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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 Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a nice dense off-white head that left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is rather faint, some caramel malt, some fruity esters, and a hint of hops. The taste is of buttery caramel malt, maybe a bit toasted. Some hops detected on the backend to add a bitter kick. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture to it, finishes a tad bitter. One of the better SA offerings, this brew is well balanced for some easy drinking.

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Photo of Stephen_Bailey
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edchicma
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piccadilly Pub in Auburn....Light amber appearance with a nice half-inch head with very nice lacing. Smell was barely noticeable with a hint of a malt presence. Taste was very nice with an intial malty sweetness and a light hop taste on the finish. Mouthfeel was light and creamy. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth character.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark yellow bordering on copper with a two finger head that slowly dissapated and left a nice amount of lace on top of the beer.

The smell was hard to pick up until the beer warmed, then the front was sweet fruit with hop spice at the rear of the nose.

The drink started with a thin almost watery carbonation. The flavor picked up in the middle with citrus fruit and slight hop spice. The finish was a quick hit of hops followed by a clean watery finish.

All and all a beer worth trying. Quite frankly I'd like to try cooking with this beer I think it would hold up well as a poultry maranade.

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Photo of CKav
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MrStark
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is is clear orange amber with lots of bubbles inside and a frothy two-finger off white head leaving nice bits of lacing.

Smell is somewhat faint but I pick up some malts and light hops. Not a particularly potent aroma.

Taste makes up for the aroma with a nice dose hop bitterness upfront followed by a small dose of malt. A decently well balanced flavor but at the same time nothing particularly impressive.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It goes down easy and is fairly refreshing. Would make a decent session beer but I've certainly had more impressive examples of the style. A good stand by if others I liked weren't available.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I did not know this beer existed until yesterday, which is when I stumbled upon it. Best by June 2012.

A clear copper with a dense, tan head with rather excellent retention and nice lacing, this is one good looking beer. The nose is actually pretty nice! It's not really an APA, exhibiting a lot of English hop character, a blend of floral and leafy hops. There's a very nice, complex bready malt backbone as well, a blend of Vienna and a little caramel malt. A touch fruity, but there's also a very faint sulfur note, which is surprising. It does dissipate, though. Quite enjoyable.

The palate, however, isn't quite there. Opening with a surprising level of hop flavor, with rose water, green leaves and twigs, it does take me by surprise. The mid-palate follows with some malt character, not quite as balanced as on the nose. Biscuit, caramel and Vienna malt are present, though it does feel a little watery here. Drying and quite bitter on the finish with dried herbs, and a level of Hallertauer bitterness that almost seems overdone. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite nice. Not an APA by any stretch of the imagination, but as a beer, it's a success.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper/Orange with a 1.5 finger head on it. Good rention and lacing.
S- Smell is of caramel and biscuity hops along with some floral notes. Rather clean and quite weak.
T- Herbal and citrus hops intiate the flavor and are soon joined by some caramel sweetness from the malt.
M- Crisp carbonation. A little light but appropriately so.
D- All in all a decent pale ale. Nothing overly complex or demanding. A good reliable beer.

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Photo of kagent777
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of Oct 2012 from the Utah system. Poured into my Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very nice clear copper amber beer with about 1 finger of persistent head that is slightly off white that leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Amber malts with a molasses like sweetness. Maybe a touch of earthy-herbal type light hops.

Taste: Bready malts with a sweet finish. This is not an APA, as the category says. Nothing pale about this one. As the label says this is a smooth ale with a robust rounded taste. A touch more hops are found in the taste as a general slight bitterness to round out against the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A medium to slightly heavy beer for the style. Rich flavors coat the mouth easily.

Overall: I liked this one pretty well. I think my issue is that there are simply beers I like better than this one. Not saying it is poorly brewed, but I probably would choose another beer.

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Photo of Borgs
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - It has a golden, light amber color. It's clear & looks very tasty. The head was think, but short lived. It also left rings on the glass as the beer diminished.

Smell - There isn't a whole lot to the smell of it, including a lack of hop aroma.

Taste - The flavor seems mild, & nothing really stands out, except for a slight tanginess.

Mouthfeel - It feels medium-bodied, but the flavor lingers unusually long for this type.

Drinkability - I am pretty hapy with the beer overall. It's not something I would choose everyday, but I have no problem sipping on a few.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper brown with a nice head of foam on top. Nice bit of lacing left on the sides as the head dissolves down to a good retentive layer of foam.

S - Smell is clean but faint. A bit of caramel malt and a bit of that distinct Sam Adams smell (noble hops maybe?).

T - Taste is nice. Smooth caramel malt with a slightly herbal flavor. Small hop bitterness, but well balanced.

M - Clean and smooth.

D - Good. A nice sessionable beer with some smooth flavor.

Notes: Nothing over the top or incredibly impressive, but a nice brew that would probably be great on tap. Probably a nice one to keep around in the fridge for some easy drinking.

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Photo of Goliath
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber ccolor with a large inch and a half of off white head. Good retention and some spotty lace.

Aroma is ok. A nice maltiness showing some big caramel notes. A light hop profile, but nothing impressive.

Taste is ok. Malt takes the lead here as well. Showing some caramel notes but with a subtle hop presence in the background with a touch of citrus. Slightly bitter. Not complex, but enjoyable and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavor and low alcohol makes this brew quite sessionable. Not bad.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple of bottles from the Brewmaster Collection 12-pack. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color and is clear. Frothy white head with a lot of resiliency.

Taste is acerbic hop aroma. Maybe a little sour citrus fragrance in it, but not much else.

Taste is a bitter flavor, with a bit of a bready malt flavor peeking through. It ib not really a citrus bitterness, more like dandelions.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a dry lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkable enough, but pretty average all around. It is not readily available in this area, and if it were I'm not sure I'd choose it over Sierra Nevada Pale, Fire Rock Widmer Drifter or some others.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lush auburn brown color with a dense head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is subtle fruits and a little bit of hot metal.

Taste is nice and balanced. Plenty of bread and caramel coming through but not too much else. Slightly more bitter and complex than Boston Lager, but not much more. Nutty finish.

Tight and controlled carbonation, leaving a pretty soft creamy feel in the mouth.

Very quaffable and enjoyable, but certainly nothing to seek out.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: copper, with thick white head.
Smell: Caramel, biscuits,and floral notes.
Taste: Caramel, biscuits, toffee, floral notes at the end.
Feel: easy to drink. Smooth.
Overall: Great example of a bitter

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, nice head to it... tons of lacing down the glass. Nice hoppy smell to it.. very IPA like. Taste is pretty good more light bodied than heavy, some nice floral notes can be detected, nice hop bitterness on the tongue. Sweet finish to this one, maybe a little too sweet. I remember having this back in the day and absolutely hating it. While I don't think it's a great beer by any means, it's definitely in the 'pretty good' category... I guess I matured, eh? No surprise here, a solid beer by SA.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 05/18/2008. Bottle. Pours a clear orange/amber color with a nice white head. Aroma and flavor of sweet malt, some slight floral hops. It was very smooth and enjoyable.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a tall frothy ivory head that holds excellent retention and leaves lacing rings all the way down the glass. Aromas are malty, bready, caramel, herbal hop. Tastes are nutty, earthy, caramel, herbal hop, bready malt. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, sharp, and crisp. Overall, loved the appearance of this one, decent APA and what I expected from this brewery.

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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 shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adam's Boston Ale pours two fingers of foam
over a slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Carbonation
is steady, and the nose is fruity English yeast esters and
just a whiff of herbal hop. The flavor is sweetish malts
with vanilla notes and a long subdued grassy hop finish.
Mouthfeel is full, yet also crisp and a bit dry. Nice

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Photo of Liquids
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale muted amber, between a dark pale ale and a light amber ale. Pours a steady yellow head, and leaves a dolop of foam in the bottom of the glass. Smells like their Boston lager mostly, but slightly more muted and not as clean, more ale like of course. Taste is not as expected, an odd aftertaste that I'm not sure I like, I detect cotton candy somewhere in there, too. Rich flavor compared to a macro lager, light for an amber ale, and slightly off for an APA. Of course, it's actually a "stock ale." Makes me wish I were drinking the boston lager instead, though. Taste is fair though. Mouthfeel is excessively carbonated with a medium low depth of body. Taste is better when carbonation dissipates some, and the subtlties come through. But overall, not for me. Your mileage may very.

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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 jaluria
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A medium-copper color with a bit of head that leaves behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of malt, hops, and caramel seem to come out. The taste is much sweeter than might be expected for this style. The malt profile is more like a German lager with hints of spices and a subtle aftertaste that sits in the back of my throat. Drinking this beer makes me think it was prepared ever so carefully with just the right amount of this with that. Together, the components make a good session beer, but not one that works within the style.

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Photo of SABERG
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Enjoy before date notched on label" dating provided.

Pours medium copper amber, light tan head, that stays nicely, leaving a thick collar, nice sheeting and then blobs of thick lacing here and there.

Caramel malts in the nose with some light herbal hops.

More caramel malts carry the load here, hops in place but not on the assertive side. I get a more Brit. style take on things here. Minor citrus notes. Tasty and highly sessionable ale. Respectable if unspectacular offering. Would work fine in a lack of higher quality craft beer pinch.

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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,107 ratings
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