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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
79
okay

877 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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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AntLeatherface

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-15-2012 18:56:40 | More by AntLeatherface
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clemtig76

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

02-08-2006 01:00:39 | More by clemtig76
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lcdawg

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

02-27-2012 17:08:09 | More by lcdawg
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jaredkc889

California

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

08-03-2014 19:36:43 | More by jaredkc889
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likeemdark

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

California

3.48/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

Connecticut

1.98/5  rDev -43.1%

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.

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

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$9.99 / 6 pk.

40°F

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.

11-16-2009 23:44:02 | More by dpnelson1978
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elmocoso

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

03-24-2013 14:04:53 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

02-09-2006 23:48:48 | More by beerphilosopher
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

06-13-2006 20:13:45 | More by AChamberlain
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -8%

served in bottle at Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney in Orlando.

This was pretty standard, not too much out of the ordinary. The appearance was sort of dark for a pale ale. The aroma has a subtle hint of malts which seems uncommon for pale ales and so that was nice. The flavor is pretty much wheat, a little citrusy, a very little malt and hop. Mouth is pretty light and it's easily drinkable. Nothing special but not bad.

08-20-2008 04:23:08 | More by BirdFlu
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smibroncos

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

A. Poured a clear golden color with a 1.5 finger lasting off white head and excellent lacing on the glass

S. Malt, hops, citrus, carmel

T. Malty grain, bitter hops. Light sweetness, butter

M. Medium bodied, Medium carbonation, slightly dry

D. Overall a good beer. Good flavors and malty character.

06-13-2009 23:37:53 | More by smibroncos
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

12 oz bottle (part of a "Summer Styles" variety pack) into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a one-finger off-white head that fades to a thin cap. A fair amount of carbonation.

Has a sweet caramel malt aroma, with some mild fruitiness (mostly citrus).

Taste is one of earthy hops, caramel malts and toasted grains. Not as bitter as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. An easy-drinking brew that has definite session potential thanks to the lower bitterness (for the style).

08-15-2009 03:15:50 | More by NeutroMan
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-12-2013 22:12:38 | More by Enriquehopnog
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eerbayman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-15-2011 11:13:39 | More by eerbayman
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

Pale ales don't ever look overly impressive, but this is probably exactly what you want one to look like. It's a murky yellow, and the translucence allows you to see the carbon dioxide escape to the surface. The top presents a thin, patchy head, though most of the beverage surface is covered. I figure an "exceptional" pale ale might provide full coverage, but I'm confident this is a good-lookin' pale ale.

The smell is also on-point for the style, but what is it about Sam Adams beers that they offer that same distinguishing odor? Is it the Kent hops? Golding? I'm not knowledgable enough to specify it, but the beer otherwise smells like an English Pale Ale. But that lingering Sam Adams smell....

As with the smell, Sam Adams' tastes commonly run into each other. This is like a mixture of Sam regular with Sam Light. Does that a pale ale make? Surely not, but there's just not much to the taste. At what point do you just go normal, cheap BMC if you don't want a really good beer? There are surely better pale ales out there, but there's a consistency and fulfillment of expectations that Sam Adams lovers expect. In that context, I deem it an average pale ale.

The mouthfeel's got the subtle hops I previously mentioned, but the "specialty malts" have got to be your average pale malts. Though "hand-selected" hops could be just as blindly selected as machine-assorted ones, the hop presence offers a bit better feel than your baseline pale ale.

I never want another one, but I don't really like pale ales. Even if you do, I wonder how much of this you'd want to enjoy. The more experience with "better" beers I get, the more I wonder how pale ales continue to exist.

08-23-2009 19:39:41 | More by marvin213
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.9%

It's kind of a burnt yellow hazy look to it I'm guessing from the hops. I get a very clean and refreshing smell of hop oil and some sweet grainy malt. It almost reminds me of the smell of some good Pilsners. Definitely more on the European smell and taste just as the beer is described. On the taste I instantly off the bat get a hop oil taste with that a slightly grainy sweet bready malt in the middle of the taste and then ending with that hop oil that is fruity and melding with the fruitiness of the yeast and earthy bitterness that builds as you drink the beer. This is such an easy drinking beer and I actually like this one a lot.

Don't know how a lot of people give this almost a below average score. This really gives all the English Pale ales some big competition. I guess because with so many extreme styles and more intricate tastes in beers I guess I can see why people think this is a very straight forward beer... but its definitely not bad at all. This is Samuel Adams most underrated beer in my opinion even with the very straight forward taste it sure is solid one.

04-18-2011 02:44:06 | More by thebrood1987
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orcasteve

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

just strait avrage, strait down the middle, not good not bad, this was a tuch hopy and the malt was nice but with all the outher fine products that sam has this just gets lost in the shuffle. i would drink agan if it were their but wouldent seak this one out.

08-16-2008 01:23:12 | More by orcasteve
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