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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)
2,105 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Citadel82
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Pizzeria Uno at the South Street Seaport in New York. I thought it was a decent amber ale though I was hoping for something with a little more malt and less hops. It arrived at the table with no head just a thin collar of lace. It left no further lacing but I attribute that to the glass. The aroma was floral with very faint biscuit notes, The taste was largely the same. Mouth feel was somewhat thin. It was drinkable overall, especially considering the only alternatives were macros but nothing to go out of your way to try.

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Photo of jackorain
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Orange to amber with off-white rock head, good retention, decent lace. Had floaties, which suprosed me.

S- Some floral and leafy hop notes with some bicuit and carmel malt

T-Nice hop bitterness, florala nd leafy. There is a carmel and biscuit malt structure here as well. A little sour note on the finish that was not objectionable.

M- nice carbination light-to med body. got a touch watery as it warmed up though.

D-very drinkable, an easy sessionable brew

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Photo of danielharper
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL, in a mixed six-pack with the Hefeweizen and the Black Lager. Reviewing all three today.

This is a pretty decent beer, actually, on par with their Lager. I probably prefer the lager to the ale, but then again I generally prefer lagers to ales, so what do I know? Nothing spectacular, but a nice brew -- if I can find this one at a restaurant somewhere I'll definetly try it with a burger or a steak.

Pours a light reddish color, lighter than I expected, with a small but foamy head. The head dissipates quickly, but some foam persists throughout the beer.

The scent is dominated by fruit flavors as well as the standard Sam Adams hop profile. This beer is actually the fruitiest I've had from Sam Adams, smells and tastes of red apples mixed with hop bitterness. I'm giving a slightly lower score here due to the bitter aftertaste, but that could be avoided by simply drinking another one, right?

Mouthfeel is largely positive here; the brew is highly carbonated, but it seems to match well to the taste profile. It's a foamy beer that coats the inside of the mouth quite well, and it finishes sort of rough and tart.

This beer is really pretty average to me. I'll probably buy it again (although in the six-pack instead of the sampler), but I won't seek it out immediately. Not really to my taste, but I can see why it's such a fan favorite.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white hed. There was decent retention ane little lacing.

The smel featured a soft sweet caramel malt with a smattering of aroma hops. The taste was upfront sweet caramel with a semi-dry grassy hop finish. Decent doughy finish. The mouthfeel was light with a very dry finish. Overall a very drinkable and sessionable ale. Easy and simpl

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a light amber with a huge bubbled head with aggressive carbonation. Rocky head leaves tight lace all around the glass. Nice looking head.

Aroma is caramel malts with a hop hit.

Flavor is caramel malts. Copper pennies and blood. Floral hops with a nice bitter hit on the back. Hops stand up in this one, for me but maybe not for the hop heads.

Mouthfeel is excellent, chewy and slick at the same time. The carbonation is perfect to balance the sweetness of the malt.

I didn't think I would find a better beer than the Boston Lager for an everyday session beer, this is it. Excellent for what it is.

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Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tubeman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not an APA- more like an amber ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a relatively clear red caramel color, 1.5 finger head, pretty good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is pretty malty- lots of caramel balanced by a little hops.

Taste is better than I expected- still pretty malty, but a nice malt flavor. Lots of caramel, a nice barley flavor, a little bit hop hop bitterness, finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing but maybe a little sweet- medium body, light prickly carbonation. This is a pretty good offering from Sam Adams, good session beer. A little too sweet for me.

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Photo of shockrocker65
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mongrel
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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 saintwarrick
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +8.3%
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 -10.2%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 nquigley16
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Reds76
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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 +10.5%
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 +13.3%
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 +18.8%
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 +2.2%
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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Samuel Adams Boston Ale (Stock Ale) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 2,105 ratings
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