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

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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
Ratings:
2,092
Reviews:
978
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizzeria Uno’s in Attleboro, MA, served in a large Pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold, with a thick foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is of caramelized malt, hops and some wheat. Overall, though, the smell isn’t very strong.

T: At first the taste is malty with hints of nuts & caramel, with a little hops. As the beer gets warmer the hops become much more pronounced and start to dominate the flavor.

M: Crisp & smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonarion, clean finish.

D: Tasty and not very filling, goes down very easy, worth drinking for the duration of your visit to Uno’s.

This one tasted just like Sam Adams Boston Lager but a bit lighter, however, not as light as Sam Adams Light. So I guess you could call it Sam Adams Not-So-Light.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with nearly 3 fingers of eggshell-white head. This settles down into a frothy ½ finger, which leaves back a rich cascade of lacing. The aroma has a fresh leafy spiciness to it, with a ripe citric nature that mingles with the sweet smelling breadiness of the malts to impart a ripe green tang in the nose.

The taste is grassy in the mouth, with a green citric bitterness that is balanced by sweet notes of caramel and toast and even a light splash of butter in the backend. The finish sticks to the tongue with a dry pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation, yet it also has a soft underside to it that keeps this smooth in the mouth.

This was decent. Maybe a touch too earthy and bitter in spots but this seems mostly well balanced for the most part and the crisp yet smooth body helped keep this fairly approachable. Ultimately though, if I was going to buy of sixer of something from Sam Adams, I’d just settle for their Lager.

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

Served on tap at Sam Adams Brew Club at Newark International Airport (EWR)

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with some orange highlights when held up to the light and significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - excellent head retention. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral, earthy, and spicy hops over the top of toasted and caramel malts.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of toasted caramel malts upfront with the spicy and earthy hops following afterwards. Light amounts of lingering bitterness are observed.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - good flavors and relatively low ABV, reminds me of the local ales I drank when in the UK. Well balanced.

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

Thanks to my Brewmaster's Collection 12-pack, its a Sam Adams Saturday!

Appearance: Pours out a clear copper body with a medium-sized, creamy white head.

Smell: Clean biscuity malt aroma with a slightly floral undertone.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with a little bit of honey sweetness. A slight sourness creeps in before the lightly hoppy, lemon juice-esque finish. Notes of spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a nicely carbonated, crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Though simple, it is a fairly tasty, satisfying session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boston Ale is transparent orange-amber, accent on the orange. The head is buttery yellow beige in color and is firmsticky. It displays a significantly rockiness as it descends and leaves a satisfactory amount of chunky lace on the glass. Very nice appearance. The nose is primarily of spiced caramel, but there's also a citrusiness than lightens things up a bit.

It tastes of heavily toasted caramel malt with an enjoyable amount of spicy-earthy hops. Boldness and balance are the operative words here. The flavor profile doesn't change appreciably within each mouthful, but I'm fine with that since the beer is delicious to begin with. The body is a perfect match in that it's firm and smooth with a spot-on degree of carbonation.

The words that keep coming to mind as I drink are 'classic' and 'solid'. If I wanted to nitpick I'd say that I prefer my APAs more citrus hoppy than this, but I'm not in a nitpicking mood today. Besides, this is really more of a British-style pale ale and it hits that target directly. Boston Ale is excellent beer and I'll be sure to look for it from now on.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Except for asthetis this was a great beer, so it's still a great beer IMHO

Poured dark gold to bronze with a bubbly head that dropped of rapidly. Bubbles occasionaly rise from the bottom. Minimal head retention and no lacing

Smell: Fruittiness and floral hops in abundance. Some butterscotch notes

Taste: Frutiness, slight hopiness, with slight butterscotch taste (in a good way in this instance) Citric hops bitterness with ever so slight graininess and alcohol on the finish

MF: Perfect balance. Malt & hops are in sync. Slight over carbonation

This worked for me, don't remember it being so good. Drink up!

Taste:

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head with decent retention and thin/sticky lacing.

S: Some biscuity malt with a little bit of earthy/grassy hops and a hint of pine.

T: On the bready side with a touch of sweetness, almost honey like. There is also a touch of nuts in this one.

M: Medium bodied, a little chewy with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not memorable. Something I would order at a Boston bar with terrible beer options.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice off-white head with sticky lace; the broth color could be described neutral amber with a touch of orange. Very clear.

Smell: More malt than hop; slightly sweet, very round. Lots of caramel, but no chocolate. The hop is present strictly as a spice.

The taste is similar to a British bitter. Strong hop bite in the swallow (and aftertaste), but the initial sip is malty. Very smooth--richer than most bitters with a typical amount of carbonation. I think this beer would do very well in a blind flight.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice orange amber, a bit bright with a nice two inch plus head. Great retention as it only faded ever so slowly and still left behind about a half inch or so throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace was apparent throughout as well. A decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom also, lots of bubble chains, partly due to the nice Sam Adams glass, but still amply carbonated. Great color and overall look.



S – Aroma was quite light. A nice hoppy bouguet, a bit floral, and not very citrusy though. But this was only on the top as the main body of the smell was made of sugary malts which really domintated here. Lots of light earthy tones were throughout this one as it really just smacked of a nice session ale. Nothing overpowering, just a good solid aroma throughout.



T – Ahh, very refreshing. The taste on this was nothing that was going to knock you over, however, it was subtly very good and a solid offering here. Great malted flavor, light grain and cereal touch to it. A bit of a dry hoppy finis, but nothing strong by any means rounded it out. Had a very earthy feel to it. A nice light ale, almost a pale, but a little bit bolder then that. Still more then decent and very well put together.



M – Really ridiculously smooth would be the only was to describe this one. It was just so sessionable and light in feel, almost effortless. Now I know the carbonation helped in here, but this was really tight. Crisp clean and refreshing a very good example of what the style should feel like.



D – Superb. This was designed to be a session ale and that is exactly what it is. You could really have this one all night long. It was just easy going, light, flavorful, could carbonation and a nice mix of light flavors that would keep you coming back. Would love to see this on tap here, but you can just never get it around here.



Overall I was happy to finally try the Boston Ale. I could not belive that I had actually never tried it earlier. I would have thought I had this one years ago but it was also the lager that crossed my path. I found this to be very enjoyable and a true session ale in every sense of the word. Perfect with dinner or the game or mowing the yard, quality offering here.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Arooga's Allentown Blvd location - they label it 'Arooga's Amber' for sale as their house beer - I asked the bartender and she let me know who brews it.
Served very cold in a unfrosted pint.

A - A decent bright copper shade with thick pale beige cream. The appearance is good and leaves a film of lace on the glass as I let it warm slowly. The bartender was kind enough to leave head space for this. The bead is fine and clarity is good.

S - The smell is both fruity and moderately malty with a slight yeast ester reminiscent of stone fruit - very light spice noted with a light toasted grain hint

M - The feel is highly carbonated with moderate sweetness and medium body with a moderate amount of bitterness to balance, clean yeast profile with a semi-dry finish

T - The flavor is good to start with it has a mild sweetness with gentle caramel malt flavor and subtle diacetyl tinge w/ a light piney bitterness and mellow toasted malt flavor but slightly fruity with a hint of stone fruit in the background

D - This is a beer I used to love to quaff in the bottle, it is slightly different on tap, while the malt brings to mind a red, the hops are full enough in the taste to justify the pale categorization - a tasty brew, but average drinkability wise. I would probably choose others before this

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz frozen mug, pale amber hue shows a good clarity and lacing is thin but retains well. Faint aroma of caramel and grain, little hop in the nose … clean to say the least.

Solid crisp carbonation, light bodied and very refreshing. A bit watery in the malt department showing some grain and sweetness, touch of hop oil and bitterness easily keep things balanced. Clean after taste with some grain in the back.

One of the few beers that has any kind of real beer flavour at most Pizzeria Uno establishments. Very easy to drink … a no brainer beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another "alright" Samuel Adams beer. Tastes a lot like their Pale Ale, a little maltier, but very similar. Boston Ale pours a medium amber shade with average head size and retention. Smell is malty, more so than expected from an APA, with some slight hops presence. Taste is maltier than I'd like, the sweetness seems a little artificial and forced. Still, this is fairly tasty and very easy to drink. Considering the score here, I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today is H, 27 April 2017 & while my original on-tap/draft review follows, I am taking this opportunity to revisit this beer in bottle form.

From the bottle: "We celebrated the opening of our Boston Brewery by reviving a family recipe. This cellar aged 'stock' ale is distinctly American, aged in cellars at lower temperatures to create a smooth, full-bodied brew packed with earthy English hops and subtle malt sweetness. Cheers! [undersigned] Jim Koch"; "Smooth & flavorful with earthy English hops".

I have a couple of the special S.A. glasses with the dimple at the bottom for increased nucleation, so following the Pop! of the cap, I felt empowered to go a little harder on my pour than usual. This decision netted me just over a finger of dense, foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention that fell back to wisps, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rather sweet, which may have been what threw my untrained sensibilities almost ten years ago. It was quite bready with an earthiness of either/both East Kent Goldings and/or Fuggles hops, but also with a buttery quality. I became curious to taste it again. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness. The taste was sweet, with a bready, buttery, melon-like fruitiness and an earthiness of freshly-turned soil. It may be a year-'round brew, but it struck me as highly appropriate for spring. Finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry and I simply could not decide between the two. I enjoyed it MUCH more on this revisitation, but I am leaving my original marks in place as a matter of historical record.

This arrived with a big, rocky, off-white head. The color was a beautiful, deep-golden amber. The nose had a malty sweetness, which seemed a bit odd for an ale. The mouthfeel was medium with a fair amount of sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a nice, hoppy bite, but too little, too late. It also created decent lacing throughout. I'd take the BOS Lager over this.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is transparent and orange hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is rather weak, offering faint scents of lightly sweetened malts, biscuits, bread. The flavor is a bit sweet, but not too. Bready and malty, with only a light hop presence evident in the finish. Easy to drink, but not the most exciting flavor. I would prefer a bit less sweetness in favor of some hop bitterness and/or biscuit flavors. Decent feel. Light to medium bodied. Overall, a decent beer and worth a try, though I prefer the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome looking beer copper amber with a huge peach colored head just like a whipped cream sitting on top, heavy patches of lacing great appearance. Aromatics have some fruit tones and a strong backbone of malted barley rich tones fulfilling to the senses but not overpowering. Flavor perfect balance of bready yeast tones, sweet malt and fruity tones a bit of a citrus bite not bad at all very drinkable. Mouthfeel is fluffy textured medium in body and perfect carbonation fine crafted ale, and could very well be a fall back beer in my opinion with all of the bashing of Sam lately it's kinda funny I have found two great beers of theirs.

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

Pours a clear amber color with faint particles stuck in suspension. Has a thick 2 finger head of big bubbly white foam that leaves a bunch of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of hops, malt and a bit of butter. Taste is malty with some slight diacetyl notes upfront and finishes a little bitter but is quite enjoyable. It is crisp with a medium mouthfeel and overall quite enjoyable.

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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 tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a moderate to light amber; big, white, frothy, dense head; great retention

S - floral, grassy, citrusy, faint bread

T - bread, sweet, caramel, grassy, citrusy, floral, bitter finish, faint pine

M - medium bodied, crisp, smooth

This is an easy drinking APA, but it lacks the depth and character of some of the others on the market. The caramel is overly sweet and a bit sticky and the hops are more subtle and can't stand up to the sweetness. Overall, it's not bad but there are better.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,092 ratings.
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