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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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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a thick, two-finger head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A hoppy smell is prevelant but there is a good, somewhat sweet malt smell in the background. Smooth and fluffy, well-carbonated medium-bodied beer with a pronounced citric and rustic hoppiness and some sweet malts like caramel or honey in the background; finishes smooth with a slightly dry backbite. One of the better Pale Ales I have had.

clayrock81, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice fluffy lacing. The aroma is of floral hops with a touch of honey, and a nice caramel and toffee backbone. The taste has everything the aroma does, but it is all just a little quitter. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

KarlHungus, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%

Picked this up as a single at my local store, I've never had this beer.
And by my initial first taste, I will probably never have it again. I wanted so much to like this beer, but it has such a watered down, adjunct flavor that it was impossible. Thin, very lightly hopped, almost no hops. Very BMC'ish in the flavor. Very tough to finish.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of NOOGIE
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Poured 12 oz bottle into mug, two fingers of foam which linger with the drink. Tainted yellowish-brown color.

Smell: Hoppy, various different hop smells. Also roasted malts.

Taste: Just like the smell, hoppy and malty. Also clean water. Also has a light citrus flavor with it.

Mouthfeel: Dry, which is a good thing for this beer. The hops linger in your mouth the longest.

Drinkability: Great, smooth drink no bad aftertaste.

NOOGIE, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
4.78/5  rDev +37.4%

This was a very good beer. This beer actually went well with Hummus! ! This is one of the better of the Sam Adam beers that I have tried. Got in a variety pack offered by Sam Adams for summer drinking. I will be buying this beer again. I know this is a great beer because I cannot stop thinking about getting it again.

likethetaste, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%

This and the cranberry lambic are the 2 worst Sam Adams beers in my opinion. For being barely over 5% ABV, the alcohol is way too noticeable. Also, not very much of a hop or fruity taste considering it's a pale ale. I tried a few bottles of it and each one was the same but I'm hoping this is some sort of freak thing. One of my favorite breweries+favorite styles=terrible beer?

oriolesfan4, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Pours well. Clear gold with a solid dense head. Sticky.

S - Fruity, chalky/earthy with some floral notes and a solid malty backdrop.

T - Lemony hops, slight tart edge and some muted fruit. Fairly clean flavours.

M - Lightish body and mellow carbonation.

D - A fairly drinkable pale ale. A little too clean for my taste though. I want a bit more oomph.

allergictomacros, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of midaszero
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

midaszero, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of luc2057
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

I sampled this beer from the Sam Adams summer mix pack. The beer pours a pale yellow with a mild hoppy smell. The taste is sweet at first with a mild aftertaste of hops. I found the beer to be highly drinkable. This beer is very solid English pale ale. I would defiantly buy this again. This would make a decent session beer.

luc2057, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Good beer. I've got a bunch of really excellent beers right now, and a bunch of Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada as casual drinkers. This Pale is probably my favorite Sam Adams. Its not a very complex taste, but it tastes good. The smell and taste are very pleasant and it is very easy beer to drink. I always say Sam Adams makes a great all-around lineup of easy drinkers and generally flavorful beers, and this is no exception. Recommended.

prsguitarsr4me, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

mtstatebeer, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of brdc
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Yellow brew, more or the lighter side of yellow, with a decent white head that shows little retention.
Aroma is mostly hoppy, fruity but not that strong or particularly complex. Same can be said for the taste, which shows a modest hoppiness, a little above most macro lagers but not really all that appealing. Unless you are trying to use this to build someone into craft beer, avoid.

brdc, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

This was a part of the Summer Sampler 12 pack and I finally decided to have a go at this one today.

Pours out a clear light golden....good fluffy head...lots of carbonation as well...

Nice light sweet malt aromas that seem balanced pretty well by a slight hop bitterness...

Nice light crisp maltiness up front with a bite of hop spiciness on the finish that ends up rather dry..

This is a nice Pale Ale but sort of blends in with lots of others I've had.

Tilley4, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Standard Samuel Adams label indicates best by September 2008.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles fairly quickly to about half its original height. Nice lacing. The beer itself is pale yellow, maybe a shade darker than a standard BMC lager. Medium level of activity in the glass.

Smell: Faint citrus hop aroma.

Taste: A little hop spiciness upfront, almost piney. Slightly sweet biscuity malt. Mild bitterness in the finish. Finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: An easy drinking ale, a bit more bland than I expected.

beveritt, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%

Being a New Englander I am really surprised I have never tried this beer. They do however market the hell out of their Boston Lager and Boston Ale and I guess I can see why. Ended up picking up a six pack of this in Florida. Funny how that works. Pours a clear looking golden color topped with a moderate head. Citrus floral aroma with hints of light malts. The hops take a back seat to a stronger malt flavor. Some carmel and mild hop bitterness but not much. Pretty light and refreshing. Overall a decent beer but I wish they made an American style Pale Ale with a stronger hop profile.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%

The beer poured with an extremely clear, golden slight-amber appearance with a thin island of lacing on the head. Aromas were subtly rich with citrus hops. Not too strong, which is a good thing for some. However, it definitely could have had more volume. Good clean and dry taste. A thin, slightly watery sweetness with a good load of spiced hops to it. Mouthfeel could have had more of a kick but the watery aspect of the drink helps it be refreshing and not overpowering. Overall, a decent and accessible pale ale.

fitzy84, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Pours up a clear golden yellow with a thin white head

S - Faint aroma of citrusy hops, not much else

T - A faint grainy taste with hops in the finish. The hop bitterness builds up as you go along.

M - good mouthfeel

D - A little underwhelming, but not undrinkable.

hiikeeba, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of semihobo
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%

12 oz. best this month so time to get with the drinkin'.

Pours with a head that fills the pint glass, leaves good lacing (looks like white flames) as it settles up top with a solid 1/8" covering, then dies. Nice dark gold body, fairly clear, moderate bubbling.

Mineral smell with starchy malts and assertive grassy hops.

First thing noticed in the taste is a mineral, adjunct-like note. The mild roasting of the malts is definitely perceptible. Some low alpha flavoring hops as well as a decent dose of bitterness, very grassy and vegetable-like. Dry.

Medium body and thick but tickly carbonation.

Grass and minerals... otherwise has aspects of a nice reserved English Pale Ale. Don't want more though.

semihobo, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of philbe311
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%

A - Very light copper color... Very very slight carbonation, otherwise extremely still... Soft white head is minimal and quickly fades...

S - Light mild malt scent... Traces of toffee... Not much else...

T - Biscuit... Earthy... Extremely mild and plain... No complexity to be found...

M - Dry with tingly carbonation on the tongue...

D - If I didn't know any better I'd think that I was drinking a flat ginger ale... I hate to be rough, but this brew deserves it... On par with a BMC...

philbe311, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured into a tumbler glass from a bottle (best by September).

A: Pale golden color with a white head that quickly recedes to a ring. decent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot in the aroma department. Malt mostly dominates the nose. A lot of sweetness in the nose and not much hops.

T: Just like the nose. Sweet, sweet malts. Very little hop presence. Bite from the carbonation on the back. Reminds me more of a kolsch than a pale ale.

M: Really smooth and relatively light. Good carbonation.

D: While not the best example for the style, this is a very drinkable Pale Ale.

usmittymc, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
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.

BirdFlu, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

Pours a really subdued crystal-clear yellow. I mean it looks thin. Average off-white head. Not much foam or lacing. Aroma has some faint bready malt and flowery hops, more like Noble than grassier or earthy English hops. Flavor is a bit thin with some malt and flowery hops again, but no earthy malt tones or grassy hops that are found in English pale ales. Mouthfeel is thin but the drinkability is definately there. This tasted more like an American blonde ale and nothing like an English pale ale. However, this would make a tasty alternative to your average industrial American lager.

beerkittycat, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%

I consider Sam Adams to be one of the "gateway" breweries, something I'll have when it's the only good beer available. I rarely buy their beer when I have choices. This one is quite unexceptional. The appearance is a little pale (I know. "pale ale" - but not as deep a hue as my usuals). The taste is OK, but there's a macro sweetness hiding way down in there. Also, quite watery. You certainly can knock a few of these down, and it's definitely above the "Bud line". However, either a Liberty Ale or a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale will blow this away, for about the same price.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%

A - pours a clear yellow with a small head
S - smells of malts and honey oat bread and a touch of hops
T - tasted as the nose suggested...a bit of toasted malt and a bread taste with only the slightest bit of hops
MF - a bit thin and not overly carbonated
O - This was decent, not as bitter as other pale ales I have had but easy to drink nonetheless. Very good to drink one after another after another...

birchstick, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Boozefox
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

Very good British-style pale ale. More malt character than a lot of American style pales, not as ridiculously hopped, but still a good, biting, refreshing ale.

Poured from the bottle, starting soft, then hard, into a Yazoo Pale Ale glass.

A - Pours pale gold, clear with tiny bubbles. Thin white head from a (mostly) hard pour has excellent retention, sticking around for a long, long time. I'm halfway done with this one and it's still got almost as much (not a lot) head as it did right after the pour. Nice.

S - Not a whole lot going on in the nose; just a bit of hops and a bit of clean. Then again, I'm just getting over a sinus infection. But, as I say, not a lot to smell but what there is smells good and crisp.

T&M - Crisp on the tongue without being thin, perhaps a bit sticky on the finish. Malt is present, bringing some sweetness; hops are definitely there without being overpowering. Good hoppiness on the finish, leaving your mouth perhaps not with a bite so much as with a nip. It feels good and it tastes good.

D - High. I could smack these back in a continuous line for quite some time.

Notes: I'm drinking this one with the dregs of a delicious tilapia curry my girlfriend made today and some store-bought naan. This ale is strong enough to stand up to the spices without being strong enough to knock them down. It's definitely a pairing I will be making again.

Boozefox, Aug 18, 2008
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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