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

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 21
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of rarevos
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a golden-yellow with moderate head. Head dissipates to a solid thin layer of foam across the surface.

S: Malty, mostly, with a buttered roll aroma (I'm assuming this is the diacetyl I've heard so much about?).

T: Again, buttered roll up front with a slight sweetness. Finish is lightly bitter, and features a return of the butter.

M: Light-bodied.

D: So based on the buttery component, I'm guessing this is more an English PA than an American one. It's easy to drink for sure. I'm not sure how to score this at all. While I prefer more hops in my PAs, I'm not sure docking points here is wise, since it's not an American style (read: hoppy) PA to begin with. I'd have another.

Photo of Enola
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer just has a hop taste that is really unpleasant. The beer looks a little lighter than a typical pale ale. The smell is bittersweet. The taste is just a hop bitterness that is not a good hoppiness. There is a harshness to the beer. The mouthfeel is overwhelming bitter. A bitter beer that is not smooth. Below average in the style.

Photo of Budlum
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with one inch of foamy white head lasting well in to the first few sips. Amber, pale body with a strong orange hue. Displays quite a bit of carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass.

Sweet and aromatic on the nose. Very fresh and clean hops mixed with a sweet and bready malt smell. The presence of pine and vanilla is notable.

Immediately loaded with fresh hops providing a pine and nutty taste. The hops are followed by sweet and toasted malty flavors. A fine balance between the malt and hops unveils some vanilla flavors. Pleasant finish with faint hops dominated by a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light at the same time. Great effervesence adds to the enjoyment.

Drinkability is great. A very refreshing brew. The flavors and balance make this an enjoyable session choice.

Photo of flannelman808
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not what i expected from a sam adams brew. Its an amber almost honey color and has a strong bannana smell. The beer is very sweet and not hoppy whatsoever. It seemed more like a lite beer with little taste then a pale ale. The bannana is so overpowering (and I dont like bannanas) I could barley drink it. Very dissapointing

Photo of kdog630
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not what I expected from a beer calling itself a pale ale. Where is the hop aroma? This poured only slightly darker than your average pils. Light gold with a decent head. Not as dark as a real pale and definitely no hops to speak of.

Flavor was malt with very little hops. I was beginning to wonder if the 6-pack was mislabled, but I don't think I'll buy another to find out. Just another disappointment from Sam Adams as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of jackorain
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured this beer into a pint glass creating a 2 inch off white head that dwindled to a thin coat very quickly, quicker than it took to jot down a note on the appearance. Some lacing left on glass by the thin coat/ring of foam. pale golden color, rather clear.

S-mild hop aroma, green Id's say maybe pine, no citrus aroma at all. some malt comes through amybe a little bready like quality to the nose.

T-Green and pine hops hit 1st, not overpowering or even string but there none the less. There is a bitter green hop finish with a little malty sweetness on the finish. Overall, I can't fault the flavor too much, but the same qualities stronger with the same balance would be nice. Odd it is listed as an APA but is more like an english Pale Ale. Is only becuase it si brewed on our side of the pond?

M-watery, no hop oils here, very light body

D-I would have no problem drinking many of these. If my one of my macro lovin' buddies had this on hand at a party as an alternative, I would be very pleasantly suprised and then looking for a ride home.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

While Sam Adams beers generally do not rate at the top of the great beer lists (try as they might to make us think they’re craft brewers), most are pretty decent. Unfortunately, this Pale Ale was way off the mark. Had the golden orange appearance of an APA, but there was little aroma, a bland appearance, and a short, stale finish. I’ll rate this above your BMC macros, but not by much.

Photo of wcudwight
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a 1/4" fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a halo around the top. Thin whispy spotty lacing. Boring appearance.
Smell is of sugary malts, honey and flowers.
Pretty malty for a pale ale. But it works fine as there is just enough floral and piney hop flavors to round it all out. Also hints of honey and bananna. It's a very tasty beer.
Crisp and clean in the mouth.
This is an outstanding tasting session ale. It's a very different take on the style, but a very good brew. Somewhat similar to Highland's St. Therese PA.

Photo of ndekke39
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle with a November 2006 freshness date. Poured a clear, golden yellow with a thick white head. Heavy lacing on the glass. Smells of bananas and floral hops. Taste begins with hints of honey at first, then some pleasant maltiness on the tongue, and finishing with some late-blooming hops. Light carbonation and flavors leave this beer lacking a little character, but it's refreshing and easily drinkable overall.

Photo of tonistruth
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden straw in color with a slight orangish tint, two finger bright white head, retent is nothing to brag about, settles to a little white ring, lace is on glass.

S- sweet, crisp scent, fruit in the nose, as well as floral hops.

T- sweetness from malts, along with some faint, dry, fruit like flavor, very pleasant aftertaste, crisp floral hop flavor. Tea like finish as beer warms.

M- smooth, slighlty dry finish, sports a nice body and good carbonation

D- pretty mellow brew, good flavor throughout entire consumption, quite enjoyable, without a doubt sessionable. I wouldnt turn this beer down, but i wouldnt go running for it. Well brewed and a good English pale, dont get me wrong.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got the Sam Adams Pale Ale at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, Oh.

I've have this a few times before, but have never reviewed it.

Pours a gold-straw color with about a 1 inch head into my glass pint. Looks pretty good.

Smell - not much there, couldn't detect hops (most APAs I can)
Taste - really different for an APA; some hops in the aftertaste, but not nearly as hoppy as most APAs; it seems to have that caramel taste you get from Sam's Boston Ale and Boston Lager. hints of sweetness in there; overall, though, a good taste

Mouthfeel - really good; perfect carbonation, light-to-medium bodied
Drinkability - could drink a few in a night; doesn't fill you up

Photo of Poser
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams brings another great brew -- pours a good golden color with a nice head. Smells woodsy but very crisp. Taste is good on the hops with a little sediment.

Overall, a very solid pale ale. I think this one may be a little under-rated because Jim Kock does commercials now. This one is always a safe bet and is available in most areas that generally specialize in the BMC crowd.

Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This highly filtered brew is a shiney yellow with some light copper towards the core. Medium carbonation roll to the top under a Ivory white, tight head that retains well and leaves ring lacing.

My first impression was that this is an English Pale Ale as the hop twang is mellow and more of a drying effect and slightly bitter. I don't get any of the citrus, hop dominance that occurs in most American versions. Hell with style's, this is a fine brew, mellow, smooth, crisp and clean. Nothing is dominant, the malt bill is of some sweetened grain and a snappy, cleansing hops.

Notes: Ummmm this should be in my stable at all times. Perfect on a hot day and enough character to be consumed on any occassion. I believe this is the best "year round and year to year" beer that they make.

Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the pale ales that I have had have been so off-putting and/or blandly plain that I reject them offhandedly. But with Samuel Adams I expected what I got: a smoooth and I reiterate smoooth beer with none of the acrid aftertaste of listerine in the bite back. Like a good melon that you can lick the sweat off its forehead and then bite into the fruit without reprecussions of bitter or brunt. Then again those other pale ales could double as holistic urine therapy for the incurably sick.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll be honest...I really did not think much of this when I drank the first bottle, but by the 6th it really grew on me....this is me reviewing the 6th bottle.

A- Clear gold color, with a nice 1/2 inch white head....the lace was very sticky and left rings around the glass...very long lasting.

S- Crisp, refreshing....citrus, slight spiciness, and a hint of pine.

T- The hops hit early on in the tip of the sip and they stay with the body though its entirety...long lasting bitter finish and again just a hint of pine.

M/D- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation....definitely a session beer.

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" white head that falls away some and then retains at 1/4". Straw gold colored pale ale with a tornado of carbonation rushing up from the etched glass bottom. Nice full lacing.

S - Herbal and fruity hop aroma. Subdued overall.

T - Very herbal hops in the flavor. Tea leaves. Light malts. Touch of bitterness in the finish. Fairly well balanced.

M - Light bodied, but not really thin. Mid-level carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Easy drinking and pleasant. More of an English style Pale Ale. Multiply the intensity of the flavor by 2 or 3 and we have a winner.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden amber with a definite orangish hue. The cap is pastel lemon parchment in color and is frothysoft, yet is sticky enough to hang around and to throw up a pretty good looking lace display. A classic English pale look that, hopefully, gives some indication of good things to come.

I wish that the nose was more bold because what's appreciated is pretty nice. Let's get the style question out of the way first. As far as I'm concerned, any pale ale that uses Fuggles and East Kent Goldings is an English pale ale. Period. It's hard to get more English than those two varieties. The aroma is soft, golden fruity and lightly earthy.

I like the beer just fine even though it lacks much of any excitement on the palate. Lightly toasted pale malt? Check. Fruity-herbal-earthy-citric, gently bitter hops? Check. Balance and drinkability? Check. So why, I wonder, doesn't Samuel Adams Pale Ale give me warm fuzzies? Dunno.

It might be because there isn't an abundance of ingredients in the bottle. Balance is all well and good if malt and hops are both well-represented; not so good if neither one is all that interested in standing up for itself. This is a fairly well-made, unchallenging beer that everyone and his brother should be able to get his taste buds around. Why isn't it more widely distributed?

The body is pale ale medium, perhaps a half-notch lighter, and the mouthfeel is soft. It was never well-bubbled to begin with--despite the fairly large head--and is beginning to feel a bit lackluster in the mouth by the final few ounces. Passable, easy going, almost in line with the rest of the beer's attributes, but not a standout.

I've been looking for this particular beer for a while now and have never been able to figure out why it's so hard to find. I would think that an easy drinking English pale would be one of BBC's most widely distributed offerings. In any case, I give them credit for not releasing yet another Cascade-hopped APA (even though I love them). Too bad that this one doesn't have a bit more charisma.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale golden in color-has a nice head that is gone by the time you set the bottle down from pouring it. Slight hoppy aroma-very faint. Ok malty flavor with a slight balancing hop flavor. No real hop presence to define it as a US Pale Ale. Good body-perhaps its best characteristic actually. An ok beer-I am a big Sam Adams fan but this one falls way short. Just really never gets off the ground in any way, shape or form.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of DuqTroops
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - golden yellow in color. little white head.

Smell - hoppy and fruity to smell! excellent pale ale scent.

Taste - great balance of malts and hops. like a circus in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - see above.

Drinkability - great to have a few throughout the evening, but remember moderation.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with Sept 06 freshness date. After a heary pour, the resulting head was about 2 fingers high, white in color and rocky. The head leaves thick, sticky rings of lace.

The color is a pale yellow-orange that is relatively clear.

The aroma is slightly fruity, but, I can't tell which fruit. I detect some graininess in the smell along with a touch of pepper, and, some butter.

The taste is hoppy in the backend with a small amount of malts in the frontside. I don't get much from this beer, but, it is an easy drinker.

Photo of jmbranum
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm drinking this as part of a sampler pack.

Golden color, small head.

Sweet aroma with maybe a hint of honey.

Like all of the S.A. offerings I've had so far tonight, the mouthfeel is more on the light side with a pleasant amount of carbonation.

The taste is surprisingly mellow, not as hoppy as I would have expected from an American Pale Ale. I actually enjoy the flavor but have marked it down .5 on taste because it doesn't even remotely fit the style that I think of as being an APA. (as in the hops should be bold enough to smack you in the face) This should be called Samuel Adams Golden Ale or maybe Samuel Adams English Pale Ale.

Photo of orfeu
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Much more toward the golden side of golden-amber. Sparse carbonation; meager dishwater-suds-colored foam cap. Slight fruit and spice from hops in the aroma -- sorta bleak, to be honest. Taste is firstly fruit (peach/citrus juice), then bitter orange acridity, followed by a toasty biscuit malt finish and an earthy-fruit aftertaste. Certainly seems to be more of an English Pale Ale than a hoppy American version. Mouthfeel is lively with nicely attenuated carbonation -- probably the most impressive aspect of this beer. Drinkability? Eh, I guess, but there are so many more Pale Ales out there (both English and American) that do the job with more style and flavor that this one just oughta be passed up more often than not. Worth a try, I suppose.

Photo of Franchise
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Nerax:

This beer poured a deep orange brown leaving a surprisingly large head from the cask. The aroma is very sweet, candied fruit, mild hops, grass, and a wonderful bouquet of flowers. The taste is similiar to the nose, very malty upfront, delicious sweetness balanced with a mild grassy, citrus hop background but malt dominate.

Note: Similiar to the Harpoon Dark, this SA-Pale Ale on cask surprised me and could very well be the surprise/best beer of the night IMO.

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