Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by dbrauneis:
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin bubbles with a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light amounts of bready and grainy malts with some very light notes of grassy, spicy, and floral hops.
T: Light amounts of bready malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. There are some very light notes of spicy hops with just a touch of grassy hops. Light amounts of lemon citrus notes and a light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light notes of dryness in the finish.
O: It is interesting to try this re-creation of the start of American craft beer - strange how hidden the hop aromas are but I'm guessing that was very true to the original which was competing with beers that did not have much hop aroma. I'm glad that beers have evolved and the presence of the hops has really come to the forefront. Definitely worth trying for the historical perspective and pretty easy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 23:32:39 | More by dbrauneis
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3.45/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This pale ale is bright light-medium orange, barely translucent. The head rests at one finger for a moment but shows pretty good retention. It leaves a moderate quantity of spotty lacing on the glass.
Grains, white pepper and lemon zest greet the nose. It's a little odd, though; for the first few sniffs, it's almost like there are some spent grains I'm smelling, then nothing and the aroma goes mute. I can still get a little out of it, but not much.
There's lemon zest and pine, light pith and a touch of lemon juice as well in the taste. The pepper is still there but isn't as strong as it smelled. It's almost a little grassy underneath with a ghost of green weedy stem shifting in and out. it finishes with lots of bread after the bitterness sneaks away.
It's prickly but soft as a fuzzy blanket of carbonation rolls gently on the tongue. In the medium body, it's actually quite nice.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2013 20:05:21 | More by Brenden
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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