1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.

605 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 605
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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
Ratings: 605 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MonkeymooTJ
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

MonkeymooTJ, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

acurtis, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of 2dashes
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

2dashes, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of jALEson
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

jALEson, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

jtierney89, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of dvmin98
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

dvmin98, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Rhettroactive, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of scot959
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

scot959, May 12, 2013
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

TheBigBoy, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of NonicPanic
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

NonicPanic, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

malfunxion, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of CapEmCrunch
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

CapEmCrunch, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of runfoodrun
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

runfoodrun, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Catlin
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Catlin, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Jimbrew
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Jimbrew, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jbierling
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

jbierling, Friday at 03:25 AM
Photo of aminobutyricacid
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

aminobutyricacid, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Michigan
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%

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.

Michigan, May 16, 2013
Photo of dcp27
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%

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

dcp27, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

TeamMathis, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of weonfire
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

weonfire, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

MetalHopHead6, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Adkins1203, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of garrisonp
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

garrisonp, Jan 20, 2013
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.