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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: 599
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 5
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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3.11/5  rDev -7.4%

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".

02-18-2013 19:26:31 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.98/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

02-18-2013 12:43:58 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of JLapadura

New York

2.25/5  rDev -33%

02-18-2013 06:38:15 | More by JLapadura
Photo of Tjvan2


3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-18-2013 05:38:20 | More by Tjvan2
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New York

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

02-18-2013 01:35:03 | More by mattbk
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South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

02-18-2013 01:25:33 | More by chinchill
Photo of 420drinker


2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

02-18-2013 00:39:42 | More by 420drinker
Photo of DavidGross


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-17-2013 15:56:00 | More by DavidGross
Photo of micromaniac129


3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

02-17-2013 13:16:37 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of bzach


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-17-2013 12:16:45 | More by bzach
Photo of Ford


2/5  rDev -40.5%

02-17-2013 01:59:40 | More by Ford
Photo of KC9LDB


5/5  rDev +48.8%

02-17-2013 01:45:44 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of justintcoons


3.54/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Golden with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Grapefruit zest, florals, apple, caramel and sweet breads.

Grapefruit zest, touches of orange, apple juice and florals. Very balanced malt character of breads, caramel and perhaps some biscuit. Finishes with resinous pine that leaves behind a salty bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth and easy drinking.

Zesty and floral. Very balanced like an English Pale Ale. This is good stuff.

02-16-2013 22:48:01 | More by justintcoons
Photo of streetcommander


4.38/5  rDev +30.4%

Think Noble Pils with just a little less edge. Very fantastic.

Appearance is golden amber with very minor cloud. Head is white and sticky. Globulates and stays around.

Mouthfeel is superb, carbonation is balanced, and viscosity is crisp and clean. You could easily drink 10 or12.

Flavor is substantive without being thick, greasy, and overloaded. I'm a fan of SA Noble Pils, and perhaps that is why I like this so much. Better than Noble Pils . Easily award winning.

Too expensive at 10 a six pack. Would become the Walmart of beers at 6 a six pack...minus all that China made shit they sell of course...probably why it cost 10...F-it, a steal at 10 a six pack.

02-16-2013 22:16:36 | More by streetcommander
Photo of TMoney2591


3.29/5  rDev -2.1%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gettin' a slice of American brewing history in me today. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, light biscuit, and light sweet flowers. It's weak, but inoffensive. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of mild grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a decent little sessionable pale, though nothing all that special or memorable.

02-16-2013 20:21:08 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-16-2013 17:43:38 | More by kristenrae8
Photo of fsimcox


3.59/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a transparent off-straw color. Fluffy white foam forms immediately, and dissipates slowly a thin foal layer. Some lacing.

Smells of malt, some grain notes, and just a hint of hops. Not overpowering,.

Taste is malt, and bitter hops. A little grainy, with some grapefruit in the middle. A mild, slightly sweet finish, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a smooth, crisp, with some carbonation. A dry, and bitter finish.

First time I have tried this beer. A nice APA, very drinkable.

02-16-2013 16:32:39 | More by fsimcox
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4.06/5  rDev +20.8%

Clear, pale but saturated yellow.

Smell is fresh, delicate, floral.

Taste: Oh, yes. A puff of floral and citrus hops, married so naturally to pale malt. Mouthfeel is equally crisp and smooth.

This is what American pale ale should be: crisp and balanced like English pale ale, but with its own distinctive character. Hop fiends may be too desensitized to appreciate it, but this is an impeccable, refreshing brew.

02-16-2013 07:22:07 | More by blacktieman
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-16-2013 01:55:28 | More by Peyton5410
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New Jersey

2.94/5  rDev -12.5%

Clear straw color in body with a white film of a head that leaves lacing. Aroma of subtle citrus hop character, some plastic action figure, cereal notes, pale malt. Tastes like amateur extract homebrew: sharp grain alcohol, grassy hops, vague lemon skin and mild bitterness. Light in body with medium carbonation. A cheap pale ale. As if being Macro-tainted.

02-16-2013 01:39:22 | More by JRed
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4/5  rDev +19%

02-16-2013 01:12:31 | More by ruckus232
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-16-2013 00:43:06 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

02-15-2013 23:21:51 | More by MrJolly
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West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%

A- pours a bright straw color with great clarity and carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Two finger foamy white head reduces to a small layer with void retention and patches of lace

S- clean, slightly toasted grainy malt. Grassy hops with notes of lemon grass

T- toasted grain with a bit of lemon-like zest, clean mid-palate that is slightly bready, the finish is surprisingly sweet with a dry finish and light grassy linger

M- light body, spritzy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and sweet finish

O- this was simple in taste, but surprisingly very enjoyable. The sweet finish left me wanting another sip. It's hard to believe that this was once considered 'extreme' in the beer world. Definitelt worth a try.

02-15-2013 03:07:29 | More by Treyliff
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-15-2013 02:38:51 | More by pajeff
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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