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RATINGS: 1740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Real tasty. This is the first of the Sam Adams line that I drank and I fell in love with it. I used to keep this in my fridge because my friends wouldn't drink it. I personally do not taste the fruit in here. It tastes like your typical ale that yoi would find in a pub somewhere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Very fuity aroma to it which reminded me of some of some types of Belgian beers. malty, somewhat spicy taste to it. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Darker in color, maltier in flavor than sam adam's lager. Personally, I liked the crisp, citric hoppy flavor of the lager better than the malty, sweet, and uninspiring spicy flavor of the ale. Decent brew, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (33804) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty with notes of oranges and candysugar. The color is a beutiful amber and it has a fine head, though it collapses without disappearing. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of oranges, candy, straws, and aroma hop. At last turning into an OK bitterness - but only on the front of the tongue - it is missing a good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (17152) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2004 An amber beer with a nice head. Aroma is a little fruity, and this is a very smooth one to be an ale. Somewhat bitter in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
On tap. Light orange amber color, with medium head. Some malt in the aroma. Acidic taste, citrus, some malt, slightly hoppy, a little spicy. Not at a bad beer, but not all that interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Tap at Boston Fenway location. Slightly grainy and somewhat soaplike texture. Nut much discernerable aroma...slight effervescence in the finish that isn't present at first. I'm surprised that Boston Beer Company made this; it seems more like something Gluek would do.
Earlier Rating: 7/3/2002 Total Score: 3.7
Amber color, nice frothy head. Spicy apples in the generous aroma which are also reflected in the initial flavor before dissipating into a dry fruity finish. Quite nice. Sam Adams ales are the best way for someone who has never had good beer to transition into a beer snob.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Amber color. Malt and caramel aroma. Dry, malty taste with a correct finish. Quite strong character, not bad for a widely available beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Very light bodied and flavored even for an amber ale. Lager-like, in many ways. Fruity maltiness, and very, very soft hopping make this an easy quaff, nonoffensive, but not daring or particularly original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2003
a great ale, typical sam adams in being a great beer. smells good tastes better, big creamy head that goes away pretty quickly. i wont have any trouble consuming these

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