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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2,126 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:
#33,884
Reviews:
990
Ratings:
2,126
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
292
Trade:
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Photo of EMH73
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -1.4%
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 +14.6%
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 Michelleroo
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good overall though I prefer the tradish lager.

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Photo of BeerPirate
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewerang
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
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. It reminds me of Octoberfest minus the spice, but with more hoppiness. 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 +3.6%
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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,126 ratings