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

Don't confuse Sam Adam's Pale with an American version. Boston Beer has brewed what is most definitely an English version of the Pale for our taste. A cobbled London street in spring brought to us by a leading brewer. Thanks again BBC, for a good distribution network, fair prices, and a quality brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little light on flavor considering the great aroma and autumn color. Not Sammy's best offering by any means but I actually like this more than their flagship beer. It is not as good as their Summer or Winter brews though.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

as i have developed more of a taste for pales, i found this one to be quite good. golden and smooth with a perfect amount of hops. this beer is a very good drinker, and it just simply goes down great

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Photo of aracauna
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less malt that in the Boston Ale and more hops. This seems to make it a pretty typically pale. The hops bite first (but only a little bite like a small fuzzy puppy going throught it's teething stage) hang around for a bit and then it finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Not unpleasant, but not as good as the Boston Ale.

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Photo of aaronh
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pale ale was not quite what I expected, but it is good. I was under the impression it was an APA, so I expected a nice bitterness and a stronger aroma. It has a nice head, and a smooth flavor, but is just an average pale ale. Perhaps I've been spoiled by my recent SIerra Nevadas and Burning Rivers. I agree with some of the previous posts: an average beer from a company that could do more. Perhaps the bitterness is subdued to appeal to the mass market.

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

Orange-copper body, topped with fairly smooth white head, which soon settles into quarter inch cover. Fresh floral aroma, with some fruit lurking in the background. Fairly balanced between malt and hops, but hops stick around much longer in aftertaste. Run of the mill pale ale, from a brewer that can do much better. On the other hand, my opinion of this beer has improved since its introduction, when I thought it was more of a weak golden ale. Has it been reformulated?

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Photo of mophie
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says American, but the taste says English. This is a good beer in the style of those that you'd sit around and drink in the pub with your friends without thinking too much about the beer you're drinking. Amber colored, nice white fluffy head. Mild floral hop aromas (Kent Goldings), with a slight caramal malt presence. Taste is relatively tame for a pale ale, with quite mild hop flavors balanced by an unobtrusive maltiness. Finish is smooth and refreshing, if not entirely memorable. Again, a good beer to drink with friends if you really don't want to be thinking about the beer you're drinking.

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

Okay, another confessional. I am still trying to sample other Samuel Adams, but for the pale ale, my local brews outshine it. Has a nice color and smell, but the taste is nothing that really moves or surprises me. If is of course better than the macros but still far removed from my local pales. I realize this is at a local, so maybe if I check out a tap version to what I am comparing it to it may do better.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color, with a nice creamy white head.

Taste was balanced but leaned towards the lighter side. Malt presence was average, hop balance was mostly earthy-herbal. I nice easy drinking beer with a fair amount of complexity, but nothing in it really stands out.

The Boston Ale is the bigger brother to this brew for sure.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of musty malt and hops. Light gold in color. Interesting choice of East Kent and Golding Hops, (the style dictates cascade, williamette, centennial..etc..) Slight cardboard (oxidation?) the finish. The brew lacks real character next to the other high power PA's.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy light gold in color with a moderate off-white head and a fair amount of lace.

Aroma: Aroma is mild, slightly hoppy and spicy, though a bit subtle.

Taste: Nice balanced flavor with roasted malt and slight fruitiness, though definitely on the dry side. Nice moderate hop finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth on the palate, soft and full, with little carbonation felt.

Drinkability/notes: A decent beer, not particularly remarkable, but of good quality.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full flavoured pale ale leaning towards English style, good balance to make for a beer that one could sit down and have a few and not be overwhelmed in any aspect. An all around good pale ale and a decent stab at the English style.

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Photo of marc77
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color w/ a slight haze. The head is thin and unimpressive. Quintessential floral Kent Goldings notes dominate the hop nose, and the earthy Fuggles note is secondary. Malt aroma is minimal. It's quite similar to their Boston Ale in aroma profile having a slight butterscotch note, but is more mild comparatively. Decent toasty malt flavors are present, but this brew is a bit lacking in malt character overall. Hop bitterness is moderate and clean, with the characteristically earthy Fuggles flavor dominating. It finishes clean but unexciting. I wasn't left longing for another. Although a decent beer, the lack of malt complexity deterred from its potential. A British base malt such as Maris Otter would've been a better malt foundation.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and well-carbonated pour, clear pale yellow body. Fizzy refreshing mouth feel, pretty full and foamy with a more than adequate carbonation. There’s a lack of hop bite, nice sweetness, but still enjoyable. Very nice finish that is slightly dry, smooth with a nice crispness. Overall pretty good stuff.

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Photo of jackndan
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice copper color. Very nice belgian lace clings to the side of the glass the whole time. The taste is a nice light ale, dry finish. Would match well with chicken and other dishes.

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Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hops are floral and spicy (and a tad metallic), not fruity. Average finish. Reminds me of Bass. The Boston Lager tastes more like an American Pale than this brew. Average mouthfeel and not a distinct finish.

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Photo of Bierman9
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly dark-golden color...mild nose; hard to discern.. a bit fruity; ...somewhat nice on the tongue but flavors are mild to the point of blandness...average bier....IMO...

overall: 3
appearance: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3


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

I haven't had a lot of experience with pale ales, but this one ahhhh "pales" in comparison to the one I had at the Green Mill restraunt in St. Paul...this is definitely on the dry side...almost spicey a bit on the finish..crisp..and pretty easy drinking...tastes very clean and crisp...certainly not a bad beer, but only slightly above average in my book.

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

This is an average pale ale. The hops are there, but lend mostly bitterness rather than flavor. This isn't a bad thing, but there are other Pales out there, i.e. Sierra Nevada, that are better.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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 ThreePistols
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good color, decent head. Slightly sweet and hoppy aroma. Clean taste, good flavor. Well balanced. A good mouthfeel and a nice aftertaste. Overall a very good beer.

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