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

Samuel Adams Pale AleSamuel Adams Pale Ale
911 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Ratings: 911 |  Reviews: 571
Photo of mempath
3.99/5  rDev +15%
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 jar2574
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light golden-orange color, with white lacing and plenty of carbonation.

Plenty of hoppiness in the smell.

Taste: Some hops up front followed by malts in the aftertaste. The bottle says it's shooting for a "crisp, dry finish," but I'm not getting that. Instead, the finish is a little metallic. A few citrus and roasted malt flavors round out the taste.

But where's the extra hoppiness that I expect in a pale ale? I don't know, the beer seems like a macro brew. A little overly carbonated and thrown together. Decent, but average at best.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz., brown bottle purchased as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles 12-Pack. Purchase before notch: SEP/2008

A: Pours a slightly hazed, golden color with a thin, foamy head that dissipates quickly. Active carbonation and spotty lacing.

S: Clean, malty aroma with hints of Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, followed by a hit of lemon zest.

T: Lightly roasted malts balanced with English ale hops. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Highly effervescent.

D: Inordinately sessionable.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Pale Ale pours to a golden color with a touch of orange. The carbonation in this beer is below average, even though the foam is still heavy enough to leave some lace on the glass as you drink. The body of this beer is crystal clear and the aroma is a little bit grassy and herbal, with the faintest touch of fruit.

Samuel Adams Pale Ale offers the taste of pale malt, a touch of toasted caramel, some apple, and some earthy hop notes. The body of this beer tends toward the lighter side, and it is easily quaffable. It doesn't have the citrus- like qualities common in many American Pale Ales. It is actually an English Pale Ale style of beer.

Samuel Adams Pale Ale tends toward the lighter side, but it is certainly not devoid of taste. It has a certain earthy hop presence and there is even a touch of apple in the taste. In these regards, it holds pretty much true to the style. I would prefer a little more body, but the taste is actually pretty good and the beer is super- clean. It's nothing exceptional or particularly memorable, but it is still an all- around good glass of brew.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow-orange color. Bright white head fades to an eighth inch. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet, fruity, banana-like, yeast, some spicy, earthy malt and a faint bitter hop. Smells a lot like a weizen.

T - Starts bitter, nn between piney and citrusy hops with a peppery malt. Light and creamy in the middle and finish is a simple bitterness.

M - Light consistency, a bit oily from the hops. Slightly elevated carbonation. Good, for the style.

D - I'm surprisingly happy with this beer. Smell is interesting, it would be nice if some of those characteristics carried over the the taste; taste isn't half bad though. Nice beer!

I tried something new with this beer: It was sitting in my fridge for about a week and beers are almost always too cold to drink coming straight out of my fridge. So I set this one in the drain of my sink and ran warm water over the bottle for about 30 seconds and alas, the beer was elevated to a more suitable temperature. I would guess mid to upper 40's, rather than the 30 something degrees that it was at earlier.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with 1/2 inch tan head. Head dissipiated quickly but left thin layer and plenty of lace. Pleasant aroma of biscuit and caramel. Medium mouthfeel provided pleasant drinkability. Full caramel flavor with a hint of honey and hops leading to a balanced finish between malt and hops. No bitter aftertaste and was a good beer for a cool evening. Featured beer at our local Smokey Bones restaurant.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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 thespaceman
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
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 wakajawaka76
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SteveO1231
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean amber color with a white fizzy head
Light hoppy scented Pale ale
Light bubbly fizzy head disipates when it hits the lips
A nice bitter flavor w/ a hoppy finish with a touch citrus.
Smooth drinkability, very light flavor and finish for those hot summer days.

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Photo of Buggies
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light golden color with a big fluffy head which stays around.

S: Sweet malt with a mild fruitiness. Slight hint of hops too. Nothing really outstanding tin the nose.

T: Pretty balanced. Sweet malt with a hint of caramel. Earthy hops is present as well. Finish is dry for the most part... if anything... a slight hops bitterness and a tinge of sweetness left on the palate.

Nothing really amazing about this ale. It's simply drinkable. Although it isn't a stellar example of the style, it is quite drinkable and worth it as a good session brew.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Toddv29424
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure why the top of the bottle proclaims "brewmaster's special", because I dont think any brewmaster would want their name associated with this beer. Its extremly weak and the hops are virtually non existant. It looks just like regular Sam Adams, with the translucent gold color. To me, it tastes as if they've added something to the malt that gives it more of a hop flavor, but its hard to call it a pale ale.

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Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of AntLeatherface
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Wally1912
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of hiikeeba
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a clear golden yellow with a thin white head

S - Faint aroma of citrusy hops, not much else

T - A faint grainy taste with hops in the finish. The hop bitterness builds up as you go along.

M - good mouthfeel

D - A little underwhelming, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold color with a finger of fluffy white head. No visible carbonation in the glass. Head retention is pretty good. Nice amount of lacing on the glass.

Very muted scent. Some earth malt smells are there if you take the time to find them.

Light caramel malt flavor, some minor earthiness. Some mild bitterness at the end. Very nice proportions to the flavoring. Nice and smooth and easy to drink and enjoy. Nice wet finish as well.

Definitely a thirst quencher, this beer is easily enjoyable for hours on end. Found myself licking my lips from time to time to make sure no drops escaped.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a frozen clear glass mug this beer produces a thick white foamy head about two inches high. The head had very little staying power and faded to a thin white covering with lace of little clinging power. Color is a rich golden amber of an 8 on the SRM chart. There is nothing really noteable about the smell, light malt. Feels good on my tongue, just the right amount of tickle from the carbonation. Taste has just a hint of hops. Not a lot of bitterness, but just enough to add zing. I would spend my cash for more of this brew.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out an orange and sporting white head...

Smells of booze and slight hops

Tastes of malts, water hops and has a distinct something which I get in a lot of SA beers. Maybe a copper on malts sort of thing, interesting for the first few sips, but I am finding it hard to hold any sort of flavor past that

A very water and carbonation mouthfeel, thats pretty solid and doesn't surprise at any point.

It is a slightly sub par beer, but I am not entirely sure why it is even labeled a pale ale as it was more malt forward than anything. I would not recommend it to any beer drinker besides someone new to the sport

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Photo of AaronRed
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very smooth pale ale. Probably one of the most mellow ales I have had in a while. Not to say this was weak, just smooth and tasty. I could many these at one sitting. This is a nice beer to give to inexperienced beer drinkers; not intimidating.

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Photo of lcdawg
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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