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 zjungleist
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with a reasonable white head. The smell has grassy hops, sweet malts, and even a little funky yeasty smell. The taste is similar to the smell, but I get a tiny hint of something fruity as well. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, and the body is pretty light. Overall this beer is not great, but that wont stop me from lining them up and knocking them down.

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Photo of leokbelo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Shakerman
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Imsothirsty
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Myboymi
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of froggyfrog
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good solid ale. Pours with tinges of red and orange. The short-lived head is made up of small tightly-knit bubbles. Moderately carbonated, this ale has an earthy caramel/citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel I would rate as good though perhaps a little light. The flavor is nicely balanced with an understated malty sweetness giving way to a nice smooth hop bitterness.

This beer is easy drinking with a satisfying finish and a very light cotton-candy taste at the very end. (If you are not paying attention, you might miss it.)

I always look forward to finding the Boston Ale in my SA Brewmaster's Collection cases. I find it more enjoyable than the Boston Lager.

Well my mug is empty, so this review is now officially over. Thanks for listening.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear, medium amber with frothy head which dissipates quickly. leaving a bubbly lace behind.

S - Moderately malty with bready yeast smell

T - slightly bitter malty initial flavor with clean, very slightly sweet finish

M - light to medium body with dry finish. light carbonation

D - Smooth, not too heavy. Good session beer, though not my favorite.

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Photo of richeddi
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of aty11b
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date Dec. 2011. Into a Perfect Pint.

Pours a nice amber/orange. Slim off white foamy head, decent retention and lacing.

Light aromas of floral hops and pale malt.

Very refreshing taste, biscuit malt with a touch of the floral hops at the end. Nothing overpowering or complex, but pleasing.

Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean in the finish.

A very balanced and sessionable pale ale. I've had this on a few occasions and wouldn't hesitate to go back to it.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a transparent copper color with a good half inch of white head. light carbonation and light lacing. has a slightly hoppy smell and taste that is also a tad bit bitter. average beer with average taste. not terrible but by no means great. probably wouldn't drink again unless it was the best thing available.

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

Pours deep amber color with a bit of head which dissipates with nice lacing. Smells like malt with some citrus notes. Tastes good, low-to-medium carbonation with a hint of alcohol. Leaves a 'dry' flavor on the palette. Great drinkability and a bit lighter than their Boston Lager.

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Photo of Daniel9913
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Photo of Penrodeo
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Picked this one up from a 12 pack sampler...

A: Pours light amber with decent head retention

S: Aromas of mild hops, some citrus in the back of the nose, not too much going on here.

T: light malt presence with a good, but mild, hop character to it. Very smooth and balanced taste.

M: Not too heavy, decent carb going on and a bit of a slick feel to it.

D: Very solid ale, something I could see myself picking up a sixer of in the summertime. Easy and mellow beer, very good overall.

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Photo of Shineonsolar
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of AndreasDif
3.68/5  rDev 0%

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 guinnessfan
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ? oz draft at Uno's Pizza in Williamsburg,VA

A: Nice pillowy cream colored head, yet thin. Good lacing.

S: Malty with a decent amount of hop presence.

T: Good mixture/balance of hops and malty goodness.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation.

D: Easy to drink one after the other.

I get this everytime we go to Uno's. It's really the only draft selection I can drink. Overall, a solid enough beer for me to get by.

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

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a lovely copper color with a one finger head that settles into a light collar. Modest carbonation, a few bubbles rise slowly to the top. There is a sweetness to the aroma, an unexpected fruity/bubblegum aroma that is a pleasant surprise. Taste starts out with a mild maltiness that turns into a sharp, dry, biting hoppiness. Mouthfeel is somewhat light but I can't really classify it as watery. All-in-all, this is a pretty good beer, right up there with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (my current benchmark for APAs). SNPA is my #1 choice, but if it's not available i'll gladly drink Sam Adams Ale all day long instead.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,092 ratings.
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