Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by hackmann:
3.05/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Appearance: rich golden crystal body with a one finger white foam head that leaves … well, nothing to speak of
Aroma: light toasted grains, little grassy, maybe herbal biscuit, really light overall, no wow this is a nice smelling ale factor, it is just okay
Flavors/Mouthfeel: grassy bitter note, toasted grains, dry light moderate bitterness on the back, nice lively carbonation, I have not had a Molson Golden in a long long time but this reminds me of that beer – I’ll have to buy a Molson Golden to find out how bad (I mean good) my memory is.
To the Point: a pretty good tasting ‘golden ale’, people see American Pale Ale as the style and think: big time citrus, pine needles, fruity stuff, good bitterness, - well, just calm down folks for this is a 30 year old recipe. In the early 1980’s we did not think of big bold in your face flavors in beer. Enjoy it for what it is – a retro beer. This is how some Pale Ales or Golden Ales tasted back in the 1970’s and 80’s. A fun retro beer to me but, really in today's beer world - just average
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2013 01:16:45 | More by hackmann
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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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