Crystal Pale Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Crystal Pale AleCrystal Pale Ale
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3.56/5
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Crystal Pale AleCrystal Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jhartley on 07-27-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,529
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
284
pDev:
10.11%
Bros Score:
3.69
 
 
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Ratings: 284 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by biteme398:
Photo of biteme398
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerthulhu
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- spiegelau ipa glass

A: Neat clarity, tarnished orange coloring is topped off with a chalky white, milky cream textured head that was remarkable in stay. Quick paced macro-effervesce, minimal lacing.

S: Freshly sliced lemon, lime, with lightly dry grains and straw that quickly dissipates into a minimal offering.

T: Flavor was semi-sweet crystal malt, and lightly dry citrus hops. Dry hopping of citrus and pine hop flowers, and bittering dry lime.

M: Fairly crisp mouthful, lightly creamy, nothing to write home about.

O: Overall thought this was ok at best, moderate hoppiness, but linear and very non-passionate in complexity. Ok drinkability, but again very unexciting. As much as i respect Sam Adams for their early involvement in the craft movement and getting me involved in the revolution, with the exception of their Nobel Pils, they seem to struggle in producing hoppy beers, either with lack of passion or resentment. They do make their share of very drinkable beers for everyday consumption, this just isn't one of them with so many other commonly available and more viable options per style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Actually, it's a bit less than a finger high - the duration sucks, too. On the plus side, a skinny ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: I'm not familiar with Crystal hops, but they bring some nice characters here. Apricot, grapefruit, pine, earth, and flowers in particular. Some of the malts appear with a caramel expression. Not a vivid or in-your face aroma, but it works for what SA was trying to accomplish. (3.25)

Taste: A pretty straightforward flavor profile. Starts with some nice fruity yet floral hops, while the finish is a bit malty. More maltiness comes out the more I drink it. It does drink fine all in all, it just doesn't stand out in any matter. (3)

Mouthfeel: About what I'd expect from this kind of beer: fairly crisp, not heavy, decently carbonated. However, a bit too much residual sweetness lingers after several sips. Apart from that niggle, the feel is completely standard - no more, no less. (3)

Overall: Not a bad everyday drinker, just lacking excitement. It's every bit the middle-of-the-road beer I thought it would be - I mean, what else is expected from Sam Adams? I'd look for other pale ales over this one. (3)

3.09/5: Got the job done, just without any pizzazz or excitement

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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 oberon
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sicilian
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Hazed pale amber color, bubbly with a great looking trail of lace left on the glass. Sweet hop resin, grassy, floral, faint orange zest, faint spice, toasted grain, & mild honey in the nose and on the palate. Refreshing smoothness and pretty easy to quaff this one back. Good use of the Crystal hop, this one sets it self apart from most of the other Samuel Adams brews. Worth a try.

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Photo of andrewdanks
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Boston Beer Co. catches a lot of heat for many reasons. Some valid . . . Some not. But, after drinking this pale ale I still think if a more respected brewery ( where's the Sam Adams love at ? ) put out this same beer, it would probably rate around the Same. It's ok, but not great.

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Photo of far333
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising up to a half inch of off-white thick foam.

Low aroma of floral notes and biscuity malt. Uninteresting flavor of herbal grassy hops with a faint spicy note on top of corny malt. Thick mouthfeel delivers a load of CO2 that burns the cheeks, expands the gut, and explodes out the mouth. Not impressed.

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Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chutchins1175
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WickedBeer
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuebs
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brother_rebus
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonzo
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DruC4
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Crystal Pale is a decent beer. Nothing to exotic to note....more like a sessionable pale ale. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is slight spice. The taste is even balanced with slightly citric finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent.

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Photo of norinco
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prototypic
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A cool single-hop beer from Sam. I get a mix of peach and apricot with zesty citrus rind. Overall it makes for a very herbal character. It's not a huge hop character, but it's clean and intriguing. Give this a shot.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Better then most of their offering. A solid 4.25

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Crystal Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 284 ratings