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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-07-2001

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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 908
Photo of yeagerbm
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a gold color with a thin white head. pleasing smell with some malt and hops.
taste: mild pale ale with some noticeable hop flavor and grainy character makes it more flavorful than bass, but milder than snpa. good drinkability with some lingering hop bitterness, and light mouthfeel. good alternative for light beer drinkers that may not scare them away.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, medium white head, some retention, some lacing, very clear. Spicy and slightly earthy English hops. Lightly biscuity malt. Nice simple malt character with complementary spiciness and light orange peel. Finish is grassy and herbal. Crisp and light feel, very drinkable, very nice, rather distinct. Impressive.

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Photo of genaro
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Pale Ale poured a fairly clear gold with a lasting creamy head (about one inch high). The lace was very good. The aroma was not as strong as I was expecting. It was mellow, floral, citrusy, with a bit of maltiness. The taste was also not what I anticipated. It was a litle laid back with nice hop flavor, some sweetness, caramel, and decent hop bite. The finish was dry, and a bit sweet with some hop flavor. Overall I found it to be milder than what I was expecting in a pale ale. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. I found it to be quite drinkable and subtle enough to go with a variety of foods.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Brewmaster’s Collection Series, same old beer. 12oz brown bottle.
It pours a shiny brass color with a thin to medium-sized white head and a fair amount of sticky lace.
A blend of doughy malt and citrusy hop aromas fade rather quickly.
Lightly roasted biscuity malt with a light caramel sweetness provides a good foundation for the generously applied hops.
Citrusy tartness and a mild metallic tang mix with a light tea-like taste.
This Pale Ale is dry from start to finish. I would have liked a little more sweetness, but will still enjoy it.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz. bottle with a "buy before Jan 04" date on the label. Had a slightly hazy orange color and a bubbly, fast-fading white head that left no lace.
Aroma was of grainy malt tinged with toffee and buttery notes and floral hops. The taste had a lightly sweet malt presence and some caramel before a more assertive earthy herbal hoppiness built upon the palate, finishing with a clean, long bitterness. The hops profile clearly outdid the malt aspect of this beer. The feel was on the light side of medium-bodied and a bit thin despite the effervescent carbonation.
Overall, a brew I found to be only marginally above the average. Drinkability is decent but I'd have liked it better if it had a stronger malt profile.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Medium hoped, medium malts. A nice hoppy pale ale. Good balance of hops and malts, with a crisp hop flavor. Finish is very clean and crisp. Aftertaste is very hoppy and slightly bitter yet smooth.

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Photo of au1sec
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange color, about two fingers of quickly dissipating head, but some lacing throughout. I liked it quite a bit. Many American Pale Ales have quite a bit more hop bitterness than English Pales, but not this one. The aroma was pretty strong and I was expecting a pretty big bite, but the taste was very well balanced. Pour a Sierra Nevada and a Bass together, and you'd probably come pretty close to this beer. Maybe it caught me at the right time, after a hot late August day on the golf course, but it really hit the spot. Great summer session brew.

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Photo of alexgash
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another slightly better than average brew from Sam Adams. This one poured a pale golden with a creamy off-white head. Smell is of metallic hops and slight malts. Taste is nice, not too sweet, bready malts up front, witha pleasant hop finish. Not too hoppy, or malty. Maybe I'm crazy, but I swear there is a lemon-tart component in here. Not my type of pale ale.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle
A very easy drinking pale ale.

It pours a light golden color. A small head with little lacing. The smell is weak. A bit malty with some yeast. There is a small fruit scent as well.

The flavors are quite mild. A nice balance of hops and malt. Some caramel and some hop tang with no real bite. Mild body. A touch of wheat.

It feels very nice. Easy drinking and not heavy. A great ale when a person wants to have more than one or just to sit back on a warm day and relax.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow-orange color. Very active carbonation, but not enough to sustain the initial one-finger head.

Aroma is faintly of malt and yeast, nothing off there, but nothing that great either.

Taste is pretty pleasant. Not a whole lot of malt, but enough to taste easily and it's a nice combo with the bubbly mouthfeel. Relatively, there's more hop presence which is the most distinctive part of this brew, and yet it is just average, maybe slightly above average.

Clean mouthfeel, not exactly crisp, the hops leave a soft bitterness which is rather noteworthy.

A good summer drinker with burgers, dogs, and all the fixins!

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Photo of elmocoso
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, with a slight blanket of head and a little lacing. Very pale head with very tight knit bubbles. Active carbination.

I was dissapointed in the nose of this one. Not much there, but definately not offinsive. Just plain.

Taste is also just above average. Again, not much character but not offinsive at all. I could drink a few of them if I had to, kind of boring, though.

Drinkability is, again, about average. There are difinately worse beers out there but there is also many better ones. Why waste the time.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-70F.

A fairly big, dense, cream-colored head leaves some nice lacing. The beer is a deep amber and ever-so-slightly cloudy.

The smell is malty and slightly sweetish. Nice. A caramel front gives way to a full, deep, malty middle with some caramel and a little chocolate at temperature. The finish is dry, a little nutty and shows some buttery toffee. Overall, this is good.

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

An all-around good beer that tastes much as it looks - refreshing and flavorful. This beer poured a hazy amber with an ample 2 finger head of creamy ivory. The head is long lasting and creates very good lace affect. The nose is a bit light but gives off some malt, a trace of hops, and a small sense of citrus - not much. The taste leans to the malt side and starts a bit sweet. The hops do balance the malt very well and the finish is dry without any sense of bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderately full and creamy. Very drinkable pale ale - I like it.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is opaque, light yellow, small white head with very light, sandpaper, misty like lacing. Smell is faintly bright hop thats a touch on the citrusy side. Taste is mildly smooth, has an immediate little bite that fades quickly and lends itself mostly bright and clean with a a dry bittering effect thats very subtle, not bad at all. It trys to be hoppy but is a little on the weak side but very tolerable in the drinking department. Feel is bright and dryish with a light tipping toward a medium body. Very drinkable and mildly smooth. I was pleasantly surprised that it was better then it looked. Not a favorite but not a turndown by any means.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light orange in color with a faint head that will stick in patches throughout. The aroma is rather dull and faint, light hops, some orange peel are to be noted. The taste of hops, and somewhat bitterness up front, some light, roasted malts noted with banana clove in the background. This was more on the bitter than pale ale side, somewhat subtle in taste and flavor, finishes creamy and dry, slightly above average, not one of the best beers produced by the BBC.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours thick with a typical Samuel Adams head. Smell is very hoppy, with malt accents. The Taste is malty and sweet. I don't know if this is what a pale ale is supposed to taste like. Overall, a pretty decent beer. The problem I have with Samuel Adams is the the beers all taste pretty much the same. I drank this out of a sampler, and after a few they all tasted the same.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a clear golden color with a half inch white head and tons of bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma was very hoppy with a grassy smell also a little bit of citrus and not totally void of malts. After that wonderful complex aroma I was expecting a wonderful complex taste but I was wrong. I felt the taste was very thin. The little taste that was there was sort of flowery and grassy. There just wasn't a lot going on with this brew. Hard to pick out any specific flavors, maybe because there wasn't any. The mouthfeel was okay with a nice amount of carbonation. I doubt I will puchase this again but I would take one for free:)

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer as it sets in the pint pounder a crystal clear golden amber with the head large and white, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is crisp and fresh, lightly floral, but malt dominates. Start is lightly sweet, the top light in feel, the finish strikingly acidic, the hops pertinent to the style and a darn good session beer any old time of the year.

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Photo of Morris729
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color with a creamy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Floral hops come through in the aroma along with a hint of cinnamon. Nice balance of malt and hops in the taste up front with oily hops dominating the finish. Quite smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of hyuga
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden with a big-bubbled white head that settles, but stays slightly. It looks English. Aroma of mild "English" hops and grainy malt, that "Sam Adams" aroma. Flavors present are grainy malt and a bit of a hop bite from those "English" hops. Very crisp and dry. A bit bready in the aftertaste. Definitely English-style. Great "less thinking, more drinking" beer. Tasty, but not complex, and a good session beer. This was the first beer I ever purchased on my own, back when I was discovering good beer. I give it an honorable mention for that, and for introducing me to the rest of the Sam Adams line, which led me to try other "craft" brews, bringing me into the world of die-hard "beer advocacy". Great memories in this glass.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like English-Style Ales, but I thought this one was only slightly better than average. A nice, solid copper defined the appearance in the glass, but a thin head with little to no retention was a disappointment. I sensed a faint, hoppy, floral scent after a little swirling. The beer had a pretty good hop bite, and a brief lingering bitterness that disappeared a little too early. But I did like the mouthfeel...my tongue was left a little numb between sips. I'd gladly have a few of these in a sitting...it feels good going down, but overall this wasn't too much of a standout beer for me. A pretty safe pale ale, overall, but one can find better.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Bass contender. However, there's that characteristic, "Soapy-Sam" flavor which I had once attributed to Tettnanger hops. But, seeing as how those hops are not in this beer, Sammy must do it some other way. Anyway, that's bloodlines, I guess.

Good, crunchy ale. Nice twang, nice malt, hops don't overpower, and it finishes off with a nice bready flavor.

Like I said, a good Bass contender...maybe Whitbread also. The first American beer (with more to follow......I hope) I've had that even approaches an English ale profile.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good brew from Boston Beer. Floral aroma with some hops in there too. Nothing special as far as pales go, but very smooth and very drinkable. Nice hop flavor that lets you know you are still drinking an english pale.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable, tasty brew. Nothing earthshattering, but not lacking either. Carbonation is just right. Aroma is a bit estery and alcoholic with soft hop character. nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Goes well with spicy food, too. I am sick of people bashing Boston Beer Co. Come on, admit that they are at least making (for the most part) quality beers with real beer character. I just finished the glass. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear light amber colour with a big white foamy head. lotsa lace, too. lightly malty and fruity in the nose. pretty dry and crisp with a definite english hop bite. little sweetness to be found. a bit crackery in flavour; would be a fine pale ale to wash down some food. body is light, and the mouthfeel is somewhat watery. finishes crisp and dry as stated before....very drinkable. overall an average pale ale...nothing stands out to make this version remarkable.

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Samuel Adams Pale Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.48 out of 5 based on 908 ratings.
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