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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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885 Ratings

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 21
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:
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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I consider Sam Adams to be one of the "gateway" breweries, something I'll have when it's the only good beer available. I rarely buy their beer when I have choices. This one is quite unexceptional. The appearance is a little pale (I know. "pale ale" - but not as deep a hue as my usuals). The taste is OK, but there's a macro sweetness hiding way down in there. Also, quite watery. You certainly can knock a few of these down, and it's definitely above the "Bud line". However, either a Liberty Ale or a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale will blow this away, for about the same price.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear yellow with a small head
S - smells of malts and honey oat bread and a touch of hops
T - tasted as the nose suggested...a bit of toasted malt and a bread taste with only the slightest bit of hops
MF - a bit thin and not overly carbonated
O - This was decent, not as bitter as other pale ales I have had but easy to drink nonetheless. Very good to drink one after another after another...

birchstick, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Boozefox
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good British-style pale ale. More malt character than a lot of American style pales, not as ridiculously hopped, but still a good, biting, refreshing ale.

Poured from the bottle, starting soft, then hard, into a Yazoo Pale Ale glass.

A - Pours pale gold, clear with tiny bubbles. Thin white head from a (mostly) hard pour has excellent retention, sticking around for a long, long time. I'm halfway done with this one and it's still got almost as much (not a lot) head as it did right after the pour. Nice.

S - Not a whole lot going on in the nose; just a bit of hops and a bit of clean. Then again, I'm just getting over a sinus infection. But, as I say, not a lot to smell but what there is smells good and crisp.

T&M - Crisp on the tongue without being thin, perhaps a bit sticky on the finish. Malt is present, bringing some sweetness; hops are definitely there without being overpowering. Good hoppiness on the finish, leaving your mouth perhaps not with a bite so much as with a nip. It feels good and it tastes good.

D - High. I could smack these back in a continuous line for quite some time.

Notes: I'm drinking this one with the dregs of a delicious tilapia curry my girlfriend made today and some store-bought naan. This ale is strong enough to stand up to the spices without being strong enough to knock them down. It's definitely a pairing I will be making again.

Boozefox, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

just strait avrage, strait down the middle, not good not bad, this was a tuch hopy and the malt was nice but with all the outher fine products that sam has this just gets lost in the shuffle. i would drink agan if it were their but wouldent seak this one out.

orcasteve, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of grmarcil
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw color, orangy against light. Pours with a small white head.

Scent is mostly malt - a little weak - with a hint of peach on the nose.

Taste is a good mix of malt and moderate hoppy bitterness. Not too heavy, nice carbonated fresh mouthfeel.

grmarcil, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pale Ale from Sam Adams poured a clear straw color with a good two finger foam head and some good retention. It left some good lacing and encircled the glass.

The aroma was pleasant. The two hops listed on the bottle Fuggles and East Kent Golding gave it a grapefruit smell along with a mix of malt. The taste was crisp and smooth and the maltiness stayed quite a while after. The malt and hop brightness played together well. I found this to be a great session beer and would buy again.

cswhitehorse, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of xare
2.05/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nice light caramel color with a soapy bit of head (not very much head) - it does the job as far as looks go.

Aroma is of hops and bitterness and something that smells a bit sour but not too much. Decent blend of aromas but something seems a bit off kilter.

Taste is oddly, reminiscent of coffee and has a bit of a bitter touch from the hops but doesn't taste very well done as far as the style goes. Has something musky with the flavor as well at the end. It's quite hard to describe since I can't identify it as much as I can say that it's "musky".

Mouthfeel is decent but not average. It's wet, has the hoppy finish that should be there for a pale ale but then there's a bitterness that lingers long past the swallow. Then some dryness comes and odd sensations/muskiness comes and hits.

I wanted to try this brew as I love most of the offerings from Sam Adams but I'll probably have to take a pass on this one and it definitely isn't one of my favorites from Sam Adams. Wish it was though as pale ales are my favorite and Sam is one of my favorite breweries.

Overall, I wouldn't really finish this beer but I'd give it a try again sometime if it comes in a mixed pack but I won't search this out again just for itself.

xare, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Kendo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is clear, light golden-amber with a small whitish head that disappears fast. Plenty of active carbonation.

S: Distinct nose that differs from the C-hopped APAs I've become used to. Light toasty malt with some grassy hops and something slightly off -- I described it as burnt sweat socks if that makes sense.

T: Biscuity malt is followed by mild grassy hops. There's also some spiciness toward the back of the mouth and a touch of metal. As it warms that grassy bitterness seems to linger on the palate in the aftertaste. General impression is one of lightness. Definitely more of an English Pale Ale than an American one.

M: Active carbonation gives a fizzy feel to it. Body is definitely on the lighter side of things, maybe a tad bit thin.

D: Goes down easy being so light. I could see this being a decent "gateway" pale ale, as it's balanced between malt and hops and doesn't go overboard with a lot of flavor from either.

Kendo, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the first time i had this beer it had been sitting in someone's trunkall day in june. needless to say, it was awful and incredibly acidic. i decided to give it another try at the appropriate temperature.

a. amber gold with almost no head

s. muted hops, like previous reviewer said theres a grassiness, sweet malts

t. some funky hops, a sweet maltiness and grassiness with maybe a hint of citrus, maybe some diacetyl, falls flat in the end

m. fairly watery, hardly any body

drinking this beer was slightly more eventful than drinking a budweiser. i just cant help but feel that they used some unidentifiable hop adjunct instead of real hops. honestly, i probably wont buy this one again.

lifebeer, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden/orange color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grass and roasted malts.

T - It tasted very earthy/grassy. A nice malt flavor with a sweet caramel kick.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A light-bodied beer that really felt like an english ale.

D - This is a pretty good pale ale. It really reminded me of something from Samuel Smith's not Samuel Adams.

zeff80, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer as part of the Sam Adams summer variety pack. I poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a golden orange golden color and the head disappears quickly. The nose is biscuty and hoppy and the taste is well balanced and follows the nose. Pretty good offering of pale ale, not the best, but good none the less.

aquaderek, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow colored ale with a thick foamy head that fades slowly.Aroma is toasty malts.Taste I can best describe as a faint buttery toffee.There is not a lot going on here but it is refreshing and smooth.I would give this beer another try and recommend to my buddies.

matty, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of flipshevanel
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most stand-out Pale Ale's I've had in a while that I can really remember. Started out with an average white head that was mostly diminishing. A nice clear body with a golden orange hue. Carbonation was normal. This aroma stood out by the dominance of the yeast over the hops, unusually for Pale Ales. I got hints of dough and banana. The palate was incredible, a nice medium to full body that was creamy in texture, soft carbonation, and a finish that screamed bread (my favorite). The flavor is a little subdued with light bitterness but long finish, I think this adds to the drinkability.

flipshevanel, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of danny013
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pair of bottles used to review. Nice hard pour into an English pint glass. Golden color with a thick, off white 2 finger head that slowly dissipates back to the beer, leaving a thin covering over it as it is drank. Light lacing.

Smell is of sweet malts with a hint of toastiness. No hop aroma to pick out.

Taste is gentle and light. Sweet malts up front, hints of light honey, faint toasted grains. Rounds out to a light earthy hoppiness, not much of a fresh hop or grassy flavor, just a nice bitter flavor. Not too bad, but I feel that the malt flavor is too 'plain' or one dimensional. It's certainly not a bad ale, but not at the top of the list.

Mouthfeel is the worst part of this beer for me. Lots of carbonation like all SA brews, but it's way overcarbonated for the style. Body is light-medium.

Overall, a fairly drinkable ale. Not the best example of the style, but it is still good. A tasty beer to drink a few of and not worry about flavors, balance, esters, etc. Plus I'd say it's a nice beer to try and get some BMC drinkers to branch out a bit - though perhaps that is what they were going for when brewing the beer.

danny013, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Transparent copper color with a thin layer of white head that stays around forever.

S - Very hoppy but fairly light in smell.

T - Grainy hops. Not as much bite as I would expect from an Pale Ale.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Average beer. Not even close to the pest Pale Ale i've had.

jeffmonarch, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light yellow with a big head that fades to lacing pretty quickly. the aroma presents a nice bit of malt up front with a bit of hop background. the taste is much the same with a nice sweet malt up front and a dry finish, with the medium body and decent carbonation it goes down pretty smooth.

almychristopher, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of kcillini77
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mix pack.

Looks great on the pour into my SA Boston Lager glass. Nice head. Very pale color.

Smells of bread and a little bit of peppery hops. Good smell.

Taste is mild - a little hop bite on the back end. Front is sweet and a little buttery. Nothing overly impressive, but could drink a number of these with no problem.

Decent beer.

kcillini77, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams- Pale Ale

A- Nice clear golden orange with a thick frothy head. Some lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Light crisp caramel malt and a touch of citrus.
T- Sweet light citrus with an even blend of buttery malt.
M- A quick sweet pinch followed by buttery malt and ending dry.

Overall- A little light on the flavors but enjoyable and easy to drink. A good addition to the summer variety pack.

NJpadreFan, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a thin white head that leaves delicate streamers of lace.

Aroma is light malys, honey drizzled bread, pine and light citrus.

Flavor is clean golden malts, light fruit, and lightly herbal pine and citrus hops. Better than expected.

Body is medium, slick, and quaffable. Probably one of their better summer beers.

AlexJ, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker golden color than I expected in the body, topped with two fingers of white foamy head. Pale Ale's retention isn't as durable as I'd like, but not bad on the whole. Fruity hop aromas exude, a bit light on the malt. Certainly English-style pale ale in the taste and texture--hops present, blending with a creamy caramel malt texture and not dominating, smooth rather than gritty like a heavy American IPA. Good and solid, though pretty straightforward.

Gehrig, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. Nice dark gold with thick head that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the whole beer. There's a sour hoppy note in the aroma. Sweet malt detected as well. Flavor directly reflects the aroma. There's a lingering slightly unpleasant aftertaste that makes me give it a 3.5 instead of a 4 for taste. Good pale ale. Not my favorite style but this is a good one if that's your thing.

berserker256, Jul 18, 2008
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.

nrbw23, Jul 15, 2008
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.

BryanCarey, Jul 15, 2008
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.

leif86, Jul 14, 2008
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.

GoodKnight1220, Jul 13, 2008
Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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