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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with a very thin, white head (poured viciously).

Smell: Candied apples and warm pie crust with some maple syrup and a touch of hops. Sounds delicious, but the smell is quite artificial and a bit overdone. Still, I kind of like it.

Taste: "A toned down version of the smell: very sweet and apple-y, grainy malts, and a wee bit of hops and alcohol to finish it off" Says one wiseman I think the taste is hollow and empty, it missed badly. It's not a bad taste, just has almost nothing going for it.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and bubbly. Similar to a cider.

Drinkability: Not a great APA, but still alright. I don't like the artificial flavorings too much, but other than that it's very agreeable.

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

I give it straight 3's across the board. It's a shame when you go into a restaurant with 16 taps and you end up choosing the house beer. But that's exactly what I had to do because it was a choice between Unos amber, Guinness, Killians or 13 other watery and watery light macros. The only thing worse would be Bennigans with 30 taps of wasted space, but that's another story alltogether.
This one is clear and light amber with small head and a surprising heavy lacing straight down the glass. Smell is on the sweet side and taste is a little thin with little bitterness. I guess this is Sam Adams Boston Ale in disguise because that's exactly what it tastes like. You could do alot worse but went well with the pizza.

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Photo of bearcamp
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a friends party. She got a mixed back on SA beer and this was one of the many I had. I initially thought that this was the ale version of their main stay lager. I'm more of an ale guy these days.

Appearance is very amber filtered color.

Not much of a smell to it.

Taste is much better than the smell to this beer. Taste of malt and a bit of bitterness bite at the end. Can taste the slightest of caramel.

Mouth feel was good and easy to go down. I will definitely add this to the beer list and get a case of it down the road.

Very good ale!

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Photo of umustdrink
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Light amber in color. Head is white in color and fades to rocky splotches. Lacing is medium to strong.

S - Oh boy, caramel malts just like every other fucking SA beer. Nothing different.

T - Again, caramel malts and a few subtle spicy nuances, maybe a hop bitterness here or there.

M - Thin consistency and too much carbonation.

D - Although it tastes almost exactly like the other darker SA beers I wont take points off. It is a really boring beer though.

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Photo of drperm
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say? I'm an ale man, through and through, but I find the Boston Lager to be superior to the Boston Ale. As I say regarding the SABL, "better than Pete's Wicked," but that's not saying a whole lot. The appearance has a strange fogginess to it that I can't quite fathom. The taste is a sweet-over-bitter combo that leaves me scratching my head slightly, and the finish is not quite as smooth as I'd like. Still, I'd have a pint in a pinch.

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Photo of Yesac
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale orangy copper color. Small thinning head.

S - Not much here.. some malt and honey

T - Tartness up front, rest is a thin malty/bready brew

M - Very thin, medium carbonation

D - eh.. thin and malty.. nothing special, but its easy to drink.

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Photo of adamette
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I purchased as a single at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $2 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. "Feb 2011" notched on the left side of the front label so we are good.

A Off white, slightly brown fluffy head that leaves a surprisingly good lacing on the inside of the glass over a medium caramel translucent body. I really like that lacing. 4.0

S Kind of a light hops smell but it is muted, over a dull grain smell. Not all that impressed with the smell. 2.5

T I am glad that the taste is more inspiring than the smell suggested to me as there is a moderate hop bitterness presence and a slight malt sweetness but that dull grain thud persists. I appreciate the first few qualities which certainly entertain the taster more than that boring grain dullness. 3.5

M Quite beefed up by the hops presence and the malt which is welcomed. 4.0

D ABV is manageable but I think that that dull grain background makes this beer one that I would not look for again. In fact, I believe that SA Boston Lager is far superior to this one for the drinkability category. 2.0

Notes: Interesting to finally taste and rate this beer which I did not see in stores for a very long time!

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Photo of benmiliron
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good brown tan color, not much head that dissipates quickly into no head. Smell is strong sweet malt. Little hops in the nose. Taste is again strong malt, cereal grains, medicinal hops creep up next. The bitter is too dominating in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but the gravity is good for this brew. Easy drinking for sure, but the taste leaves a bit to be desired.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A chilled bottle from the brewmasters pack into my mug. 3 months before the best by date.

Appearance- A mild copper amber and clear body. A bit of a standard white head. A smidgen of lace and carbonation.
Smell- A bit of musty citrus hops. Some light biscuit malts.
Taste- A bitter APA is a bitter flavor, with a bit of a bready malt. Somewhat floral but it kinda works.
Mouthfeel- Lighter and Crisp crisp and a slight a lingering dryness. Drinkable- Its average but I would still fight for a space in my fridge.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Amber color, off-white head. Doesn't retain well, but leaves sticky lacing. Well carbonated.

S: Clean, sweet smell. Mostly caramel malt and hints of grain and sugar.

T: Eh. It's sweet right away, but it overtaken quickly by a dry astringency. Citrus is there - mostly lime or lemon peel and the hop bitterness is definitely there. A very leafy hop presence. I like the sweetness of the caramel malt.

M: This is what was strange. My mouth feels like I have cotton in it. The mouthfeel is dry and astringent. Maybe I have a bad bottle, but this mouthfeel masked anything I could possibly detect from the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but I'm probably not going to get another 6pk of it. Very leafy hop flavors take a while to develop and the maltiness is nice, but a tad on the dry side.

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Photo of wnh
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crisp, clear reddish copper with one finger of fizzy, ever-so-slightly foamy white head. Not lively, not dull, but looks tasty.

There's not much in the way of aroma, however. I sniffed and sniffed and couldn't come up with much more than some earthy hoppiness. There's nothing particularly bad about it, just nothing to really note. On the tongue is the slight earthy hoppiness again, though the hop bitterness is more discernible. Well-balanced, I suppose, but with few discernible flavors. Kind of boring, really.

Good carbonation. I drank this with a bison cheeseburger, and cut through the fat of the cheese (and the little fat in the bison) well. Medium-light mouthfeel. Drinkable enough, I suppose, but I don't know in what situation I'd really care for another.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small, sweet gingerbread like malt. In the taste, a small sweetness that rides through the mellow maltiness of gingerbread. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. A bit spicy, but just about average for an ale.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy orange. No head at all.

S: Lots of sweet malt. Sort of smelled like a marzen.

T: The bitterness of the hops hits hard, and right away. Later, a more subtle sweetness comes through. The flavor tones down a bit after half a bottle or so. Caramel overtones develop later.

M: Chewy. Bitter, but refreshing.

D: The hops weren't that well-balanced. They overpower the other flavors. This wouldn't be a good session beer.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear copper color with a thick white foam head. Decent lacing.

S- A bit of pale malt and grain in the nose. Not much else.

T- Some butterscotch and toasted malt flavor hit initially but vanish into a light astrigent taste.

M- Light feel with ok carbonation.

D- Overall this is an ok brew but nothing special.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, it was a light amber with a copper hue. Medium foam with some lace on the side of the glass.

The smell reminded me of cotton candy. Don't ask me why, it just did. The flavor was just average. While drinking this ale, I was trying to figure out what the flavor was, but, the sour/tart feel in the mouth kept masking the flavor of the hops and roasted malts. It was jus an OK ale that will be good for hot summer day's to cool one off!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear copper appearance. A good deal of carbonation but not much of a head developed, just a thin film. The aroma is a bit disappointing, weak hops and just a hint of nutty caramel malt.

Tangy and toasty breadcrumb malt flavors with a bit of medicinal hops in the finish. Decent bitterness. The taste is a bit drying, especially toward the end. A decent flavor profile overall but it doesn't come out enough. Sharp, but fine carbonation on the tongue. Medium body, not too thin.

This was not one of my favorites out of the mix-pack. It has a decent drinkability but nothing too exciting overall...

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Photo of jmich24
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. From the Brewmaster's collection, not super fresh. May have muted the hops.
A: Copper color one finger head. Nice lacing.
S:Very malty very slight pine/floral hop smell.
T: Slightly sweet and wet, very malty, not the hoppiness I was expecting in an APA, slightly floral. Not well balanced.
M: Medium body, crisp finish.
D: I have no problem drinking this bottle but, can't image wanting another. Just okay overall.

This was just okay for me. Not as hoppy as I would like for an apa. Would not purchase again.

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Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fantastic foamy, white head, "gushing" carbonation, pale amber color with a bit of a light brown hue
S: Distinct caramel sweetness, malt up front, slight herbal hops note
T: Stunted English ale hops, watery and evanescent, caramel malt is much more subdued than the nose lets on
M: Light-moderate bodied, rounded and watery, diluting any crispness brought on by all the carbonation
D: Tastes like a light English ale to me. There are some interesting flavors, though subdued. Easily a session beer for these reasons, but I prefer something more vibrant

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is an orange/amber color it had a one finger head that lasted about two minutes and it had some moderate lacing. The aroma was faint but citrus/pine like. The taste was sweetly malty at first but finishes with plenty of hop bitterness. The beer was thin bodied but well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Leftover in my fridge from Monday Night Football. I know better than to buy any beer from these guys, but I do love the new Pint Glass they made.
Poured from 12 oz bottle to Sam Adams Pint glass a clear honey copper color with 2 inches of white foamy head that reduced to a minimal sheen with some spotty lacing. Minor metalic smell here with a hint of malts. Tastes better than smell but not much. It seems watered down like so many other Sam Adams beers with a sweet malty taste and a very mellow hop finish. Watery thin feel with decent carbonation. Very easy drinking with only a hint of the nasty flavor almost every Sam Adams has.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange gold, with fluffy white head

Mild scent of hops with little bit of maltiness.

Very yeast like flavor with some hops mixed in. They hops are barely noticeable. Citrus sweetness; maybe too sweet.

Light/medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation

Decent mouth feel but overall a disappointment from a usually solid distributor

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Photo of natelocc787
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not as citrusy or bitter as the Boston Lager. More subdued and mellow yet still hoppy. Dry and crisp with a heavy feel and low carbonation. Slight spice and vanilla in the taste with an amber ale quality to it. Very drinkable and equal to the Boston lager in that way. Better than the Lager in some ways, not in others.

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Photo of bodybyadam
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Traditional Sam Adams bottles. Smartly appealing.

A: Poured into my glass an amber to orange hue with 1/4 inch bead of white foam.

S: A mild hop nose and mild note of malt in the nose as well.

T: This one is hoppy * but not bitter in taste.

M: A good smooth, mellow tasting blend, well balanced.

D: Fairly drinkable, I prefer more bitter. Good poolside or in the hot tub.

Elbows Up,

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Photo of pwoods
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Party Source, poured into a pint. Best by Jan. '08

A: Pretty golden orange with slight chill haze. 1 finger of eggshell head that stays fluffy for quite awhile before reducing to a thick skim. Decent patchy lacing.

S: Citrus hops and a clean, crisp, grassy note. Malts are subtle in the background adding a bit of earthy grains.

T/M: Citrus and grassy hops again in the taste. Some of the citrus adds a tart and sourness. Bready malts bring up the rear. Body is very light and has some extra carbonation.

D: Not incredibly complex but easy to drink. There are too many better APA's out there.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Sam Adams Richmond International Airport

Honey colored, nice head - good lacing, well-carbonated

Signature Sam Adams soapy hop and "dirty sock" malt profile - Germanic hop essence - clean

Heavy malt profile-nice grassy, daisy-flavored hop bitterness with a little sweetness of honey

Clean with bitter tinge from hop soapiness with honey on back of palate

Reasonably drinkable - little heavy for preference

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