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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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles down to a thin cap

S: A bit lemony, with lots of pale malts and a light floral fruitiness from the hops. Slightly grainy

T: Follows the nose, with a nice floral hop presence and pale malts. Lightly grainy, with some cereal notes as well. Very clean

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Not surprisingly, this is a lot like Anchor Liberty or the old single-hop pale ales of the late 70's. Not terribly complex, but very clean and has some nice simple flavors. Worth a shot if you want a lesson in history

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled read enjoy before July 2013. Poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow. Small amount of white head which quickly dissapates. No lacing.

A - Slight floral notes

T - Clean, ceral and crackers, no discernable hops.

MF - A little fizzy, a little sharp, some creaminess in the finish.

O - Hides its 8.0% ABV very well. Not sure I would call this an APA.

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Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beergoot
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...

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Photo of wedge
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Tucquan
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-04-05 in Warsaw, IN

A - Clear yellow with a 3-finger pillowy white head and good lacing.

S - Rising white bread, light citrus and hop floral. Pleasant.

T - Sour dough bread, tart apple, some sweetness, pepper, herbal. Finish is a decent blend of light malt, pepper and lingering bitterness. Not very complex but enjoyable.

M - Fairly light body, medium carbonation, a bit creamy but finishes dry.

O - Decent. Glad I got to try this historic-influenced pale ale.

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Photo of Chucker17
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of suckaj
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of prototypic
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New Albion pours a light yellow color. Looks like straw. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. It’s topped with a nice, soft white head. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling back to a surface covering. Holds there for a bit. Lacing was a little sticky, but lighter. Not bad at all.

The nose is not so great. It’s weak and needs more strength in a big way. It smells very earthy and grainy. That aspect resonates throughout each whiff. The malt base smells slightly sweet and has a strong cracker-like scent to it. There are some hops noted. They’re light and smell very grassy. Smells like noble hops to me. It’s not my preference for hops in an American Pale Ale, but it is what it is. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Needs work.

The flavor is okay. Maybe a little better than the nose. Pretty average in the American Pale Ale class. The malt base is bready and cracker-like. There’s a mild sweetness to it, but it’s not much. There’s a strong grainy, earthy, and grassy aspect to it throughout. It’s a bit much for the style. There’s an interesting salty flavor that doesn’t add much. Hops are definitely in the mix. They’re very grassy and are very reminiscent of noble hops. They do add a light bitter kick, but it’s not too much. More would be better. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. At 6%, that’s not a huge shock. Finishes earthy, grassy, cracker-y, and dry.

New Albion has a lighter body. Carbonation is active, but it feels rather soft. It feels a bit too thin for the style. It’s not bad, but more body would be better.

I know the story behind this beer, and I have a lot of respect for Jack McAuliffe. I like that Boston Beer Company resurrected and released this beer. Having said that, it’s a very average American Pale Ale. I understand that it probably was a trailblazer 30 years ago, but it’s just okay by today’s standards. It’s an interesting release with good history behind it. In the name of history, it’s worth checking out.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My overall impression is that it brought me back to the early days of craft brew. As I drank it I thought, "I've had this before". The hopping was family, as was the balance. It's a hoppy drink for the day, but comparatively for today it's actually pretty tame and rather evenly balanced. The flavors seemed familiar and the body was kinda' light. Seemed similar to Blue boar from Henry Weinhard. Overall bittering is again kinda' on the softer side and light. Smallish head and color is a little unflattering, but no big deal.
I like the beer. It's a steady drinker.
Thanks B-gogs.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of justintcoons
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Golden with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Grapefruit zest, florals, apple, caramel and sweet breads.

Grapefruit zest, touches of orange, apple juice and florals. Very balanced malt character of breads, caramel and perhaps some biscuit. Finishes with resinous pine that leaves behind a salty bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth and easy drinking.

Zesty and floral. Very balanced like an English Pale Ale. This is good stuff.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 12, 2013
Misc.: Best by June, 2013

Poured an orange amber color with two fingers of long-lasting white head. Nice looking foamy lacing on the sides. Very good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a skunky malt to start. Also some hay, cereal and grass. Some faint lemon late as well. Pretty earthly overall.

Tasted better than the smell. Still earthy, grainy and heavy, but more citrus notes. Malts were grass, hay and skunk. Some hops, maybe resin and faint citrus.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Nothing special about this pale ale. Not even worth a try.

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Photo of Lovely85
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Holland
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of FosterJM
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1720th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter

Shared by Eric Marshall at Herbies Bday party

App- When this poured out it was a bit of a mix of a golden honey color with a little bit of a pale yellow. The head was maybe an 1/8" and off white. Slightly off color in the center and didnt have much cling.

Smell- This was almost pure malts to me with again more of a grainy lemon, hoppy character. Just smelled off and a bit too "corn". Like a BMC just amped up.

Taste- This really wasnt for me. I know Eric was trying to bring something no one had had before but the flavors of this one didnt come together for me. The malts struggled against the grainy lemon flavor and without a good enough hop character to balance it out, just was a bit rough around the edges and hard to get through.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit malty residual with some earthy grainy and grassy character to balance.

Drink- Less than average. Much better options on the market.

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Photo of HardyA
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jak
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 625 ratings
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