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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: 593
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | 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:
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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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4/5  rDev +19%

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District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 02:19:07 | More by Sludgeman
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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03-01-2013 06:12:33 | More by jmgault1
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

03-01-2013 05:45:16 | More by sprucetip
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-01-2013 04:20:13 | More by sparx1100
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3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:16:03 | More by cjgator3
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

03-01-2013 01:47:24 | More by BanditoJunkie
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-28-2013 05:10:49 | More by brotherloco
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

02-28-2013 04:52:51 | More by kingmaker
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3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 21:08:10 | More by jondeelee
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale for a pale ale looks like a lager in the glass. Light gold that is almost yellow. Small white colored head.

Smell is light malt and grassy hop. Smells like a lager too. Light toasted grain aroma.

Starts out light in body with a high carbonation level and a mineral water bite to it.

Mildly bitter it in fact again is more like a lager. Floral and grassy hops and a slight wheat cracker malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

Overall it is better than the sum of all its parts. An incredibly refreshing beer, I could see this become a common visitor to my refrigerator during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:26:32 | More by Zorro
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear gold, sudsy white head is thin but retains well.

Smells of light grassy malts with a subtle dry hop undertone.

Tastes of grassy malts mixed with a subtly toasted bready character, hints of citrus, and a subtle dry hop.

Medium to light body with a tingle carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice, drinkable pale ale with pilsner-like characteristics. Nothing special, but solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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