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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

891 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out a light copper color with below average head. Aroma is faint floral hops, really smells like Saaz and Tetenang stuff.

Taste is very much a light pale ale. Very light. More flavor than BMC, but clearly the next level, a better introduction to beer. Carbonation seems high on the palate compared with the appearance. Dry, typical Sam Adams underhopping (even for an English style pale) and lemon flavor. Another underwhelming effort from SA.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Brad007
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Pale Ale pours a pale color. Aroma is somewhat fruity with few hints hops and a malt backbone present. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Too much of a malt presence though a pale ale should never be too hoppy, this one lacks anything remotely hoppy. It's not bad I suppose but I have had much better examples of this style.

Brad007, May 06, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer as it sets in the pint pounder a crystal clear golden amber with the head large and white, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is crisp and fresh, lightly floral, but malt dominates. Start is lightly sweet, the top light in feel, the finish strikingly acidic, the hops pertinent to the style and a darn good session beer any old time of the year.

Gusler, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not often available in Ohio. I picked up a bottle in Detroit this week, and am now chugging it from a Sam Adams uber-glass. The beer is brilliantly clear, golden colored, with a neutral aroma more malty than hoppy. The taste is neutral-to-sweetly malty, nothing offensive but then again nothing spectacular. Easy to drink but nothing TOO special.

TurdFurgison, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +14.9%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited when this beer first came out because I am a big fan of Sammy A. Their ability to brew micro beers in bulk is impressive. The appearance poured with a nice clear copper color. Little to no head and lace with this bottle. The smell had nice hop aroma, but the other components of beer are missing. Taste was a good balance between malt and hops. The mouthfeel was good....medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Overall a drinkable brew that can be sessioned easily.

WoodBrew, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew!

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by Aug 07) a clear amber gold with a very large head of foam that shrinks to a pretty solid layer with lacing and it lasts right to the end of the session.

The smell is on the light side; I can just smell some hop presence.

The taste has an earthy flavour up front followed by some sweet malt and some citrus hops midway through and through the finish but they are lightly done. Too lightly done for me, darn it.

Bitterbill, May 23, 2007
Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Gorgeous gold color, with thick white head. Medium head retention, and decent lace.

S- Light notes of citrus hops, with a touch of malty sweetness. But overall it is very light in aroma.

T- Tart bitterness on front end which fades to a dry earthy bitterness on the back end.

M- Mellow and light mouthfeel. nice carbonation and bubbles on the front.

O- Very drinkable, but the flavor is on the light side. Overall this is a decent pale ale but I wish there was a little more hop characteristics or complexity.

vfgccp, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild smell, some hops. Taste is also mild, some hops and malts. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is not a bad beer, but nothing special.

tone77, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 27, 2009
Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -13.8%

claspada, May 14, 2012
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.

Haybeerman, May 08, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up looks to be best by March is noticed so this beer seems to be a touch old.

A - Nice orange yellow in color with a minimal of head that turns to an impressive lace ring.

S - Smells of nice bits of hops with pale malts and grains. No hard water smell which is nice.

T - Not a bad pale at all! Taste of mild hops and grainy malts. Very little yeast and taste has no "hardwater" flavor. Tasty!

M - Light to medium body it's easy to drink.

Overall it's a typical pale ale dominated by english malts. So that means it's good to drink but not really something I would seek out again.

DrDemento456, May 09, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear medium yellow color with a nice topping of white foam. Good retention and leaves some nice lacing. Pretty light in color for a pale ale, but overall a good looking beer.

Smell is typical sam adams toasty-caramel malts with a bit of floral and grassy hop aroma, but not enough to make you think 'pale ale' right off the bat. Smells eerily similar to the boston ale.

Taste is clean and fresh with just a mild influence from the hops, a slight bittering and a bit of floral flavor. The beer is well balanced and actually is pretty damn tasty. While it is not exactly flavor-packed, this makes a fine session beer and is quite easy to drink. As an EPA, it is no bad at all. I actually find this to be one of the more enjoyable SA beers in the lineup.

twiggamortis420, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little light on flavor considering the great aroma and autumn color. Not Sammy's best offering by any means but I actually like this more than their flagship beer. It is not as good as their Summer or Winter brews though.

Dogbrick, Jul 17, 2002
Photo of AgentZero
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden/orangish color that poured very clear. Big head on this one, left behind some very pretty and surprisingly complex lacing.

S - I smell sweet malts, and maybe the smallest traces of hops. Not a whole lot else really.

T - I have to say, although this beer does not taste particularly great, I think Boston Beer Company does a great job of marketing a higher quality beer to the BMC drinkers who want something better out there, but just don't know where to look. Sam Adams was one of the beers I drank a lot of before people opened my eyes to some of the lesser known microbrews. This is not good, but it's not like it's repulsive. Basically just sweet, malty, mostly caramel. Tiny bit of hops, nothing fancy going on.

M - Light, medium carbonation.

D - Can easily session this, as it doesn't have much flavor and is low ABV.

AgentZero, May 24, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is opaque, light yellow, small white head with very light, sandpaper, misty like lacing. Smell is faintly bright hop thats a touch on the citrusy side. Taste is mildly smooth, has an immediate little bite that fades quickly and lends itself mostly bright and clean with a a dry bittering effect thats very subtle, not bad at all. It trys to be hoppy but is a little on the weak side but very tolerable in the drinking department. Feel is bright and dryish with a light tipping toward a medium body. Very drinkable and mildly smooth. I was pleasantly surprised that it was better then it looked. Not a favorite but not a turndown by any means.

tavernjef, Apr 13, 2003
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3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a white head, about average. Aroma is malty and just slightly fruity, not strong but still appealing. Flavor is malty and a little fruity, just a shade hoppy, fair to middling. Texture is smooth and a little fizzy. A nice mild beer.

Cyberkedi, Sep 28, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a white head that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. Not much malt in the nose, just a touch of caramel and citrus hops. Like the aroma, there is not much in the malt department with some citrusy hops in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and slightly fizzy from the carbonation. Overall, this is a decent APA but it does fall a little short compared to the other great Pale Ale's out there.

cjgator3, Sep 15, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't had a lot of experience with pale ales, but this one ahhhh "pales" in comparison to the one I had at the Green Mill restraunt in St. Paul...this is definitely on the dry side...almost spicey a bit on the finish..crisp..and pretty easy drinking...tastes very clean and crisp...certainly not a bad beer, but only slightly above average in my book.

ZAP, Dec 19, 2001
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
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

RBorsato, Sep 15, 2006
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.