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 tedsox31
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.7%
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 +6%
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 +6%
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 +6%
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 +6%
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 +6%
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 +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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 +6%
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 +6%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber, with a long-lasting medium white head, medium lacing.

S: Strong scent of an English ale maltiness, lots of toffee.

T: Sweet treacle malts dominate the flavour, not the harsh caramel flavour that amber ales can have. Light grassy hop character to balance, overall, I really enjoyed the malt in this one.

M: Very light carbonation, low to medium body, smooth and creamy, would like a bit more heft in this beer.

D: A very good beer from Sam Adams, don't know why it took me so long to revisit it. Similar flavour profile to the ubiquitous Boston Lager, but a smooth overall feel and I think the ale fruitiness complimented the malt better than in the lager. An easy beer to find, and relatively inexpensive for a craft, recommended.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Boston Ale is a good everyday beer. This is one of my favoarite beers to have with dinner.

I poured this one into a Duvel glass. It had great head retention and a frothy texture for the most part.

The aroma is lightly fruity and light malt. The taste is crisp even at 55 degrees. It seems light in the mouth. I could drink quite a few of these before heading in for the night.

I like this beer. It has all the marks of a session ale. I would never hesitate to reach for this one.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: May 3, 2014... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: unwinding after the annual M&M Mars Fest in Hackettstown--thanks for the free candy!... APPEARANCE: thick white head the consistency of carwash soap--remains two fingers well after pour; copper orange body with vibrant carbonation--a looker... AROMA: sweet caramel aroma; fragrant hops are bright, soft and alluring without being distinguishable... PALATE: solid, medium-bodied with slight effervescence; highly drinkable, with zero suggestion of alcohol...TASTE: sweet caramel delivers underneath a mellow, soft pine flavor; a stereotypical ale (?), one to set expectations to... OVERALL: a recipe that wins in its simplicity--some bubblegum late in the glass adds to its otherwise "stock" profile--shout-out to neighbor Scott for bringing it over!

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Photo of BigDRS
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Color is a copper/apricot with a slightly off white head. The head leaves a decent film and lots of lace down the sides of my glass.

S - Light on the nose. A bit of floral hops, some earthy notes and that's about it.

T - Just the right amount of sweetness combined with some earthy hop flavors. Just the right amount of crispness. Very session-able.

M - Medium to light body with good carbonation.

O - This isn't the best beer in the world, but it's a solid choice. When faced with the decision between this and some piece of crap BMC-whatever ... choose this beer every time.

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Photo of Kristing
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Samuel Adams glass, this APA is brown or dark amber. The head is about two-fingers thick, creamy and retains rather well.

The aroma has a roasted malt tone and some hop flavour, with a note of apricot. The taste is quite mellow with a present caramel malt flavour that makes for a lovely mouth-feel, with little carbonation. Their is not much hop bitterness, as would be expected, and in general their is not much complexity to the beer.

The drinkability is high, and the mellow taste is rather easy to digest, providing you like ale. I would, however, desire some more complexity in the taste, and I feel that the beer goes down a little too fast.

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Photo of MattinIdaho
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scarletfire79
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer looks really nice in the glass. deep amber with a nice off-white head. good lacing. i picked up some caramel sweetness in the smell but pretty mellow. the taste is a nice balance of caramel, herbal notes, and good hop bitterness. finishes bitter but nicely so. i think i prefer this over the boston lager. would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been quite a while since I've had this. Pours a crystal clear copper with a nice off white head. Rings of lace left down the glass. Mostly hops in the aroma, very nice hops, and what I can only describe as that 'signature Sam Adams aroma'. A little on the thin side, but the taste makes up for it with a fresh hops and solid malt balance. Dry finish and complimentary hop burps.

Glad I revisited this one. A solid Pale Ale. Would make a nice session brew.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Orange tinted amber, small off white head, good lacing, and good cover of tracery on surface of liquid. Lots of carbonation with small to medium bubbles.

S = Lots of sweet malt smells, light scent of maple syrup, fresh harvested grains, whole wheat bread, also slight smells of lemon from hops.

T = There is more from the hops in the taste than there was in the smell. I get sharp bitterness on the front of my tongue before the malt flavors hit at mid-palate. Although the two tastes at first seem to be at odds, upon swishing the liquid around my mouth, it resolves into a well balanced taste and finishes long with a lingering sweetness on the tongue even while the bitterness of the hops is present.

M = Light to medium bodied, carbonation is a little too strongly felt, mouthcoating is fair.

D = This is a very drinkable APA, less hoppy than many and with a very satisfying malt character.

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Photo of BrianLC1990
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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