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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
78
okay

887 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 18 | 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 tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is opaque, light yellow, small white head with very light, sandpaper, misty like lacing. Smell is faintly bright hop thats a touch on the citrusy side. Taste is mildly smooth, has an immediate little bite that fades quickly and lends itself mostly bright and clean with a a dry bittering effect thats very subtle, not bad at all. It trys to be hoppy but is a little on the weak side but very tolerable in the drinking department. Feel is bright and dryish with a light tipping toward a medium body. Very drinkable and mildly smooth. I was pleasantly surprised that it was better then it looked. Not a favorite but not a turndown by any means.

tavernjef, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light orange in color with a faint head that will stick in patches throughout. The aroma is rather dull and faint, light hops, some orange peel are to be noted. The taste of hops, and somewhat bitterness up front, some light, roasted malts noted with banana clove in the background. This was more on the bitter than pale ale side, somewhat subtle in taste and flavor, finishes creamy and dry, slightly above average, not one of the best beers produced by the BBC.

GeoffRizzo, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thick with a typical Samuel Adams head. Smell is very hoppy, with malt accents. The Taste is malty and sweet. I don't know if this is what a pale ale is supposed to taste like. Overall, a pretty decent beer. The problem I have with Samuel Adams is the the beers all taste pretty much the same. I drank this out of a sampler, and after a few they all tasted the same.

Rifrafboy, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a clear golden color with a half inch white head and tons of bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma was very hoppy with a grassy smell also a little bit of citrus and not totally void of malts. After that wonderful complex aroma I was expecting a wonderful complex taste but I was wrong. I felt the taste was very thin. The little taste that was there was sort of flowery and grassy. There just wasn't a lot going on with this brew. Hard to pick out any specific flavors, maybe because there wasn't any. The mouthfeel was okay with a nice amount of carbonation. I doubt I will puchase this again but I would take one for free:)

Bruiser81, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer as it sets in the pint pounder a crystal clear golden amber with the head large and white, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is crisp and fresh, lightly floral, but malt dominates. Start is lightly sweet, the top light in feel, the finish strikingly acidic, the hops pertinent to the style and a darn good session beer any old time of the year.

Gusler, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of Morris729
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color with a creamy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Floral hops come through in the aroma along with a hint of cinnamon. Nice balance of malt and hops in the taste up front with oily hops dominating the finish. Quite smooth and refreshing.

Morris729, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of hyuga
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden with a big-bubbled white head that settles, but stays slightly. It looks English. Aroma of mild "English" hops and grainy malt, that "Sam Adams" aroma. Flavors present are grainy malt and a bit of a hop bite from those "English" hops. Very crisp and dry. A bit bready in the aftertaste. Definitely English-style. Great "less thinking, more drinking" beer. Tasty, but not complex, and a good session beer. This was the first beer I ever purchased on my own, back when I was discovering good beer. I give it an honorable mention for that, and for introducing me to the rest of the Sam Adams line, which led me to try other "craft" brews, bringing me into the world of die-hard "beer advocacy". Great memories in this glass.

hyuga, Nov 24, 2002
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like English-Style Ales, but I thought this one was only slightly better than average. A nice, solid copper defined the appearance in the glass, but a thin head with little to no retention was a disappointment. I sensed a faint, hoppy, floral scent after a little swirling. The beer had a pretty good hop bite, and a brief lingering bitterness that disappeared a little too early. But I did like the mouthfeel...my tongue was left a little numb between sips. I'd gladly have a few of these in a sitting...it feels good going down, but overall this wasn't too much of a standout beer for me. A pretty safe pale ale, overall, but one can find better.

SchmichaelJ, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of DarthMalt
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Bass contender. However, there's that characteristic, "Soapy-Sam" flavor which I had once attributed to Tettnanger hops. But, seeing as how those hops are not in this beer, Sammy must do it some other way. Anyway, that's bloodlines, I guess.

Good, crunchy ale. Nice twang, nice malt, hops don't overpower, and it finishes off with a nice bready flavor.

Like I said, a good Bass contender...maybe Whitbread also. The first American beer (with more to follow......I hope) I've had that even approaches an English ale profile.

DarthMalt, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good brew from Boston Beer. Floral aroma with some hops in there too. Nothing special as far as pales go, but very smooth and very drinkable. Nice hop flavor that lets you know you are still drinking an english pale.

IrishRedRock, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of EagleTalon
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable, tasty brew. Nothing earthshattering, but not lacking either. Carbonation is just right. Aroma is a bit estery and alcoholic with soft hop character. nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Goes well with spicy food, too. I am sick of people bashing Boston Beer Co. Come on, admit that they are at least making (for the most part) quality beers with real beer character. I just finished the glass. I think I'll have another.

EagleTalon, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear light amber colour with a big white foamy head. lotsa lace, too. lightly malty and fruity in the nose. pretty dry and crisp with a definite english hop bite. little sweetness to be found. a bit crackery in flavour; would be a fine pale ale to wash down some food. body is light, and the mouthfeel is somewhat watery. finishes crisp and dry as stated before....very drinkable. overall an average pale ale...nothing stands out to make this version remarkable.

budgood1, Jul 28, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't confuse Sam Adam's Pale with an American version. Boston Beer has brewed what is most definitely an English version of the Pale for our taste. A cobbled London street in spring brought to us by a leading brewer. Thanks again BBC, for a good distribution network, fair prices, and a quality brew.

inebrius, Jul 20, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little light on flavor considering the great aroma and autumn color. Not Sammy's best offering by any means but I actually like this more than their flagship beer. It is not as good as their Summer or Winter brews though.

Dogbrick, Jul 17, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

as i have developed more of a taste for pales, i found this one to be quite good. golden and smooth with a perfect amount of hops. this beer is a very good drinker, and it just simply goes down great

ElGuapo, Jul 08, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less malt that in the Boston Ale and more hops. This seems to make it a pretty typically pale. The hops bite first (but only a little bite like a small fuzzy puppy going throught it's teething stage) hang around for a bit and then it finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Not unpleasant, but not as good as the Boston Ale.

aracauna, Jul 07, 2002
Photo of aaronh
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pale ale was not quite what I expected, but it is good. I was under the impression it was an APA, so I expected a nice bitterness and a stronger aroma. It has a nice head, and a smooth flavor, but is just an average pale ale. Perhaps I've been spoiled by my recent SIerra Nevadas and Burning Rivers. I agree with some of the previous posts: an average beer from a company that could do more. Perhaps the bitterness is subdued to appeal to the mass market.

aaronh, Jul 01, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-copper body, topped with fairly smooth white head, which soon settles into quarter inch cover. Fresh floral aroma, with some fruit lurking in the background. Fairly balanced between malt and hops, but hops stick around much longer in aftertaste. Run of the mill pale ale, from a brewer that can do much better. On the other hand, my opinion of this beer has improved since its introduction, when I thought it was more of a weak golden ale. Has it been reformulated?

RonfromJersey, Jun 14, 2002
Photo of mophie
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says American, but the taste says English. This is a good beer in the style of those that you'd sit around and drink in the pub with your friends without thinking too much about the beer you're drinking. Amber colored, nice white fluffy head. Mild floral hop aromas (Kent Goldings), with a slight caramal malt presence. Taste is relatively tame for a pale ale, with quite mild hop flavors balanced by an unobtrusive maltiness. Finish is smooth and refreshing, if not entirely memorable. Again, a good beer to drink with friends if you really don't want to be thinking about the beer you're drinking.

mophie, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not great, quite thin in the end, and it had quite a funky sort of flavour, a bit oily aswell and a bit soggy tasting, not their best.

rastaman, Jun 03, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, another confessional. I am still trying to sample other Samuel Adams, but for the pale ale, my local brews outshine it. Has a nice color and smell, but the taste is nothing that really moves or surprises me. If is of course better than the macros but still far removed from my local pales. I realize this is at a local, so maybe if I check out a tap version to what I am comparing it to it may do better.

Wildman, May 30, 2002
Photo of bmills1608
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color, with a nice creamy white head.

Taste was balanced but leaned towards the lighter side. Malt presence was average, hop balance was mostly earthy-herbal. I nice easy drinking beer with a fair amount of complexity, but nothing in it really stands out.

The Boston Ale is the bigger brother to this brew for sure.

bmills1608, May 30, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of musty malt and hops. Light gold in color. Interesting choice of East Kent and Golding Hops, (the style dictates cascade, williamette, centennial..etc..) Slight cardboard (oxidation?) taste.in the finish. The brew lacks real character next to the other high power PA's.

frank4sail, May 02, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy light gold in color with a moderate off-white head and a fair amount of lace.

Aroma: Aroma is mild, slightly hoppy and spicy, though a bit subtle.

Taste: Nice balanced flavor with roasted malt and slight fruitiness, though definitely on the dry side. Nice moderate hop finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth on the palate, soft and full, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: A decent beer, not particularly remarkable, but of good quality.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Apr 13, 2002
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full flavoured pale ale leaning towards English style, good balance to make for a beer that one could sit down and have a few and not be overwhelmed in any aspect. An all around good pale ale and a decent stab at the English style.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.