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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Morris729
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish medium amber color with a thick white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is light floral hops and is a bit herbal. Taste of lightly roasted sweet malts comes through up front followed by a strong herbal and spicy hop bite. Yet, despite the raw hop leaf flavor, the beer only has a mild level of bitterness. Finish is crisp with a touch of citrus. Very nice! This is one of my favorite offerings from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I went to a friend's wedding last summer and they had this on tap. I drank it all night. Then recently I tried SA's Boston Lager which I believe has gone downhill as of late, around the time they switched the labels and started promoting SA Light. Well I was a bit worried for Sam Adams but someone got this for me at the grocery store and this beer is still doing just fine, as good as I remember it from last summer. A basic pale ale with quite characterful malts, severely sweet at the beginning, but then a restrained amount of hops kicks in, mellowing and unifying the beer. Great big head, perfectly tempting aroma, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Fresh and on the warmer side, very yummy; a fine beer that anyone could like. I would like to see more brewers age their pale ales to get a mellower effect like they claim to do here. Koch and co. should be promoting this instead of the Light or Boston Lager.

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Photo of Rocko
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a foamy white head. Smells of malt and hops are very clear together with a citrustone. Mediumbitter with a hoppy slightly roasted taste. Long aftertaste with a bitterness on the palate. A decent ale I quite like. Very drinkable.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bright white head on top of amber brown color with light orange hue. Similiar taste to the boston lager but has a stock maltiness that is sour. I kept tasting this strong sour cream and onion aftertaste with every sip. Maybe this one was a little skunk because I have had this before and I dont remember it tasting like this.

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Photo of Delirium
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great overall beer, inviting amber gold with a Hollywood head, light and foamy, and a down to earth taste, bitter and dry. Born in Quincy, raised in Boston, what more can I say? Hail to Boston! Hail To Ale! Hail to Sammy's Boston ale! Love that dirty water, but adore your local beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a white head. A little bit of maltiness & hopiness to the aroma. A medium bodied ale with enough hops to keep things in line, the second Sam Adams product I ever tried; and it's certainly on old friend.

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Photo of philipt
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jeez, I am sooo bored with the local beer selection. The store down the road really needs to order some different beers. I know...I'm getting to it. For lack of a more interesting and exciting beer, I bought S. Adams Boston Ale. Not a bad choice, but nothing to get excited about.

Amber (fairly light) in color with a white frothy head. Malty nose. Sweet malty taste, light hoppiness. Medium bodied but slightly watery. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the better “Session” beers to be found anywhere along with the “Boston Lager”, and a beer I look for if there is nothing else on tap worth sampling. The beer pours a deep copper color, the head masterful and the lace nice sheets to cover the glass. Big malt nose, fresh and clean and lightly sweet, front malt sweet and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops quite pronounced in their bite and the dry lingering aftertaste adds much to the enjoyment, one damn fine “Session” beer and always a treat to the palate.

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Photo of doerickson
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +5.4%
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 +4.9%
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 +14.1%
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 0%
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 +35.9%
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 +1.4%
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 +13.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +18.5%
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 -23.1%
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 +22.3%
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 +15.5%
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 +15.5%
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 +8.7%
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 +14.9%
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
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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