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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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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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mactrail

Washington

3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A flowery, resiny, sweet fantasy of a Pale Ale. So user-friendly I was three-quarters down the pint glass before I thought to make any notes.

Starts out lemon-tinged pale golden color, with a modest head. The carbonation dissipates, however, and ends up nearly flat before you've finished. On the plus side is the prefumey hop note coupled with a pleasant malty sweetness. A little sctratchy note of hops with just a touch of bitterness. Aromatic nose of grain and gardenias.

Get one of these for Tinker Bell. On tap at the recently opened Fathom in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 05:49:57 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Best by June 2013:

Pours golden. Small bubbles steady rise to form a frothy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruits. Soft, but pleasant.

The taste is of citric and tropical fruitiness from the hops mixed with honey sweetness and cracker-like bread.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking brew here. A basic, refreshing pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 13:50:51 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head, but it lasts. The liquid is dirty gold and mildly cloudy. Some ring lace after each sip.

Creamy malt aroma with a very balanced flowery hop smell.

This is an archetypical APA. Some soft pale malt up front. No sweetness (until just prior to the swallow), but it isn't lip-smacking dry either. The finish is bitter and well-balanced. Richer body than most APAs, high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 00:10:46 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very light clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Solid retention, but not great to look at.

S: Grainy notes, malt, some floral hops.

T: Bready malt with some grass, spicy hop character, but overall on the light end.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, clean, easy drinking. Tastes a bit watered down.

O: An OK drinking beer, I guess American craft had to start somewhere, but not something to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:46:03 | More by Halcyondays
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

04-10-2013 09:34:36 | More by beernads
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2013 03:57:33 | More by XmnwildX12
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-25-2013 22:37:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with best before dating notched onto the side of the label.

Pours lightly hazed, near golden amber, looser bubble lite tan head, bubbles rising to the top and leaving some moderate sheeting and slippery lace.

Grassy hop nose.

Easy drinking and moderatly hoppy APA. Nothing really blowing me away here. Decent every day sorta creation. Worth a try but not something I'm dyin to go out and get more of.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 16:51:27 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 14:56:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin bubbles with a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of bready and grainy malts with some very light notes of grassy, spicy, and floral hops.

T: Light amounts of bready malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. There are some very light notes of spicy hops with just a touch of grassy hops. Light amounts of lemon citrus notes and a light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light notes of dryness in the finish.

O: It is interesting to try this re-creation of the start of American craft beer - strange how hidden the hop aromas are but I'm guessing that was very true to the original which was competing with beers that did not have much hop aroma. I'm glad that beers have evolved and the presence of the hops has really come to the forefront. Definitely worth trying for the historical perspective and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:32:39 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

04-19-2013 02:42:44 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale for a pale ale looks like a lager in the glass. Light gold that is almost yellow. Small white colored head.

Smell is light malt and grassy hop. Smells like a lager too. Light toasted grain aroma.

Starts out light in body with a high carbonation level and a mineral water bite to it.

Mildly bitter it in fact again is more like a lager. Floral and grassy hops and a slight wheat cracker malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

Overall it is better than the sum of all its parts. An incredibly refreshing beer, I could see this become a common visitor to my refrigerator during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:26:32 | More by Zorro
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.63/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:34:30 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

03-30-2013 23:03:25 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19%

04-04-2013 02:55:46 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Albion Ale

LOOK: Pours a rich golden color, white foam cap that has some longevity. Little lacing on the pint.

SMELL: Standard aroma of a clean grainy maltyness.

TASTE: Biscuity pale malts are the primary flavor, with a light herbal hop touch. A touch of tangy yeast, and quite bready. Lager like, but very clean and refreshing.

FEEL: Light bodied, with a fullness of malt providing good depth. This is a well brewed beer.

OVERALL: A simple, straightforward beer, but not without its merits. A 12 pack of this in a cooler during the summer sounds like a worthwhile endeavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:11:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-29-2013 04:36:38 | More by BillRoth
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-02-2013 01:28:51 | More by rab53
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a simple nonic pint glass.

A crystal clear and super golden crystal clear body. A great mix of rising carbonation, and a big fluffy creating four finger head that is bone white with lots of staying power. A giant cap made and settles without budging at all. A real great looking brew.

A real solid mix on the nose. Light sticky yeast, big dry grain and toasty bread, with a mild sweetness. Faint mild grass like hop just barely gets a whiff. Real interesting nose.

Palate hits with a nice mellow malt backbone. Hits like German style pilsner then sweetens with just a touch of caramel. Finishes with a nice sticky mild yeast component and sense of almost noble like hops, but more grass. Hints of fruity esters. The beer had a wonderful sticky quality to it in the palate, with a nice splash of hops.

Overall this is an interesting spin on an APA, quite a fun and easy drinking beer too. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 20:11:17 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.7%

05-30-2014 20:02:43 | More by Latarnik
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was at the Reno total wine, as usual, the selection was more underwhelming than the last time. Figured I'd grab a six of this, why not, drink a piece of history.

Pours a nice looking pale ale, lots of golden clarity to it, mostly white colored head, right around the 1" range. Aroma was bready, but lacked the hops. First signal that this was truly an old school pale ale. While lagers may have had more ibu's back then, this pale ale cetainly did not. Nothing bad, but you know, gimme the hops.

Taste, eerily similar to Coors Banquet, which was probably the leading macro in the flavor department back then, this was like they took that beer and decided to amp its malt and hop bill by about 5%. Novel stuff back in 1976, but pretty bland by today's standards. Cool to see how things have changed and grown, but ultimately, I think a purchase of just 1 bottle would have been a better choice for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 21:48:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, golden orange with a thick, soft cap of foamy, white head that has good retention

S - sweet and citrusy with hints of orange zest

T - very faint malt, citrus, some light grapefruit and orange zest, mild piney bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This is a decent, refreshing pale ale. The flavor profile doesn't demand a lot from the palate, but it offers just enough hop character to seem creative. This would be a nice beer to have on hand when you're trying to watch the game and relax, but it'll probably disappoint most in its simplicity.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:12:52 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-09-2013 02:32:35 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised to see this on the shelf tonight at Brewer's Haven... Pours a brilliant clear golden... long lasting white head... nice lacing.

Nose is malty with something that reminds me of adjuncts, but not sure... a small bit of spicy hoppiness.

Flavor is on the sweet side with just enough bitterness to barely balance... hoppy flavors are again spicy, with possibly a citrus edge.

Body is on the heavy side, carbonation is small bubble and every present...

Interesting, pretty drinkable... Very cool to see a redux of such a trailblazer.

Cheers to Jim Koch and especially Jack McAuliffe.

Despite my lackluster (but honest) review, it is easy to see how this would have been a mindblower 30 years ago.

4/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:57:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

03-01-2013 16:54:58 | More by sendbeer
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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