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

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

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Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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 Dazfish
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice golden color with good head retention and lacing
S- Fruity, slight apricot.
T- bitterness throughout, a little buttery
M- a little thin I thought, with good amounts of carbonation
D- I would have another if you gave it to me.

Not a leader in regards to the style but a decent, enjoyable brew. This came as part of a sampler pack but I probably would only buy this in a six pack if my options were limited. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of jt31914
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow with one inch of head.

S: Faint hops and acrid fruit.

T: Faint hops, banana and cloves. Slightly buttery with odd fruit finish due to the banana taste. Good and unique.

M/D: Super drinkable, nice smooth mouthfeel, better than I remember.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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 Pittsburgh
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid but not spectacular offering from Sam, true to the style, what you would expect to get for it, but nothing really different or over the top, but done well. Stands to be a solid offering, I would get it at a bar, or at dinner and be happy to get it in the mixed 12 pack. Doesn't stand up to some of the other pale ales I like better.

Nice golden yellow pour, decent head, crisp and clean looking. Smells faintly of hops and citrus.

Nice and smooth, goes down easy, very easy drinking.

Pretty hoppy, a bit bitter but not overly so, not that dry for a pale ale. Has a nice finish, hits you in the back of the throat. Not a lot to describe though, I think they could have done a little more with it. Slight citrus flavor as well.

All in all pretty good, but not wowing me, worth a try in the mix pack but don't go out of your way to get it.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Sam Adams variety pack.

Pour: Golden-yellow color with two fingers of white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Very effervescent.

Smell: Light hints of pale malts, sugary sweetness, and piney/citrusy hops.

Taste: Starts off with a pale malt sweetness that gives way into a light hop bitterness. Pretty light, but finishes up with a somewhat grainy, macrolager aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: About as easy as drinking water. Easily quaffable.

Final Notes: Overall not impressed with this beer. It's not bad, just a bit on the light/watery side. I wouldn't turn it down though, and I imagine it would make a great beer to serve at parties.

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Photo of beergod1
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seen the Latitude 48 in a Summer sampler, and just HAD to buy the whole freekin thing, along with Light, Blackberry Wit, Boston Lager and Summer Ale. Dammit. 3 out of the 6 is worth it. plus I never had the Pale Ale before. I think I could drink a lot of these in the summer, but all in all, it's just an O.K. Pale ale. Pours a Crystal clear, bright golden hue. thick white head, looks delicious. Taste has a decent balance of hops and malt, lite body and no lingering aftertaste. At least there was no Cranberry Lambic in this sampler

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

I wanted the Latitude 48, so I had to get the whole Summer Styles box. Oh well, I guess I'll suck it up and drink the extraneous bottles. Tee hee. This one pours a clear pale golden straw with over a finger of white froth on top. The nose comprises some light wheat, bready-ish yeast, and hops. Just hops. Deal with it. The taste holds notes of everything above, along with a weak hoppy bitterness and some grass. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent enough pale, but I'm not at all impressed. At least it's not objectionable.

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Photo of Pencible
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast, with earthy lemon hops and some muddy caramel.
T: It tasted like lemon hops and bready yeast, with earthy wheat and faint caramel. It had a light bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with bubbly carbonation.
D: This was very unimpressive, only a half step up from a macro lager. It was more bready yeast than hops, making it seem like a wheat beer rather than a pale ale. It wasn't very clean either, but it was at least bland enough to drink quickly and easily. Not recommended.

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Photo of droomyster
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a big white head. Aromas of fresh hops are a bit too subdued. They feature more prominently on the palate, where they do a nice job of balancing the toffeeish malts. This is an excellent session beer. My friends and I have discovered that it goes well with snacks and World Cup matches!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent head, creamy and a half-inch, that turns wispy quickly, despite the boisterous bubbles (thanks to the S.A. Boston Lager glass's "nucleation site"). Well-filtered golden body.

Toasty malts, with a little bit of toffee, kind of woody and musty if really using the imagination. Not enough of a nose on this one to even fairly call, but considering the style, it does a decent enough job.

Flavor is a bit more discernible than the nose, bringing the toffee-like, almost buttery maltiness of English pale ales to the fore. Bready; lightly sweet; traces of caramel and faintly vinous (mostly white grape). Ghosts of herbal tea and plum in the background.

Tingly and remarkably crisp, with a light body. Good enough here, but a little too itchy on the bubbly side of things. Something a bit smoother and creamier would've really done the trick.

Not a whole lot to dislike here, although it's not a favorite style of mine, and this one could have used a little more assertiveness (not aggressiveness, just needs more character). Decent enough, I guess.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden-tan with a decent head that dissipated after a few minutes. Left plenty of lacing on the glass. quite clear with rising bubbles. A pretty nice looking beer.

Smells of light grass, malt and a little bit of sweet hops. A pleasant, but weak overall smell.

Tastes of malt with some spicy hops and a hint of sweet caramel. Very mild bitterness. Nice aftertaste.

A crisp and clean feel in the mouth. Quite pleasant.

Drinkability is quite good. No complaints at all in this department. More like a lager than a typical pale ale in this category.

Overall impression is that it's a fine brew, tho not especially outstanding or noteworthy. Still, I'll give it a pretty good rating.

I could see myself picking up a sixer of this for a barbeque or day in the pool.

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Photo of showell
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and smell are pretty average honestly. The taste and the mouthfeel is really sort of unique. It's a really tart beer, and I think in this case the carbonation fits the flavor. There is a lot of carbonation... more than I'd normally like, but it's really fitting for this one. You could drink these one after the other because of the taste and feel. Different.

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.52/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet.

asuper clear. 2 fingers of fluffy head completely disappeard within a minute. this is the color of apple juice

s understated to the nose, just a bit of a hoppy/ maly armoa

t: not too good. better than some but the least appelaing from SA that I've ever had.a bit tart and NOT in the right way

m: hard to keep the mouthfeel seperate from the taste, but good body here, pretty nice score here

d: does not quite make the grade. will be looking for OTHER brews...

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Photo of dcook11
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-ginger ale with a two finger head. Light carbonation. Somewhat common.

S-Citrus, hops. I am not all that impressed by the look.

T-Light and refreshing. Malt and some hops. Balanced, reminds me of snpa.

M-Smooth and goes down easy

D-good session beer

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Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

still tappin into that variety pack

A- light orange and rather clear. The carbonation rips through it leaving a weak head. Not too much going on

S- very faint orange citrus. Some malt. Kinda weak to be honest

T- taste is better. The citrus flavors really dominate the main profile. There are some malty elements that are present as well. It's really a crisp taste with some slight bitterness as well. Not a bad pale ale taste

M- crisp and carbonated

D- this brew redeemed itself in the end. It is a refreshing beer that is very drinkable for the summer. The crisp flavor really makes it go down easy

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored, with dissipating head. Relatively clear, and plenty bubbly.

S: Smells of corn and earth.

T: Gentle and balanced. Some roasted, corn, and floral flavors.

M: Averagely bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is pretty mild, all around. It is not really exciting, but it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a standard SA brown bottle with a brewery freshness month of August into a perfect pint glass. Appears a very light orange color that is strikingly clear with a lively amount of carbonation rising through the liquid in support of the white head atop the brew. Initially the head was more than 2 fingers strong but it receeded to just a thin coating atop and lacing sticks in plenty of patches about the glass. Aroma has herbal hops, faint grainy malt and a slight mineral touch in the backend. The most prominent aspect of the aroma is the herbal hops that have a twing of citrus aspect about them as the beer warms. Taste has a combination upfront of herbal and citrus hops. The citrus aspect is a little more evident than indicated in the aroma. The malt presents itself with a biscuity flavor across a thin body before finishing quite crisp with the herbal, slightly citrus hops lingering in the mouth. The alcohol is mildly evident in both flavor and warming factor. Overall it is a decent pale. Quite light and refreshing it would be easy to throw a few of these back.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came in the Sam Adams Summer Styles Variety pack.

Appearance- golden color, foamy head

Smell- citrusy hops, malt

Taste- malt, citrusy hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. I would drink it again. Good on a hot summer day

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Photo of aepb1
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a white head

S- Some caramel malts and a little citrusy hops... not a lot in the nose to speak of really

T- Nice pale ale with a very crispy finish! Caramel malts and crisp dry finish with those citrus hops

M- Medium body and perfect carbonation

D- Great beer on a hot day. An excellent example of an EPA

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Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed May 29th, 2010.

Very clear golden hue with a very fine white foam head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

Aroma affects a citrus and floral hop character.

Palate notes - strong biscuity caramel malt that lingers long after the mildly bitter finish after the swallow. A little more hop bite would be welcome to cut that. And then there is the tell-tale house note of almost all Samuel Adams beer - the light dish soap character.

Dry, slightly prickly on tongue.

Not my favorite example of the style, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of SAtaMi
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A 1" head. Orange amber in color. A very clear nice pour.

Smell - Malty sweet goodness with a hint of hops.

Taste - Like the smell it has a nice sweet malty flavor with a light hop to it.

Mouthfeel - It is on the thin side not much chew to it.

Drinkability - i would buy again and again. A very nice pale ale.
Id never guess it was a 5.25 abv.

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Photo of Fnord
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light amber with a thick head. Very effervescent.

Smell - Maple syrup, floral hops, and a little alcohol. Not a lot of nose overall.

Taste - Slightly hoppier than the average EPA. Some sweetness and citrus in the start, with a crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, high carbonation.

Notes - A slightly different take on an EPA. The part I don't like is the mouthfeel: EPA's shouldn't be thin and highly carbonated. But then again, this is in the "summer pack", so I guess it's supposed to feel refreshing. Either way, it's a decent enough beer, but I don't plan on buying it again.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It just never came together for me.

A= golden yellow, hardly any head, minor rimming, almost no lacing.

S= almost nothing to find when first poured. Slight honey and malts after a few minutes but still very faint.

T= sweet malts, unexciting hops bitters, light honey and some grassy notes, possibly some red fruits or berries if you search enough, but not much of a thrill. Somewhat watery finish. After about 20 minutes some bubblegum emerged with hints of banana. It just never seemed balanced.

M= light honey, bland hops florals, mild bitters, slight grassy notes and mild metallic, some odd scrambled egg hints after it warms. Too much huge belching throughout consumption.

D= very drinkable if you only want a somewhat generic pale ale, probably good with most meals since it's generic enough not to distract from good food. Nothing that I'll seek out in the future, however.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by september. Reviewed on my Droid.

Pour is golden yellow with one finger of foam that coats the glass. Aroma is husky, grainy, with some grassy hoppiness.

First impression is that this beer is very dry, very subdued hop profile, and mild maltiness. A bit too dry. This is a pretty unremarkable beer, not much flavor. I am used to better from Sam Adams

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