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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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864 Ratings

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Ratings: 864
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 reyna311


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-19-2012 14:38:41 | More by reyna311
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 rsant


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-02-2012 04:06:37 | More by rsant
Photo of murf1087


4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-12-2011 22:49:54 | More by murf1087
Photo of 59rockabilly


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-05-2012 00:01:11 | More by 59rockabilly
Photo of jtd335


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-31-2012 11:46:20 | More by jtd335
Photo of Goldfoot


4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-16-2011 16:07:21 | More by Goldfoot
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: honey golden brew with 1 finger head that dissipates leaving little lacing

S: toasted bread and a faint fruity sweetness

T: pretzels followed by a slight bitterness

M: light-medium body beer with a good carbonation upfront and a drying fade.

Overall, a good representation of the style. Not like the really hoppy pale ales out there (Sierra Nevada, New Belgium Mighty Arrow). This is a nice relaxing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:02:02 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of Byeast


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pure deep gold, with a small foamy white head. Smells pretty good, bit of bisquity malt in there , good dose of citrus thats on the lemon side and a hint of chalk(?). The flavor is a just bit thin for my liking, but what is there is not bad at all. First comes a quick flash of bitter leafy hops , then some medium bodied maltiness fills the feel and flavor out a bit, faint fruitiness, then more hops for a slightly lingering, bitter, and dry finish. Overall i think it would be a good beer to session , with its easy drinking qualities and soft light body,a good brew by BBC.

I liked this beer so much more once i let it warm just a bit, much better that way.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 04:56:22 | More by Byeast
Photo of eagles22


3.98/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 20:09:50 | More by eagles22
Photo of jeffmonarch


2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Transparent copper color with a thin layer of white head that stays around forever.

S - Very hoppy but fairly light in smell.

T - Grainy hops. Not as much bite as I would expect from an Pale Ale.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Average beer. Not even close to the pest Pale Ale i've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:36:53 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of cooncat


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA glass at fridge temp. A good one inch parchment colored head looks real nice after the pour, but is short lived. The SA etched glass keeps a constant stream of bubbles rising, which produces a thin cap that remains. Some lacing noticed on the swirl, but no stickage to the glass. The color is brilliantly clear 'old gold'.

The nose is pretty light and unremarkable. I do pick up faint English hops, and faint caramel, along with some mineral background.

Taste follows the nose pretty close. Somewhat unremarkable; nothing jumps out and grabs me. I guess that means that it is perfectly balanced. English hop notes (EKG and Fuggles) are light, and so are any malt flavors. That minerally note mentioned in the nose is in the taste as well. I wonder if this was an attempt to "Burtonize" the water, or something else. The mouthfeel is a notch over light. Finish is dry and when well chilled, this is definitely a thirst quencher. Pair it with 'fish & chips' would be my recommendation.

I always respect the offerings from SA, and will drink their brews anytime. I've always been of the mindset that says, "show me your Pale Ale, and I'll tell you what kind of brewer you are". Might have to make an exception in this case, as I've had some very good brews from Boston Beer Company (a.k.a. Samuel Adams), but, unfortunately, this pale ale doesn't quite make it to their usual standards in my book. I think either the malt or the hops need to make a stronger statement.

I'll give this one a recommendation for a try, as your taste buds likely differ from mine. Not Sam Adams' best, but highly quaffable.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:29:33 | More by cooncat
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-15-2012 18:56:40 | More by AntLeatherface
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by June 2006 notched on the label. Pours a pale amber orange color with a thick white head. Very nice spicy hoppy aroma, just what you would expect from a pale ale. Taste is also on the hoppy side, but not over the top as is the case of some other pale ales. A good solid offering from the guys at the Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 01:00:39 | More by clemtig76
Photo of likeemdark


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-27-2012 14:18:22 | More by likeemdark
Photo of Rumrunner


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle
A very easy drinking pale ale.

It pours a light golden color. A small head with little lacing. The smell is weak. A bit malty with some yeast. There is a small fruit scent as well.

The flavors are quite mild. A nice balance of hops and malt. Some caramel and some hop tang with no real bite. Mild body. A touch of wheat.

It feels very nice. Easy drinking and not heavy. A great ale when a person wants to have more than one or just to sit back on a warm day and relax.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 08:20:13 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of HEADYdb


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-02-2012 04:26:10 | More by HEADYdb
Photo of BeefyMee


1.98/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was never a fan of Sam Adams Pale Ale. Not by a longshot. It looks good and all with nice color and a somewhat lacey head, but it falls short in the taste department. It's not very flavorful to begin with and what little flavor is present is quite disagreeable to my palate. It's just bready with an offensive skunkiness. Not sure why they still make this. This will probably be the last chance I give this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 21:36:57 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of leagr


4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

08-09-2012 02:50:41 | More by leagr
Photo of nimrod979


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. Small one finger white head that dissipates quickly.
Slight floral and fruity hop aroma. Pale malt. Nothing to crazy.
Taste is some pale malt with a nice touch of hops flavor. Nothing overwhelming. Has a little fruity sweetness. Nothing too complex but a solid English pale.
Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink. Quick finish a little metallicy.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:59:15 | More by nimrod979
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive golden color on the darker side. Sweetish malty nose, not hoppy like I'd expect. Smooth, unintrusive taste. The first impression I had of this beer was that it seemed to be more in the English Pale Ale style. The beer had some of the metallic characteristics of other English pale ales, like Samuel Smith's. This is as good as any other Sam Adams beer, but also what some people may interpret as being middle-of-the-road and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 00:34:25 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of slyke


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Pale Ale pours a bright golden color with a white pillowy head that fades to a thin cap after just a few minutes.

The smell is mostly and herbal hop aroma. The taste has that same hoppy note, but with a sweet malt flavor as well.

The beer has a nice mouthfeel. It coats the mouth slightly and has some good body to it - you wouldn't mistake it for water.

Drinkability of this beer is pretty good. I certainly wouldn't turn it away if offered. This beer is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 20:09:10 | More by slyke
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$9.99 / 6 pk.


S: Wonderful roasted barley and a light hop aroma.

A: Big rocky head over a bright amber body. Great retention with terrific ring lacing and a creamy cover.

T: Like in the scent, malt rules this brew. Toasted, not sweet, and nicely balanced with a delicate hop flavor. Perhaps a bit of fusel alcohol. Very little aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation and a light, silky smooth body.

D: Very solid brew. Light body and well balanced, this beer goes down easily on its own or with a meal. Great every day selection.

O: A much milder alternative to flagship Boston Lager, but a worth addition to the Samuel Adams family.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 23:44:02 | More by dpnelson1978
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

02-27-2012 17:08:09 | More by lcdawg
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2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, with a slight blanket of head and a little lacing. Very pale head with very tight knit bubbles. Active carbination.

I was dissapointed in the nose of this one. Not much there, but definately not offinsive. Just plain.

Taste is also just above average. Again, not much character but not offinsive at all. I could drink a few of them if I had to, kind of boring, though.

Drinkability is, again, about average. There are difinately worse beers out there but there is also many better ones. Why waste the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 20:37:18 | More by elmocoso
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