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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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864 Ratings

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 14 | 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:
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Photo of nrbw23


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden amber color with a good inch of thick creamy head, and as it slowly melts down leaves a very rich lacing.

S- Bready biscuit aromas with some malt sweetness, slight caramel, slightest bit of roasted malt, and a faint burst of citrus hops.

T- 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. Pretty decent brew and well balanced.

M- Light in body and good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink, nothing out of the ordinary here.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 07:52:03 | More by nrbw23
Photo of BryanCarey


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Pale Ale pours to a golden color with a touch of orange. The carbonation in this beer is below average, even though the foam is still heavy enough to leave some lace on the glass as you drink. The body of this beer is crystal clear and the aroma is a little bit grassy and herbal, with the faintest touch of fruit.

Samuel Adams Pale Ale offers the taste of pale malt, a touch of toasted caramel, some apple, and some earthy hop notes. The body of this beer tends toward the lighter side, and it is easily quaffable. It doesn't have the citrus- like qualities common in many American Pale Ales. It is actually an English Pale Ale style of beer.

Samuel Adams Pale Ale tends toward the lighter side, but it is certainly not devoid of taste. It has a certain earthy hop presence and there is even a touch of apple in the taste. In these regards, it holds pretty much true to the style. I would prefer a little more body, but the taste is actually pretty good and the beer is super- clean. It's nothing exceptional or particularly memorable, but it is still an all- around good glass of brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 05:12:38 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of leif86


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Freshness date: Nov 2008

A: Golden coppery hue on a nice clear body. The head poured about a half an inch thick white/off white foam that lasted about 30 seconds. Some lacing stuck around.

S: Delightfully malty with a little subtle hint of something floral.

T: Something to desire. Starts a little sweet and gives way to a little spice before a unpleasingly tart taste comes through and lingers. It's this unpleasant taste at the end that ruins the beer for me.

M: Creamy and smooth but with a LITTLE too much carbonation for my liking.

D: Light and refreshing. Would be very drinkable if it wasn't for that lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 16:20:00 | More by leif86
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the bottle.
Pale Ale flavor. Started off smooth and tasted of hops and wheat. Ended with a dry fading bitterness. Very good mouthfeel. This is a very good brew and could drink these all night with a nice plate of spicy wings.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:48:52 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of Slatetank


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Country Garden six pack in Lancaster, Pa. Poured chilled into a tumber from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - The appearance of ginger ale --a dark golden pale shade.
The head is full, about 2.5 fingers w/ pockets of air and a smooth creamy appearance. The lace is copious and the bead is tight

S - The aroma is piney w/ a more English type fruity ester, slight hints of plum and cherry w/ twiggy notes and spiced phenols

M - A mild sweetness like honey kissed tea w/ herbal textures and dry grainy/light toasty malts. A nice crisp feel from the full carbonation

T - Very respectable English style pale w/ ekg-like flavors w/ subtle fruit on the palate from the yeast. The flavor seems a bit dry as it warms w/ more nuts and spice . The hops open up more too w/ subtle pine notes. The flavor is lively and very satisfying

D - I really like tasting this again after a few years have gone by - the flavor is refreshing and this is a well made tribute to the English style Pales w/ an American twist. I would certainly drink this quaffable ale again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 04:58:25 | More by Slatetank
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: "Looks like a Miller High Life", claims one wiseman. Clear and golden with white, head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and crisp, even a little meaty. Hops aren't too apparent... nothing really is. Reminds me of a pilsner actually. Overall, nice and refreshing.

Taste: I would say it tastes "champagne-like". I'm getting a lot of apple. Malts are very apparent as well. Hops, where you at bro? Fellow wiseman thinks he's found the hops somewhere in the aftertaste. He also claims that "It tastes like a better version of a cheap beer. I kind of like the aftertaste."

Mouthfeel: Thin, fizzy... meh. Guess it's not that bad.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Wouldn't mind beer bonging a few of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 04:55:52 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Beautiful appearance for a Pale Ale with an enormous frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power and deposited a nice amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Thick bread and butter aroma with an assertive malt-backbone...
Honey and caramel on the tongue along with slight hints of sugars, vanilla, bread, and butter... Overall, a very good representation of the style along with a solid level of drinkability... Sam Adams did well with this one...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:49:22 | More by dsa7783
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale straw color with slight hints of amber. Very little head forms and quickly dissipates.

S: Very little hops, virtually no malt aromas... What little I can smell is nice, but it is FAR too subdued.

T: Mild bitterness late, a little sweetness up front... maybe some fruit notes? Nothing is bold enough to be recognizable. At least there is nothing offensive going on.

M: At least this seems spot on for a pale ale. Moderately rich body with decent, but not overbearing carbonation.

D: It's fairly drinkable, but totally disappointing from the taste and aroma fronts. Nothing bad here, but the good is hardly noticeable. One of my least favorite beers from the SA lineup.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 00:24:17 | More by ewright
Photo of tab021


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light yellow with a semi-thick head and nice lacing

S- a clean hops smell, not too strong

T- very clean tasting with a mild bitterness. I find this to be a good representation of its class

M- a semi clean finish that leaves the back of tongue bitterness. a lighter consistency

D- it is definitely one to try to get a feel of what pale ales taste like. easy to drink, but I'm not sure if I would want to go to town with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 13:17:07 | More by tab021
Photo of SpecialK088


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams pint glass

A-Light yellowish/copper color with a good head and pretty good lace throughout not real thick but present.

S-Fresh very clean, hops and fresh citrus with the very slightest pine note

T&M-Flavor is very clean just like the nose fresh very clean notes of citrus and a nice crisp finish that lingers in the back of your mouth, small piney note as well. Its very good balance and good level of carbonation make it very smooth and easy to drink.

D-Not the very 1st APA i would reach for but this is definatly one i would pull out for somone just starting into the craft beer scene

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 01:10:58 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from part of the Sam Adams Summer Mix-Pack. Poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

3 finger head dies back leaving pretty nice lacing. Brew is crystal clear golden straw.

Aroma is pale malts and spicy hops... maybe some background toasty notes.. maybe not.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. but with a subtle yeasty fruitiness.

Body is lite/medium with ever present carbonation.

I would probably pick this up a couple times a year if it was available in 6'ers.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 07:07:22 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of tronester


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a a medium white head. Much paler than I thought it would be. Smells faintly of fresh dough. Taste is light, with a slight hint of toasty malt, and an earthy flavor from the hops. Excellent bitterness levels to match up. Mouthfeel is average, slightly high carbonation levels. Quite drinkable though, this would make a great session beer. It is quite mild tasting; I could see this being a good beer for those new to craft beer.

It doesnt really seem like an English Pale Ale though, the yeast strain doesnt seem right, nor is it malty enough. Though the hops seem to be at pretty good levels. Still a decent beer, whatever style it may be.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 01:36:24 | More by tronester
Photo of Rayek


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color with somewhat active carbonation. Soapy white head is decent sized and has fair retention. Leaves nice spots of lace.

S: Coriander, cloves, pine and toasted malts.

T: Woodsy and dry. Malt has a faint toasted quality. Bitterness has lemon and clove qualities. Finishes with a mild lingering clove bitterness.

M: Medium body. Slightly syrupy and slick. A little too much fizz.

D: Very. Nice session beer. Easy to drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 23:57:34 | More by Rayek
Photo of Rootdog316


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear amber color makes a average sized white head. Some lacing and mostly diminishing. Light malt aroma with light hops, flowers, spruce, and orange. Some acidity and bitterness up front becoming much more bitter at the finish. Light dry body. This one becomes bitter fast.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 13:03:06 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of naterock


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, 4's across the board
A: yellowish gold, not as golden as usually seen.
S: complex hop aroma with a balance of lightly roasted malt and a woody finish. extremely enticing smell
T: well balanced and slightly bitter. dry finish, nicely dry-hopped and balanced with a finish of ester notes.
M: light bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too much for my taste
D: very drinkable, this is a great session beer, or to kick back on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 15:21:00 | More by naterock
Photo of Pauly2X


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden, nearly two finger head.

S- Earthy hop aroma with hints of malt sweetness.

T- Good balance with light esters. Very even hop/malt balance throughout.

M- Light, fairly smooth

D- Very refreshing.

While not my favorite pale ale as for pure taste, but it takes the gold for balance and refreshment in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 22:22:09 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of whiplash3825


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light amber with a two-finger head that quickly subsides to a lingering cap... moderate lacing.

Light smell of sweet malt with a touch of hops.

Again a pretty balanced taste from a SA product, with an initial light malt followed by a hops bitterness that finishes pretty dry. My first English Pale Ale, so I can't compare to others of the style.

Mouthfeel seems just about right, but again I can't compare to what's typical of this style.

They go down pretty easy... there's definitely nothing offending flavor-wise to get in the way of the drinking. A good light summer brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 21:45:03 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack. Purchase before notch: SEP/2008

A: Pours a slightly hazed, golden color with a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation and spotty lacing.

S: Clean, malty aroma with hints of Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, followed by a hit of lemon zest.

T: Lightly roasted malts balanced with English ale hops. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Highly effervescent.

D: Inordinately sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 22:19:11 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very light yellow and clean as a whip.
small white head, decent lacing observed.
smell is of fragrant hops, caramel malts and sweetness. Taste is thin, a bit of a metallic backround. Hops are present, with a fair amount of malt in the rear.
This is a bit weak in the mouthfeel, but finishes pretty clean.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 16:42:33 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Traquairlover


3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear pale amber, large foamy white head, good retention, fair carbonation with small bubbles.

S = Very light malt scents, fresh bread, scones, grassy hops.

T = Strong malt flavors with light grassy hops, typical English pale, lightly bitter finish that lasts medium long.

M = Medium body, smooth foamy carbonation mouthfeel, medium mouthcoating.

D = A drinkable English pale/ESB type beer, but more or less average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 17:24:20 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Domingo


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the Summer Pack in 2008.
Not really a lot to say about this one.
It's really, really pale (macro lager'ish) and it's really pretty plain.
Sweeter and more fruity than you might expect, but lacking in hops when compared to other pales on this side of the pond or in the UK.
Goes down easy enough, but just really doesn't stand out much.
Sam Adams beers tend to have a pretty distinct and identifiable malt flavor bill and this one is almost like the "default" SA beer. Stripped down and with nothing really setting it apart from a plain-jane blonde ale you can get at any brewpub in the country. Actually, that's what it reminds me of moreso than a UK pale ale. Either that or it's a milder version of the Austrailian "sparkling" ales I've had. Not bad, and it's a step above macros...but not by much.

I'm an SA fan, but this has been the 2nd so-so item in the Summer pack for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 16:32:51 | More by Domingo
Photo of Halcyondays


2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a long-lasting soapy white head, light lacing.

S: Light smell of English ale hops and baked bread.

T: Bready sourdough form the backbone of this brew. Hops are light with a floral and grassy quality, astringent at times, light acidity, sweet aftertaste.

M: A bit too much acid at times in this one. Light mouthfeel and carbonation.

D: A beer I thought would be better than a lot of the made in England pale ales since it would be fresher, but all and all pretty pedestrian. Wouldn't have a problem drinking it again if I buy another summer mixpack, but wouldn't buy a sixer of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:44:44 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Slightly amber color with orange hues. Thick head of white foam and lacing that clung to the glass like soap suds.

S - Malty. Strong aroma of sourdough bread & butter.

T - Malty and slightly creamy up front followed by a slightly floral hop bitterness. Finished dry.

MF&D - Medium bodies ale with good carbonation and a creamy mouth feel. A very good summer/session ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 21:07:32 | More by nasty15108
Photo of OtisinAZ


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour - a light golden color with a thick white head that faded rather fast with little to none lacing.
The taste - an ok hop presence was expecting a little more with a very weak almost light beer style malt, cereal flavor.
The smell - you can smell hoppy flower aromas but not what I expected.
Over all a drinkable beer, but I expect more from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 22:28:07 | More by OtisinAZ
Photo of russpowell


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours effervescent honey gold with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some cereal notes & a touch of herbal hops

T: Herbal & floral hops, cereal & grainy notes up front. Floral & citrussy hops shine as this warms. Finishes with some honey malt & lemon hops

MF: Medium bodied with assertive carbonation, a touch too much & alright balance

Drinks easy, got better as it warmed, a decent EPA. This would be a bit of a dissapointment as an APA

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 13:42:46 | More by russpowell
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