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

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 177
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:
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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ambruns1979, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of powpig2002
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

powpig2002, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

captainbearcat, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin bubbles with a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of bready and grainy malts with some very light notes of grassy, spicy, and floral hops.

T: Light amounts of bready malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. There are some very light notes of spicy hops with just a touch of grassy hops. Light amounts of lemon citrus notes and a light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light notes of dryness in the finish.

O: It is interesting to try this re-creation of the start of American craft beer - strange how hidden the hop aromas are but I'm guessing that was very true to the original which was competing with beers that did not have much hop aroma. I'm glad that beers have evolved and the presence of the hops has really come to the forefront. Definitely worth trying for the historical perspective and pretty easy to drink.

dbrauneis, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of MonkeymooTJ
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of grass and corn. Almost no hop presence. Taste follows the nose with grass in the forefront followed by a slight hint of caramel sweetness..Ample carbonation level lends itself to a medium body. Bitterness in the aftertaste seems to be due to astringency rather than hops. This one misses the mark in my opinion and can be best described as bland

MonkeymooTJ, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of crazybrody
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

crazybrody, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Selderkin
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Selderkin, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of grumpygerman
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

grumpygerman, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Chevelle66
4/5  rDev +19%

Chevelle66, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz pils glass. Poured a lightly hazy, very light gold color, about the same color as a nice Pilsener, much lighter than most Pale Ale's, with about an inch of white head that had OK retention and and very light lace. The beer really liked like a nice lager.

The aroma was an even, balanced blend of light grains and gentle hops, nothing really stood out, either good or bad. The flavors started out a bit grain forward,were mostly evenly balanced throughout the majority of the beer, and had a lightly bright hop finish.

The body was mostly light and even, but there was just a bit of stickiness at the back that was a bit unpleasant. Drinkability was pretty good, you could have several of these during a session. Overall, a nice enough little brew, nothing worth going out of your way for, but worth grabbing if you see it.

beertunes, Feb 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

dgeebs07, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

unclekeith, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Very pale, clear, yellow with a two-finger head of detergent-like foam. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Mild aroma of pilsner style yeasts and spicy hops. End result? It smells like "beer", in a macro lager kind of way. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms.

T - Whoa, this is a lot more full flavored than the nose would indicate. Grains kicks things off in the form of a sweet biscuit/buttered toast malt. Some lemon rind zest in the mid-palate. Hops have just a hint of floral grass, and just a little spice. Seemlessly blended and balanced. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Overall body compliments the taste. FInishes clean and crisp, especially for an ale.

O - While people say this resurrected recipie must have been an amazing craft beer back when it first brewed, it's still a pretty damn good one right now! Simple and elegant. Ironically, I found many elements here to be slightly reminiscent of a BMC beer; pale. sweet. spicy hops. lots of carbonation. The difference is actual full flavor and the absence of corn and rice "off" flavors. A great beer for converting a BMC to craft! A repeat buy for me.

TempeBeerMan, Feb 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

dokupe, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint
Best by July 2013

A - Pours a clear honey gold with a clingy white head of foam. Good looking beer but, ok retention with minimal lacing.

S - Clean pale malt, slightly sweet, grassy, spicy hop,

T - Honey kissed grains, dried grassy hops, a touch of lemon pepper hops, sweet cracker pale malt, golden delicious apples, lemon twang, the bitterness is light and peppery. Finishes tangy sweet but dries out right at the end.

M - Light to medium body, has a prickly carbonation bite, crisp finish.

Not sure how accurate this is to the original but it's good and I'm glad they resurrected and paid homage to this recipe. It has a nice apple sweetness with a peppery finish and would go great with grilled pork.

StaveHooks, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

MadScientist, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Pale Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a yellowish color, produced a average white head, nice retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma of the APA consisted of malted grain, baked bread and lemongrass. Medium in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, some white pepper and lemon citrus. Semi dry finish. Overall, decent beer- One of the founding craft beers, and a great idea for Samuel Adams to bring it back. With that said, craft beer has made advances since this beer was born, but it is nice to go back and taste one of the "first".

GossageBrewery, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams - New Albion Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours golden, almost clear with a bubbly, champagne-like head. Medium carbonation.

Smell - Light malt with some citrus (orange/coriander/lemon).

Taste - Carbonated malty citrus bite. Similar to a white but lighter/more crisp. Taste is the one major highlight of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Fades fast with a slight citrus leftover.

Overall - Not bad, would be more suitable for a Summer brew, I tasted this in February and it did not fit the current outside climate.

JMScowcroft, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of JLapadura
2.25/5  rDev -33%

JLapadura, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Tjvan2, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of mattbk
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Light brown, a bit lighter than I expected, clear, lightly carbonated, not much head at all.
S- Smells almost lager like. Bready malts, some light lemony hops, maybe even some sulfur here.
T- Some bitterness to this beer. This is supposed to be Casacde hops, but I got a lot more Noble character, maybe Saaz. A bit of lemon on the finish again. A little bit of the bready malts from the aroma. After that, sort of watery. Not bad, definitely not very good.
M- Very, very light, lager like, very drinkable, I drank half of the beer just in seacrhing for flavor with no problem. Would have liked more.
O- Missing ale fruitiness, Cascade grapefruit flavor, any sort of ale body. A bit higher than an American light lager, not much so. I am glad this beer exists - and I suspect I would have loved it in the early 1980s. 30 years later, it shows just how far craft beer has come in America.

mattbk, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle notch dated "enjoy by" Jul 2013.
Pours light amber in color with a moderate size, sudsy white head. Weak head retention but some lacing.

Appealing grassy-floral-fruity mix includes suggestions of hay, apples, citrus fruit, faint biscuits and spicy hops. The flavor is similar to the nose, but less apple and a clearer tangerine note. Interesting mix of flavors, with some complexity. Appropriate hop/malt balance.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with medium-light carbonation.

chinchill, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of 420drinker
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

420drinker, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

DavidGross, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Yards Philadelphia pale ale.
Pours golden amber with a bright white head that fades quickly.
Aroma is lighly hopped and malts are pale and dry.
Taste is like the nose, lightly hopped and a bit muddled with malts being of the pale variety.
On the palette it's abit course and husky.
A good beer thats very sessionable but nothing special other then the historical aspect.

micromaniac129, Feb 17, 2013
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.