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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

I have had roughly two dozen different types of Sam Adams beer and this is in my opinion by far the worst. Nearly undrinkable, this beer is a disgrace to the brewery.

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1.6/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Completely over rated beer. I hate the flavor tastes like soap.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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1.94/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A watery stock ale? A rather odd APA? I have no idea what this beer is. Not much nose on this one and what there is isn't great. Pours like most sam adams, large but thin bodied head, lots of carbonation and this one is a dark amber copper color. Taste...well it's like a watery stock ale with some European style pale ale characteristics...which begs why this is called an APA. Sierra, stone, and every other great American brewer is doing a face palm at this being called an APA. It's not as drinkable as you'd think given everything else and the mouth feel is a bit off for the flavors. I just feel this is a failed beer that's got a lot of potential.

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1.96/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Not even similar to Boston Lager, which was disappointing. This is too light.

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2.24/5  rDev -38.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear halfway-in-between golden and amber color. A healthy looking head sits atop the liquid. Nice and craggy with good retention and lacing, both of which are probably above average for the style.

The nose is nearly impossible to detect, even very close up... I can just barely pick out some biscuity malts.

This medium-bodied beer tastes of biscuits, sweet maple syrup, with low key white grapefruit and pine. A crisp bitter edge complements each sip. Unfortunately, the whole glass did not taste as good as the above description might imply. As it warmed, some flaws began to show up: a nasty plastic flavor, an inappropriate astringency and an unsettling artificial, fruit roll-ups-esque flavor. All of the following made it almost painful to finish the glass.

WTF? I don't know what went wrong here, but I would not drink this one again. Terrible pale ale. It was nearing the "best by" date, but even if it was past it, I don't see any justification of these flaws. Sam Adams is hit or miss for me... and this is definitely a miss.

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