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RATINGS: 1725   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 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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3.2
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Fairly nice brew. Good aroma. This poured nice copper color with good head and lacing. Flavor was slightly malty, but not overpowering. Slight bitter aftertaste and good carbonation. Overall a beer worth having again, especially if you can get it on sale, which is what I did.

2.7
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours a dark amber color with a medium thick light beige head. Aroma and flavor are sweet and caramely. Fairly average light tasting amber ale.

4.3
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2003
The first time I tasted this one was when the Sam Adams product first became available in the area I was living in (long time ago). Its not quite as good as it was back then, but still a fav of mine. I love the floral hoppy aroma, descent head, nice lace, creamy mouthfeel and nice after-taste. It is my fav Sam Adams brew.

2.8
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
(Draught) Pours a light cooper color with medium sized white head. Descent brew from Sam Adams.

4
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2003
I had long seen Sam Adams' Boston Lager's lesser known distant cousin, the Boston Ale in stores, but never pulled the trigger on buying it. I finally did, getting a six-pack. The fell in love with the first bottle I had, but the second bottle, although very good, was not as spectacular. I'm thinking the euphoria of discovering another good Sam Adams beer tricked my taste buds a little on the first bottle. Anyway, wonderful aroma: hoppy and dry. Dark amber in color with an average-sized off-white head and beautiful lace. The initial mouthfeel is more malty than hoppy, with a nice cookie finish. As it warms, hops and spice come out. There must be some nutmeg in this brew as it is a lot like some winter brews I have had that contain cinammon and nutmeg. Very good with session beer potential. Interestingly not as hoppy as the "lager" and perhaps not quite as good, but worthy of the Sam Adams name.

3.2
MaBeer1972 (2142) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 24, 2003
A clear, light-copper brew. Doesn't look impressive, but the flavor is actually surprising. Deep nutty malt character. Nice hop balance. I think I'm going to change my opinion about S.A.

3.3
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2003
A good all-round pale ale. Good caramel malt character with an herbal/light cinnamon hop bitterness. A well-balanced beer.

3.2
Dorwart (2607) - 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
TheBeerGod (6253) - 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
Aggie80 (827) - 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.


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