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

Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale

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583 Ratings
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%


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)
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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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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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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz pils glass. Poured a lightly hazy, very light gold color, about the same color as a nice Pilsener, much lighter than most Pale Ale's, with about an inch of white head that had OK retention and and very light lace. The beer really liked like a nice lager.

The aroma was an even, balanced blend of light grains and gentle hops, nothing really stood out, either good or bad. The flavors started out a bit grain forward,were mostly evenly balanced throughout the majority of the beer, and had a lightly bright hop finish.

The body was mostly light and even, but there was just a bit of stickiness at the back that was a bit unpleasant. Drinkability was pretty good, you could have several of these during a session. Overall, a nice enough little brew, nothing worth going out of your way for, but worth grabbing if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 23:55:18 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, slight hop, hint of rice, hint of lemon, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight rice, and slight hop. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, feel, and body; light and session-able.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 13:43:24 | More by Tone
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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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean yellow-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweeter malt, and a touch floral. In the taste, a small sweet to dry maltiness, kind of basic and nice. A small bite, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry floral maltiness in the aftertaste. Just a decent ale, no more, no less.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 15:02:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, Best Before JUL 2013 notched on label.

A - Carbonation streams from the glass' nucleation, through the clear goldenrod beer to it's fleeting white cap of foam. Wispy lace remains clinging to the glass after it's departure.

S - New Albion Ale has a mellow aroma with gentle notes of American citrus hops which suggest where our hop head obsession began. White pepper and lemongrass spiciness open up around a pale malt base and herbal undertones for a crisp and inviting nose.

T - The rather timid aroma of New Albion Ale is quickly cast aside for a powerful flavor that I can only imagine was revolutionary for the time; totally unexpected and original. While tame for today's standards, this beer has a full hop flavor of lemongrass spice / citrus with earthy notes and light pine resin on the finish backed by simple pale malt.

M - Lively carbonation dances on the tongue without interrupting the medium-light bodied, dry hop finish that's so crisp and refreshing. Moderate bitterness trails off with a glorious drinkability.

O - "Simplicity" is this iconic beer recipe's greatest characteristic. And by simplicity I mean that it might be tame for today's outrageous hop-crazed standards, but at it's core this hoppy pale ale would have blown people's minds back in the day. Up front and citrusy, this American-hopped pale ale demands you drink another when one full-flavored and crisp pint is empty. And when you do, you'll still be finding new nuances within. I rarely buy 6-packs of beer, but I think I'll be scooping one or two of these up.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:21:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear bright yellow, great carbonation giving me a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Smell is slightly flowery with some lager yeast and pale malts.
T - Not bad it's very balanced for 6%. Taste of mild yeasts, some hops, and bready malts. Not great just good.
M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.
Overall a pale ale with a lager aspect. Makes it a fairly good beer but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:31:43 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle, best before June 2013. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like light grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, bready/grainy malt, and an aroma that smells like adjuncts/corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but unfortunately the grainy/adjunct flavor is the strongest. I think it tastes more like a macro lager than a pale ale. There's also a light lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. It was nice to try this one, but luckily we have a lot better choices to pick from now. If you can find a single bottle somewhere it's worth a try, but at $9.49 a 6-pack I'm not going to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:07:01 | More by bluejacket74
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Apple cider colored...creamy white head...a lot of carbonation bubbles.

S-More of a subtle floral/herbal take on the hops...sweetish sugar cookie like maltiness

T-Basic pale ale without a lot of flavor assertiveness...the floral/herbal hops and malts blend into a sweeter type of pale ale...not much bitterness on this one...

M-A bit overcarbonated but firm body..

O-Nothing memorable about this one but nothing bad either....basic easy drinking sweeter pale ale...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:57:28 | More by ZAP
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops are present. Taste is also mild, malts, some hops, a bit of a strange taste at the finish, something herbal and different. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 16:33:21 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

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

I had this on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: light orange hue with a hint of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of creamy white foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma; appealing but rather indistinct. Not much more to say here.

Taste: lightly tangy right up front with a fruity flavor reminiscent of like a perry or cider. Hops are bright and citrusy. There's a bit of farminess to it. It is good, but it feels muddled and a little bit funky for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation and a rocky creaminess. Pretty good.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable, if imperfect, pale ale. I would probably have it again. I bet it would pair excellently with stinky cheese.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 18:17:12 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Light aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with grassy, almost earthy hops, finishing surprisingly dry and bitter with a slightly acidic element. Light to medium bodied. A somewhat unusual flavor that is drier and hoppier than I expected, but I found to be quite satisfying. I found an empty bottle of the original New Albion Ale which I had purchased in the late 1970's. I wish like hell I could remember tasting this back then, but have no recollection. It must have made some impression because I saved the bottle for more than 30 years. If this is an accurate reconstruction of this beer, it was pretty unusual for its time.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:34:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is not what I expected. Lots of bready and pilsner malt with hints of citrus, floral, and grassy hop aromas with a touch of chalk. The flavor is bready pils and a sweet light sugar with a hint of grassy earthy citrus hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This was not at all what I expected it was going to be, it drinks more like a pilsner than an ale to me. I enjoyed this, it would make a great lawnmower or gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 22:27:55 | More by johnnnniee
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle notch dated "enjoy by" Jul 2013.
Pours light amber in color with a moderate size, sudsy white head. Weak head retention but some lacing.

Appealing grassy-floral-fruity mix includes suggestions of hay, apples, citrus fruit, faint biscuits and spicy hops. The flavor is similar to the nose, but less apple and a clearer tangerine note. Interesting mix of flavors, with some complexity. Appropriate hop/malt balance.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with medium-light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:25:33 | More by chinchill
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FosterJM

California

2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1720th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
12oz

Shared by Eric Marshall at Herbies Bday party

App- When this poured out it was a bit of a mix of a golden honey color with a little bit of a pale yellow. The head was maybe an 1/8" and off white. Slightly off color in the center and didnt have much cling.

Smell- This was almost pure malts to me with again more of a grainy lemon, hoppy character. Just smelled off and a bit too "corn". Like a BMC just amped up.

Taste- This really wasnt for me. I know Eric was trying to bring something no one had had before but the flavors of this one didnt come together for me. The malts struggled against the grainy lemon flavor and without a good enough hop character to balance it out, just was a bit rough around the edges and hard to get through.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit malty residual with some earthy grainy and grassy character to balance.

Drink- Less than average. Much better options on the market.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:51:06 | More by FosterJM
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Brenden

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is bright light-medium orange, barely translucent. The head rests at one finger for a moment but shows pretty good retention. It leaves a moderate quantity of spotty lacing on the glass.
Grains, white pepper and lemon zest greet the nose. It's a little odd, though; for the first few sniffs, it's almost like there are some spent grains I'm smelling, then nothing and the aroma goes mute. I can still get a little out of it, but not much.
There's lemon zest and pine, light pith and a touch of lemon juice as well in the taste. The pepper is still there but isn't as strong as it smelled. It's almost a little grassy underneath with a ghost of green weedy stem shifting in and out. it finishes with lots of bread after the bitterness sneaks away.
It's prickly but soft as a fuzzy blanket of carbonation rolls gently on the tongue. In the medium body, it's actually quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:05:21 | More by Brenden
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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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle.Sampled on March 15, 2013.

It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that lingers. It looks like it should.

The aroma is mostly of grains and bread with a slight hop ester dancing in the background. It smells more like a pilsner.

The body is about medium and astringent.

The taste is much like the aroma with an immediate grain note that eventually evolves into a solidly bitter finish. The finish does not linger. This is said to be based on an original 1980's recipe. By today's standards it is a rather bland and typical pale ale. I did not start drinking crafts until about 1986 or 1987 but I expect I would have been more impressed when it first came out.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:19:57 | More by puboflyons
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow beer with a white head that thinned out leaving spotty lacing.

S - mainly getting floral and grassy aromas.

T - grain, grass, Euro hop bitterness with some malty sweetness left on the lips.

F - medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp feel.

O - a pretty good/non offensive beer that's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 21:40:27 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ngeunit1

California

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

A - Clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Citrus, orange, light grassy and floral hops, sweet bready, grainy, biscuit, and light caramel malts.

T - Orange, citrus, grassy, floral, noble hops, smooth bitterness, sweet grainy, bready, biscuit, and mild caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, dry finish.

D - Nice balanced and smooth APA. Nice hop and malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:40:45 | More by ngeunit1
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed light amber-yellow color with a nice thick and billowy just off white head. The head fades very slowly over time leaving a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is rather light overall but consists of some notes of a grainy and bready nature as well as some aromas of a a light citrus and herbal hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and grainy base mixed with a lighter sweetness of caramel and some light fruit of an orange nature. Flavors of some yeast and a bit of spice are present in the beginning as well with them persisting almost entirely to the end. More toward the middle of the taste some citrus hop starts coming to the tongue, with the caramel and fruit flavors dwindling a bit. The citrus hop fades more toward the end of the taste, but is replaced by other hop flavors of a floral and herbal nature. In the end a rather crisp and clean lightly hopped grainy flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side in its creaminess as well as carbonation. Both create a very nice crisp feel on the tongue and are nice for creating a very drinkable and refreshing beer while keeping a good level of flavor.

Overall- A very enjoyable and refreshing brew. It contains a lot of characteristics of a lager (crispness and graininess) with some flavors of a more hefeweizen nature (yeast, citrus, and spice). Tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:47:24 | More by Darkmagus82
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

$1.59 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Notched BBF July 2013. 6.0% ABV per the bottle. No info on the website. Pours out to a slightly hazy medium golden, forming a tall white head with excellent retention and lcing, owing in part to it's firm carbonation, ~3.0 carbs. The nose is somewhat non-descript...somewhat crackery malts, a little grassy, very little hop aroma with more of a lager yeast profile with moderate DMS. I suspect 6-row and some corn was used to brew this. Mouthfeel is a little peculiar...lightly tart, medium bodied, with a dry finish. Taste is grassy, crackery, somewhat grainy with some distinct white grape juice esters, a little bit of spicy hops towards the end and a mild to medium bitterness.

A very average beer, somewhere between a MBC domestic lager and a less than average pale ale. Not really offensive, but not interesting either. I'd drink it in a pinch but have no interest in buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:23:17 | More by Mitchster
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cjgator3

Florida

3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is faint malt and citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is malt with a perfect balance of citrusy hops. This beer is not going to knock your socks off but I am very impressed with its balance and drinkability.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed trying New Albion both for the history of this beer and the flavor. The strength of this beer is the drinkability,, I could drink this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:16:03 | More by cjgator3
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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