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 Scribbles
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a decent 2 finger head from an aggressive pour, a deep copper brown colour only slightly lighter than the bottle it came from.

S- floral hops, citrus and a bit of malty sweetness.

T- lightly toasted malts, some citrus and dry fruit flavours, the floral hops are there in the background. A really good APA imo.

M- light but fairly smooth, not overly carbonated, dry-ish finish and it leaves you with a pleasing taste in the mouth.

D- pretty good drinkability better than most APA's I can remember. I could definitely drink a few of these; quite good in the fall.

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Photo of astrasday
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell of sweet malts and honey. A bit of piney hops as well.

Taste starts with sweet honey and malts piney, bitter hops come in next with sharp finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. There is quite a bit of carbonation in this one. Not as full as other APAs I've had.

Drinkability is nice. This one goes down easy.

Overall, a good beer. Not exceptional by any means, but a solid offering.

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Photo of nastley3
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle this beer was a darker gold/amber color with between average/large head and average lacing. I got this in the brewmaster collection and while it certainly wasnt the best of the bunch it was an all around decent beer. This beer had a good taste but I did not like the way it finished. The mouthfeel was also good (not too watery or carbonated) but overall it's nothing special. A solid beer from SA but not their best work.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Carmel colored concoction right after I finished a Dogfish 60 Minute IPA. It was a terrific transition. Sam Ale had a cherry, malt, sweetness that I don't think I would have enjoyed if I didn't start with an IPA. Great head and lacing. Sudsy mouthfeel. An all around great brew. I will keep it in the fridge at all times.

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Photo of warchez
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam head has tight bubbles with average sized streaming bubbles up glass. The head held strong for most of the glass.
Aroma had faint hint of butterness(diacetyl) to it, perhaps a batch issue, but its not distracting. Hop profile has moderate bitterness, with the classic Sam Adams spicey clean finish. Light amber/gold color.
Drinkable beer thar would pair with most mild pub foods.

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Photo of reallyhoppie
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a red gold color with nice tan head. Head retention was good, as was the lacing.

Has mild aroma hops and malt, heavier on the hops. Simple.

Tart taste of hops. Excellent balance of hops and malt. Citrus and caramel in the finish.

Superb mouthfeel. This is mouthfeel I want from every non-stout, non-cream ale.

All told, a good beer. It's best feature is that it is readily available most places and not really over-priced.

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Photo of douggoodavage
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle enjoy by date 12/2008. Oops its a little old or should we call it bottle aged LOL. I poured it hard into a large mug at 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Awesome cream colored lacing that is very intricate. A nice foamy head that started at three fingers and ended 20 min. later at one eighth of an inch. This ale is a clear amber color.

Smell: Gently hoppy with a mild citrus background. It smells like a exotic craft brew, very nice.

Taste: Dry hop bitterness, crisp lemon peel, with smooth sweet lager like maltiness. In northern VA beer is sold in just about any store. However most stores just sell a handful of popular mass produced beers. If you are a hop head in a pinch this one scores well above the rest.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tangy, thin, gently carbonated.

Drinkability: More complex than most "popular" beers, I realy enjoy drinking these. This beer pairs well with most comfort food. Most casual "go with the flow" beer drinkers may not like this one saying its too bitter. However if you introduce this one to someone who is tired of the run of the mill pizza parlor beer they may catch a glimpse of the power of the hop gods.

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Photo of mbatley
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured good with more head than expected. While the head shrank quickly it gave good aroma with caramel and citrus giving a preview of quaffability to come.

Very appealing amber, copper color, but tending toward lighter note.

Taste: Smooth with out malty sweetness. Good long finish and very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that I will consider for a decent session beer. Maybe just a slight bit too sweet for a full session beer but less hoppy than some pale ales.

Hard to find as I only tried it as a part of a SA Mix 12'er.

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Photo of HopsHops
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome...

Poured it into a big pilsner glass and it was like a dark, raw honey carmel color. Great appearance.

The first thing i smell in this one is carmel along with a bit of hops and some nice malt...very well balanced...

Taste is full of sweetness with hints of bitter hops and carmel candy...absolutely wonderful...dont get me isnt too sweet...again, very well balanced...

Mouthfeel is great , not too much carbonation not too little, great to drink by itself.

Drinkability is like...WOW.... Thelow alcohol content is nice because it makes this great tasting beer so drinkable... I love a strong ale but this one is fun because you can keep drinking it without getting too trashed lol....

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Photo of jclzony
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a typical Amber color for an ale with a nice aroma. A good bitter intitial flavor leaving the mouth tingly at the start and at the finish giving a good portion of hops for an American mass produced product. Leaves a nice malty flavor on ones palate. Overall a good drinking ale.

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Photo of BoSox5902
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

by far the best beer brewed by the boston beer company. it is a peg above the boston lager which is also very good. as do all samuel adams' beers, it has a strong hop content in it. some may feel it is overwhelming but i think its delicious. i had a homeless guy in new york buy me a six pack of this, which he payed for it with his money believe it or not. his name was homeless charlie look him up he was on opie and anthony.

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Photo of paladinjoe
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable, one of the more underrated offerings from Samuel Adams. I appreciate that this beer has survived since 1988, with such little marketing to back this particular brew.

A very drinkable, yet big enough body to not disappoint really anyone of us in the craft beer community. A nice bitterness with enough of a sweetness to not let the bitterness overpower the overall flavor of this almost red ale. This type of beer pretty much goes with just about anything!

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with nearly two finger head in standard pint glass. Head retains well and leaves lots of lacing. Smell is herbal and fresh. Taste is ultra smooth, on the hoppy, fruity side with malt playing admirable second fiddle. Clean and not overly dry finish. Mouthfeel is sound with light to medium body. Extremely drinkable - a very refreshing beer that just hits the spot any time of year.

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Photo of shohog
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am on my 2nd bottle and I am very impressed. I am drinking from a pint glass. It has a good 3 finger white to off white head. Beautiful clear copper to gold color. Good lacing and has a very pleasant citrus to caramel scent. Good carbonation with a nice and true amber mouthfeel. A slight more of a sweet caramel taste that might be stronger than some prefer but enough hops come right behind it for an excellant balance for a complex exlposion on your tastebuds.

This is my first taste of Boston Ale and as always Samuel Adams doesn't disappoint.

It taste as awesome as it looks!

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Photo of Aphexwolf
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:Pale brown-coppery, clear. Thick head, good retention, excellent lacing, medium carbonation.
Smell: Malty sweet smell balanced with a faint hint of hops.
Taste: Bitter and dark taste of hops, not much malt here. Lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, not as much froth as anticipated.
Drinkability: Medium, leaves a small feeling of fullness. Can drink 2-3 in a sitting.
Summary: This is a good beer. I gave it 7.9/10 or C+. I like the color and appearance. I'm particularly impressed in the head. It has a nice smell to it. This beer works my appetite up and makes me hungry, which makes me think it would be great with appetizers for company. This being the first ale I've tasted with no other ales to compare it too, I would say this is a fine ale and I would drink it again.

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Photo of pabstsmear
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unforunately this brew is hard to find since the lager, light, and seasonal brews are always on display. I was lucky enough to find one 12 pack in my local Shaws on sale for $10.99. The brew is and has always been my favorite from Sam Adams. Well, nothing changed with this purchase, in fact I think I got a pretty lively batch. I have nothing more to say except seek out an American classic- stock ale.

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Photo of Hatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap. Freshness date is present on the bottle.

Pours a medium amber with hints of orange. White fluffy head, foamy, good retention, some lacing that slides down glass.

Smells of some hops, floral hints, mild sweetness.

Initially you taste the malt bite followed by a rush of floral hops, smooth, some sweeter citrus notes, spicy. Some mild bitterness. Mild, smooth, and balanced. A medium-bodied ale that's easy to drink.

Notes: A good balanced brew that's pretty easy to find which gives it points.

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

A - Low head that disappeared quickly. Orange-ish medium-deep red.

S - A little bit of maltiness.

T - A little bit of breadiness with a nice bit of bitterness at the end.

M - Medium-to-higher carbonation.

D - Malty with just enough hop bitterness, but I definitely enjoy being hit over the head more -- IPAs and strong coffee porters are more my style. You could drink a lot of these Boston Ales without any problem.

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Photo of Rob6852
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the Boston Lager before but never this brew. Time to see if its as good.
Beer pours a ruby-amber color with a big white/tan head that settles down and leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Beer smells woderful. I smell the malt and some slight fruity aroma comming from it.
The beer has a wonderful taste, and the hops give it a nice twang. I still say there are some subtle fruit tastes going on.
This is a beer i wish I could have found earlier. This makes a good session beer and is a solid drinkable beer.
Very nice.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber with a Frothy head. looks like a nice english pub ale

S: There isn't a bunch going on here but some nice sweet caramel and malty notes. But then again i wasn't expecting a bunch here. I tend to love the drinkability of an english ale, not the smell as much.

T: Smoooth. You get some nice light hoppiness in here with some light fruits. But big winner is the malts. They aren't overwhelming but then again, i don't want that in an ale like this.

M/D: This is where im giving big points. Its silky smooth and could drink this all day. Very enjoyable!!!!

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Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with freshness date (July 2010)

A - Golden, slight amber hue. 1/2 finger, fluffy white head that dissipated quickly leaving small amount of lacing.

S - Slightly fruity, wet hops at first, with touch of watery malt. Good aroma, but I'd prefer a more potent scent.

T - Hops try to take over at first, but are quickly subdued my a smooth, semi-sweet malt cover. As the malt fades, this is where the hops step into the spotlight - citrusy, like grapefruit. The hop flavor intensifies in the aftertaste, leaving the grapefruit flavor on the back of my tongue. The taste evolves from a shock of bitter, immediately to sweet, then fading slowly back to bitter. A pleasant, conservative touch over all of the bases.

M - Clean, but with enough presence to coat the mouth with a malty residue that fades to leave a lingering dryness from the hops after each sip. I like how it's full, and not too watery, but the dry feel of the hops cleans it out, leaving no "oily" feeling that many other beers leave.

D - I could put down possibly up to three of these, but no more than that. Not a beer to pound one after the next. It's meant to be enjoyed for its subtle complexities. Easy to drink, a generally conservative ale, but certainly not severely lacking in any area.

Overall, I believe this is one of the best beers with a Samuel Adams label. Once again, I'm perfectly satisfied. I plan on keeping a steady supply of Boston Ale in my fridge. This would be a great beer as part of the transitioning process to more extreme beers, for a less experienced drinker. For me, it's simply a great, satisfying beer to fall back on and it always satisfies.

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Photo of chrishickman
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from the grocery the other day when I was too lazy (and really, didn't have enough time) to make a trip to the liquor store. I've always liked the lager but wanted something a little "heartier", especially since I was grilling up some marinated steaks for dinner. I was hoping for a more "ale-y" version of the lager and was not disappointed. I've always liked the "texured" taste of ales over lagers and tend to gravitate toward them, whether a Belgian brown or an American pale.

My hope above perfectly describes this beer - just like the lager, only in Ale form. Toasted, carmel/nutty flavor, good head, great drinkability (Boston Brewing Co. never has a problem in this area respective to style), this will be a beer I hope to see when in an unfamiliar bar that has a few beers on its menu. Would love to try this on tap.

In short, there's not going to be anything new here for anybody who has run out of fingers and toes with which to count the number of different beers tried, but you could definitely do a lot worse than this one.

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

Another flavor from a Summer Sampler twelve pack.
Drank it straight from the bottle. I have yet to be disappointed by any beer of Sam Adams.

Appearance is good. A really nice head still distinguishable after a few minutes.

Smell is average. Nothing really distinct in the smell.

Taste is good. Nice tasty ale with a slight aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. Feels nice and frothy.

This beer is very drinkable. A nice overall ale. I wouldn't mind draining a few on a warm summer day.

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Photo of jazer
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather nice appearance. Well-rounded taste, a little of everything, sweet and bitter. Reminds me a lot of Boston Lager. I think I could have several of these without any regret. Definately more of a bitter beer kind of a drink,though.

Recommended. Sort of.

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Photo of bearcamp
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a friends party. She got a mixed back on SA beer and this was one of the many I had. I initially thought that this was the ale version of their main stay lager. I'm more of an ale guy these days.

Appearance is very amber filtered color.

Not much of a smell to it.

Taste is much better than the smell to this beer. Taste of malt and a bit of bitterness bite at the end. Can taste the slightest of caramel.

Mouth feel was good and easy to go down. I will definitely add this to the beer list and get a case of it down the road.

Very good ale!

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