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

Notes Aug 3, 2008
Pours a light gold,looks nice,with a solid white head. Nose of citrus,and hops. A very light crisp beer with kind of a watery mouth feel,light citrus,and malt flavor,finishes with a very nice dry hop taste. A nice beer for those hot summer days.

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Photo of Brew33
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this for a long time. I found a single at Jungle Jims and jumped on it.

It is light in color for a Pale Ale, it smelled a little sweet with a faint hop aroma. Pretty nice.

The taste was light. Crisp, not terribly hoppy. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I could drink these all night long. Certainly not as hoppy as the standard APA's. I liked the hop flavor though, subtle but distinctive.

Very smooth. I liked this beer a lot. I was impressed. Drinkability was very high. Nice beer.

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Photo of eagles22
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: of earthy and citrus hops and also hint of carmel

Taste: is very balanced i get a nice bit but a sweet finish

Mouthfeel: not dry at all very full and wonderful

Drinkability: is up there for a pale ale... this is a great session beer
worth a try

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm interested to see their take on the Pale Ale.

Nose is malty and spicy. Creamy malt with lots of caramel roasted sweetness. Touch of floral/spicy hops and apple-like fruit.

Pours a medium-deep straw / gold color, good clarity, mild foamy head.

Soft-on-the-tongue malt base is moderately strong with warm toast, ample nut, and roasted sugar edges. Good dose of hops - floral and spicy with notions of perfume and influences of earth, moderately tart and mildly bitter. Mild-moderate fruitiness takes the form of apple and mild orange.

A good, clean no-nonsense Pale Ale. It could be likened to a hoppier, fruitier Boston Lager; the basic malty nature is similar at least. The malt balance agrees the with English hops. Good flavor, but light in overall flavor magnitude - perhaps this is the calling card of English Pale Ale compared to American, but I'm guilty of liking beefier beers. If I was in the mood for a light English Ale, this would do nicely.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a thick, two-finger head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A hoppy smell is prevelant but there is a good, somewhat sweet malt smell in the background. Smooth and fluffy, well-carbonated medium-bodied beer with a pronounced citric and rustic hoppiness and some sweet malts like caramel or honey in the background; finishes smooth with a slightly dry backbite. One of the better Pale Ales I have had.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice fluffy lacing. The aroma is of floral hops with a touch of honey, and a nice caramel and toffee backbone. The taste has everything the aroma does, but it is all just a little quitter. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up as a single at my local store, I've never had this beer.
And by my initial first taste, I will probably never have it again. I wanted so much to like this beer, but it has such a watered down, adjunct flavor that it was impossible. Thin, very lightly hopped, almost no hops. Very BMC'ish in the flavor. Very tough to finish.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured 12 oz bottle into mug, two fingers of foam which linger with the drink. Tainted yellowish-brown color.

Smell: Hoppy, various different hop smells. Also roasted malts.

Taste: Just like the smell, hoppy and malty. Also clean water. Also has a light citrus flavor with it.

Mouthfeel: Dry, which is a good thing for this beer. The hops linger in your mouth the longest.

Drinkability: Great, smooth drink no bad aftertaste.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.73/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a very good beer. This beer actually went well with Hummus! ! This is one of the better of the Sam Adam beers that I have tried. Got in a variety pack offered by Sam Adams for summer drinking. I will be buying this beer again. I know this is a great beer because I cannot stop thinking about getting it again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This and the cranberry lambic are the 2 worst Sam Adams beers in my opinion. For being barely over 5% ABV, the alcohol is way too noticeable. Also, not very much of a hop or fruity taste considering it's a pale ale. I tried a few bottles of it and each one was the same but I'm hoping this is some sort of freak thing. One of my favorite breweries+favorite styles=terrible beer?

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours well. Clear gold with a solid dense head. Sticky.

S - Fruity, chalky/earthy with some floral notes and a solid malty backdrop.

T - Lemony hops, slight tart edge and some muted fruit. Fairly clean flavours.

M - Lightish body and mellow carbonation.

D - A fairly drinkable pale ale. A little too clean for my taste though. I want a bit more oomph.

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Photo of midaszero
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mostly clear light yellow color with 2 fingers of solid white head that sticks around

S - Faint malty scent

T - A litte bitter a little sweet. Some light toasted malt flavor.

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Not a good or bad pale just pretty average.

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Photo of luc2057
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer from the Sam Adams summer mix pack. The beer pours a pale yellow with a mild hoppy smell. The taste is sweet at first with a mild aftertaste of hops. I found the beer to be highly drinkable. This beer is very solid English pale ale. I would defiantly buy this again. This would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. I've got a bunch of really excellent beers right now, and a bunch of Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada as casual drinkers. This Pale is probably my favorite Sam Adams. Its not a very complex taste, but it tastes good. The smell and taste are very pleasant and it is very easy beer to drink. I always say Sam Adams makes a great all-around lineup of easy drinkers and generally flavorful beers, and this is no exception. Recommended.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark yellow/golden color with a fully diminishing little, white head. Aroma is mainly citrus, lemon, and maybe grapefruit with a slight malt/grain. Flavor is mainly the same, a bit acidic, citrusy with a bit of bread. A forgettable beer.

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Photo of brdc
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Yellow brew, more or the lighter side of yellow, with a decent white head that shows little retention.
Aroma is mostly hoppy, fruity but not that strong or particularly complex. Same can be said for the taste, which shows a modest hoppiness, a little above most macro lagers but not really all that appealing. Unless you are trying to use this to build someone into craft beer, avoid.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a part of the Summer Sampler 12 pack and I finally decided to have a go at this one today.

Pours out a clear light golden....good fluffy head...lots of carbonation as well...

Nice light sweet malt aromas that seem balanced pretty well by a slight hop bitterness...

Nice light crisp maltiness up front with a bite of hop spiciness on the finish that ends up rather dry..

This is a nice Pale Ale but sort of blends in with lots of others I've had.

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Photo of beveritt
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Standard Samuel Adams label indicates best by September 2008.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles fairly quickly to about half its original height. Nice lacing. The beer itself is pale yellow, maybe a shade darker than a standard BMC lager. Medium level of activity in the glass.

Smell: Faint citrus hop aroma.

Taste: A little hop spiciness upfront, almost piney. Slightly sweet biscuity malt. Mild bitterness in the finish. Finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: An easy drinking ale, a bit more bland than I expected.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a New Englander I am really surprised I have never tried this beer. They do however market the hell out of their Boston Lager and Boston Ale and I guess I can see why. Ended up picking up a six pack of this in Florida. Funny how that works. Pours a clear looking golden color topped with a moderate head. Citrus floral aroma with hints of light malts. The hops take a back seat to a stronger malt flavor. Some carmel and mild hop bitterness but not much. Pretty light and refreshing. Overall a decent beer but I wish they made an American style Pale Ale with a stronger hop profile.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured with an extremely clear, golden slight-amber appearance with a thin island of lacing on the head. Aromas were subtly rich with citrus hops. Not too strong, which is a good thing for some. However, it definitely could have had more volume. Good clean and dry taste. A thin, slightly watery sweetness with a good load of spiced hops to it. Mouthfeel could have had more of a kick but the watery aspect of the drink helps it be refreshing and not overpowering. Overall, a decent and accessible pale ale.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a clear golden yellow with a thin white head

S - Faint aroma of citrusy hops, not much else

T - A faint grainy taste with hops in the finish. The hop bitterness builds up as you go along.

M - good mouthfeel

D - A little underwhelming, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of semihobo
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. best this month so time to get with the drinkin'.

Pours with a head that fills the pint glass, leaves good lacing (looks like white flames) as it settles up top with a solid 1/8" covering, then dies. Nice dark gold body, fairly clear, moderate bubbling.

Mineral smell with starchy malts and assertive grassy hops.

First thing noticed in the taste is a mineral, adjunct-like note. The mild roasting of the malts is definitely perceptible. Some low alpha flavoring hops as well as a decent dose of bitterness, very grassy and vegetable-like. Dry.

Medium body and thick but tickly carbonation.

Grass and minerals... otherwise has aspects of a nice reserved English Pale Ale. Don't want more though.

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Photo of philbe311
2.71/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Very light copper color... Very very slight carbonation, otherwise extremely still... Soft white head is minimal and quickly fades...

S - Light mild malt scent... Traces of toffee... Not much else...

T - Biscuit... Earthy... Extremely mild and plain... No complexity to be found...

M - Dry with tingly carbonation on the tongue...

D - If I didn't know any better I'd think that I was drinking a flat ginger ale... I hate to be rough, but this brew deserves it... On par with a BMC...

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Photo of usmittymc
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler glass from a bottle (best by September).

A: Pale golden color with a white head that quickly recedes to a ring. decent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot in the aroma department. Malt mostly dominates the nose. A lot of sweetness in the nose and not much hops.

T: Just like the nose. Sweet, sweet malts. Very little hop presence. Bite from the carbonation on the back. Reminds me more of a kolsch than a pale ale.

M: Really smooth and relatively light. Good carbonation.

D: While not the best example for the style, this is a very drinkable Pale Ale.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in bottle at Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney in Orlando.

This was pretty standard, not too much out of the ordinary. The appearance was sort of dark for a pale ale. The aroma has a subtle hint of malts which seems uncommon for pale ales and so that was nice. The flavor is pretty much wheat, a little citrusy, a very little malt and hop. Mouth is pretty light and it's easily drinkable. Nothing special but not bad.

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