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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)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber, off white head, sticks around for awhile. Decent at the edges.

S: Sweet, grainy aroma. A bit of caramel.

T: A nice bit of hop bitterness. Some malty sweetness. Nice, better than the aroma. A bit of funky-ness, not a sour funk, an ale funk.

M: Zesty. A good mouthfeel. Smooth, with good carbonation.

D: Not one I would go out of my way for. Better than the lager. Flavorful and medium bodied.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Amber brown with clarity in which you can see nice bubble stream up the glass to a decent yet leaving nice white foam head, really nice carbonation

Smell- Lots of yeast, some hops, definite malts and barley, slight kick caramel even,

Taste- A very nice ale, good kick of hops and slight malt backbone match it out, very well balanced beer with a very tasty but not over powering hop bitter finish, good balance beer, nice finish, very slight alcohol detected

Mouthfeel- Decently light yet slightly smoothness to it, decent carbonation too

Drinkability- very Drinkable and enjoyable ale, I really enjoy the balance in this one, its got plenty of hops but not overally bitter, its got plenty of malts but not overally sweet, good balance to it, great seasonable beer at very fair price, preferred by me alot over the now more popular lager,

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Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pumpkin color with a beige head. Aroma is pale and caramel malts with a kiss of sweet citrus, melon, and honey. Flavor is much less sweet, in fact it's very neutral. Some lightly toasty malts are countered by an earthy hoppiness that leaves a very very slight bitterness on the finish. Tastes more English than American. Mouthfeel is great. Light and refreshing without being watery. Characterful enough to maintain interest.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Although an APA I think this could easily pass as an Amber. Pours reddish copper, clear, with fluffy head and minimal retention and no lacing. Smell is strong of caramel malt, some sweetness, and a touch of hops. Taste is about the same. A somewhat dry and bicuity malt backbone, some caramel as well. I really cant say I detect much, if any, hops. Mouthfeel was fine. Not really thin, a little more to the medium side with a slightly dry aftertaste. Overall a good beer, and easy drinker, just not a standout APA.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Amber color, off-white head. Doesn't retain well, but leaves sticky lacing. Well carbonated.

S: Clean, sweet smell. Mostly caramel malt and hints of grain and sugar.

T: Eh. It's sweet right away, but it overtaken quickly by a dry astringency. Citrus is there - mostly lime or lemon peel and the hop bitterness is definitely there. A very leafy hop presence. I like the sweetness of the caramel malt.

M: This is what was strange. My mouth feels like I have cotton in it. The mouthfeel is dry and astringent. Maybe I have a bad bottle, but this mouthfeel masked anything I could possibly detect from the beer.

D: It's drinkable, but I'm probably not going to get another 6pk of it. Very leafy hop flavors take a while to develop and the maltiness is nice, but a tad on the dry side.

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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 Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 fingers of foamy white head form atop this beer. The head is made up of huge bubbles vs. a tight pattern. The beer is a bright amber color with a touch of orange highlights. A touch of spotty lacing.... Head does fade quickly and really leaves nothing on top of the beer.

Aroma is a touch musty along with some light spice, fruit and toasted malt. Interesting.

Flavor has some spice, caramel and fruit right up front. Almost light berries. Then the caramel and toasted malt flavors come back to center stage. Again some light white pepper. And a subtle but present hop bitterness towards the end.

Mouth feel is medium light bodied and carbonation is very light

Fairly nice. Nothing epic but good.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfectly clear copper color with a large, fluffy off-white head. Retention is very nice, and lacing is attractive.

S: Some toasted, light caramel malt up front. Some subdued citric hops and a touch of bready, buttery character.

T: Toasted caramel malt up front, along with the diacetyl flavors that characterize many Sam Adams offerings. A solid backbone. Some vaguely citric, spicy hop flavor is present, with mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body. Average carbonation. A somewhat sticky feel overall. Nicely balanced.

D: Very easy to drink. A slightly fuller, hoppier version of the Boston Lager in many respects, although the brewing process is obviously different. Along those lines, it's not spectacular, but it's very well done and wonderfully balanced.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours about three fingers of head after a hard pour. Dense head that takes sometime to shrink to a modest coating leaving some lace on the sides of the glass. A light burnt orange color with some carbonation seen rising to the top.

S - Slightly sweet with a hint of biscuit like malt.

T - Hop bitterness comes up almost right away. There is also the sweetness again. It also makes me think spices. Still very clean. The hops linger for sometime in my mouth and at the back of the throat.

M - Smooth and refreshing. Has lasting flavor. Very good.

D - Very good. I can sip it for sometime and enjoy the flavor without worrying that the flavor will be gone after the last taste.

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Photo of JayNH
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a light clear copper with a two-finger foamy head.

S- Sweet, a pleasant biscuity malt balanced with a tea-like bitterness.

T- Well balanced. A biscuity malt and an earthy/grassy hoppiness. Slightly citric and grassy in the finish.

M- medium body, well carbonated.

D- Excellent. A nice easy drinking, well balanced ale.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber and copper in color with light carbonation. Had a one finger head and little lacing.

S: Smell is sweet with caramel malts, citrus, and hops.

T: Sweet with malts, rich with coppery tones and hops and a hint of alcohol.

M: Thin like a lager but with the flavor of an ale. Carbonation is great and the beer is easy drinking.

D: The brew is not very filling so drinking a six pack can be pretty easy. It leaves a nice citrusy bitterness on the tongue that lasts for hours. Kinda nice.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a orange to amber color with very little head. I definitely get a floral scent with a bit of citrus. I was disappointed with the taste. Left a bad aftertaste. Feels like it coated my throat. I expected more from the hops. It had a sweetness to it. Overall it was not one of the best ales that I have had. I prefer Budweiser American Ale to the Boston Ale. Sam Adams has better products on the market.

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Photo of belzo35
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It oured orange-gold in color, with not much head.

Smell was of flowers, caramel, and some citrus.

Taste was same but also pretty hoppy.

Watery and clean feel.

I was a little disappointed, but overall not that bad of a brew... Ive had better for less price

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Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color with perhaps a tinge of light amber. Perhaps not. Decent half inch head initially, which slowly succumbs to the powers that be.

Light caramel malts on the nose, then, okay, a smack of hops when swirled. Very random on the nose from first bottle to second.

Taste is smooth and slightly malty, yet surely cleaner and fresher than what I've had on draft of late. Too clean, too filtered, too lagerish however. Bit of smoky malts on the finish add a little variety to the mix and allow for a decent drinkability.

This beer(at least in name) used to rock. Now, a shadow of its former self, I sense a long and slow decline.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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 +12.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -5.2%
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 -17.7%
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 -8.8%
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 +3%
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 +1.4%
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 +23.5%
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 +6.4%
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 -11%
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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,107 ratings
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