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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: 615
Reviews: 177
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:
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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Nizzle913, Jan 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

aminobutyricacid, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Light golden color with great clarity. Creamy and pillowy white head boasts excellent retention. Delicate, sticky clumps of lacing. A good looking beer.

S: Very bready on the nose. Earthy and floral hop scent with a slight citric sharpness. Clean overall. Simple.

T: Husky grain, bready. Sharp hop bitterness interjects. Hop flavor is very gritty and earthy with a slight woody pine flavor. Slight earthy/nutty yeast. Grainy and bready in the finish with a moderate hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy. Moderate carbonation cuts through and adds a refreshing crispness.

O: New Albion is very clean overall, and actually somewhat lager-like in that respect. It's very simple, but also refreshing and easy to drink. It's easy to see how this beer would have made an impact in a world where macro lagers had a vice grip on the American beer market, but these days it shows its age. An easy quaff, but a little too simple and safe by today's standards.

ryan1788a5, Jan 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

nikbullet, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

rkcrozier, Jan 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

garrisonp, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden and crispy clear. I see many rising carbonation bubbles. White foam top, and straggly slick strings of lace.

S: Fresh cracker-like grains, and some light spicy citrus hops. Pretty simple. Fresh. Not bad, not exciting.

T: Good balance of chewy crackery malt and pine, citrus, and spicy hops. This beer is a-ok.

M: Slick with a bit of chewiness. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O: Not a bad beer....the freshness is key.

tastybeer, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright, sunny yellow color with a small, sticky white head. Wispy strings of lacing. Smell is very clean: cracker-like grain, floral and spicy hops, some dull citrus, and a bit of wood. Husky, grainy sweet flavor over some earthy hops. Somewhat dry and moderately bitter with a decent crispness. Not terrible, but honestly pretty forgettable by today's standards. Nice to try a piece of history though.

wedge, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams New Albion Ale a few days ago for $7.69 at Meijers. I have never heard of New Albion before, they were way before my time, but I'm always down to try new beers and I'm in the mood for a Pale Ale today, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty nice and well done, it has a nice classic look to it. It poured a nice lighter golden color that took on some good darker golden hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with the malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a really grainy, bready and doughy aroma. After that comes the hops which do a decent job at balancing out the malts and impart a floral and spicy aroma with a nice noticeable lemon aroma. The aroma was nice, it was very balanced and the lemon was a nice and unexpected addition.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to aroma and it starts off with some nice malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a grainy, doughy, bready, and some biscuit like flavors. After that comes a nice medium lemon flavor followed by a some earthy, spicy, and slightly floral hops that make for a nice mixture that isn't too dominating and it provides good balance. It had a lighter aroma of bitterness with a bready and slightly spicy hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting American Pale Ale that was well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it was pretty true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of a classic American Pale Ale, with just enough hops to provide a light amount of bitterness and it balances out the malts nicely, in my eyes this is just what a traditional American Pale Ale should be. It had good drinkability to it, it was smooth, with just enough flavors to hold my attention, I could drink a few of these when in the mood and this would make for a nice and inexpensive six pack to take to a party or BBQ. What I like the most about this beer was how balanced it was, to me with this style balance is the key and this beer did a good job at keeping things balanced. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I recommend it to just about anyone, it's not nearly as in your face as some of these new and fancy APA's but that's fine with me cause I can appreciate the balance of a good APA. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I took a chance on it, I could see keeping some of these around for when some friends who aren't big craft beer drinkers come over. Good job Samuel Adams, thinks for bringing back this classic that I never knew about, who would have thought a new beer could lead to a history lesson, but that's what happened with this beer and I'm glad I learned about it.

StoutHunter, Jan 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

CapEmCrunch, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

ILiveOffHops, Jan 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

GuyIncognito, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

nquigley16, Jan 20, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden in color. You can see through the glass clearly with only a very slight haze. About 1 finger of a slightly off white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving only a thin collar. No lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, artificial smelling lemon (almost like a lemon starburst candy), grainy, pine. Overall the nose on this is very weak.

Taste: Bready malt, citrus and grassy hops. Slight sweetness upfront and in the middle of the mouth is balanced out nicely by the hops on the back end. Finishes clean with no lingering bitterness or aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I'm glad I got to try this one if only for the historic novelty factor. It's a pretty average beer by today's standards, so I wouldn't recommend seeking it out based strictly on taste alone. Though it's pretty cool to get to try America's first craft beer. Cheers to Sam Adams for bringing this one back from the dead.

Jonada, Jan 20, 2013
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2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very light clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Solid retention, but not great to look at.

S: Grainy notes, malt, some floral hops.

T: Bready malt with some grass, spicy hop character, but overall on the light end.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, clean, easy drinking. Tastes a bit watered down.

O: An OK drinking beer, I guess American craft had to start somewhere, but not something to revisit.

Halcyondays, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a loose whtie head that thinly blankets after pouring. It offers very little lacing or head retention. The nose is semi-sweet with a touch of malt. The taste is initially sweet and grainy, but fades to a light and lingering bready, dry, bitter aftertaste. This tastes much more like an adjunct lager than an APA. The mouthfeel is light bodied and drinkable, but with so little flavor that it's not worth drinking. I think this beer could be much better with the right hops. I would never try this beer again as is.

ThePorterSorter, Jan 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

bostonryan, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Bilco, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Wally1912, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So this is the granddaddy of craft beer, eh?

Nice, well balanced, MODERATE pale ale, very much like an English pale, IMHO, which I suspect Mr. McAuliffe was aiming for way back in '76, when nobody this side of the pond had ever heard of an IPA, British beer was adventurous...and 90 IBUs were unthinkable.

Color is very pale--which will put off a lot of craft-beer afficianados immediately. Served in a Sam's official glass (love those things!) it puts up a 2 finger head which disipates fairly quickly--but leaves light irish lace behind.

Beautiful well balanced malt to hops, probably weighing in at say...35 IBUs.

I bet this beer today would go over very well in the UK, but...probably not in the USA, where we either want 8 IBU mass produced beer...or 65+ IBU IPAs....and anything in between is too much for the masses, and too little for the beer geeks.

Still, a quality product, and nice to taste today, what made history....

AnalogReigns, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best before July. Pours straw yellow, with a half inch of white head, leaves minimal lace. Smell is earthy hops, grass, a little lemon, biscuit, and a little pine. Taste is similar, the earthy grass hops stand out most, the flavors from the nose are around also. The body is medium to thin, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very easy drinking. This is a solid beer, would be more appropriate in the dog days of summer because of its drinkability. Many of my friends that are Sam Adams fans, would love this.

SawDog505, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of jerkstore81
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

The beer pours a straw yellow color, similar to that of a macro lager, and has a sudsy white head which dissipates quickly. No lacing.

It smells like a macro lager as well, very clean and grainy. Not much hop or malt aroma in this at all. I swear I was smelling a glass of MGD.

Thankfully there's a little more taste than smell, but not much to speak of. Once again I'm reminded of a macro lager, clean, crisp, and grainy. You'll get more of the bready malts on the back end. As the beer warmed up, the hops came through a little more than on the initial sip, but very subtle. Way over-carbonated. You'll get that full sensation halfway through the glass. Prepare for epic burps.

I honestly didn't enjoy this beer. It drinks like a macro lager than pale ale, but I suppose this would be a mind-blowing beer back in the 70s. Pick this up if you're in for a taste of history, but do not expect a flavor bomb.

jerkstore81, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Bockerdoppel91, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of deciding39
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: An attractive gold brew, only slightly effervescent. A small one-finger head quickly recedes, but leaves enough around the edge for some modest lacing.

S: A pleasant, toasty fresh grain note up front with some light cascade-type aromas of pine and grapefruit. Hop aroma is far more subdued than expected given the style and reputation of the brew. Very clean - no esters, yeast, or alcohol in the nose. This crafty beer hides its 6% ABV rather well.

T: Begins with a sweet pale malt note and some toasty, light caramel malt flavor but quickly shifts to a finish that is crisp, dry, and only modestly hoppy. The lingering hop note is woody and citrusy, nicely balancing the sweetness of the malt.

M&D: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, remarkably well-balanced. Despite the ABV, I could enjoy this one in session.

Not at all disappointed by this brew, but certainly surprised! Its history in homebrewing and craft beer circles is well-known, but never having tasted it I always imagined it to be a less-polished Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. What I found was something remarkably well-balanced and far more refined than anticipated. The flavors are not at all palate-blasting, and yet it's not at all short on taste or character. I imagine this blew some minds back in the day.

I am happy that Sam Adams paired with Jack McAuliffe to re-release this beer. It's something I've always wanted to taste - one of those elusive beers you read about but knew would always be out of your grasp. It's a great tribute to the tenacity that started this industry and the innovation that continues to define it.

deciding39, Jan 19, 2013
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
77 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.