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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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594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Fairly basic pale ale, lagerish. Yellow bodied with a small amount of white head. Medium mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness. OK drinkability. A small cut above a macro beer. This would have been above average 30 years ago or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 01:44:02 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

04-04-2013 01:30:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and an earthy, grass-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a nice bready flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and super easy to drink. While it's not really a standout compared to today's offerings, it's pretty neat to be able to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:41:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

02-23-2013 02:54:42 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with notes of floral and grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also exhibits some hints of herbal hops. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. Although the Cascade hops seem a bit muted compared to today's standards, this beer is definitely in a league of its own if you compare it to the other beers that were available during the New Albion Brewing Company era in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:55:37 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by two fingers of foam; both the retention and the lacing were notable

Smell: Really unusual grain bill - smells of bread, corn and a hint of caramel; grassy hops in the back

Taste: The malt bill is even more unusual on the tongue, bringing bread, caramel, corn syrup and a load of diacetyl; although the beer is malt forward, there are some grassy hops that arrive in the mid-palate and linger vaguely into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The sweetness of the beer gets to me after a while and though I am enjoying the history, this is not a beer that I would want to try again

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:27:56 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

02-23-2013 02:56:36 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-16-2013 00:43:06 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Enjoy By: Jul 2013.

Appearance: Pours a medium yellow body with a light, airy, tall, snow white head. Sticky wisps of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Just a gentle whisper of maltiness, as lightly bready as can be with equally modest notes of spice and lemon.

Taste: Lightly bready, mild-mannered pale malts with just a touch of imparted sweetness. Lightly spicy, peppered hops hinting just a bit little of lemony citrus and an altogether soft bitterness, though it's amply bitter to rebound the sweetness. Drying, faintly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. A bit lighter and more sprightly on the tongue than most.

Overall: A particularly pale pale ale, feeling more blonde-ish to me, though I liked it for a simple, easy-going brew that kind of grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:31:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

09-02-2013 01:21:15 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-27-2013 03:33:08 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-12-2013 04:49:25 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very thin head on a clear bright golden body. Aroma is very musty pale malt and grain dominant with hints of honey and herbal hops. Flavor is bland at first and then has a very strange herbal almost funky finish with some honey, club soda and butterscotch. Light body and light to moderate carbonation with semi dry finish. Very odd beer. Not sure if I have ever tried anything like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:52:03 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-24-2013 00:26:21 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out as a clear yellow color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this beer. The smell was pretty typical, some malt and hops on the nose but nothing that really stands out. The taste of the beer is pretty traditional, it's well balanced but kind of boring. No real dominant flavor really jump out at me. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light bodied making this beer a very sessionable brew. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing too exciting. Glad I got to try it though to see what it's all about.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:00:59 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gettin' a slice of American brewing history in me today. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, light biscuit, and light sweet flowers. It's weak, but inoffensive. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of mild grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a decent little sessionable pale, though nothing all that special or memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 20:21:08 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold orange with a slight haze, quickly rising carbonation. Softly textured foam that rises above the rim momentarily, and leaves behind some irregular globs of froth and lace in the glass.

Floral hop aroma, slight notes of yeast and pale malt. Simple but pleasant.

Soft notes of pale malt and lightly floral hops than lend a mild bitterness. Finishes dry and clean. Slight dusty grainy sweetness. Fairly light bodied, and slightly creamy in texture. Interesting throwback tribute to the first American craft brewery. Strange to think this could've been the only craft option more than 30 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:36:58 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy, golden orange color with a one-finger head of white foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and grassy.

T - It tasted of citrus and sweet caramel. Very grassy and some spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. I expected better for an original craft beer recipe.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:39:10 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

10-26-2013 23:53:37 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -10.7%

10-26-2013 06:05:27 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Earthy, spicy hops with some meaty notes.

T - Malt, some spicy hops, butter... Yeah.

M - Mdium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not very good. If this is what new Albion beer tasted like I'm not surprised it faded away.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:53:26 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid poundable beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 17:25:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome. I get to drink a little bit of history.

It's definitely more mild and mellow than what I am used to for the style now. But there is a decent bitterness to it. Malty sweet thing going on. Fairly aggressive carbonation. Easy to drink.

It's funny to think that this was probably a very flavorful beer to many people 30 years ago. I wonder what they would have thought of our present day hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 06:03:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of Jul 13

Pours straw colored with a finger of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & faint biscuitty malt notes, pears, & apples

T: Follows the nose, some golden delicious apple & floral hops up front. Pears, straw & delicate hops as this warms, slight honeysuckle notes. Finishes with orchard fruit, crispness & grassyness

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation, okay balance

I'd like to think I was drinking a call back to craft brewing history, but who knows how accurate this to the original? Easy to drink, but nothing I would buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:28:49 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this one. I love what Pretty Things is doing with old recipes and this should be good too.

Pours a nice creamy but bubbly looking 1 finger head that tries to fade pretty quickly but keeps getting reinforced by bubbles streaming from the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass, crystal clear toasty golden wheat colored beer.

Nose is somewhat reminiscent of Boston Lager, a light crisp malty base, but minus the lager itself, a bit of a cracked straw and doughy malt, and some nice hops, grassy and floral with faint lemongrass, light cracker grainy malt.

Taste brings malts out front again, nothing big though, a crisp lighter side drinking beer. Malts with a mild sweetness, little cracker doughy again and some toasty straw kinda thing but much lighter than the nose, and even a little chewy like. THen hops, plenty of them, grassy and chewy with a little floral and even bit earthy, and fair bitterness that ramps on the finish. The dry finish brings a little more cracker malt flavors and a decently bitter slightly earthy spicy grassy hop profile. A little crisp and fairly clean with very mild yeast flavor late on the finish too, and a faint slightly skunky taste that seems to stick somewhere on the back end of the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carb maybe a bit too much.

Overall not bad, a decent beer aside from the faint skunky thing going on there. Nice hop profile, decent malts, decent balance, overall pretty good minus the one off flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:43:27 | More by jlindros
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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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