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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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615 Ratings
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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5/5  rDev +48.8%

KC9LDB, Feb 17, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am trying to compare this with the original from 1978. I have fond memories drinking this brew while walking down Denmark Street in Sonoma. There was always yeast sediment in the original bottom, always not quite clear, this one is somewhat hazy. I hope this brew continues, not just limited release, or how about a California Brewery taking a try at it.

plumasgoldrush, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.6/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a very light amber with a little head.

S - noises floral with a hint of hops

T - semi dry hop taste with floral notes, sweet

M - Well carbonated, very light and refreshing. Very smooth well balanced malt

O - Great beer. I really enjoyed this beer.

Food pairing - I paired this beer up with a pineapple/honey glazed grilled chicken, white Colby cheese, sharp cheddar, and Terriyaki grilled pork tenderloin. All paired excellent with the beer.

bigdaddyd069, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of SerBennett
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer is fantastic!

It poured a beautiful deep golden color, great carbonation with a one finger head. Lacing stuck around for a while, head dissipated somewhat quickly.

The smell of this beer is delicious. Hints of citrus, hops, wheat, grass, and malt all hit the nose at once to make for a fantastic and powerful aroma.

This beer tastes amazing. There are so many things going on with this brew that it is a pleasure to just let it all play out. The mouthfeel is great, with a pretty medium body. As I drank the beer, the flavor profile slightly changed. At first I got a lot of wheat and citrus and bread, but as I continued to drink and the beer got slightly warmer, I got more hops in my taste.

This beer is also at 6.0% ABV, which is really great for a session or non-session beer.

I'm actually honestly surprised that the ratings for this beer aren't higher. This is definitely one of my top favorite brews!

SerBennett, May 22, 2013
Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember reading about the original brewery from Michael Jackson's field guide to beer, so I was quite excited to get to try this remake of a classic.

Pours a bright, clear gold liquid with a very generous white head. Lots of grain and spices in the aroma.

The taste is crisp and complex. Sweeter than I expected but very well balanced. It reminds me of either an English pale ale or maybe a toned down Belgian farmhouse beer. Very distinctive mix of hops and spices. I also am reminded of Anchor steam beer.

Despite the name, it is not an APA. Compared to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the hops are much more subdued and seems more like an English pale ale. Nice biscuit-like maltyness.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, a very well-balanced beer. I will buy it again.

jmbranum, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

rbmjr1, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

spikechiquet, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of adxss
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is my first review. While I tend to be analytical, this review is based on history and what this beer really means. I read about it in business week. You owe it to yourself to learn about this beer. Back at the dawn of craft brewing, this was a pioneer. All the major brands' adjunct formulas were about all that was available, along with a few very similar european imports. Peter Hand's Old Chicago was driven out of business. Sam Adams didn't exist yet. Schlitz "original formula" was about the best there was in those days. So within this bleak context, along came New Albion!

It has a deep yellow color, and a slight head, although it can be a bit fizzy. The texture is thicker than its "contemporaries". The flavor is clean and balanced- a little hoppy, but not too much. A little sweet, but not too much. A little bit of malt. Try it next to what the major brands offered back then (and now)... WOW! This stuff seems nearly perfect in comparison. Unfortunately the beer drinking public didn't agree, and it would be 10 years before anything this advanced was widely available.

Fast forward to today- overly hopped beers, concoctions of every imaginable kind, heavy, dark porters and stouts (I like them all)... then along comes New Albion. It is a refreshing break from the popular craft beers and prevalent styles. It deserves some attention. Thanks you Mr. Koch for reviving a real classic that I didn't get to try the first time around.

I hope you don't mind this unconventional review, but this one is as much about beer archeology as it is about the technical review, and I'm glad this beer got a second chance.

adxss, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vaguely cloudy, glowing golden color into a pint glass.

Smells like a good amount of decent hops with some malty scent poking through.

Bitter with the taste of hops with a nicely fruity flavor poking through as it washes over the palette.

Decently crisp with carbonation and warm with alcohol before it washes down leaving a nice bitter residue on the tongue.

If I had to characterize the overall taste and mouthfeel of this beer off the top of my head I would characterize it as part Sierra Nevada, part Wheat beer. It's really quite good. Much better than I expected.

Mister_Falcon, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of streetcommander
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Think Noble Pils with just a little less edge. Very fantastic.

Appearance is golden amber with very minor cloud. Head is white and sticky. Globulates and stays around.

Mouthfeel is superb, carbonation is balanced, and viscosity is crisp and clean. You could easily drink 10 or12.

Flavor is substantive without being thick, greasy, and overloaded. I'm a fan of SA Noble Pils, and perhaps that is why I like this so much. Better than Noble Pils . Easily award winning.

Too expensive at 10 a six pack. Would become the Walmart of beers at 6 a six pack...minus all that China made shit they sell of course...probably why it cost 10...F-it, a steal at 10 a six pack.

streetcommander, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of 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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So this is the granddaddy of craft beer, eh?

Nice, well balanced, MODERATE pale ale, very much like an English pale, IMHO, which I suspect Mr. McAuliffe was aiming for way back in '76, when nobody this side of the pond had ever heard of an IPA, British beer was adventurous...and 90 IBUs were unthinkable.

Color is very pale--which will put off a lot of craft-beer afficianados immediately. Served in a Sam's official glass (love those things!) it puts up a 2 finger head which disipates fairly quickly--but leaves light irish lace behind.

Beautiful well balanced malt to hops, probably weighing in at say...35 IBUs.

I bet this beer today would go over very well in the UK, but...probably not in the USA, where we either want 8 IBU mass produced beer...or 65+ IBU IPAs....and anything in between is too much for the masses, and too little for the beer geeks.

Still, a quality product, and nice to taste today, what made history....

AnalogReigns, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Almost a clear golden color. Nice offwhite head, and had some nice lace.

smell - Hints of hops, but mostly wheat here.

taste - Wheat overwelmed the taste, but had a little bitterness at the end, but not much from the hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Bottle and sell Sam Adams. I'm guessing the ABV was maybe a 6%-7% it seemed to me.

auxiliary, Jul 23, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

MrJolly, Feb 15, 2013
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pathman, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

bubseymour, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

dfillius, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

pma7779, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

TEAMHOLT, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Dapperticus, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

theAdamsFamily, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Wally1912, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Molson2000, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

BJasny, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't of drinking age when Jack McAuliffe formed the New Albion brewpub. It's interesting to see this trademark continue on as a remind of the roots of craft beer.

Pours a bright golden yellow with a two-finger head that fades quickly. More of a lager color but it suits this ale just fine.

The aroma is the quintessential american pale ale: light, buttery with just a touch of hop character around the edges. The hops remain in the background as they should.

Lots of flavor, mainly rich buttery malt and a nice, subdued grassy hop bite. Bite? More like a nip here. Flavorful. Not what I was expecting.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Lingering baked bread dominates the mouthfeel. Very pleasant. Crisp.

Sometimes, brewers seem to forget the idea of an american pale ale being an introduction to hops in general and will often cram more hops than are necessary into such a beer. New Albion kept it simple and I'm glad to see that this recipe lives on.

Brad007, Feb 10, 2013
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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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