UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
No one is perfect, not even the Boston Beer Company, the brewers of the
Samuel Adams line of beers. It’s rare I encounter a beer of theirs I
don’t like and I was especially anxious to try their Pale Ale because
I’m a lover of ales. But I found the beer to be entirely too dry-tasting
and heavy in body to appreciate.
I doubt I’m alone in my
opinion on this brew, though, because it’s only available in mix packs.
If it were as popular as the Boston Lager or their seasonal brews I’m
sure it would be much easier to find. Serious beer drinkers and/or those
who enjoy the Sam Adams line would be wise to give this a try, but
there’s nothing especially great about it.
I can’t prove it, but I think there’s something about this Pale Ale
that makes it pour less smoothly than the other beers in the Sam Adams
line. Every time I’ve poured one I get a lot of kickback for some
reason. The beer forms a decent-size head but it quickly reduces to a
rather thin layer. Some carbonation is evident, but otherwise it appears
COLOR & AROMA
actually surprised Sam Adams Pale Ale is such a dark shade of gold but
then again, it’s an ale, not a lager. It’s also a little cloudy, but
then again most ales aren’t crystal clear like lagers. As for aroma it’s
very generic, like a Budweiser or a Miller-type beer. It’s not pleasant
in the scent, but certainly far from repugnant.
In my experience, pale ales tend to be more sweet than bitter because
their taste is derived from malts rather than hops. Sam Adams Pale Ale
tastes much more the opposite as it has a bitter, tin-like taste. It’s
not nearly as tasty as their Boston Lager which literally bites your
palette with its hoppiness, whereas this beer just tastes metallic and
dry. There’s just not much enjoyment to be had while downing a glass.
Ales are always heavier in body than lagers so I can’t criticize this
brew for being so full-bodied. However, it does seem a little more so
than the average ale, certainly more than the average pale ale. After
just two bottles I felt bloated and weighed-down.
I wasn’t crazy about this beer from the first sip and it certainly
doesn’t improve by the end. In fact, it finishes much more dry and
bitter than it begins. Sam Adams Pale Ale leaves a distinct, dry
aftertaste. Perhaps some salty chips would help alleviate this, but I
like to enjoy my beers on their own.
Sam Adams Pale Ale is not a bad beer by any means, it’s just surprisingly bland. As a lover of ales I’m a little disappointed.