Crystal Pale Ale
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Crystal Pale AleCrystal Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,591
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,327
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 10.36%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
287
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Crystal Pale Ale has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, gold-orange, bubbly appearance, and a few strings of lacing left behind. The aroma is of citrus (orange peel?), white bread, and a touch of yeast. Taste is of those notes, with some British earth element and a dab of bitter dankness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Crystal Pale finishes crisp and easy.

RJT

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Photo of stakem
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Standard 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a golden copper in color with a white fluffy cap that fades leaving a wall of lace.

The aroma is a little fruity with citrus and caramel sweetness than a hint of butter towards the back. The taste is bready caramel, butter, slight foral and herbal hops.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its ok but I doubt id buy it again.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a generous lacing head and orange-gold color. Aroma is definitely citrus and pale malts. Flavor is a great deal of lemony citrus up front with a slightly malty earthy dry finish. Clean and light on the tongue. Nice if you like the fruitiness.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bttl into BL glass
BB 7/16
L- hazy honey, with thin foam head, that slowly dissipates
S- a citrusy aroma, that reminds me of a citron, along with some sweet malty aromas
T- heck of a lot of lemon-y citrus, ever so slight sweet malt, that goes down with hints of a bitter finish
F- medium bodied, smooth, crisply carbonated, tingle from lemon tartness as well
O- someone missed the memo on balance as this brew is lemon-loaded

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Photo of CTHomer
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: grainy; a little floral;

T: not very assertive; grainy; pilsner malt?; earthy; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; crisp;

O: not a lot of aroma or flavor; thirst quenching; refreshing; the crispness and dryness make me want to come back for another sip;

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ctrisy beer with not too much hops or aftertaste. Goes down really smooth. Nice pale color to compliment the taste of this wonderful beer. Kudos!

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 6 cases! from Southtown Beverages, Apr 2015. Served in a Duvel Tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Copper, thin head, wisps of lacing

Smell: Orchard fruity

Taste: rind like bitterness, bready malt

Feel: medium carbonation

Overall: tasty, crushable. I love it

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this bottle chilled in a tulip pint.

The color is medium amber with rosy yet clear appearance with visible carbonation and 2 finger head with fine bead and lace that sticks in streamers on the glass. The smell begins faintly piney with a mild yeast ester and as it warms more malt and citrus from the hops emerge in the aroma. The feel is good with a balanced quality of hop bitterness with mild sweetness mid palate with moderate carbonation and mostly dry finish with no alcohol presence.

The taste is decent with a nice blend of citrus from American hops and herbal almost spicy hop flavors from the English hops utilized per the neck label with a slight malt sweetness to support the amount of bitterness with a familiar Samuel Adams yeast contribution with a lager-like dry almost crisp finish. This is a quality pale -worth a try and enjoyable for what it is. I appreciate its balance but it doesn't break the mold for Sam Adams pale ales

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Photo of bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been wondering why a basic pale ale has been so long coming from Sam Adams. This one delivers better than most in the US. Nice citrus hop punch with malt sweetness and rich body along with a smooth finish. Very sessionable beer and satisfying with each gulp. Highly recommend.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a 1.5 finger dense white head. Retention is decent and there are some thick webs of lacing. Smell is almost non existent. Bready and doughy malts are all that is apparent with a touch of citrus and some hop spiciness that barely make themselves known. Taste is similar with a bit more citrus than what the smell would lead you to believe. Feel is light, but the malt forwardness makes it seem heavier than it actually is. Overall a big miss, just like most of Sam Adams' "hoppy" offerings.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6-Pack - $8.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Best Before: Aug 2016.

Appearance: Pours a golden body with noted clarity and a medium-small, near white head.

Smell: Spiced biscuit tops with a thin ribbon of implied honey-tinged sweetness ahead of fruity, citrusy hop notes and some earthy, grassy hints.

Taste: Bready, biscuity malts with a slender honeyed sweetness and touch of raw dough. Lightly floral and earthy with some citrusy touches. Medium-light bitterness. Lightly resiny and more of a citrus oil vibe heading into the crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A lively, easy-drinking pale with relatively good balance to it.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Semi hazy light orange. White head.
Smell of dark toast, heavy orange. Heavy pine. Lemon peel. The taste is the same as the smell. Feel is light. Good carbonation.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Grass, bread, and some light pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with grass and dough.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drink by July 2016.

L- Deep gold, great clarity, two finger white head.

S- Citrus peel, some earthy spice, light bready malt.

T- Light amounts of citrus and hoppy spice, light white bread, light to medium bitterness.

F- Light, good carb, easy drinking.

O- Another beer typical of Sam Adams, light to medium on aroma and flavor and easy drinking, not that it's a bad thing.

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Photo of hdf561
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into an English style pub glass, no head, lacing that disappears almost immediately.

Gold Amber color...definitely smell citrus right off the bat and that's with my nose a little contested.

Taste some citrus, the hops, carbonation, with a slight bitter after taste but not as harsh as an IPA, something else I'm missing a spice of some sort can't place it.

Overall not bad smoother than I anticipated not a big fan of IPA or APA style as I don't like bitterness but this is a good beer, wouldn't buy again but would not turn it down if handed one.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, citrus hops, hint of tea, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, but average aroma, body and blend.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy before 6/2016.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, citrus juice, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with tangerine, citrus juice, citrus zest, and slight earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with great citrus forward hop qualities that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparently I'm writing a review for a Sam Adams beer... what a world. Very translucent, golden with a lot of carb. Not too fond of the nose on it... smells kinda metallic. Mouthfeel is decent, maybe a little high on carb actually. Taste is just a bite of cold hops... I imagine the IBUs on this have to be fairly low. Something about it just tastes watered down. I don't know, not terrible though. I've certainly had "bad" pale ales and I wouldn't call this a bad one.

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Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear darker Amber with half finger head. Smells of mild malt and even milder hops. Very minimal head rentention and lacing. Very balanced hop to malt ratio. Super drinkable. Too mild for my hop headedness.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 7/2016. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, lemon zest, light pepper/pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, lemon zest, light pepper/pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, peach, lemon zest, light pepper/pine, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. This was a bit tame on the hoppiness; but it had good complexity and was still very enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Best before June 2016.

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a med pace, little lacing, clear honey orange color streaming bubbles.

Nose is like an early homebrewer's IPA, lots of pine, pine sap and pine tree, quite earthy, a little herbal, a toasty crystal malt, nothing very inviting about it.

Taste brings more of the same, a little better though, hops are mixed of decent grassy noble like flavors with pine tree sap and earthy forest floor, even a bit mushroomy herbal earthy, but nice popping noble hop notes as well. No citrus, maybe a bit fruity though, with a touch of sweet toasty crystal malts. Finish is pretty dry, some citrus peel bitter rind, more earthy pine sap.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, little crisp.

Overall eh, nothing too special, the hops don't blend well and malt is just barely anything going on, an OK beer but eh.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Truly deep crystal clear, a shimmering bronze orange body color, with a little bit of rising carbonation, much of it in different levels of speed most going up in a crawling slow motion. Head is pretty tiny, clocking in barely higher than a finger off the pour, and settling with a simple white cap and collar. Very bright looking beer.

Advertised as floral and citrus hop angle, the aroma does get to that character nicely. Florality as always for me is subtle and this is no different, but there's a mild citrus orange nearly tangerine quality that is expressed nicely with a sweet malt backbone. On first whiff it doesn't seem that exciting, but with more time it is actually very enjoyable and unique. Really dig it, with a nice subtlety and not a big obvious sledgehammer quality.

Palate is quite different though. Hop aroma goes to a much more dryer malt feel and flavors. White flour mid palate and a bit of off hop astringency that doesn't really add to the flavor much. Real dry beer for an ale, without a crisp finish. Sharp palate with an almost pepery quality that at first is a bit jarring on first sips. With time the beer really does open up and gets sweeter, and a much more minty like quality to it.

And interesting pale ale, decent one, and one that actually gets better as time goes on.

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Photo of Raime
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Crystal Pale Ale.

New beer outta SA ( least I've never seen it before ). Grabbed a single for 1.59 at my local meijer. Not really sure what to expect so let's get right to it.

Look - Hard poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours a crystal clear shade of copper with an initial two finger slightly off white head that eventually dies down to a finger of soapy froth. Carbonation appears to be quite low with this one. The clarity on this beer is amongst some of the best I have ever seen. Moderate amounts if lacing and stick are retained amongst a finished glass.

Smell - The nose is admittedly stronger from the bottle than it is in the glass. Big notes of pine with a nice dosage of lemon grass. Mango in small amounts with a nice malt level that should lead to a smooth drink that isn't overly sweet. Not a massive nose but clean and promising.

Taste - Follows the nose completely . Lemon grass and pine meld together in moderate amounts with a touch of mango and just enough of the malt aspects to keep it from getting too sweet. More pleasant than most session beers which tend to lack the balance between hops and malts in my opinion.

Feel - The feel on this beer is thicker than I had expected with a moderate amount or carbonation. Flavors in the mouth remain the same with a bit more of the lemon grass. Beer swallows clean and easily with a low level of bitterness.

Overall - This is not a hugely complex beer by any means but it is a great example of the style. The balance is as good as you can get for a session and I could surely drink a sixer of these without it becoming too sweet. I'd have it again. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions .

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Photo of mikeg67
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, citrusy hops and oranges. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, pale malt and ripe fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Very good overall.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by June notched on label:

Pours bright copper with a lasting white head. Thin sheet of lacing sticks.

The smell is of citric and some floral notes.

The taste is citric and floral. Earthy/spicy with balancing bready malt backbone. Refreshingly dry finish.

It is smooth - hits medium bodied.

A pale ale that showcases the Crystal hops well while keeping the balance of a pale ale. A nice "sessionable" beer.

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Crystal Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 287 ratings