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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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595 Ratings
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Ratings: 595
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2013 23:20:28 | More by dragoondingus
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lumpy1126

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2013 22:18:53 | More by lumpy1126
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

01-27-2013 21:44:05 | More by Larrydoherty
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DanE

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -10.7%

01-27-2013 18:08:37 | More by DanE
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boesesfleisch

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2013 07:46:03 | More by boesesfleisch
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craigmj7

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-27-2013 00:50:08 | More by craigmj7
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity, typical of a pilsner. The head is a one finger white color. Retention isn't great, but it does leave behind nice lacing on the glass.

S: A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly evident touch of corn, caramel, and diacetyl. Hopwise, it seems like it's mostly comprised of grassy noble hops. Not very impressive.

T: There is a lot of corn on the opening flavors - eat your heart out, Miller Lite. At least it seems a touch maltier than the BMC stalwarts. Grassy, zesty hops try to add another dimension to the finish; unfortunately the caramel corn sweetness ends up being the dominant flavor. Once it warms up, notes of must and cardboard come out. Really, there isn't much difference between this and your typical macro lager IMO.

M: The heft of the texture overwhelms the flavors. Combined with the residual sugars, it makes this far less drinkable than it should be. Carbonation is about on par with BMC.

O: A good history lesson, to be sure. But it's also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I don't care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 20:22:48 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank on-tap at J. Timothy's Taverne, Plainville, CT
Served in a mug

Brassy yellow in appearance with a slight haze. The beer was topped by a thin white film that dropped to a clingy ring.

The nose was subtle. Buttery and slightly sulfury. Some grassy hops were noticeable. A touch floral.

The flavor profile was much punchier than the aroma. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end. Crisp, grassy, floral hops soon took over. Slight sulfur notes. Dry and piney on the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Frothy with a fine, lively effervescence.

Without knowing anything about this beer, I initially pegged it for a Czech pilsner and a pretty respectable one at that. As an American pale ale, however, I can understand how people might be disappointed by it. The story behind this beer is pretty interesting but the product itself is a bit odd.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 19:37:34 | More by Damian
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rcatalano

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 18:30:30 | More by rcatalano
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Spleeb

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.7%

01-26-2013 18:28:15 | More by Spleeb
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +19%

01-26-2013 18:19:29 | More by Daniellobo
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2013 07:18:19 | More by TheBishopco
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jALEson

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

01-26-2013 06:35:18 | More by jALEson
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drop6301

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -33%

01-26-2013 06:32:00 | More by drop6301
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

01-25-2013 22:05:03 | More by Rhettroactive
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JimKal

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a dark gold with a one inch head that dissipates quickly into a tulip glass. Although some have claimed it looks like an AAL. it is clearly darker than that.

S: light hoppy odor.

T: You can taste the hops but they are not very pronounced. There is an aftertaste that I found closer to a typical lager than I like.

M: Again, light to moderate with some nice tingly carbonation.

O: I had been looking forward to this one and prepared to love it. I enjoy nice balanced low ABV pale ales. I appreciate SA introducing this to the world again and giving us a chance to taste brewing history. But, alas, history was the best part of this. Don't get me wrong, this is not a drain pour.(As I work my way through the six pack it is getting better). It just didn't live up to they hype I had created in my head for this. I'll be sticking with my local pale ale from Natty Greene's but I would not hesitate to order this if I found it on draft somewhere - way better than BMC.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:13:50 | More by JimKal
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-25-2013
Freshness: Best by 07-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

A: Starts with a big and white, creamy head sitting on the golden, clear beer. Great head retention and very good lacing makes for an attractive pour.

S: Aromas are of pale malts, slightly sweet, then hay-like and grassy hops.

T: The first taste yields a hop bite -- bitter but not too aggressive. Also has some peppery notes and a light malt sweetness.

M: Body is light with a medium amount of carbonation. Aftertastes are bitter and fairly dry.

O: Overall I think this was a cool project - I like reaching back into brewing's history. As far as the actual beer itself, it was a good effort. I'm glad to have tried it but would probably not seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 19:35:55 | More by sommersb
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tim21983

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +19%

01-25-2013 06:15:03 | More by tim21983
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

01-25-2013 02:50:52 | More by ridgeline23
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

01-24-2013 23:58:07 | More by Gatordaddy
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dcp27

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pale yellow w thin white head

S: light grain, slight maize/sulfur. could barely tell any hops were in there

T: similar to the aroma. crisp, lightly grainy, moderate bitterness, light floral hops. hops come out a bit more as you drink it

O: great for the 70s, mediocre for today. tastes like a BMC with a hint of hops. would be a nice stepping stone for macro drinkers into the world of craft beer

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 15:33:22 | More by dcp27
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RWACKO

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

01-24-2013 00:40:09 | More by RWACKO
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nebula1999

Connecticut

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

Straw-golden color. Thin white head.
Smells very mild. Some hops but not overpowering...Cascade?
Actually kind of picky on the tongue, like your dad's beer used to be. Not in a bad way either.
Dry finish.
I like it for what it is. A highly drinkable refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 23:20:53 | More by nebula1999
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bigdaddyd069

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a very light amber with a little head.

S - noises floral with a hint of hops

T - semi dry hop taste with floral notes, sweet

M - Well carbonated, very light and refreshing. Very smooth well balanced malt

O - Great beer. I really enjoyed this beer.

Food pairing - I paired this beer up with a pineapple/honey glazed grilled chicken, white Colby cheese, sharp cheddar, and Terriyaki grilled pork tenderloin. All paired excellent with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:07:09 | More by bigdaddyd069
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ToMakeEndsMeet

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

01-23-2013 00:29:39 | More by ToMakeEndsMeet
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.