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

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Ratings: 911 |  Reviews: 571
Photo of JamesS
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color, almost a golden lager color. It does have some nice head and excellent lacing. It has a nice crisp hoppy scent, with a bit of dryness to it. A great APA flavor, a nice hoppy taste without going over board. It goes down well. Probably the best "almost-macro" and affordable APA I've ever had.

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Photo of Byeast
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pure deep gold, with a small foamy white head. Smells pretty good, bit of bisquity malt in there , good dose of citrus thats on the lemon side and a hint of chalk(?). The flavor is a just bit thin for my liking, but what is there is not bad at all. First comes a quick flash of bitter leafy hops , then some medium bodied maltiness fills the feel and flavor out a bit, faint fruitiness, then more hops for a slightly lingering, bitter, and dry finish. Overall i think it would be a good beer to session , with its easy drinking qualities and soft light body,a good brew by BBC.

I liked this beer so much more once i let it warm just a bit, much better that way.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appear clean amber with a short white head. Smells a touch soapy with lemon and dry dark bread crust. The flavor is smooth, sweet white bread with a little toffee followed by a kick of spicy hops. Tastes like there might be a hint of diacetyl. Drinkable and a nice English pale ale - not something you see much of around here. I suppose this beer reminds me of a cleaned-up Shipyard pale ale.

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Photo of tab021
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light yellow with a semi-thick head and nice lacing

S- a clean hops smell, not too strong

T- very clean tasting with a mild bitterness. I find this to be a good representation of its class

M- a semi clean finish that leaves the back of tongue bitterness. a lighter consistency

D- it is definitely one to try to get a feel of what pale ales taste like. easy to drink, but I'm not sure if I would want to go to town with this one.

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Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a a medium white head. Much paler than I thought it would be. Smells faintly of fresh dough. Taste is light, with a slight hint of toasty malt, and an earthy flavor from the hops. Excellent bitterness levels to match up. Mouthfeel is average, slightly high carbonation levels. Quite drinkable though, this would make a great session beer. It is quite mild tasting; I could see this being a good beer for those new to craft beer.

It doesnt really seem like an English Pale Ale though, the yeast strain doesnt seem right, nor is it malty enough. Though the hops seem to be at pretty good levels. Still a decent beer, whatever style it may be.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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 shoegueuze
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of afinepilsner
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Samuel Adams Pale Ale was a bright amber-gold color and very clear. It had a white bubbly head that stuck around a while, leaving some lace behind. The aroma was english hops with some sweet malt. The taste was a nice balance of hops and malt with a dry, somewhat bitter finish. It was medium in both body and carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a good pale ale, but the flavor is more English than American.

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Photo of showell
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and smell are pretty average honestly. The taste and the mouthfeel is really sort of unique. It's a really tart beer, and I think in this case the carbonation fits the flavor. There is a lot of carbonation... more than I'd normally like, but it's really fitting for this one. You could drink these one after the other because of the taste and feel. Different.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold color with somewhat active carbonation. Soapy white head is decent sized and has fair retention. Leaves nice spots of lace.

S: Coriander, cloves, pine and toasted malts.

T: Woodsy and dry. Malt has a faint toasted quality. Bitterness has lemon and clove qualities. Finishes with a mild lingering clove bitterness.

M: Medium body. Slightly syrupy and slick. A little too much fizz.

D: Very. Nice session beer. Easy to drink a few.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear golden color with a 1.5 finger lasting off white head and excellent lacing on the glass

S. Malt, hops, citrus, carmel

T. Malty grain, bitter hops. Light sweetness, butter

M. Medium bodied, Medium carbonation, slightly dry

D. Overall a good beer. Good flavors and malty character.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured with an extremely clear, golden slight-amber appearance with a thin island of lacing on the head. Aromas were subtly rich with citrus hops. Not too strong, which is a good thing for some. However, it definitely could have had more volume. Good clean and dry taste. A thin, slightly watery sweetness with a good load of spiced hops to it. Mouthfeel could have had more of a kick but the watery aspect of the drink helps it be refreshing and not overpowering. Overall, a decent and accessible pale ale.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams pint glass

A-Light yellowish/copper color with a good head and pretty good lace throughout not real thick but present.

S-Fresh very clean, hops and fresh citrus with the very slightest pine note

T&M-Flavor is very clean just like the nose fresh very clean notes of citrus and a nice crisp finish that lingers in the back of your mouth, small piney note as well. Its very good balance and good level of carbonation make it very smooth and easy to drink.

D-Not the very 1st APA i would reach for but this is definatly one i would pull out for somone just starting into the craft beer scene

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Photo of HoppyBeerisHappyBeer
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a few 12 ounce bottles from a Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12 pack. 'Enjoy before' date notched August 2010.

Poured golden amber, mostly clear. Head started off white and tall but very soon turned to a diminutive ring. Fresh green hops on the nose, not much else to note. Taste twists into some bitterness midway through, followed by some mellow malts. A bit of citric aftertaste; feel is carbonated and acidic. Nothing really stood out a lot about this beer, but it was worth the try in the sampler pack.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer as part of the Sam Adams summer variety pack. I poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a golden orange golden color and the head disappears quickly. The nose is biscuty and hoppy and the taste is well balanced and follows the nose. Pretty good offering of pale ale, not the best, but good none the less.

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Photo of Malty_Hopper
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabrills70
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of September 2007. Pours a crystal clear deep gold with a 2 finger head that faded rather quickly, but had decent lace. Deep honey malt aromas with a slight citrus smell mixed in. Upon first tasting its a big honey malt followed by a subdued hop flavor finishing with a decent mix of the two. Pretty evenly balanced. Not a ton to think about here, but thats what makes it nice. Lots of big bold flavors but they are very straight forward and blend nicely. A nice session beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber body with a two finger, offwhite head that demonstrates good retention and laces the glass with considerable patching. Aroma features pale malt, a hint of caramel, and a restrained, but evident, English style, herbal/floral hops note. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and has medium carbonation. Very mild hops bite on the tongue. Taste is of a well balanced, British style, pale ale, similar to Bass. A sweet malt backbone is balanced by a subdued, but pleasant, hops presence. Don't expect an American style, IPA here. This is nowhere close to a hoppy, SNPA, but compares favorably to a Bass Pale Ale. Finish is clean, and slightly dry. Drinkability is very good. A very nice alternative if you're faced with a limited selection in a store or restaurant.

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Photo of jackndan
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice copper color. Very nice belgian lace clings to the side of the glass the whole time. The taste is a nice light ale, dry finish. Would match well with chicken and other dishes.

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Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling even gold color with an inch of frothy white foam. Looks good. Classic SA sweet toasted malt notes in the aroma. Light, clean, almost creamy fruitiness and a subtle spiciness from the hops. Taste follows the smell pretty closely...sweet, toasty, herbal, finishing with some earthy grain. Don't be fooled, this is no APA. All English hops were used and pretty lightly too. Nicely balanced, light bodied, and mildly bitter. Not bad all around, just don't expect a big citrusy ale. Simple and sessionable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a nice light amber, pretty pale with a good amount of yellow in the color. A very nice towering two inch plus white head of foam toppled over on this one like a beast. A large amount of carbonation came steaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. The large head faded after a few minutes and left behind nothing more then a touch of side glass lace. Overall pretty decent for a pale.

S – Aroma was light. Full of grain and a touch of a floral hop presence, A nice orange peel, or some other citric hoppiness was definatly present and formed a good overall punch on here. However the overall aroma was a little light. Maybe a touch of peach or apple, possibly some other fruit combo in there, but overall it was kinda light.

T – Very nice plae ale. It had a nice tight little hoppy punch right in the front of it, then as it mellowed down brought out some more flavors of grains, a touch of cereal and a little bit apple, or maybe even apricot. Proably in the yeast. But very nice overall package here on this one. I really did like what was done with it. It was a decent classic hoppy plae ale. Nice mixed in light malted back as well.

M – Very nice, light with huge carbonation really helped it roll quite well. Had a nice smooth feel to it and a really crisp, quick and very clean finish. No residual left on this one at all. A really decent pale for sure.

Overall this was easily the most sessionable out of all the ones in the mixed pack. It was just very light but had just the right amount of fruitiness or hoppiness to get you to really wanna put down a few. Now don’t get me wrong there are a lot of very fine pales out there that this cannot hold a candle to, but for what it is I really have no complaints. If you see it around you could definatly do worse and I would say go for it and give it a shot. Proabaly very nice on tap indeed.

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Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a short white head with a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. It has some pale malt smell with some hoppy finish at the end of the aroma. The taste is pretty good for a pale ale. It is not as hoppy as other pale ales, but it adds to the drinkability that way. The pale malts are a good sweet base that the hop bitterness finishes off at the end. But since it is not that hoppy, it is more of a sweeter pale ale. The mouthfeel is very good as this is a nice smooth beer with a perfect amount of carbonation. It is a very drinkable beer as it does not have alot of overpowering flavor.

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Photo of oelergud
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semitransparent polished brass body with moderate carbonation. Big creamy and silken head. Good retention and lace.
Sour and straw sweet scent with a fresh doughy quality of premature hazel nut.
Unusual taste, green nut, abit of harsh hops. Not much of an aftertaste but mildly hopped.
Medium body, just abit of coating. Dry almost tart finish.
Good drinkability and a good session beer for the hot summer.


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Photo of Pauly2X
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden, nearly two finger head.

S- Earthy hop aroma with hints of malt sweetness.

T- Good balance with light esters. Very even hop/malt balance throughout.

M- Light, fairly smooth

D- Very refreshing.

While not my favorite pale ale as for pure taste, but it takes the gold for balance and refreshment in my book.

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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.48 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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