Style: Stock Ale

ABV: 5.4 IBU: 34.0

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Boston Beer Company Sam Adams Boston Ale

What the brewers say

“A ‘stock’ ale with a distinctly American character. We use earthy English hops along with the sweetness of caramel malts and ferment it as an ale but age it at cool temperatures.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Classic British fruity esters. Stone fruit, hints of banana, oral, light toffee. Rich bready and biscuit up front. As it warms, a toasted crust character emerges. Light nutty, moderate earthy, light earthy hops, very slight oxidation, light date. Pine and mild citrus notes.”

Flavor: “British pale ale character: toffee, biscuits, and graham crackers. An underlying rich maltiness is perfectly contrasted with a prominent bitterness that makes for a dangerously easy drink- ing beer. A subtle oral hops works well, but clashes slightly with the bread malt character. Slight warming. Moderate earthy avor hops with mild pine hops. Finishes with slight bitterness on the tongue.”

Overall: “Fans of classic English pub ales will really enjoy this. Good easy drinking ale with a decent earthy hoppi- ness and good balance. Classic British pale ale attributes. Would love to taste this from a beer engine.”

What our editors thought



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