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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
2,110 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,110 |  Reviews: 984
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an above average beer in my opinion. I am not a big fan of Boston Lager, but I am a fan of this Boston Beer Co. offering, Boston Ale(Stock Ale) This beer poured a wonderful copper colour with some orange highlights. The head on this beer was quite large, and remained so for a while. The overall head retention and appearance of this beer was magnificent. This beer had a great aroma, a nice silky mouthfeel and a great flavour. This has to be one of Sam Adams' most drinkable beers, everything is done right here. This beer is not exceptional but it is everything that an ale should be.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear copper color with carbonation evident. A sticky, medium sized pillowy white head sits on top. It has nice retention and laces nicely as well. There's really a nice hop nose on this beer. An herbal, yet also perfumey blend which melds nicely with the malts on the nose. I really like the taste of this one. Smooth and mellow caramel malt profile really provides a nice backbone. The hops are equally important. They add some herbal spiciness. A nice blend. Body is about medium-full. Very drinkable beer. Reminds me of an alt in some ways.

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Photo of John
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad looking brew, amber in color with a pizza dough, sweet wortish aroma. The head on this was impressive. The flavor fell flat though IMHO. I had this pegged as a "specialty" AB product similar to Aruba Red, as it turns out, it's being brewed by BBC, so I wasn't too far off. Strictly an inocuous amber ale. A notch above the rest of the macros at Pizzeria Uno.

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Photo of Mick
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A red-amber appearance colors the glass as this one is poured. Nice head, although it diminishes a bit too much as you drink. A definitely nice hop aroma. A sweet malty and slight hop flavor. Smooth and calm across the palate, but noticeably present.

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Photo of zakery
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy, light beige head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice lace-trail. Beautiful deep amber color. The smell is malty with a touch of sweet toffee. Noticable, but subtle hops. Very appetizing smell that makes my mouth water.

Medium body with medium carbonation. A smooth, delishious, slightly sweet malt fills the mouth. Some toffee notes in the taste too. Some hops contrasts the malt nicely. The hops comes through stonger towards the end and lingers for a good while in the after-taste with a medium bitterness.

A great beer! Very drinkable and suitable for any occasion and in any quantity.

Brown 12 oz bottle. Freshness date notched on label.
Brewed by Boston Beer Co., Cincinnati, OH

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Photo of theman336
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good stuff. The hops are a lot more raw than in the Boston Lager. The extra dose of hops are balanced nicely with a carmel-type sweetness. The sweets and bitter are kept in very good proportion. It's an ale, a very good ale, through and through. I like the lager a bit better, but this is a very good brew. Like almost all BBC products, it's top rate and I will continue to drink it, regardless of what is said of their management.

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

Pours a bright copper color with a decent light tan/off-white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. A great fruity maltiness is present in this brews nose as well as some light earthy hoppiness. Great fruity and toasty maltiness form th character of this brew with some very nice, slightly bitter noble hops at the end. Very smooth and fairly creamy for the style, this is one of my favorite brews from th BBC. Hopefully they can stop embarassing themselves and concentrate on making more good beers in the future.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich roasted amber color, nearly brown and clear. A darker more clear color than the Lager. Thin fizzy tan head, laced down the glass nicely. Some slight sweet crystal or carmel malt ? not sure. Nice crisp hop kick and finish. Moderatly carbonated, slighty thin, but acceptable. Very smooth going down, easy to drink. Another winner from Boston Beer Co.

Ed's Note: On tap at the "Cheers Bar" last Christmas '01 Boston Trip.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber-copper in color with a dense, rocky off-white head that holds up very well and leaves some nice lace. Exceptional! The aroma is lightly malty, slightly fruity, and offers a nice, but light, earthy hop note. Fullish mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Gently zesty and creamy. The flavor starts with a firm malt and bitterness, allowing some hop flavors to come into play towards the swallow. Well balanced. The finish is short lived with a moderate bitterness and mineral-like hop flavor resting in residual malt sugars. Not as hoppy as it once was, but a very lively, dry ale with a distinct character and excellent drinkablility.

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Photo of Lupe
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a thick creamy head which leaves lace trails and rings on the glass. Flavor is rich with some spice and a unique hop flavor. A very drinkable ale with good flavor.

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Photo of zerk
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a frothy head that dissapated quickly. Slightly hoppy aroma. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but with a nice spice / hop flavor. Decent amber ale, but not nearly as good as others in the same genre.

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Photo of Viking
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer, nice red-amber color with a thick creamy head, which leaves a multitude of lace trails and rings on the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, with earthy hops. Flavor is solid, sweet malt dominates at the beginning and in the finish. Hops come in to play somewhere in the middle. I'd like the hop bite to linger through the finish of the beer, but then I'd also like to have a Ferrari 360 Modena. Such is life. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, though has some smoothness to it. Very good as a session brew, but don't let it warm much, because the taste can go south pretty quickly.

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Photo of aracauna
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice sweet malt. Moderate hoppage but nothing overpowering. Good easy drinking beer. It's something I'd probably take to parties and cookouts since I'm not big on the typical lagers.

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Photo of aaronh
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this offering from Boston Beer. Having just experienced a poor case of Double Bock and a slightly dissapointing Weiss, this beer was truly a treat. I love the way the malt flavors play off the bitterness of the hops. Wonderful, inviting color and aroma, with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates but leaves a reminder that it was there. Very good ale. It would be easy to drink too many of these.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper color, good carbonation. A rocky, multi-level just-slightly-off-white head with popping bubbles. Nice lacing. A deep floral and fruity hoppy nose. Outstanding balance between the hops and the malt in the mouth. They are both there, working in harmony. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Bottle doesn't list recipe, but it seems like there might be some chocolate or roasted malt. A neglected star in the Sammy galaxy. The seasonals, the experiments, the Light and the Lager get the pushes, but this one deserves more attention. Next time Jim needs to trim the line, drop the Pale Ale, it might distract people from this.

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

Aside from Sammy's Double Bock, this is perhaps my favorite Sam Adams. Very, very nice English-style ale! Rich orange/copper hue, with a creamy, just-this-side-of-tan head. Aroma of crisp floral and herbal hops balanced by a delicate sweetness. Initial taste of mild citrus, followed by a mellow, creamy, smooth maltiness. Slightly bitter, refreshing finish. A terrific summer treat!

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

Amber color with an orange hue, foamy white head, clinging lace to the end. Spicy floral hoppy slightly sweet aroma. Spicy, hoppy, toasted, malty flavor. Very well balanced. Very nice slightly dry finish. Nice lasting aftertaste. Medium body. Definitely a staple in the frig along with SA Boston Lager. Great on those hot Florida days, before, during and after the yard work. Goes great with food, especially grilled hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, steaks, seafood and all the fixings. Did someone say "Backyard cookout?" Prosit!

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Photo of bmills1608
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep copper-gold color.

Sports a nice thick, off-white foamy head. Smells floral with some spice.

Taste is clean, very British pale ale like (as it should), nicely hopped with a good biscuity barley taste. Very well balanced. Reminds me a bit of Samuel Smith's Brewery Pale.

Finishes dry and a bit hoppy. A very good beer, no faults at all.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very similar to Boston Lager, because they use the same grains. The hop character is as assertive as in the lager, but somehow smoother and spicier due to the English and Czech hops and ale yeast, versus the German hops and lager yeast in the other beer. If you want to try a slightly stronger, fruitier, more complex and less grassy tasting verson of the Boston Lager, this is the one. This is good, well crafted beer. It is not the best beer of this type that I have tasted, but it is very respectable in my opinion.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mild sweet/flower nose. Golden with a slightly amber hue. Cream/beige color to the head. BIG bubbbles. Medium to hight maltiness. clean finish. But it lacks hop bitterness for my taste. solid but nothing special for me in this beer.

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For years Sam Adams' lager, like Sierra Nevada pale ale, has held a special place in my heart because SA managed to combine wide distribution and still maintain a consistent level of quality. Even in a bar or restaurant where they sell Bud Lite by the tankerload, you can usually count on a bottle of SA lager in the cooler. For some reason, I just never got around to trying SA's stock ale (distracted by more exotic lures, I guess). Now I'm kicking myself for ignoring this tasty ale for so long. Solid malt and a respectable hops kick - nothing over the top, but quality beer, through and through.

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Photo of jackndan
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far and away my favorite beer in my favorite style, and thus it is my first and only perfect 5. I’ve always loved most of Jim Koch’s beers, but when I’ve got to convince a doubter as to the quality of American beers, I tell them to have a Sam Adams Boston Ale, as it is simply world class. The Beer Advocate, Todd A., hits the nail on the head when he said this was a perfectly balanced beer. This is a “mass produced” (almost) beer you can give to the greatest beer snobs of Europe, and convince them that the Colonies can produce a unique, yet world class, beer. A great beer.

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

everything i enjoy in an ale. orange-copper in color...a nice sticky head, a combination english/american hop aroma and a balanced malt flavor that leans towards the spicy (hoppy) side. an quintessentially american style ale, it balances everything we all love in ales into one brew. sound impossible? try this stuff.

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Photo of Mark
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good solid Ale that I have always thought well of. Believe it or not it is not a regular staple in my fridge... Very smooth and highly drinkable, comes the closest for me to English ales. I have revised my opinion of this brew to a slighlty lower plane. While I still have a high opinion of it, I just don't seek it out all that much. In fact that is kind of what Johnny P. said about Sam Adams beers. Good but they just don't inspire.

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Photo of marc77
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange in color and very clear. The head retention is sufficient enough to leave a lace. The mildly grassy and floral hop nose is accompanied by a mellow and pleasant diacetyl note, as well as crystal malt sweetness. Yeast esters are minimal. Boston Ale is very clean all around in flavor profile. The moderate hop bitterness is well balanced by a firm maltiness and fairly dextrinous body. The hop flavor is quite earthy w/ a mellow floral note, and isn't overbearing. Lots of biscuit malt flavors in the somewhat dry finish. Although much cleaner and less estery than a good British pale, this makes for a good session brew if you're into British hop flavor.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,110 ratings