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

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Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a hand glass.

A: Dark hay color. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Lots of effervescence continually matriculating to the surface. Plenty of beer ring lacing and a nice foamy blanket.

S: Pungent sourdough bread. Not much else.

T: Bready, rubbery sort of flavor. Pungent and a little bitter.

M: Light and crisp, but a bit of a syrupy feel. Bitter and pungent character lingers throughout. A little of a dry finish.

D: Easy sipping beer, not quite a session style.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice body, with lots of active carbonation, a really nice head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is simple but distinct. Flavor is rubbery, sour bread. Bitter and dry. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of teromous
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Almost completely transparent, with a light gold body. Tons and tons of visible carbonation leading to a huge white head.

S: Not much nose at all. I get a light floral and herbal scent, but it's extremely faint.

T: Very light pine taste, and faintly bready. Mild bitterness which works well for the style. Really not that impressive.

M: Watered down and light bodied.

O: Overall I wasn't impressed with the beer at all. The overall flavor is just way too light. The hop and malt flavors seem balanced, but they are a distant memory in the background of this beer. I really can't recommend this beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - clear, golden orange with a thick, soft cap of foamy, white head that has good retention

S - sweet and citrusy with hints of orange zest

T - very faint malt, citrus, some light grapefruit and orange zest, mild piney bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This is a decent, refreshing pale ale. The flavor profile doesn't demand a lot from the palate, but it offers just enough hop character to seem creative. This would be a nice beer to have on hand when you're trying to watch the game and relax, but it'll probably disappoint most in its simplicity.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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.

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.