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

Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%

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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Photo of ktblue22


3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a flight of 5 other of my favorites - this was the one I hadn't tried, and it was extremely surprising!! Most of the surprise came from the fact that I was expecting an APA and it tasted very very similar to a Saison or Farmhouse style....so it was a shitty APA but I thought a very pleasing beer, which is sometimes why I try to blind taste beer - its crazy how much pre-conception can hinder or alter our first-taste perception of craft beer.

A - milky, cloudy banana yellow
S- yeasty and banana - very pleasant
T - so saison/hefeweizen! Yummy, lots of banana and slight clove. Milkiness and sweet banana hop were the leading flavors. Would totally order this on tap on a summer day
M - medium bodied with a grittiness that I appreciate in a hefeweizen - again, not sure why this is labeled as an APA -but I liked the beer overall

O - I love the story about this beer and continue to appreciate what Koch does for his community and the craft beer community as well, if you don't know it you should look it up!

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 19:38:00 | More by ktblue22
Photo of jimmah120


3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle almost a year old. dug this out the back of the fridge and couldn't find a review

look is clear and yellow, not much head, not much retention. smell is pine and gingerbread(?). taste is pleasant caramel malt, decently hopped, with subtle floral and spice characteristics (picked up some vanilla as well).

im a big fan of this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 07:50:34 | More by jimmah120
Photo of jwc215


3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 2013:

Pours golden. Small bubbles steady rise to form a frothy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruits. Soft, but pleasant.

The taste is of citric and tropical fruitiness from the hops mixed with honey sweetness and cracker-like bread.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking brew here. A basic, refreshing pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 13:50:51 | More by jwc215
Photo of buschbeer


3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A - It is light amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off- white head.

S - It has a refreshing scent. I get some lime which I think is from noble hops. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

T - Now in the taste I get some lemon zest. It is crisp and has a clean finish.

M - Thin to moderate

O - This is a nice spring tasting beer. I like the lime and lemon aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 16:15:16 | More by buschbeer
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid poundable beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 17:25:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of OldGreyBeerd


3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had several of these on a warm and humid day in Avalon NJ. Bottles on ice from the cooler. This ale was a very nice compliment to the grilled shrimp and andoulie sauage skewers with sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Nice color and held a small head well. The aromas had that slight fruit and wheat / hop sent and mixed with what else on the sea air, well it hit the spot.

For me as an old timer, this was a nice to drink and recalled those early days of craft brewers that provided a mild but unique subtlty to their brews.

I picked up a case of this on my way back to PA but my mind was on the northern coast of CA and the dunes of southern Oregon.


Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 18:35:53 | More by OldGreyBeerd
Photo of adjunctjonez


3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this limited offering from SA. The label caught my eye, more for its amateurish look and application (nice sailing ship). Only when examining the label closely did I pick up it was a SA offering. Either way I enjoyed this one, subtle but very drinkable and a historical window on usa brewing.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 17:07:48 | More by adjunctjonez
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, served in a pint glass with a white, finger width head. Great retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Light citrus, with lesser notes of sweet, bready malt character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Notes of citrus backed by a sweet, bready and slightly grainy malt backbone. A touch of light toast near the finish. Simple, but clean and with awesome balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate, crisp carbonation. Super smooth. Silky. Goes down without effort.

Overall - The history behind this beer is pretty awesome, and the beer itself is pretty damn solid, too. Sessionable as hell. I wasn't alive when this was originally brewed, so I can't vouch as to just how close they nailed the original, but if this is it down to a 'T', then Mr. McAuliffe was a true visionary, and I tip my cap to this 'grandfather' pale ale of his.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 18:49:22 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of cjgator3


3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is faint malt and citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is malt with a perfect balance of citrusy hops. This beer is not going to knock your socks off but I am very impressed with its balance and drinkability.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed trying New Albion both for the history of this beer and the flavor. The strength of this beer is the drinkability,, I could drink this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:16:03 | More by cjgator3
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Light aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with grassy, almost earthy hops, finishing surprisingly dry and bitter with a slightly acidic element. Light to medium bodied. A somewhat unusual flavor that is drier and hoppier than I expected, but I found to be quite satisfying. I found an empty bottle of the original New Albion Ale which I had purchased in the late 1970's. I wish like hell I could remember tasting this back then, but have no recollection. It must have made some impression because I saved the bottle for more than 30 years. If this is an accurate reconstruction of this beer, it was pretty unusual for its time.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:34:08 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of LittleDon


3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear with plenty of carbonation. Pours a nice white head with moderate-low retention and some lace. Malt aroma with some floral and a small bit of fruit notes. Dry, bitter, toasted whole grain cereal, medium body. Think pilsener on steroids. Medium high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 22:14:20 | More by LittleDon
Photo of micromaniac129


3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Yards Philadelphia pale ale.
Pours golden amber with a bright white head that fades quickly.
Aroma is lighly hopped and malts are pale and dry.
Taste is like the nose, lightly hopped and a bit muddled with malts being of the pale variety.
On the palette it's abit course and husky.
A good beer thats very sessionable but nothing special other then the historical aspect.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 13:16:37 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of JMad


3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light yellow color with a rocky white head. The nose is light pine and lemon with some metallic grain. It tastes bitter and lemony up front followed by a slight grainy sweetness. The beer is light bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this beer was pretty good, I could drink a lot of these but probably wouldnt seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:37:58 | More by JMad
Photo of StoutHunter


3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams New Albion Ale a few days ago for $7.69 at Meijers. I have never heard of New Albion before, they were way before my time, but I'm always down to try new beers and I'm in the mood for a Pale Ale today, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty nice and well done, it has a nice classic look to it. It poured a nice lighter golden color that took on some good darker golden hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with the malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a really grainy, bready and doughy aroma. After that comes the hops which do a decent job at balancing out the malts and impart a floral and spicy aroma with a nice noticeable lemon aroma. The aroma was nice, it was very balanced and the lemon was a nice and unexpected addition.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to aroma and it starts off with some nice malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a grainy, doughy, bready, and some biscuit like flavors. After that comes a nice medium lemon flavor followed by a some earthy, spicy, and slightly floral hops that make for a nice mixture that isn't too dominating and it provides good balance. It had a lighter aroma of bitterness with a bready and slightly spicy hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting American Pale Ale that was well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it was pretty true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of a classic American Pale Ale, with just enough hops to provide a light amount of bitterness and it balances out the malts nicely, in my eyes this is just what a traditional American Pale Ale should be. It had good drinkability to it, it was smooth, with just enough flavors to hold my attention, I could drink a few of these when in the mood and this would make for a nice and inexpensive six pack to take to a party or BBQ. What I like the most about this beer was how balanced it was, to me with this style balance is the key and this beer did a good job at keeping things balanced. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I recommend it to just about anyone, it's not nearly as in your face as some of these new and fancy APA's but that's fine with me cause I can appreciate the balance of a good APA. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I took a chance on it, I could see keeping some of these around for when some friends who aren't big craft beer drinkers come over. Good job Samuel Adams, thinks for bringing back this classic that I never knew about, who would have thought a new beer could lead to a history lesson, but that's what happened with this beer and I'm glad I learned about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 22:46:33 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of grandbeerdaily


3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams & New Albion
New Albion Ale (Original Pale Ale not brewed for thirty years)
6.0% ABV

Appearance: 3.5 Pale-yellow or golden straw. Quite light and clear. Thin even lacing and 1/2 inch of white foam.

Smell: 4.0 Smooth and sweet aromas of american malt and wheat. Mild fruity esters in the background with the slightest hint of grass and orange. Slight alcohol burn afterwards.

Taste: 4.0 Bready malt builds into a wheaty sweetness that is crisp. A smooth bitter begins on the tongue bringing orange zest and citrus flavors similar to lemon. The smooth bitter is not over bearing and provides a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: 3.0 The carbonation is sharp and the body is very light for 6.0%. A slight resiny-slickness rounds out the palate.

Overall: Unique and intriguing, but not ideal to my palate. The sharpness of the mouthfeel is offensive, especially if too cold. Also, the malt profile is too sweet. The bitterness is just right and the beer transforms from sweet to dry. This is intriguing on the palate and exemplifies the expert craftmanship of the brewers. The beer has drinkability and some of the best qualities of american pale ales. However, only secondary flavors are revealed. This keeps the beer from breaking the plane from good to extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:59:21 | More by grandbeerdaily
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a bright straw color with great clarity and carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Two finger foamy white head reduces to a small layer with void retention and patches of lace

S- clean, slightly toasted grainy malt. Grassy hops with notes of lemon grass

T- toasted grain with a bit of lemon-like zest, clean mid-palate that is slightly bready, the finish is surprisingly sweet with a dry finish and light grassy linger

M- light body, spritzy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and sweet finish

O- this was simple in taste, but surprisingly very enjoyable. The sweet finish left me wanting another sip. It's hard to believe that this was once considered 'extreme' in the beer world. Definitelt worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:07:29 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Cylinsier


3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear gold, sudsy white head is thin but retains well.

Smells of light grassy malts with a subtle dry hop undertone.

Tastes of grassy malts mixed with a subtly toasted bready character, hints of citrus, and a subtle dry hop.

Medium to light body with a tingle carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice, drinkable pale ale with pilsner-like characteristics. Nothing special, but solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 23:31:44 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow beer with a white head that thinned out leaving spotty lacing.

S - mainly getting floral and grassy aromas.

T - grain, grass, Euro hop bitterness with some malty sweetness left on the lips.

F - medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp feel.

O - a pretty good/non offensive beer that's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 21:40:27 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best before July. Pours straw yellow, with a half inch of white head, leaves minimal lace. Smell is earthy hops, grass, a little lemon, biscuit, and a little pine. Taste is similar, the earthy grass hops stand out most, the flavors from the nose are around also. The body is medium to thin, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very easy drinking. This is a solid beer, would be more appropriate in the dog days of summer because of its drinkability. Many of my friends that are Sam Adams fans, would love this.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 15:25:09 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Damian


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank on-tap at J. Timothy's Taverne, Plainville, CT
Served in a mug

Brassy yellow in appearance with a slight haze. The beer was topped by a thin white film that dropped to a clingy ring.

The nose was subtle. Buttery and slightly sulfury. Some grassy hops were noticeable. A touch floral.

The flavor profile was much punchier than the aroma. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end. Crisp, grassy, floral hops soon took over. Slight sulfur notes. Dry and piney on the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Frothy with a fine, lively effervescence.

Without knowing anything about this beer, I initially pegged it for a Czech pilsner and a pretty respectable one at that. As an American pale ale, however, I can understand how people might be disappointed by it. The story behind this beer is pretty interesting but the product itself is a bit odd.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 19:37:34 | More by Damian
Photo of ricchezza


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw in color and moderately carbonated with a head that dissipates in short time.
Crisp hop attack quickly fading to make way for a delicious bready malt balance and mouth watering lingering finish.
It is disappointing to learn that this brewery folded when it did because the general public “wasn’t ready” for a beer like this. It’s tame in comparison to today’s extreme brews; and really only slightly hoppier than standard/premium North American lagers. All in all this is a nice balance between malt and hops. An all occasion brew. I would be further saddened that this is a one time release if Brew-Your-Own-Beer magazine hadn’t published the recipe (Jan./Feb. 2013 issue) and White Labs released Albion Ale yeast!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:12:49 | More by ricchezza
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Very pale, clear, yellow with a two-finger head of detergent-like foam. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Mild aroma of pilsner style yeasts and spicy hops. End result? It smells like "beer", in a macro lager kind of way. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms.

T - Whoa, this is a lot more full flavored than the nose would indicate. Grains kicks things off in the form of a sweet biscuit/buttered toast malt. Some lemon rind zest in the mid-palate. Hops have just a hint of floral grass, and just a little spice. Seemlessly blended and balanced. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Overall body compliments the taste. FInishes clean and crisp, especially for an ale.

O - While people say this resurrected recipie must have been an amazing craft beer back when it first brewed, it's still a pretty damn good one right now! Simple and elegant. Ironically, I found many elements here to be slightly reminiscent of a BMC beer; pale. sweet. spicy hops. lots of carbonation. The difference is actual full flavor and the absence of corn and rice "off" flavors. A great beer for converting a BMC to craft! A repeat buy for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:14:04 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of andrewjraab


3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemon grass, bread, biscuits, faint hop smell.

T - Crisp pale lager, nicely balanced with malts up front with a slightly astringent bitter finish.

O - This is solid enough to try again as it is an easy drinking crisp pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:46:39 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of emerge077


3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold orange with a slight haze, quickly rising carbonation. Softly textured foam that rises above the rim momentarily, and leaves behind some irregular globs of froth and lace in the glass.

Floral hop aroma, slight notes of yeast and pale malt. Simple but pleasant.

Soft notes of pale malt and lightly floral hops than lend a mild bitterness. Finishes dry and clean. Slight dusty grainy sweetness. Fairly light bodied, and slightly creamy in texture. Interesting throwback tribute to the first American craft brewery. Strange to think this could've been the only craft option more than 30 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:36:58 | More by emerge077
Photo of beergoot


3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid gold body topped off with a thin white head. Bread and fruit aroma; lemon; grass. Grain-like flavors with hints a slightly sweet, roasted, and nutty taste; good bittering overall with some sub-notes of fruit hidden in the mix. The body is medium with a warm, soft feel overall.

An interesting beer with intriguing flavor components. This would make a good warm weather beer for sitting outside beneath a big tree...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 22:29:14 | More by beergoot
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.