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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)
2,105 Ratings
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: 2,105 |  Reviews: 984
Photo of ColForbin
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear deep golden color with a thin white head, Sam Adams Boston Ale has an slightly hoppy, slightly malty, fruity aroma. The taste has a firm malt backbone, with some floral/fruity sweetness up front and a dry finish with just a small amount of hop bitterness. A very smooth ale that has some lager-like characteristics, possibly due to the cold aging this beer had (according to the label). A quality session brew.

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

I agree with the reviewer below me. Nothing to see here move along! I was hoping for something a little better. This beer doesn't offer much in the way of taste. Light hop notes fllowed with a slight hint of orange peel.

Other than that there is nothing special about this one. Is it a bad beer? No, but it doesn't do anything for me.

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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 stingrayvr6
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, amber with a frothy head that dissipated quickly. Smell is bready and caramely, some oily hops notes. Very carbonated up front, light and then moving to a malty body, with some sweet caramel and slight citrus notes. Sweet balanced by dry hops in the finish. Not bad at all, worthy beer, worth keeping around as a session beer.

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Photo of dandmc24
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of prdrums77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice head with good retention. Nice lacing down the glass. Nice deep amber color with redish highlights.

S - Smell doesn't do it for me. Smells like cheap adjuct hops, and even some adjuct grains.

T - Much better than the smell, but pretty average for an apa. Nice hops, and some good malt to balance, but nothing very impressive.

M - Pretty good, not great but pretty full.

D - Pretty drinkable, very smooth

Not a bad beer, but nothing great either. To me its not worth the price tag. Much better ales out there for the same price, some cheaper.

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Photo of profondo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ShippinUpToBoston
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

I always forget how much I enjoy this brew. It pours with a huge rich and creamy head on it. The taste is very balanced to my palate. Most noticeable about the beer is a mild hop kick in the aftertaste that is quite pleasing. Just a great refreshing taste left on the tongue after each sip - it oddly got more tastier as it warmed up slightly. It's a great session brew that probably doesn't get the respect it deserves.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +3.6%

Photo of Shakerman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Imsothirsty
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of froggyfrog
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -1.9%
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 +3.6%

Photo of aty11b
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -4.1%
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 +2.2%
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 -10.2%

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,105 ratings
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