Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
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3.62/5
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2,118 Ratings
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,253
Reviews:
985
Ratings:
2,118
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jsnouffer
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of CRN4
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LucMcD17
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gamblebc
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coopaloop2112
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerCon5
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeyJellico
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bajengurkan
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ob512316
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -3.3%
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 +10.5%
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 AlpacaAlpaca
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 onlymurderers
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Busajus
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of huthuty
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 jbehlar
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davedog_7
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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