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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish medium amber color with a thick white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is light floral hops and is a bit herbal. Taste of lightly roasted sweet malts comes through up front followed by a strong herbal and spicy hop bite. Yet, despite the raw hop leaf flavor, the beer only has a mild level of bitterness. Finish is crisp with a touch of citrus. Very nice! This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Amber, mahogany, bronze body. I can't pinpoint the exact color. It is good looking though. Bright "new penny" hued edging and highlighting. Average head size two and a half finger thick. Off-white and creamy in color. Average retention. Lacing is better. Thin strings of small bubbles vein the glass nicely.

S-Caramel. Toffee. Nutty. Like roasted pecans and almonds. A touch buttery. Bread, white & dark. Grainy. Malty. Pecan pie. Smells fade fast.

T-Caramel. Malt at medium strength. Great flavor. Quality mild bitters. Sweet honey. Golden raisins. Bread from start to finish. Starts sweet then moves into bitter regions. Metallic aftertaste. A bit watery in flavor, like a quality brew that was diluted. Still tastes good, but won't escalate into classic territory.

M-Very low medium bod. Low medium carbonation. Some bitters, via spicy hops. Slight spice feel. Sweet and alkaline aftertastes. The beer, (like most Sam Adams beer) gets flat too quick. Barely any carbonation in the beginning, leads off to a dull thin feel.

O-Good session beer. If I saw Boston Ale in stores I would buy it here and there. Pass it up half the time. Wouldn't search it out, I'd let it "come to me". The beer is a bit watery in taste and feel. But tastes good. Beers of this nature are great to cook with. A good under-achieving beer that you still root for to get better. If only it were timeless...

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Photo of JISurfer
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know it's sad, but this is the first time I have ever had this one. If it wasn't for the Brewmaster's Collection, I don't know if I ever would have had it either. Oh well, thanks be to the brewmaster in the sky that I did get it. I was pleasantly suprised by this one. It was a nice creamy brew, with an almost perfect balance of malt and hops. This is by far the best Stock Ale that I have ever had. I guess it's the perfect balance of everything that makes it that way. I sure hope I can find this in 6 packs!

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Photo of jneiswender
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Drink by date is notched for April (drank in November).

Nice clear brown topaz color. Egg white like head that lasts.

Fruity, raspberry like smell.

Fruity, berry flavor with a nice balance of malt. Good hop bitterness at the end.

Smooth tasting and very drinkable. Good session beer. I have always thought that this beer was one of SA's best offerings.

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Photo of pezoids
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautifully clear and bright orange amber. The head was large and lively. A wall of lacy white foam dressed the side of the glass. The aroma yields sweet caramel and citrus malts (lemon) and some other fruity notes, including ripe apples. The taste is buttery smooth and mellow, almost creamy. There’s a bitterness here but it’s barely detectable. Nice body of creamy butter malts and slightly caramelized grains. Creamy and delicious. Very nice.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh 6-pack just purchased, I am finally getting around to trying this one.

Served in a nonic at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a terrific clear, medium amber. The bone white, frothy head stands two inches thick and leaves behind some serious lacing that clings quite nicely. All is quiet within the glass, but this one is ready for some disturbing.

Smell- Nice floral hop notes right off the bat, extremely clean, with crisp malty overtones that balance just right. A mild biscuity character comes through as the beer opens up, adding a subtle new pleasing aroma.

Taste- I love the fact that this beer does not bastardize the trend of more recently released APAs, with their enormous hops and above average ABV. This beer tastes like a good, honest, well crafted ale. I get rich, clean malts that easily indroduce bread and mild hops into the middle and finish. Dry and easy... delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick but rolling, effortless to put down. Balanced as anything I've drunk, this beer was definitely worth the wait to enjoy. The key strong points here are clean, fresh ingredients that come together and present a totally drinkable brew.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice amber ale with a good-sized head that dissolved into lace after a few moments.

The aroma was of bitter hops, which was very inviting.

The taste was bitter and hoppy, with some hints of maltiness but not sweetness.

Overall a very good ale.

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Photo of bark
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is copper red. The large, beige foam is semi-compact. After a while, the foam forms a nice ring on the inside of the glass.

The smell is sweet with lots of diacetyl, but there are also notes of aroma hops, butter, teracle, cream and a little touch of some sourish flavours.

The carbonation is fresh and stronger than I had expected.

The taste is dominated by a full-bodied, dry, burned taste of malt; there is some bitterness and taste of rye bread. The aftertaste is a complex one with flavours of sweet corn, dark bread, apricots and some sweet notes.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: Pours a brown-amber color, very nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

S: A good combination of sweet malt, yeast and hops. Not overpowering, but a very pleasant aroma.

T: Tastes of caramel malts with a bit of a hoppy and dry finish. Very well balanced.

M: Very good mouthfeel, medium feel. Similar to Boston Lager.

D: Good drinkability. Not the beer to slam back, but to be enjoyed, and more than one can easily be had

Another fantastic brew from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour, tight head, good retention, great lacing. Pretty amber color.

Smell light light hops and fruit. Tastes like light hops up front, along with a hint of a dull fruit, a little bit of allspice in the back along with more light hops. Not bitter. Just tasty.

Take everything that's good about the Boston Lager and improve it by just a little bit and you get this beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is their most impressive year round offering in my opinion. I love this beer.

It pours an amber color with a medium-sized off white head that stick around for a good while.

The aroma is of citrusy english hops. Lot's of them for BBC. A little sweet malt comes through pretty good too.

The flavor is like the aroma, citrus hops and a little sweetness. Very balanced APA.

Very smooth on my palate. It feels medium bodied.

Very drinkable.

Highly recommendable

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Photo of maleman
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orange, one finger head, light to medium carbonation, good lacing.

S - hoppy, maybe even a little cinnamon?

T - tasted more malty than hoppy despite the smell.

M - sits in the middle of the mouth, no overbearing aftertaste.

D - very good brew, one of my favorite session beers. i tend to like ales more than lagers, anyway.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just a solid, solid overall beer. although they have distinctly different tastes, SA boston ale is in my opinion our east coast version of SNPA. simple, too the point brews that are damn good. this one just oozes new england to me. pours a nice orange colour with a decent head that comes down to a sticky lasting lace. the hop/malt balance here is superb, combined with a bit of a citrus flavour, it really can't be beat. the really is an american pale ale at it's best. sadly (to an extent, as i also love SNPA) you can find it's west coast partner in crime in far more pubs. maybe it because the BBC pushes the SA lager as it's main brew, along with SA light. they should really push this one some more as well, as it really is a gem. definitely a well made, standard type brew that is a nice fridge filler that can appeal to the masses.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Aug 5, 2008
Pours a nice pretty color in my glass,my first couple of sips I thought this may not be a beer for me but half way through my first glass I was in love, sort of a fruitty,nutty,semi sweet ale,I buy this from timt to time,goes VERY well with bratts on the grill,very drinkable. Thanks Sam

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Photo of ProfessorHops
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- cloudy bronze, beautiful off white head that cakes easy.

Smell- nutty sweet smell. Fruity juices on the edge.

Taste- caramel malt with a terrific smoothness. Sweet bread with no discomfort or sharpness to it, but still has a little of that Sam Adams trade mark bight.

Mouthfeel- moderately thick, but not extremely filling. Just right!!!!

Drinkability- guzzles easy, and can be sipped to. Very sour and possessing when it fall into your gut, but this I find satisfying. Very drinkable.

One of my favorite Samuel Adams brews.

Gulp Gulp,

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy pale orange color. smallish cap to it. looks pretty good.

smells malty with caramel. faint hops.

tastes pretty good. a good amount of maltiness and sweetness are present. nice and crisp, good carbonation. pretty good balance to it.
extremely drinkable.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with a best-by date of December 2007. Poured into my new Mikasa ale glass. Medium-sized white head that dissipated pretty quickly after the pour. It's a beautiful golden-red color. Very appealing. Smells and tastes center around the toasted malts. Nice, toasted sweet flavors. Hints of dark fruit like cherries. Little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean, malty finish that I love. Perfect medium mouthfeel. Overall, a nice balanced ale. Not terribly complex, but still wonderfully drinkable. A very strong offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Near-white, creamy head, with light colors that range from burnt orange to yellow.

Smell- Strong, herbal hops up front. Aroma has a slightly burnt, malty character to it.

Taste- The malt gives the beer a smooth, buttery foundation. The hops linger in the finish, providing a tea-like bitterness along the edges. Surprisingly complex.

Verdict- This might be my favorite Sam Adams offering. It's deceptively complex, and very quaffable.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark copper color with a two finger head. Good retention and good lacing. Smell is mostly hops with toasted malt and faint apple cider. Taste is rich and well balanced between initial hop bitterness and sweet dark malts following after. Medium body with low carbonation, but very smooth. Flavorfull and very drinkable due to it's dry aftertaste and a clean finish. More like a Euro pale ale than an APA, even those who don't care for beers with a high IBU count can enjoy this beer.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been enjoying this some more from the Brewmaster's Selection 12 pack. To my palate and mind this is a parallel beer to the Boston Lager -- not at all a slam, just interesting to me that BBC makes them bot, and makes them both very well.

Bros call this an Ami Pale Ale. Not sure I'd put it in league with SNPA.

A -- Clear, light amber with a slow-settling, eggshell colored head.

S -- Mildly spicy to earthy hops notes -- reminds me of Goose Island Honkers.

T -- Sweetish biscuit malt character up front, spicy bitterness in the middle and a toffee/caramel character in the finish along with some vague citrus fruit -- all very mild and mellow; but not extreme or too bland. Well balanced.

M -- Light medium body (more light than medium), with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D -- Very good. What can you say about this beer, but it's a nice drinker. I mentioned Goose Island Honker's above, this is a good counterpart.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy I love the aroma of this beer...initially floral, but then a citrucy fruity smell comes through...the hops aren't as strong as you'd expect in the taste but they are very nice...Good maltiness balances this out perfectly. Very flavorfull for a lighter ale...an excellent beer top-to-bottom..

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like the SA Boston Lager in just about every way. From the color to the head to lacing; all good.
Aroma and flavor are rich and malty. Much maltier than its lager counterpart, which lines right up with my preference for ales over lagers (though I don't think I say which of the two from Sam Adams I prefer, they're both excellent). Hops show up at the end of the sip to perfectly balance things out, then they disappear in a nice clean finish.
Good feel and body. Extremely drinkable. An all around solid, flavorful beer. Not fancy, just good.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite SA brew by far. Pours an orangey-red amber with a thick, sticky, creamy head. Hoppy, herbal aroma was prevalent. Medium bodied. Slightly smooth to start out, with some nice fruit esters, and some herbal, hoppy taste that makes it a little bitter. This is a beer I'll always come back to. It is basically a great all-purpose beer. Definitely even better on tap.

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Photo of mutd8710
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice toasted bread smell to it. You can also get faint scents of dried banana and other fruits as well as molasses. The taste has a very good balance to it between the malts and hops. It is slightly citrusy and has some faint caramel and toffee notes to it.

I greatly enjoy this beer and would take one over many others of this style. I honestly forget about little things that make up the beer and give it a wonderful flavor until I take my first sip.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served from a bottle into an American pint glass

A- golden amber color with a thick white head that disappeared after a few minutes. Leaves really great lacing on the glass as well.

S- some hops but balanced and not over powering

T- crisp and clean upfront with slight hint of citrus. Slightly bitter, just enough to clean the palate as well. Smooth finish with a slight sour or bitterness, just right.

M- the same as almost all from SA, balanced not to thin or too thick

D- an incredibly drinkable ale. Goes down very smooth. SA has another achivement in the drinkablility department.

Notes- this is a very underated ale ( as in my opinon many SA offerings are) this is my go to ale when an English Brown is not availible. A person can also get this anywhere ( I assume you can, but I am from Western MA) and it is perfectly balanced, just enough complexity for a BA yet nothing over powering for someone used to macros.

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