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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: 594
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:
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(Beer added by: auxiliary on 07-23-2007)
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New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 15:25:09 | More by SawDog505
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 15:23:48 | More by jerkstore81
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

01-19-2013 03:22:06 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:01:34 | More by deciding39
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2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:07:01 | More by bluejacket74
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3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 22:29:14 | More by beergoot
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-18-2013 20:41:55 | More by dbert21
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-18-2013 01:45:36 | More by schoon
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

01-18-2013 00:58:08 | More by spargebug
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2013 04:02:32 | More by marct
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New Jersey

1.4/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:09:08 | More by BeerSnob1022
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2013 01:07:22 | More by Bin33chef
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

01-17-2013 00:40:16 | More by mattparsons
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

01-16-2013 23:42:18 | More by dfillius
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

01-15-2013 02:03:18 | More by strohme2
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3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 22:01:09 | More by hosehead83
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3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:57:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

10-15-2012 00:06:14 | More by crobinso
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Almost a clear golden color. Nice offwhite head, and had some nice lace.

smell - Hints of hops, but mostly wheat here.

taste - Wheat overwelmed the taste, but had a little bitterness at the end, but not much from the hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Bottle and sell Sam Adams. I'm guessing the ABV was maybe a 6%-7% it seemed to me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2007 04:28:24 | More by auxiliary
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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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