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Has anyone had the New Albion yet?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DrinkSlurm, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. azorie

    azorie Champion (770) Florida Mar 18, 2006

    I wish it would get here already, sigh.
  2. MilkManX

    MilkManX Savant (390) Arizona Jul 10, 2012

    Yeah I am looking forward to this. I love regular ol tasty Pale Ales.
  3. Finally had a bottle last night. If you haven't had it yet, I'd recommend keeping your expectations muted. IMO it drinks more like a macro lager than a pale ale. I could see this being a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, just don't expect a flavor bomb. Glad I got to drink a little piece of craft beer history.
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  4. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Poobah (1,000) Ohio Jul 4, 2005 Subscriber

    I bought a 6-pack last week and tried a bottle, and didn't think much of it then. I had another bottle and reviewed it last night, and I completely agree about it drinking more like a macro lager than a pale ale. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.
  5. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Savant (260) Virginia May 3, 2012

    Its nothing special in the beer world today, I agree it tastes more like a macro lager. But if you take your mind back to when this beer came out, and what the alternatives were, it would have been something amazing back in the day.
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  6. EvoJoe

    EvoJoe Savant (320) North Carolina Jan 19, 2013 Beer Trader

    I was able to pick up a 6 pack the other day. Nothing fancy which is nice to see. It's a simple solid ale. But now watching the video I have more respect for the beer.
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  7. joeebbs

    joeebbs Savant (360) Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2009

    I agree. I drink more balanced beers in 12oz than extreme beers in bombers. For craft to rise above that 6% you need more breweries like Boston, Anchor, and Sierra who make flavorful 5% ABV beers and are in all 50 states. But some breweries may not want to do that plus to get that big people start arguing whether or not you're craft. (in those examples Sierra and Boston make plenty more different beers than just the single-digit ABVs)
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  8. Brunite

    Brunite Savant (430) Illinois Sep 21, 2009

    Thanks to this thread for reminding me to look for this on my stock-up trip tomorrow.
  9. patkorn

    patkorn Savant (270) California Aug 30, 2007

    Over the bar at Russian River pub is the original New Albion sign.
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  10. Have to say I was really disappointed when I first tried this. So used to the pale ales of today, that I was expecting something with a wow factor, but it was pretty blah. However, saying that, once realizing that based on what was around in early 80's and knowing it's not an out of this world beer, I enjoyed the beer the second time around as a nice refreshing basic beer.
  11. JimKal

    JimKal Savant (390) North Carolina Jul 31, 2011

    An interesting taste of craft beer history. This is very clear and a bit darker than a standard lager. I find that I need to try something more than once, and sometimes a few times, before I can tell if it is a repeat for me. My first impression is that it is not a hop forward as most of the Pale Ales we see today. But, kudos to Sam Adams for bringing this one back. Also, I think it would be a nice transitional beer for those moving from BMC to craft.
  12. diesel59

    diesel59 Savant (410) New York Jan 3, 2012

    nice... I live 15 minutes from there.... I will have to check it out.... thanks...
  13. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    What I found interesting about this beer is that I couldn't think of another beer that which it reminded me of. I sensed some corn in there, which I'm pretty sure there isn't, the carbonation was very low and the alcohol was overly pronounced for 6% ABV.

    Like others said, impressive for the 70s, and serviceable for today.
  14. Almost bought a 6 pack today but restrained only because I have bought a shit load of beer lately. Since I restrained yesterday I'm going to buy it tomorrow, I waited a day that's good for me.
  15. dougbehn

    dougbehn Aspirant (30) Ohio Jan 26, 2013

    had one wednesday...not bad, not great either, lagerish ale, if there is such a brew
  16. DanK4

    DanK4 Aficionado (240) Maine Jan 17, 2012

    I dig it man- it's a total throwback to the pre-craft-beer-explosion days. Been selling it off as a SNPA meets Liberty Ale influence. I'm not always impressed with SA beers or what they do, but this was a serious up in my book for releasing this beer. Simple and tasty, nothing more than I expected.
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  17. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Advocate (550) California Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    For what it is, its pretty good. Simple Cascade Pale Ale. Reminds me of Sierra's Pale.
  18. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    Meh. Nothing to write home about
  19. Hadn't seen it before,
    Got it in a mix-six in Denver 1/7
  20. For those of you in San Diego (like myself) I think it's finally hitting town next week. I'm still looking forward to trying it.
  21. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Savant (465) California Mar 19, 2012

    I had a couple over the weekend. Really enjoyed it. Very refreshing. Will try to get another 6 pack if possible...
  22. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Advocate (635) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    I really liked it. Very much an "old school" craft ale.
  23. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    Had it. Tastes like if BMC made good beer. Like a high life that was tasty. Like most said, a 'refreshing' beer. Had the IPL too, that was awesome IMO.
  24. “Like a high life that was tasty.”

    I don’t think I ever saw the word “high life” and “tasty” in the same sentence before!

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  25. MLucky

    MLucky Savant (400) California Jul 31, 2010

    Yes. It's OK. Probably better than I thought it'd be, based on the recipe they published for it which was nothing but two-row and cascade. (Hey, it's a SMaSH beer, who'd a-thunk?) I thought the malt would be pretty bland, but actually very nice in a session beer kind of way. Kudos to SA for honoring New Albion and putting this out.
  26. Real light. Not too much flavor. 6.5% I believe, but drinks like an easy session.

    Not worth seeking out, but a cool tribute.
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  27. rob133

    rob133 Savant (330) California Jan 7, 2009

    Anyone seen this in the Bay Area yet? I figured I would pick up a sixer when I saw it, but so far I haven't noticed it on the shelves anywhere.
  28. Haven't seen it in the South Bay yet. Keeping a look out as this was one of the first crafts I tried back in the day.
    Sh!t i'm old;)
  29. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    The Boston Beer Co. lists "New Albion" as one the products on the Samuel Adams' "Beer Finder" webpage. Don't know how well it works, or how up to date it is.
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  30. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Advocate (545) Florida Jul 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I saw at my local beer store over the weekend, $7.99 for a 6-pack. I bought a single of it because I just wanted to try one ($1.99). I agree that it tastes more like a macro lager than a craft pale ale. I was not very impressed with it. Don't get my wrong - it was OK, and I like the story behind it and all that, but I don't see myself buying it again.
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  31. rob133

    rob133 Savant (330) California Jan 7, 2009

    Thats a somewhat odd selection of random stores that have it, not one place I would usually go to. Which seems odd as some of those places are usually well stocked with there regular stuff. Not sure I will go out of my way to one of those stores listed, but if I am driving by I guess.
  32. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Champion (845) Maryland Oct 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Didn't like it.

    Having said that, I think it's a great history lesson showing what craft brewing was like 30 years ago.
  33. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    Well made, but unexciting.
  34. Very rarely do I get on here and bash a beer but....I was really not impressed with this beer. Pretty bland, not much body, hops were there but seemed lacking. Taste is subjective so give it a try, and the story is cool. Cheers.
  35. Just a very tasty, sessionable pale ale. A touch of hops and a a bit sweet - I grabbed a single but am now craving a sixer.
  36. dumpman

    dumpman Savant (305) Rhode Island Feb 6, 2010

    Very drinkable brew no extremes here but i liked it and bought a second sixer.
  37. BeerFMAndy

    BeerFMAndy Advocate (670) Wisconsin Mar 23, 2009

    I was geeked to see this out there! I grabbed a single of it at my local Woodman's and I'm getting ready to have it now.
  38. I had it tonight. I think it's good for what it is.
  39. IainOg

    IainOg Disciple (65) Virginia Aug 11, 2009

    Grimly Fiendish, we'd hope! ;7)
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  40. This is just a guess, but I would think that most craft breweries get the majority of their sales from their less extreme offerings.

    I know they aren't craft anymore, but how much volume do you think Goose Island sells of 312 or Honkers vs. beers like Sofie or the various Bourbon County variants?