Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
Awesome. I get to drink a little bit of history.
It's definitely more mild and mellow than what I am used to for the style now. But there is a decent bitterness to it. Malty sweet thing going on. Fairly aggressive carbonation. Easy to drink.
It's funny to think that this was probably a very flavorful beer to many people 30 years ago. I wonder what they would have thought of our present day hop bombs.
03-03-2013 06:03:45 | More by RblWthACoz
3.61/5 rDev +7.4%
A flowery, resiny, sweet fantasy of a Pale Ale. So user-friendly I was three-quarters down the pint glass before I thought to make any notes.
Starts out lemon-tinged pale golden color, with a modest head. The carbonation dissipates, however, and ends up nearly flat before you've finished. On the plus side is the prefumey hop note coupled with a pleasant malty sweetness. A little sctratchy note of hops with just a touch of bitterness. Aromatic nose of grain and gardenias.
Get one of these for Tinker Bell. On tap at the recently opened Fathom in San Diego.
03-03-2013 05:49:57 | More by mactrail
3.39/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a clear golden/yellow with a medium white head with impressive lacing. Aromas of sweet grain and a hint of spicy hops. Taste begins with some acidic twang, followed by some sweet corn, then some earthy, fruity, spicy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good beer. Nice to try this historic recipe.
03-03-2013 00:19:01 | More by tronester
District of Columbia
3.23/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottled read enjoy before July 2013. Poured in a pint glass.
A - Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow. Small amount of white head which quickly dissapates. No lacing.
A - Slight floral notes
T - Clean, ceral and crackers, no discernable hops.
MF - A little fizzy, a little sharp, some creaminess in the finish.
O - Hides its 8.0% ABV very well. Not sure I would call this an APA.
03-02-2013 02:19:07 | More by Sludgeman
3.84/5 rDev +14.3%
A- Pours a pale golden amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is faint malt and citrusy hops.
T- The taste like the aroma is malt with a perfect balance of citrusy hops. This beer is not going to knock your socks off but I am very impressed with its balance and drinkability.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, I really enjoyed trying New Albion both for the history of this beer and the flavor. The strength of this beer is the drinkability,, I could drink this beer all night long.
03-01-2013 02:16:03 | More by cjgator3
3.65/5 rDev +8.6%
New Albion Ale opens to a crisp aroma, full of grains and good touches of citrusy hops, offering an immediate sense of balance and flavor. The grains bring toast, floury baguette, rising wheat bread, wet straw, and touches of biscuit, while the hops add an overlay of pine, pink grapefruit, and grapefruit rind, the bitterness here a nice companion to the breads. The ale also features a good selection of light fruit esters, including apricot and orange, with fainter supporting notes of berry and cherry. As a whole, while the flavors in here are light, befitting a pale ale, they’re very nicely balanced between breads, sugars, and hops, offering a wide range of aromas in a nose that has surprising lingering power for its lightness, maintaining most of its potency for at least a few minutes after the bottle has been opened.
On the tongue, the beer brings an immediate grain and hop note, the flavors from the nose translating almost directly, except the dry, bitter grapefruit rind has more potency, adding an astringent citrusy kick to the mixture. The fruit esters also translate well, and even offer a greater presence on the tongue, with more apricot and orange coming through to combat the bitter hops and add body. The flavors maintain their presence throughout much of the mouthful, the sugars slowly dying off. The aftertaste is heavy on toast, biscuit, grapefruit rind, and pine, with almost no sugars left, fading with relative quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, the ale fizzing up somewhat on the tongue.
Overall, this is perfectly good beer, and while it doesn’t offer anything overwhelming or necessarily distinctive, it does feature a very respectable flavor palette that sets a nice standard for any pale ale to live up to, and offers good drinkability at the same time. Certainly worth trying, and not just for its historical significance.
02-27-2013 21:08:10 | More by jondeelee
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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