Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.39/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
04-26-2013 21:15:35 | More by screamking
3.05/5 rDev -9.2%
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
04-25-2013 14:07:37 | More by ubenumber2
3.31/5 rDev -1.5%
Seen this one lurking around for a while, best buy Jul2013 so it should be fresh enough.
A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a goblet with a clear golden body with a hint of orange in the hue. A fizzy white head forms to about a finger in size but doesn't stick around for that long leaving a small bubbly ring behind. Not much lace in my case.
S- Not a whole ton going on for a 6% ale. I get some apple, grape sweets and citrus notes at first with some cracked grain and bread beyond that. It reminds me of Narragansett Lager in a way. Slight floral hops.
T- Not as tame as the nose but pretty laid back with light cracker malts and citrus hops leading the way. Floral, herbal and spicy hop notes also present. Yeast bread, apple, grape and light sweetness also present. Still reminds me of some lagers in a way.
MF- Creamy light body with carbonation present at a high level. Foamy overall feel with a light bitterness finishing things off.
Yes this beer has a major place in brewing history but it is one of those things that seems like you had to be there to really, truly appreciate it. It is good and I can only imagine what impact it had back in the day. I do have to say it is nicely balanced and that might be the best characteristic of it.
04-25-2013 02:42:07 | More by cbutova
3.15/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours very golden. Has a thumb's length of head. Nice hoppy aroma, has a typical mouthfeel or a pale ale, nothing great, nothing awful. Has a decent hop filled taste, nothing else I really detect. A solid beer that is very drinkable, inoffensive, and something I would drink again if presented the opportunity. It wasn't something that I think I will rush back and buy another sixer of right away, but I'd have it again.
04-24-2013 21:34:48 | More by justincolts
4.71/5 rDev +40.2%
I am trying to compare this with the original from 1978. I have fond memories drinking this brew while walking down Denmark Street in Sonoma. There was always yeast sediment in the original bottom, always not quite clear, this one is somewhat hazy. I hope this brew continues, not just limited release, or how about a California Brewery taking a try at it.
04-21-2013 01:16:17 | More by plumasgoldrush
3.85/5 rDev +14.6%
Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA
Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, served in a pint glass with a white, finger width head. Great retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell - Light citrus, with lesser notes of sweet, bready malt character.
Taste - Follows the nose. Notes of citrus backed by a sweet, bready and slightly grainy malt backbone. A touch of light toast near the finish. Simple, but clean and with awesome balance.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate, crisp carbonation. Super smooth. Silky. Goes down without effort.
Overall - The history behind this beer is pretty awesome, and the beer itself is pretty damn solid, too. Sessionable as hell. I wasn't alive when this was originally brewed, so I can't vouch as to just how close they nailed the original, but if this is it down to a 'T', then Mr. McAuliffe was a true visionary, and I tip my cap to this 'grandfather' pale ale of his.
04-20-2013 18:49:22 | More by TheSixthRing
4.39/5 rDev +30.7%
Poured a vaguely cloudy, glowing golden color into a pint glass.
Smells like a good amount of decent hops with some malty scent poking through.
Bitter with the taste of hops with a nicely fruity flavor poking through as it washes over the palette.
Decently crisp with carbonation and warm with alcohol before it washes down leaving a nice bitter residue on the tongue.
If I had to characterize the overall taste and mouthfeel of this beer off the top of my head I would characterize it as part Sierra Nevada, part Wheat beer. It's really quite good. Much better than I expected.
04-18-2013 01:59:44 | More by Mister_Falcon
4.45/5 rDev +32.4%
This is my first review. While I tend to be analytical, this review is based on history and what this beer really means. I read about it in business week. You owe it to yourself to learn about this beer. Back at the dawn of craft brewing, this was a pioneer. All the major brands' adjunct formulas were about all that was available, along with a few very similar european imports. Peter Hand's Old Chicago was driven out of business. Sam Adams didn't exist yet. Schlitz "original formula" was about the best there was in those days. So within this bleak context, along came New Albion!
It has a deep yellow color, and a slight head, although it can be a bit fizzy. The texture is thicker than its "contemporaries". The flavor is clean and balanced- a little hoppy, but not too much. A little sweet, but not too much. A little bit of malt. Try it next to what the major brands offered back then (and now)... WOW! This stuff seems nearly perfect in comparison. Unfortunately the beer drinking public didn't agree, and it would be 10 years before anything this advanced was widely available.
Fast forward to today- overly hopped beers, concoctions of every imaginable kind, heavy, dark porters and stouts (I like them all)... then along comes New Albion. It is a refreshing break from the popular craft beers and prevalent styles. It deserves some attention. Thanks you Mr. Koch for reviving a real classic that I didn't get to try the first time around.
I hope you don't mind this unconventional review, but this one is as much about beer archeology as it is about the technical review, and I'm glad this beer got a second chance.
04-18-2013 00:45:17 | More by adxss
4.01/5 rDev +19.3%
Finally got my hands on some of this special release -- oh no, am I now an Ahab?
Best by July 2013 notched on the label.
A -- Clear, very pale yellow with a very long-lasting white head.
S -- Spicy, slightly earthy hops, but not overblown.
T -- Great balance of bready, crackery malts and spicy, bitter hops up front that blends into bitter hops then finishes with a distinct bready yeastiness. The bitter hops linger through the aftertaste without becoming heavy.
M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.
O -- A very nice throwback to the days when Pale Ale wasn't trying to be more than the sum of good hops and malts in a great recipe. Not sure if BBC will keep this around, but it's worth being an annual specialty.
04-17-2013 20:36:17 | More by steveh
2.93/5 rDev -12.8%
12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best Before JUL 2013
Pours out a very clear golden to light golden color with 1-2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention and lace.
Not much to the aroma, almost lager like in a way. Light cereal grains, some fruity esters, and pretty much no hops detectable
Again, not full of flavor, but it sure is drinkable and refreshing. Definatly nothing off about it. A lightly sweet lager like cereal grain with just a hint of citrus from the hops, hops are once again nearly undetectable. Just a bit of fruity ester. Doesnt have much of a finish to it.
Very light in body, but not at all watery.
This is not really a beer I'd ever come back to, but everyone should try this considering its pretty much the first craft beer ever made in America. Its crazy to think that this 30 years ago was considering new and extreme.
04-15-2013 18:59:03 | More by dogfishandi
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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