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

Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.88%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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weonfire

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear opaque golden, inch of light white head, good amount of lacing. carbonation rising from bottom.

S - Crispness, german hops, dry

T - Initially: Grain, barley, biscuity, malt. Finish: is a dry, malty with bitterness of 2/10

M - Moderately frothy, light body, dry

O - I applaud this beer for blazing the American Pale Ale trail. That being said, I would not be drinking beer if this was the only option around. Flavor is minimal at best, nose isn't any better. This reminds be of my first sip of beer ever: Lowenbrau.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:08:06 | More by weonfire
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a pale yellow with a thin fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

S-musty, malty, with just a hint of citrus hops-it smells like a lager

T-Balanced between citrus hops and malt that is graham cracker/biscuity. Not a strong flavor, but it tastes more like a well made all malt lager.

M-kind of thin and watery

D-you could drink this all day as it has a light body and good flavor with an average abv.

Overall thoughts: I almost didn't review this beer because I didn't want to rate it since its rating was going to be so low. I can't imagine what it would have been like to drink this in its time, I'm sure that would have been a revolutionary experience. However, against today's pale ales it just doesn't match up. My scoring does not do this beer justice in terms of its importance to the industry. This is a must try for craft beer lovers for its pure historical value and importance. It tastes much more like an all malt lager than a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:17:50 | More by thegodfather2701
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this one. I love what Pretty Things is doing with old recipes and this should be good too.

Pours a nice creamy but bubbly looking 1 finger head that tries to fade pretty quickly but keeps getting reinforced by bubbles streaming from the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass, crystal clear toasty golden wheat colored beer.

Nose is somewhat reminiscent of Boston Lager, a light crisp malty base, but minus the lager itself, a bit of a cracked straw and doughy malt, and some nice hops, grassy and floral with faint lemongrass, light cracker grainy malt.

Taste brings malts out front again, nothing big though, a crisp lighter side drinking beer. Malts with a mild sweetness, little cracker doughy again and some toasty straw kinda thing but much lighter than the nose, and even a little chewy like. THen hops, plenty of them, grassy and chewy with a little floral and even bit earthy, and fair bitterness that ramps on the finish. The dry finish brings a little more cracker malt flavors and a decently bitter slightly earthy spicy grassy hop profile. A little crisp and fairly clean with very mild yeast flavor late on the finish too, and a faint slightly skunky taste that seems to stick somewhere on the back end of the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of carb maybe a bit too much.

Overall not bad, a decent beer aside from the faint skunky thing going on there. Nice hop profile, decent malts, decent balance, overall pretty good minus the one off flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:43:27 | More by jlindros
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metter98

New York

3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with notes of floral and grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also exhibits some hints of herbal hops. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. Although the Cascade hops seem a bit muted compared to today's standards, this beer is definitely in a league of its own if you compare it to the other beers that were available during the New Albion Brewing Company era in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:55:37 | More by metter98
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, little carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Bland, wheat, bread. not much else. Nose resembles a pils more than anything.

T-Step up from the nose. Bread and grass with mild bitterness. Balance is nice.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, easy drinking.

O-Glad that SA made this beer for the history associated with it, but at the end of the day a boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:59:16 | More by rlee1390
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold clear color with about a finger of white head which fades fast. Not much on the nose besides sweet grain.

Medium bodied, bright crispness. Nice light biscuity sweetness and brightness turns slightly buttery and toasty. Flowery hop presence which accentuates the taste of the alcohol in this very lightly flavored beer.

It's extremely refreshing but rough on the finish with detectable alcohol and hop presence that only contributes a perfume flavor. Hop bitterness is non existent, lingering sweetness. I get the idea behind this beer but recipes change and different beers become popular over time for a reason. This is just too mild for today's craft palate, even for those who can appreciate a mild flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:35:34 | More by jtierney89
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Albion Ale

LOOK: Pours a rich golden color, white foam cap that has some longevity. Little lacing on the pint.

SMELL: Standard aroma of a clean grainy maltyness.

TASTE: Biscuity pale malts are the primary flavor, with a light herbal hop touch. A touch of tangy yeast, and quite bready. Lager like, but very clean and refreshing.

FEEL: Light bodied, with a fullness of malt providing good depth. This is a well brewed beer.

OVERALL: A simple, straightforward beer, but not without its merits. A 12 pack of this in a cooler during the summer sounds like a worthwhile endeavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 22:11:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. best before July 2013.

A: mostly clear, but there may actually be a minor haze to this brew. head is bright white and super frothy. retention is great. good lacing.

S: big time malty sweetness. muted, but present, bitterness. hop aroma is non-existent. bummer.

T: sweet, a lot of malt sweetness. almost seems like simple sugar here. hop bitterness is there too, but no hop flavor.

M: carb is super mellow/moderate. medium bodied ale.

D: not exactly sure the last time I had a Budweiser but I feel like this brew is pretty similar. this thing has a lot more to do with a lager than an American pale.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 03:20:12 | More by Jimmys
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MCain04

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gift from BostonRyan, thanks bro, 12 oz bottle poured into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Clear straw yellow with 1 finger of pure white head, average retention and lacing.

S: Pale malts, some grassy hops, not too aromatic though.

T: Clean and crisp tasting, almost lager-like, pale malts are present and some hops, but not a lot of bitterness or true flavor. A little stale.

M: Clean and crisp, as above, dryer than expected, thin body.

O: I would drink this again over BMC stuff if offered, but probably wouldn't purchase it. Sam Adams has far better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:34:21 | More by MCain04
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Fairly basic pale ale, lagerish. Yellow bodied with a small amount of white head. Medium mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness. OK drinkability. A small cut above a macro beer. This would have been above average 30 years ago or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 01:44:02 | More by Sammy
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle.Sampled on March 15, 2013.

It pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that lingers. It looks like it should.

The aroma is mostly of grains and bread with a slight hop ester dancing in the background. It smells more like a pilsner.

The body is about medium and astringent.

The taste is much like the aroma with an immediate grain note that eventually evolves into a solidly bitter finish. The finish does not linger. This is said to be based on an original 1980's recipe. By today's standards it is a rather bland and typical pale ale. I did not start drinking crafts until about 1986 or 1987 but I expect I would have been more impressed when it first came out.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:19:57 | More by puboflyons
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is on the weak side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid poundable beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 17:25:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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patpbr

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light, a faint amber with not much in the way of head. Nice hop and malt aromas. I noticed malt first but mixed in with a lot of hop. Not a lot of noticeable flavors. A medium body thy finishes clean. I was lead to believe this was a special beer from a different time, turns out Sam Adams makes this one now.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:00:57 | More by patpbr
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember reading about the original brewery from Michael Jackson's field guide to beer, so I was quite excited to get to try this remake of a classic.

Pours a bright, clear gold liquid with a very generous white head. Lots of grain and spices in the aroma.

The taste is crisp and complex. Sweeter than I expected but very well balanced. It reminds me of either an English pale ale or maybe a toned down Belgian farmhouse beer. Very distinctive mix of hops and spices. I also am reminded of Anchor steam beer.

Despite the name, it is not an APA. Compared to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the hops are much more subdued and seems more like an English pale ale. Nice biscuit-like maltyness.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, a very well-balanced beer. I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 19:54:57 | More by jmbranum
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ktblue22

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a flight of 5 other of my favorites - this was the one I hadn't tried, and it was extremely surprising!! Most of the surprise came from the fact that I was expecting an APA and it tasted very very similar to a Saison or Farmhouse style....so it was a shitty APA but I thought a very pleasing beer, which is sometimes why I try to blind taste beer - its crazy how much pre-conception can hinder or alter our first-taste perception of craft beer.

A - milky, cloudy banana yellow
S- yeasty and banana - very pleasant
T - so saison/hefeweizen! Yummy, lots of banana and slight clove. Milkiness and sweet banana hop were the leading flavors. Would totally order this on tap on a summer day
M - medium bodied with a grittiness that I appreciate in a hefeweizen - again, not sure why this is labeled as an APA -but I liked the beer overall

O - I love the story about this beer and continue to appreciate what Koch does for his community and the craft beer community as well, if you don't know it you should look it up!

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 19:38:00 | More by ktblue22
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

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

Poured into a snifter

A: Light amber with a half finger head that dissipates pretty fast to light bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: Honey, malts

T: Light malts, tangy, honey, caramel. Smooth, easy going. A light, bitter finish.

M: Medium with decent carbonation.

O: Better than I expected. Glad I got to try this springboard for craft beer. For an old guy, this beer went down easy. Wouldn't mind another.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 16:33:53 | More by brewskifan55
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single purchased at Liquor Outlet, Boonton, NJ.

Poured into my Sam Adams Lager glass. Tremendous carbonation streams. Two fingers of snow white micro-bubbles. Pale golden body, good clarity with a bit of haze. Minimal lace.

Grassy hay aroma, more like a helles than a modern pale/blonde/golden ale.

Light sweet malt beginning. Noble hop nip at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light bubbly mouthfeel.

A nice easy drinking piece of history.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:06:21 | More by RonfromJersey
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davey101

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Enjoy by July, 2013

A - Pours a golden amber body, quite clear with rising carbonation. Two fingers of soapy white foam with great lacing and retention. So, it looks good.

S - Eh, less impressive. Floral and piney hops, a sweet corn like aroma that I would associate with light lagers, and some weak caramel malt.

T - Floral and grassy hops, a distinct and quick burst of awkward bitterness, then sweet bready malts. Boring and not particularly great. Mouth feel is well carbonated and medium to thin bodied with a lasting bitterness. Pretty drinkable.

O - An interesting beer to try for sure, it was very cool to see what craft beer of the past was like. Thankfully Sierra Nevada Pale Ale came along...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:01:49 | More by davey101
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with short-lived, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops, citrus fruit and pale malt. Body is full and crisp. Taste is biscuit malt, grassy hops and some citrus fruit. Finish is long and dry. Nice, easy drinking, session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 13:14:58 | More by mikeg67
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JMad

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light yellow color with a rocky white head. The nose is light pine and lemon with some metallic grain. It tastes bitter and lemony up front followed by a slight grainy sweetness. The beer is light bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this beer was pretty good, I could drink a lot of these but probably wouldnt seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:37:58 | More by JMad
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yellow/tan and clear, not a lot of head and lacing.

Aroma is a little floral, has some yeast components and some grassiness/graininess.

Flavor follows the aroma. Kinda plain and simple, a good grainy base with some bready malts and a little hoppiness.

Body is very light and easy drinking.

It's not bad but not super exciting either. As a historical beer, it's interesting to try. Honestly I don't think it belongs as an APA, it's closer to blonde ale if anything.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 21:57:58 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very clear bright yellow, great carbonation giving me a 1/2 inch that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Smell is slightly flowery with some lager yeast and pale malts.
T - Not bad it's very balanced for 6%. Taste of mild yeasts, some hops, and bready malts. Not great just good.
M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.
Overall a pale ale with a lager aspect. Makes it a fairly good beer but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:31:43 | More by DrDemento456
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome. I get to drink a little bit of history.

It's definitely more mild and mellow than what I am used to for the style now. But there is a decent bitterness to it. Malty sweet thing going on. Fairly aggressive carbonation. Easy to drink.

It's funny to think that this was probably a very flavorful beer to many people 30 years ago. I wonder what they would have thought of our present day hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 06:03:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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mactrail

California

3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A flowery, resiny, sweet fantasy of a Pale Ale. So user-friendly I was three-quarters down the pint glass before I thought to make any notes.

Starts out lemon-tinged pale golden color, with a modest head. The carbonation dissipates, however, and ends up nearly flat before you've finished. On the plus side is the prefumey hop note coupled with a pleasant malty sweetness. A little sctratchy note of hops with just a touch of bitterness. Aromatic nose of grain and gardenias.

Get one of these for Tinker Bell. On tap at the recently opened Fathom in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 05:49:57 | More by mactrail
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a medium white head with impressive lacing. Aromas of sweet grain and a hint of spicy hops. Taste begins with some acidic twang, followed by some sweet corn, then some earthy, fruity, spicy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good beer. Nice to try this historic recipe.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:19:01 | More by tronester
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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