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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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Ratings: 2,108 |  Reviews: 984
Photo of jjanega08
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= very impressive. A crystal clear amber color with bubbles flying to the top to keep the half inch head in place while it laces my glass.
S= smells very basic and grainy up front but then as I pull my nose away from the glass I get a very sweet sugary odor that sort of stings my nose
T= somewhat bland in my opinion. comes on strong with the sweet maltiness and finishes slightly bitter with the hops. Nothing special for the style
M= smoothness up front that coats the tounge with a crisp finish very interesting.
D= just about as average as you can get. Pretty decent beer but nothing that great about it. Yet another average representation of a style by Sam Adams. Not a bad thing. I think that's what makes Sammy such a great gateway beer for all styles

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Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a deep gold with a foamy white head.

The smell is mixed with caramel, malts, and a hint of hops.

The taste is of malts and slight hints of citrus fruits.

Pretty well balanced and very tasty. Goes down nice and smooth. Also has a really nice finnish as well.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lush auburn brown color with a dense head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is subtle fruits and a little bit of hot metal.

Taste is nice and balanced. Plenty of bread and caramel coming through but not too much else. Slightly more bitter and complex than Boston Lager, but not much more. Nutty finish.

Tight and controlled carbonation, leaving a pretty soft creamy feel in the mouth.

Very quaffable and enjoyable, but certainly nothing to seek out.

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Photo of reallyhoppie
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a red gold color with nice tan head. Head retention was good, as was the lacing.

Has mild aroma hops and malt, heavier on the hops. Simple.

Tart taste of hops. Excellent balance of hops and malt. Citrus and caramel in the finish.

Superb mouthfeel. This is mouthfeel I want from every non-stout, non-cream ale.

All told, a good beer. It's best feature is that it is readily available most places and not really over-priced.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops. Fits the style quite nicely. Smooth, crisp, and a tartness of a mouth feel. High carbonation levels are present. Tastes strongly of hops. There is a small malt background noticeable. Overall, a good beer - not too overpowering with the hops - worth a try.

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Copper color. Medium carbonation pours into a slight white foamy head. Quickly dissipates into a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Substantial carbonation continues to rise. Slight lacing initially clings to the sides of the glass as you drink, but quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light roasted malt, hops, and yeast.

T: A light malt, sharp hops, almost citrus aftertaste.

M: Light but sharp. An almost chalky feel for lack of a better descriptor. A peaty hops aftertaste.

D: Solid. Light refreshment.

Decent atmosphere. Good flavor and feel. Good solid pale ale. Nice quaff.

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Photo of selecter70
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strange thing, as this is a great "common" beer that is readily available nation-wide, for which we ought to feel some thanks. By no means not the best out there, this ale deserves the accolades (& presence) dedicated to its lesser sibling, the lager (which is a far simpler basic beer). The ale pours a nice clean, clear, but nice amber with a decent lacey head that sticks around. The aroma is nice, clean & crisp bitter malt. The flavor is a good, basic bread malt (hint of graham) with some minor hops that linger together nicely. A fine, drinkable ale.

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Photo of stoutman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear amber with medium off-white, creamy head. Medium smell, bitter throughout, including lasting finish. Malty, caramel flavoring but bitter. Good lacing throughout. Medium body. Tolerable, but only if nothing else is around. Still rates higher than anything Bud or Pabst ever created. A bit above average.

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Photo of Quej
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange gold, with fluffy white head and come visible carbonation.
S - Metallic mostly, with a bit of caramel and some bready malt notes.
T - Starts off with a nice bitter bite and settles to some smooth caramel and toffee flavours. Finishes quick, but lingers and nice dry bitterness. Quite tasty for a blonde ale.
M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and very smooth.
D - Great, very sessionable.

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

A - poured clear amber honey with noticeable bubbles. 3/4" white head that laced well

S - malts, bittersweet citrus, balanced hoppiness, some caramel and floral tones

T - very reminiscent of your standard Sam Adams, like a cross between the Winter Lager and the Boston Lager. Spicy, malty, and citrusy. Well balanced

M - light bodied and refreshing on the palate. Held together well by strong carbonation.

D - extremely drinkable. Very smooth and clean.

Overall - Well balanced ale that complements a number of dishes. A good session beer as well. Got this at Uno's Pizzeria. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear amber with medium off-white, creamy head. Medium smell, bitter throughout, including lasting finish. Malty, caramel flavoring but bitter. Good lacing throughout. Medium body. A bit above average, possibly buy again or at a pub. Yes, bitter.


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Photo of Bagman007
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale orange coloring with just over a finger's width of head.

S- Very mild scent of hops. I'd say the smell of yeast is more dominating.

T- Very yeast like flavor with some hops mixed in. They hops are barely noticable.

M- Bitter and not in a good way at all.

D- Too yeast like for me to have too many of theses.

Overall it's a beer that had some potential, but ultimately didn't pan out.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer only a handful of times in the past but have been on a pale ale kick lately and have tried many. This one is solid and stands up there with the best of them.

It has great head with nice retention. Smell is nice and a bit sweet. Taste is really nicely balanced and like the hoping. On the milder side like an EPA. Mouthfeel is decent and not to heavy so it makes it quite drinkable. cheers

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Photo of nsw
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.7%
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 -16.3%
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 +14.1%
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 -2.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -8.8%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.5%
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 +16%
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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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