Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #74
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,545
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 13.19%
Reviews:
995
Ratings:
2,143
From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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Photo of Charliethebrit
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear golden amber color, white head quickly dissipated.
Smell malty and wonderful English hops
Taste malty, simple, but tasty
Mouthfeel could be better
I don't know if they still brew this in the Jamaica Plain (JP) Boston brewery. When they did and it was available on draft, this ale was absolutely superb. Everything fresh brewed draft at the JP Brewery is excellent. They even grow their own hops there.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

shows a very deep clear orange hue - not much of a head, and what is there dissipates rather quickly with a decent amount of lacing - pleasant light bitterness initially on tasting with subtle burnt notes in aftertaste - mouthfeel is very soft with a pleasant level of carbonation and a really smooth, clean quality - overall, this is a really nice and pleasant beer widely available at a decent price - could drink this on all but the hottest of days

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Photo of Scottish_Lad_48
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml can into a glass. Nice head of foam. No detectable aroma. Pours the color of iced tea. This particular one was brewed in Ohio according to the can. Some slight bitterness at the back of the throat. Smooth and not at all watery finish. Overall a well crafted beer.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with thick white head a lots of carbonation, heavy aroma of malt and herbs. Taste is dark, herbal and earthy notes. Just smooth and crisp on the finish, definitely malty and herbal than others.

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Photo of EMH73
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a one inch fluffy white head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly and left decent spotty lacing. Smell is rather mild with some sweet malts, caramel and earthy notes. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel, toffee, sweet malts, earthy and grassy notes a bit of hops and unfortunately a slightly metallic element. Light bodied, well carbonated, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 2 finger light beige head that receded to a very thin cap; OK lacing;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is grass, hay, and a little apple;

T: nutty and toffee from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; smooth;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of rypkr
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you didn't rate the appearance of this beer 4.5 or higher you're a moron and need to get off your haze craze wagon. Honey brown amber hued with near perfect clarity and pillowy 2 finger head.

I'm not in love with the rest but its solid and old world tasting with earthy and meaty/umami body.

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Photo of FBarber
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber - orange color. Thin off-white head dissipates rather quickly. Crystal clear in appearance.

Aroma is rather muted, some light caramel malt notes and a hint of earthy hops, but there is also a slight metallic note on the nose. Otherwise unremarkable.

Taste has notes of caramel malts with a definitive sweetness. Slight earthy bitter hops comes through on the back end. The hop bitterness tastes a bit old and overly bitter. Some nutty earthy notes come through as the beer warms. Definitely malt forward, but the bitterness on the end lingers unmistakably.

Feel is light and drinkable. Pretty crisp in spite of the sweetness. Dry finish. Moderately carbonated.

Overall a solid beer - Its too sweet for my liking, but I'd happily drink this again before lots of other craft options.

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Photo of brewerang
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a boring, watery brown ale, but was surprised by the caramelly richness and complexity of this beer. Great head retention and lacing, and perfectly balanced. I could drink this all day. Another underrated, well-executed Sam Adams brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this on a whim at Joe Canal's in Parsippany, as it's been at least a decade since I last had this. Always enjoyed the Boston Lager as a staple but it's hard to remember that this has been in Boston Beer's portfolio for quite a long time as well.

This had a good pour to it as the liquid was a muted copper with a fair amount of light sediment and haze in it. A sufficient head topped this off as the webbed, thin rings of lacing were quite appealing on the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. A good amount of Caramel Malt, blood orange, and darker nuts could be discerned in the nose as the taste was full of those as well. Hazelnut and walnuts emerged on the palate as ( gave this a sip as the mouthfeel was full of orange juice and tangerine rind. Plenty of caramel, muted sugar, and dank citrus hops gave this a full flavor but none of the notes was enough to fully pull me in.

The amount of alcohol was just right as I felt a mild warming effect by the time I finished this off, but that wasn't because of the booze that was here. Stickier, fuller, and darker than the Flagship Boston Lager, this was just as enjoyable with a more roasted and longer-lasting aftertaste. An underrated beer that deserves more reviews on here!

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Photo of Ob512316
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: copper, with thick white head.
Smell: Caramel, biscuits,and floral notes.
Taste: Caramel, biscuits, toffee, floral notes at the end.
Feel: easy to drink. Smooth.
Overall: Great example of a bitter

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a glossy burnt yellow color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a slow pace. Not much of a head, somewhat thin and falling apart pretty quick. Lace was the same.
The aroma had a nice clean biscuit to white bread maltiness up front with a grassy hop contour underneath, light earthiness and a touch of floral.
The flavor was mostly sweet through the malts and tried to allow the hops to embitter. But they truly didn't really show much bitterness to be honest. Mild malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par.
Overall, fairly decent pale ale but I couldn't quite right tell if it was an American or English styled one. Perhaps again.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i must have had a few hundred of these at beckett's back in the day, purely on sam adams promotion nights. thanks, laura.

maybe it's nostalgia, but i have a soft spot for this one. been reviewed to death, so i've got nothing new to add, but always a safe bet.

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Photo of jkblr
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb October 2017 poured into a perfect pint at fridge temp 5.4% ABV 34 IBU. The beer pours bright honey colored amber with thick, robust off white head. There is significant lacing as the beer is consumed. Aroma is caramel and pale malt. The flavor is fairly sweet caramel or crystal malt that gets evened out by a British hop punch at the end. The finish ends up undry as the malt character ends up slightly overpowering the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and smooth with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, good. This beer, to me, comes across more balanced than a lot of American pales. It looks beautiful in the glass and has a lot of character for 5.4%.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is copper, head pours 1/2 inch thick with off white to light tan color and lingers for over 10 minutes, great lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is malty, toast, light caramel hint of toffee.

Taste is similar with solid malt flavors: toast, caramel, toffee, simple earthy hops with crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little sweet, not cloying, moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good english style pale ale, solid malt flavor and presence.

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Photo of huthuty
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A way to describe this is like a Vienna ale as opposed to Vienna lager
Was clear amber with a super persistent head which lasted the entire twenty minutes it was in the glass, this has the classic Vienna lager malt but with a nice little blast of hops
Pretty good

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Photo of laramis
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark amber with red color coming through in the light. Decent head of off white, didn't last long but did lace the glass pretty well.

Smell: Bread notes that are quickly dominated by hop spices. There is a slight malt sweet smell but it's very much in the background.

Taste: Hops are very noticeable with a crisp taste up front. This is followed by an apple taste that is then replaced by a bitter flavor that lasted to the aftertaste.

Feel: A bit lighter than I expected, slightly reminiscent of the lager, not too carbonated and certainly not prickly. It is refreshing and pleasant.

Overall: Pretty solid choice. At first I was not super impressed but it grows on you. As with most San Adams beers it's a safe bet, not amazing but always very good.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: aromas not big.Moderate spicy, floral hop aromas and moderately low bread crust and bread crumb aromas. Caramel malt and yeast derived fruit aromas are low.

L: It pours brilliant copper amber with a lacy 1" off-white to cream colored foam cap that takes 4 minutes to reduce to a thick film.

T: starts creamy and malty with caramel, bread crust, and bread crumb flavors. Hop flavors are moderate. British malt flavors are moderately high with an initial malty sweetness with caramel notes drying on the finish. Yeast driven fruit flavors suggest stone fruit and are moderate. The initial balance leans to the malt but as it progresses over the tongue the balance moves more to the middle finishing with lingering bitter hops and malt flavors.

F: Smooth with no astringency and low alcohol warmth. Medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: This very drinkable beer is more British than American with more malt and less hops but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a copper orange color with a one finger, off white head.

Smell: Aroma isn't terribly impressive, but it's not bad. Rather faint hints of honey and macintosh apples... some notions of caramel malt and a bit of butterscotch. A whisper of floral noble hops hiding somewhere in the back.

Taste: Malt forward, but reasonably well balanced. Sweet, bready flavors of fresh made spongecake with a caramel glaze upfront. Midpalate fruity hints of apples and honey, even vague hints of cotton candy. It ends on dry, bitter flavors of floral hops to help stave off the sweetness, but ultimately caramel malt dominates the aftertaste.

Feel: A little watery. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet.

Overall: I can see this going well with comfort food like pizza, burgers, tacos, bbq and the like, but it's a little too sweet for me. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Beaconheath
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There may be no such thing as a perfect beer, but this one comes perhaps as close as is humanly possible. The rich, grainy malt base holds its own compared with traditional brews of Europe. The hopping at 34 IBUs is plenty firm but, because the hops are noble English varieties — East Kent Goldings and Fuggles — one speaks in this case, not of "balance" or "harmony," but of seamless integration with the malt. Being a revival of a 19th-century St Louis recipe, it would be inapt to judge this beer by the evolving standards of post-1980 APAs, much less IPAs. For the focus isn't on hops as such, it's about a totality that's more than the parts. Beautiful deep amber, lasting frothy head, full flavor in line with the broad heritage of the last half-millennium. Fads come and go; this is a beer of perennial quality. Most highly recommended.

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Photo of Squire
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Deep Amber.

Aroma: Malt and hops in equal proportion.

Taste: Slightly rougher relation of Boston Lager. Less sweet, or it seems so, probably due to the hops. Bigger and brasher without matching the sophistication of the Lager.

Texture: Good Ale weight, carries a feeling of being substantial without being heavy.

Overall: Something different for customers who already like Boston Lager.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose and taste are malty and sweet, slight bitterness, but quite drinkable. One of their two premier beers, and while I prefer Boston Ale, this is a close 2nd.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-carbonated amber color with a two-finger large head.

Smell is dominated by grains and barley. There's some sweet fruit in this, but it's overwhelmed by the rest.

The taste is relatively similar to the smell. There's quite a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, but enjoyable.

This is solid, sort of boring, but okay.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For when Boston Lager is just too thick, too heavy for your non beer drinking friends to look for a beer, there comes this, the middle ground between BMC Macro AAL and Big Craft Lagers, there is this, a lighter, more accessible ale for the masses.

Yellow, but sturdy, not overly watery. Keeps away from having the caramel noticebale like in the lager, this is all about the toasted pale malts and light floral English hops.

Nothing wrong with it. Just doesn't really have a place unless you're against the imagery of a normal BMC or if you want something more to your pale ales like aggressive hopping or bitterness.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice malt flavors and ale style beer. Good rich color, nice head when poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cold glass. Excellent aroma, good middle-ground mix of hops and wheat. Flavor is excellent, really an easy ale to enjoy.
It is a typical ale style with fruity notes and sweeter finish than the Boston Lager, which is more crisp and dry, but excellent as well.
Have to agree with The-Adjunct-Hippie, "I may like Boston Ale better than Boston Lager...If you haven't yet, give this one a shot, you may like it."

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 2143 ratings