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

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83
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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
Ratings:
2,094
Reviews:
978
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
277
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,094 |  Reviews: 978
Photo of SaltofOH
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3-20-15. Threshold Beer Glass. BB August 2015.

Appearance: Some smoke on popping the cap. Golden amber. Pours 1 finger sandy head. Very nice retention, rocky 1/8 inch of retention. Significant carbonation.

Aroma: "Aley" smell. Amber ale smell. Caramel mal. Smells very English hoppy.

Taste: Very much an amber ale - dry arrival, caramel malt mid-palate, no sweetness. Turns bitter toward the end. Fruitiness hits mid-palate; blackberry leaf?

Mouthfeel: Hefty. Good carbonation, not overdone.

Overall: More like an amber ale than an English Pale Ale. Exactly what I was looking for. Contrary to the web/reviews this is NOT exactly like the Boston Lager. That is refreshing and has more noble hop aroma. If I think of this as an assertive Amber, it's right up there with the best of them, more assertive than Bell's or Sawtooth. [Postscript: did a side-by-side with Boston Lager, and this is by far the bolder beer in every respect. More hops (which are decidedly English in character, to the BL's noble lineage), more malt, more fruity character (esters or hops, can't really tell; it's subtle), and WAY more carbonation.]

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Photo of JandJMD
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Carl_R
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phigg1102
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MHJeff06
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joe12pk
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drunkenmess
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Average beer for Sam Adams. Wanted something with a little more hops, so I strayed from my usual (comfort zone) stout and porter thirst. And this is defintley a more bitter beer then I'm used to. Pours a very light amber color with an excellent light tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells of yeast to me and also wheat idk... mayb its me. At first taste it was bitter then quickly went away till the next swig, as i keep drinking it gets smoother. Nice after taste. Overall... not bad Sam, not bad.
P.S. goes really good with sloppy joes

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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TaylorLH22
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is a nice light brown. Smells bready, caramel malts, hops, barly that's been toasted. The taste is good nice balance of hops with the barley and malts. This is a good brew for average joes wanting to expand into the more hop forward beers. It can take a long time to develop a palate for hops, especially seeing as how the general public has shunned anything with more then the lowest IBU rating. If you're joe six pack then you are probably wondering what's the point in developing a palate for hops. Well... For one you will get major respect from fellow beer snobs for ordering an IPA. On a flavor level hops can impart a lot of different flavor a other then bitterness. Probably the most famous is a "piney" flavor. This is a great place to start on the road to the holy grail of beerdom, the IPA.

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Photo of McAfee85
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bstrgncragus
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stephen_Bailey
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KenC
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aratcliffe
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of esmyth15
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,094 ratings.
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