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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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Photo of dabarton
1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

I have had roughly two dozen different types of Sam Adams beer and this is in my opinion by far the worst. Nearly undrinkable, this beer is a disgrace to the brewery.

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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear copper colored body with a very thick, frothy, lasting head; globs of sticky foam on the glass. Very faint cereal grain aroma. Lightly warmed bread flavor; biscuit; a hint of fruitiness; nice, low-key bitterness. Medium bodied; somewhat dry finish.

A pretty nice ale that delivers a satisfying, easy drinking experience. When you're tired of hop bombs and deep, dark, thick ales won't cut it, this ale should fit the bill. It's always refreshing to find a good tasting, basic beer, and this beer is one of them.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a lovely clear medium amber with a one-finger head that leaves some spotty lacing.

The aroma is full of yeasty bread, crackers and caramel with a hint of candied fruit.

The taste i loaded with caramel and bread with a hint of spicy hops as well. A little lingering peppery finish is very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.

Overall, an excellent beer that is very refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from bottle to teku glass

A- pours a clear, deep amber color with a nice two-finger creamy off-white head that retains nicely, eventually leaving behind some nice lacing

S- caramel and buttery malt, earthy and fruity hops, sweet doughy bread

T- buttery caramel english malt, fruity hops with some herbal and earthy notes, bready malty finish with a caramel linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and silky finish

O- loves the bready caramel sweetness, my favor interpretation of an english pale thus far

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Enjoy before JUL 2014 notched on label.

A - Pouring a nice rich amber color this clear ale's steady carbonation keeps it's lively ivory head afloat for some time, leaving rings of lace on the pint as it dissipates.

S - Layers of buttery, flaky biscuit underscore a toasted malt profile that incorporates notes of dense dough into the mix, punctuated by floral, slightly spicy hops poking through faint suggestions of fruity yeast esters on the finish.

T - Toasted bread malts meet caramel sweetness in a tasty malt-forward entry on the tongue. Slightly spicy English hops add peppery notes to the back end while cooler aging post fermentation drives off the undertone of fruity yeast coming from the aroma, an otherwise nice mirror.

M - Gentle carbonation skids along the tongue in this medium-light bodied ale that finishes dry and almost more lager-like. Thoroughly malty, this beer still remains balanced with a touch of bitterness to keep it nice and drinkable.

O - Samuel Adams' Boston Ale is a simple brew that, despite faint fruity yeast esters in the nose, borders on being lager-like with it's dry and crisp finish. Easy drinking and delicious malt breadiness balanced by slightly spicy English hops makes for a nice English-style ale worthy of a pub session.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beautiful maltness in the scent with a three fingers high foam. The beer lacks some character but is otherwise almost perfect with the long and smoked aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 7/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, golden raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack.

Pours a dark copper orange, with a healthy 2.5 inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet and slightly toasty malts and grains, with a bit of cut grass.

Very crisp, clean taste. A little bit malt sweetness is cut by a slightly husky grassy hop bite. Just very easy drinking, nothing crazy, but it gets better the more you drink of it.

Could use a little more carbonation, it's slightly flat. Crisp mouthfeel, however, and very drinkable. Light to medium bodied.

An excellent and drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: May 3, 2014... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: unwinding after the annual M&M Mars Fest in Hackettstown--thanks for the free candy!... APPEARANCE: thick white head the consistency of carwash soap--remains two fingers well after pour; copper orange body with vibrant carbonation--a looker... AROMA: sweet caramel aroma; fragrant hops are bright, soft and alluring without being distinguishable... PALATE: solid, medium-bodied with slight effervescence; highly drinkable, with zero suggestion of alcohol...TASTE: sweet caramel delivers underneath a mellow, soft pine flavor; a stereotypical ale (?), one to set expectations to... OVERALL: a recipe that wins in its simplicity--some bubblegum late in the glass adds to its otherwise "stock" profile--shout-out to neighbor Scott for bringing it over!

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Photo of keitho
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Amber in colour leaving a half of finger head, medium carbonation. Good looking pint.

Smell- Slight toffee smell, fruity hop smell but not too much aroma.

Taste- Caramel with a hint of treacle in the malt with good balance of refreshing hops lingering on just long enough.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and good carbonation makes this beer feel nice on the tongue.

Overall- Nice refreshing beer, good balance of malt and hops with a bit of a kick to it. Would buy again and makes me curious to try other Sam Adams beers as we only get this and Boston lager here in N.Z.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable, one of the more underrated offerings from Samuel Adams. I appreciate that this beer has survived since 1988, with such little marketing to back this particular brew.

A very drinkable, yet big enough body to not disappoint really anyone of us in the craft beer community. A nice bitterness with enough of a sweetness to not let the bitterness overpower the overall flavor of this almost red ale. This type of beer pretty much goes with just about anything!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful amber clear color forming a light yellow bubbed and aired head. Low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long on the top

S: Very malty, sweet and biscuity. Strong notes of caramel. Fruity. Great flowery hops in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of roasted malts, toffee and raisins. Very malty and biscuity in the mouth. In overall, a dry, crispy and refreshing taste. Light hops bitterness in the end. Hops are bit citrus and quite flowery

M: Light body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation. Malty and biscuity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Samuel Adams expected quality. Recommended

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Minimal head with a crystal clear body, amber in color
S: Some grape scent, not too much going on other than a mild sweetness
T: Very refreshing beer, the hop profile reminds me of SABL, but that shouldn't be too surprising. The malt profile is not obvious until the finish which is caramely and bready, which also included a carbonation bite (minor).
M: Very very easy to drink, like a lager almost, low carbonation.
O: A easy drinker that i'm sure i could have all night, but definitely nothing to call home about. A solid offering for those who want to tiptoe into the realm of ales.

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Photo of RingoBro
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - Clear amber color with foamy white head and some fairly nice lacing.

S - Can smell citrus and caramel aroma.

T - Similar to what I was expecting from the smell. Typical English ale characteristics

M - medium body and carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall, a very smooth and drinkable ale from Sam Adams. While I prefer their Boston Lager to this Boston Ale, I'll be picking up more of this beer.

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Photo of shacawgo24
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Amber, mahogany, bronze body. I can't pinpoint the exact color. It is good looking though. Bright "new penny" hued edging and highlighting. Average head size two and a half finger thick. Off-white and creamy in color. Average retention. Lacing is better. Thin strings of small bubbles vein the glass nicely.

S-Caramel. Toffee. Nutty. Like roasted pecans and almonds. A touch buttery. Bread, white & dark. Grainy. Malty. Pecan pie. Smells fade fast.

T-Caramel. Malt at medium strength. Great flavor. Quality mild bitters. Sweet honey. Golden raisins. Bread from start to finish. Starts sweet then moves into bitter regions. Metallic aftertaste. A bit watery in flavor, like a quality brew that was diluted. Still tastes good, but won't escalate into classic territory.

M-Very low medium bod. Low medium carbonation. Some bitters, via spicy hops. Slight spice feel. Sweet and alkaline aftertastes. The beer, (like most Sam Adams beer) gets flat too quick. Barely any carbonation in the beginning, leads off to a dull thin feel.

O-Good session beer. If I saw Boston Ale in stores I would buy it here and there. Pass it up half the time. Wouldn't search it out, I'd let it "come to me". The beer is a bit watery in taste and feel. But tastes good. Beers of this nature are great to cook with. A good under-achieving beer that you still root for to get better. If only it were timeless...

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Photo of Mongrel
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper color with some creamy head and lacing.

Smell is almost nonexistent - just slightly sweet with a faint whiff of vanilla.

Taste-wise, the front-end brings a pleasant creamy, orange spice flavor with plenty of nuttiness. This quickly fades though and is replaced by a bitter, copper flavor that sort of lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy, with a really dry finish.

Overall, not a great beer. Barely a good one, really. It would be a lot more palatable if not for that really prominent tin/copper flavor, which is unfortunate.

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Photo of The-Sud-Truth
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is their stock ale that they created to commemorate their brewery's opening in the late 1980s. My local beer store apparently carries this year-round but I never noticed it until yesterday ( I thought it was a seasonal ). That said, I had to give this a try as I am a fan of some of their other offerings and a big fan of the Ale style overall.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is about as appealing as beers come: A vivid copper amber that lures you in and dares you take a taste. Lacing is as expected. I will note that this would seem to be indistinguishable from their more highly promoted Boston Lager.

S: Aromas fall on the more autumnal side of the spectrum: Subtle hops trumped by more noticeable hints of cinnamon and all-spice. A robust scent that attacks the nose upon inhaling. (in a good way).

T: As I anticipated, this tastes like a traditional English ale and is consistent with that style. A well blended swallow yields to a notable after taste that stays with you as you finish the serving.

M: The feel is full and hearty and is easily measured in all sides of the mouth.

O: Overall, I was hoping that this would equate to other ales in the north Atlantic on either coast and I was not disappointed. The best aspects of this brew are the appearance and mouth-feel. I can see buying a case of this two or three times a year to add variety to the stock in my refrigerator.

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Photo of darko_bertovic
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drink it regularily when outside. Very good beer, near the top of my choice, goes nicely with a pot beef or with a beef steak for that reason :-). Nicely bittered, crisp, a bit sweet, refreshing and fresh with a right amount of bubbles. Would definitelly recommend during autmns in Sunshine state.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity and earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness along with some hints of buttery malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the foundations of Sammy A....Boston B. The Stock Ale is delicious. The beer pours a nice copper with 1/2 finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The scent is simple...hints of malt mixed with bittering hops. The taste is a nice even ale....seemingly a little lighter in body than the Lager version. Overall this beer is as sessionable as they come...a great stand-by.

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Photo of mscudder
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint.

A - Caramel hue with an off-white head. Fair retention with little lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Yeast, mild hops and a touch of citrus round out the aroma.

T - Big malt profile for a pale ale, English PA is almost too passive. That said, I really like the strong foundation. Touches of citrus, lemon and a balanced hop bitterness round it out. Simple and well done.

M - Smooth medium body with above average carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite brews from Sam Adams ever since I had my first pint at a local pub. They tend to get a bad rep for some sub-par brews that take the "craft" label and, in my opinion, tarnish what craft beer can be for newcomers. However, this brew make for a delicious sixer at a reasonable price. My mind sees it as a more complex (and sweeter) version of a stock Newcastle. Certainly not the best beer on the planet, but damn good for the style. Bravo Sam Adams.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Josh for the bottle, saving me from having to buy this beer myself. It's a ruddy copper color with some red-ish hues that spike out at the edges. Light clarity throughout with a mild chill haze that clears up over time. The foamy, off-white head is mighty quick to recede to the edges of the glass where it remains as a dusty collar for quite a while.

Spaghetti and meatballs. Seriously, you can stop reading right there, just save yourself the time because I don't know what the hell my nose it up to. But, yeah, I'm getting a total spaghetti sauce vibe from the aroma, and I don't know why, because it seems that I'm the only one with this notion.

Mild bready malt... Sure. Faint leafy hops... I guess. The incessant incision of a mildly tomato-ish and basil-like spice keeps distracting my nose (and eventually my brain) long enough to prevent me from pulling out any other beer related aromas that might actually be there. Does it smell like Mama Mia's Pizza Beer? No. But goddamnit, this stuff is saucy.

In hopes that a sip of this brew would wash away the crazy notions my nose was having, I take a few gulps, only to find that there's still a bit of that spaghetti sauce spice on my palate now. What the hell! Granted, it's not quite a body slam like the aroma, but it's still there. At least maybe it's settled enough to allow me to actually review this as a beer now.

Bright hops, toasty malt, and a slightly sweet, yeast filled finish with a crisp aftertaste that's something you'd normally get from a lager. That's about all I can say for this one, other than the whole pizza sauce debacle. Thin bodied, but I think that was expected. High carbonation, aiding in the crispness and dry nature of the finish.

So I don't know what spices, hops, or malts are used for this beer, by my brains seems to translate the marriage of them into a sensory reminder of Ragu. It wasn't as cumbersome or off-putting as something like Mama Mia's Pizza Beer; it was actually drinkable and not *that* bad. But it's still something I'll be leaving on the shelf next time.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bready, with lots of malt and some yeast. Some floral notes like clover or pine needles. Caramel.

Taste: Malty upfront, closely followed by some hoppy bitterness, almost too much for my liking, but not quite. Pretty two note, however, just the malt and the hops, and nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with some good carbonation.

Overall: This is not a bad ales, but I’ve had a lot better. In fact, I’ve had better beers from Samuel Adams, so I’m more than a little disappointed in this one. It’s decent, but forgettable.

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Photo of fank2788
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright copper in color, quite clear with a two finger head after the pour that falls to leave a thin layer of fine bubbles and laces a bit. The smell is of caramel and biscuit malts with a bit of citrus and floral hop. The caramel malts are the leader in the taste as well with a full range of smooth buttered biscuit tastes. The malt is balanced by enough earthy floral hop flavor and bitterness to keep things under control and from becoming overly cloying or too sweet. This is a very smooth beer almost creamy in the mouth due to the perfect level of carbonation and its malty nature. In the end this is a really great session beer not challenging by any stretch of the imagination but that is part of what makes this so good. It is simply a great ale that you could literally drink all day without tiring of it.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before August 2013. Poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber color with about two fingers of a white head on it. Very sexy lacing.

Smell: Mmm.. sweet malt, with some spices. Trace hops, but they don't come out that much in the aroma.

Taste/feel: Really a sweet ale on the front, but then the bitterness comes in... and it's an odd bitterness. I'm not sure what I mean by that, but it's almost the metallic bitterness that I get in canned beers that have adjuncts. I don't get it on every sip, but when it comes in, I don't care for it that much. The feel on this one is very good... makes this beer super drinkable. Medium carbonation, and a medium-light body with it. After taste is a lot like Boston Lager with crackery flavors. To be honest, I prefer Boston Ale to Boston Lager... I'm surprised it took me so long to try this beer. Really, really nice, and for a super reasonable price.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,088 ratings.
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