Samuel Adams Pale Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #286
Ranked #45,618
3.5 | pDev: 14%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Pale AleSamuel Adams Pale Ale
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malt, floral hops, sticky bread. Taste is very similar, malt is just slightly sweet with the hops adding a bit of bitter balance.
It's not their best offering but it's still a decent beer

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Photo of CTHomer
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded toa thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: grass and earth;

T: follows the nose with mild bitterness on the finish;

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

O: I expect more hop bitterness from this style;

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Photo of eluvah
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of the summer variety pack. This is 5.4 abc. Nice head on initial pour and has nice lacing. Not much of an aroma. Smooth taste but finishes a little soapy. An average pale ale. Would not drink it if it was offered outside of the variety pack.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz bottle into English pint glass. A 1" sudsy white head slowly drops with abundant lacing on the glass. Color is hazy yellow orange with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma of floral and pine along with yeasty bread notes and some spice. Mouthfeel is light to medium and resinous. Flavors of pine, floral, and some lemon hops, white bread and some sort of spices. Overall: this one was good but not what I personally expect in an English style pale ale.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a half pint glass: color is slightly hazy gold, head is off white with fine bubbles, head presents at least 1/2 inch thick and is quite frothy. Other than being a bit dense/hazy looking the presentation is spot on for an english style pale ale.

Smell is pleasant - fuggle hops are notable and fairly fresh - grass, herbs and hint of citrus rind but grass is most prominent.

Taste is neutral pale malt, thin toast and biscuit notes, then grassy/herbal/minty hops. Limited citrus rind with a more earthy bent on the hop aromas.

Mouthfeel starts biting and sharp but softens with some warmth, but yet there is still a good amount of drying on the tongue.

Overall a beer that seems to get poorly reviewed out of its specific sub-style - no its not an american style pale ale - it has a more old style pale hop profile and a muted malt depth.

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Photo of Cuyle
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. Color is hazy, medium amber. Plenty of lingering head that slowly fades into persistent pools. Aroma is strongly fruity, a little grassy (I didn't get the citrus claimed on the bottle). Drier than I expected from the aroma. Strong carbonation overpowers the taste at first. Once the bubbles fade, there's a pleasant fullness balanced with British hoppiness. This is s beer that invites you to have a second.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint
BB 9/2018
Slightly hazy dirty blonde with big fluffy white head
Citrus and pine
Sweet malt, with citrus and pine
Light bodied and crisp
Overall i really enjoy this light but balanced pale

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Photo of drtth
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clear golden amber colored beer with orange highlights pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” fluffy ivory head that persists well and leaves rings and patterns of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches and lots of small speckles and a few legs of lacing.

The light gentle aromas show some bready malt along with some floral, herbal, grassy hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some light bready malt sweetness blending well with the light floral, herbal, and grassy hops that also have some earthy bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly prickly with the active moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the bready caramel sweetness begins to fade away into a the floral, herbal, grassy dry ending that also has some earthy bitterness.

Overall I thought this was a fairly nice example of the English Pale Ale that is easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. I’ve enjoyed this one and would be happy to have another. This would be a good beer to have for a small dinner party that includes lots of post dinner conversation with friends.

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Photo of deebo
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an English ipa. Tons of malt with some citrus and earthy hop character. On the high end of carbonation. Decent beer but not something I’d go to often.

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Photo of matcris
1/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

LOOKS: Big chunks of, I'm gonna say, yeast. Murky and amber. A finger of head that sticks around. Was not expecting chunks.
AROMA: Woah. Smells like sour bread and grapefruit. Again, not good. Should I stay or should I go...
TASTE: Yeah, tastes not good, at all...sour.
FEEL: I'm done. No date notched on the bottle and part of the Summer pack. Hey, thanks BBC. Looking forward to the other bottle.
OVERALL: I can appreciate a cold BL with a good fish and chips, or burger, now & then. Really no other reason to buy Sam's products anymore. Most are pretty blah even when they're not infected and/or ancient.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda hazy with a medium head. Taste of grapefruit and papaya not overly bitter but an overall great tasting beer and kinda crisp finishing. Good summer beer

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of September 2018. Sampled on June 22, 2018.

The pour is a slightly hazy looking yellow tone with a long lasting, lacing-leaving white foamy head.

The aroma has a definite citrus and lemongrass sensation to it along with the white or sourdough bread character. Seems to smell sweet too.

Smooth, medium body.

The taste is bright and zesty not unlike the aroma with a modest bitterness on the backside. Lingers slightly.

This was out many years ago and now it's back.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the mixed case at Bj's
Mostly clear light golden color with a decent bubbly white head. Sweet bready and faint caramel maltiness beneath some light citrus and pine. Not horribly exciting but nothing objectionable either.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Slightly dirty orange body, pretty hazy, with a short white head and fine bubble lacing.

S - Strong citrus, orange and grapefruit zest, over a grass and spicy hop hit.

T - Floral notes, a quiet lemon aspect, a bit of cracker malt, and a strong turn toward tea-like bitterness in the close.

M - Pretty light on the tongue, no residue but the dry finish lingers.

O - The flavor is kinda muddy. Nothing particularly offensive, but not inspiring.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I can summarize this beer in one word: Pine...

...And I've learned I'm no friend of it in a beer; way too piney for my taste. Though it did look good in the glass and had very good lacing, and it had a full-bodied mouthfeel, the smell reminded me of muted Pine Sol and the taste reminded me of someone mixing way too many pine cones in their water. It was awful, it just wasn't something I will every gravitate back too. (Now I need to find a way to 'pine off' the other one I have to someone else...

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer before, and can't believe that I never reviewed it. It was nice to find it in a mix-pack. The beer is a yellow-gold color with a little yeast-haze. Nice aroma Clean, light hops, distant fruit....a little malt. Nice taste...balanced and enjoyable. Drinkability is the emphasis of this beer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A solid if unremarkable English pale ale. Pours a light copper color with a white head. Light biscuity malt with citrusy and earthy hops. Moderate carbonation and highly drinkable.

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Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The left side of the label says "FOR BREWERY-FRESH TASTE, ENJOY BEFORE MONTH NOTCHED" with a mark over "AUG 2018"

Appearance: It has a slightly hazy gold body with a medium sized fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a pretty strong aroma that can be picked up even when not close to the glass. A closer inspection reveals notes of pine and wildflowers.

Taste: The beer opens with a light bit of lemon flavor and a rye-like grain character. There is a bit of a biscuit flavor to the beer and it finishes with some nice pine flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness with a light astringency. The body is on the lighter side of medium and it has good carbonation. It has a bit of a soupy character with a touch of resin and stickiness.

Overall: It's a forgettable but drinkable Pale Ale. The label states that this is a "CRISP ALE WITH A BRIGHT CITRUS HOP NOTE" an while there is a bit of lemon character, it mostly represents the pine-like hop flavors. It isn't especially crisp either. On the positive side, it does have a pretty good "pine-like" hop flavor. It's not a beer I would likely pick up again but it works as a "fluff filler" for a variety pack.

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Photo of Raime
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buddy apparently found this in Toledo. Tried one out in the lot then he went in and bought the rest. Came over quite intoxicated swearing by the beer and demands I drink one. Sam Adams Pale Ale? For being something that seems so basic I'm astounded that I've never come across it.

Look - Closer to yellow than an expected amber of any sorts. Two finger frothy head with moderate carbonation appearance.

Smell - Malt forward with a kiss of floral hop.

Taste - Those classic Sam Adams style APA/IPA brews all tend to have a hop profile that reminds me of lemon pledge. Soapy but the malt gives a nice balance.

Feel - Crisp and clean with buzzing carbonation. Goes down easily.

Overall - Not sure what my friend is on about really. Fairly average pale ale. Reminds me of a variation on their summer ale almost.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Copper colored pour with 1/4" white head. You get some floral aspect of a C hop in here, mixed with noble, seems like one of those old world meets older new world hop mash ups.

Taste hits those light toasted pale and honey malt notes. Carbonation drops in on the mouthfeel in a substantial way. More of the floral earthy lemon hops comes across than Cascades.

There are no off flavors, but ultimately this is one of those pale ales that stresses its malt base more than hop flavor or yeast impact. Gateway stuff.

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear rich golden color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of clean malt and spicy, citusy hops.

Flavor is more hop forward than I suspected with a burst of citrus hops that come across as somewhat grapefruit and very fresh. The underlying malt makes it's presence known but does play second fiddle throughout. Finish is clean with a refreshing touch of bitterness.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A lightly, brightly slightly hoppy ale with a definite citrus bent. Very refreshing.

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Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight citrus flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent IPA

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams
Pale Ale

Pours a deep golden color with a good soapy froth. Aroma of buttery toffee, bread, and earthy hops. Mild bitterness, and very much like an English bitter. Soft noble hops and a toffee/butterscotch like note. Finishes with a leafy hoppyness and a slight tang. Light to medium bodied feel with an oily hop and sweet yeast. Overall, a mild, session able ale with a very English character.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Pale Ale is brewed in the English Pale Ale style. According to the label, "This distinctive and refreshing American ale is brewed in the classic style with the finest English ale hops and lightly roasted specialty malts. Hand-selected Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops impart a crisp dry finish to this flavorful authentic ale. Cheers! I scored a 40% discount on a sixer of this at Smokerise Bottle Shoppe a month ago- thanks for all the awesome discounts, guys! Date ticked on the bottle is mid/late-August 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Samuel Adams Signature Perfect Pint glass in the mid 40'sº Fahrenheit. The bottle was a gusher- one of my first (hopefully not infected) by Samuel Adams.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, sudsy white head with lots of big bubbles that recede at an average rate. Lacing is very spotty and thin, and a thin splotchy surface cover remains afloat in the center of the brew as the head dissipates. The body color is a crystal clear pale golden amber with a sufficient amount of relaxed carbonation. A decent appearance overall, but falls a bit short on the head quality which was reminiscent of sudsy bath water and didn't stick around for long. 3

(Smell) The aroma is a medium buttery caramel malt with some mildly bitter earthy hops lingering right behind it. The yeast profile is cider-like and dry. Altogether a decent smelling beer but nothing too striking in the aroma that sets it apart from other English Pale Ales. 3.5

(Taste) Slightly thin caramel and pale malt blend, a touch of honey. Hops are mild in presence but bring some earthiness and balance to the beer. Yeast profile brings a little bit of fruit to the blend; it's faint but certainly there. Finish is mildly dry, a bit tart. Overall I find the taste not all that impressive. The yeast profile brings an odd cider-like tartness to the beer; it doesn't match the malts nor hops and keeps the beer from a pleasant, clean finish- think a mouthful of pennies, for instance... but no, it's not quite that bad. The malt profile runs a little thin and doesn't match the hop presence as much as it should. An interesting take, but perhaps not Samuel Adam's best foray into foreign styles. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild crispness, scratchy dry and somewhat tart finish. Alcohol presence is light. Body is lighter than the norm for the style and light amongst all beers. I found that the malt presence was a bit too shallow for this one. The carbonation was mild but quite appropriate for the style. 3.5

(Overall) English Pale Ales take a bit getting used to from their American "spin-offs", as the flavors will be a bit more mild, and sometimes... unpredictable. In this particular example, the hop presence was nice and rounded, a good choice of earthy hop blends. The malt presence was too shallow to pair well, however. The yeast profile finished way too dry and tart, a strange variation from the norm for most pale ales. While I wouldn't discount seeking this beer entirely, I caution the drinker that the style may not be for everybody and not to expect a burst of flavor, or even originality, in any department, but rather a highly drinkable beer with the possibility of some ever bizarre and unforgivable imperfections. It is quite likely that seeking this beer out as young as you possibly can might help alleviate these setbacks, however. 3.5

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up looks to be best by March is noticed so this beer seems to be a touch old.

A - Nice orange yellow in color with a minimal of head that turns to an impressive lace ring.

S - Smells of nice bits of hops with pale malts and grains. No hard water smell which is nice.

T - Not a bad pale at all! Taste of mild hops and grainy malts. Very little yeast and taste has no "hardwater" flavor. Tasty!

M - Light to medium body it's easy to drink.

Overall it's a typical pale ale dominated by english malts. So that means it's good to drink but not really something I would seek out again.

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