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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
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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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Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, with a color somewhere between copper and honey. An initially large head settles to a persistent layer of lace.

Has an earthy, leaf and mulch aroma with hints of fruit.

Taste is leafy, dry hops, with lightly toasted malt chewyness in exacting balance. Fairly smooth and easy drinking, but still flavorful enough to not disappoint. Not the typical American Pale; more like a Yankee interpretation of the English version.

Obtained in the "brewmasters' sampler", I definitely favor this over the lager; but it's been hard to find the ale in grocery stores. I could track it down at a beer store, but when I do make the trip, there are more exotic selections (and local gems) to browse instead.

Anyway, a quality brew from Sam Adams that isn't "dumbed down" as some of their other offerings are accused of being.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Samual Adams Boston Ale was orange-amber in color with good clarity. The off-white head was medium in size and had good retention, leaving lots of lace behind. The aroma was nice and malty. The taste was malty as well, a little toasty with some refreshing hops and a dry finish. This beer was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's another fine beer from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This orangey beer has a very sweet malty aroma absent of any hops. Taste is solid, some sweet maltiness at the front with a nice hop bite at the end with a smooth dry finish. I like this as a session beer more than the lager because of the hoppiness at the end. A very tasty and drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of ryantho00
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a off yellow brown with a slight fizz and small head that laces well.

A bit light on the nose, I detect a hint of toasted grain, some underlying hops, a hint of some bready maltiness but not much else, a little on the lighter side of smell.

I must say I like the blend of subtle hops, a nice bready taste, biscuits, grain, spicy pine and a nice malt and toasted oaks aftertaste with a dry, almost a hint of sour, finish.

Well balanced brew, not gonna knock your socks off but much better than most widely available beers. Quite a bit less hoppy than Boston Lager, but a fuller taste (less carbonated).


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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Ale poured a amber color, with a small head that presistet throught out the beer. It had a unquie smell very hard to describe. The taste was slightly strong, very unquie not too many flavors to pick out, but had a nice initial bite to it. Pretty easy to drink, but not really for the new palatee. Overall not a bad beer, different.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-brown with a two-finger quickly dissipating head, some lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Malts, caramel, burnt notes

Taste: Heavy on the malts all the way through; caramel and brown sugar, extremely well balanced with very little bitterness. Not really much hop presence, but some.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with light carbonation, still an easy drinker. Creamy as well.

Overall: An excellent brew and something to grab if I'm in the mood for something malty, cheap, and good.

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Photo of drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, nice goldeny amber shade with a cream colored tightly bubbled head that retained nicely

smells of toasted caramel maltiness, sweet citric hops, slight diacetyl

taste is bready dry malt, caramel sweetness balanced by hop presence, slightly astringent bitterness, spicy hop citrus, grassy, slight diacetyl like the boston lager has, creamy body, like a souped up creamier boston lager.. not bad

mouthfeel is great! probably my favorite thing about this beer, nice and creamy, the malt and hops follow through with great balance.. overall just as sessionable as its lager counterpart but tastier :D

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date 09/08.

A - Pours a deep amber with an off-white two-finger head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Scant traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of sweetness from the malts. Aromas of caramel and apples are present.

T - Malt dominates with a small bite from the hops in the finish. Caramel and apples are still there. I'm also picking up some cherry that wasn't in the aroma.

M - So damn smooth! Medium-bodied; wet finish with a very slight hop aftertaste that doesn't linger much.

D - Very drinkable beer. Incredibly smooth and enough flavor to keep your palate satisfied. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a 2 finger head and good lace. Smells of nice caramel malt with a slight floral hoppiness. Not as hoppy as other APA's I have tried. Slightly fruity. A nice hop presence hits at first, not overpowering as you can definately taste the malt underneath it. Fruitier than I expected. Cleaner and crisper than I expected also - I mean this in a good way. Highly drinkable. A nice APA.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm. here is a good ale. it is a nice and dark amber with foam that will stick around. a nice sweet aroma leads you into the delicious brew.

you can jump right in to the welcoming smoothness and fine maltiness of this beer. i found it to be nice and rich. it is a great drinker, not heavy or light. i just plain like it. sam has always been able to put together a good beer, and this one did not fail.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. The color is a nice amber color, with a big fluffy head that takes a bit to dissipate. There is definite lacing on the side of the mug.

Smell is malty, and some caramel has well. I notice a hop presence as well in there.

Taste is sweet at first from the malts, and is followed up by a nice bite from the hops. It is a tasty concoction and well balanced. Nothing super special, but it has a great flavor to it in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with some creaminess, and also a carbonated feel to it.

A quaffable beer. Definitely a session beer if I have ever seen one, and it was at a decent price of $7 for a six pack (which is good for the north side of Chicago).

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Photo of Sosh
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I am very impressed. I am not one to get excited about pale ale's, but this is the best I've had thus far. It's tastes kind of leafy in the same way that really good unsweetened tea does. I think this would be a great cross-over beer for somone who wants to get away from the fizzy yellow stuff. I don't think it's the best Sam Adam's has to offer, but I would never turn one down.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber color with an off white head that holds up nicely and leaves good amounts of lacing.

Aroma of light hops and some caramel malt.

Taste reveals a slight hop bitterness along with notes of caramel and grapefruit.

Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Overall, exhibits characteristics similar to the Boston Lager but taken a step further. Nothing I would actively seek out but for the price, this isn't a bad find.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color. About a finger and a half bubbly white head. Retention is decent with some clingy lacing.

Light floral hops on the nose was noticed first. Definite malt picked up with some spice notes.

Very crisp and clean tasting. Nice hop flavor to pair with the general maltiness of the brew.

Mouth feel is very crisp and smooth.Very Drinkable.

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Photo of berserker256
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish/orange color. Medium head moderate lacing. I smell a nice sweet and citrus aroma along with a carmel malt smell. All of those flavors are present as well but you get the addition of slight hop bitterness too. Good body. Good drinking ale. One of the better ales I've had in some time.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've drank this many times before, but none for the last few months, so I figured I'd go back to an old favorite for a review.

Bottle says the beer expires in December 2006.

Appearance: amber color with a 1/2" off-white head; looks really good
Smell: little bit of hops; some kind of weird smell (maybe some caramel malt?)
Taste: pretty good, little bit sweet; light on the hops for a pale ale; caramel; gets better as it gets warmer
Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied; good carbonation
Drinkability: very easy to drink; could go with 2 or 3 in a row

This beer is pretty easy to find at most good beer shops. It's a reliable beer for a meal or a night out.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before OCT 2008 notched on the side of the label. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color wtih an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet toasted malts and slightly biscuity with some citrusy hops, not overly aromatic but pleasant nonetheless. The taste is toasted malts with a kick of citrusy hops in the finish. The drinkability is very high, this would make a great session beer, and I could easily throw down a few of these without getting bored. Good classic American brew, enjoyed on 4th of July weekend! Overall, Sam Adam's Boston Ale is definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. It smells like sweet malt, caramel, and a bit of hops. The taste starts out with malty, toasted sweetness and has a nice hop bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is light/medium, but very smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, nice and sessionable.

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Photo of TaylorLH22
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is a nice light brown. Smells bready, caramel malts, hops, barly that's been toasted. The taste is good nice balance of hops with the barley and malts. This is a good brew for average joes wanting to expand into the more hop forward beers. It can take a long time to develop a palate for hops, especially seeing as how the general public has shunned anything with more then the lowest IBU rating. If you're joe six pack then you are probably wondering what's the point in developing a palate for hops. Well... For one you will get major respect from fellow beer snobs for ordering an IPA. On a flavor level hops can impart a lot of different flavor a other then bitterness. Probably the most famous is a "piney" flavor. This is a great place to start on the road to the holy grail of beerdom, the IPA.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that has similar look to the Boston Lager, but a much better taste. It pours a dark amber with an off-white head that seems to hang around long enough to get a little lacing down the first third of the glass (Depending upon how fast you drink it, of course). There is more ester present in the aroma than the lager due to an ale yeast being used, and there are less citrus overtones. I love the mild floral note from the goldings. The taste is crisp with a caramel sweetness from the crystal malt. The hops provide slight bittering and a slight hoppy flavor. This beer has good body from the crystal, and a decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber and copper in color with light carbonation. Had a one finger head and little lacing.

S: Smell is sweet with caramel malts, citrus, and hops.

T: Sweet with malts, rich with coppery tones and hops and a hint of alcohol.

M: Thin like a lager but with the flavor of an ale. Carbonation is great and the beer is easy drinking.

D: The brew is not very filling so drinking a six pack can be pretty easy. It leaves a nice citrusy bitterness on the tongue that lasts for hours. Kinda nice.


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Photo of Penrodeo
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12-ounce bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange... "Brewmasters Collection"...
Pours a ruby-red, mahogany brown hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Sweet, nutty and malty aroma with hints of vanilla...
Taste was replete with caramel cream, vanilla, bread, butter, honey, and slight toffee...
Crisp, clean, medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability...
Good stuff from Sam Adams...

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown 12er. For that brewery fresh taste: June 2007.

Caramel amber color, clear. Nice head, creamy with decent retention and splotchy lacing. Very little carbonation.

Sweet tart almost grape-like. Hops are floral and kind of spicy. Malt is light and creamy, caramel and nut.

Medium bodied and smooth. Slight metallic twang and first. Then some roasted barley and spicy floral hops. Malt base is light and creamy as indicated by smell. Moderate bitterness. Poor carbonation, mostly foam. Finishes somewhat tart and bitter, but overall refreshingly clean. As it warms it is still just as drinkable.

Hearty Pale Ale. Refreshing and decently tasty. Sweet malt base is understated with a fine hop flavor and bitter edge. Nothing wonderful, nothing bad. I would gladly drink Boston Ale with dinner, a meat & potato type meal.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as part of a Sam Adams variety pack at Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $9 in late summer 2010

This Sam Adams Boston ale pours a golden amber color with a decent head of foam. It has a surprisingly light taste but with a heavier mouthfeel. It does drink very smooth, but there's just something missing in the taste. It's a good beer to have a few of here and there. I would basically consider it a high end Miller Lite.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,107 ratings
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