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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Ratings: 895 | Reviews: 574
Photo of boralyl
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, Gold-Orange color. A finger's length of creamy foam. Head dissapated quickly with little lacing.

A: In the aroma I can make out a fruity and floral smell, along with some malt.

M: A nice lignt to medium bodied beer.

T: The first taste is slightly malty, then earthly. The end of the taste is bitter and hoppy. The after taste of the hops lingers.

A decent pale ale that would go great with a lot of food, and is also a drink that you could have all night. Deffinetly an easy beer to drink, but not the greatest pale ale

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a light golden color with a one finger white head. Retention is minimal, and carbonation seems brisk.

S - Nose is a little malty. Slight hints of a buttery character and light sugary fruits.

T&M - Very crisp and medium bodied with a nice, carbonated zest. Some lemon character in the crispness, and some background malt.

D - Very refreshing...I'm not terribly familiar with the English style of Pale Ale, but this seems like a great intro to the style.

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 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 59rockabilly
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color without much head. What little is there goes away quickly and doesn't lace.

S: A big whiff of toasted caramel malt. No hop presence to speak of. A slight skunky quality.

T: The toasted malty caramel dominates, with a fair amount of grain. A minor appearance by the hops on the back end. Nothing that really grabs me.

M: Too light and fizzy for my taste.

D/Overall: It goes down easily enough. It's not a horrible beer, but not one of my favorites from Sam Adams. Doubt I'll go for it again, as I imagine there will always be better options.

Photo of JMD
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper color with 2 inch head, that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: A malty, somewhat sweet aroma. Carmel and sweetbread. Also some citrusy hops.

T: For some reason this beer reminds me of fresh brewed tea. Herbal and grassy. Notes of carmel and bread. Also, some light citrus on the backend.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly light bodied.

D: This is a fairly bland pale ale. It's easy to drink, but nothing really notable to make me want to crack open another one.

Photo of lcdawg
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Freshie
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.


Photo of rsant
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of clemtig76
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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 jeffmonarch
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cooncat
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Rumrunner
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of HEADYdb
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BeefyMee
2.02/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Photo of nimrod979
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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