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RATINGS: 1747   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GiddyBoy (121) - USA - JAN 17, 2003
I definitely prefer the Ale to the SA Lager, which is more common here. Nice, dark color. Not cloudy at all. It had very little aftertaste, which wins points in my book. It has good body and is filling. It does not have a really "unique" ale taste, but is definitely a keeper. A good beer to have often and after meals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
A very heavy ale. Similar in flavor to the lager, with some estery flavors. It has a heavy body which is very filling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Had this at the Pizzeria Uno at Franklin Mills Mall in Phila. Nothing wrong with it. Nothing special. Easy drinking beer that's a change from the main 3 that are offered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Good ale, little low on the ABV but an easy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Great brown colour, fantastic smell...almost a sweet vanilla smell! Another Sam Adams winner!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2003
Nice refreshing ale, a bit weak in taste and mouthfeel for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Blah. Why does Sam Adams always have a weird "freezer taste"?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
This is a decent, not as run-of-the-mill as macrobrews, but not distinctive enough to go for again kinda beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Cinema style popcorn malt and decent hop edges. Up here we drink a fair amount of this because, well, there isn’t much else readily available.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rib Eye (148) - USA - DEC 18, 2002
Rerate12/18/02: As with many Sam Adams beers lately I’m detecting an unpleasnt yeast aftertaste in many of their beers. What gives? A fine, if thoroughly unremarkable APA. Drinks smoothly and is refreshing enough. Could be a bit more dramatic, but as with most S.A. beers, the edges have been sanded off. Wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt.

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