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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 14/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Overall a good domestic ale. Smooth without any agressive charecteristics, solid amber/brown color deep foamy head that lasts a long time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Now for the re-rate. The aroma is laden with malt. I detected and enjoyed sweet bread, caramel and butterscotch in the nose. It's a beautiful beer. Perfect, sparkling amber hue. Very little head, though. Fully diminishing. This beer is so malty. Butterscotch, but not TOO sweet. Just slightly bitter, but enough to balance the flavor. Medium to full body with a creamy/syrupy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Long, well balanced finish. The hops outlast the malt and it ends up dry, crisp and clean. Still a great ale. This beer rocks. The commercial description suffices for the most part. The white head is small, fizzy and mostly diminishing. Poor lacing, but who cares? I love this beer. Been drinking it since I graduated from college ten years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Wow, what a surprise. Hops! Probably the only beer in the gas station that is going to have any hop presence. Malty aroma, orange/copper colored with bubbles everywhere. Good balance of malt and hops but the hops come through more. I’m in beer hell right now (small town with poor beer selection), and this is an oasis. Honestly though, this is a mediocre and kind of boring beer, compared to what I could find elsewhere.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HerrBier (14) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2002
If you like the taste of homemade beer, then this one is for you. If was brewed in a bathtub, I’d believe it. WAY too strong hop flavor. I keep trying Adams beers and I keep coming back to the same opinion of them - too hoppy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Another fine Sam Adams product. This was my first ale, so I can’t say much about it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
getsomeplaya99 (19) - Waukegan, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2002
I didnt know it was possible to come up with an even worse tasting beer in Boston. Once again if it wasnt brewed in Milwaukee its not worth drinking

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2002
My favorite Sam Adams creation. Smooth and very drinkable. Great clear reddish appearance with a nice bouquet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2002
excellent brown ale, good after taste and doesnt leave anything to be desired

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2002
This beer poured with a nice creamy head, with not as much lacing as other Sam Adams beers. This is by no means, an English Pale Ale as the style above states. This dark amber colored beer has a delicious malt smell and taste with the mild hop flavor coming through in the finish.

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