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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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Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Quite a little surprise here. Aroma is good with malt, fruit, and hops. Appearance is nice with a reddish orange color. Flavor is hoppy and spicy balancing out wonderfully with the malt. I seem to enjoy Sam Adams beers more than most people but in my opinion this one is a winner. Too bad I cant get this in Chatt-town, but if I could, this might be a regular pick up for me.

aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2003
The malt flavors play off the bitterness of the hops. Inviting color and aroma, with a nice thick head that slowly dissipates but leaves a reminder that it was there. Decent ale. It would be easy to drink too many of these.

karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2003
Brown coloured, nice head. Fruity hops, slight sweetness. medium-bodied. Pleasant bitterness in the end. Alcohol content 4.6%.

kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2003
At Pizzaria Due in Chicago. Amber with decent white head. Balanced malt and hops, but on the light side. Overall a decent session beer, and goes pretty well with the pizza.
Earlier Rating: 2/21/2003 Total Score: 3
(draft) deep amber. Small head. Distinct hops flavor. Last one I had was a bit cabbage-y. Normally I wouldn't complain but since this was a Sam Adams Brew Pub (at Washington National) I figure SA has some responsibility to keep the beer OK.

BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2003
It's a shame when you go into a restaurant with 16 taps and you end up choosing the house beer. But that's exactly what I had to do because it was a choice between Unos amber, Guinness, Killians or 13 other watery and watery light macros. The only thing worse would be Bennigans with 30 taps of wasted space, but that's another story alltogether. This one is clear and light amber with small head and a surprising heavy lacing straight down the glass. Smell is on the sweet side and taste is a little thin with little bitterness. I guess this is Sam Adams Boston Ale in disguise because that's exactly what it tastes like. You could do alot worse but went well with the pizza.

BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Cloudy, fizzy amber pour. Fruity and grainy aroma. Light sweet and sour fruitiness finishing with a good bitterness.

Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Just plain bad.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2003
Dark brown/bronze. Light head. Hops remind me of AlleyKat in Edmonton. Very light malt and weak finish.

Jedsbrew (464) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Sweet hoppy aroma copper colored and lightly carbonated. Has nice caramel with the hops slightly bitter all the way through to the finish. I didn't think the finish was sweet at all. Pretty conventional but well made and worth a try.

gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Rerated: had this one bottled. Somewhat dry in the finish, wheaty and hoppy taste, thick head but practically no nose to speak of. I liked it better than the Lager.

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