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

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Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

607 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear, golden rod color with an average head of off-white foam. The scent is weak but has hints of wheat, hops, and malts. The neck label describes a distinct American hop taste and they are right on there! The taste is smooth and clean with a distinct hoppy finish. It tastes a lot like a hopped up version of a German Pilsner. It’s quite tasty and has a decent, unique flavor.

Lemke10, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of JupiterJesus
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RRBC, the day after the Younger release and a few weeks after the New Albion Ale release party at RRBC. After 3 pours of PtY, I needed a palate cleanser!

I enjoyed this a whole lot more than the negative buzz made me think I would. It is very nicely balanced and quaffable, with a surprising complexity of flavor. Dry, with a firm bitterness. There isn't an enormous hop flavor and aroma, but what is there does its job nicely. The best part is what I think is an an english yeast-driven character that adds a complexity missing in most APAs, and is what really takes this from generic pale ale to something I'd order again.

I scanned the other reviews, and see complaints that it is 'thin' or 'boring'. Even that it has 'lager-y' flavor. That is borderline retarded. The recipe for this beer is freely available and uses pale malt (no crystal or other specialty malts), cascade hops ("the" American craft hop - SNPA, Mirror Pond, etc) and the New Albion yeast. Nothing lager-y about it. It is an American Pale Ale at its most prototypical (fitting, since it was the prototype for all APAs to follow). It is supposed to be light-bodied, drinkable and not overwhelming on the hops or malt. I wonder if BA reviewers' taste buds have been burnt out by too many IIPAs, and their brains burnt out by the BA groupthink that says anything below 10% ABV isn't worth drinking. </rant>

I've never had a Sam Adams beer that I would recommend. I don't know how this is in the bottle, but I have no reservations recommending this on draft while its still available. It is interesting to note that only two other reviewers here had this on draft, and also had above average ratings. Tasty, balanced and quaffable. Definitely an above average brew (for what it is), though my opinion might be tainted (for better or worse) by all the Younger I had before it.

JupiterJesus, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of blacktieman
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, pale but saturated yellow.

Smell is fresh, delicate, floral.

Taste: Oh, yes. A puff of floral and citrus hops, married so naturally to pale malt. Mouthfeel is equally crisp and smooth.

This is what American pale ale should be: crisp and balanced like English pale ale, but with its own distinctive character. Hop fiends may be too desensitized to appreciate it, but this is an impeccable, refreshing brew.

blacktieman, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head, but it lasts. The liquid is dirty gold and mildly cloudy. Some ring lace after each sip.

Creamy malt aroma with a very balanced flowery hop smell.

This is an archetypical APA. Some soft pale malt up front. No sweetness (until just prior to the swallow), but it isn't lip-smacking dry either. The finish is bitter and well-balanced. Richer body than most APAs, high carbonation.

smcolw, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a simple nonic pint glass.

A crystal clear and super golden crystal clear body. A great mix of rising carbonation, and a big fluffy creating four finger head that is bone white with lots of staying power. A giant cap made and settles without budging at all. A real great looking brew.

A real solid mix on the nose. Light sticky yeast, big dry grain and toasty bread, with a mild sweetness. Faint mild grass like hop just barely gets a whiff. Real interesting nose.

Palate hits with a nice mellow malt backbone. Hits like German style pilsner then sweetens with just a touch of caramel. Finishes with a nice sticky mild yeast component and sense of almost noble like hops, but more grass. Hints of fruity esters. The beer had a wonderful sticky quality to it in the palate, with a nice splash of hops.

Overall this is an interesting spin on an APA, quite a fun and easy drinking beer too. Glad I tried it.

smakawhat, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of gusdabrew
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One simple malt 2 row pale, one simple hop cascade, one simple beer. The beauty of it all is the simplicity. Nothing better for a hot day. Just clean and refreshing. Better than any macro - there is no corn in this. I also found it for a steal price slashed to $3.99 a six because people looked at the reviews before they tried it.

a- yellow straw, soapy head, some lace curtain lacing

s- light grain malt, fresh hay, faint cascade hops

t - sweet light malt with nice hop edge

m- medium to light, refreshing with a clean dry finish

o - just a simple throwback beer, limited release I'm snatching up all I can, also nice throwback label

gusdabrew, May 05, 2013
Photo of steveh
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some of this special release -- oh no, am I now an Ahab?

Best by July 2013 notched on the label.

A -- Clear, very pale yellow with a very long-lasting white head.

S -- Spicy, slightly earthy hops, but not overblown.

T -- Great balance of bready, crackery malts and spicy, bitter hops up front that blends into bitter hops then finishes with a distinct bready yeastiness. The bitter hops linger through the aftertaste without becoming heavy.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A very nice throwback to the days when Pale Ale wasn't trying to be more than the sum of good hops and malts in a great recipe. Not sure if BBC will keep this around, but it's worth being an annual specialty.

steveh, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +19%

juicebox, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

jmccraney, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

zp6167a, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +19%

logicalparadox, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

gnuguy, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +19%

TaylorK, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +19%

JoeLacy, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +19%

billybob, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +19%

ruckus232, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

MaltyMates, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

ejimhof, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is generally a clear golden liquid but it has a slightly tarnished hint to it, so its a shade darker than pure gold. The head is a light grey foam that starts out quite thick but settles to a thin layer. Some rising carbonation can be seen.

There is a light hop aroma. It is a sweet citrus scent.

This beer has a great flavor, but it is unlike modern west coast pale ales. The hops here are strong but not exceptionally bitter. There is a good pale malt base that offers a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops are strongest as I swallow.

Average body and carbonation. There is a little bit more of a coat than I expected, but it isn't very sticky.

This is a really enjoyable beer. Its unlike the pale ales of today but you can taste how it is their precursor. It's a beer worth trying.

ToasterChef, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

kleinhanscs, Mar 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

sacrelicio, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

seyton, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

QuakeAttack, Feb 11, 2013
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.