Samuel Adams Pale Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,429
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
963
pDev:
14.12%
 
 
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Ratings: 963 |  Reviews: 590
Photo of desertdude000
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
3.61/5  rDev +4%
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 +0.9%
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 +7.5%
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 +11.5%
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 chiefz1
2.15/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Samlover55
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
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 cwkash
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Satsuma
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grupatre
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antman27
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very average pale ale.

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Photo of norinco
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deebo
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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 chicagoish
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of matcris
1/5  rDev -71.2%
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 rdub
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jbalintjr
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 ImperatorScab
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 963 ratings