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RATINGS: 1724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Samuel Adams® Boston Ale was first brewed to celebrate the opening of our Boston Brewery. Like Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, it was an old family recipe that was rescued by Jim Koch from his father’s attic. Samuel Adams® Boston Ale, a Stock Ale, has a complex, caramel malt character balanced with distinct spicy and herbal hop notes. Our proprietary ale yeast imparts a variety of fruit and ester notes in both the nose and flavor which are indicative of the style. Stock Ale, one of the few classic beer styles to have originated in the United States, has a strong New England heritage. The style draws its name from the cool "stock cellars" in which it was aged. This technique imparted a smoothness and body which became the hallmark of this style. Keeping with the Stock Ale style, Samuel Adams® Boston Ale is fermented at cooler almost lager like temperatures and conditioned much longer than most ales. It also is Krausened and dry hopped.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Cloudy, fizzy amber pour. Fruity and grainy aroma. Light sweet and sour fruitiness finishing with a good bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Just plain bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2003
Dark brown/bronze. Light head. Hops remind me of AlleyKat in Edmonton. Very light malt and weak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Sweet hoppy aroma copper colored and lightly carbonated. Has nice caramel with the hops slightly bitter all the way through to the finish. I didn't think the finish was sweet at all. Pretty conventional but well made and worth a try.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Rerated: had this one bottled. Somewhat dry in the finish, wheaty and hoppy taste, thick head but practically no nose to speak of. I liked it better than the Lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5591) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Dark gold or light orange, off-white head. Cabbage in the nose, which is a little off-putting. But - it has an appealing cinnamon, french toast thing going on in the flavorand a bready , thivk finish. More complex than the more common Boston Lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
A fairly good ale from Boston Beer. It had a certain tang to it, lots of fruitness also. Not something I'd drink everyday, but fine for certain occasions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Little to no head, amber body. Aroma of hops and a cinnamon/spice touch. Very nice spicy hop flavor and a dry, somewhat bitter finish. I am very impressed by this brew, and it will become a regular in my fridge for everyday drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2003
Looks nice, with a full head and a red body. Smells like a lager with a hint a sweetness, but a bit malty. A mostly uninteresting, unoriginal beer. Smooth, but tastes like nothing in particular really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (9639) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 On draught at the Uno near Tuttle Mall in Dublin, OH as Uno Amber. Came in an unfrosted glass which was a nice surprise. Pours a deep amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Aroma is lightly sweet caramel malt. On the lighter side body-wise with a malty and earthy flavor. Finish is lightly hopped and just a tiny bit metallic. A lot better than I was expecting but not something I wish I could take home or anything.
Earlier Rating: 2/25/2002 Total Score: 3.3
Nice aroma and fine color, decent albeit short-lived head . Perfect bitterness, probably the best non-English English Pale Ale I have had.

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