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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
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975
Ratings:
2,079
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
19.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 975 | Ratings: 2,079
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper/orange color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is pretty good on this one.

S - Smells of sweet and toasted grains.

T - Initial bitterness up front with a sweet ending that is biscuit like.

M - This one was somewhat flat and had a coating quality in my mouth.

D - This is a beer that I wouldn't mind having again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger thick head on a clear, copper-orange body.

S: caramel and toasted malts, toffee and earthy hops.

T: caramel and toasted malt forward APA. Hops are mostly earthy and slightly floral. brown sugar notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is much more drinkable than Boston Lager. The flavor and hop character is better than expected as I feel this is the best year-round Samuel Adams beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a an amber color with a white head on top. The beer looks pretty clean and crisp looking. The smell is a little less hoppy as the Boston Lager. The taste of the beer is good, it's a little bit lighter. Overall it's a good ale, it probably won't ever have the popularity of the Lager but is deserves a fair chance.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of buttery malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it's beer. Not any real problems, but no real stand out contributing flavors either. Medium body; not too sweet and not dull. Moderate malty sweetness, but not cloying. Nutty, fruity, and spicy, but not bold on either. Fruity (peaches and appricots) with hop spiciness. Hopped for solid bitterness and a mild hop flavor. Copper colored with a fair head retention. Finishes clean and fresh. Good beer, just nothing to latch on to.

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Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with a firm egg white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Strong caramel almost treacly aroma

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that progressively becomes sweeter until the swallow, where an earthy bitterness gnashes with the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really don't care for the flavors here - the sweetness becomes almost cloying and really conlicts with the bitter flavors creating an almost medicinal flavor

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, nice head to it... tons of lacing down the glass. Nice hoppy smell to it.. very IPA like. Taste is pretty good more light bodied than heavy, some nice floral notes can be detected, nice hop bitterness on the tongue. Sweet finish to this one, maybe a little too sweet. I remember having this back in the day and absolutely hating it. While I don't think it's a great beer by any means, it's definitely in the 'pretty good' category... I guess I matured, eh? No surprise here, a solid beer by SA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a light copper color with a fluffy, white, two-finger head that left some good lace.

S - It smelled floral and malty. Also, a slight citrus aroma.

T - It was quite malty with a nice hoppy presence which provided a nice bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. Could make a good session beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with some red tins and has a white head.

S: Some malt, and a little bit of hops. Nothing too complex.

T: A good hop profile with sweet malt guiding it through. The malt definitely sweetens it up.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. A very underrated beer out of Sam Adams.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This bottle is a slight gusher and pours into the glass with two fingers of loose foam with big bubbles. The body is clear and amber-brown. The head settles at a reasonable pace and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Malty aroma with notes of caramel and dark bread. Slight hop note.

T - Malty with lots of bread and toasted malt notes. Slightly yeasty in the middle it dries out toward the finish and the toasted character intensifies along with some pine hop notes and moderate balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A drinkable, malt oriented pale ale with a weak hop character. The lack of hop character is the only flaw and it is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had no idea that Boston Beer Company was behind this one,have had 3 or 4 times at the Uno here in Greensboro.Poured into frozen mug wich I didnt care for much,not much head but a little lace,smelles sweet and a little grainy.Taste is malty and a little fruity but nothing spectacular.It is better than almost everything on tap there (except Sammy's)so its not to bad I guess.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours about a 1 finger of slightly off white head. Head settles pretty quick but leaves some lace rings. Carbonation bubbles stick to the glass. Color is a clear golden orange with an amber hue.

Aroma reminds me of Boston Lager. Carmel and roasted malts. Some earthy hops.

Taste is of carmel and roasty/bready malts. Again, the taste reminds me of Boston Lager. Earthy hops and a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is crisp like a lager then smooths out. Ends with a slight sticky and boozy aftertaste.

Overall, a very easy drinking beer. I would choose this as one of my top session beers as I can easily drink a lot of these.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with nearly 3 fingers of eggshell-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of lacing. The aroma has a fresh leafy spiciness to it, with a ripe citric nature that mingles with the sweet smelling breadiness of the malts to impart a ripe green tang in the nose.

The taste is grassy in the mouth, with a green citric bitterness that is balanced by sweet notes of caramel and toast and even a light splash of butter in the backend. The finish sticks to the tongue with a dry pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation, yet it also has a soft underside to it that keeps this smooth in the mouth.

This was decent. Maybe a touch too earthy and bitter in spots but this seems mostly well balanced for the most part and the crisp yet smooth body helped keep this fairly approachable. Ultimately though, if I was going to buy of sixer of something from Sam Adams, I’d just settle for their Lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, amber-copper in color with a dense, rocky off-white head that holds up very well and leaves some nice lace. Exceptional! The aroma is lightly malty, slightly fruity, and offers a nice, but light, earthy hop note. Fullish mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Gently zesty and creamy. The flavor starts with a firm malt and bitterness, allowing some hop flavors to come into play towards the swallow. Well balanced. The finish is short lived with a moderate bitterness and mineral-like hop flavor resting in residual malt sugars. Not as hoppy as it once was, but a very lively, dry ale with a distinct character and excellent drinkablility.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizzeria Uno’s in Attleboro, MA, served in a large Pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold, with a thick foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of caramelized malt, hops and some wheat. Overall, though, the smell isn’t very strong.

T: At first the taste is malty with hints of nuts & caramel, with a little hops. As the beer gets warmer the hops become much more pronounced and start to dominate the flavor.

M: Crisp & smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonarion, clean finish.

D: Tasty and not very filling, goes down very easy, worth drinking for the duration of your visit to Uno’s.

This one tasted just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but a bit lighter, however, not as light as Sam Adams Light. So I guess you could call it Sam Adams Not-So-Light.

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

Thanks to my Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack, its a Sam Adams Saturday!

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a medium-sized, creamy white head.

Smell: Clean biscuity malt aroma with a slightly floral undertone.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with a little bit of honey sweetness. A slight sourness creeps in before the lightly hoppy, lemon juice-esque finish. Notes of spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though simple, it is a fairly tasty, satisfying session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boston Ale is transparent orange-amber, accent on the orange. The head is buttery yellow beige in color and is firmsticky. It displays a significantly rockiness as it descends and leaves a satisfactory amount of chunky lace on the glass. Very nice appearance. The nose is primarily of spiced caramel, but there's also a citrusiness than lightens things up a bit.

It tastes of heavily toasted caramel malt with an enjoyable amount of spicy-earthy hops. Boldness and balance are the operative words here. The flavor profile doesn't change appreciably within each mouthful, but I'm fine with that since the beer is delicious to begin with. The body is a perfect match in that it's firm and smooth with a spot-on degree of carbonation.

The words that keep coming to mind as I drink are 'classic' and 'solid'. If I wanted to nitpick I'd say that I prefer my APAs more citrus hoppy than this, but I'm not in a nitpicking mood today. Besides, this is really more of a British-style pale ale and it hits that target directly. Boston Ale is excellent beer and I'll be sure to look for it from now on.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice orange amber, a bit bright with a nice two inch plus head. Great retention as it only faded ever so slowly and still left behind about a half inch or so throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace was apparent throughout as well. A decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom also, lots of bubble chains, partly due to the nice Sam Adams glass, but still amply carbonated. Great color and overall look.



S – Aroma was quite light. A nice hoppy bouguet, a bit floral, and not very citrusy though. But this was only on the top as the main body of the smell was made of sugary malts which really domintated here. Lots of light earthy tones were throughout this one as it really just smacked of a nice session ale. Nothing overpowering, just a good solid aroma throughout.



T – Ahh, very refreshing. The taste on this was nothing that was going to knock you over, however, it was subtly very good and a solid offering here. Great malted flavor, light grain and cereal touch to it. A bit of a dry hoppy finis, but nothing strong by any means rounded it out. Had a very earthy feel to it. A nice light ale, almost a pale, but a little bit bolder then that. Still more then decent and very well put together.



M – Really ridiculously smooth would be the only was to describe this one. It was just so sessionable and light in feel, almost effortless. Now I know the carbonation helped in here, but this was really tight. Crisp clean and refreshing a very good example of what the style should feel like.



D – Superb. This was designed to be a session ale and that is exactly what it is. You could really have this one all night long. It was just easy going, light, flavorful, could carbonation and a nice mix of light flavors that would keep you coming back. Would love to see this on tap here, but you can just never get it around here.



Overall I was happy to finally try the Boston Ale. I could not belive that I had actually never tried it earlier. I would have thought I had this one years ago but it was also the lager that crossed my path. I found this to be very enjoyable and a true session ale in every sense of the word. Perfect with dinner or the game or mowing the yard, quality offering here.

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

Served on tap at Sam Adams Brew Club at Newark International Airport (EWR)

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some orange highlights when held up to the light and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - excellent head retention. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral, earthy, and spicy hops over the top of toasted and caramel malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted caramel malts upfront with the spicy and earthy hops following afterwards. Light amounts of lingering bitterness are observed.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - good flavors and relatively low ABV, reminds me of the local ales I drank when in the UK. Well balanced.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Arooga's Allentown Blvd location - they label it 'Arooga's Amber' for sale as their house beer - I asked the bartender and she let me know who brews it.
Served very cold in a unfrosted pint.

A - A decent bright copper shade with thick pale beige cream. The appearance is good and leaves a film of lace on the glass as I let it warm slowly. The bartender was kind enough to leave head space for this. The bead is fine and clarity is good.

S - The smell is both fruity and moderately malty with a slight yeast ester reminiscent of stone fruit - very light spice noted with a light toasted grain hint

M - The feel is highly carbonated with moderate sweetness and medium body with a moderate amount of bitterness to balance, clean yeast profile with a semi-dry finish

T - The flavor is good to start with it has a mild sweetness with gentle caramel malt flavor and subtle diacetyl tinge w/ a light piney bitterness and mellow toasted malt flavor but slightly fruity with a hint of stone fruit in the background

D - This is a beer I used to love to quaff in the bottle, it is slightly different on tap, while the malt brings to mind a red, the hops are full enough in the taste to justify the pale categorization - a tasty brew, but average drinkability wise. I would probably choose others before this

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Except for asthetis this was a great beer, so it's still a great beer IMHO

Poured dark gold to bronze with a bubbly head that dropped of rapidly. Bubbles occasionaly rise from the bottom. Minimal head retention and no lacing

Smell: Fruittiness and floral hops in abundance. Some butterscotch notes

Taste: Frutiness, slight hopiness, with slight butterscotch taste (in a good way in this instance) Citric hops bitterness with ever so slight graininess and alcohol on the finish

MF: Perfect balance. Malt & hops are in sync. Slight over carbonation

This worked for me, don't remember it being so good. Drink up!

Taste:

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz frozen mug, pale amber hue shows a good clarity and lacing is thin but retains well. Faint aroma of caramel and grain, little hop in the nose … clean to say the least.

Solid crisp carbonation, light bodied and very refreshing. A bit watery in the malt department showing some grain and sweetness, touch of hop oil and bitterness easily keep things balanced. Clean after taste with some grain in the back.

One of the few beers that has any kind of real beer flavour at most Pizzeria Uno establishments. Very easy to drink … a no brainer beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice off-white head with sticky lace; the broth color could be described neutral amber with a touch of orange. Very clear.

Smell: More malt than hop; slightly sweet, very round. Lots of caramel, but no chocolate. The hop is present strictly as a spice.

The taste is similar to a British bitter. Strong hop bite in the swallow (and aftertaste), but the initial sip is malty. Very smooth--richer than most bitters with a typical amount of carbonation. I think this beer would do very well in a blind flight.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head with decent retention and thin/sticky lacing.

S: Some biscuity malt with a little bit of earthy/grassy hops and a hint of pine.

T: On the bready side with a touch of sweetness, almost honey like. There is also a touch of nuts in this one.

M: Medium bodied, a little chewy with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not memorable. Something I would order at a Boston bar with terrible beer options.

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