans of English brewing. overall better than i expected.

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