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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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of rangerred
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a half finger white head. Not much lacing but decent head retention.

Aroma of citrus hops with just a touch of pine. Some floral hop character as well. Quite one-dimensional but nice nonetheless.

The flavor starts off with some biscuit along with lemon and light tropical citrus. More pine comes through towards the finish along with a moderate bitterness. Pretty full and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer doesn't have a lot going on. Very tame compared to many beers today but I can see how this would have been ground-breaking back in its day. A nice tribute but not something I would think to pick up again.

Photo of rkarimi
3.36/5  rDev 0%

Photo of OldGreyBeerd
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had several of these on a warm and humid day in Avalon NJ. Bottles on ice from the cooler. This ale was a very nice compliment to the grilled shrimp and andoulie sauage skewers with sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Nice color and held a small head well. The aromas had that slight fruit and wheat / hop sent and mixed with what else on the sea air, well it hit the spot.

For me as an old timer, this was a nice to drink and recalled those early days of craft brewers that provided a mild but unique subtlty to their brews.

I picked up a case of this on my way back to PA but my mind was on the northern coast of CA and the dunes of southern Oregon.


Photo of justinp
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PoppyParthenonE
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wspscott
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Brown120
2.25/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Rihup
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ALLMUCH
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of erialbill
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hanby
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of jsanford
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a pale straw color topped with a white head that dissipates quickly. Grassy aroma, smells like a pilsener, a little biscuity also. Tastes are biscuity, grassy, some fruity esters, pilsener-like tastes, but with ale yeast giving it some of that fruitiness. Smooth and refreshing, with some lingering bitterness. Overall, interesting APA. Seemed more like a 'pilsener ale'. Nothing wrong with that I guess...

Photo of TheDoak
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Danny1217
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.