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RATINGS: 1756   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9765) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Dark golden body with lively carbonation and a foamy white head. Some fine suspended particulates are visible. Aroma of warm spice, toasty malt, and toffee. Light hop bitterness and some malty sweetness plus some woody flavor. Has that Sam Adams signature stale cardboard aftertaste, but fortunately the dose is low in this offering. Seems like an English Pale Ale to me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Smells extremely hoppy, but isn't. Woody or spicy finish. Gets smoother the more you drink.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003
12 oz bottle, beer mug, 50 degrees. Large, frothy, white head is slow to diminish. The body is a medium amber color and appears to be of medium consistancy and has some light carbonation. Pretty plain looking. Caramel, tea leaves, and somewhat metallic malt profile. Subdued, warm, and slightly spicey hops, much like their lager. Moderately sweet throughout with a light bitterness at the end. Somewhat filmy mouthfeel. Medium body, watery texture, moderate carbonation. Flavors do not come together well and there's a harsh metallic feeling. The bottom line is: outdone by the lager.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
With a rich, reddish hue and spicy aroma, this Sam Adams product is a step above most other American ales. However, I find that it has a cloying finish and a slight pastiness to its aftertaste that keeps it from being one of my faves.


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