Boston's Mill Pale Ale | John Boston Premium Beverages

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Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 12-17-2010

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of SmashPants
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: perfectly satisfactory - good 330mL brown bottle, reasonable label

Appearance: a crystal clear golden body with sporadic carbonation. A fizzing head that drops to a thin cap.

Aroma: pine and citrus here - very similar to the new Gatehouse Golden Ale. Or rather, I would say they based the Gatehouse on this.

Taste: a fairly sweet beer - caramel, passion fruit, grains and citrus all blend beautifully

Aftertaste: a nice lingering sweetness backed up by a touch of hops bitterness.

Mouth feel: lighter in feel with a decent amount of carbonation - quite refreshing.

Overall: quite a decent beer - definitely worth a go. Reasonably sessional, particularly for an APA. I would compare it far more readily to an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Mosant
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of LeeroyAgogo
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great clear copper colour, lacking a little in head retention, carbonation and lacing.

Great mouth feel with subtle hints of malt and passionfruit coming through.

Nothing too overwhelming in terms of hops or aroma but still a very solid and delicious pale ale.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a honey amber colour with light head that dissipates fairly quickly to a small film

S - Citrus, burnt orange and slight lemon and pine.

T - Citrus up front with a slight grainy,metallic with a little bitterness on the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Just an average pale ale. lacks that intense hoppiness for a pale ale with a rather dry finish.

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Photo of soju6
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine and bit of citrus with some malt sweetness and grain in the background.

T: Taste of pine with an easy malt sweetness and bit of grain. Mild bitterness with a fairly clean finish with just a bit of linguring sweetness.

F: fairly medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Nothing spectacular.

O; Easy drinker, good for a couple. Reminds me more of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows tropical fruity, caramel and some spicy hops.
Flavours are pretty sweet, lots of caramel. Also soft passion fruit. Pretty much not bitterness to balance it.
Could use more carbonation.
Apart from being cloying this wasn't bad.

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Photo of Macca
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear bright golden orange with a bright white head.

Some light fruity hops on the nose with some wet grain characteristics as well.

Hops come through on the palate. Not as grainy as I feared it would be. Still not exactly a flavour bomb but not unpleasant either.

On the thinner side bodywise.

I must say I had written this off before I'd even cracked the bottle but I was pleasantly surprised. I'd never buy it again, there are far too many real pale ales out there, but if offered one I'd drink it without much hesitation.

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Photo of ADZA
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a pale see through yellow hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is below average with hints of honey malts,grains and grassy hops,the mouthfeel is light bodied and unflattering and has gtastes of weak citrus,honey malts and grassy herbal hops and overall i would probably not drink this ever again, bordering on macro swill.

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Photo of brod
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer had a beautiful golden appearance in the glass, but unfortunately this was the best it had to offer.

The smell was such a faint fruity/citric hint that it only just bears a mention.

There was a nice initial fruity taste in the mouth, but it was gone so quickly and there was nothing following. It was dissapointing that the taste was gone so quickly because for the short time it was there it was quite enjoyable.

This beer looked like it was going to offer something initially with its look and taste, but it was not at all able to deliver.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear but deep coloured amber gold, with a large-bubbled and frothy, but reasonably persistent head of white. Lots of carbonation pours through the relatively thin body, and there's minimal carbonation to be found. It's ok. Looks like another generic Aussie pale ale.

Nose is slightly whiffed with fruity hops, giving a very slight citrus character, backed up with a mild musty grain note.Quite empty apart from that, and it still feels very light, but it's reasonable enough.

Taste is unfortunately very devoid of character, leaving only a faint imprint of fruit - perhaps peach or apricot - on the front, with a watery back palate that only vaguely comes in with a slight biscuity character to finish. Very thin, and very lacklustre. Feel is particularly light, and lends nothing to the weakness in the flavour.

A very average craft brew. While it's still a cut above the general ocean of macro swill, it's a pretty poor example of even the modest APA style. My guess is this is yet another beer with an overblown marketing budget, without the inspiration to back it up with a truly interesting beer.

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Boston's Mill Pale Ale from John Boston Premium Beverages
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 11 ratings