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

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
BA SCORE
3.62/5
2,104 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#36,310
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,104
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
280
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,104 |  Reviews: 984
Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattinIdaho
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a copper orange color with a one finger, off white head.

Smell: Aroma isn't terribly impressive, but it's not bad. Rather faint hints of honey and macintosh apples... some notions of caramel malt and a bit of butterscotch. A whisper of floral noble hops hiding somewhere in the back.

Taste: Malt forward, but reasonably well balanced. Sweet, bready flavors of fresh made spongecake with a caramel glaze upfront. Midpalate fruity hints of apples and honey, even vague hints of cotton candy. It ends on dry, bitter flavors of floral hops to help stave off the sweetness, but ultimately caramel malt dominates the aftertaste.

Feel: A little watery. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet.

Overall: I can see this going well with comfort food like pizza, burgers, tacos, bbq and the like, but it's a little too sweet for me. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of frykid
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaconheath
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There may be no such thing as a perfect beer, but this one comes perhaps as close as is humanly possible. The rich, grainy malt base holds its own compared with traditional brews of Europe. The hopping at 34 IBUs is plenty firm but, because the hops are noble English varieties — East Kent Goldings and Fuggles — one speaks in this case, not of "balance" or "harmony," but of seamless integration with the malt. Being a revival of a 19th-century St Louis recipe, it would be inapt to judge this beer by the evolving standards of post-1980 APAs, much less IPAs. For the focus isn't on hops as such, it's about a totality that's more than the parts. Beautiful deep amber, lasting frothy head, full flavor in line with the broad heritage of the last half-millennium. Fads come and go; this is a beer of perennial quality. Most highly recommended.

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Photo of TonyTwins
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wingnut93
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Tschnab
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BFCarr
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy a stock ale and this is a decent example. Malty with a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tpauer
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aoyoc
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lobina
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GTengineer
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMGa1150
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Deep Amber.

Aroma: Malt and hops in equal proportion.

Taste: Slightly rougher relation of Boston Lager. Less sweet, or it seems so, probably due to the hops. Bigger and brasher without matching the sophistication of the Lager.

Texture: Good Ale weight, carries a feeling of being substantial without being heavy.

Overall: Something different for customers who already like Boston Lager.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose and taste are malty and sweet, slight bitterness, but quite drinkable. One of their two premier beers, and while I prefer Boston Ale, this is a close 2nd.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,104 ratings
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