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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 afinepilsner
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Samual Adams Boston Ale was orange-amber in color with good clarity. The off-white head was medium in size and had good retention, leaving lots of lace behind. The aroma was nice and malty. The taste was malty as well, a little toasty with some refreshing hops and a dry finish. This beer was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's another fine beer from the Boston Beer Company.

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

12oz single, taken from the family beer fridge in charlotte over thanksgiving

appearance: pours a hazy see-through copper amber color into a ND pint glass, heavy beige frothy cap

smell: noble hopping, light toatsed grain, caramel

taste: nice balance of light toasted malt and gentle hops. not horribly complex but an easy drinker

mouthfeel: fine, a little light

drinkability: fine

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Photo of ekempey
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a date of Feb 2007. A very nice looking brown/amber color with a nice one finger head that dissapates rather quickly. It has a nice full sweet aroma to it. Very smooth when it hits the tounge with good carbonation (a little too much, but still good). It could have had a little more kick to it, but still tasted good. The beer laces nicely down the side of the glass. A very good Ale, and very drinkable. This is everything I have come to expect with Sam Adams. This went well with a meatloaf and pasta, and really brought out the seasoning choices of a 75+ year old recipie. Another great beer by Sam Adams.

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

12oz. bottle, with a freshness date of May, 2007. The beer poured a nice brown, with a 1/2 inch head, that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet, maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium, just above light. The flavor is wonderful! Everything you would expect from a Sam Adams. Slight roastiness, that balances out just right with the other flavors. Easily a session beer, and the quality that you would expect from Sam Adams. This is what a session beer should be.

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

Pours color mimicking the bottle itself

Heavy, fluffy, connect-fourish lacing

Malty, soothing scent. Maybe they brew this next to the cherry wheat, because it definately gives off that constant aroma.

Good balance of sweet, sour, & hop spice. Very refreshing, with a sweet, subtly lingering aftertaste. Slightly yeasty, with a mouthfeel that doesn't stick, but is evident. A little roasting pops in once it warms, but like the rest of the flavors, doesn't will itself to dominate the brew.
Don't be afraid to fill up that 48oz mug. :)

Goes very well with some salty pigs in the blanket. Accentuates the sweetness & tart to balance the spread that the Giants will obviously never cover.

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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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