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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2,110 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,840
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,110
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
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55
Gots:
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Ratings: 2,110 |  Reviews: 984
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

Photo of BellinghamBiker
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NickFry9
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronjohn
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caburdette51
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laramis
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,110 ratings