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 Riccymon
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange from the bottle with a couple nice, frothy fingers of white head. A bit of lacing, and the foam never quite dissipates. I smell a bit of malt and not much hoppiness, which surprised me given the pale ale style it inhabits. There's also a dry, sawdust note in there. I taste some piney hops and more biscuity malt, and I find a buttery flavor and mouthfeel that reminded me of Old Speckled Hen. Mouthfeel is what I expect from a pale ale--a little sticky--and after biking home from work on this 95-degree day, this was nice and drinkable.

This isn't my go-to pale, but it's an enjoyable selection as part of the SA Brewmaster's Variety case.

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Photo of John
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad looking brew, amber in color with a pizza dough, sweet wortish aroma. The head on this was impressive. The flavor fell flat though IMHO. I had this pegged as a "specialty" AB product similar to Aruba Red, as it turns out, it's being brewed by BBC, so I wasn't too far off. Strictly an inocuous amber ale. A notch above the rest of the macros at Pizzeria Uno.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass for consumption. I consume.

A: Clearly amber with a fast-fading head that was patchy and surprisingly white.

S: Fragrant ale with flowers and malt on the nose. Caramel and hops with a dirty, earthy character.

T: Lots of malt is the main flavor in the overly watery body. A clean finish with a very light, hoppy presence.

D: Not very high for me. This one just didn't do a thing for me. Unexciting.

Value: Eh.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before September 2011.

A: Thin head. Clear, dull copper-coloured beer. Plentiful bubbles. Nice initial lace.

S: Malts. Almost an Old Ale funky quality to the smell. Very interesting.

T: Not terrible, but rather boring. Thin, almost watery, with little remarkable flavour. In fact, other than a light sour-sweet maltiness, I have nothing to say about the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with nascent carbonation.

O: Not impressed, but not repulsed. Drinkable. Might drink at a party or at the end of the night, but nothing I'd ever want to sit and sip. Not recommended.

EDIT: I didn't really like this beer, so I made the mistake of letting it sit for about an hour. Warmer, this beer is absolutely foul. Drink as cold as possible!

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Photo of ppoitras
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Piccadilly Pub, Sturbridge, MA, served in a one of their silkscreened pint glasses.

Nice creamy white head on top of (no surprise) amber brew. Not much aroma to speak of, good or bad. Taste is good for the style, but a little lacking in substance for me, both the hops and malt. A bit of an aftertaste, but a very drinkable offering, nice that they go through the trouble of having Sam make a beer for them.

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Photo of Evocatus
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma was pretty weak, couldn't get to much out of it other than some malts. Taste was a bit plain. Some malty bits initially with some hoppiness to finish off. Neither was particularly strong. Also, a little bit too thin going down. Overall not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of tab021
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I've pretty much ransacked the local food mart and tried everything they carry over the past few months, then this came in...

A: light tan/amber with off white short lasting head

S: Sweeter smell with very little scent that comes across.

T: Fruity sweet with a bitter hop flavor that is gone as soon as you can think about it.

M: lightly carbonated with a slight creamy feel

D: this is definitely okay at best for my taste. I really like the feel of the creamy carbonation, but the taste is so bland it really doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just about as average as you can get. This is the only house beer currently available in the downtown Dayton Uno's. Amber indeed it has a little beige head and some light lacing. Not much nose, but that might be the serving temperature. Mostly malt, for what it's worth. Somewhat balanced flavor with a malt skew. OK for a pizza beer I guess, but Oggi's does real beer and real pizza; why can't others?

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a golden amber color with good clarity. The head is a two finger offwhite color that settles down slowly and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but pleasant to look at.

S: Fairly weak. There's a little caramel sweetness alongside some brown sugar and a hint of earthy hops, and that's about it.

T: On the plus side, it tastes richer than it smells. Caramel gives way to a light citrusy fruitiness and a very light bite of grassy finishing hops. Problem is, it's still kind of boringly nondescript. Nothing wrong with it, there's just nothing here that stands out.

M: No problems with the texture - it's light enough to go down easily. The faint dryness from the hops is this beer's best feature.

O: Meh. It's completely middle of the road in every way imaginable. Not too far off from Boston Lager in terms of a similar flavor profile, but somehow not as enjoyable. Just an average beer in all aspects.

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Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with a firm egg white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong caramel almost treacly aroma

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that progressively becomes sweeter until the swallow, where an earthy bitterness gnashes with the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really don't care for the flavors here - the sweetness becomes almost cloying and really conlicts with the bitter flavors creating an almost medicinal flavor

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Photo of cooncat
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving from a chilled 12 oz. bottle.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious head ... which was short lived. Not much in the way of aroma, as I stuck my nose into the glass. Initial aroma seemed almost spicy and peppery. The taste is on the hoppy side, in fact, its almost all I tasted. Some pretty decent lacing was evident during the session. Mouthfeel is a bit thin; no boldness there. The finish is dry with a hoppy aftertaste. For a session beer, its not bad, but a good Pale or IPA would be much better, IMHO.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Produced a dark orange hued beer which showed hints of red when held to light. Small head of off white color vanished rapidly. Very minimal carbonation.

A very weak aroma of any sort to be detected. Only a light citrus aroma blended with a bland hard to note hops aroma. Very watered down scent.

A very weak flavor of lemon zest was the major taste. A secondary note of peppercorns. All these are overpowered by the taste of alcohol.

A slightly thicker then average ale. A decent burst of carbonation on all surfaces.

Only an average beer offering from a brewery I had come to regard with higher esteem. Would work as a pairing for a chicken dish without much additional flavor, such as grilled or fried chicken sandwich. Better then a macro, but there are better choices for pale ale.

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Photo of jazer
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather nice appearance. Well-rounded taste, a little of everything, sweet and bitter. Reminds me a lot of Boston Lager. I think I could have several of these without any regret. Definately more of a bitter beer kind of a drink,though.

Recommended. Sort of.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Uno near Tuttle Mall in Dublin, OH. Came in an unfrosted glass which was a nice surprise. Pours a deep amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel malt. On the lighter side body-wise with a malty and earthy flavor. Finish is lightly hopped and just a tiny bit metallic. A lot better than I was expecting but not something I wish I could take home or anything.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light coppery color with a nice two finger head.The color is a little too light for my taste,but thats me.A nice hop and yeast smell,but not too many spices which is a little surprising.This has an OK taste,but it leaves a watery aftertaste.This is a pretty good ale,but it's a little too weak to compare with others.Not Sam's best.

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Photo of PeatReek
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale fuzzy amber-ish color with some distinctly noticeable sediment floating around. Eww. Thin white head that dissolves to a lid right away.

Aroma: a touch yeasty, with very mild bread and roast nut overtones and a slight floral finish. Smells very subtle overall.

Taste & mouthfeel: Initial flavor is one of subtle roasty, malty sweetness, overwhelmed right away by citrusy American hop bitterness, which makes what little carbonation there is seem almost abrasive. Floral flavors are overwhelmed by the grapefruit tang, which I wouldn't mind if it were accompanied by a big hop nose, but as it is, it just muddles the aftertaste. Body is medium.

Drinkability: I'd probably choose not to have too many of these on account of the grapefruity, slightly metallic aftertaste.

The sediment made me suspect the freshness of this beer; there was no packaging date, but this bottle claims not to "expire" until July '06.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/22/2007 (12oz bottle, BB Jun07):

Pours a huge tan creamy head, big bubbles, decent lacing. Light a brown color, very clear. Malty sweet aroma, some kind of dark fruit like raisins, some hops. Sweet malty taste, plasticy acidic. Bad beer? Or maybe too warm? Sweet, malty lagery taste.

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Photo of kinger
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought this might stand out as one of their better brews but It's rather average at best. Sweet malty aroma, dark copper pour with decent head and adequate lacing. Filling mouthfeel with an awkward aftertaste. Flavor is fine, sweet and bready. Some bitterness present. Kind of buttery.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head was so big that it didn't stay in the bottle when I opened it and when poured it was big a fluffy. Since it has fallen and stayed 3mm big leaving a lacing that is very strong. The color is light brown and clear.

The smell is malty and sweet, a bit nutty as well. I smell only slightly the hops, it smells like a macro a little bit.

The taste is a little spiced, nutty, and slightly sweet, but mostly hopped fairly well. There is a little bit of a vanilla flavor in the nose with some roasted malts as well.

Mouthfeel is ok, nothing special, but well carbonated and a little smooth.

This doesn't seem like a beer I could get into, but without a doubt I will try this again at warmer temperatures and see if it's better like everyone says it is.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh, not bad for a SA lighter style ale. Looks decent, not the usual brown for SA, closer to the standard MBC yellow for them. Not yellow, closer to yellow than brown. No aroma, other than that of some dough malt thing.

Taste, ugh, where SA always has trouble. Not bad, but no heft, at least some of the other SA's are legitimate malt bombs, but when they make commercials about the hops . . .

Mouthfeel, eh, you can get it down, because it is ilghter on the malt end, it makes it a little more drikable than your average SA earthy wood minus hops experience.

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Photo of bignick
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz glass at Pizzeria Uno in Allston.

This is a very basic beer. The beer appears a reddish color with a nice frothy head. It has a grainy smell with a slight sweetness. It tastes a little caramelly, with a slight biting hoppiness over the tongue. Overall, not much here, but it is pretty pleasant.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has got to be the most average beer I've ever had. It is perfectly situated between lesser maco beer and it's craft cousins. It has many of the characteristics of both, so, very, very middle of the road. Pours a crystal amber in color with a fizzy white head. Nose is a little lager-like, nearly macro territory, not sure if it's corn or what, but it smells a lot like Labatt or something, there is some extra malt sweetness in there, but by and large, unimpressed. Taste is quite light, almost a balance between a standard pale ale and a plisner. Bready maltiness combined with a light floral hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light, again, middle of the road. Drinlability is pretty good except that the beer is pretty uninteresting overall, well crafted though, no glaring faults.

SlĂ inte!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For when Boston Lager is just too thick, too heavy for your non beer drinking friends to look for a beer, there comes this, the middle ground between BMC Macro AAL and Big Craft Lagers, there is this, a lighter, more accessible ale for the masses.

Yellow, but sturdy, not overly watery. Keeps away from having the caramel noticebale like in the lager, this is all about the toasted pale malts and light floral English hops.

Nothing wrong with it. Just doesn't really have a place unless you're against the imagery of a normal BMC or if you want something more to your pale ales like aggressive hopping or bitterness.

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Photo of TechMyst
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PURCHASED @: Sullivans
COST: medium
HEAD: minimal
LACE: none
TASTE: Carmel and biscuits...Fat tire is better...Good for an American amber.

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Photo of maddamish
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I agree with the reviewer below me. Nothing to see here move along! I was hoping for something a little better. This beer doesn't offer much in the way of taste. Light hop notes fllowed with a slight hint of orange peel.

Other than that there is nothing special about this one. Is it a bad beer? No, but it doesn't do anything for me.

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