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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Tilley4
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was included in a Summer Styles 12 pack I bought a couple of days ago.

A little darker than the Boston Lager... Its amber with a good persistent head..

Smells way maltier than the Lager.. Shades of the Honey Porter to me...

Hmmmm... This isn't as malty as I thought it would be. Its fairly non descript actually. Not unpleasant but not too exciting either..

I'd stick with the Lager if given a choice between the two..

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Photo of kcillini77
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Nothing fancy, but it looks good and laces well. It has a nice smell of caramel and flowers.

Taste is sweet up front, with a nice counterbalance of floral hops on the swallow.

It tastes great and drinkability is very high.

I wish this was as readily available as the lager.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a hazy amber with a creamy white head

S - Fruity, apple notes, with some hop bitterness

T - Subtle Hop flavor starts around the sides of the tongue and is replaced with a grainy malt flavor that reminds me of tea. Finished with hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - full bodied, with moderate carbonation

D - Goes down smoothly, and the hop finish isn't overpowering.

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

The Boston Stock Ale poured an amber with a single finger foam head and not much lacing. The smell was orange and had some fruity esters.

It was really malty in taste and had limited hoppiness. It really seemed to me this was more of an old ale than an American Pale Ale. It had a similar mouthfeel to an old ale and the hop quotient was missing in what I like in the APA category. As a Old Ale this would definitely score higher.

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Photo of changeup45
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color and pours a medium head, with a nice amount of lacing. Smooth hoppy flavor with spices and some sweet caramel mixed in with a sour note in the finish. It falls a little short of their Lager but it's pretty good and a nice session choice.

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Photo of birchstick
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark amber with a frothy head
S - malty...a bit of toffee and caramel
T - roasty malts dominate, with some metallic tones...followed by some bitterness at the end. Not a whole lot going on; a nice balance.
MF - thin and very carbonated
D - this was an okay beer. It was nicely balanced, but in a weird way to me. I didn't like the roasty bitterness that lingered in my mouth. This was part of a mix pack and I probably will not seek it out unless it comes in another mix pack...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium amber with a slight off white head that quickly faded.

S: On the nose was some sweet caramel malting with a light fruitiness. There was some fresh flowery hops.

T: The flavor was decent, some light caramel and beadiness along with toasted grains. The sweetness upfront was balanced nicely with the fresh noble flowery hops in the finish.

M: smooth, medium carbonation with a fresh flowery hop fade on the tongue.

D: Decent drinkability for an everyday ale, the noble flowery hops saves this from being ordinary.

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Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Big head off of an easy poor... The head is white with suble tan overtone... Rich bronze color... Light carbonation dances its way to the top... Good head retention... Coats well...

S - Big malty scent off the bat... Caramel and clove follow... Hints of floral aroma as well... Subtle but pleasant...

T - Malt, clove, and tangy fruit... Hops on finish, but not overpowering...

M - Medium bodied and creamy... Very smooth...

D - Love it... Smooth... Great session beer... Best Sam Adams offering I've ever tried...

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color. About a finger and a half bubbly white head. Retention is decent with some clingy lacing.

Light floral hops on the nose was noticed first. Definite malt picked up with some spice notes.

Very crisp and clean tasting. Nice hop flavor to pair with the general maltiness of the brew.

Mouth feel is very crisp and smooth.Very Drinkable.

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Photo of midaszero
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear amber with 2 finger light tan head that has ok retention and lacing.

S - Heavy malt with a little floral

T - Just like the nose with some toasty notes maybe a little caramel with a off after taste.

M - Light-medium body with light carbonation, kind of sticky feeling

D - Good for sessioning if it is all you got but I won't be buying it again.

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

Thought this might stand out as one of their better brews but It's rather average at best. Sweet malty aroma, dark copper pour with decent head and adequate lacing. Filling mouthfeel with an awkward aftertaste. Flavor is fine, sweet and bready. Some bitterness present. Kind of buttery.

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Photo of BoSox5902
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

by far the best beer brewed by the boston beer company. it is a peg above the boston lager which is also very good. as do all samuel adams' beers, it has a strong hop content in it. some may feel it is overwhelming but i think its delicious. i had a homeless guy in new york buy me a six pack of this, which he payed for it with his money believe it or not. his name was homeless charlie look him up he was on opie and anthony.

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

Appearance: amber in color nice generous head that stays.

Smell: good malt and carmel with light hop undertone.

Taste: Medium bitter with good solid spicy hop flavour. Balanced with sweet malt. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with dry finish.

Drinkability: This is one great ale that is done right. You can find it just about anywhere and is great as a staple in your fridge.

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Photo of Goliath
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber ccolor with a large inch and a half of off white head. Good retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is ok. A nice maltiness showing some big caramel notes. A light hop profile, but nothing impressive.

Taste is ok. Malt takes the lead here as well. Showing some caramel notes but with a subtle hop presence in the background with a touch of citrus. Slightly bitter. Not complex, but enjoyable and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavor and low alcohol makes this brew quite sessionable. Not bad.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date 09/08.

A - Pours a deep amber with an off-white two-finger head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Scant traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of sweetness from the malts. Aromas of caramel and apples are present.

T - Malt dominates with a small bite from the hops in the finish. Caramel and apples are still there. I'm also picking up some cherry that wasn't in the aroma.

M - So damn smooth! Medium-bodied; wet finish with a very slight hop aftertaste that doesn't linger much.

D - Very drinkable beer. Incredibly smooth and enough flavor to keep your palate satisfied. I could drink it all day.

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

Drank straight from the bottle.

Appearance: A clear pale ale of copper color with a white head.

Smell: A fairly light aroma. Not much of note.

Taste: A slightly cherry like fruity flavor I think, something in the malt or hops Sam Adams uses in both this and their boston lager tastes like cherry to me. There is a slight taste of hop too pretty mild. It is smooth, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing, it doesn't feel dehydrating compared to most beers I drink.

Drinkability: Very high, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of xare
4.89/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is exactly what I want in an APA (and this is probably the beer that got me hooked onto APAs). Lovely amber color with an off-white head that doesn't stick around but does lace somewhat and clings to the glass. Nice looking.

Smell is light floral hop boquet blended with a touch of malt. Truly exceptional blend of aromas that makes my mouth water whenever I smell it.

Taste is of light malts with touches of hops throughout. Excellent balance and you always get a dose of hoppiness (but it never pushes it over the edge). Fantastically balanced flavor and I truly wish that more beers would meld flavors into a single cohesive flavor that works harmoniously as this beer does.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, crisp, clean, smooth, somewhat creamy. Only deduction is that there's a somewhat bitter carbonation sensation going on near the back end of each gulp. The bitterness abates before the finish but is offputting enough to deduct half a point from an otherwise exceptional drinking experience.

Drinkability is outstanding. I specifically search for this beer every year. Oddly enough, it's hard for me to find in my area as you can easily find almost every other Sam Adams product easier than this one, excepting Utopias and the brewery-specific area-limited-releases. Give this one a try and you won't be sorry. I try to sample this beer every year as part of my annual rotation.

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

Nice dark amber pour with a decent offwhite head that leaves modest lace.

Aroma is malt, caramel, light fruit, and earthy hops.

Flavor opens with roasty grain and caramel malt, hints of fruit or citrus, and a mild nip of earthy and almost grassy hops in the finish. Simple but easy going.

Body is below medium, with an average mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of berserker256
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish/orange color. Medium head moderate lacing. I smell a nice sweet and citrus aroma along with a carmel malt smell. All of those flavors are present as well but you get the addition of slight hop bitterness too. Good body. Good drinking ale. One of the better ales I've had in some time.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark orange brown with very little head and slightly cloudy.

S - Toasted malt and hops.

T - Strong hop flavor hits you right away but is very smooth until the bite at the finish. The malts also are very subtle until the finish when they linger for a while.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. I still like the lager better than the ale.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought of Uno Amber from Uno Chicago Grille.

Looked great, a light brown color with great head and lacing that retained well throughout.

Malt and fruit smell

The taste had a caramelized apple taste. That itself was subtle and pleasant. Other than that this was mediocre in other areas. The beer was good but just did not go down well.

I was dissapointed with this one but it was still an okay beer

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Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear bright copper color with a nice white head that left a nice amount of layered lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malts, caramel and just a bit of hops.

T- Sweet malty backbone with some bready flavours combined a bit of hops bitterness. A very nice tasting brew.

M- Very crisp, light to medium in body and very low carbonation.

D- Not hard to drink at all. Has a very good taste and not to heavy.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 bozebus17
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal-clear copper. A foamy white head topped the pint. In time it died down to a small white layer that seemed to have staying power. A bit of lacing was evident in the glass.

This beer smelled very toasted and roasted. There was a hint of citrus in the nose, but malt definitely dominates here.

Upon first sip I am hit with layers of malt. Flavors are all over the place, from toffee to toasted malt. I can taste a bit of earthiness from the hops, but like the aroma suggests, this brew is almost all malt. The flavor is just a tad sweet for my liking. The beer feels creamy throughout the mouth, and goes down pretty easy.

I can't believe it's taken me this long to try this beer. It was pretty good, although not a stand out. I was drinking it on its own, and I feel it could use a touch more bitterness for balance. I think it would pair nicely with grilled beef.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear orange-amber with a very thin, white head (poured viciously).

Smell: Candied apples and warm pie crust with some maple syrup and a touch of hops. Sounds delicious, but the smell is quite artificial and a bit overdone. Still, I kind of like it.

Taste: "A toned down version of the smell: very sweet and apple-y, grainy malts, and a wee bit of hops and alcohol to finish it off" Says one wiseman I think the taste is hollow and empty, it missed badly. It's not a bad taste, just has almost nothing going for it.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and bubbly. Similar to a cider.

Drinkability: Not a great APA, but still alright. I don't like the artificial flavorings too much, but other than that it's very agreeable.

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