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 StaindProject86
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of Southernbrew
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a respectable bubbly head.

Fine hop aroma, smells more like a British pale than an American. Good balance of malt and hops.

Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Very English, mild hop flavors backed up with with a decent malt backbone. Some bitterness combines with a sweet, bready flavor.

Easy drinking, but not exciting. If I want an American pale, I'll reach for a Sierra Nevada or Sweetwater.

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Photo of sweisel80
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly clear, golden-yellow. A two-finger eggshell colored head. The head looks great and leaves some decent lace, but the head itself is short-lived.

Some faint malt and earthy hop resins. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Medium bodied and crisp. The flavor is earthy with some pale malt and a slight sweetness toward the middle. A very run-of-the-mill English Pale Ale flavor. Not at all a bad thing. It finishes earthy with a bit of resin like hop oil that gives it a dry aftertaste. You could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting but it probably wouldn't be the first beer on my mind as I headed to the bar.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very orange color white head.

lack of hoppy smell, aroma is malty and sweet.

This might be an older beer. I can't detect any hop aroma or flavor. Slight hoppy bitterness. Flavor is pretty much all malt. Nice tasting. Very simple, low head retention. (although it is very hot outside.)

for some reason I think it smells like a lager should smell. More like an English pale ale.

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

pours a light yellow with a big head that fades to lacing pretty quickly. the aroma presents a nice bit of malt up front with a bit of hop background. the taste is much the same with a nice sweet malt up front and a dry finish, with the medium body and decent carbonation it goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of JMD
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper color with 2 inch head, that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: A malty, somewhat sweet aroma. Carmel and sweetbread. Also some citrusy hops.

T: For some reason this beer reminds me of fresh brewed tea. Herbal and grassy. Notes of carmel and bread. Also, some light citrus on the backend.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly light bodied.

D: This is a fairly bland pale ale. It's easy to drink, but nothing really notable to make me want to crack open another one.

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Photo of naterock
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, 4's across the board
A: yellowish gold, not as golden as usually seen.
S: complex hop aroma with a balance of lightly roasted malt and a woody finish. extremely enticing smell
T: well balanced and slightly bitter. dry finish, nicely dry-hopped and balanced with a finish of ester notes.
M: light bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too much for my taste
D: very drinkable, this is a great session beer, or to kick back on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jaltland
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of berserker256
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. Nice dark gold with thick head that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the whole beer. There's a sour hoppy note in the aroma. Sweet malt detected as well. Flavor directly reflects the aroma. There's a lingering slightly unpleasant aftertaste that makes me give it a 3.5 instead of a 4 for taste. Good pale ale. Not my favorite style but this is a good one if that's your thing.

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Photo of Dieck
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jaredkc889
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of pzrhsau
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice true golden color with decent sized head.
Smell: Very rich aroma of pale malt coupled with a hint of hops.
Taste: Dry malty flavor with a good mix of hops. Very much to the definition of what a pale ale should be.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very crisp and smooth. Not too overpowering on the palate.

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Photo of boralyl
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, Gold-Orange color. A finger's length of creamy foam. Head dissapated quickly with little lacing.

A: In the aroma I can make out a fruity and floral smell, along with some malt.

M: A nice lignt to medium bodied beer.

T: The first taste is slightly malty, then earthly. The end of the taste is bitter and hoppy. The after taste of the hops lingers.

A decent pale ale that would go great with a lot of food, and is also a drink that you could have all night. Deffinetly an easy beer to drink, but not the greatest pale ale

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark yellow/golden color with a fully diminishing little, white head. Aroma is mainly citrus, lemon, and maybe grapefruit with a slight malt/grain. Flavor is mainly the same, a bit acidic, citrusy with a bit of bread. A forgettable beer.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by June 2006 notched on the label. Pours a pale amber orange color with a thick white head. Very nice spicy hoppy aroma, just what you would expect from a pale ale. Taste is also on the hoppy side, but not over the top as is the case of some other pale ales. A good solid offering from the guys at the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a light golden color with a one finger white head. Retention is minimal, and carbonation seems brisk.

S - Nose is a little malty. Slight hints of a buttery character and light sugary fruits.

T&M - Very crisp and medium bodied with a nice, carbonated zest. Some lemon character in the crispness, and some background malt.

D - Very refreshing...I'm not terribly familiar with the English style of Pale Ale, but this seems like a great intro to the style.

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Photo of midaszero
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mostly clear light yellow color with 2 fingers of solid white head that sticks around

S - Faint malty scent

T - A litte bitter a little sweet. Some light toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not a good or bad pale just pretty average.

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Photo of eagles22
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: of earthy and citrus hops and also hint of carmel

Taste: is very balanced i get a nice bit but a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: not dry at all very full and wonderful

Drinkability: is up there for a pale ale... this is a great session beer
worth a try

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Photo of CharlatanSin
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow color without much head. What little is there goes away quickly and doesn't lace.

S: A big whiff of toasted caramel malt. No hop presence to speak of. A slight skunky quality.

T: The toasted malty caramel dominates, with a fair amount of grain. A minor appearance by the hops on the back end. Nothing that really grabs me.

M: Too light and fizzy for my taste.

D/Overall: It goes down easily enough. It's not a horrible beer, but not one of my favorites from Sam Adams. Doubt I'll go for it again, as I imagine there will always be better options.

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Photo of 59rockabilly
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's kind of a burnt yellow hazy look to it I'm guessing from the hops. I get a very clean and refreshing smell of hop oil and some sweet grainy malt. It almost reminds me of the smell of some good Pilsners. Definitely more on the European smell and taste just as the beer is described. On the taste I instantly off the bat get a hop oil taste with that a slightly grainy sweet bready malt in the middle of the taste and then ending with that hop oil that is fruity and melding with the fruitiness of the yeast and earthy bitterness that builds as you drink the beer. This is such an easy drinking beer and I actually like this one a lot.

Don't know how a lot of people give this almost a below average score. This really gives all the English Pale ales some big competition. I guess because with so many extreme styles and more intricate tastes in beers I guess I can see why people think this is a very straight forward beer... but its definitely not bad at all. This is Samuel Adams most underrated beer in my opinion even with the very straight forward taste it sure is solid one.

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Photo of Freshie
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't go into this beer expecting much. I have always found this style to be too lackluster for me, except for maybe Sierra Nevada.

Pours clear golden colur with visible carbonation. Nice head with good lacing.

Smells of light hops and some fruit/citric aromas.

Very tasty. Toasted malt character, sweet, with bitter hops coming later. Medium Body. The active carbonation lends to the dry finish very well.

Very Drinkable and enjoyable.


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Photo of rsant
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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