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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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

"Jack McAuliffe's pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. We're rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with it distinct American hop character, for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Best by Mid-July 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light, frothy near white head over a mild pale amber clear body with a moderate carbonation. Clarity is very high. Retention is average+, with medium sticky, spotty lacing. Despite looking to be on the lighter end of the spectrum in color and depth, it's a pretty enjoyable appearance for a Pale Ale. 3.75

(Smell) Malt is characterized by some mild biscuity malt character, lightly toasted grain, and chased by a light dose of grassy American hops for a mild bitterness. Aroma is very clean, almost to the point where any off-characters are right in front. There's a mild smell of some unusual grain choices, perhaps even adjuncts. Also notable is the mineral-heavy water, plus mild yeast strain that imparts a lager-like quality and dryness to the beer. Aroma is very light but decently balanced. 3.25

(Taste) Malt character is much sweeter with a biscuity, bready grain character and a grassy, floral hop finish with a common bitterness. Some mineral-like notes are notable on the lasting finish, but not as sharp as in the aroma. Sweetness is overall quite forward, much to the disdain of the hop character. I'm not sure that I like this over the aroma, it has a bolder flavor but sacrifices a bit of balance in the process. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is very smooth, mildly slick, lesser sticky with a very subtle carbonation presence. Sweetness is notably far over bitter qualities for an imbalance. Body is medium+ for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very light. Overall, the slick, thick texture intensifies the sweetness and doesn't draw much attention to the subtleties of the hops. 2.75

(Overall) This beer was anticipated to be light and drinkable, but turned out a bit too heavy in sweet malt character and too light in other characters. Overall, I'm torn between finding this beer as decent or just passable. Perhaps it's just a slice of history poured into a glass, but our expectations in regards to balance and intensity have fine tuned our palates to look for bigger and better. This one may have fit the bill in the 1970's, but is merely a small mark on what craft beer has moved to today. 3.25

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Samuel Adams/New Albion Brewing Company's New Albion Ale

Photo of Braz
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of ksimons
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

One simple malt 2 row pale, one simple hop cascade, one simple beer. The beauty of it all is the simplicity. Nothing better for a hot day. Just clean and refreshing. Better than any macro - there is no corn in this. I also found it for a steal price slashed to $3.99 a six because people looked at the reviews before they tried it.

a- yellow straw, soapy head, some lace curtain lacing

s- light grain malt, fresh hay, faint cascade hops

t - sweet light malt with nice hop edge

m- medium to light, refreshing with a clean dry finish

o - just a simple throwback beer, limited release I'm snatching up all I can, also nice throwback label

Photo of gregu2
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: not much, grass, grain, light hops

T: sweeter up front, light hop flavor, corn

M: thinner with high carbonation

O: not noteworthy, sweetness is overpowering

Photo of fitz284
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Lovely85
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of nasharm
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MickeyMonk
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BWED
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler. I picked up a sixer at Jungle Jim's, in Fairfield, OH for $3.99, which was a steal. I'm not sure if this had anything to with the quality, but I wanted to note that in this review.

A- Light straw yellow, not quite crystal clear, but close. Foamy one finger white head, that leaves a little spattering of lacing.

S- Sweet malt, subtle. More subtlety coming from the hop end, a slight orange citrus. Mild, but a pleasant aroma.

T- Straw, slight hop bitterness. A little stale? It tastes similar to a Miller Lite.

M- Light body, light carbonation, clean, with a slightly bitter finish.

O- It tasted stale. I'm not sure if that's how it is, or I purchased a poorly stored product. Jungle Jim's is usually good with beer though.

Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of MarshMan71
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of screamking
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WallE89
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ubenumber2
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of cbutova
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thechief16
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of justincolts
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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