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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Byeast
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copperish orange/amber , nich sized head of frothy eggshell foam.

Smell: nice stock ale maltiness , mildly fruity , some caramel , slightly toasty , light hop presence.

Taste: Pleasant full maltiness , a bit toasty , some burnt sugar , a little bit of fruity flavor , slight caramel sweetness is quickly balanced by a fair amont of leafy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied , slightly creamed from the carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable stock ale. Really nice flavors to the brew , i like the slight toasted / burnt sugar quality. Would be a welcome sight to see it on tap.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I consider this an everyday drinkable beer. Not great, but certainly far above anything AB has to offer. It was a clear orange color with a pretty thick white head. Not much aroma, kind of outdoorsy. A nice hops presence, a little bread. A good beer to drink a few of.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a bad ale but there are many better out there. It pours a decent head and does leave nice lacing down the glass. Has a boozy aftertaste with some nice caramel and some fruit (cherry maybe) sprinkled in there. A nice beer, kinda hard to find and although not my favorite, I will drink it anywhere I can find it.

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Photo of jclzony
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a typical Amber color for an ale with a nice aroma. A good bitter intitial flavor leaving the mouth tingly at the start and at the finish giving a good portion of hops for an American mass produced product. Leaves a nice malty flavor on ones palate. Overall a good drinking ale.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ? oz draft at Uno's Pizza in Williamsburg,VA

A: Nice pillowy cream colored head, yet thin. Good lacing.

S: Malty with a decent amount of hop presence.

T: Good mixture/balance of hops and malty goodness.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation.

D: Easy to drink one after the other.

I get this everytime we go to Uno's. It's really the only draft selection I can drink. Overall, a solid enough beer for me to get by.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Ale was poured from bottle to a clean clear pint glass and served at roughly 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Ale appeared golden with a hint of light yellow when held up to a light. It was active with carbination that flowed from the bottom all the way to the top of the glass. It started with a small head about half an inch and chalk white in color that shrank down to about a quarter of an inch and held.

It had a light aroma, almost a hint of apple to no scent at all.

The taste was sweet and leafy with a sharp but momentary touch of green apple. It was light and thin to the palate with a balance of smoothness that transformed into a light courseness while being accompanied by a refreshing level of carbination.

I find the Ale to be very good and easy to drink. It is refreshing and light. It is definately worth drinking regularly.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a very nice looking redish orange color with a hint of brown.

S: Fruity malts and a hint of tobacco. Up front, I tasted the tobacco, but later the beer faded to the fruity malt flavor with a very nice fairly mild hop flavor to round everything out at the end. Very well balanced brew.

M: Very good for an easy drinking pale ale, as this is actually what I prefer for a session brew.

D: This is defenitely meant to be a session beer, as it's not a "knock your socks off" pale ale. I really like this style, and the beer is highly drinkable. The BBC does it again, with a very well balanced sessionable brew. They may never be known for the greatest beers among enthusiasts as most of their brews don't have the most flavor, but in my opinion, they are the absolute king of session beers.

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Photo of sacfly
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz, drink by December 2006 notched.
Pours a hazy orange color with a huge thick head of large off white bubbles. Head is creamy and lasts the entire drinking experience. Aroma is caramel sweetness. Flavor follows suit. Moderate bitterness shows up in the aftertaste. This is a perfect session beer. Not too much of anything, just a very well balanced easy drinking brew. I would agree with the label that states “…smoother than most ales and richer than most lagers with a round, robust taste.” Nice, simple beer.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Transparent tawny orange color with a half-inch head and very little lace.

S: Hoppy and spicy aroma with a laid-back malt profile, some hints of grass or herbs present.

T: Very smooth malt flavors coming across up front with a hoppy bite towards the end. A lingering maltiness is left on the palate, not bad, and has a nice balance to it.

M: Smooth, but perhaps a bit watery, with a good level of carbonation to it, sort of crisp as well.

D: Nice interpretation in the vein of a straight up ale. Would have another for the mouthfeel and dynamic of flavors, yet also its simplicity.

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a somewhat creamy off-white head. Smells of sweet malts, spices and floral hops; very inviting. Taste is very well balanced with sweet malts upfront with some hop bitterness at the finish and some indescribable fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is good, nice medium body with a nice bit of crisp carbonation. Good drinkability with nicely balanced flavors and low ABV. I think this beer is under-rated. Give this a try.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed this at the atlanta airport for $6 for 20 ounces on draft. didn't know too much about this ale, like that is was a pale ale. just like its lager counterpart, I thought this was one well rounded beer. nice creamy head and great amount of hops. a bit costly, but that's the airport for you.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into mug. Bottled in March.

Solid amber hue with a solid light tan head that has solid retention. Solid lacing creating layers all the way down the glass.

Solid sweet malts with notes of buttery diacetyl. Very grainy, with leafy hoppy scents slightly detectable. Some caramel can be detected.

Solid malty flavors combined with a balanced smooth hop presence. The hops don't really bitter the beer, but give a good flavor to pair with the malts. Solid medium body with modest carbonation lends a very smooth finish with a bit of lingering hops.

This beer is getting a high score not because I'm biased towards Sam Adams, but because this beer is truely exceptional. It's comforting to know you can find a beer of this quality with this flavor just about anywhere in the country, on-tap or in the bottle. To me this beer is more of an English Pale Ale, with the hops being present but not potent or bittering like in the American Pale Ale versions. All classificatoins aside, there is only way to describe this beer: solid.

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Photo of techdiver
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color with a moderate head that has modest retention. Mild hoppy aroma, smells well balanced, and is. The carbonation gives a crisp, refreshing taste that makes this go down smoothly; adding to it's drinkability. Ranks up there with the Black Lager as my favorite Sam Adams offerings.

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Photo of BBM
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a orange-copper color with a two finger white head that doesn't stick around long. This ale has a sweet smell to it. You can recognize malt and maybe some faint hops.

This is a pretty average pale ale, and not quite as good as their Boston Lager. It's much sweeter, with a caramel flavor hitting the tastebuds, and bitter hops coming through at the end. Overall not quite the balance some of their other beers have. Mouthfeel is light and clean. It certainly is drinkable as something to enjoy during a ballgame with chips.

Overall it's a fairly average ale, but by no means bad.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass,clear with a light copper color.
The head was thick,dense,a bit off white. A.very tempting looking beer.
The aroma was clean,woody,spicey,and fruity.
The taste was caramelly,nutty,chocolaty,and fruity.A nice well balanced taste.
A light,smooth mouthfeel with a clean light sharp finish and a touch of dryness.
A very clean an refreshing taste.You can't get any more drinkable than this.
The perfect everyday beer.The perfect beer to give to the BMC drinker wanting to try something different.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Appearance--Mahogany color, with ample head, average retention.

Smell--noticeable malts, smells sweeter than it tastes.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Very nicely balanced ale. At first the hops seem pretty weak, but they kick in eventually.

Drinkability--This is a fun beer to drink

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Photo of harpo111
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is a good can definately tell it is a sam adams..has their distinctive taste..a little lighter in taste than the boston lager...but still very drinkable.
app: nice two finger head, golden amber color
smell: malt and hops..slight carmel
taste: hoppy, with citris overtones...full, not watery...
mouthfeel: smooth, not thick
drinkablility: very nice, light...not as filling as the boston lager...
for those who don't want a light beer, but don't want to compromise taste...this is a good brew...not as full flavored as their lager..but a good pale ale...very much like other good pale ales...not too sweet..but very flavorful.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber/gold in color, poured with a decent head and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts and fruity/citrusy hops.

Taste: Mostly malts in the flavor backed with a bit of fruitiness, I guess from the hops? There is enough bitterness in here for me to enjoy it. Good solid taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light in body.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Overall not a bad APA, I like mine a bit more on the hoppy side but this was a quality brew.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this brew for some friends over the weekend. The audience was "like good beer" but not a hop head / barleywine / belgian group or other high test category. Haven't had one of these in years. This was an intro beer for me back when it came out. I stopped drinking it because even back then it seemed like they changed the recipe.

A bit hoppy, a bit earthy / musty with a lageresque finish. Not bad and easy to drink as a session brew. The crew enjoyed it. Lot's of other reviews already posted so I'll leave it at micro classic and still worth bringing to a party. Easy to find as well.

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Photo of Drew966
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the original Pizzeria Uno in Chicago on Ohio Street. The glass arrived at the table with almost no head. The beer is amber in color. The aroma is on the malty side. I don't think this is that great of a beer tastewise, almost seems like there's some diacetyl, or something along those lines going on. Malt comes out up front with some hop toward the end. I'd probably go with something else.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber with minimal head but a fairly decent lacing.

S- Quite malty in the nose. Caramel malts and some citrusy hops are evident.

T- Maltiness carries through to the taste. Toasty malts come through with a caramel/ butterscotch flavor. Hops aren't as big a part of this beer as I thought they'd be. Perhaps a bit of a citrus and pine bite in the end with a little bitterness, but that's it. Esters are apparent in the aftertaste and give it a sort of apple-like fruitiness.

M- Medium-light bodied, not much carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. Low abv and smooth. Good quaffer.

A solid beer. Not fantastic, but pretty good. I was expecting more hoppiness. Still miles above any macro, but I've had better pale ales and better beers from Sam Adams (their Boston Lager, for one). Still a good drinker with no obvious flaws. Recommended, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Samual Adams Celebrates Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh airport. An all-around tasty ale. Copper-colored body covered with a fairly sticky off-white head. The smell is familiar -- it smells a lot like their lager. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. It tastes a lot like it, too. Where it differs is that familiar fruity yeasty zing that tickles your tongue at the end of the swallow. It's nice. Pretty well balanced (maybe on the sweet side, if you ask me). With a slightly heavy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and good drinkability.

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

This rusty amber brew has a fat three finger head that just doesn't want to go anywhere! When it finally settles a bit, it forms an ice cream scoop mesa in the middle while TONS of frosty lacing is left on the glass. Eventually, islands of fat foam are left in a sea of lesser bubbles...never sank below 1/8 finger, and I sipped this one pretty slowly. I like the looks of this pretty ale.

Tons of thick milkshake malt goodness hits the nose first off, follwed by a dank river sandy smell in the background. This is the same pleasant wet sand smell that is very prevalent in Sam Adams lager....but here it is very subdued and buried under mounds of malt. Maybe this scent is attributable to the water source they use for their beers? Also, nice caramel and vanilla notes with a tiny hint of hops contribute to the pleasing and inviting aroma.

The first thing I taste is a very sweet caramel (I'm thinking of Worther's Original candies...the ones in a gold wrapper and the sappy old commercial about a kid and his grandpa).. This is follwed immediately by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and maybe ginger. This sweet sensation is soon overtaken by a nice hoppy bitterness that leaves a nice clean and sour aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodided, nicely carbonated, and the finish is just slightly dry. This highly highly drinkable, and could easily become a staple in my fridge. I love this stuff.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear amber with a full two finger solid white head that melts to very, very sticky lacing.
Aromas are soft and leafy hops.
Taste is first sweet pale malt, then grainy hops that show their freshness in a leafy taste and grainy pepper bite to the tongue.
This is a wonder ale that is unfortunately not found in my area very often.
A solid drinker.

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

PURCHASED @: Sullivans
COST: medium
HEAD: minimal
LACE: none
TASTE: Carmel and biscuits...Fat tire is better...Good for an American amber.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,113 ratings