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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
80
good

891 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of JasonCoop
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

curious to try this, one of the sam adams brews you don't see around as often.

pours a crystal clear yellowish amber color. looks light. nice white foam to it. looks ok.

smells pretty malty for a pale ale. interesting. only subtly hoppy. little earthy hops. a bit roasty even.

taste- not at all what i expected. nicely malty, but not malty sweet. more roasty. balanced out with a nice hop kick. not your typical highly hopped APA at all. hops have earthy slightly piney flavor. a very interesting interpretation. props to sam adams for trying something different. this tastes nice and balanced with a great malt character. finishes crisp and fairly dry.

mouthfeel is fair. about medium. nice dry finish keeps it drinkable. recommended to fans of English brewing. overall better than i expected.

JasonCoop, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of ryanms3030
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

At this point, I would never intentionally buy any Sam Adams beers. But a co-worker owed me a six pack for a favor I did him and I requested Sierra Nevada because I know the places around where we work don't have much selection and they didn't even have that so he figured another Pale Ale from Sam Adams would be a good substitute.

Well, it is beer and it was free so I can't complain. I give this beer a score of "average" across the boards except for drinkablility which I would rank below average. There is something about the taste that just didn't sit well for a drinking beer. I had trouble even drinking two of these in one sitting because the more of it I drank the less enjoyable it was going down.

It definately has a hoppy aroma and flavor but in comparison to Sierra Nevada it's not nearly as hoppy and the flavor doesn't compare.

I would never go out of my way to get this beer but in certain situations where maybe you're in a bar or liqour store in some depraved part of the world where this is the only alternative to Bud, Miller and Coors then it would be an ok option.

ryanms3030, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle with a purchased before date notched: May...2004. It wasn't cellared per se, I just bought it old. It pours a nice gold-amber with a half inch of off-white head that leaves quickly, with very little lacing.

Smells of slightly roasted malts with hints of hops in the background, definitely has that Sam Adam's malt character to it.

Tastes of light roasty and a bit nutty malts, semi-sweet at first, then tones down to a bitter, astringent finish. Feels good in the mouth, a little creamy, with light in body and carbonation as well. It actually tastes pretty good and fits the style. Nuthin fancy, just an easy drinkin, average pale ale from a big craft brewery that's consistant.

scottoale, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of acarroll413
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass.

A- It had an amber color, a bit darker than I was expecting but that's a step in the right direction. Nice and crisp looking anyway, with a big fluffy "mother-of-pearl" head. Good color for a pale.

S- Wow, this may have been one of the worst smelling beers I've ever had. It smelled really really strong and was very unpleasant. I'm sorry I can't describe this any more but all I can say is whew!

T- Strong wheat flavor and light hops flavor. Not as potent as I had expected but certainly not bad.

M- Tasted just fine in the mouth, went down smoothly but was a little bit thin, even for an APA.

D- I wouldn't drink it again, but I'm glad I tried it. Definitely not the best APA. If you can find it, go for the Berkshire APA or EPA.

acarroll413, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's beer. That's about all you can say. Nothing outstanding, but not much wrong. Lacking of character when compared to other great Pale Ales. Lightly toasty, yeasty, and spicy, but not enough to make a statement. Aromas are light, but refreshing. Flavors are a bit bland (maybe I've been spoiled with bigger pale ales.) Caramel and barley malt in low levels. Hops add a light metalic luster. Light and refreshing body with crisp carbonation. Finishes lightly dry and airy with a mild sweetness. Good beer, just don't expect much.

BEERchitect, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tradional beer mug

A- golden amber with a thick puffy white head that disappated a bit to quickly.

S- some hops not to much nose here, on the other hand it is not overpowering which is often the case for APAs

T- one of the more underated offerings from SA, smooth and clean with some citrus in the finish.

M- balanced as most SA are nothing to interesting here

D- as ussual an incredibly well balanced beer from SA. Smooth but with some complexity unlike a macro beer.

This and the Sierra Nevada are my favorites of the APA style

mcarroll10177, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Nytemare
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I gotta get back into this review thing. I keep tryin' new stuff and just don't get around to writing a review.
I liked the way this beer looked, a nice golden color, pillowy head. It smelled like nice too. Nice bready malts and a sour hops note. Tasted the same. Good English style pale ale. Felt light a crisp in the mouth. Wasn't very filling. Thought it was just a good solid beer. Exactly what I was looking for last night. I could and will definately drink this again. Probably will drink a lot of this again.

Nytemare, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beerphilosopher, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a golden orange with a frothy white head that doesn't hold well or lace well. The smell is a mixture of sweet citrus, light berry fruits (maybe cherry) and hops. The taste seems to be quite similar. I would prefer the sweetness to be toned down in this one in favor of some more bitterness. The mouthfeel is a decent thickness and carbonation. Overall it has an above average drinkability but it is not fantastic. There are better Pale Ales out there.

MSchae1017, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of clemtig76
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

clemtig76, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of dickroop
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – a solid-golden, light-bronze clear fluid with lots of very fine bubbles and a persistent creamy-white, thin head that coats the glass and laces nicely. Invites further exploration

Smell- sort of a mystery, not much to go on until it warms up a little, then some sweet aroma notes of breadiness, faint hoppiness, and sweet vapors of malt. Balanced.

Taste- first a gray-bitter mildly-hoppy disappointment. Barely enough flavor here for a hop-head. Balanced to a fault. Finishes malty with clean bitterness and cardboardy astringency.

Mouthfeel – not bad, if a little watery. The modest alcohol level and the good carbonation combine to generate a feeling of more substance than the brew actually has, contributing to its….

Drinkability – surprisingly good. It’s a sophisticated product. I’d love to sample it on tap. I have to remember: it’s a PA not an IPA. It drinks easy, but its flavor is too calculated, not sufficiently bold. It’ll do, but I won’t pay a premium to buy this one again. Sam has aimed for the middle of the PA spectrum, and, while acceptable, it lacks distinction.

dickroop, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a golden brown ale with a small white head that does not retain well, but does leave a decent amount of lacing.
The aroma is of mild hops.
The flavor is mildly hopy up front with the malt becoming more noticeable near the finish.
Mouth feel is light bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is a quality brew, just nothing about it seems to stand out.

Naes, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure why the top of the bottle proclaims "brewmaster's special", because I dont think any brewmaster would want their name associated with this beer. Its extremly weak and the hops are virtually non existant. It looks just like regular Sam Adams, with the translucent gold color. To me, it tastes as if they've added something to the malt that gives it more of a hop flavor, but its hard to call it a pale ale.

Toddv29424, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear golden color with a smallish tan head.The smell has a slight hop and malt aroma,but it is pretty faint.The taste has a hop bite as well as a nice malt flavor.The carbonation makes this a very bubbly beer with some citrus flavors.The m/f is light,but it's a little watery going down.All in all, this is a very good beer fron Sam's.

jmz62565, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of Vancer
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good start - amber/orange pour with a nice foamy ivory head. But then, just some whiffs of malts and floral hops. Quaff was just as weak, with some subtle hints of doughy breads.

All in all, somewhat watery, weak and lifeless. I’m disappointed in Sammy, their offerings are usually better than this – I’d go for many other P.A.s before this one.

Vancer, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of bighoppymonster
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, clean golden colour with foamy white head and active carbonation. Smells of faint hoppiness with some grainy malts as well. Flavour is similar to nose: A little hoppiness with malt being the dominate feature. Overall just an average brew. Nothing fancy or impressive about it at all. I've only had a couple of their offerings, but I havent been impressed at all with this brewery from Boston. I will, however, try some more of their beers, as it is a respected brewery.

bighoppymonster, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i am surprised by the low reviews of this beer, i find it extremely delicious.

pours a nice light amber with thick white head that retains well. aroma is reminiscent of sourdough bread. taste is a nice balance of bready malt and english hops. mouthfeel is a bit thin but pretty good. drinkability is very high.

a very nice light ale, perfect for when you want a very refreshing beer with good flavor but not something huge. very quaffable and a nice interpretation of the style in my opinion. i will definitely be buying this again.

evanackerman, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one turns out to be a fairly bland offering from the BBC folks.

It pours an alright crisp copper colour with a decent sized head that doesn't hold for very long and leaves minimal to no residue on the glass.

The aroma is malty/earthy and a touch buttery, with an ever so slight sweet hop aroma pushed way to the back. Simple and fairly average overall.

The flavour is pretty much more of the same, although the hop notes are even less so apparent here. The malt truly takes over pretty much the whole way.

There's nothing really to say about this brew. It's drinkable, but very simpe and average overall. I'd like to see the hop flavour kicked up more to give this one some bite. Can I recommend this one? No. Can I say avoid it? No. Try it if you want but don't expect much in return.

SixpointJMH, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an average pale ale, and much better than the boston ale. It has a decent hppy aroma, and a good hop and malt balance. It goes down smoothly, and leaves a crisp bitterness behind. Definitely not nearly as smooth as a lot of the pale ales I've had before, but still good.

unknownlamer, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean amber color with a white fizzy head
Light hoppy scented Pale ale
Light bubbly fizzy head disipates when it hits the lips
A nice bitter flavor w/ a hoppy finish with a touch citrus.
Smooth drinkability, very light flavor and finish for those hot summer days.

SteveO1231, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts. It has a fruity quality as well as a wonderful English hop aroma. The taste is great. This is what I like about the English style pales. It's malty with a smooth, dry finish. The hops add good balance and it attains a slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is quite possibly the best beer these guys brew. I like everything about it.

WesWes, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep golden ale with a white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a good herbal hop scent. Not sweet smelling mostly just an herbal hop scent, the hops have a minty quality to them.

Taste is a little sweet and aggressively bitter. Mild spiciness in the hop profile, this is much like a bitter Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is good.

Exceedingly drinkable. This is NOT another cookie cutter APA full of grapefruit and pine flavor and scent. This is much closer to a Pilsner in bitterness and hops used. This beer is all about the hops, satisfyingly bitterness and very well dry hopped. I did not expect this beer to be so tasty; this is now my favorite Sam Adams brew!

Zorro, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Crystal clear Golden color. Small pure white head with no lacing.
Smell: Strong sulfer (think lit match) with a bit of hops.
Tastes: Light sulfer and hopes. Finishes with malt and biscuty flavor.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with healthy amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Goes down easy, somewhat refreshing and not overly alcoholic.

Notes: this is a good beer. Not intense, but has a bit of flavor. Also goes well with bar foods, chips and such. The sulfer kills this brew.

NiceGuyMike, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gold colored with a thin white head. 'earthy' hoppy smell with a little malty sweetness. good amount of hop bitterness, with a chewy caramel honey-like sweetnes to back it up. a little thin in the mouth, but nothing get bent out of shape about. overall good drinkability, and worth a try, but for the most part nothing special at all.

kmo1030, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a bubbly white head. It settles then reforms now and again. The body is a beautiful gold. The nose is fruity at first, fresh rasberries.. then a honeyish malt aroma. Good taste, something barely estery.. it's a nice element although it doesn't remind me of any particular fruit. The finish is only mildly bitter and that will add a point to the drinkability.

MrSeth, Apr 18, 2005
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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