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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

864 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Cardmarauder

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-02-2012 15:10:20 | More by Cardmarauder
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-02-2012 07:25:33 | More by BYOFB
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Thunderballroom

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

11-28-2012 04:23:48 | More by Thunderballroom
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TheInfamousElGuapo


4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-24-2012 19:16:25 | More by TheInfamousElGuapo
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BeerNacho

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-21-2012 03:25:19 | More by BeerNacho
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Cyberhoptic


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-20-2012 22:15:27 | More by Cyberhoptic
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shick1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

11-20-2012 21:02:45 | More by shick1
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benmafia17


3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-18-2012 22:43:12 | More by benmafia17
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams
Pale Ale

Pours a deep golden color with a good soapy froth. Aroma of buttery toffee, bread, and earthy hops. Mild bitterness, and very much like an English bitter. Soft noble hops and a toffee/butterscotch like note. Finishes with a leafy hoppyness and a slight tang. Light to medium bodied feel with an oily hop and sweet yeast. Overall, a mild, session able ale with a very English character.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 23:35:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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kb2250

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-12-2012 01:23:47 | More by kb2250
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Lincolnman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

11-11-2012 18:08:10 | More by Lincolnman
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-06-2012 20:03:42 | More by cfalovo97
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ArfArf

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

10-29-2012 13:14:28 | More by ArfArf
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Envelopes

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-26-2012 15:33:19 | More by Envelopes
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-23-2012 18:42:09 | More by Eaglefan344
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bzach

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

10-16-2012 05:40:25 | More by bzach
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Twifiter

Illinois

3/5  rDev -13.8%

10-15-2012 20:28:06 | More by Twifiter
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-25-2012 05:54:41 | More by hollywood_15063
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Molnar

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.9%

09-24-2012 01:01:59 | More by Molnar
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Noiitekk


4/5  rDev +14.9%

09-19-2012 22:28:18 | More by Noiitekk
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Pale Ale is brewed in the English Pale Ale style. According to the label, "This distinctive and refreshing American ale is brewed in the classic style with the finest English ale hops and lightly roasted specialty malts. Hand-selected Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops impart a crisp dry finish to this flavorful authentic ale. Cheers! I scored a 40% discount on a sixer of this at Smokerise Bottle Shoppe a month ago- thanks for all the awesome discounts, guys! Date ticked on the bottle is mid/late-August 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Samuel Adams Signature Perfect Pint glass in the mid 40'sº Fahrenheit. The bottle was a gusher- one of my first (hopefully not infected) by Samuel Adams.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, sudsy white head with lots of big bubbles that recede at an average rate. Lacing is very spotty and thin, and a thin splotchy surface cover remains afloat in the center of the brew as the head dissipates. The body color is a crystal clear pale golden amber with a sufficient amount of relaxed carbonation. A decent appearance overall, but falls a bit short on the head quality which was reminiscent of sudsy bath water and didn't stick around for long. 3

(Smell) The aroma is a medium buttery caramel malt with some mildly bitter earthy hops lingering right behind it. The yeast profile is cider-like and dry. Altogether a decent smelling beer but nothing too striking in the aroma that sets it apart from other English Pale Ales. 3.5

(Taste) Slightly thin caramel and pale malt blend, a touch of honey. Hops are mild in presence but bring some earthiness and balance to the beer. Yeast profile brings a little bit of fruit to the blend; it's faint but certainly there. Finish is mildly dry, a bit tart. Overall I find the taste not all that impressive. The yeast profile brings an odd cider-like tartness to the beer; it doesn't match the malts nor hops and keeps the beer from a pleasant, clean finish- think a mouthful of pennies, for instance... but no, it's not quite that bad. The malt profile runs a little thin and doesn't match the hop presence as much as it should. An interesting take, but perhaps not Samuel Adam's best foray into foreign styles. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild crispness, scratchy dry and somewhat tart finish. Alcohol presence is light. Body is lighter than the norm for the style and light amongst all beers. I found that the malt presence was a bit too shallow for this one. The carbonation was mild but quite appropriate for the style. 3.5

(Overall) English Pale Ales take a bit getting used to from their American "spin-offs", as the flavors will be a bit more mild, and sometimes... unpredictable. In this particular example, the hop presence was nice and rounded, a good choice of earthy hop blends. The malt presence was too shallow to pair well, however. The yeast profile finished way too dry and tart, a strange variation from the norm for most pale ales. While I wouldn't discount seeking this beer entirely, I caution the drinker that the style may not be for everybody and not to expect a burst of flavor, or even originality, in any department, but rather a highly drinkable beer with the possibility of some ever bizarre and unforgivable imperfections. It is quite likely that seeking this beer out as young as you possibly can might help alleviate these setbacks, however. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Pale Ale
/5.00

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:16:57 | More by Jadjunk
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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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cde1218

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.8%

09-13-2012 00:19:23 | More by cde1218
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Mortarforker

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

09-08-2012 20:29:24 | More by Mortarforker
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speracado

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

09-08-2012 18:12:36 | More by speracado
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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