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)
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,094
Reviews:
978
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
277
For Trade:
1
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Photo of davedog_7
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickFry9
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronjohn
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caburdette51
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laramis
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +13.9%
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 Jbalintjr
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kathleenturin22
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Narthax
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porterman66
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattinIdaho
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 frykid
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaconheath
5/5  rDev +35.9%
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 TonyTwins
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wingnut93
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,094 ratings.
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