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 theboozecruise
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The standard... poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Somewhat clear reddish amber color. Not much head.

The smell is very faint... a little hops, maybe some caramel.

Taste is more of the same, a little watered down, a metallic aftertaste.

All in all, it's not a bad beer, but it's just not all that good.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enormous head if poured directly down the center of the glass (which is how founder Jim Koch explains on the Sam Adams website). Creamy almost whipped cream look and feel of the head.

Heavy Floral notes, I detect some spiciness in the background

Incredibly smooth, very full-body, as far as overall mouth feel this is one of my highest ranking brews.

Taste: great balance of hop spice/floral with a sweet caramel taste

Finishes very smooth

My initial reaction to this beer was that it drinks more like a lager than anything else. Perhaps that is because it is a "Stock Ale" meaning it was aged in almost Lager like conditions. However Sam Adams does use a top fermenting Ale Yeast.

Great overall beer. One of my favorites in the Sam Adams 21

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Photo of nasty15108
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- Poured a clear amber/honey color. The Pour produced a thick head of white foam and lots of soapy lacing. Good carbonation.

S - Floral and slightly spicy. Hints of fresh fruits and malts.

T - Malty with hints of creamy butterscotch. finishes with a slightly soapy floral taste and a slight hop twang.

MF&D - Meduim bodied, crisp and refreshing. Would make a nice session ale.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. The freshness date is June 2009.

The pour is a clear golden colour with a large white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

The nose is dominated by floral hops with some sweet malts in the background. The taste is full of the floral hops up front, then a sweeter taste full of wheat appears. A mild bitterness is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a little carbonation. Drinkability is good; even without a dry finish, it has me wanting more.

This is a nice beer from Sam Adams. I am likely to try it again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/22/2007 (12oz bottle, BB Jun07):

Pours a huge tan creamy head, big bubbles, decent lacing. Light a brown color, very clear. Malty sweet aroma, some kind of dark fruit like raisins, some hops. Sweet malty taste, plasticy acidic. Bad beer? Or maybe too warm? Sweet, malty lagery taste.

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Photo of douggoodavage
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle enjoy by date 12/2008. Oops its a little old or should we call it bottle aged LOL. I poured it hard into a large mug at 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Awesome cream colored lacing that is very intricate. A nice foamy head that started at three fingers and ended 20 min. later at one eighth of an inch. This ale is a clear amber color.

Smell: Gently hoppy with a mild citrus background. It smells like a exotic craft brew, very nice.

Taste: Dry hop bitterness, crisp lemon peel, with smooth sweet lager like maltiness. In northern VA beer is sold in just about any store. However most stores just sell a handful of popular mass produced beers. If you are a hop head in a pinch this one scores well above the rest.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tangy, thin, gently carbonated.

Drinkability: More complex than most "popular" beers, I realy enjoy drinking these. This beer pairs well with most comfort food. Most casual "go with the flow" beer drinkers may not like this one saying its too bitter. However if you introduce this one to someone who is tired of the run of the mill pizza parlor beer they may catch a glimpse of the power of the hop gods.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with a decent foam head and some good lacing. Head was off-white, beer has good clarity.

Fair scent of floral hops, some light malt scents.

Good blend of flavors on this one, light as they are. You get some toasted malt, a little caramel sweetness, but then a hop bite that is almost acidic on the palate. You can bounce back between the bitter and the sweet (which can be a little fruity), to a fairly clean finish.

This is medium bodied with thinner flavors (!). It is drinkable, but I wish it had a tad bit more force in the flavor department. Overall, a decent one. I hadn't had this in years, and the beer cooler was full of SA. Glad I gave this another try.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizzaria UNO in Plaistow, New Hampshire on Jan 31, 2009 under the moniker of UNO Amber Ale. 20 ounce glass.

Appearance - Copper-amber tone with a decent lacing. Foamy 3/4 inch off-white head.

Smell - Lightly hopped comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with a slow breakdown on the tongue after swishing about.

The taste was mildly hopped. Overall it was a good experience even though I knew I was drinking a Sam Adams that I've had under its real label in the past.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Similar taste as the Lager (even though it's an ale), but a bit more full bodied and fruitier. I think Sam Adams brews are very reliable and tasty. Always been good to me, and this is no exception. I also like the fact that it is under 5% ABV. I consider it a session beer, and it's mild but memorable flavor invites another pour.

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

12oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass. Pours a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is some crisp Earthy hops and slight sweet malts. The taste is a nice balance with crisp hops and sweet malts mingling nicely. The beer is nice and light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a decent pale ale to say the least.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
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 -9%
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 -3.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -16.3%
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 +7.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -10.9%
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 -11.7%
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 +4.9%
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 +8.7%
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 -5.7%
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 -25%
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 +14.1%
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 -6%
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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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