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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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594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
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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3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, golden straw yellow with a thin head of wispy white foam which had a little clingy lace but had poor retention. Carbonation looked moderate and clarity was good.

S: Some cooked veggies, heated grain husk and a slightly herbal hop nose that grafts to some phenol scents.

T: Pretty underwhelming flavor, but it begins with a pronounced, fizzy malt graininess, almost that of adjuncts including corn and rice, then building a little backbone to support a flash of dry, grassy bitterness that leads to a somewhat boozy or full-feeling finish.

M: Mouthfeel is sort of fizzy and granular at first, but builds a little body and burn towards the end.

O: I kept thinking this was lager the entire time I was drinking it and I nearly convinced myself they got it wrong. That said, it's not a great example of an APA. If it were a $5.99 Trader Joe special, I might consider it in a pinch. Otherwise, head for better options.

Serving type: bottle

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2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Let me start of by saying I love having my occasional Sam Adams Boston Lager.This is a respectable brew but not one of my favorites by Sam.

It pours a crystal clear light gold color...with a slight white head.

It had reminiscent's of bready malts and a little sweetness.

Medium bodied.

overall a descent beer but would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New Albion pours a light yellow color. Looks like straw. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. It’s topped with a nice, soft white head. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling back to a surface covering. Holds there for a bit. Lacing was a little sticky, but lighter. Not bad at all.

The nose is not so great. It’s weak and needs more strength in a big way. It smells very earthy and grainy. That aspect resonates throughout each whiff. The malt base smells slightly sweet and has a strong cracker-like scent to it. There are some hops noted. They’re light and smell very grassy. Smells like noble hops to me. It’s not my preference for hops in an American Pale Ale, but it is what it is. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Needs work.

The flavor is okay. Maybe a little better than the nose. Pretty average in the American Pale Ale class. The malt base is bready and cracker-like. There’s a mild sweetness to it, but it’s not much. There’s a strong grainy, earthy, and grassy aspect to it throughout. It’s a bit much for the style. There’s an interesting salty flavor that doesn’t add much. Hops are definitely in the mix. They’re very grassy and are very reminiscent of noble hops. They do add a light bitter kick, but it’s not too much. More would be better. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. At 6%, that’s not a huge shock. Finishes earthy, grassy, cracker-y, and dry.

New Albion has a lighter body. Carbonation is active, but it feels rather soft. It feels a bit too thin for the style. It’s not bad, but more body would be better.

I know the story behind this beer, and I have a lot of respect for Jack McAuliffe. I like that Boston Beer Company resurrected and released this beer. Having said that, it’s a very average American Pale Ale. I understand that it probably was a trailblazer 30 years ago, but it’s just okay by today’s standards. It’s an interesting release with good history behind it. In the name of history, it’s worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

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3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Apple cider colored...creamy white head...a lot of carbonation bubbles.

S-More of a subtle floral/herbal take on the hops...sweetish sugar cookie like maltiness

T-Basic pale ale without a lot of flavor assertiveness...the floral/herbal hops and malts blend into a sweeter type of pale ale...not much bitterness on this one...

M-A bit overcarbonated but firm body..

O-Nothing memorable about this one but nothing bad either....basic easy drinking sweeter pale ale...

Serving type: bottle

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3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant medium gold with a foamy half inch ivory had that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Fresh cut grass, grain, and skunk form the initial aroma, with a bready malt base and floral hops at the finish.

Flavor is slightly fruity initially, with bready grain cutting in mid palate and carrying through to the long finish. Orange and lemon zest and a general citrus tinge underlie a fairly malty profile. Slightly metallic. Becomes more bitter and floral as it warms.

Body is moderate, With moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

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3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out as a clear yellow color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this beer. The smell was pretty typical, some malt and hops on the nose but nothing that really stands out. The taste of the beer is pretty traditional, it's well balanced but kind of boring. No real dominant flavor really jump out at me. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light bodied making this beer a very sessionable brew. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing too exciting. Glad I got to try it though to see what it's all about.

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