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RATINGS: 1738   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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3.6
Turtboy (120) - Lucasville, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Good ale, little low on the ABV but an easy drink.

3.5
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Great brown colour, fantastic smell...almost a sweet vanilla smell! Another Sam Adams winner!

3
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2003
Nice refreshing ale, a bit weak in taste and mouthfeel for my taste.

2.5
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Blah. Why does Sam Adams always have a weird "freezer taste"?

2
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
This is a decent, not as run-of-the-mill as macrobrews, but not distinctive enough to go for again kinda beer.

2.9
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Cinema style popcorn malt and decent hop edges. Up here we drink a fair amount of this because, well, there isn’t much else readily available.

2.7
Rib Eye (148) - USA - DEC 18, 2002
Rerate12/18/02: As with many Sam Adams beers lately I’m detecting an unpleasnt yeast aftertaste in many of their beers. What gives? A fine, if thoroughly unremarkable APA. Drinks smoothly and is refreshing enough. Could be a bit more dramatic, but as with most S.A. beers, the edges have been sanded off. Wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt.

4
khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Great amber color. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than Boston Lager. I tasted the old fashioned baking apples in the finish. Not too bad at all.

3.7
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Simular to the Boston Lager... lighter flavor but a thicker mouthfeel. I love this stuff. I really enjoy most of the Sam Adams beers.

3.5
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Draught: Copper with a thin head..malty sweet aroma..
Granny smith apples oozing with carmel secretions..Sweet but puckery..morphing into red delicious apples with the slightest of hop bitterness..Good but nothing spectacular


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