Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
BA SCORE
45.8%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 2,103 ratings
Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,819
Reviews:
983
Ratings:
2,103
Liked:
964
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
13.26%
Alströms:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
279
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,103 |  Reviews: 983
Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color into a typical pint with plenty of off-white head. Smell has kind of citrus notes and even a hint of that Oktoberfest smell that I grew to love this past fall. Initial taste is crisp & lightly fruity. Unfortunately the aftertaste turns bitter and dry. If the aftertaste stayed like the beginning it would definitely be a winner. Overall, honestly not to impressed with this one.

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Photo of srw
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HardyA
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of I3eer
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ECsurfattic
1/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of drsarver
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tag into pint glass in November 2015.

Appearance: Medium Amber with light head. Beer color is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and leaves a film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a mix of hops, citrus, and some sweetness. There is some pine aromas as well.

Taste: The taste is dominated by the citrus and pins flavors of the hops. There is a little bite from the hops, and some malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Light alcohol, which confirms the 5.4% advertised.

This is a smooth medium-bodied Pale Ale. Good drinking Ale, and something different with a nice variety of flavors.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of greenday_bjh
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swimmatt
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jhutt
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

[bought a loose bottle - no best-buy date (all 2016) notched on label... poured into a shaker]

L: really creamy-spongy foam, reminiscent of some bottle-conditioned Belgian ales... the liquid's a crystal-clear reddish-amber... somehow held foam till the the end, messy lace top-to-bottom

S: very vibrant aromas of estery dough, light caramel, spice-d hops... if a textbook English pale ale is what they're going for, they've done alright, though the overall smell may come across as a bit canned, indistinctive, and on par with many a larger craft breweries' (Saranac, Long Trail, et al) 'standard English pale' - hope that makes sense... somethings just a bit off in their execution

T: the caramel malt intensity is flavorful, but a bit much - its character more akin to an American amber ale than a British pale... the peculiar xmas spice in the nose is also found on the palate, notably in the finish and aftertaste... thankfully, the bitterness is just biting and lasting enough to give a little depth... arguably metallic and gravel-y tones in the aftertaste

F: rather smooth, like a true, bottled British ale that's been sitting on an American liquor store shelf for 4-6 months... for the perceived flaws in their use of the caramel malt, it does seem to add enough to the body to make this seem different enough from the BL

O: has that unmistakable Sam Adams amber-colored-beer malt character that makes this taste not all that different from their Octoberfest, Boston Lager, and probably a few other brands from their classically bloated portfolio... it's tastes like something produced from lab computations as opposed to something truly 'crafted'... really couldn't drink more than two of these when sober

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Photo of Joe_recker
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delcobrewzzz
4.74/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is good....on all counts....rating reflects the ever-relative style...very English pale with an American touch.

a balanced, less known brother to the famous Lager...which, too, is a classic (like SNevada's Pale)...just can't go wrong with this if you want a balanced, heftier 'session' ale...savor this one and let the not-in-your-face (but assertive enough) mellow malts, crisp/fresh hops, deep tawny color, herbal nose and solid brew do its job...

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Photo of freshcarl
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Penrodeo
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Gannon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BrianLC1990
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 45.8% out of 100 with 2,103 ratings
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