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RATINGS: 1735   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Basic bitter tones in the aroma. The flavor was a little more interesting. Nice hops and malt interplay. The finish was a little roasty. Very crisp feel...perhaps a little too much carbonation, but a satisfying feel anyway. I like this more than Sam Adam’s lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Nice amber color, fairly decent flavor, both sweet with a light bitter finish. Surprisingly not that bad.
Earlier Rating: 10/9/2001 Total Score: 3.3
Better than the lager and seemed to me to lack the aftertaste of a lot of the Sam Adams brews. Its slightly above middle of the road in every aspect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Deep amber color with medium thick head. very appetizing, sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor with a hint of fruitiness and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Wonderful spicy hop nose with some fruit. Great malt profile of caramel, fruit and graininess all restrained quite tastefully. Compare to Frankenheim and see how much more character this has. And remember this is Altbier--not an APA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 16, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2002
dude. this is after drinking a st. ides. it’s keeping me drunkish. i don’t like amber ales and i wouldn’t like this either as the first beer of the night. nice orangy color. go angels. wasn’t that fucking the best when they beat the yankees?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Very average. I didn’t really care for this much, but nothing about it really put me off. I suppose it’d be a great starter beer for someone getting into finer beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Light Amber color, large head. Mild ale, medium malts, slightly roasted, hoppy. A mild tasting ale, smooth. Bottle aged. A lighter taste, but full flavor. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   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 (10426) - 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.

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