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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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885 Ratings

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 575
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.

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Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +14.9%

murf1087, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of 59rockabilly
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

59rockabilly, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jtd335, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
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.

OlRasputin989, Jun 13, 2009
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.

Byeast, Jun 23, 2007
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

eagles22, Nov 22, 2008
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.

jeffmonarch, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of clemtig76
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.

clemtig76, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of lcdawg
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

lcdawg, Feb 27, 2012
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!

cooncat, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of AntLeatherface
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

AntLeatherface, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
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.

Rumrunner, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of HEADYdb
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
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.

BeefyMee, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ToMakeEndsMeet, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of leagr
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

leagr, Aug 09, 2012
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.

nimrod979, Dec 11, 2011
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.

chOAKbarrell, Jul 13, 2006
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.

slyke, Aug 05, 2007
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.

dpnelson1978, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of elmocoso
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.

elmocoso, May 14, 2003
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz bottle. A golden amber color with a solid white head, sporadic lacing. Nose is of malt, with some lighter flowery accents. Smells like an English pale, not an American ... malt dominates the taste as well, with the hops only appearing as an aferthougth in the over all taste profile. Moderately sweet and medium-bodied. A pretty good English style pale ale, which is not among my favorite styles, but an enjoyable beer none the less.

beerphilosopher, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was a nice yellowish gold. The taste up front was sweet--a hint of honey. The aftertaste had a synthetic essence and was very disappointing. For three second this was a great beer. If it were not for the aftertaste, this would have gotten much better results.

AChamberlain, Jun 13, 2006
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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