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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,094
Reviews:
978
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
277
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,094 |  Reviews: 978
Photo of JonathanAlires
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shellynix
1.96/5  rDev -46.7%
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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Photo of KingSlayer
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VDJ104
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cagler
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a toffee color into my Samuel Adams glass, with a thick, buzzy popcorn colored head of 3 fingers. Lace is left pretty generously on the sides. Opacity is 20%.

Smells like toffee, caramel malts, baked nuts, more baked caramel malt, a touch of berry, and just a hint of orange peel.

First taste is of fresh trash, but then it washes back and covers everything in a beautiful caramel malt sweetness. A touch of hop makes an effort to balance this out a bit, but it is by far more malty than hoppy. Aftertaste is of citrus rinds breathing piney air, with fresh bread. There's a certain cheapness about it, but it's also pretty much begging for more drinks.

It feels pretty clunky and syrupy, with only a mild carbonation making an apperance. It ends rough and textured, sappy even, but there's a crispness on the back end that helps it a bit.

I may like Boston Ale better than Boston Lager (although there's no direct correlation or competition of the two besides namesake), but I'd have to try another before I was totally sold on the notion. If you haven't yet, give this one a shot, you may like it.

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

Photo of Samlover55
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bb feb 16
12oz bttle poured into tulip
L- light brown/reddish, thin off white head, no retention leaves lacing
S- fruity, slight malt
T- hits the tongue with real nice fruitiness, and it lingers there along with some slight breadiness followed by a real nice balanced spicy finish to the tune of white pepper
F- medium bodied bubbly carbonation but lightly
O- the nose tipped me off but the fruitiness just explodes all the tongue, real nice balance all around, extremely solid above average ale

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Photo of Aqualad
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sherillc
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jach
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color into a typical pint with plenty of off-white head. Smell has kind of citrus notes and even a hint of that Oktoberfest smell that I grew to love this past fall. Initial taste is crisp & lightly fruity. Unfortunately the aftertaste turns bitter and dry. If the aftertaste stayed like the beginning it would definitely be a winner. Overall, honestly not to impressed with this one.

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Photo of srw
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ECsurfattic
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of drsarver
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tag into pint glass in November 2015.

Appearance: Medium Amber with light head. Beer color is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and leaves a film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a mix of hops, citrus, and some sweetness. There is some pine aromas as well.

Taste: The taste is dominated by the citrus and pins flavors of the hops. There is a little bite from the hops, and some malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Light alcohol, which confirms the 5.4% advertised.

This is a smooth medium-bodied Pale Ale. Good drinking Ale, and something different with a nice variety of flavors.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of greenday_bjh
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,094 ratings.
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