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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 625
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Substantial clarity for this pale ale, yellow, full inch of head, white on top. Aroma was toasted cereal grains, not much in the way of hopping.

Taste, bud ale. Coors ale. Along those lines. Fractionally hopped, but prolly the high end of back in the day. This is just more expensive bmc ale type of stuff for me. Neat idea to bring it back, but its a dinosaur.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours brilliant gold under a clingy 1” white foam collar.
S: white bread, light malts.
T: Malt driven bread to biscuit with a moderate bitter hop accent on the finish.
F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A very drinkable classic that is somewhat run of the mill by today’s standards.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ok, not a great beer, but as I've said before, a good beer can be one that you can drink the shit out of with no combative flavor. This is a brew that you can sit at a bar or a friend's house and not feel embarrassed to drink or hand off to someone else. Mild, decent carbonation and a not too extravagant price. If you're looking to impress, then look elsewhere. Otherwise, go ahead, get piss-drunk on this stuff and enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of Brenden
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is bright light-medium orange, barely translucent. The head rests at one finger for a moment but shows pretty good retention. It leaves a moderate quantity of spotty lacing on the glass.
Grains, white pepper and lemon zest greet the nose. It's a little odd, though; for the first few sniffs, it's almost like there are some spent grains I'm smelling, then nothing and the aroma goes mute. I can still get a little out of it, but not much.
There's lemon zest and pine, light pith and a touch of lemon juice as well in the taste. The pepper is still there but isn't as strong as it smelled. It's almost a little grassy underneath with a ghost of green weedy stem shifting in and out. it finishes with lots of bread after the bitterness sneaks away.
It's prickly but soft as a fuzzy blanket of carbonation rolls gently on the tongue. In the medium body, it's actually quite nice.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle almost a year old. dug this out the back of the fridge and couldn't find a review

look is clear and yellow, not much head, not much retention. smell is pine and gingerbread(?). taste is pleasant caramel malt, decently hopped, with subtle floral and spice characteristics (picked up some vanilla as well).

im a big fan of this beer

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean yellow-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweeter malt, and a touch floral. In the taste, a small sweet to dry maltiness, kind of basic and nice. A small bite, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry floral maltiness in the aftertaste. Just a decent ale, no more, no less.

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Photo of rangerred
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a half finger white head. Not much lacing but decent head retention.

Aroma of citrus hops with just a touch of pine. Some floral hop character as well. Quite one-dimensional but nice nonetheless.

The flavor starts off with some biscuit along with lemon and light tropical citrus. More pine comes through towards the finish along with a moderate bitterness. Pretty full and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer doesn't have a lot going on. Very tame compared to many beers today but I can see how this would have been ground-breaking back in its day. A nice tribute but not something I would think to pick up again.

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Photo of OldGreyBeerd
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had several of these on a warm and humid day in Avalon NJ. Bottles on ice from the cooler. This ale was a very nice compliment to the grilled shrimp and andoulie sauage skewers with sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Nice color and held a small head well. The aromas had that slight fruit and wheat / hop sent and mixed with what else on the sea air, well it hit the spot.

For me as an old timer, this was a nice to drink and recalled those early days of craft brewers that provided a mild but unique subtlty to their brews.

I picked up a case of this on my way back to PA but my mind was on the northern coast of CA and the dunes of southern Oregon.


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Photo of wspscott
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Copper color with a relatively thick white head that never quite disappears.
S: Light citrus and pine and a little sweetness.
T: Much more malt driven than the average APA, but there are still hops in there. Bready grains and a little bit of light caramel sweetness topped by citrusy American hops.
M: Slightly creamy but the carbonation makes it very easy to drink. The hops linger on the back of the tongue along with what seems to be a little bit of tannin astringency.
O: A well made/crafted beer but a little lacking compared to APAs today. Assuming that this is close to the original, I can only imagine what it would have been like to have one of these in the late 70s/early 80s if everything else was BMC or Euro lagers. Kudos to Sam Adams for letting me taste a little bit of history.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours medium gold with a thick foam head. Nice retention, a slight chill haze, and some clingy lace.

Grain and mineral maltiness in the nose. Some herbal notes. Kinda lean and heading toward macro.

Bitter grass, malt is dry and a little coarse. Some grain husk, some bread, but lacks sweetness. Goes bitter fast, full blown hops but no distinction other than bitter. Some mineral and metallic edge as well, even though this is from a bottle. This gets better as you drink, but first impressions are a little rough.

Good mouthfeel. Nice medium to medium-light body, well carbonated.

A for effort for Jim Koch. Understands his roots and pays tribute. But this is not a great recipe. I'm ok with this one, and glad I tried this.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head, but it lasts. The liquid is dirty gold and mildly cloudy. Some ring lace after each sip.

Creamy malt aroma with a very balanced flowery hop smell.

This is an archetypical APA. Some soft pale malt up front. No sweetness (until just prior to the swallow), but it isn't lip-smacking dry either. The finish is bitter and well-balanced. Richer body than most APAs, high carbonation.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours a pale straw color topped with a white head that dissipates quickly. Grassy aroma, smells like a pilsener, a little biscuity also. Tastes are biscuity, grassy, some fruity esters, pilsener-like tastes, but with ale yeast giving it some of that fruitiness. Smooth and refreshing, with some lingering bitterness. Overall, interesting APA. Seemed more like a 'pilsener ale'. Nothing wrong with that I guess...

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Photo of ckollias
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with white head that slowly dissipates leaves a decent trail and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Musty malty aroma with a decent hop background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a musty malt flavor going here. Citrus hops and finishes sort of tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so APA – nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold orange with a slight haze, quickly rising carbonation. Softly textured foam that rises above the rim momentarily, and leaves behind some irregular globs of froth and lace in the glass.

Floral hop aroma, slight notes of yeast and pale malt. Simple but pleasant.

Soft notes of pale malt and lightly floral hops than lend a mild bitterness. Finishes dry and clean. Slight dusty grainy sweetness. Fairly light bodied, and slightly creamy in texture. Interesting throwback tribute to the first American craft brewery. Strange to think this could've been the only craft option more than 30 years ago.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A mix a six pickup. Bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very pale yellow, light gold. Some white foam lasts. Sweet malty bread nose. Light bready taste with a ray of sweetness poking through. Moderately bitter, not extremist. All ale, no superfluous flavors. A one and done.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A -Pale, slightly cloudy gold, thin head that moves to little to no lace

S - Grass, bread, faint citrus

T - Dry hops, lemony bitterness. Bread and pine notes.

M - Slightly low carbonation wise. Mouthfeel is a little thin. The finish is crisp.

O - A very drinkable, if basic, APA, and its good to recognize some history through the purchase.

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Photo of hackmann
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: rich golden crystal body with a one finger white foam head that leaves … well, nothing to speak of

Aroma: light toasted grains, little grassy, maybe herbal biscuit, really light overall, no wow this is a nice smelling ale factor, it is just okay

Flavors/Mouthfeel: grassy bitter note, toasted grains, dry light moderate bitterness on the back, nice lively carbonation, I have not had a Molson Golden in a long long time but this reminds me of that beer – I’ll have to buy a Molson Golden to find out how bad (I mean good) my memory is.

To the Point: a pretty good tasting ‘golden ale’, people see American Pale Ale as the style and think: big time citrus, pine needles, fruity stuff, good bitterness, - well, just calm down folks for this is a 30 year old recipe. In the early 1980’s we did not think of big bold in your face flavors in beer. Enjoy it for what it is – a retro beer. This is how some Pale Ales or Golden Ales tasted back in the 1970’s and 80’s. A fun retro beer to me but, really in today's beer world - just average

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour yielded a half finger of thin head that dissolved in a little under a minute. Body sports a hazy straw look without any lacing.

I smell grassy hops and adjunct lager.

Taste is sweet and corny/crackery up front. Transitions into mild hop grassiness with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel is that of a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops are present. Taste is also mild, malts, some hops, a bit of a strange taste at the finish, something herbal and different. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by two fingers of foam; both the retention and the lacing were notable

Smell: Really unusual grain bill - smells of bread, corn and a hint of caramel; grassy hops in the back

Taste: The malt bill is even more unusual on the tongue, bringing bread, caramel, corn syrup and a load of diacetyl; although the beer is malt forward, there are some grassy hops that arrive in the mid-palate and linger vaguely into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The sweetness of the beer gets to me after a while and though I am enjoying the history, this is not a beer that I would want to try again

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Photo of Michigan
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A- Drank from the bottle around a fire with my BMC bros.

S- Grainy. Apparently it's a "pale ale" but smells like an adjunct lager.

T- Macro brew. Grainy. Bland. Just a bad metallic taste. Not exciting.

M- Thin. Fizzy for a bit. Expected

O- Eh.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz beer poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 2-finger bubbly, white head. Decent retention but not much lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy, cereal malts with grassy, herbal hops and maybe the faintest scent of citrus. The aroma isn’t very robust but it’s pleasant.

T – It starts off with a grainy malt and then progresses to bitter grassy, herbal, and mild grapefruit and orange hops.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and mildly dry finish. Citrus hops and grainy malt flavors linger for a bit.

O – This is a decent pale ale. The aroma and taste are pretty weak but they’re not offensive. It’s decently tasty and drinkable, but I can’t say that I wasn’t expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

"Jack McAuliffe's pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. We're rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with it distinct American hop character, for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American Pale Ale. Best by Mid-July 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light, frothy near white head over a mild pale amber clear body with a moderate carbonation. Clarity is very high. Retention is average+, with medium sticky, spotty lacing. Despite looking to be on the lighter end of the spectrum in color and depth, it's a pretty enjoyable appearance for a Pale Ale. 3.75

(Smell) Malt is characterized by some mild biscuity malt character, lightly toasted grain, and chased by a light dose of grassy American hops for a mild bitterness. Aroma is very clean, almost to the point where any off-characters are right in front. There's a mild smell of some unusual grain choices, perhaps even adjuncts. Also notable is the mineral-heavy water, plus mild yeast strain that imparts a lager-like quality and dryness to the beer. Aroma is very light but decently balanced. 3.25

(Taste) Malt character is much sweeter with a biscuity, bready grain character and a grassy, floral hop finish with a common bitterness. Some mineral-like notes are notable on the lasting finish, but not as sharp as in the aroma. Sweetness is overall quite forward, much to the disdain of the hop character. I'm not sure that I like this over the aroma, it has a bolder flavor but sacrifices a bit of balance in the process. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is very smooth, mildly slick, lesser sticky with a very subtle carbonation presence. Sweetness is notably far over bitter qualities for an imbalance. Body is medium+ for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very light. Overall, the slick, thick texture intensifies the sweetness and doesn't draw much attention to the subtleties of the hops. 2.75

(Overall) This beer was anticipated to be light and drinkable, but turned out a bit too heavy in sweet malt character and too light in other characters. Overall, I'm torn between finding this beer as decent or just passable. Perhaps it's just a slice of history poured into a glass, but our expectations in regards to balance and intensity have fine tuned our palates to look for bigger and better. This one may have fit the bill in the 1970's, but is merely a small mark on what craft beer has moved to today. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams/New Albion Brewing Company's New Albion Ale

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Photo of gusdabrew
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One simple malt 2 row pale, one simple hop cascade, one simple beer. The beauty of it all is the simplicity. Nothing better for a hot day. Just clean and refreshing. Better than any macro - there is no corn in this. I also found it for a steal price slashed to $3.99 a six because people looked at the reviews before they tried it.

a- yellow straw, soapy head, some lace curtain lacing

s- light grain malt, fresh hay, faint cascade hops

t - sweet light malt with nice hop edge

m- medium to light, refreshing with a clean dry finish

o - just a simple throwback beer, limited release I'm snatching up all I can, also nice throwback label

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: not much, grass, grain, light hops

T: sweeter up front, light hop flavor, corn

M: thinner with high carbonation

O: not noteworthy, sweetness is overpowering

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