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%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
273
For Trade:
1
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased as part of a Wegmans mix-six pack.

Pours a dark copper orange, with a healthy 2.5 inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells of sweet and slightly toasty malts and grains, with a bit of cut grass.

Very crisp, clean taste. A little bit malt sweetness is cut by a slightly husky grassy hop bite. Just very easy drinking, nothing crazy, but it gets better the more you drink of it.

Could use a little more carbonation, it's slightly flat. Crisp mouthfeel, however, and very drinkable. Light to medium bodied.

An excellent and drinkable English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is this called an APA? Sam Adams calls it a stock ale (which can also mean old ale) and has a very British character in my opinion. Tastes and smells like an English pale ale really. The aroma is a smooth, creamy bread and carries over in the flavor. Mellow caramel malt with a slight herbal hops note make up most of the flavor. Mostly its all smooth sailing with the creamy yeast character and sweet malts. Quite delicious in all, though not as complex as I'd wish.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent which boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a slightly fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a nice malty flavor with a dry fruity finish. It goes down smooth and with good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine amber ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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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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