Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
4.35/5 rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, Best Before JUL 2013 notched on label.
A - Carbonation streams from the glass' nucleation, through the clear goldenrod beer to it's fleeting white cap of foam. Wispy lace remains clinging to the glass after it's departure.
S - New Albion Ale has a mellow aroma with gentle notes of American citrus hops which suggest where our hop head obsession began. White pepper and lemongrass spiciness open up around a pale malt base and herbal undertones for a crisp and inviting nose.
T - The rather timid aroma of New Albion Ale is quickly cast aside for a powerful flavor that I can only imagine was revolutionary for the time; totally unexpected and original. While tame for today's standards, this beer has a full hop flavor of lemongrass spice / citrus with earthy notes and light pine resin on the finish backed by simple pale malt.
M - Lively carbonation dances on the tongue without interrupting the medium-light bodied, dry hop finish that's so crisp and refreshing. Moderate bitterness trails off with a glorious drinkability.
O - "Simplicity" is this iconic beer recipe's greatest characteristic. And by simplicity I mean that it might be tame for today's outrageous hop-crazed standards, but at it's core this hoppy pale ale would have blown people's minds back in the day. Up front and citrusy, this American-hopped pale ale demands you drink another when one full-flavored and crisp pint is empty. And when you do, you'll still be finding new nuances within. I rarely buy 6-packs of beer, but I think I'll be scooping one or two of these up.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2013 23:21:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.49/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Ok, not a great beer, but as I've said before, a good beer can be one that you can drink the shit out of with no combative flavor. This is a brew that you can sit at a bar or a friend's house and not feel embarrassed to drink or hand off to someone else. Mild, decent carbonation and a not too extravagant price. If you're looking to impress, then look elsewhere. Otherwise, go ahead, get piss-drunk on this stuff and enjoy. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 23:37:56 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.