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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Ratings: 927 |  Reviews: 574
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque yellow with a bid of off-white head. Beery heesy smell, mostly. Medium or lighter mouthfeel, balanced bitterness and malt, though more caramel sweetness and grassiness. Fuggles there but they haven't added much to the experience. A fresh drinkable but not exceptional beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad Pale Ale, it's got a good drinkablity and a mediam body to it. It's got a nice amount of hops and malts on the nose with that going into the flavor also. The Ale has a pleasing yellowish golden color. This is far from Sam's best but it's still a solid brew.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This and the cranberry lambic are the 2 worst Sam Adams beers in my opinion. For being barely over 5% ABV, the alcohol is way too noticeable. Also, not very much of a hop or fruity taste considering it's a pale ale. I tried a few bottles of it and each one was the same but I'm hoping this is some sort of freak thing. One of my favorite breweries+favorite styles=terrible beer?

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's beer. That's about all you can say. Nothing outstanding, but not much wrong. Lacking of character when compared to other great Pale Ales. Lightly toasty, yeasty, and spicy, but not enough to make a statement. Aromas are light, but refreshing. Flavors are a bit bland (maybe I've been spoiled with bigger pale ales.) Caramel and barley malt in low levels. Hops add a light metalic luster. Light and refreshing body with crisp carbonation. Finishes lightly dry and airy with a mild sweetness. Good beer, just don't expect much.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief impression from a bottle included in their Summer variety box:


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Photo of emerge077
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden/orange color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grass and roasted malts.

T - It tasted very earthy/grassy. A nice malt flavor with a sweet caramel kick.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A light-bodied beer that really felt like an english ale.

D - This is a pretty good pale ale. It really reminded me of something from Samuel Smith's not Samuel Adams.

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Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a ½ finger white head. Fades down to a thin layer quickly and leaves only some splattered lace. Color is a clear light golden orange.

Aroma: Caramel malts, a blend of fruits (maybe some bananas and oranges), and a low level of herbed scented hops.4

Taste: Big caramel flavor as well as biscuit flavored malts. There are some subtle fruits again and I kind of get some lemon here.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a large amount of carbonation. Fairly light bodied. Ends with a big biscuit flavored malt aftertaste that is very dry.

Overall, this beer had some nice flavors for it being a pale ale. Nothing to go crazy for, but out of the pale ales I have had, this one isn't too bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Pale Ale pours a clear amber with gold and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves attractive walls of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma is fairly limited, but keep in mind this is done in the English style. It offers a moderate amount of gently caramelish malt and a smear of leafy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and the delicately caramel-accented malt works in harmony with the leafy, grassy, and lightly floral hops to deliver a round, nicely balanced ale. It finishes dry with a hint of spiciness and some grassy hops.

Medium bodied and gently tingling in the mouth.

Quite a nice ale. Very drinkable.

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3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer isn't doing much for me tonight. Something seems a little off with the flavor, or maybe this beer is made differently than the APAs that I've had. Anyway, the color of the beer is amber with a large, semi-creamy head. Smell is fairly hoppy, but has a generic quality to it. Flavor is sweeter than I thought it would be and less hoppy. Usually the APAs I've had have more bite in the hops department. The sweetness is a little too strong, but is only bothersome in the finish. The middle of the sip is well-rounded, but not complex and full enough for me. Still, this isn't too bad of a beer, just something seems a little off here. I won't be getting this in the future, I've found APAs I find much more tasty.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of vfgccp
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Gorgeous gold color, with thick white head. Medium head retention, and decent lace.

S- Light notes of citrus hops, with a touch of malty sweetness. But overall it is very light in aroma.

T- Tart bitterness on front end which fades to a dry earthy bitterness on the back end.

M- Mellow and light mouthfeel. nice carbonation and bubbles on the front.

O- Very drinkable, but the flavor is on the light side. Overall this is a decent pale ale but I wish there was a little more hop characteristics or complexity.

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my father inlaws garage fridge and grabbed a few to take home,poured into a standard pint glass a light clear golden with a tight pillowy one finger white head that settled nicely into a creamy mass.Light lemon and toasted grain notes in the nose mainly,quite clean on the palate hints of lemon, faint leafy notes,tea, with that underlying toastiness.Kinda ho hum flavors but its not bad,it could appeal to the people trying to venture into ale territory but for me just average.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, citrus, and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is on the malty side for the style, with flavors of caramel, tea, honey and citrus. There’s also a little bit of smokiness to it. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, this one seems to lean toward the English style Pale Ale. I could drink several of these in an evening, but I would probably want something with a little more of a kick to it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that dies to nearly no bubbles. Initially light lace, then none. Dark gold color with a touch of green; slight haze.

Pleasant floral hop aroma;

Closer to the British style in the malt flavor. Slightly tart and quite dry. The hop finish is brief and not very pronounced. Good body with a high carbonation level.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours effervescent honey gold with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some cereal notes & a touch of herbal hops

T: Herbal & floral hops, cereal & grainy notes up front. Floral & citrussy hops shine as this warms. Finishes with some honey malt & lemon hops

MF: Medium bodied with assertive carbonation, a touch too much & alright balance

Drinks easy, got better as it warmed, a decent EPA. This would be a bit of a dissapointment as an APA

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Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited when this beer first came out because I am a big fan of Sammy A. Their ability to brew micro beers in bulk is impressive. The appearance poured with a nice clear copper color. Little to no head and lace with this bottle. The smell had nice hop aroma, but the other components of beer are missing. Taste was a good balance between malt and hops. The mouthfeel was good....medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Overall a drinkable brew that can be sessioned easily.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

($1.29 - 12oz. single at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a light, pale copper body with a small, white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with some caramel and with a faint nutty, buttery character.

Taste: Manages a delicate balance between sweetness and bitterness, aided by the fact that neither side is overwhelming. Dry, biscuity flavor with a brief caramel sweetness. Hops remain light and indistinct, but provide enough bitterness to counter the light, sweet malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: After the previous gut-wrenching gluten-free "beer" I just punished myself with, this beer tastes like a beautiful dream!

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