1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

613 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 613
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 613 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerSnob1022
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.

BeerSnob1022, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

DonFrap, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ScaryEd
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

ScaryEd, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Brown_9ft4x
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Brown_9ft4x, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of smlmeyer
2/5  rDev -40.5%

smlmeyer, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of suckaj
2/5  rDev -40.5%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Ford
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Ford, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
2/5  rDev -40.5%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of gfiumara
2/5  rDev -40.5%

gfiumara, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Fitwitchik
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Fitwitchik, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
2/5  rDev -40.5%

kingmaker, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of thechief16
2/5  rDev -40.5%

thechief16, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Holland, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Nichols33, Yesterday at 09:11 PM
Photo of Selderkin
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Selderkin, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
2/5  rDev -40.5%

THECPJ, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
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.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of thegodfather2701
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.

thegodfather2701, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Beestin
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Beestin, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of drop6301
2.25/5  rDev -33%

drop6301, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Robloc303
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Robloc303, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of JLapadura
2.25/5  rDev -33%

JLapadura, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Brown120
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Brown120, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Burkbom23
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Burkbom23, Mar 30, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.