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 nsw
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Low head that disappeared quickly. Orange-ish medium-deep red.

S - A little bit of maltiness.

T - A little bit of breadiness with a nice bit of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium-to-higher carbonation.

D - Malty with just enough hop bitterness, but I definitely enjoy being hit over the head more -- IPAs and strong coffee porters are more my style. You could drink a lot of these Boston Ales without any problem.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I never reviewd a Boston Ale.

I guess because it is so common.

Pours a rich Amber with full head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is immediately grasas and hops then the malt pushes it's way through.

The mouthfeel is crisp but not bitter.

The taste is just hoppy enough to prove it's an ale, with wonderful caramel malt just a touch on the sweet side.

Right now it's probably my beer of choice along with the SA Honey Porter.

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Photo of nickynick
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Boston Ale poured a nice cloudy caramel/amber color, with a nice head, and pretty good lacing. The smell was light with sweet and hoppy notes. The taste showed light sweetness at first with not much hop bight. However as it warmed a bit more hop was revealed. Mouthfeel was good as was the drinkability. Overall I found this to be a decent ale, one I might go back to. I find that with almost all Sam Adams products, I enjoy drinking them, but I feel that they are missing something. They are good beers, but to me seem less challenging then other craft beers out there.

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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 Brianmerrilyn
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most distributors in my area go for Boston's Lager, Cherry Wheat and then the rotational seasonals. However, ole B-stock as I call it was one that I had not seen in many a moon. Pulled a single at McLean Avenue Disributor near Webster Avenue after picking up some even cheaper gasoline.

A: Poured into Bass pint glass to display a transparent orange-amber with more emphasis to the orange with a solid one finger head with rocky chunky lace.

S: The nose was caramel with faint spices and some citrus accents but overall quiet.

T: Without reading the label, i was expecting a hop sting and was instead delivered a wonderful toasted caramel malt first then followed by spices and only then some earthy hops. The flavor is mature and the sweetness over hoppyness had me smiling all afternoon long. I had missed out on this beer for so long assuming is must be as hoppy as the lager. Further impressed with the unchanged flavor delivery and top notch carbonation.

M: I thought of old Boston dock workers and sand hogs sucking this British influenced creation beauty down along with the wooden and skin pallets and picks. Medium to thick with slippery texture and good retention.

D: A good low key pale ale on the hop profile but a good bookend on the taste profile leaning towards the sweet. I will break my credo of a same six pack when it comes to Sam's Boston Stock Ale the next time I'm backing up the truck.

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Photo of astrasday
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell of sweet malts and honey. A bit of piney hops as well.

Taste starts with sweet honey and malts piney, bitter hops come in next with sharp finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. There is quite a bit of carbonation in this one. Not as full as other APAs I've had.

Drinkability is nice. This one goes down easy.

Overall, a good beer. Not exceptional by any means, but a solid offering.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a nonic glass

pours a semi hazy amber/orange with an offwhite head.

Smell is lightly sweet and biscuity malty

Taste is biscuity bready with some light hop flavoring

Mouthfeel is pretty good, and it is an easy drinking beer.

Not impressed with the beer. It does not compare with other quality apa's.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy sienna. There are many tiny particles in this and they make it quite hazy. The white head soon vanishes but leaves decent lacing. The aroma is of grain and medium malt. There is a very slight touch of hops in the nose that seems to be a bit floral. There is an underlying scent of... soy sauce? The beer improves once it gets in the mouth. The body is solid and substantial. The carbonation is lively, yet soft. It's well bittered. This doesn't really stand out, overall. I wonder if I got a bad bottle, what with all the particles in it. I'll have to rereview it.
(rated Feb 9, 2007)

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 05/18/2008. Bottle. Pours a clear orange/amber color with a nice white head. Aroma and flavor of sweet malt, some slight floral hops. It was very smooth and enjoyable.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of brewbucker
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Medium clean amber with a small head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is carameled and candied. Light hops and malts with a slight bitterness in the finish. This is a very solid brew. Straight 4's across the board.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

People may knock Sam Adams brewery but they have some pretty good brews. This is one of them . While not there best this is definately a tasty ale. Not to be confused with the Boston Lager which is one of my least favorites by SA. The Boston Ale is a winner and I will gladly drink it again!

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Photo of youngleo
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice offwhite head that had some big bubbles. Ale was very clear and brown in color with reddish tints. Head hung around awhile and left some heavy lacing. Had some nice rings with every swallow. Smelled of hops and caramel. Smell was actually very light. Tasted mainly of hops and caramel with some citrus notes. Had that slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth, carbonation was right. Thought maybe a hair on the dry side. Would love to buy a 12er of this Ale and sit around a campfire in the winter. Ale and fire to keep you warm. Alcohol was inline with most session beers, so you could enjoy a few and cozy up to the fire.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 1, 2008

Smells hoppy, caramel. Beautiful, golden brown, almost copper appearance. Really good looking amber. Foamy head that leaves a spotty lacing. Strong caramel malt, good hoppy finish. Quality brew. The Boston Brewing Company is highly underrated by the craft beer enthusiast community, possibly because of an elitist attitude due to the fact that they're so widely available. Fact is, they just can flat out brew.

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Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish copper hue with a white head about one finger.
Smell: A roasted malt, caramel aroma with hints of hops.
Taste: Roasted Malt with hints of caramel and molasses, the maltiness gives way to a nice hops balance.
Overall: This is an okay beer, although this isn't my style it is good.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Boston Ale poured a beautiful copper color, about a 2 finger head with nice head retention throughout. Thick, spider web lacing throughout. Slight hop aroma, but nothing that jumped out at me. This ale had a mild, pleasant, hoppy taste, with carbonation felt on the tongue. Definitely a drinkable and enjoyable brew. I'm not a big fan of Sam's in general, but this is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Aug 5, 2008
Pours a nice pretty color in my glass,my first couple of sips I thought this may not be a beer for me but half way through my first glass I was in love, sort of a fruitty,nutty,semi sweet ale,I buy this from timt to time,goes VERY well with bratts on the grill,very drinkable. Thanks Sam

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Photo of thespaceman
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep gold in color, poured a pretty nice head with good retention and soapy lacing.

Smell: A few earthy scents hit the nose first, with a good backdrop of caramel malt and hoppy elements. A bit of butterscotch and honey also make this one appealing to the nose.

Taste: As felt in the nose, a bit of leafy/grassy elements hit the tongue first, followed by a decent overflow of malt and fruit flavored hops. A tinge of spice hits the palate followed by a decent warming sensation in the finish, not from the alcohol but from the complexity of the spice and maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, this one has great body to it, it doesn't seem to become square when it sits on the tongue for a while, it holds up nice and firm.

Drinkabiliy: Besides Boston Lager, this is easily Samuel Adams easiest, yet most appealing brew to chill out with. It's got robust flavor and is something that isn't generally boring after 2 or 3. Kudos to Samuel Adams for continuing to keep this Ale on the market and not in the retired forum like alot of other BBC favorites I've had in the past.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Boston Ale from Boston Beer Company pours a golden orange with a pretty good sized head that laced the upper portion of my glass. Upon smelling the brew, one would be inclined to say that the aroma is strictly typical APA. There's malt and hops in there. The taste is where the disappointment lies. Despite the nice color and fine mouthfeel, Boston ale just does not deliver American Pale Ale taste to my tongue. It seems to be more in line with a milder English Pale Ale in my opinion. It's not bad, but there are better options available. Brew on, Patriot, brew on!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer with alot of malty and hoppy character

A- Very, very nice lacing from a fluffy head. Transparent copper/caramel color

S- This beer smells like it was brewed from ingredients that were actually grown in the ground. Smells like a mix of earthy malts and gritty, full-leaf hops

T- Tastes alot like it smells with malts and hops coming together to make something very refreshing and surprisingly smooth

M- Feel is very light on the tongue, but somehow filling and full-bodied as well.

D- Great beer for refreshment

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Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber pour, short off-white head. Weak aroma of hops, toffee, and earth. Watery taste that is mostly crisp hops. Some malt and caramel in the back. Just never had the full compliment of both to make this better. In the end, it tasted matery and somewhat skunked.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is their most impressive year round offering in my opinion. I love this beer.

It pours an amber color with a medium-sized off white head that stick around for a good while.

The aroma is of citrusy english hops. Lot's of them for BBC. A little sweet malt comes through pretty good too.

The flavor is like the aroma, citrus hops and a little sweetness. Very balanced APA.

Very smooth on my palate. It feels medium bodied.

Very drinkable.

Highly recommendable

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Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pleasing amber/honey color, with a two finger head. Decent retention, sheets of lacing.

Smell: Very clean aroma, with some grain and sweet malts coming through. Continental hops in the background.

Taste: Very balanced and smooth. Grainy malts and a solid bitter backbone. Reminds me a bit of cross between an altbier and an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, appropriately carbonated.

Drinkability: This is an underrated beer. Sessionable at 5% abv, tasty, and well-balanced.

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Photo of cvfish
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a good bit of lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas of this beer were slight sweet malts, and a good bit of citrus and floral hoppiness

T - This Pale Ale had the the sweet, bready malts, a good grapefruit and lemon mix, followed by a decent amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish

M - The mouth on this beer had a light to moderate body that had a moderate amount of carbonation, very crisp beer

D - This Pale Ale screamed session beer to me, great taste and body for a session beer, Samuel Adams scores with this creation, very tasty

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack of this at the Wal-Mart in Hazlehurst, MS; one of few 'craft brews' I could find. This was my accompanying beer with Thanksgiving dinner. A 12 oz. bottle, notched at 'enjoy before: Mar 2009', poured to a crystal drinking glass. Beneath the cap, a Gold Medal is cited in 'Providence'.

A: Beautiful warm amber, perfectly clean and clear, with loads of streaming carbonation (could be some etching inside the glass helping?). One finger of dense ivory cream, decent lace.

S: Bread dough and toasted malt. Honey sweetness with a touch of caramel.

T: Notable caramel malt and a generally sweet toasted (cereal) grain. Slight citrus and hints of berry fruit.

M: A crisp effervescent mouthfeel upfront. Light-medium body, malty coating sticks lightly. Pleasant little carbonated prickle.

D: Pretty tasty and very easy to drink. A nice compliment for Thanksgiving dinner, especially the starches and the oily fried turkey. No problem to finish six of these over the course of three days.

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Photo of krunchie
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber. Light brown/orange, pretty cloudy. Off-white head, 1" (seems to stay thick pretty good!)

S: Fruity and sweet. Some honey and yeast notes. Actually quite boring, non-unique smell for an ale. Very "standard" pale ale smell.

T: Some more yeast and sweetness. Crystal malts. Some hints of bittering hops. Some bread, some weak spices. Almost like lager in the aftertaste

M: A little rough feel and weak fruity bitterness left in the mouth.

D: Like lager. Not bad, but quite standard. It's quite pleasant to drink though, so it's not bad. It's just not an outstanding brew.

Will I buy it again? It was actually very good, despite my quite harsh interview, so yeah I'm gonna buy it again :)

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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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