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RATINGS: 1760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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 fathers 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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Great big head of dense foam. Ok carbonation. Decent lacing as the drink progresses. Color is a medium orange/amber. Mainly malt aroma with some spices present. Also slightly acidic aroma. Flavor is mainly malt again and not very complex or inspiring. Finish produces a slight lingering bitter aftertaste which is very nice. A decent beer that will appeal to many people.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6197) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Had this on tap while at the Tage Inn in Boston. Light amber body with a medium white head. Decent hop character. Definite malt as well. More malt and hops on the tongue. Sweetness towards the finish. Decent beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Good head and lace with a nice golden color. The hops are still dominant, but weaker than the Boston Lager. Fairly average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2003
I was really surprised by this beer. The balance was really nice. It seemed to have the hop profile and the finish of a pale ale, so I was a little surprised to see it tagged as an amber. I would definitely recommend it for something new while at Uno.
Earlier Rating: 6/14/2002 Total Score: 3.6
I like this one, but it didnt have the bite of the Boston Lager. The finish was nicer, though, and it seemed to be a little smoother.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9915) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
(draught)Orange-light amber; very little white head. Fresh hops nose, not realy noble, but OK. Bitter-hoppy with adequate malt-sweetness underneath, cookie-like, not cloying. Slight citrussy finish. Light to medium bodied, no particular aftertaste; served too American cold. An OK beer, better than feared, less than hoped for.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kst (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
Dark blond or light copper coloured beer witha small disappearing head. Honey, floral and hop aroma. Swett light floral hoppy taste. Light bitter finish and aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2003
This is delicious! Poured a Nice amber color with a small white head that dissipated quickly but left lacing so pretty my wife wishes it was on her wedding dress... Clean malt flavor with a crisp hop finish and sweet carmel undertones work together to create a beer that deserves the Sam Adams name. The light carbonation, mouth watering appearance, and exceptional flavor make this my favorite American Ale. Mr. Koch, at long last, god bless you sir, god bless you.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Had this on draft at the Sam Adams pub in St Louis airport. Amber color, thin white head leaving nice lacing. Malty honey aroma with ample hops. Nice flavor, sweet maltiness with some spice and good hop balancing. Medium body and lightly carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Brownish-amber, medium head, sweet malt aroma. Decent malt character; candy with hints of fruit. Hops comes on noticible but nicely subdued. Overall good balance and drinkable - would not turn one of these down.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2003
Amber with good thick white head. Beautiful lacing. Simple sweet caramel aroma with notes of toffee. Flavour is quite sweet and maltig with ok hop notes of citrus peels. Medium bitterness in finish with sweet well-rounded notes of toffee. A bit thin though.


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