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

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Samuel Adams Pale AleSamuel Adams Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of thespaceman
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Samuel Adams curved pint glass.

Appearance: Nice light gold in color, pour yields a nice size head, good lacing down the glass. Soapy and sticky.

Smell: Small bits of hoppiness are present along with a toasted malt backround. Biscuit like aroma is pretty dominant here, not much in the way of hop overkill. Nicely balanced in the nose.

Taste: Up front, a small hop presence gives way to a toasted malt elements. Honey, a bit of spice from the malt, and some dry hops are all here. The finish consists of a huge malt backbone, finishes slightly bitter in account of the carbonation, the hops are very subtle but balanced to the maltiness just right.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation, although balanced right, this brew gets a bit wet on the tongue when sitting. Medium bodied, and a slight bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: It's nice to have a Pale ale that has more of a malt figure then a grapefruit hopped mess. Not only is this balanced correctly, but it's a perfect year round beer, refreshing in the summer, and toasty enough to keep your attention on a cold night. A excellent stab at the English style thats a sure go to brew in my book!

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Photo of Boozefox
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good British-style pale ale. More malt character than a lot of American style pales, not as ridiculously hopped, but still a good, biting, refreshing ale.

Poured from the bottle, starting soft, then hard, into a Yazoo Pale Ale glass.

A - Pours pale gold, clear with tiny bubbles. Thin white head from a (mostly) hard pour has excellent retention, sticking around for a long, long time. I'm halfway done with this one and it's still got almost as much (not a lot) head as it did right after the pour. Nice.

S - Not a whole lot going on in the nose; just a bit of hops and a bit of clean. Then again, I'm just getting over a sinus infection. But, as I say, not a lot to smell but what there is smells good and crisp.

T&M - Crisp on the tongue without being thin, perhaps a bit sticky on the finish. Malt is present, bringing some sweetness; hops are definitely there without being overpowering. Good hoppiness on the finish, leaving your mouth perhaps not with a bite so much as with a nip. It feels good and it tastes good.

D - High. I could smack these back in a continuous line for quite some time.

Notes: I'm drinking this one with the dregs of a delicious tilapia curry my girlfriend made today and some store-bought naan. This ale is strong enough to stand up to the spices without being strong enough to knock them down. It's definitely a pairing I will be making again.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a light amber hue with a snow white head that rose about one finger then it disapated rapidly. Lots of beading floating vigorously to the top.

Smell: Grassy and piney hops are present with a slight stench of corn and sour fruits.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose, grassy and pines,light in malts,sour apples and pears with just hint of alcohol.Not bad just nothing to rave about.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied,medium carbonation, clean, crisp with slight dry after taste.

Drinkability: I like this beer.Has been a good sessionable beer for me in the past.Not the best, but by far the worst Pale ale.


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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full flavoured pale ale leaning towards English style, good balance to make for a beer that one could sit down and have a few and not be overwhelmed in any aspect. An all around good pale ale and a decent stab at the English style.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Date: Feb 1, 2011
Best-by Date: Jan. 2011

Glassware: tulip-shaped chalice

Appearance: orange-gold colored and bubbly; dense, not clear. Poured a big frothy head that retained fairly well and left some lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and refreshingly clean.

Taste: A light bitterness opened the flavor which was then followed by a burst of fruity sweetness that constituted the main taste of the brew. It finished with a slight alcohol taste that cleansed my taste buds. An overall balanced flavor, semi-complex with a pleasant sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The beer was almost medium-bodied. It filled the mouth with some heaviness but was not thick or chewy. good bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: The continuously interesting, but not powerful, taste and the fairly light body make this a great beer to have several of in one sitting.

Notes: Recommended. An overall solid, good-tasting, dependable brew. Will purchase again.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around, above average brew. Appearance was a light caramel gold with a very nice head and very nice lacing. Smelll was distinctly malty with a ligh hop undertone. Taste was lightly sweet followed by lightly tart on the finish...smooth. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied. Smooth qaulity lends itself to very easy drinkability. A definte warm weather pleaser.

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Photo of CheckMate
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained at Shaw's Supermarket in Derry, NH. pours a clear golden yellow color with about an Inch and a half of off white head that leaves some pretty lacing around the glass. scent of herbal hops immediately jumps at the nose with lemony citrus in the background. flavors of bright grassy hops immediately hits the tongue with hints of bready malts and lemon zest. light/medium body with light/moderate carbonation with a slight after taste from the hops. semi easy drink and a good beer, there are better Pale Ales out there but this one wasn't too bad but it also wasn't over the top either IMO.


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Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's kind of a burnt yellow hazy look to it I'm guessing from the hops. I get a very clean and refreshing smell of hop oil and some sweet grainy malt. It almost reminds me of the smell of some good Pilsners. Definitely more on the European smell and taste just as the beer is described. On the taste I instantly off the bat get a hop oil taste with that a slightly grainy sweet bready malt in the middle of the taste and then ending with that hop oil that is fruity and melding with the fruitiness of the yeast and earthy bitterness that builds as you drink the beer. This is such an easy drinking beer and I actually like this one a lot.

Don't know how a lot of people give this almost a below average score. This really gives all the English Pale ales some big competition. I guess because with so many extreme styles and more intricate tastes in beers I guess I can see why people think this is a very straight forward beer... but its definitely not bad at all. This is Samuel Adams most underrated beer in my opinion even with the very straight forward taste it sure is solid one.

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Photo of stockingcpl
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew poured quite well. Average head thickness, but very nice spiderwebbing. Color is a nice clover honey with very slight cloudiness.

Smell: The aroma is a light hopiness with a sweet zing early in the aroma curve. Pretty good. Well balanced, but a little light.

Taste: This is a fairly typical pale ale. However, the flavors are blended well and tend to roll of the tongue wuite well. Flavor curve is well defined. There are also citrus overtones. Very well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp brew which has just abotu a perfect flavor curve. Nice sharpness during onset. Tone tapers when citrus overtones kick in, followed by a smooth hop bitterness. Very well executed design for an English Pale Ale. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: This is a brew is very different. One sips this beer and wants more but upon a second look, there is more in the glass. Hard to explain, but I'm impressed.

I highly recommend this brew.


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Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the pale ales that I have had have been so off-putting and/or blandly plain that I reject them offhandedly. But with Samuel Adams I expected what I got: a smoooth and I reiterate smoooth beer with none of the acrid aftertaste of listerine in the bite back. Like a good melon that you can lick the sweat off its forehead and then bite into the fruit without reprecussions of bitter or brunt. Then again those other pale ales could double as holistic urine therapy for the incurably sick.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, bright orange color, better than a fingers of bright white head, nice retention, active bubbling.

s- nice hops in the nose, aromatic, slight citrus, biscuit, lemon, nice balance.

t- slight lemon bite, really nice pale ale, balanced malt upfront, with some citric hops.

m- medium bodied.

d- good, solid pale ale offering from mr. koch, i would drink this again.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid little beer here. I've found that you never know what you are going to get with Samuel Adams.

I find some of the beers they produce to be quite good, while others are more middle of the road.

This one fits firmly in the middle of the spectrum, slightly leaning toward the quite good end of the scale.

The beer pours to a amber color with a nice initial head, lacing is left throughout the entire glass of beer.

The smell screams British Pale Ale and while I generally prefer the hoppier American style samples... when I crave the more balanced English style pales I really crave them and this really fit the bill in that case.

Smooth beer that goes down quite well, could see myself having a few rather easily and while I only bought one in this mix and match six pack, wish I would've bought at least one more.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured it into my pint glass, it has a 1 finger length white foamy and fizzy head to it, on top of a golden color body. The smell is of malts and a little biscuit. The beer has a nice crisp taste to it. It is a very smooth ale, which has a nice mouth feel, and is very drinkable. I really like this one, it is very refreshing after a long day at work.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pale Ale from Sam Adams poured a clear straw color with a good two finger foam head and some good retention. It left some good lacing and encircled the glass.

The aroma was pleasant. The two hops listed on the bottle Fuggles and East Kent Golding gave it a grapefruit smell along with a mix of malt. The taste was crisp and smooth and the maltiness stayed quite a while after. The malt and hop brightness played together well. I found this to be a great session beer and would buy again.

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Photo of Nytemare
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I gotta get back into this review thing. I keep tryin' new stuff and just don't get around to writing a review.
I liked the way this beer looked, a nice golden color, pillowy head. It smelled like nice too. Nice bready malts and a sour hops note. Tasted the same. Good English style pale ale. Felt light a crisp in the mouth. Wasn't very filling. Thought it was just a good solid beer. Exactly what I was looking for last night. I could and will definately drink this again. Probably will drink a lot of this again.

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Photo of naterock
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, 4's across the board
A: yellowish gold, not as golden as usually seen.
S: complex hop aroma with a balance of lightly roasted malt and a woody finish. extremely enticing smell
T: well balanced and slightly bitter. dry finish, nicely dry-hopped and balanced with a finish of ester notes.
M: light bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too much for my taste
D: very drinkable, this is a great session beer, or to kick back on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MP72
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sam Adams Pale Ale was a lot more of an English style than their stock ale , obviously this has already been mentioned.
Nice mouthfeel and full flavored.
Not much in the way of smell but what was there was not offensive.
A nice solid easy to drink English style pale ale. Well worth a try.
I'll buy it again.

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Photo of mempath
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours nicely, quick fade head, good lacing. light honey tint.

subtle, but interesting smell...hops aren't quite upfront...what i get and really like is the almost muscadine (grape) scent. interesting.

taste is in synch with the smell...again, the hops lingering in the back, suggest a sour dough/muscadine sense. yep. interesting.

mouthfeel is above average, nice, carbonated crispness works well with that sweet/nutty malt-hop fusion, subtle as it is...which leads to the high drinkability.

whether you are a hophead or one afraid of hops, this is a good standby ale. if you prefer tastebud assaults by hops, this would be a way to step back and cleanse the palate...(ha!). should you want a nice introduction to the glorious hops and don't want front row, 50 yard line seats, you can catch the glory in the nosebleed section and still participate. part of me wishes it shouted out more but there are plenty of out of tune shouters.

a mellow, crisp, unique, subtle brew from a great macroCraft brewery system.

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Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its appearance is golden yellow with a good white head that makes nice lacing. The aroma is light with sweet honey and light roasted malts. The hops are light in the nose adding some faint floral notes. There is a smooth malty flavor up front that is lightly roasted and sweet with hints of caramel. The hops are earthy and add a delicate bitterness towards the finish which is crisp and dry. The medium body and easy carbonation give it a creamy smooth mouth feel. Overall it's a very good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 1/2in fizzy raw biscuit of a head has decent retention over the straw-golden beer w a slight chill haze.much paler than expected. 3-4 risin bubbles and thread like fingers of lace.

S- lemony orange citrus and toasted bread, white grape, pear, whole barley, pineapple

T- oily citrus hops, woodsy dry bread crust, soap, grains, old dry wood like a wooden spoon, and an herbal rosemary bitterness at the end, then some more old wood.

MF- crisp refreshing and thirst quenching, med-hi carb, dry, sticky

D- flavorful but not overwhelming, moderate ABV

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Photo of waughbrew
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, medium white head, some retention, some lacing, very clear. Spicy and slightly earthy English hops. Lightly biscuity malt. Nice simple malt character with complementary spiciness and light orange peel. Finish is grassy and herbal. Crisp and light feel, very drinkable, very nice, rather distinct. Impressive.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

A - clear gold color with a white head that thins out but still leaves some lacing.

S - grassy hops and sweet malts.

T - sweet tea-like flavor upfront with eartiness and a dry, bitter finish.

M - light body, good carbonation.

D - goes down very easy.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle is part of a 6-pack. Enjoy before Feb 2008 notched on bottle label. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden colored body with off-white creamy head consisting of small bubbles, which recede in time to leave sticky lacing. Lots of bubbles stream off glass bottom to build creamy film on top of beer.

Smell: mild citrusy hop, not piney, but floral. Sweet grains with slightly bready scents.

Taste: upfront dry, yet slightly sweet grains, bitter and dry tasting british hops. Straight forward and nothing overly complex with alcohol at finish.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue, gentle and satisfying carbonation in a medium-bodied brew that tastes well balanced.

Drinkability: the mouthfeel and carbonation help to deliver a nice clean taste. The ingredients and their quality give this beer a different feel than your run-of-the-mill pale ale. I wish this beer was around more often in my area.

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Photo of doerickson
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a persistent ivory froth. Biscuity malt and leafy hop aromas. Flavor is mild; bready malt followed by a bittering citrus flash. Gets maltier as it warms. Finish is brief. Drinkability is off the chain--the next bottle practically opens itself.

If it hadn't said Pale Ale on the bottle, I'd have thought this was a blonde ale. Either way, it makes a nice, uncomplicated hot weather brew--refreshing as all get out and super-easy to drink.

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