Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.65/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed light amber-yellow color with a nice thick and billowy just off white head. The head fades very slowly over time leaving a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is rather light overall but consists of some notes of a grainy and bready nature as well as some aromas of a a light citrus and herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and grainy base mixed with a lighter sweetness of caramel and some light fruit of an orange nature. Flavors of some yeast and a bit of spice are present in the beginning as well with them persisting almost entirely to the end. More toward the middle of the taste some citrus hop starts coming to the tongue, with the caramel and fruit flavors dwindling a bit. The citrus hop fades more toward the end of the taste, but is replaced by other hop flavors of a floral and herbal nature. In the end a rather crisp and clean lightly hopped grainy flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side in its creaminess as well as carbonation. Both create a very nice crisp feel on the tongue and are nice for creating a very drinkable and refreshing beer while keeping a good level of flavor.
Overall- A very enjoyable and refreshing brew. It contains a lot of characteristics of a lager (crispness and graininess) with some flavors of a more hefeweizen nature (yeast, citrus, and spice). Tasty and enjoyable.
03-24-2013 01:47:24 | More by Darkmagus82
3.39/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Poured from the bottle into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is pale golden with a small white head. Lots of visible carbonation.
S: Bready with some fruit and florally/perfumey scents. Not terribly stong in the nose, and certainly not big on the hops by modern APA standards.
T: Not really a lot going on, to be perfectly honest. Some bread doughy malt, generic fruity sweetness and a touch of lemony hops at the finish. A bit of lingering sweetness on the palate. Doesn't seem to be too far removed from a basic lager, both in appearance (yellow, white head) and taste.
M: Light-to-medium in heft with active, prickly carbonation.
O: I can see how this would have shaken things up a bit back in the day - I remember a lot of the "first round" of what we called back then "micro brews" from the early '90s (I drank a lot of Pete's, Rhinochasers, and others), and this brings me back to that time frame somewhat; I could see how this would be an easy "transition beer" into a different world of beer. But by today's standards, this one wouldn't really register as much of an APA. Still, it's inoffensive and easily quaffed.
03-24-2013 00:30:20 | More by Kendo
2.63/5 rDev -21.7%
A - Clear opaque golden, inch of light white head, good amount of lacing. carbonation rising from bottom.
S - Crispness, german hops, dry
T - Initially: Grain, barley, biscuity, malt. Finish: is a dry, malty with bitterness of 2/10
M - Moderately frothy, light body, dry
O - I applaud this beer for blazing the American Pale Ale trail. That being said, I would not be drinking beer if this was the only option around. Flavor is minimal at best, nose isn't any better. This reminds be of my first sip of beer ever: Lowenbrau.
03-23-2013 19:08:06 | More by weonfire
2.23/5 rDev -33.6%
A-Pours a pale yellow with a thin fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.
S-musty, malty, with just a hint of citrus hops-it smells like a lager
T-Balanced between citrus hops and malt that is graham cracker/biscuity. Not a strong flavor, but it tastes more like a well made all malt lager.
M-kind of thin and watery
D-you could drink this all day as it has a light body and good flavor with an average abv.
Overall thoughts: I almost didn't review this beer because I didn't want to rate it since its rating was going to be so low. I can't imagine what it would have been like to drink this in its time, I'm sure that would have been a revolutionary experience. However, against today's pale ales it just doesn't match up. My scoring does not do this beer justice in terms of its importance to the industry. This is a must try for craft beer lovers for its pure historical value and importance. It tastes much more like an all malt lager than a pale ale.
03-22-2013 00:17:50 | More by thegodfather2701
3.7/5 rDev +10.1%
I was excited to try this one. I love what Pretty Things is doing with old recipes and this should be good too.
Pours a nice creamy but bubbly looking 1 finger head that tries to fade pretty quickly but keeps getting reinforced by bubbles streaming from the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass, crystal clear toasty golden wheat colored beer.
Nose is somewhat reminiscent of Boston Lager, a light crisp malty base, but minus the lager itself, a bit of a cracked straw and doughy malt, and some nice hops, grassy and floral with faint lemongrass, light cracker grainy malt.
Taste brings malts out front again, nothing big though, a crisp lighter side drinking beer. Malts with a mild sweetness, little cracker doughy again and some toasty straw kinda thing but much lighter than the nose, and even a little chewy like. THen hops, plenty of them, grassy and chewy with a little floral and even bit earthy, and fair bitterness that ramps on the finish. The dry finish brings a little more cracker malt flavors and a decently bitter slightly earthy spicy grassy hop profile. A little crisp and fairly clean with very mild yeast flavor late on the finish too, and a faint slightly skunky taste that seems to stick somewhere on the back end of the finish.
Mouth is med bodied, tons of carb maybe a bit too much.
Overall not bad, a decent beer aside from the faint skunky thing going on there. Nice hop profile, decent malts, decent balance, overall pretty good minus the one off flavor.
03-20-2013 23:43:27 | More by jlindros
3.46/5 rDev +3%
A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with notes of floral and grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also exhibits some hints of herbal hops. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. Although the Cascade hops seem a bit muted compared to today's standards, this beer is definitely in a league of its own if you compare it to the other beers that were available during the New Albion Brewing Company era in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
03-20-2013 00:55:37 | More by metter98
3.61/5 rDev +7.4%
A-Clear orange, little carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.
S-Bland, wheat, bread. not much else. Nose resembles a pils more than anything.
T-Step up from the nose. Bread and grass with mild bitterness. Balance is nice.
M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, easy drinking.
O-Glad that SA made this beer for the history associated with it, but at the end of the day a boring beer.
03-19-2013 23:59:16 | More by rlee1390
2.5/5 rDev -25.6%
Gold clear color with about a finger of white head which fades fast. Not much on the nose besides sweet grain.
Medium bodied, bright crispness. Nice light biscuity sweetness and brightness turns slightly buttery and toasty. Flowery hop presence which accentuates the taste of the alcohol in this very lightly flavored beer.
It's extremely refreshing but rough on the finish with detectable alcohol and hop presence that only contributes a perfume flavor. Hop bitterness is non existent, lingering sweetness. I get the idea behind this beer but recipes change and different beers become popular over time for a reason. This is just too mild for today's craft palate, even for those who can appreciate a mild flavored beer.
03-19-2013 23:35:34 | More by jtierney89
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
New Albion Ale
LOOK: Pours a rich golden color, white foam cap that has some longevity. Little lacing on the pint.
SMELL: Standard aroma of a clean grainy maltyness.
TASTE: Biscuity pale malts are the primary flavor, with a light herbal hop touch. A touch of tangy yeast, and quite bready. Lager like, but very clean and refreshing.
FEEL: Light bodied, with a fullness of malt providing good depth. This is a well brewed beer.
OVERALL: A simple, straightforward beer, but not without its merits. A 12 pack of this in a cooler during the summer sounds like a worthwhile endeavor.
03-19-2013 22:11:12 | More by Stinkypuss
2.8/5 rDev -16.7%
12 oz bottle. best before July 2013.
A: mostly clear, but there may actually be a minor haze to this brew. head is bright white and super frothy. retention is great. good lacing.
S: big time malty sweetness. muted, but present, bitterness. hop aroma is non-existent. bummer.
T: sweet, a lot of malt sweetness. almost seems like simple sugar here. hop bitterness is there too, but no hop flavor.
M: carb is super mellow/moderate. medium bodied ale.
D: not exactly sure the last time I had a Budweiser but I feel like this brew is pretty similar. this thing has a lot more to do with a lager than an American pale.
03-19-2013 03:20:12 | More by Jimmys
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.