Fenway Pale Ale
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,495
Ranked #42,746
3.61 | pDev: 11.63%
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States
Fenway Pale AleFenway Pale Ale
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Bgevans1 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, smooth and crisp taste. I loved it and will order again!

Sep 19, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

Something must have changed since the Bros reviewed this one in 1999 and gave it a "Very Good" rating.

I get a cloudy orange pour with a fizzy head that dissolves fast.

Aroma is buttery but beyond that I pull in some yeast, pale malts, and a mild hop note. Smells more like a mash rather than a final product.

The body is light to medium so that's OK.

The taste is bland concoction of pale malts with a fairly forward hop note but it still tastes a bit off.

Jun 06, 2014
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Arg914 from New York

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2019
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O-Meg from New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2019
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Clear amber with a sticky ring of lace.

Smell: A blend of caramel and faint fruity esters, evident hop also in the nose.

Taste: Crisp and clean with an assertive hop bitterness, nice rounded maltiness ... a little fruity, a little caramel and a bit more malt. This brew finishes very well with a drying grain and hint of lemon.

Notes: More than yer standard American Pale Ale, a classic among the locals ... very good drinking.

Jul 27, 1999
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beerguy101 from California

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium Brown color, medium head. A medium bodied pale ale. Slightly roasted malts, slightly nutty with a touch of chocolate. Nice hop bitterness. Good balance, nice mix of flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. After taste is fairly bitter. A little hoppy for a an American Pale Ale, but a nice beer.

Aug 02, 2003
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bier had a nice dark-golden cloudy color with a nice creamy head. Nose was nice floral hoppiness....not overpowering. Full-bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Citrus-like notes with a smooth hoppy finish. Verry drinkable!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Jan 20, 2002
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doerickson from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel-colored with a weak off-white head. Aromas of citrusy hops dominate. Nice hop bitterness with a twang of orange peel are somewhat balanced by a sweet maltiness in the middle. Finish returns to the hops. A drinkable and very palatable APA.

Oct 04, 2002
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jreitman from California

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Copper with lots of head. Lighlty carbonated to the point where I would have sworn it was going flat. Flavor relativiely subdued and uninteresting. Moderately hopped. Drinkability is decent as there is nothing offensive here. My guess is the contract brewing might have caused this to go amiss.

Aug 11, 2002
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packetknife from Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown and slighly foamy. Drinks extremely well. Smooth and lightly carbonated. The flavor was light but it had a nice light sweetness on the finish. I didn't really feel like it was enjoyable until I was finished with it.

Sep 06, 2002
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Beer Works Fenway (tower version): The beer is an orange-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing of which to speak. Citrusy hops aroma with hints of muted roasted malt. The finish is round and soft, and moderately bitter and dry. Overall another forgettable and average beer.

Oct 11, 2007
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: I recently drank a pint of this beer at the Post-Stammtisch BA Social held at the Boston Beer Works, North Station on Sunday, September 14th. After the Back Bay IPA (I promised myself that this would be the first beer I had if I ever returned after my visit in Feb. ’30), this was to be the second Pint of the session. I opted for it because it was Cask-Conditioned and served via Beer Engine.

Appearance: Copper brown body with an Amber hue that had a very slight haze. The dirty white head was a large bubbled mass so typical of US cask beers served through a Beer Engine with no sparkler and often ‘pulled’ a little too hard. Almost no dissolved carbonation, revealed low conditioning. In fact, this was a little flat to be honest, again, a typical complaint I have with the way the US so often serve cask beers. That said; this was not too much of an overall distraction but it did lower the appearance and mouthfeel mark to 3.5.

Nose: A refreshing mix of malts and hops, with a clean smell. Some lemony citric hints at the back end.

Taste: I really enjoyed this Pale Ale, it had just the perfect mix of malts and hops fused into a beer that I guess was around 4% ABV, the optimum strength for cask Pale Ale I think. Talcum powder soft malts mixed with fresh sharp often floral hops balanced perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Had a grainy feel towards the malty middle, but the hops eradicate this with a biting finish. The smooth but flavorsome textured mouthfeel skillfully maintains a presence that is much bigger than its average strength suggests, clever that.

Drinkability: A true session beer, and great to see it in cask format, it really does benefit from this method of dispense immensely.

Overall: Highly enjoyable, well-balanced, clean flavorsome Pale Ale that perfectly suits it strength (around 4.5% I would guess). I just wish the Pint that I had would have had a little more conditioning, it suffered a little from its ‘flatness’, with more conditioning this would have been a 4.25 Overall.

Oct 01, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as poured, is a translucent deep ruby red with a prominent head and oodles of fine lace to coat the glass. Sweet caramel, malt make up the pleasant nose with the start sweet and the top skinny. Finish has a nice hop spicy bite, moderately carbonated, dry long lasting aftertaste and a decent beer all around.

Dec 26, 2002
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 09/30/05 at the Boston Beer Works - Fenway in Boston, MA.

Copper, amber with a tan head. Nice carbonation and decent lace. Nice balanced aroma with citrus hoppiness dominating. Well balanced flavor that tastes as it smells. No overpowering hoppy bitterness like many APAs. Medium bodied and light creaminess with a nice bitter finish. As good as I remember the contract brewed bottle version being a few years back... yummy!

Per BBW website: Fenway American Pale Ale
A quintessential American pale ale, brewed with a blend of American hops. This copper colored ale is well balanced and pleasantly bitter with a spicy-citrus hop aroma, produced by a blend of Cluster and Cascade hops.
Season: all Color: copper Alc./Vol: 5.0%

Oct 10, 2005
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mschofield from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-brown with a two finger off-white head, leaves full lace rings behind.
Caramel, grapefruit, floral aroma, very hoppy for a pale, definitely hop forward, little malt stands out.
Again in the taste, there is caramel and some toffee, but the aroma hops are back again in the taste.
Medium bodied, good session beer before a Sox game, a fresh hoppy pale ale.

May 20, 2004
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper in color with a short-lived and non-lacing layer of whitish head. Hard to discern the smell, but there's a well-balanced mix of citrus hops and some sweetness. Flavor seemed off...unbalanced and a touch of sourness near the end. Finished with a grainy/husk-like aftertaste. I much preferred the cask version from the Canal street location.

Nov 12, 2004
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stegmakk from New York

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color and nice lacing...
Aroma was a little malty and a little hoppy...couldn't get a great nose from this one...
Taste was very good...I got an immediate floral/piney hop taste followed by a caramel malt quickly to a bitter kind of finish...I liked the fact that this had a few flavors and kept my tongue happy...but I would have liked it a bit more blended...seemed to jump from one flavor to another...
mouthfeel was good...not watery...
drinkability...great...especially for watching a game on the tv...

Oct 07, 2003
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taez555 from Vermont

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy amber body with a frothy white head. It looked as if someone had taken a straw and blown bubbles in a glass of milk to form the head.

The nose was a very nice mix of fresh malt and a citrus hop smell.

The taste was very clean and fresh. Very hoppy citrus peel balanced well against a soft malt flavor. Slightly cooler than room temp and almost no carbonation at all. A slight woodyness. A hint of fruit. But mostly a grainy citrus peel hop flavor and bitterness against a soft malt.

It ended very smooth with a citrus bitterness.

Overall just a textbook classic cask american pale ale. Every sip I kept thinking that this must have been what the beer tasted like in 1770's as the founding fathers sat around in boston pubs and plotted the american revolution.

Sep 23, 2003
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goz from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour - thick creamy white head atop a hazy golden brew. Aroma is malty, with a hint of flowery hops in the back. Flavor starts sweet, malty, small fruitiness, follows with a good mild hop ending which brings it all together. Very well balanced offering.

Jan 17, 2003
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Gavage from Nevada

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 1" head that falls pretty quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: light candy sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

Taste: caramel, nice bitterness levels, and a mild orange citrus overtone. Solid but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and the finish is smooth. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: pretty good, and this would go well with a pizza. A definite session pale ale.

Aug 14, 2006
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Boto from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a somewhat hazy copper color. The server managed to get a little bit of a white head on mine. It dissapated rather quickly. Their description while short is rather to the point and accurate: there is a fair amount of maltiness to this and not much in the way of hops. A little different balance than a typical pale ale, but still a pretty decent quaff!

Jul 25, 2003
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color. Moderate head that settles to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Leaves some slippery, spotty lace.

Smells like a well-balanced pilsner; lots of caramel and a touch of hop bitterness.

Far more bitter than the smell would indicate--it dominates the buttery dry malt flavor. The aftertaste is bitter without any of the subtleties of the finer hop varieties. For the style, this has a rich body with an expected level of carbonation. Overall, a very pleasant APA.

Feb 27, 2010
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gentlebubbles from Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a warm spring evening in the biergarden at Canal St.

A dark wildflower honey brown. The brilliant white of the low head looks strange over the brooding, muddy cloud in the glass. That's not bubbles clearing, neither. I have a bad feeling about this as I scent malt syrup on the wind. Despite the heavy syrupy scent, it's startlingly light-bodied, thin, and fizzy. Once the sweetness clears, the only clean taste emerges, a tingling grapefruit.

No, sorry, I don't like this at all. It tastes like half a grapefruit buried under a box of brown sugar. The cloudiness reminds me of a comment I've read about the "sticks and twigs" school of American cask. And why does there have to be Cascades in everything?

There's nothing pale about this ale. It's too hoppy for a brown. They should have called it a mild.

May 08, 2004
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clear copper in color with a big foamy head on top. Lots of lace. The aroma is slightly malty with hints of citrus. But the citrus were lost in malt flavors. Which came across as very creamy. The hops were present, but not very balanced with the malts. Mouthfeel was very heavy, and just sat in my stomach. For a pale ale, this beer was offly heavy, and I would be surprised if this batch was not a bit off. I will have to go back later and try some more. Bummer ;-)

Apr 13, 2005
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jh1982 from Nevada

4/5  rDev +10.8%

Jan 01, 2012
Fenway Pale Ale from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 144 ratings