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
45.9%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 2,102 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:
#35,737
Reviews:
982
Ratings:
2,102
Liked:
964
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
13.26%
Alströms:
3.63
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
278
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,102 |  Reviews: 982
Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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

For when Boston Lager is just too thick, too heavy for your non beer drinking friends to look for a beer, there comes this, the middle ground between BMC Macro AAL and Big Craft Lagers, there is this, a lighter, more accessible ale for the masses.

Yellow, but sturdy, not overly watery. Keeps away from having the caramel noticebale like in the lager, this is all about the toasted pale malts and light floral English hops.

Nothing wrong with it. Just doesn't really have a place unless you're against the imagery of a normal BMC or if you want something more to your pale ales like aggressive hopping or bitterness.

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

Photo of Gemini6
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Miami66
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Laplander
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrCDPriest
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice malt flavors and ale style beer. Good rich color, nice head when poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a cold glass. Excellent aroma, good middle-ground mix of hops and wheat. Flavor is excellent, really an easy ale to enjoy.
It is a typical ale style with fruity notes and sweeter finish than the Boston Lager, which is more crisp and dry, but excellent as well.
Have to agree with The-Adjunct-Hippie, "I may like Boston Ale better than Boston Lager...If you haven't yet, give this one a shot, you may like it."

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Photo of JonathanAlires
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shellynix
1.96/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Not even similar to Boston Lager, which was disappointing. This is too light.

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Photo of KingSlayer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VDJ104
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cagler
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a toffee color into my Samuel Adams glass, with a thick, buzzy popcorn colored head of 3 fingers. Lace is left pretty generously on the sides. Opacity is 20%.

Smells like toffee, caramel malts, baked nuts, more baked caramel malt, a touch of berry, and just a hint of orange peel.

First taste is of fresh trash, but then it washes back and covers everything in a beautiful caramel malt sweetness. A touch of hop makes an effort to balance this out a bit, but it is by far more malty than hoppy. Aftertaste is of citrus rinds breathing piney air, with fresh bread. There's a certain cheapness about it, but it's also pretty much begging for more drinks.

It feels pretty clunky and syrupy, with only a mild carbonation making an apperance. It ends rough and textured, sappy even, but there's a crispness on the back end that helps it a bit.

I may like Boston Ale better than Boston Lager (although there's no direct correlation or competition of the two besides namesake), but I'd have to try another before I was totally sold on the notion. If you haven't yet, give this one a shot, you may like it.

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

Photo of Samlover55
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bb feb 16
12oz bttle poured into tulip
L- light brown/reddish, thin off white head, no retention leaves lacing
S- fruity, slight malt
T- hits the tongue with real nice fruitiness, and it lingers there along with some slight breadiness followed by a real nice balanced spicy finish to the tune of white pepper
F- medium bodied bubbly carbonation but lightly
O- the nose tipped me off but the fruitiness just explodes all the tongue, real nice balance all around, extremely solid above average ale

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Photo of Aqualad
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sherillc
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jach
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 45.9% out of 100 with 2,102 ratings
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