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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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895 Ratings

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Ratings: 895 | Reviews: 574
Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that dies to nearly no bubbles. Initially light lace, then none. Dark gold color with a touch of green; slight haze.

Pleasant floral hop aroma;

Closer to the British style in the malt flavor. Slightly tart and quite dry. The hop finish is brief and not very pronounced. Good body with a high carbonation level.

Photo of johnnyirishman
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Golden Yellow with a decent head and retention that dissapated to decent lacing.

Smell- A malty nose with subdued hops poking through.

Taste,Mouthfeel-Decently balanced pale ale, with a decent body and good carb.

Drinkability- A good sessionable pale ale

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle served at the aunt and uncles. Poured a gold color, with a white head that thins to a floating cap. Some thin lace is left on the glass. The smell is bready malt with earthy hop fragrance. A bit metallic taste, with a good dose of hops. Some balancing roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, good carbonation. Easy enough to drink, flavor was alright, but nothing really stands out. Decent, no complaints, but nothing special either.

Photo of gerardoluna
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Eyes] The Color is Yellow and brillant, with a goood start white head but a little retention...

[Nouse] Aroma is very hoppy, floral & fruity.

[Mouth] The body is good, complex, with a gentile hoppiness the taste is biiitter...

Serving type: bottle

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/18/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange with a nice white head that leaves pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of sweet malt initially with a roasted malt finish. Pretty good and easily sessionable.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale golden color with a soft white head.

S: On the nose was light citrus, fresh grains and a light breadiness.

T: dry, crisp, with some light floral bittering, fresh grains and a light breadiness similar to English style malt.

M: fizzy with dry citrus and a tad thin.

D: Overall a moderately hopped pale with moderate flavor and drinkability.

Photo of stockingcpl
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.


Photo of Vendetta
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
August 1, 2008

Pours a shadowy yellow with a thick, foamy head that leaves a cloudy lacing down the glass. Smell erupts from the glass- citrusy, strongly beerish, but I think I detect a little skunk. Looks very fizzy. First taste... Not skunky at all. Actually very good- not nearly as fizzy as it looks, very malty with some hop presence detectable. Finishes with a burst of light citrus and leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Really surprising, I didn't expect all that much from the beer but it delivered, well balanced despite some of the other reviews here. Might not be your cup of tea but it's a must try.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes Aug 3, 2008
Pours a light gold,looks nice,with a solid white head. Nose of citrus,and hops. A very light crisp beer with kind of a watery mouth feel,light citrus,and malt flavor,finishes with a very nice dry hop taste. A nice beer for those hot summer days.

Photo of Brew33
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this for a long time. I found a single at Jungle Jims and jumped on it.

It is light in color for a Pale Ale, it smelled a little sweet with a faint hop aroma. Pretty nice.

The taste was light. Crisp, not terribly hoppy. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I could drink these all night long. Certainly not as hoppy as the standard APA's. I liked the hop flavor though, subtle but distinctive.

Very smooth. I liked this beer a lot. I was impressed. Drinkability was very high. Nice beer.

Photo of eagles22
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: of earthy and citrus hops and also hint of carmel

Taste: is very balanced i get a nice bit but a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: not dry at all very full and wonderful

Drinkability: is up there for a pale ale... this is a great session beer
worth a try

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm interested to see their take on the Pale Ale.

Nose is malty and spicy. Creamy malt with lots of caramel roasted sweetness. Touch of floral/spicy hops and apple-like fruit.

Pours a medium-deep straw / gold color, good clarity, mild foamy head.

Soft-on-the-tongue malt base is moderately strong with warm toast, ample nut, and roasted sugar edges. Good dose of hops - floral and spicy with notions of perfume and influences of earth, moderately tart and mildly bitter. Mild-moderate fruitiness takes the form of apple and mild orange.

A good, clean no-nonsense Pale Ale. It could be likened to a hoppier, fruitier Boston Lager; the basic malty nature is similar at least. The malt balance agrees the with English hops. Good flavor, but light in overall flavor magnitude - perhaps this is the calling card of English Pale Ale compared to American, but I'm guilty of liking beefier beers. If I was in the mood for a light English Ale, this would do nicely.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a thick, two-finger head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A hoppy smell is prevelant but there is a good, somewhat sweet malt smell in the background. Smooth and fluffy, well-carbonated medium-bodied beer with a pronounced citric and rustic hoppiness and some sweet malts like caramel or honey in the background; finishes smooth with a slightly dry backbite. One of the better Pale Ales I have had.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice fluffy lacing. The aroma is of floral hops with a touch of honey, and a nice caramel and toffee backbone. The taste has everything the aroma does, but it is all just a little quitter. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up as a single at my local store, I've never had this beer.
And by my initial first taste, I will probably never have it again. I wanted so much to like this beer, but it has such a watered down, adjunct flavor that it was impossible. Thin, very lightly hopped, almost no hops. Very BMC'ish in the flavor. Very tough to finish.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured 12 oz bottle into mug, two fingers of foam which linger with the drink. Tainted yellowish-brown color.

Smell: Hoppy, various different hop smells. Also roasted malts.

Taste: Just like the smell, hoppy and malty. Also clean water. Also has a light citrus flavor with it.

Mouthfeel: Dry, which is a good thing for this beer. The hops linger in your mouth the longest.

Drinkability: Great, smooth drink no bad aftertaste.

Photo of likethetaste
4.73/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very good beer. This beer actually went well with Hummus! ! This is one of the better of the Sam Adam beers that I have tried. Got in a variety pack offered by Sam Adams for summer drinking. I will be buying this beer again. I know this is a great beer because I cannot stop thinking about getting it again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This and the cranberry lambic are the 2 worst Sam Adams beers in my opinion. For being barely over 5% ABV, the alcohol is way too noticeable. Also, not very much of a hop or fruity taste considering it's a pale ale. I tried a few bottles of it and each one was the same but I'm hoping this is some sort of freak thing. One of my favorite breweries+favorite styles=terrible beer?

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours well. Clear gold with a solid dense head. Sticky.

S - Fruity, chalky/earthy with some floral notes and a solid malty backdrop.

T - Lemony hops, slight tart edge and some muted fruit. Fairly clean flavours.

M - Lightish body and mellow carbonation.

D - A fairly drinkable pale ale. A little too clean for my taste though. I want a bit more oomph.

Photo of midaszero
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mostly clear light yellow color with 2 fingers of solid white head that sticks around

S - Faint malty scent

T - A litte bitter a little sweet. Some light toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not a good or bad pale just pretty average.

Photo of luc2057
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer from the Sam Adams summer mix pack. The beer pours a pale yellow with a mild hoppy smell. The taste is sweet at first with a mild aftertaste of hops. I found the beer to be highly drinkable. This beer is very solid English pale ale. I would defiantly buy this again. This would make a decent session beer.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. I've got a bunch of really excellent beers right now, and a bunch of Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada as casual drinkers. This Pale is probably my favorite Sam Adams. Its not a very complex taste, but it tastes good. The smell and taste are very pleasant and it is very easy beer to drink. I always say Sam Adams makes a great all-around lineup of easy drinkers and generally flavorful beers, and this is no exception. Recommended.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark yellow/golden color with a fully diminishing little, white head. Aroma is mainly citrus, lemon, and maybe grapefruit with a slight malt/grain. Flavor is mainly the same, a bit acidic, citrusy with a bit of bread. A forgettable beer.

Photo of brdc
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Yellow brew, more or the lighter side of yellow, with a decent white head that shows little retention.
Aroma is mostly hoppy, fruity but not that strong or particularly complex. Same can be said for the taste, which shows a modest hoppiness, a little above most macro lagers but not really all that appealing. Unless you are trying to use this to build someone into craft beer, avoid.

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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.