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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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.16/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy tan with a 3/4 inch head. Medium bodied and creamy but really not much flavor to comment on. In fact I'd say this is just a tiny step up from standard mass produced beers like the Bud Lights of the world (or the Sam Adams Lights for that matter, in fact I'd choose this over a SA Light). Granted it is a Pale Ale so it naturally would be more subtle than a lot of other beers.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale copper hue. 1/2 inch of white foamy head. A little bit of lacing throughout.

S - Some light floral notes.

T - Crisp beginning, decent flavor. I only found the smallest bit of malts in this beer. Hops were present, but not overpowering at the end.

M - Crisp, clean, and dry. Good carbonation.

D - I had a Saranac Pale Ale the day before, which I thought was better. This pale ale was decent, but I didn't think it quite measured up.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one from a Sam's summer variety case. Pours a clear golden color with nice white head and good carbonation. Seems somewhat on the lighter side as most craft pale ales are somewhat darker then what's offered here. A very clean smelling beer with the faintest of lemon, citrus like hops. You really need to struggle to get much of any aroma. Tastes sweet with a touch of caramel like goodness. Nothing that really stands out. Mouthfeel just okay. This beer strikes me as one where Sam Adams tried to keep things neutral and safe. It's not bad; it's just not anything close to revel over.

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

Appearance- golden amber with a thin head, effervescent

Smell- crisp and clean with a slight citrus note

Taste- subtle floral with a sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel- medium light

Drinkability- pretty good, could have a few more of these if they were available! Not too flowery for me, nice light n clean flavor, enjoyable on a warm late summer night

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Photo of Kallessin
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a stark white foamy/rocky head. Very clear with some lazy bubbles rising through the glass.

Smells of sweet cereal grains and malt with some herbal/earthy hops.

Light sweet maltiness up front with some light toasted biscuity malt. Nice clean flavors, but lacking a little depth and character.

Smooth, but with prickly carbonation. Very dry and crisp finish.

This beer doesn't have a ton of flavor, but overall pretty decent. Light and easy to drink. It looks fantastic and generally enjoyable, but nothing really too special. I'd buy it again for a good session beer.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A darker golden color with a finger white head with good retention. A little bit of lacing here. Also, a decent amount of carbonation that fizzles up to the top.

S - Not too great here. I get dirt and almost a plastic smell. no floral hops like I was looking for. Not very appealing.

T - Up front, some very mild hops. This is followed by some citrus, most predominantly lemon, grass and maybe a hint of wheat and bread. I'd just like something to jump out at me a little more.

M - Nice mouth feel. Good amount of carbonation and a light mouth feel.

D - This isn't the best pale ale I've had but it's on the easier side to drink.

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Photo of Dlish
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Crisp and golden, a slight orange hue, about 2 finers of white foam.

S- smells a bit yeasty, hints of a bittering hops

T- woo, not impressed almost nothing going on, get a hint hops, followed by a stale vegetable taste and a unpleasant grapefruit flavor.

M- meh good carbonation

D- did not enjoy this beer, I think sam adams could have spent a bit more time, or maybe I got a bad one. Either way, I'm hesitant to drink the rest.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear gold in color, with a thin, wispy head of foam
Aroma-Faint earty hop note
Taste-Lightly toasted malt,subtle earthy hops, crisp, clean finish.
Overall, clearly in the English style of pale ales. Nothing over-the-top here, just subtle, understated flavors. An o.k. English Pale, easily lost in the crowd.

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

12 oz bottle out of fridge poured into a pint glass. best before NOV 2010 notched on label.

pours a very clear golden color with a one finger or so of white fizzy head. average retention with some decent lace.

not a huge aroma. clean, fruity, pale pilsner smelling malts and grain.

the taste is pretty fruity as well. not much in the way of hops, grassy, some lemon citrus, and maybe a touch floral. some pilsner, grainy malts. tastes similar to a lager.

light body. fizzy, high amount of carbonation.

pretty drinkable, but not a whole lot of flavor. i could session all night long, but theres a whole lot of better choices out there. not a bad 2 bottles in the summer mix pack however.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the variety pack

Appearance: gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation, 1 inch head

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: toasted malt, grass, and light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability: An above average pale that very much tastes like a Sam Adams brew. Nothing I would get excited over, yet high quality, and one I could have a six of.

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

When i poured it into my pint glass, it has a 1 finger length white foamy and fizzy head to it, on top of a golden color body. The smell is of malts and a little biscuit. The beer has a nice crisp taste to it. It is a very smooth ale, which has a nice mouth feel, and is very drinkable. I really like this one, it is very refreshing after a long day at work.

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Photo of jpro
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another bottle pulled from the variety pack...

Pours a sparkly clear gold, with a fizzy white head - virtually zero retention or lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, a touch of toasted caramel, and floral hops - also some minty hops in there. Taste is of light sweet grains and grassy / spicy hops - also some lemon zest in the hop profile... well balanced. This one has a little butteriness to it, as well. Mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation and a zingy finish. I found it to be a well balanced beer, but nothing too exciting - its very drinkable and refreshing and makes for a great summertime brew.

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Photo of sluggermatt15
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a straw yellow with an orangish tint. Large foaming head forms and takes a minute or two to dissipate. About an average appearance here.

S- Sweet, lemony, some hops. Again, nothing out-of-this-world.

T- Has a lemony zest to it, pretty crisp, and some dryness, but typical in a pale ale.

M- Feels good, clear, and not a lot of carbonation.

D- Drinkable, would have this one again. Not bad on a hot and sticky night. There's a reason why this is included in the "Summer Variety" case from the BBC.

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

Poured into a frozen clear glass mug this beer produces a thick white foamy head about two inches high. The head had very little staying power and faded to a thin white covering with lace of little clinging power. Color is a rich golden amber of an 8 on the SRM chart. There is nothing really noteable about the smell, light malt. Feels good on my tongue, just the right amount of tickle from the carbonation. Taste has just a hint of hops. Not a lot of bitterness, but just enough to add zing. I would spend my cash for more of this brew.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by 11/2010) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with orange notes. Lots of carbonation coming up through the beer to end in a dense 1/8" thick white head. Tendrils of lacing here and there along with some thick chunks and walls of lacing on other parts of the glass.

Smell: Hints of yeast and biscuit-like inhaling from a bag of flour with some hoppy notes at the end. I'm having to take a deep inhale to even get this though - it's not very strong. As it warms up some of these smells go away and some apple-like smells dominate, but it's still faint.

Taste: An even balance between English bitter hops and malt sweetness with some cider-like notes at the end. The cider-notes become a bit of an aftertaste after awhile - but not in a bad way. It's okay.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, but not so excessively carbonated that it feels like your tongue is scrubbed clean, but it does cleanse the palate. Thicker than water, but goes down slick and easy.

Drinkability: Went fine with a meal (Vegetarian chili and cornbread) and I could see myself drinking it alone. It's way too carbonated to be a true cask English pale ale, but despite this it hits a lot of the flavor notes well and it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, bright orange color, better than a fingers of bright white head, nice retention, active bubbling.

s- nice hops in the nose, aromatic, slight citrus, biscuit, lemon, nice balance.

t- slight lemon bite, really nice pale ale, balanced malt upfront, with some citric hops.

m- medium bodied.

d- good, solid pale ale offering from mr. koch, i would drink this again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Pale Ale is a soft, golden color with a pretty nice looking off-white head. Both retention and lacing a reasonably impressive.

The aroma features fruity, earthy, English-style hops and a little bit of lightly toasted malt.

This IPA certainly hits the style points of an English IPA: Lightly toasted malts, and a fruity, slightly citric, and somewhat earthy hop profile. It feels kind of toned down though. It seems that all of the appropriate ingredients were used to make a nice IPA, but not in the appropriate quantities.

Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and a little light on the body.

This is a drinkable beer, and I think it would be hard to find a person who really had a problem with it. It might also be hard to find a person who really loves it either though.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a pale, slightly hazy amber with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Mild notes of light sweet malt and earthy hops. Little bit of spice and lemon.

T - Light citrus and more earthy hops with a light malt backbone.

M - High carbonation and a light body.

D - Easy drinker, could have a few. Definitely not complex, but a good summer drink nonetheless. Quenching.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: slightly cloudy amber, decent head
S: sweet syrupy smell
T: initial taste slightly bitter with hints of grass in the flavor; not sweet; the spicing is on the pungent side; a touch of tinny aftertaste; overall the flavor is a creative interpretation of a pale ale flavor, but tempered to reach a wide clientele

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Nice rocky head, but still pretty light, around 1 F, beer is light amber

S: Pretty mild, like most SA aroma, crisp, but earthy hops, and a light malt presence that just lets you know its there without giving too much away in the way of flavor expectations

T: Like I was expecting from the aroma, pretty mild, but very distinctive english hops, kent and fuggle, very herbal tasting, more so than some engish pale ale's I've had, malt is barely there just giving it some sweetness, very pale malt

M: I would say it's thin, but most english pale ale's I've had taste thin, so I guess about the norm

D: Nothing great, doesn't stand out among english pale ale's, but that also means its not bad

Notes: Fits in well with Sam Adams line up. Its nothing special, but its a decent english pale ale.

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Photo of Mancer
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a golden color with a one finger high white head. The dissipated quickly, and was non existent half way through the beer. The initial smell of the bear was slight malts, and barley, reminds me of a lager. The initial taste of the beer was supremely mild spices, and barley. This brew had a medium body with light carbonation.

All in all, this is not that great of an example of the Pale Ale style. Seems to me like most of the Sam Adams beers taste the same, I think their best stuff is just the Boston Lager.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice strong golden color with hints of copper present.

Smell: Great sweet malty smells combine nicely with a faint hint of hops.

Taste: Light malts complement the small amount of hops and creates a crisp tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Very dry but extremely refreshing and palatable. Good balance of light malts with a small amount of hops.

Drinkability: Could have a good session with this alone. Not any overpowering flavors but a good mix of them to want more.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Pours a bright golden yellow with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly to a slight covering.

S - Smells more like a lager than an ale. Spicy nose slight hops and some yeast. Not much there.

T - Slight citrus hops with minimal malt almost belgiany with some yeast and bready and some spiciness. Slight bitter finish.

M - Moderate to highly carbonated. Light to medium body. Leaves a bit of dryness in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable and light. Very summer seasonal qualities.

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

Pours a light straw yellow with a light white head that laced the glass.

Smell of lemon, light citrusy hops, and two row malt.

Taste of light citrus and lemon hops, more malt backbone, but a light malt presence. Mostly malt overtaking the light citrus notes.

Strong carbonation and a light mouthfeel make this one a pretty easy drinker.

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

Very orange color white head.

lack of hoppy smell, aroma is malty and sweet.

This might be an older beer. I can't detect any hop aroma or flavor. Slight hoppy bitterness. Flavor is pretty much all malt. Nice tasting. Very simple, low head retention. (although it is very hot outside.)

for some reason I think it smells like a lager should smell. More like an English pale ale.

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