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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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583 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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BeerSnob1022

New Jersey

1.4/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Why is the dog drinking from the toilet? He just drank New Albion beer and he's trying to get the taste out of his mouth. Ever wake up after a keg party and smell the stale beer smell from the floaters? Yeah, it smells like that. It has a pale yellow, urine appearance. Not coincidentally, it tastes like ram's urine and shame. It is like a mixture of Bud and Old English. If anyone knows Jim Koch or Jack McAuliffe or any of their relatives please punch them in the nuts for me and get my $9 back. Now I have to figure out what to do with the remaining 5 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:09:08 | More by BeerSnob1022
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.63/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer tastes like one of two things: Old or an adjunct lager.

The main flavors in this beer are corn (or something like it) and grassy hops. It is very bland. It doesn't taste much like a pale ale.

The carbonation level is high. It is very crisp. It has a lighter body.

This beer really isn't very good. It was cool to try it, but I wouldn't drink more than 1 bottle. I don't even know if I want to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:34:30 | More by mothman
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity, typical of a pilsner. The head is a one finger white color. Retention isn't great, but it does leave behind nice lacing on the glass.

S: A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly evident touch of corn, caramel, and diacetyl. Hopwise, it seems like it's mostly comprised of grassy noble hops. Not very impressive.

T: There is a lot of corn on the opening flavors - eat your heart out, Miller Lite. At least it seems a touch maltier than the BMC stalwarts. Grassy, zesty hops try to add another dimension to the finish; unfortunately the caramel corn sweetness ends up being the dominant flavor. Once it warms up, notes of must and cardboard come out. Really, there isn't much difference between this and your typical macro lager IMO.

M: The heft of the texture overwhelms the flavors. Combined with the residual sugars, it makes this far less drinkable than it should be. Carbonation is about on par with BMC.

O: A good history lesson, to be sure. But it's also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I don't care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 20:22:48 | More by ThisWangsChung
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a pale yellow with a thin fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

S-musty, malty, with just a hint of citrus hops-it smells like a lager

T-Balanced between citrus hops and malt that is graham cracker/biscuity. Not a strong flavor, but it tastes more like a well made all malt lager.

M-kind of thin and watery

D-you could drink this all day as it has a light body and good flavor with an average abv.

Overall thoughts: I almost didn't review this beer because I didn't want to rate it since its rating was going to be so low. I can't imagine what it would have been like to drink this in its time, I'm sure that would have been a revolutionary experience. However, against today's pale ales it just doesn't match up. My scoring does not do this beer justice in terms of its importance to the industry. This is a must try for craft beer lovers for its pure historical value and importance. It tastes much more like an all malt lager than a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:17:50 | More by thegodfather2701
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Amalak

New York

2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. It is a very light, perfectly clear yellow tint. Has the color of a light American lager. It has a big foamy white head with some lacing.

S. It has a lagery scent. Malty, celery, some metallic.

T/M. Tart maltiness. Some hints of fruity grape, but has a bit of a skunked taste. Leaves a bad sour aftertaste. Extremely light.

O. It tastes similar to how it looks: A kind of below average american macro lager. Definitely not a fan. Fancy labeling, but tastes like a poor lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 23:25:51 | More by Amalak
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MonkeymooTJ

California

2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of grass and corn. Almost no hop presence. Taste follows the nose with grass in the forefront followed by a slight hint of caramel sweetness..Ample carbonation level lends itself to a medium body. Bitterness in the aftertaste seems to be due to astringency rather than hops. This one misses the mark in my opinion and can be best described as bland

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 16:23:53 | More by MonkeymooTJ
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold clear color with about a finger of white head which fades fast. Not much on the nose besides sweet grain.

Medium bodied, bright crispness. Nice light biscuity sweetness and brightness turns slightly buttery and toasty. Flowery hop presence which accentuates the taste of the alcohol in this very lightly flavored beer.

It's extremely refreshing but rough on the finish with detectable alcohol and hop presence that only contributes a perfume flavor. Hop bitterness is non existent, lingering sweetness. I get the idea behind this beer but recipes change and different beers become popular over time for a reason. This is just too mild for today's craft palate, even for those who can appreciate a mild flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:35:34 | More by jtierney89
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Michigan

Michigan

2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A- Drank from the bottle around a fire with my BMC bros.

S- Grainy. Apparently it's a "pale ale" but smells like an adjunct lager.

T- Macro brew. Grainy. Bland. Just a bad metallic taste. Not exciting.

M- Thin. Fizzy for a bit. Expected

O- Eh.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:03:16 | More by Michigan
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dcp27

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pale yellow w thin white head

S: light grain, slight maize/sulfur. could barely tell any hops were in there

T: similar to the aroma. crisp, lightly grainy, moderate bitterness, light floral hops. hops come out a bit more as you drink it

O: great for the 70s, mediocre for today. tastes like a BMC with a hint of hops. would be a nice stepping stone for macro drinkers into the world of craft beer

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 15:33:22 | More by dcp27
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, orangish yellow.
Smell: Not much of one. Smells like a cheaper beer. Floral and maybe just a touch of citrus.
Taste: Floral and citrusy. A touch of honey perhaps.
Mouthfeel: Spritsy carbonation. Crisp, and somehow watery.

This historical name doesn't really deliver with this Sam Adams remake. Nor is this a good example of an American Pale Ale. The smell and taste doesn't really offer a lot. The taste is a cross between flowers and a distant, citrus something. The floral part improves as the drink warms. However, the over-all experience is very shallow. The crispness is refreshing, but the taste and smell are quite lacking. It is more like carbonated water than an APA. Do not drink this cold. I would not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:33:54 | More by TeamMathis
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weonfire

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear opaque golden, inch of light white head, good amount of lacing. carbonation rising from bottom.

S - Crispness, german hops, dry

T - Initially: Grain, barley, biscuity, malt. Finish: is a dry, malty with bitterness of 2/10

M - Moderately frothy, light body, dry

O - I applaud this beer for blazing the American Pale Ale trail. That being said, I would not be drinking beer if this was the only option around. Flavor is minimal at best, nose isn't any better. This reminds be of my first sip of beer ever: Lowenbrau.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:08:06 | More by weonfire
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale is malty sweet, light, and weak.

It poured a light lager-like pale straw with a decent sized white head that dissipated quickly and left only small remnants of lace. The smell was all malt and yeast. The flavor was super-sweet, like honey dissolved in water; there were no hops flavors. The feel was fine but fleeting. This had the smell, taste, and feel of a light lager so it suffers mightily when reviewed as an American Pale Ale. It has none of the positive characteristics of an APA.

I picked up one bottle of New Albion Ale because I love the story of Sam Adams recreating the old recipe. They could have kept that recipe buried--this "ale" has no redeeming qualities.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:32:09 | More by MetalHopHead6
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
June 2013 stamped on bottle
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden straw yellow with a thin film of snow white head that is supported by tiny bubbles that pop to the surface.

S- The sulfury aroma has some hop hints in it with a field corn aroma coming on strong but dissipating pretty quickly. The aroma is pretty clean over all

T- The soft green hop note has a dry sulfur flavor to it with a lingering field corn note that fades to a bitterness that grows in the after taste. There are hints of hops in the aftertaste and a soapy flavor over takes it.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soda pop fizz that scrubs the flavor except for the bitterness out of the taste.

O- This beer has a big fizz that washes out most everything except the field corn and sulfur flavors which start to take on a brie cheese flavor as it warms. There is no malt flavor or hop flavor except for the bitterness, and it was tough to get through 12 oz of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 14:56:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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FosterJM

California

2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1720th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
12oz

Shared by Eric Marshall at Herbies Bday party

App- When this poured out it was a bit of a mix of a golden honey color with a little bit of a pale yellow. The head was maybe an 1/8" and off white. Slightly off color in the center and didnt have much cling.

Smell- This was almost pure malts to me with again more of a grainy lemon, hoppy character. Just smelled off and a bit too "corn". Like a BMC just amped up.

Taste- This really wasnt for me. I know Eric was trying to bring something no one had had before but the flavors of this one didnt come together for me. The malts struggled against the grainy lemon flavor and without a good enough hop character to balance it out, just was a bit rough around the edges and hard to get through.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit malty residual with some earthy grainy and grassy character to balance.

Drink- Less than average. Much better options on the market.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:51:06 | More by FosterJM
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jerkstore81

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance:
The beer pours a straw yellow color, similar to that of a macro lager, and has a sudsy white head which dissipates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma:
It smells like a macro lager as well, very clean and grainy. Not much hop or malt aroma in this at all. I swear I was smelling a glass of MGD.

Taste:
Thankfully there's a little more taste than smell, but not much to speak of. Once again I'm reminded of a macro lager, clean, crisp, and grainy. You'll get more of the bready malts on the back end. As the beer warmed up, the hops came through a little more than on the initial sip, but very subtle. Way over-carbonated. You'll get that full sensation halfway through the glass. Prepare for epic burps.

Overall:
I honestly didn't enjoy this beer. It drinks like a macro lager than pale ale, but I suppose this would be a mind-blowing beer back in the 70s. Pick this up if you're in for a taste of history, but do not expect a flavor bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 15:23:48 | More by jerkstore81
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Let me start of by saying I love having my occasional Sam Adams Boston Lager.This is a respectable brew but not one of my favorites by Sam.

It pours a crystal clear light gold color...with a slight white head.

It had reminiscent's of bready malts and a little sweetness.

Medium bodied.

overall a descent beer but would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:27:16 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. best before July 2013.

A: mostly clear, but there may actually be a minor haze to this brew. head is bright white and super frothy. retention is great. good lacing.

S: big time malty sweetness. muted, but present, bitterness. hop aroma is non-existent. bummer.

T: sweet, a lot of malt sweetness. almost seems like simple sugar here. hop bitterness is there too, but no hop flavor.

M: carb is super mellow/moderate. medium bodied ale.

D: not exactly sure the last time I had a Budweiser but I feel like this brew is pretty similar. this thing has a lot more to do with a lager than an American pale.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 03:20:12 | More by Jimmys
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ba Review #268
Served On: 4/15/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: July 2013

This was from a 6-pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($8.99).

Look: Was a crystal clear golden straw color with a thick fluffy head of whipped egg whites. Carbonation bubbles were very sluggish and sparse. Lacing was fairly constant and sticky.

Smell: Aroma was very grassy and grainy. Some skunk was present. Sweet malt notes with some grassy hops basically summed it up.

Taste: Upfront was a soapy character that gave way to some citrus and herbal notes. A biscuit note came through in the middle. The finish was fairly clean with the biscuit hanging on. Aftertaste had that saccharine funk often found in diet sodas.

This was not the greatest brew. I can appreciate Boston Beer trying to revive this iconic brand, but It was just not on pace with so many other offerings with similar objectives. I suppose if it were the only alternative to fermented corn water - I'd feel a little differently.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 16:12:38 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was at the Reno total wine, as usual, the selection was more underwhelming than the last time. Figured I'd grab a six of this, why not, drink a piece of history.

Pours a nice looking pale ale, lots of golden clarity to it, mostly white colored head, right around the 1" range. Aroma was bready, but lacked the hops. First signal that this was truly an old school pale ale. While lagers may have had more ibu's back then, this pale ale cetainly did not. Nothing bad, but you know, gimme the hops.

Taste, eerily similar to Coors Banquet, which was probably the leading macro in the flavor department back then, this was like they took that beer and decided to amp its malt and hop bill by about 5%. Novel stuff back in 1976, but pretty bland by today's standards. Cool to see how things have changed and grown, but ultimately, I think a purchase of just 1 bottle would have been a better choice for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 21:48:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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teromous

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Almost completely transparent, with a light gold body. Tons and tons of visible carbonation leading to a huge white head.

S: Not much nose at all. I get a light floral and herbal scent, but it's extremely faint.

T: Very light pine taste, and faintly bready. Mild bitterness which works well for the style. Really not that impressive.

M: Watered down and light bodied.

O: Overall I wasn't impressed with the beer at all. The overall flavor is just way too light. The hop and malt flavors seem balanced, but they are a distant memory in the background of this beer. I really can't recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:30:23 | More by teromous
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle, best before June 2013. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like light grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, bready/grainy malt, and an aroma that smells like adjuncts/corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but unfortunately the grainy/adjunct flavor is the strongest. I think it tastes more like a macro lager than a pale ale. There's also a light lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. It was nice to try this one, but luckily we have a lot better choices to pick from now. If you can find a single bottle somewhere it's worth a try, but at $9.49 a 6-pack I'm not going to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:07:01 | More by bluejacket74
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: ours a bright golden color crystal clear with lots of carbonation and about 1 finger of bright white head there is some lacing but there is no head retention

S: dominated by the smell of malt and yeast there is no smell of hops on the nose not mush complexity fairly standard

T: dominated by malt and yeast again not much hop bitterness not much complexity

M: medium bodied but there was a lot of carbontation finished really dry

O: there is a lot of history to this beer but although they did use the original recipe they may have wanted to increase the hop bitterness a bit to help counter the lack of a complex malt bill that being said with using just one grain and one hop this would be a great every day drinking beer but not for special occasions

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 21:27:55 | More by smcnulty1981
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour yielded a half finger of thin head that dissolved in a little under a minute. Body sports a hazy straw look without any lacing.

I smell grassy hops and adjunct lager.

Taste is sweet and corny/crackery up front. Transitions into mild hop grassiness with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel is that of a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 03:14:55 | More by CFHMagnet
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BWED

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler. I picked up a sixer at Jungle Jim's, in Fairfield, OH for $3.99, which was a steal. I'm not sure if this had anything to with the quality, but I wanted to note that in this review.

A- Light straw yellow, not quite crystal clear, but close. Foamy one finger white head, that leaves a little spattering of lacing.

S- Sweet malt, subtle. More subtlety coming from the hop end, a slight orange citrus. Mild, but a pleasant aroma.

T- Straw, slight hop bitterness. A little stale? It tastes similar to a Miller Lite.

M- Light body, light carbonation, clean, with a slightly bitter finish.

O- It tasted stale. I'm not sure if that's how it is, or I purchased a poorly stored product. Jungle Jim's is usually good with beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 19:53:25 | More by BWED
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dogfishandi

New York

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best Before JUL 2013

Pours out a very clear golden to light golden color with 1-2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention and lace.

Not much to the aroma, almost lager like in a way. Light cereal grains, some fruity esters, and pretty much no hops detectable

Again, not full of flavor, but it sure is drinkable and refreshing. Definatly nothing off about it. A lightly sweet lager like cereal grain with just a hint of citrus from the hops, hops are once again nearly undetectable. Just a bit of fruity ester. Doesnt have much of a finish to it.

Very light in body, but not at all watery.

This is not really a beer I'd ever come back to, but everyone should try this considering its pretty much the first craft beer ever made in America. Its crazy to think that this 30 years ago was considering new and extreme.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 18:59:03 | More by dogfishandi
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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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