BWAHAHAHA! With a click of my mouse a thread that's been in the grave for five years is RESURRECTED!
I banged around HBT and found a couple of threads about Sam Adams Boston Lager/Ale clones, but this one seemed the beefiest, so I thought I'd post my results here. I did an ale version since I'm doing multiple brews/ciders in my chamber at the moment and didn't have time for a lager. I just finished my first glass from the batch and included a side by side taste test. The color on my brew is a bit too dark, but the taste is just about spot on!
The recipe I used was:
5 Gallon Batch
5# Amber DME
1# Light DME
1# American Carapils
0.5# Crystal 10L
0.5oz East Kent Goldings @60 min.
0.75oz Fuggles @60 min.
0.5oz East Kent Goldings @15 min.
1.0oz East Kent Goldings @5 min.
1 Whirfloc tablet @ 5 min.
1.0oz Domestic Hallertau (7 days dry hop)
Grains were steeped at 155* for 30 mins.
All hops were pellets other than the Hallertau which was whole leaf. I dry hopped by sprinkling the whole leaves into primary after seven days (fermentation had basically stopped) and left it for another seven days.
Yeast: US-05 @65 degrees.
OG = 1.061 @ 81.
FG = 1.015 @ 66 (6.2% ABV).
Notes: If color really matters to you, I guess you could start by swapping a pound or two of the amber DME out for light or extra light. Fermentation was pretty vigorous. I had a three-piece airlock blow off and make a mess, but there was no apparent ill effect to the beer. Go for a blowoff tube. I used the "paint strainer around the racking cane" trick to keep from sucking the loose hops into the bottles (I bottled in Tap-a-Draft bottles).
All in all, I'm really pleased. A lot of people here will poo-poo a clone of such a mass-produced brew, but it's always been one of my favorites. Especially now that Sam Adams stuff is hitting $9/sixer around here, it's going to be great to be able to brew up a batch for way less than that.