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

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Samuel Adams Pale AleSamuel Adams Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
571
Ratings:
908
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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 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 DoubleJ
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams
Pale Ale

Pours a deep golden color with a good soapy froth. Aroma of buttery toffee, bread, and earthy hops. Mild bitterness, and very much like an English bitter. Soft noble hops and a toffee/butterscotch like note. Finishes with a leafy hoppyness and a slight tang. Light to medium bodied feel with an oily hop and sweet yeast. Overall, a mild, session able ale with a very English character.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from part of the Sam Adams Summer Mix-Pack. Poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

3 finger head dies back leaving pretty nice lacing. Brew is crystal clear golden straw.

Aroma is pale malts and spicy hops... maybe some background toasty notes.. maybe not.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. but with a subtle yeasty fruitiness.

Body is lite/medium with ever present carbonation.

I would probably pick this up a couple times a year if it was available in 6'ers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a long-lasting soapy white head, light lacing.

S: Light smell of English ale hops and baked bread.

T: Bready sourdough form the backbone of this brew. Hops are light with a floral and grassy quality, astringent at times, light acidity, sweet aftertaste.

M: A bit too much acid at times in this one. Light mouthfeel and carbonation.

D: A beer I thought would be better than a lot of the made in England pale ales since it would be fresher, but all and all pretty pedestrian. Wouldn't have a problem drinking it again if I buy another summer mixpack, but wouldn't buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep golden ale with a white head.

Smell is malty and fruity with a good herbal hop scent. Not sweet smelling mostly just an herbal hop scent, the hops have a minty quality to them.

Taste is a little sweet and aggressively bitter. Mild spiciness in the hop profile, this is much like a bitter Pilsner.

Mouthfeel is good.

Exceedingly drinkable. This is NOT another cookie cutter APA full of grapefruit and pine flavor and scent. This is much closer to a Pilsner in bitterness and hops used. This beer is all about the hops, satisfyingly bitterness and very well dry hopped. I did not expect this beer to be so tasty; this is now my favorite Sam Adams brew!

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 tone77
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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 jdhilt
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Crystal clear amber color. Nose is light hops. Flavor is mostly hops but some sweet malts try to balance. Light bitter aftertaste. Best by Jun 2010. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a gold color with a medium white head Nose is bready malt with earthy tones. Taste is a bit metallic tasting with a good dose of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, good carbonation. Easy enough to drink, flavor was alright, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a Sam Adams glass)
best before Sept. '08
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden straw yellow body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles racing up from the nucleation site and a spongy snow white head that lasted for much of the beer.

S- The soft smell of raw grain has some pale malt and field corn notes to it. There was no real hop aroma until it was very warm then only some green notes.

T- The taste of dry raw grain had a raw corn note to it with soft green hop hint at the finish. There was a lager quality to the grain and a sulfur note to the hops. As the beer warmed the hops flavor stayed soft but the pungent bitterness grew after the finish. Still it was very soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that cleans up the finish.

D- I figured I can't go wrong with a Pale Ale so I picked up a box of this to try and I couldn't get through more than 3 of them before unloading it on friends. This beer taste like a pale lager more than a pale ale. The one-dimensional malt flavor was clean and dominated by corn notes and the slight bitterness of hops really didn't have any flavor or aroma to support them. I understand that a pale ale is not and IPA but this really had no interesting malt qualities. I would give it another try if it was on cask but not in bottles or tap.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale golden color with a soft white head.

S: On the nose was light citrus, fresh grains and a light breadiness.

T: dry, crisp, with some light floral bittering, fresh grains and a light breadiness similar to English style malt.

M: fizzy with dry citrus and a tad thin.

D: Overall a moderately hopped pale with moderate flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a white head that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. Not much malt in the nose, just a touch of caramel and citrus hops. Like the aroma, there is not much in the malt department with some citrusy hops in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is light and slightly fizzy from the carbonation. Overall, this is a decent APA but it does fall a little short compared to the other great Pale Ale's out there.

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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 Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew!

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by Aug 07) a clear amber gold with a very large head of foam that shrinks to a pretty solid layer with lacing and it lasts right to the end of the session.

The smell is on the light side; I can just smell some hop presence.

The taste has an earthy flavour up front followed by some sweet malt and some citrus hops midway through and through the finish but they are lightly done. Too lightly done for me, darn it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head dissipated to a skim. Some broken lacing. Lightly decanted.

S: Earthy aromas with citrussy floral hop.

T: Grains and lightly toasted malt flavors. Even bitter finish.

M: Light bodied. Ample carbonation. Smooth and malty. Finish is bitter and clean.

D: I enjoyed and appreciated the more balanced English style; not too resiny and sharp bitter in the finish while being able to taste the malt.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle scrounged from my parents' fridge to enjoy with dinner after washing sheep at their (small) farm in preparation for a fair this weekend.

Nice 1/2" white head on top of the light amber brew. Slightly hoppy aroma, rounded out with minimal malts. Taste was upfront pale malts, and balanced with a crisp hops bite. Actually, a bit more balanced than I would expect for a pale ale. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both good, placing this brew in the "lawnmower/thirst-quencher" category, in my mind.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up looks to be best by March is noticed so this beer seems to be a touch old.

A - Nice orange yellow in color with a minimal of head that turns to an impressive lace ring.

S - Smells of nice bits of hops with pale malts and grains. No hard water smell which is nice.

T - Not a bad pale at all! Taste of mild hops and grainy malts. Very little yeast and taste has no "hardwater" flavor. Tasty!

M - Light to medium body it's easy to drink.

Overall it's a typical pale ale dominated by english malts. So that means it's good to drink but not really something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Brad007
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Pale Ale pours a pale color. Aroma is somewhat fruity with few hints hops and a malt backbone present. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Too much of a malt presence though a pale ale should never be too hoppy, this one lacks anything remotely hoppy. It's not bad I suppose but I have had much better examples of this style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out a light copper color with below average head. Aroma is faint floral hops, really smells like Saaz and Tetenang stuff.

Taste is very much a light pale ale. Very light. More flavor than BMC, but clearly the next level, a better introduction to beer. Carbonation seems high on the palate compared with the appearance. Dry, typical Sam Adams underhopping (even for an English style pale) and lemon flavor. Another underwhelming effort from SA.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the variety pack

Appearance: gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: toasted malt, grass, and light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability: An above average pale that very much tastes like a Sam Adams brew. Nothing I would get excited over, yet high quality, and one I could have a six of.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and nice active carbonation. Nice light English hop aroma at first gives way to a toasty malt character. Very nicely balanced toasted malt and English hop flavors. Light-medium bodied and nicely balanced with a light bitter finish.

More of an English Pale Ale in my mind. Fairly nice and seems better than the one time they brewed this as a one-off a few years back.

Per Label: "Fuggles and East Kent Golding hops"

Per BBC website: Blend of 2-row malts.

Enjoy Before: Sep '06
Tasted: 08/08/06

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not often available in Ohio. I picked up a bottle in Detroit this week, and am now chugging it from a Sam Adams uber-glass. The beer is brilliantly clear, golden colored, with a neutral aroma more malty than hoppy. The taste is neutral-to-sweetly malty, nothing offensive but then again nothing spectacular. Easy to drink but nothing TOO special.

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