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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 20, 2013
I’m delighted to report that one of the macro brewing companies in this part of the world has begun distribution of this and other Samuel Adams beers. There has been a paucity of importers into New Zealand but this trend appears to be reversing as the larger companies are realising the stake of the market that craft beer drinker occupy is growing and has money to spend. Anyway, this beer leapt off the shelf into my trolley and so I was forced to buy it. Appears clear and amber with a creamy, molten marshmallow head that left good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is foremost of amber malt, biscuits, caramel and unctuous dessert. And so it follows in the mouth with the amber malt creating a very Munich impression (thank you Gabriel Sedylmeyer Snr). There is a persistent, slightly prickly mouthfeel that brings out an almost sour note in the beer that I don’t mind at all. The flavour endures and encourages as second and third bottle. Bang on. Thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turtles (766) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget. Clear amber, small nice bubbles in the glass. Compact, small white head, leaves lacing. Aroma grassy hops, caramel, bread dough. Medium carbonated, medium bodied. Taste, wheat bread, caramel, earthy hops. Finishing dry and slightly spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KoRoBeNiKi (133) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Brown/amber color with a light off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, light hops. Flavor is quite malty with slight hints of caramel and hops. Fruit and malt and a great amount of bitterness at the end. I slightly prefer Boston Lager as I feel it is better balanced, but then again, both are fine and it’s mostly opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_rookie (179) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Pours a bronze color. Surprisingly thick almost beige head. Nice lacing. Good retention. Nice carbonation.

Aroma is hoppy, but its also malty. For me its a little more hoppy. There is a distinct breadiness in it. Maybe a slightest smidge of melon.

Taste is really nice. Its rich. Its bitter. Its smooth. Again its got some hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel again, is smooth. Its almost silky. Its a little bitter but finishes clean. Clean and a little sweet. Its a medium body. Its super drinkable.

Overall this is a terrific beer. I prefer this over Boston Lager. I could see myself cheering for the Red Sox with one of these in hand. It’s that good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2015
How : bottle Appearance : hazy orange, small head. Aroma : caramel, fruits, citrus peel and herbs. Palate : light body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PartyFowle (705) - - JUL 16, 2015
A foamy off-white head with some sticking power crowns this beer, sitting atop a pale brown the color of pine wood with tons of bubbles. A classic Sam lager aroma, but with some sweetness. Honey, caramel, sourdough. Crisp, bready, with flavors of bubble gum. Maltier and sweeter than a regular Boston Lager. Carbonation is a little extreme. Smooth yet light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1280) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2015
A real American ale without doubt. I rarely experience so nice and stable foam as this ale. The aroma is full of peach and lemon. The taste is surprisingly easy. The palate containis soft shades of citrus and peach. Then appears a slightly sweet caramelized feeling from the malt, and finally a soft but determined and sustained hop bitterness taste typical American (amarillo?). It is without doubt one of the most tasty ales I have long tasted in this type.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lbjor (34) - NORWAY - JUL 12, 2015
Sweet fruity malt, hay and caramel. Nice rounded bitterness. Fresh and creamy feel. Had zero expectations for this one, but its actually not bad at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (323) - - JUN 13, 2015
An amber ale with high white head. Aroma is malty, light yeasty, caramel, maybe fruity. Taste is bitter sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
eibbor (1) - Macomb, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2015 does not count
Good all around beer. This is my standard go to beer when no craft brews are on sale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopmaestro (718) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2015
Aroma of sweet fruits with a pleasant malt touch. Sweet and fruity, medium body. Kinda crisp and malty at the same time, medium bitterness. A little anonymous but decent.

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