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

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
2,104 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 2,104 |  Reviews: 984
Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always a good choice. The Boston Ale has a golden amber color with good clarity and carbonation. It forms a thick off white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Its aroma is malty sweet with a hint of honey and floral hops. On the tongue the malts are bready and lightly toasty. The hops are light and have a nice piney and citrus bitterness that fades slowly into the finish. I really like the balance on this ale and I fined it to be very drinkable and refreshing. Cheers!

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Photo of VDJ104
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taez555
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a thick off white head with a somewhat clear amber/brown orange body.

The nose had a big thick malt smell. Some fruit, slight wood, some hints of smoke, caramel and toasted malt.

The taste is big and thick, with a smooth creamy medium bodied malt. Toasted bisquit malt. Slightly grainy and dry, but a serious malt taste. A slight metalic taste. Some woody earthy hops. A smooth even bitterness. Some soft citrus lemon peel. Basically it starts very smooth and ends with a nice earthy and citrus bitterness.

Overall, this is just an amazing and so often overlooked beer. It's so good I'm amazed Sam Adams hasn't discontinued it. Not your complex belgian trapist or anything like that, just a great drinkable all around fridge beer.

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Photo of aaronh
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this offering from Boston Beer. Having just experienced a poor case of Double Bock and a slightly dissapointing Weiss, this beer was truly a treat. I love the way the malt flavors play off the bitterness of the hops. Wonderful, inviting color and aroma, with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates but leaves a reminder that it was there. Very good ale. It would be easy to drink too many of these.

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Photo of Paul62372
4.56/5  rDev +26%

Photo of stevecee2003
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In America, really is there any brewer who isn't as "wired in" as Sam Adams?

I have seen their Master Brewer on many TV commercials, yet I can't remember his name. But yet that does not matter, because he- and they- make some of the greatest beer coming out of the United States.

This "Boston Ale" is just an example. Good stuff all around. The smell is instantly good. Some caramel(already), some Hops (yes!)

Taste. What a classic taste. This beer from Sam Adams should be perhaps their signature beer, but thats me. Yet I can accept that, as long as my local distributer has the "Ale" version available. I love it!

If you want justification, this is it. This beer from Sam Adams is one GREAT beer.

Overall, try this beer. Good luck.

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Photo of jclzony
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a typical Amber color for an ale with a nice aroma. A good bitter intitial flavor leaving the mouth tingly at the start and at the finish giving a good portion of hops for an American mass produced product. Leaves a nice malty flavor on ones palate. Overall a good drinking ale.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into mug. Bottled in March.

Solid amber hue with a solid light tan head that has solid retention. Solid lacing creating layers all the way down the glass.

Solid sweet malts with notes of buttery diacetyl. Very grainy, with leafy hoppy scents slightly detectable. Some caramel can be detected.

Solid malty flavors combined with a balanced smooth hop presence. The hops don't really bitter the beer, but give a good flavor to pair with the malts. Solid medium body with modest carbonation lends a very smooth finish with a bit of lingering hops.

This beer is getting a high score not because I'm biased towards Sam Adams, but because this beer is truely exceptional. It's comforting to know you can find a beer of this quality with this flavor just about anywhere in the country, on-tap or in the bottle. To me this beer is more of an English Pale Ale, with the hops being present but not potent or bittering like in the American Pale Ale versions. All classificatoins aside, there is only way to describe this beer: solid.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahh, another one of my old stand-by beers. Now that I've started to get my beer-smarts on, I can appreciate it a bit more.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish-amber color, clear. Nice big tan head, I'm about halfway through the glass and the head is mostly gone by now. Some lacing, but not too much.

Smell: A little on the spicy side, I really need to quit smoking so I can get a better nose for my beers.

Taste: Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Sort of a carmel undertone throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation, alcohol is very well masked.

Drinkability: This is a beer that is very easy to enjoy. It has stood the test of time very well with me, I could drink these all night long and not get bored with them. It's a lot easier to find than some of the higher rated beers, but IMHO, stands up well to most of them.

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Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is very tasty, nicely balanced ale. It is among the more English-style American ales I've had, both in character and balance.

Amber-copper, it has a large, off-white head shirnks slowly and leaves a little weak lace.

It has a very fruity and leafy aroma is with tea, a little bread, hints of citrus grapefruit, pine.

The taste is earthy and leafy as well, with bread, fruit, a little caramel, citrus and pine. Clean, leafy bitterness nicely balances the sweetness. It is a bit like Old Speckled Hen.

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Photo of MrClean1971
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of hoponthis
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Soonerick76
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Mick
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A red-amber appearance colors the glass as this one is poured. Nice head, although it diminishes a bit too much as you drink. A definitely nice hop aroma. A sweet malty and slight hop flavor. Smooth and calm across the palate, but noticeably present.

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Photo of SellaBro1
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TheBossMan24
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Gonzo08
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of RCLOHR267
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Cattafin
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of micahmye
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of polkaishot
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer with alot of malty and hoppy character

A- Very, very nice lacing from a fluffy head. Transparent copper/caramel color

S- This beer smells like it was brewed from ingredients that were actually grown in the ground. Smells like a mix of earthy malts and gritty, full-leaf hops

T- Tastes alot like it smells with malts and hops coming together to make something very refreshing and surprisingly smooth

M- Feel is very light on the tongue, but somehow filling and full-bodied as well.

D- Great beer for refreshment

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,104 ratings
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