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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: 911 |  Reviews: 571
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a large, fluffy, white head and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Doesn't smell all that great. Slightly metallic with herbal and grassy hop notes. A touch of citrus and citrus peel along with some toasted bread and malt.

T: A light fruitiness which is categorized, for the most part, by oranges. Fairly strong in terms of the bitterness with some bready malts. Somewhat grassy with a mild astringency.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: This is one of the beers from Sam Adams that I've been disappointed by each time I've had it. Not one I would recommend.

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a clear pale golden straw with over a finger of white froth on top. The nose comprises some light wheat, bready-ish yeast, and hops. Just hops. Deal with it. The taste holds notes of everything above, along with a weak hoppy bitterness and some grass. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent enough pale, but I'm not at all impressed. At least it's not objectionable.

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Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a standard SA brown bottle with a brewery freshness month of August into a perfect pint glass. Appears a very light orange color that is strikingly clear with a lively amount of carbonation rising through the liquid in support of the white head atop the brew. Initially the head was more than 2 fingers strong but it receeded to just a thin coating atop and lacing sticks in plenty of patches about the glass. Aroma has herbal hops, faint grainy malt and a slight mineral touch in the backend. The most prominent aspect of the aroma is the herbal hops that have a twing of citrus aspect about them as the beer warms. Taste has a combination upfront of herbal and citrus hops. The citrus aspect is a little more evident than indicated in the aroma. The malt presents itself with a biscuity flavor across a thin body before finishing quite crisp with the herbal, slightly citrus hops lingering in the mouth. The alcohol is mildly evident in both flavor and warming factor. Overall it is a decent pale. Quite light and refreshing it would be easy to throw a few of these back.

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

Appearance: Copper slightly hazed nice creamy white head leaves nice even rings of lacing. Aroma: Bready with citrus pine edges not bad mellow but nice. Taste: Very nice semi sweet breadiness with flowery hop flavor with a good amount of bitterness, simple pretty reserved English style pale ale. Mouthfeel: Medium body carbonation is solid no complaints. Drinkability: Damn fine session brew in my eyes, not much to say balanced decently hopped ale.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jwc215
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before Aug. notched on side of label.

Pours gold with a one-finger head that descends to a thin cover. Some lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is buttery/nutty with English hop fragrance. Some bready yeast peeks through.

A metallic sharpness upfront that quickly subsides. Rather bland. English hops with some lightly roasted malt. A touch of butter and faint nuts. A chalkiness and touch of lime juice mixed in. Semi-dry, abrupt finish. Restrained flavorrs.

The feel is on the light side.
Easy enough to drink, but bland/boring. Nothing really stands out. This is clearly an English-style (not APA), as the brewery claims, and rated as such. A mediocre English-style pale ale.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head which quickly disappears, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of hops, malts, and spices. The taste is hoppy, and kinda sweet, with a nice clean finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, another very tasty brew from SA.

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Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild smell, some hops. Taste is also mild, some hops and malts. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is not a bad beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy head. Poor head retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle. Light traces of hop. Light citrus aroma.

The taste was likewise subtle. Good malt base with light citrus hop character. Has that trademark Sam Adams biscuity/bready aftertaste, which I enjoy.

The mouthfeel was nice. Relatively dry and again, nice aftertaste.

A drinkable ale.

I prefer a bit more hop in an APA. A good beer nonetheless, but not a great example of the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts. It has a fruity quality as well as a wonderful English hop aroma. The taste is great. This is what I like about the English style pales. It's malty with a smooth, dry finish. The hops add good balance and it attains a slight fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is quite possibly the best beer these guys brew. I like everything about it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle purchased from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

The beer's color appears a hazy orange in my glass, topped by a fuzzy straw-like head. The aroma has some caramel undetones with a tart lemon backbone. now to cover my palate with this liquid...there's something, but something seems missing; the overall flavor seems to go blank on the palate for few brief moments. When I find something, it's a little fruity in taste with some doses of biscuity malt. A trace of mild hop flavor is there, but requires some searching. There are no off-flavors, but seems a little weaker compared to other pale ales.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 911 ratings
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