Samuel Adams Pale Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
07-20-2002 00:57:12 | More by inebrius
3.33/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
07-07-2002 19:00:49 | More by aracauna
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-01-2002 10:39:47 | More by aaronh
3.05/5 rDev -12.4%
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?
06-14-2002 21:53:34 | More by RonfromJersey
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
06-11-2002 19:22:23 | More by mophie
3.05/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
05-30-2002 18:52:38 | More by Wildman
3.35/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
05-30-2002 05:27:11 | More by bmills1608
3.03/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
05-02-2002 16:54:06 | More by frank4sail
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-13-2002 20:43:52 | More by Pegasus
4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
04-10-2002 19:16:29 | More by Jason
3.2/5 rDev -8%
Golden in color w/ a slight haze. The head is thin and unimpressive. Quintessential floral Kent Goldings notes dominate the hop nose, and the earthy Fuggles note is secondary. Malt aroma is minimal. It's quite similar to their Boston Ale in aroma profile having a slight butterscotch note, but is more mild comparatively. Decent toasty malt flavors are present, but this brew is a bit lacking in malt character overall. Hop bitterness is moderate and clean, with the characteristically earthy Fuggles flavor dominating. It finishes clean but unexciting. I wasn't left longing for another. Although a decent beer, the lack of malt complexity deterred from its potential. A British base malt such as Maris Otter would've been a better malt foundation.
04-09-2002 19:19:49 | More by marc77
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
Nice and well-carbonated pour, clear pale yellow body. Fizzy refreshing mouth feel, pretty full and foamy with a more than adequate carbonation. There’s a lack of hop bite, nice sweetness, but still enjoyable. Very nice finish that is slightly dry, smooth with a nice crispness. Overall pretty good stuff.
04-01-2002 08:54:34 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
3/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours a slightly dark-golden color...mild nose; hard to discern.. a bit fruity; ...somewhat nice on the tongue but flavors are mild to the point of blandness...average bier....IMO...
appearance: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3
01-11-2002 18:08:05 | More by Bierman9
3/5 rDev -13.8%
I haven't had a lot of experience with pale ales, but this one ahhhh "pales" in comparison to the one I had at the Green Mill restraunt in St. Paul...this is definitely on the dry side...almost spicey a bit on the finish..crisp..and pretty easy drinking...tastes very clean and crisp...certainly not a bad beer, but only slightly above average in my book.
12-19-2001 00:53:28 | More by ZAP
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Very smooth pale ale. Probably one of the most mellow ales I have had in a while. Not to say this was weak, just smooth and tasty. I could many these at one sitting. This is a nice beer to give to inexperienced beer drinkers; not intimidating.
11-24-2001 17:01:08 | More by AaronRed
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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