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: 616
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is generally a clear golden liquid but it has a slightly tarnished hint to it, so its a shade darker than pure gold. The head is a light grey foam that starts out quite thick but settles to a thin layer. Some rising carbonation can be seen.

There is a light hop aroma. It is a sweet citrus scent.

This beer has a great flavor, but it is unlike modern west coast pale ales. The hops here are strong but not exceptionally bitter. There is a good pale malt base that offers a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops are strongest as I swallow.

Average body and carbonation. There is a little bit more of a coat than I expected, but it isn't very sticky.

This is a really enjoyable beer. Its unlike the pale ales of today but you can taste how it is their precursor. It's a beer worth trying.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a simple nonic pint glass.

A crystal clear and super golden crystal clear body. A great mix of rising carbonation, and a big fluffy creating four finger head that is bone white with lots of staying power. A giant cap made and settles without budging at all. A real great looking brew.

A real solid mix on the nose. Light sticky yeast, big dry grain and toasty bread, with a mild sweetness. Faint mild grass like hop just barely gets a whiff. Real interesting nose.

Palate hits with a nice mellow malt backbone. Hits like German style pilsner then sweetens with just a touch of caramel. Finishes with a nice sticky mild yeast component and sense of almost noble like hops, but more grass. Hints of fruity esters. The beer had a wonderful sticky quality to it in the palate, with a nice splash of hops.

Overall this is an interesting spin on an APA, quite a fun and easy drinking beer too. Glad I tried it.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint: Light gold body, two fingers of white head, transparent, nice shine to the body.

Smells of mild orange, some light crackery/bready malt, slight white grape juice, a little tea. Subtle but well-defined.

Similar notes in the taste, a little more pronounced: that citrus flavor up front, some subtle tea dryness, a a little jelly-like sweetness, turns moderately bitter & ends with some more grapefruit tones. The flavors pick up & become more prominent than the mild nose would suggest.

Medium-light body, nice crispy from start to finish, but softens up in that sweet, jelly-like middle bit. Leaves a nicely notable bitterness in the after-feel.

It's hard to separate this beer from its historical context & appreciate it on its own merits, but it's a simple but solid, no frills American ale, which is exactly what it's supposed to be.

Photo of cityupsidedown
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My overall impression is that it brought me back to the early days of craft brew. As I drank it I thought, "I've had this before". The hopping was family, as was the balance. It's a hoppy drink for the day, but comparatively for today it's actually pretty tame and rather evenly balanced. The flavors seemed familiar and the body was kinda' light. Seemed similar to Blue boar from Henry Weinhard. Overall bittering is again kinda' on the softer side and light. Smallish head and color is a little unflattering, but no big deal.
I like the beer. It's a steady drinker.
Thanks B-gogs.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. JUL notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a 2 finger puffy white head. Dissipates over the course of a few minutes and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: A grassy light malt with a mild hop backing. A hint of sweetness. Nothing too interesting.

T: Light malts and a hint of hops, reminds me a lot of a bud, just a little more pure in the ingredient department. Decent cracker or toasted malt flavor. Drinkable but not very interesting.

M: Light body with ample carbonation. Good clean finish to it. Easy drinking.

Overall its alright, can imagine it how crazy good it would of been 30 years ago when it was last brewed. Our taste buds arent as hop sensitive anymore.

Photo of mbs11
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was at the Reno total wine, as usual, the selection was more underwhelming than the last time. Figured I'd grab a six of this, why not, drink a piece of history.

Pours a nice looking pale ale, lots of golden clarity to it, mostly white colored head, right around the 1" range. Aroma was bready, but lacked the hops. First signal that this was truly an old school pale ale. While lagers may have had more ibu's back then, this pale ale cetainly did not. Nothing bad, but you know, gimme the hops.

Taste, eerily similar to Coors Banquet, which was probably the leading macro in the flavor department back then, this was like they took that beer and decided to amp its malt and hop bill by about 5%. Novel stuff back in 1976, but pretty bland by today's standards. Cool to see how things have changed and grown, but ultimately, I think a purchase of just 1 bottle would have been a better choice for me.

Photo of davek72
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A-golden with a white frothy head that thins

S-smells like a bland pale ale using samuel adams malts. maybe some berries? nothing really here to admire

T-comes in with a light and crisp flavor of pale grains. not a terrible flavor, has more to it than the smells lets on, still extremely light though, which is surprising for the abv. the tastes more like it has a 4.2% abv. Faint matching after-taste.

M-medium tangy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-I understand the point of trying to resurrect some ancient ale, but why bother if the result is. If this is what the old american ales used to taste like, then i'm super glad i live in the era i live in now. don't bother.

Photo of DocBrass
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of mnrider
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date notched on label.

A: Pours a clear light pale golden color. thin white head, nice carbonation
but no lacing from the thin crescent moon retention of head.

S: Toasted malts, sweet grains, light crisp floral hops. Little yeast. Overall
the smell is below average and not really welcoming.

T/M: Watery sweet grains. Dry from the inclusion of a little cascade hops.
Actually tastes similar to the smell. Yeast and maybe wheat are detectible.
The finish is pretty clean, just slightly bitter and dry. Overall I taste a Pale
Ale, but it just doesn't turn out to anything.

O: Nothing special here. The taste is just enough to let me finish it, but is
weak and thin. Needs more of a distinct hop taste and a better balance.
What is there is fresh, but I can't really say anything else. I think people will
try it for it's history in craft beer. I think APA's have really evolved since this


Photo of adjunctjonez
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this limited offering from SA. The label caught my eye, more for its amateurish look and application (nice sailing ship). Only when examining the label closely did I pick up it was a SA offering. Either way I enjoyed this one, subtle but very drinkable and a historical window on usa brewing.

Photo of baconman91
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SlowWideTurns
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of grandbeerdaily
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams & New Albion
New Albion Ale (Original Pale Ale not brewed for thirty years)
6.0% ABV

Appearance: 3.5 Pale-yellow or golden straw. Quite light and clear. Thin even lacing and 1/2 inch of white foam.

Smell: 4.0 Smooth and sweet aromas of american malt and wheat. Mild fruity esters in the background with the slightest hint of grass and orange. Slight alcohol burn afterwards.

Taste: 4.0 Bready malt builds into a wheaty sweetness that is crisp. A smooth bitter begins on the tongue bringing orange zest and citrus flavors similar to lemon. The smooth bitter is not over bearing and provides a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: 3.0 The carbonation is sharp and the body is very light for 6.0%. A slight resiny-slickness rounds out the palate.

Overall: Unique and intriguing, but not ideal to my palate. The sharpness of the mouthfeel is offensive, especially if too cold. Also, the malt profile is too sweet. The bitterness is just right and the beer transforms from sweet to dry. This is intriguing on the palate and exemplifies the expert craftmanship of the brewers. The beer has drinkability and some of the best qualities of american pale ales. However, only secondary flavors are revealed. This keeps the beer from breaking the plane from good to extraordinary.

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LittleDon
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear with plenty of carbonation. Pours a nice white head with moderate-low retention and some lace. Malt aroma with some floral and a small bit of fruit notes. Dry, bitter, toasted whole grain cereal, medium body. Think pilsener on steroids. Medium high carbonation.

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear, golden rod color with an average head of off-white foam. The scent is weak but has hints of wheat, hops, and malts. The neck label describes a distinct American hop taste and they are right on there! The taste is smooth and clean with a distinct hoppy finish. It tastes a lot like a hopped up version of a German Pilsner. It’s quite tasty and has a decent, unique flavor.

Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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