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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of doerickson
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with an almost orange hue, and a thick pillowy cream-colored head. Aromas of apple fruitiness and biscuity malts, with a hint of diacetyl. Light carbonation; somewhat watery mouthfeel. Grassy and earthy hop flavors are predominant, with a little toasty malt for balance. I seem to remember this being better than I thought it was tonight, but it's still a dependable pale ale.

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

mmm. here is a good ale. it is a nice and dark amber with foam that will stick around. a nice sweet aroma leads you into the delicious brew.

you can jump right in to the welcoming smoothness and fine maltiness of this beer. i found it to be nice and rich. it is a great drinker, not heavy or light. i just plain like it. sam has always been able to put together a good beer, and this one did not fail.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking ale, reddish amber with a huge rocky head with excellent retention. I don't pick up much in the aroma but an earthy/malty aroma. Mouthfeel is quite slick, and leaves a strange astringent flavor on the tip of the tongue. Lots of malty flavor and a subtle fruitiness in the background. Has a very buttery flavor to it as well. I prefer my ales a bit more hopped, although this is pretty good. The tip of my tongue feels quite strange though...tingly almost. Interesting feature.

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

I can't believe I have neglected to review this one. This is one of Sammy's best beers. Boston Ale is tastier than the lager and has a very nice hop to malt balance. To be honest, this beer should be on tap over the Lager in a bar. Pours out to a nice amber/brown with a malty aroma. A session beer if there ever was one.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear brilliant copper color with a modest off-white head with staying power. The smell reveals a light twang with a biscuity background. The taste of roasted malt and earthy grain with some nice medium hopped bitter make for a mild balance. This light bodied brew finishes a semi dry bitter and drinks down pretty easy.Plenty likeable. Cheers!

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Photo of twi1609372
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boston ale is an excellent part of the sam adams line. it has a good taste, it isnt bitter, smeels and appears nice also. not overwhelming flavor but not watered down. tastes the way an ale should, has to be one of my all time favortie from sam adams.

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

The Boston Ale poured a very beautiful copper color, with nice head retention throughout. Intriguing lace left over on the glass too. Slight hop aroma, but nothing that jumped out at me (or up my nose). This ale had a mild, pleasant, hoppy taste, with prickly carbonation felt on the tongue. Definitely a drinkable and enjoyable brew, and a decent representative of its style.

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Photo of putnam
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, reddish, dark amber color. Sticky, Rorschach fizz-crust sticks to the walls of the glass.
Aromas of toffee, roasted mixed nuts and fruit cocktail. Smells classically English. There is a warm array of simple sugar flavors that surround an assertive hop bitterness.
There is none of the aromatic green that I associate with typical American Pales.
But there is more resinous bitterness than typical English Pales.
The whole package is athletic in its leanness, dodging ably from flavor to flavor without drenching, cloying, or gut filling.
A very nice, humble ale.

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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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