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)
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3.62/5
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2,115 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,938
Reviews:
984
Ratings:
2,115
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
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55
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Ratings: 2,115 |  Reviews: 984
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 chippo33
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a glossy burnt yellow color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a slow pace. Not much of a head, somewhat thin and falling apart pretty quick. Lace was the same.
The aroma had a nice clean biscuit to white bread maltiness up front with a grassy hop contour underneath, light earthiness and a touch of floral.
The flavor was mostly sweet through the malts and tried to allow the hops to embitter. But they truly didn't really show much bitterness to be honest. Mild malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par.
Overall, fairly decent pale ale but I couldn't quite right tell if it was an American or English styled one. Perhaps again.

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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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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till March 2012, no excuses now! You are an odd find strangely in the plethora of Sam Adams land down here, I never see this beer around. Sam Adams anything else... not a problem.

A hazy body off the pour, a dull amber, mixing with an off white forming head that manages a finger. Good retention and staying power on the head. Mild lacing.

Not much of a nose, some fainty yeast fruity esters, and mild malt, but fairly quiet, and some biscuity sensations.

Mild fruity and an interesting bitter on this. Mixing chewy and malt body with a faint spritzy and bitter hop on the aftertaste. Seems almost like an aggressive English Pale Ale. Biscuit like malts and stickiness slightly become a little more noticeable after some time. There's some faint chocolate in this also.

A pretty solid and simple straightforward brew from the Sam Adams gang.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells strongly of hops. Fits the style quite nicely. Smooth, crisp, and a tartness of a mouth feel. High carbonation levels are present. Tastes strongly of hops. There is a small malt background noticeable. Overall, a good beer - not too overpowering with the hops - worth a try.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a foaming head which takes a little while to disapate. Basically no lacing at all. This ale has a very nice taste, light-medium body. One of the better Ale's from Sam Adam's. I like this ale quite a bit, it's very drinkable (watch out, LOL).

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copperish amber with a fluffy white head that slowly descends to a thin cover that stays around and leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is thin. Some sweet grassiness and dough.

The taste is of caramelish/honeyish sweetness balanced by earthy, leafy, bitterish hops. Pretty well-balanced.

It's light to medium-bodied. There is a certain coarseness to it, though it is smoother than not.


I used to like this more years ago. Since then it seems eclipsed by the ever-growing number of craft pale ales. It's a bit bland by today's standards. Still, it's easy enough to drink and serves as a decent "session" brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts detected. Taste is also very mild, some malts, very lightly hopped, not very big on flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Boston brew pours out a dark red, though more a clear orange when seen through light. Head is impressively huge, thick, creamy, white. Aroma is quite large on sugar, with some fruitiness, notes of citrus, orange, banana, a touch of sourness, too, and a certain something else I can't finger. Yeasty, bready, a little spicy and toasted, even. Butterscotchy, and sweet.
On the palate, though, this beer plays it cool, with meager hops and moderate malt. A little oily tasting, too, and an indistinct finish. The brew came and left without a trace. Very mild, and easily drunk, but with precious little to hold my interest. The label calls it a "stock ale", but they seem to have hit the ESB style right on.

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Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,115 ratings