Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.81/5 rDev -16.4%
Ba Review #268
Served On: 4/15/2013
Glassware: SA Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: July 2013
This was from a 6-pack I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($8.99).
Look: Was a crystal clear golden straw color with a thick fluffy head of whipped egg whites. Carbonation bubbles were very sluggish and sparse. Lacing was fairly constant and sticky.
Smell: Aroma was very grassy and grainy. Some skunk was present. Sweet malt notes with some grassy hops basically summed it up.
Taste: Upfront was a soapy character that gave way to some citrus and herbal notes. A biscuit note came through in the middle. The finish was fairly clean with the biscuit hanging on. Aftertaste had that saccharine funk often found in diet sodas.
This was not the greatest brew. I can appreciate Boston Beer trying to revive this iconic brand, but It was just not on pace with so many other offerings with similar objectives. I suppose if it were the only alternative to fermented corn water - I'd feel a little differently.
04-15-2013 16:12:38 | More by CraftBeerTastic
3.89/5 rDev +15.8%
12 ounce bottle
Served in a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass
A - It is light amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of off- white head.
S - It has a refreshing scent. I get some lime which I think is from noble hops. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
T - Now in the taste I get some lemon zest. It is crisp and has a clean finish.
M - Thin to moderate
O - This is a nice spring tasting beer. I like the lime and lemon aspects of this beer.
04-14-2013 16:15:16 | More by buschbeer
2.96/5 rDev -11.9%
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 12, 2013
Misc.: Best by June, 2013
Poured an orange amber color with two fingers of long-lasting white head. Nice looking foamy lacing on the sides. Very good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled a skunky malt to start. Also some hay, cereal and grass. Some faint lemon late as well. Pretty earthly overall.
Tasted better than the smell. Still earthy, grainy and heavy, but more citrus notes. Malts were grass, hay and skunk. Some hops, maybe resin and faint citrus.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.
Nothing special about this pale ale. Not even worth a try.
04-14-2013 00:36:01 | More by BucannonXC5
3.53/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
04-13-2013 16:51:27 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
04-12-2013 13:43:24 | More by Tone
2.95/5 rDev -12.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pale yellow and crystal clear with many fine bubbles and almost no head.
Smells vaguely of citrus and grain. very subtle.
Tastes grainy and bitter. Only slight citrus hop flavor. Remings me of a slightly amped up pilsener. Very crisp and clean with a touch of citrus. Not what I'd call a pale ale.
Mouth feel is light and very crisp from the carbonation.
Overall its a nice crisp beer but not much about it stands out. I can see how it was innovative back in the day but it doesn't stand up well to modern versions of the style.
04-10-2013 01:47:43 | More by spokeydonkey
2.58/5 rDev -23.2%
Appearance: Clear, orangish yellow.
Smell: Not much of one. Smells like a cheaper beer. Floral and maybe just a touch of citrus.
Taste: Floral and citrusy. A touch of honey perhaps.
Mouthfeel: Spritsy carbonation. Crisp, and somehow watery.
This historical name doesn't really deliver with this Sam Adams remake. Nor is this a good example of an American Pale Ale. The smell and taste doesn't really offer a lot. The taste is a cross between flowers and a distant, citrus something. The floral part improves as the drink warms. However, the over-all experience is very shallow. The crispness is refreshing, but the taste and smell are quite lacking. It is more like carbonated water than an APA. Do not drink this cold. I would not get this again.
04-07-2013 01:33:54 | More by TeamMathis
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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