Samuel Adams Pale Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #297
Ranked #44,771
3.49 | pDev: 14.04%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews: 593 | Ratings: 969
Reviews by deebo:
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3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Raime
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle served at the aunt and uncles. Poured a gold color, with a white head that thins to a floating cap. Some thin lace is left on the glass. The smell is bready malt with earthy hop fragrance. A bit metallic taste, with a good dose of hops. Some balancing roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, good carbonation. Easy enough to drink, flavor was alright, but nothing really stands out. Decent, no complaints, but nothing special either.

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Photo of ewright
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale straw color with slight hints of amber. Very little head forms and quickly dissipates.

S: Very little hops, virtually no malt aromas... What little I can smell is nice, but it is FAR too subdued.

T: Mild bitterness late, a little sweetness up front... maybe some fruit notes? Nothing is bold enough to be recognizable. At least there is nothing offensive going on.

M: At least this seems spot on for a pale ale. Moderately rich body with decent, but not overbearing carbonation.

D: It's fairly drinkable, but totally disappointing from the taste and aroma fronts. Nothing bad here, but the good is hardly noticeable. One of my least favorite beers from the SA lineup.

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Photo of sweisel80
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of antman27
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of grmarcil
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw color, orangy against light. Pours with a small white head.

Scent is mostly malt - a little weak - with a hint of peach on the nose.

Taste is a good mix of malt and moderate hoppy bitterness. Not too heavy, nice carbonated fresh mouthfeel.

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Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a pale, slightly hazy amber with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Mild notes of light sweet malt and earthy hops. Little bit of spice and lemon.

T - Light citrus and more earthy hops with a light malt backbone.

M - High carbonation and a light body.

D - Easy drinker, could have a few. Definitely not complex, but a good summer drink nonetheless. Quenching.

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Photo of mpenske
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jp32
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a golden color with a slight coppperesque tint. Decent gray-cream head.

The nose is hoppy and citrusy. Heavily citrusy when first poured but fades as considerably as it sits.

Big and hoppy up front, yet a very simple quiet finish. Citrus and bitter hops at the start quickly fade into a funky, wierd aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is kind of rocky. Something about the taste presentation just doesnt flow right in this one. Not a bad beer, but there are lots better pale ales out there. Maybe a beginners pale alI. I like most of sam adams offerings better than this one.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Beautiful appearance for a Pale Ale with an enormous frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power and deposited a nice amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Thick bread and butter aroma with an assertive malt-backbone...
Honey and caramel on the tongue along with slight hints of sugars, vanilla, bread, and butter... Overall, a very good representation of the style along with a solid level of drinkability... Sam Adams did well with this one...

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Photo of nhindian
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours a deep, golden, amber and grows a 2-fingered frothy, creamy, snow white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen replenishing the head so that a couple centimeters stick around throughout. Beautiful lacing; seriously, this lacing is a 360 degree coating of the entire glass.

S - Smell is mild and bland, however. Not much in the way of fruit esthers or hops. On the contrary, I'm getting a lot of grain and malts. That's pretty much it. Not complex or deep in the least.

T - Taste unfortunately follows the nose to a T on this one. Fruits and pine are almost non-existent. Some cereal taste and breadiness, and some light bitterness is the only cry towards a Pale Ale. Disappointingly simple and flavorless.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a ton of carbonation. Unfortunately the carbonation has no flavors to propel around the mouth.

D - Drinkability is low. What began as a beautiful beer turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. The only popping characteristic of this beer is the bitterness at the end, which is unacceptable. Shame.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a thick, two-finger head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A hoppy smell is prevelant but there is a good, somewhat sweet malt smell in the background. Smooth and fluffy, well-carbonated medium-bodied beer with a pronounced citric and rustic hoppiness and some sweet malts like caramel or honey in the background; finishes smooth with a slightly dry backbite. One of the better Pale Ales I have had.

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Photo of aepb1
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a white head

S- Some caramel malts and a little citrusy hops... not a lot in the nose to speak of really

T- Nice pale ale with a very crispy finish! Caramel malts and crisp dry finish with those citrus hops

M- Medium body and perfect carbonation

D- Great beer on a hot day. An excellent example of an EPA

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Photo of johnnyf27
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rowew
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, same as the rest of the SA line. Best by month notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours clear gold with just a hint of red, medium sized head. Nice retention.

Smell: Floral hops, and light bready malt.

Taste: Nice combination of bready malt and subdued hops.

Overall impression: Certainly not a thrilling beer, but a solid offering. Nice combination of malt and hops makes it highly drinkable.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in the glass with a whitish tan head which fades quickly leaving an oily lacing in it's wake.

Smell is bready/yeasty with perhaps a bit of lemon grassiness.

Taste is bready and a little sweet up front, a bit of sour in the back of the palate and a mild bitterness on the finish. There is some lemon citrus hop flavor but it's mild and on the grassy side.

Mouth feel is mostly light, a bit oily, with a fair amount of carbonation.

I have to admit I'm a big fan of American styles of pale ales so it's taken several of these for me to develop a feel for the English variety. I still prefer an APA but this is a very good beer, it's mild but that's the style.

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Photo of Mancer
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden color with a one finger high white head. The dissipated quickly, and was non existent half way through the beer. The initial smell of the bear was slight malts, and barley, reminds me of a lager. The initial taste of the beer was supremely mild spices, and barley. This brew had a medium body with light carbonation.

All in all, this is not that great of an example of the Pale Ale style. Seems to me like most of the Sam Adams beers taste the same, I think their best stuff is just the Boston Lager.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kcillini77
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mix pack.

Looks great on the pour into my SA Boston Lager glass. Nice head. Very pale color.

Smells of bread and a little bit of peppery hops. Good smell.

Taste is mild - a little hop bite on the back end. Front is sweet and a little buttery. Nothing overly impressive, but could drink a number of these with no problem.

Decent beer.

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Photo of mwa423
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours about the perfect pint, perfectly clear golden color with two fingers of white head that that leaves a very sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Very well balanced, some light malt flavors and a tease of english hops. Some earthy aromas round out the aroma.

T - The taste is far more malt than hops, the flavor focusing on the malt aroma and the only a tiny bit of hops comes through. Sweeter and not as bitter as I expect from EPA's.

M/D - Mouthfeel is about what you can expect with pale ales in terms of of thickness, there is no noticeable points from the hops or the sweetness. This is reasonably drinkable if you wanted to drink an EPA, but overall, there are better EPA's.

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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