Samuel Adams Boston AleSeptember 1, 2000 Boston, MA
Boston Beer Co.
This stock ale is a rare American example of an English beer style that is no longer brewed in England. This ale is brewed with two row Harrington and Caramel malts, with Fuggles, East Kent Goldings and Czech Saaz hops. Although an ale, the beer is aged at a cold temperature in the manner of a lager.
Original gravity: 1053
Very well received, this beer has lost none of its luster over the years. Smooth and mellow without yielding its lusty and assertive qualities. Well done, indeed, and this head has a great sound—smooth and soft, as it clicks merrily along.
- Fred Eckhardt
A pale amber beer showing a slight haze and an impressively sturdy pale head. The aroma is lightly malty with a faint whiff of fruity hop. Moderate hopping up front nicely balances a medium-bodied malt center with little elaboration. The finish is short, with a clipped mineral tang. This beer was once a hopfest, but no longer. That said, it’s well structured and has excellent drinkability. Nothing to write home about, but quite nice enough with your summer barbecue.
- Garrett Oliver
Dense, rocky, well-retained head. Pale to medium amber color. Good earthy hop and sweet malt in a fresh, attractive aroma. Palate starts firmly malty, but smoother, perfumy hop flavors soon roll into place. Long, appetizing plum-skin fruitiness develops. Tart, bitter, appetizing finish. Full of flavors tightly combined in a mature, dryish ale.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.