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

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 618
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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Reviews: 178 | Hads: 618
Photo of MCain04
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gift from BostonRyan, thanks bro, 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Clear straw yellow with 1 finger of pure white head, average retention and lacing.

S: Pale malts, some grassy hops, not too aromatic though.

T: Clean and crisp tasting, almost lager-like, pale malts are present and some hops, but not a lot of bitterness or true flavor. A little stale.

M: Clean and crisp, as above, dryer than expected, thin body.

O: I would drink this again over BMC stuff if offered, but probably wouldn't purchase it. Sam Adams has far better offerings. (566 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass , a hazy golden color with a 2 finger head that disapears very quickly leaving no lacing

The smell is kind of just bland , a slight earthy malty smell but not much else going on

Kind of a week bodied beer , would be okay for mowing the yard in 100 degree weather

The flavor just isnt there for me , slight hint of hops to start then almost tastes like a BMC , like there is adjucnts in it ,I'm not sure if they are in there or not but it just doesnt taste that great to me

Overall I wouldn't purchase this beer again , it might be ok like I said on a hot summer day when you are very thirsty (630 characters)

Photo of teromous
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember reading about the original brewery from Michael Jackson's field guide to beer, so I was quite excited to get to try this remake of a classic.

Pours a bright, clear gold liquid with a very generous white head. Lots of grain and spices in the aroma.

The taste is crisp and complex. Sweeter than I expected but very well balanced. It reminds me of either an English pale ale or maybe a toned down Belgian farmhouse beer. Very distinctive mix of hops and spices. I also am reminded of Anchor steam beer.

Despite the name, it is not an APA. Compared to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the hops are much more subdued and seems more like an English pale ale. Nice biscuit-like maltyness.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, a very well-balanced beer. I will buy it again. (771 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemon grass, bread, biscuits, faint hop smell.

T - Crisp pale lager, nicely balanced with malts up front with a slightly astringent bitter finish.

O - This is solid enough to try again as it is an easy drinking crisp pale ale. (308 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
2.22/5  rDev -35.3%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light, a faint amber with not much in the way of head. Nice hop and malt aromas. I noticed malt first but mixed in with a lot of hop. Not a lot of noticeable flavors. A medium body thy finishes clean. I was lead to believe this was a special beer from a different time, turns out Sam Adams makes this one now. (323 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store last week $1.99. Have been really interested in trying this ever since I learned of the historic New Albion Brewing Company years ago.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden with a thick cap of white foam that collapsed down within roughly a minute. Aroma of lightly toasted malt and a tinge of floral-citrusy hop. Very modest grapefruit citrus presence. Initial cereal malt gives ay to a fruity hop and a light pine character. Dry finish with an emphasis on the piney hop flavor. Medium bodied with a moderate to medium-high level of carbonation.

While this may lack the ever-increasing hop flavor we're finding in today's APAs, this beer is very well-balanced and lends itself well to having a few pints. Cheers to Jack and Jim for bringing this one back to the market over 30 years later. (823 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear rich gold in color with a small white head.

S - Mostly bready and grainy with hints of floral and spicy citrus hops opening up as it warms.

T - Lemon citrus and earthy spicy hops meld with a heavy dose of pale bready malt. The hops provide a nice bite and light bitterness throughout. Finishes a bit grassy with lingering sweet toasted grain.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light bodied. A touch creamy. Dry, clean finish.

O - This is a tasty, balanced pale ale. It won't blow you away, but it really hits the spot as a decent session ale. I dig the backstory, and it's easy to appreciate its origin. I might pick up some more. (670 characters)

Photo of mnrider
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched on label.

A: Pours a clear light pale golden color. thin white head, nice carbonation
but no lacing from the thin crescent moon retention of head.

S: Toasted malts, sweet grains, light crisp floral hops. Little yeast. Overall
the smell is below average and not really welcoming.

T/M: Watery sweet grains. Dry from the inclusion of a little cascade hops.
Actually tastes similar to the smell. Yeast and maybe wheat are detectible.
The finish is pretty clean, just slightly bitter and dry. Overall I taste a Pale
Ale, but it just doesn't turn out to anything.

O: Nothing special here. The taste is just enough to let me finish it, but is
weak and thin. Needs more of a distinct hop taste and a better balance.
What is there is fresh, but I can't really say anything else. I think people will
try it for it's history in craft beer. I think APA's have really evolved since this
recipe.

Cheers! (945 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Copper color with a relatively thick white head that never quite disappears.
S: Light citrus and pine and a little sweetness.
T: Much more malt driven than the average APA, but there are still hops in there. Bready grains and a little bit of light caramel sweetness topped by citrusy American hops.
M: Slightly creamy but the carbonation makes it very easy to drink. The hops linger on the back of the tongue along with what seems to be a little bit of tannin astringency.
O: A well made/crafted beer but a little lacking compared to APAs today. Assuming that this is close to the original, I can only imagine what it would have been like to have one of these in the late 70s/early 80s if everything else was BMC or Euro lagers. Kudos to Sam Adams for letting me taste a little bit of history. (824 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A -Pale, slightly cloudy gold, thin head that moves to little to no lace

S - Grass, bread, faint citrus

T - Dry hops, lemony bitterness. Bread and pine notes.

M - Slightly low carbonation wise. Mouthfeel is a little thin. The finish is crisp.

O - A very drinkable, if basic, APA, and its good to recognize some history through the purchase. (385 characters)

Photo of Michigan
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of BWED
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Very pale, clear, yellow with a two-finger head of detergent-like foam. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Mild aroma of pilsner style yeasts and spicy hops. End result? It smells like "beer", in a macro lager kind of way. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms.

T - Whoa, this is a lot more full flavored than the nose would indicate. Grains kicks things off in the form of a sweet biscuit/buttered toast malt. Some lemon rind zest in the mid-palate. Hops have just a hint of floral grass, and just a little spice. Seemlessly blended and balanced. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Overall body compliments the taste. Finishes clean and crisp, especially for an ale.

O - While people say this resurrected recipie must have been an amazing craft beer back when it first brewed, it's still a pretty damn good one right now. Simple and elegant. Ironically, I found many elements here to be slightly reminiscent of a BMC beer; pale, sweet, spicy hops, lots of carbonation. The difference is actual full flavor and the absence of "off" flavors from adjuncts. A great beer for converting a BMC to craft. A repeat buy for me. (1,193 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.64/5  rDev -23%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Poured hard this beer is clear straw color with a thick three finger white head, with some nice lacing already showing up. It has a very sweet banana and bubble gum aroma. Very pleasing but nothing out of the ordinary.

A very mild pale ale taste that is pretty even throughout. Not too much going on, a very drinkable pale ale. Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing. Would make a good session beer especially at the 3.99 price tag I got a sixer at. I doubt I would pay the regular price but at this discount i couldnt loose. (560 characters)

Photo of dcp27
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
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 (402 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the story behind this new albion ale produced through sam adams is really neat. i was really interested in trying it. the color is a nice clear golden with slight white head. it smells like beer, no spices or anything fancy, which is what one would want from a pale ale....just simple barley hops water and yeast. this beer captures what most american big beers wish they could be, a drinkable simple flavorful experience. i think this is a solid beer for what it is and what it wants to be. if this was available everywhere i would grab it over a bud any day of the week. (572 characters)

Photo of JimKal
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a dark gold with a one inch head that dissipates quickly into a tulip glass. Although some have claimed it looks like an AAL. it is clearly darker than that.

S: light hoppy odor.

T: You can taste the hops but they are not very pronounced. There is an aftertaste that I found closer to a typical lager than I like.

M: Again, light to moderate with some nice tingly carbonation.

O: I had been looking forward to this one and prepared to love it. I enjoy nice balanced low ABV pale ales. I appreciate SA introducing this to the world again and giving us a chance to taste brewing history. But, alas, history was the best part of this. Don't get me wrong, this is not a drain pour.(As I work my way through the six pack it is getting better). It just didn't live up to they hype I had created in my head for this. I'll be sticking with my local pale ale from Natty Greene's but I would not hesitate to order this if I found it on draft somewhere - way better than BMC. (977 characters)

Photo of smalenberg
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I read that the original recipe was inspired by Sierra and that comes through in this version. Beautifully clear in the pour with a thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring and some lace on the glass. Not much to remark on in the nose - very subtle. Mild citrus in the taste balances nicely with a slight maltiness that lends to a filling, medium body mouthfeel. A nice easy drinking beer, but nothing I'd deliberately seek out with so many other choices.

But a nice homage to a pioneer in small brewing. (534 characters)

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.