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 speracado
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of ohoove
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Unfortunately there's not much that impressed me about this beer aside from it's average appearance. In all honesty I tried one of these following a pale ale from one of the CO breweries. This beer just had no distinctive qualities . Light on every aspect. Being from New England I try to support our locals but Sam Adams continually seems to disappoint me. Sorry.

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Photo of JHurley
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jokulhaps
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of chaunur
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a light yellow tan color with a slight haze, looked 'thin'. Left a very light head with some lacing. Smelled better than it looked, nice floral hop smell yet not overpowering. Again tasted better than it looked, mildly hop for a pale ale, which suits me fine, almost 'dry'. I thought this was a good pale ale, could easily drink several at a sitting, a pity only available in a sampler pack

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the bottle.
Pale Ale flavor. Started off smooth and tasted of hops and wheat. Ended with a dry fading bitterness. Very good mouthfeel. This is a very good brew and could drink these all night with a nice plate of spicy wings.

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Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of kdog630
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not what I expected from a beer calling itself a pale ale. Where is the hop aroma? This poured only slightly darker than your average pils. Light gold with a decent head. Not as dark as a real pale and definitely no hops to speak of.

Flavor was malt with very little hops. I was beginning to wonder if the 6-pack was mislabled, but I don't think I'll buy another to find out. Just another disappointment from Sam Adams as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Golden Yellow with a decent head and retention that dissapated to decent lacing.

Smell- A malty nose with subdued hops poking through.

Taste,Mouthfeel-Decently balanced pale ale, with a decent body and good carb.

Drinkability- A good sessionable pale ale

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Photo of Xibalba
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of brewdub17
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice strong golden color with hints of copper present.

Smell: Great sweet malty smells combine nicely with a faint hint of hops.

Taste: Light malts complement the small amount of hops and creates a crisp tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Very dry but extremely refreshing and palatable. Good balance of light malts with a small amount of hops.

Drinkability: Could have a good session with this alone. Not any overpowering flavors but a good mix of them to want more.

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Photo of Dlish
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Crisp and golden, a slight orange hue, about 2 finers of white foam.

S- smells a bit yeasty, hints of a bittering hops

T- woo, not impressed almost nothing going on, get a hint hops, followed by a stale vegetable taste and a unpleasant grapefruit flavor.

M- meh good carbonation

D- did not enjoy this beer, I think sam adams could have spent a bit more time, or maybe I got a bad one. Either way, I'm hesitant to drink the rest.

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Photo of swimmatt
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uberabr
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow/amber color, nice and clear. Carbonation is weak/absent in the glass but comes forward a bit in the mouth, creating a nice feel. A moderate head forms and dies following a hard pour leaving slight traces of lace on the glass. Aroma is of citrus and hoppy. Taste leaves much to be desired. A bitter, grassy malt.

Above average for a commercial beer, but try Sierra Nevada if you're looking for a good, easy to find APA. I just don't get the Sam Adams appeal.

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Photo of plusorminus
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of rpaine
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kcillini77
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the summer mix pack.

Looks great on the pour into my SA Boston Lager glass. Nice head. Very pale color.

Smells of bread and a little bit of peppery hops. Good smell.

Taste is mild - a little hop bite on the back end. Front is sweet and a little buttery. Nothing overly impressive, but could drink a number of these with no problem.

Decent beer.

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

This is an average pale ale, and much better than the boston ale. It has a decent hppy aroma, and a good hop and malt balance. It goes down smoothly, and leaves a crisp bitterness behind. Definitely not nearly as smooth as a lot of the pale ales I've had before, but still good.

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Photo of ArfArf
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of TheInfamousElGuapo
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of osi
2.61/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - A Golden brown color with yellow tint. More than average head with nice spider lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts, some hops with a subtle alcohol finish. Lighter fruit also coming from the body.

T - Grains mostly finishes with hops but i would expect a little more. Roasted rye and barley almost too apparent. Alcohol as well.

M - Low carbonation with a smooth, flat finish.

D - Go get a good pale ale and don't worry about this one. The appearance was the most impressive thing about this brew. Maybe the hop crisis is taking a toll on this. I expected more from Sam Adams

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass

A: Brass colored and crystal clear with a half-centimeter of head that leaves light lacing.

S: Balanced, simple, mostly malt with a classic, understated hops presence characteristic of the style. Butter, toffee, and pear.

T: Exactly to suit thus far. The flavor is crisp and clear, well balanced with exactly the right bitterness for the style. Butter and D'Anjou pear with just a hint of vanilla. Slight character of mineral water in the finish.

M: Full and velvety. The beer almost feels warm despite being served just cool enough for water to condense on the outside of my glass.

D: Versatile, refreshing, and timeless. You can drink this beer with practically anything and at any time of day in any season.

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice clear, straw colored appearance. 1 inch head that fades a bit quick but leaves plenty of lacing

S: Light lemon notes and a bit of a sweet malty undertone make up this fine brew.

T: Very nice sweetness from the malt with a sweet finish. Very crisp.

M: Moderate carbonation, light. Goes down easy and smooth.

D: Very good drinkability. Well balanced, and very refreshing. Perfect for hot summer days such as today.

This is an excellent pale ale from Samuel Adams. Cheers!

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Photo of orm56
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

12 oz brown long neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Part of the Summer Mix Pack. Freshness date notched on back of bottle.

Pours a clear golden body with a small puffy white head that doesn't stick around to long. Very little lacing.

Malty nose; pale and lightly toasted. Soft hop aromas are clean and earthy with faint citrus in the corners. Buttered biscuit and faint yeasty notes in the finish.

Bitter toasted grain, slightly husky. A handful of English hops really stir up that earthy bitterness. Interesting contrast between toasted bread and peat. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium-light body. Fizzy carbonation accentuates the dry finish and bitter aftertaste with distant nutty notes.

Very sessionable. Though it doesn't stand up to English Pale Ales from England, it's decent enough as is. What it lacks in complexity and flavor, it makes up drinkability (don't think Bud Light). The bitterness is a bit heavy along the tongue with little flavor to back it up; but that makes it ideal for pairing with food, or just having multiple pints in one sitting.
Might pair greatly with nutty or bitter cheeses. Also would go nice with blackened burgers, salty pork, and any good ol' fashioned pub grub.


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