Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Ratings: 599 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
1.4/5 rDev -58.3%
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.
01-17-2013 01:09:08 | More by BeerSnob1022
United Kingdom (Wales)
1.63/5 rDev -51.5%
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.
02-01-2013 23:34:30 | More by mothman
2.21/5 rDev -34.2%
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.
01-26-2013 20:22:48 | More by ThisWangsChung
2.23/5 rDev -33.6%
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.
03-22-2013 00:17:50 | More by thegodfather2701
2.3/5 rDev -31.5%
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.
02-04-2013 23:25:51 | More by Amalak
2.38/5 rDev -29.2%
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
02-20-2013 16:23:53 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.