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)

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of neil2me
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of saintwarrick
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This orangey beer has a very sweet malty aroma absent of any hops. Taste is solid, some sweet maltiness at the front with a nice hop bite at the end with a smooth dry finish. I like this as a session beer more than the lager because of the hoppiness at the end. A very tasty and drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- thin and bubbly 2 finger white head sits on a brick red tinted straw brew, filmy lace clings to glass, decent retent on the head

S- rich, fruity, hint of caramel, toasted malts, floral and herbal aromas

T- sweet dried fruit flavors from malts, brown sugar, toasted malts, orange (citrus), rich caramel

M- smooth and well carbonated medium body, crisp and dry finish

D- malt balanced sessionable brew, definitely warrants a try with its surprising complexity

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Photo of guezarka
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Mongrel
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper color with some creamy head and lacing.

Smell is almost nonexistent - just slightly sweet with a faint whiff of vanilla.

Taste-wise, the front-end brings a pleasant creamy, orange spice flavor with plenty of nuttiness. This quickly fades though and is replaced by a bitter, copper flavor that sort of lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy, with a really dry finish.

Overall, not a great beer. Barely a good one, really. It would be a lot more palatable if not for that really prominent tin/copper flavor, which is unfortunate.

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Photo of drews240
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber topped by a large frothy head. A thick film of bubbles is all that is left after a few swigs, and this leaves small specks and blobs of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Bready malt aromas with a hint of brassy hops lurking in the background.

Taste: Toasted biscuit malt, kinda caramely. Not much in the way of hops except on the extreme finish.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body. Clean aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not bad. A very accessible APA both in terms of taste and ubiquity. I'd go for SNPA over this any day, however.

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3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boston Ale is a deep honey gold color with just a bit of an amber tint. The 1/2" off-white head settles down to a creamy, solid cap. Very nice lacing.

The nose is dominated by caramel. Buttery. Some fruity ale aroma and hops in the backgroud.

The taste is initially a rich caramel malty flavor. Toffee, butterscotch and some nice, subtle hops. Some woody, toasted notes as well.

This Sam Adams Boston Ale has a full, round mouthfeel.It is a very good beer, well balanced and full of rich flavor. The drinkability rating was not higher for me only because of a sweetness that lingered in the back of my mouth that, IMHO, I did not care for. By far, one of my 2 favorites by Sam Adams so far. Give it a try.

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Photo of nquigley16
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Neorebel
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Reds76
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Beautiful maltness in the scent with a three fingers high foam. The beer lacks some character but is otherwise almost perfect with the long and smoked aftertaste.

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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 EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this one the first time I tried it a long time ago as part of my first brewmaster's select 12 pack. Picked a sixer up as part of my contribution to the super bowl party tommorrow but I'm sure no one'll mind me taking one to review for "quality control" today.

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - A very nice translucent copper/orange color with a thick foamy two finger white head. Foam sticks to the glass nicely leaving some lace on the walls of the glass.

S - A bit of a grainy smell with some hops in there. A bit of swetness characteristic of a pale ale.

T - I get the dry grainy taste here a lot with some nice flowery hop taste. A good bitter bite finishes the beer well. All in all a great balanced flavor.

M - A nice feel with some carbonation dancing around. A nice medium mouthfeel that makes this opne nice and crisp.

D - It's better than your average pale ale and really screams SESSION BEER!!!. An interesting enough flavor to make you want more and a beer you can put down all night. Wish they actually had this on tap at some bars in my area.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark copper color with a two finger head. Good retention and good lacing. Smell is mostly hops with toasted malt and faint apple cider. Taste is rich and well balanced between initial hop bitterness and sweet dark malts following after. Medium body with low carbonation, but very smooth. Flavorfull and very drinkable due to it's dry aftertaste and a clean finish. More like a Euro pale ale than an APA, even those who don't care for beers with a high IBU count can enjoy this beer.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween 2009 shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color. Has a medium-sized foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of sweet malts and grassy hops with some fruity notes as well. Seems pretty well-balanced.

Taste: Starts bitter with grassy and earthy hops. Finishes sweet and fruity. Has a bit of a metallic twinge at the end. Fairly well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing but a little lacking in body.

Drinkability: A solid beer. This one falls squarely into SA's lineup. I've found that while most of SA's beers aren't outstanding, they are solid and faithful representations of the style. This beer isn't life-changing but it's pretty solid.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that falls slowly with abundant lacing. Color is a hazy amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: fairly mild aroma of caramel and toasted barley, a hint of hops as well

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied slick with a somewhat wet finish.

Flavor: caramel is dominate along with biscuit, toasted bread crust, and a bitter earthy hops.

Overall: very well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Under a finger of foam settles over a deep golden to copper-hued beer. Aromas are actually more European than I expected ... mildly cooked grains come to mind. Toasted biscuit. Flavors are a bit metallic, and biscuity. Caramel sweetness is heavily present with a bit of warmth. This beer is listed under APA, but it seems like more of an english style. Not sure I'd go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BBM
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a orange-copper color with a two finger white head that doesn't stick around long. This ale has a sweet smell to it. You can recognize malt and maybe some faint hops.

This is a pretty average pale ale, and not quite as good as their Boston Lager. It's much sweeter, with a caramel flavor hitting the tastebuds, and bitter hops coming through at the end. Overall not quite the balance some of their other beers have. Mouthfeel is light and clean. It certainly is drinkable as something to enjoy during a ballgame with chips.

Overall it's a fairly average ale, but by no means bad.

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Photo of cvfish
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a good bit of lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas of this beer were slight sweet malts, and a good bit of citrus and floral hoppiness

T - This Pale Ale had the the sweet, bready malts, a good grapefruit and lemon mix, followed by a decent amount of hoppy bitterness on the finish

M - The mouth on this beer had a light to moderate body that had a moderate amount of carbonation, very crisp beer

D - This Pale Ale screamed session beer to me, great taste and body for a session beer, Samuel Adams scores with this creation, very tasty

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Photo of BierReise
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I give it straight 3's across the board. It's a shame when you go into a restaurant with 16 taps and you end up choosing the house beer. But that's exactly what I had to do because it was a choice between Unos amber, Guinness, Killians or 13 other watery and watery light macros. The only thing worse would be Bennigans with 30 taps of wasted space, but that's another story alltogether.
This one is clear and light amber with small head and a surprising heavy lacing straight down the glass. Smell is on the sweet side and taste is a little thin with little bitterness. I guess this is Sam Adams Boston Ale in disguise because that's exactly what it tastes like. You could do alot worse but went well with the pizza.

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

Nice orange-amber pour with a thick, creamy and well-sustained light tan head. Slightly sweet toffee malt in the aroma. The nicely toasted palate features a firm caramel note and subdued hop character.

Another solid brew from Sam Adams; great toasted flavors with some tasty caramel. This session ale is drinkable, easygoing but still fairly satisfying.


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