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

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BA SCORE
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615 Ratings
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 177
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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Photo of plumasgoldrush
4.71/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

plumasgoldrush, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

PGVG, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of tallfellapgh
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

tallfellapgh, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Dapperticus, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +19%

jmccraney, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

plumcrazyfx, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of goobysalad
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

goobysalad, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Mister_Falcon
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mister_Falcon, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of adxss
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

adxss, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of steveh
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

steveh, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of gfiumara
2/5  rDev -40.5%

gfiumara, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Hopfenpeter, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

dogfishandi, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jealmanzar
3/5  rDev -10.7%

jealmanzar, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

CraftBeerTastic, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

buschbeer, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Beermaine, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
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.

BucannonXC5, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of smlmeyer
2/5  rDev -40.5%

smlmeyer, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of gestavillo
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

gestavillo, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Apr 13, 2013
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.