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)

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

a - poured a two fingers thick white and fluffy head into a tumbler. the head leaves a little lace and sheeting throughout. the body is clear and light amber.
s - hints of yeast, pine and malts.
t - light citrus and caramel tones.
m - medium and bubbly.
d - goes down smoothly but this is overall a nondescript brew.

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Photo of marcotulio
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of George1005
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of astronautjones
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ButtomsUp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ColdAudio
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jdavidk93
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not an APA- more like an amber ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a relatively clear red caramel color, 1.5 finger head, pretty good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is pretty malty- lots of caramel balanced by a little hops.

Taste is better than I expected- still pretty malty, but a nice malt flavor. Lots of caramel, a nice barley flavor, a little bit hop hop bitterness, finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing but maybe a little sweet- medium body, light prickly carbonation. This is a pretty good offering from Sam Adams, good session beer. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber and clear, head and lace are pretty good.

A good mix of hops and malts compose both the nose and pallet. Good and spicy with hops that stand out. Caramel and biscuit malts.

Body is a bit slick and lingers in aftertaste.

Overall it's tasty but for a stock Sam Adams I prefer the lager.

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Photo of sammy44
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with a drink by date of Sept of '06. Has a nice appearance. Looks similar to the Boston Lager. The head does not pour up as nice but is more dense than the lager. Smells almost identical to the lager but I've docked the score a little bit. That hop aroma is impressive for a lager but is not that impressive in an American Ale. That is the biggest problem with this ale. It is a little average compared to Sierra Nevada or Sweetwater 420, but better than your standardly available American fair.

The mouthfeel is good and heavy, lots of carbonation on the tongue. Finishes with some hop dryness. Good but not great.

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Photo of soper2000
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this since my pre-BA days when I just turned 21. Ahh... When Moosehead was the beer of choice. Well onto the review.

Pours a nice crisp golden/orange with a head that struggles to stick around with a mixture of small bubbles and a few soapy looking bubbles as well. Nose has strong notes of caramel and an earthy aroma which i can't pin down. Taste is a bit of a dissappointment in the hop department. Sweet malts dominate this APA, in fact it tastes more like an extremely mild EPA. More piney hop notes come out as the brew warms but not nearly enough to redeem it. I've had much better Sam Adam's brews and I'm hoping this was just a fluke.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent red/brown color with ok head that leaves minute yet visible lace. Nose is slight copper and a bit of english malt. Taste is english malt with some slight hop flavors. Very lagery taste, red lager. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but drinkability is poundable. Overall a good summer brew, but If you are expecting a very full flavored robust ale, you will be dissapointed.

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Photo of bum732
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear oragne, decent head, great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, citrus hops. Tastes of citrus sweet malts, some diacetyl, some earthy hops near the end. Finishes quite dry and neutral. Good carbonation for the style.

A good beer, i wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but not bad.

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Photo of StonyB
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How many times have I tried Sam Adams Boston Ale before I got around to reviewing it? I don't know....rhetorical question. Never mind.

Appearance is ok...copper color, decent head with nice retention of lacing.

Vanilla malt aroma, pleasant but not very special...

Nice balance of hops and malt...buttery, smooth, and very drinkable.

Reviewing a beer by Sam Adams is a little far as I'm concerned it is THE definitive brewer of beers that bridge the gap from macro swill to craft beer...certainly one of my training wheels.

That being can never go wrong with a Sam Adams Boston Ale. It's well-made, easy to drink, and has just enough flavor to satisfy...

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Photo of redmosquito
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper in color with a decent head and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops and some maltiness. Nice malt flavor with some hops but not much yeast flavor similar to a lager. I was really surprised at the flavor of this beer, somewhere between a craft and a macro.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours pumpkin orange with a lumpy, white head that clings to the glass.

S: Gritty bitterness of lower AA hops and earthy malts.

T: Follows the nose. Its a very un-American pale ale and the hop presence is restrained and balanced by caramel notes.

D: It is very easy drinking stuff and the balance is nice, but its almost too boring to finish a single bottle, let alone a sixer.

Overall: More "just OK" stuff from SA. That being said, this beer has no real flaws and I feel like it would be excellent on cask...I'll keep on the lookout for that.

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Photo of Rocko
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a foamy white head. Smells of malt and hops are very clear together with a citrustone. Mediumbitter with a hoppy slightly roasted taste. Long aftertaste with a bitterness on the palate. A decent ale I quite like. Very drinkable.

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Photo of phenomenologian
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured this in a wine glass. opening the bottle came some smoke right out but not a whole lot. it has a very thin head but at pouring it kind of hovers around the edge of the glass but it dissipates very very quickly (or at least it did for me). The color is a nice brown orange dark color. its a bit cloudy and see only a little bit of bubbles rising. kind of a nice pretty ale.

the smell for me did not turn up much. its not a robust smell with not a whole lot of character in the smell. what I do smell is alcohol and malt for sure. by saying I smell alcohol I mean that I just smell that sting of alcohol that you might smell in a 12 % abv 4 Loko (that I do not drink anymore because I ended up sleeping in the yard). now that I keep smelling, its maybe a caramel smell.

the taste is pretty nice. Im not one who seeks after malty beers but this one has some good malt taste to it with definitely a caramel taste (caramel taste in more of a non robust hint form). the malt taste is very robust but I think to use to world robust with respect to hoppiness so using the world robust here seems odd. it has a nice smooth taste because of the malt and caramel taste. the aftertaste is also very malty. I can just drink this down very quickly because its so smooth.

I like this beer simply because its a very malty beer that I enjoy drinking. it seems to be a beer for anybody whether you like extra hops or whatever. I normally like extra hoppiness but this has little of that but I still really like it. by the way the mouth feel is very smooth and not harsh so its very smooth. give this one a try.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with faint particles stuck in suspension. Has a thick 2 finger head of big bubbly white foam that leaves a bunch of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of hops, malt and a bit of butter. Taste is malty with some slight diacetyl notes upfront and finishes a little bitter but is quite enjoyable. It is crisp with a medium mouthfeel and overall quite enjoyable.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,093 ratings.
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