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

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 178
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:
Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.25/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jALEson
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of JimKal
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of sommersb
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of dcp27
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of nebula1999
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.57/5  rDev +36%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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

I had this on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: light orange hue with a hint of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of creamy white foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma; appealing but rather indistinct. Not much more to say here.

Taste: lightly tangy right up front with a fruity flavor reminiscent of like a perry or cider. Hops are bright and citrusy. There's a bit of farminess to it. It is good, but it feels muddled and a little bit funky for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation and a rocky creaminess. Pretty good.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable, if imperfect, pale ale. I would probably have it again. I bet it would pair excellently with stinky cheese.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Citrus, orange, light grassy and floral hops, sweet bready, grainy, biscuit, and light caramel malts.

T - Orange, citrus, grassy, floral, noble hops, smooth bitterness, sweet grainy, bready, biscuit, and mild caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, dry finish.

D - Nice balanced and smooth APA. Nice hop and malt balance.

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.