Samuel Adams New Albion Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.38/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
01-20-2013 06:44:40 | More by Jonada
2.94/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
01-20-2013 03:46:03 | More by Halcyondays
3.09/5 rDev -8%
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.
01-20-2013 03:07:45 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.35/5 rDev +29.5%
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....
01-19-2013 19:45:19 | More by AnalogReigns
3.75/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
01-19-2013 15:25:09 | More by SawDog505
2.78/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
01-19-2013 15:23:48 | More by jerkstore81
3.43/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-19-2013 02:01:34 | More by deciding39
2.85/5 rDev -15.2%
12 ounce bottle, best before June 2013. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like light grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, bready/grainy malt, and an aroma that smells like adjuncts/corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but unfortunately the grainy/adjunct flavor is the strongest. I think it tastes more like a macro lager than a pale ale. There's also a light lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. It was nice to try this one, but luckily we have a lot better choices to pick from now. If you can find a single bottle somewhere it's worth a try, but at $9.49 a 6-pack I'm not going to buy it again.
01-19-2013 00:07:01 | More by bluejacket74
3.7/5 rDev +10.1%
Solid gold body topped off with a thin white head. Bread and fruit aroma; lemon; grass. Grain-like flavors with hints a slightly sweet, roasted, and nutty taste; good bittering overall with some sub-notes of fruit hidden in the mix. The body is medium with a warm, soft feel overall.
An interesting beer with intriguing flavor components. This would make a good warm weather beer for sitting outside beneath a big tree...
01-18-2013 22:29:14 | More by beergoot
1.4/5 rDev -58.3%
Why is the dog drinking from the toilet? He just drank New Albion beer and he's trying to get the taste out of his mouth. Ever wake up after a keg party and smell the stale beer smell from the floaters? Yeah, it smells like that. It has a pale yellow, urine appearance. Not coincidentally, it tastes like ram's urine and shame. It is like a mixture of Bud and Old English. If anyone knows Jim Koch or Jack McAuliffe or any of their relatives please punch them in the nuts for me and get my $9 back. Now I have to figure out what to do with the remaining 5 bottles.
01-17-2013 01:09:08 | More by BeerSnob1022
3.99/5 rDev +18.8%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pale, chill-hazed copper in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-nice little fruity hop note
Taste-Mild-mannered but flavorfull fruity hops, citrus zest, a bit light-bodied but pleasant and tasty. Nice flavor and balance. Would be a nice brew to welcome someone into the world of craft beer. A very nice American Pale. Recommended.
01-14-2013 22:01:09 | More by hosehead83
3.36/5 rDev 0%
Surprised to see this on the shelf tonight at Brewer's Haven... Pours a brilliant clear golden... long lasting white head... nice lacing.
Nose is malty with something that reminds me of adjuncts, but not sure... a small bit of spicy hoppiness.
Flavor is on the sweet side with just enough bitterness to barely balance... hoppy flavors are again spicy, with possibly a citrus edge.
Body is on the heavy side, carbonation is small bubble and every present...
Interesting, pretty drinkable... Very cool to see a redux of such a trailblazer.
Cheers to Jim Koch and especially Jack McAuliffe.
Despite my lackluster (but honest) review, it is easy to see how this would have been a mindblower 30 years ago.
01-14-2013 04:57:23 | More by JohnGalt1
Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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