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

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 178
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

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Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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Ratings: 616 | Reviews: 178
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.25/5  rDev -33%
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.

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3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a loose whtie head that thinly blankets after pouring. It offers very little lacing or head retention. The nose is semi-sweet with a touch of malt. The taste is initially sweet and grainy, but fades to a light and lingering bready, dry, bitter aftertaste. This tastes much more like an adjunct lager than an APA. The mouthfeel is light bodied and drinkable, but with so little flavor that it's not worth drinking. I think this beer could be much better with the right hops. I would never try this beer again as is.

Photo of Tucquan
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-04-05 in Warsaw, IN

A - Clear yellow with a 3-finger pillowy white head and good lacing.

S - Rising white bread, light citrus and hop floral. Pleasant.

T - Sour dough bread, tart apple, some sweetness, pepper, herbal. Finish is a decent blend of light malt, pepper and lingering bitterness. Not very complex but enjoyable.

M - Fairly light body, medium carbonation, a bit creamy but finishes dry.

O - Decent. Glad I got to try this historic-influenced pale ale.

Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A - It is light amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off- white head.

S - It has a refreshing scent. I get some lime which I think is from noble hops. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

T - Now in the taste I get some lemon zest. It is crisp and has a clean finish.

M - Thin to moderate

O - This is a nice spring tasting beer. I like the lime and lemon aspects of this beer.

Photo of Adamostella
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Yards Philadelphia pale ale.
Pours golden amber with a bright white head that fades quickly.
Aroma is lighly hopped and malts are pale and dry.
Taste is like the nose, lightly hopped and a bit muddled with malts being of the pale variety.
On the palette it's abit course and husky.
A good beer thats very sessionable but nothing special other then the historical aspect.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on 1-21-13 as part of a mixed sixer from Fry's for $8.99. Enjoy by June 2013.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is primarily light cereal.

Taste is malt forward - cereal and biscuits; finish is light pine and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is not a bad beer as it is refreshing. Kind of reminds me of a pils. The history behind this is very cool! My hats off to Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company for giving us the opportunity to try it!

Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A mix a six pickup. Bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very pale yellow, light gold. Some white foam lasts. Sweet malty bread nose. Light bready taste with a ray of sweetness poking through. Moderately bitter, not extremist. All ale, no superfluous flavors. A one and done.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single purchased at Liquor Outlet, Boonton, NJ.

Poured into my Sam Adams Lager glass. Tremendous carbonation streams. Two fingers of snow white micro-bubbles. Pale golden body, good clarity with a bit of haze. Minimal lace.

Grassy hay aroma, more like a helles than a modern pale/blonde/golden ale.

Light sweet malt beginning. Noble hop nip at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light bubbly mouthfeel.

A nice easy drinking piece of history.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium gold with a thick foam head. Nice retention, a slight chill haze, and some clingy lace.

Grain and mineral maltiness in the nose. Some herbal notes. Kinda lean and heading toward macro.

Bitter grass, malt is dry and a little coarse. Some grain husk, some bread, but lacks sweetness. Goes bitter fast, full blown hops but no distinction other than bitter. Some mineral and metallic edge as well, even though this is from a bottle. This gets better as you drink, but first impressions are a little rough.

Good mouthfeel. Nice medium to medium-light body, well carbonated.

A for effort for Jim Koch. Understands his roots and pays tribute. But this is not a great recipe. I'm ok with this one, and glad I tried this. but..eh.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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