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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
Photo of hoplover82
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear light golden color with a nice 2 finger white hed that has really good retention and leaves ok lacing.

S-Man, this is probably the worst smelling pale ale I've ever put my nose to. It is truely "musky" smelling. Just a musky malt smell. And this is a fresh bottle too. Very poor aroma.

T-The flavor is not bad for an English Pale Ale. It's malty and slightly hoppy and slightly bitter. The hops are earthy of coarse, but not bad. Definentely not my favorite style of beer.

M-Has a medium body and creamy. Not bad.

D-It's drinkable because of the average abv, but I wouldn't suggest going out and finding a six pack. I got it in a mixed 12 pack. Nice for a review if you havent tried it...

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Brew Thru pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly copper tinged yellow color with a chilled haze and a thin, bubbly head of carbonation.

S: Smells slightly of pine and toasted biscuit, as well as a sort of earthy aroma.

T: Taste is a little mute, but there's a decent blend of spiciness, toasted malt and thin, drying hop leaf oil in the tail end. A bit of the funk crept into this brew, though.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and fairly crisp.

D: Modest ABV and pleasant enough pale ale flavors make this a decent brew to have on hand for a hot one. I'd turn to something more flavorful after one or two, though. That funk might turn me off pretty quick.

Pretty forgettable, but decent as an English pale ale. Still noticeably American in it's hopping, but worth a try.

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Photo of mutd8710
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of the beer consisted of grains and wheat bread along with a slight citrus sweetness. The taste is great and the East Kent hops give it a very nice English ale flavor. The malts come through at the end and the balance is superb.

I purchased the Summer Styles 12 pack and this was my first time trying Sam's Pale Ale. I must say it was better then I anticipated. This is a drinkable beer and definitely not a bad ale to have around during the summer.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear golden color with a 1.5 finger lasting off white head and excellent lacing on the glass

S. Malt, hops, citrus, carmel

T. Malty grain, bitter hops. Light sweetness, butter

M. Medium bodied, Medium carbonation, slightly dry

D. Overall a good beer. Good flavors and malty character.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: honey golden brew with 1 finger head that dissipates leaving little lacing

S: toasted bread and a faint fruity sweetness

T: pretzels followed by a slight bitterness

M: light-medium body beer with a good carbonation upfront and a drying fade.

Overall, a good representation of the style. Not like the really hoppy pale ales out there (Sierra Nevada, New Belgium Mighty Arrow). This is a nice relaxing beer.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep golden with a finger of white head.
Smells freshly like spring hops and a twinge of fruit.
Taste is pretty decent. A solid hop taste with a small malt underbelly.
Finish is very crisp with a refreshing bubble left as an after-taste.
Drinks pretty well. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly disappears.

S: A decent amount of bready/toast smell with just hint of sour smell.

T: A decent balance between the bread and toast which is most prevalant on the front end with a nice amount of hops on the back end.

M: A decent light bodied beer, good carbonation. Leaves a nice dry feel.

D: Very easy to drink this pale ale. Not overly complex but a nice summer beer.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber color with nice head and medium retention.

S: Very nice balance of hops and malt. Slight earthy scents.

T&M: Very good flavor and excellent attempt at English style ale. Medium bodied.

One could sit down and have a few without being overwhelmed. An all around good pale ale. I like it better than their mainstay lager style.

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

Samuel Adams Pale Ale pours a clear amber with gold and orange highlights beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves attractive walls of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

The aroma is fairly limited, but keep in mind this is done in the English style. It offers a moderate amount of gently caramelish malt and a smear of leafy hops.

The flavor follows suit, and the delicately caramel-accented malt works in harmony with the leafy, grassy, and lightly floral hops to deliver a round, nicely balanced ale. It finishes dry with a hint of spiciness and some grassy hops.

Medium bodied and gently tingling in the mouth.

Quite a nice ale. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cvfish
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a light golden amber color that producwed a faomy white head that had decent retention and lacing

S - The aromas of this beer had a sweet citrus scent at the beginning, some earthiness

T - The taste of this beer had a different taste than I was expecting, more bitter citrus than sweet, still a good amount of maltiness and bitter hoppy finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a drinkable beer, very clean and slightly complex, good on a hot day

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

From the Brewmaster's Summer Collection series, 6 beers, 4 bottles per case. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is clear, with a stark white bubbly and fairly resilient head.

The smell is slightly sweet and acerbic. Bit of a fruity perfume fragrance, a little like a lager.

Taste is also sweet and fruity. A bit of a pink sugared grapefruit flavor, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, but a little thin and watery.

All in all a drinkable pale better. But there are better.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by date notched on front label. Purchased as part of 24-pack summer sampler for $25.22 from Sam's Club.

A: Mellow orange amber with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and serpentine formations of lace down the glass.

S: Nose is subtle and underdeveloped. THe main aromas are caramel and pale malts with an equal part of herbal, earthy, and mildly citrus hops.

T: Very approachable flavor profile with medium-heavy pale malts in fornt with a touch of huskiness met with modest herbal and fruity hops. Good but not terribly ambitious.

M: Somewhat thin and mirrors my flavor commments in that more malt and hops could have been used with much more impressive effect. Aftertaste is leathery and on style.

D: Drinkable enough but unspectacular. A bolder attempt with bigger malt and hops additions would make this brew go from simply good to great.

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Photo of imanidiot777
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium golden color, not dark by any means. Head was a decent size and lasted a considerable amount of time but not the whole drink. There was significant lacing.

S: Not good at the smells, smelled wheaty, nothing amazingly special though.

T: Can taste hops but not overpowering, definitely a wheat taste as well.

M: Carbonation is strong but I like that. Keeps me from drinking it too fast hahaha

D: Goes down good if you like carbonation.

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Photo of Nobody420
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying im not a huge fan of ales

the appearance is very light, almost looks like a Budweiser

the smell has a hint of citrus, followed by a hop smell unlike most other hops.

the taste is rather enjoyable, again with the hint of citrus, making me think some people may accompany this brew with a lemon or orange slice as ive seen popular with many other brews of this nature here in KC. It leaves somewhat of a dry aftertaste perhaps to encourage you to take another sip?

drinkability is mid to low, but then again im not a fan of ales

on a side note i am enjoying this brew very much for an ale

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden color with a white colored heading that left a thin lace throughout. Very inviting looking.

Smell is of very light malt's and a nice yeasty aroma.

Taste is pretty much the same as smell nothing really standing out just a solid tasting pale ale.

Mouth is well carbonated,light bodied and kind of watery.

Drink is very good very easy to have for a session beer or for a good tasting.

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

Pours sort of a greenish/gold/light red clear color - sort of different IMO. Sizeable white head mostly diminishes with good lacing throughout. Mild hop aroma with citrus and pine notes. Also mild on the malt end. Actually it is pretty mild all the way around. Nothing stands out about this beer, but I guess a good beer on a hot day. Very light IMO

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Best by Aug '09 notched on label.

A - Clear, light golden budy with little carbonation bubbles feeding an otherwise nice, dense, off-white and lumpy head. Low retention and little lacing.

S - Piney and floral with a touch of fruity hop aromas coming fourth. Spices a little bit? A sort of crystal light iced-tea aroma. Low levels of malt on the nose with a very subtle sweetness.

T - Dry straw flavor, no malt, with a strong hop presence yet not asserting itself in any certain way. "Green" and flowery hop flavor. A tad spicy maybe.

M - Dry, crisp, and bitter with a strong carbonation kick to it.

D - Its a nice lawnmower beer but there isn't a whole lot of depth to it. The malt level is almost non-existent while the hops are just there. It's certainly easy to drink though.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. White head does not retain very well, save for a faint ring around the glass.

Smells very malty, bready.

Unfortunately, I'm a fan of American-style pales, so the fact that this is an English is a bit disappointing.

That said, this is in keeping with the style.

A little light-bodied and thin.

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Photo of jsh420
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drink by oct 09

pours clear gold with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of sour spicey bread

taste is spicey earthy hops and nice bready malts

mouthfeel is light and refreshing with plenty of carbonation

drinkability - is very good on this 85 degree day

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Photo of tj4288
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into my favorite pilsner glass

a- beautiful clear golden color, awesome fluffy two finger head, light carbonation

s- very bready and yeasty (which i like) slightly sour smell

t- basic ale taste, hoppy

m- excellent smooth silky fresh

d- i am thirsty! but man this goes down easy!

a very easy but basic bland beer. not getting much in the taste department but all together very enjoyable

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Photo of cnally
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as part of the summer variety pack and I am excited to get going on it.

a very yellow coloring for the beer, golden yellow. nice bubbly head of a white color dies fast and lases on the way down.

mild, unassuing aroma. sweet grains, bready and slightly yeasty.

good balanced flavor of grain and bread up front, which settles into a bitter hop aftertaste. not remarkable, but decent.

easy drinkable feel, frothy and almost heavy. takes you off guard with how crystal it looks.

pretty delicious for a go-to, if this could ever be that. I feel a trend coming with BBC. they go out and make the most average decent beers you can slap your hands on. there is just nothing to dislike about this beer, but it falls short of greatness.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from the bottle with bbq chicken and brisket. An easy drinking pale ale due to how balanced it is. Nice malty backbone with big English hops. Relative high hop bitterness with a earthy, slightly metallic finish. This is their Irish Red Ale's big brother.

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

Sam Adams Pale Ale
12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Freshness dating system tells me that it's fresh til the end of May.

Color: Light Amber with a pillowy off-white head

Aroma: Earthy and floral English hops

Taste: A smooth, roast flavored maltiness followed by the earthy and floral hop flavor. Nice smooth bitterness accompanies the malt on to the finish which is smooth and semi-dry.

Overall: It's not my favorite product from Sam. I'm a big fan of most Sam Adam's products but I could take this one or leave it. There are better Pale Ales out there. Not saying I wouldn't drink this if you gave it to me but I don't think I'd buy it again with so many other options out there.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a clear pale yellow color with around a finger of creamy off white foam. The foam fades within a few minutes leaving no lace on the inside of my glass. The nose flavor is filled with notes of light earthy, grassy hops, mild citrus such as lemon, toasted malt, and bread. This ale is medium bodied and amply carbonated for it's style.

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Photo of bsp77
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Sam Adams Summer Pack.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pale, burnished yellow with minimal head. Very clear, looks like a lager.

Smell: Cereal grains, semi-sweet malts, and very slight British hop presence.

Taste: Grainy, about halfway between sweet and dry. Not much bitterness at all, just a very mild Fuggles taste.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body. Semi-dry finish (prefer drier for the style).

Drinkability: It's an English Pale Ale, so of course it's drinkable, but there are many better to choose from.

I would rather have the Sam Adams Boston Ale, which despite it's claim to be an old style American Stock Ale, is very much an English Pale Ale in my book.

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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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