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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 626
Photo of justintcoons
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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 streetcommander
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Think Noble Pils with just a little less edge. Very fantastic.

Appearance is golden amber with very minor cloud. Head is white and sticky. Globulates and stays around.

Mouthfeel is superb, carbonation is balanced, and viscosity is crisp and clean. You could easily drink 10 or12.

Flavor is substantive without being thick, greasy, and overloaded. I'm a fan of SA Noble Pils, and perhaps that is why I like this so much. Better than Noble Pils . Easily award winning.

Too expensive at 10 a six pack. Would become the Walmart of beers at 6 a six pack...minus all that China made shit they sell of course...probably why it cost 10...F-it, a steal at 10 a six pack.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gettin' a slice of American brewing history in me today. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light grapefruit peel, light biscuit, and light sweet flowers. It's weak, but inoffensive. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of mild grass tossed in for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a decent little sessionable pale, though nothing all that special or memorable.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent off-straw color. Fluffy white foam forms immediately, and dissipates slowly a thin foal layer. Some lacing.

Smells of malt, some grain notes, and just a hint of hops. Not overpowering,.

Taste is malt, and bitter hops. A little grainy, with some grapefruit in the middle. A mild, slightly sweet finish, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a smooth, crisp, with some carbonation. A dry, and bitter finish.

First time I have tried this beer. A nice APA, very drinkable.

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Photo of blacktieman
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, pale but saturated yellow.

Smell is fresh, delicate, floral.

Taste: Oh, yes. A puff of floral and citrus hops, married so naturally to pale malt. Mouthfeel is equally crisp and smooth.

This is what American pale ale should be: crisp and balanced like English pale ale, but with its own distinctive character. Hop fiends may be too desensitized to appreciate it, but this is an impeccable, refreshing brew.

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Photo of JRed
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw color in body with a white film of a head that leaves lacing. Aroma of subtle citrus hop character, some plastic action figure, cereal notes, pale malt. Tastes like amateur extract homebrew: sharp grain alcohol, grassy hops, vague lemon skin and mild bitterness. Light in body with medium carbonation. A cheap pale ale. As if being Macro-tainted.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a bright straw color with great clarity and carbonation bubbles racing to the top. Two finger foamy white head reduces to a small layer with void retention and patches of lace

S- clean, slightly toasted grainy malt. Grassy hops with notes of lemon grass

T- toasted grain with a bit of lemon-like zest, clean mid-palate that is slightly bready, the finish is surprisingly sweet with a dry finish and light grassy linger

M- light body, spritzy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and sweet finish

O- this was simple in taste, but surprisingly very enjoyable. The sweet finish left me wanting another sip. It's hard to believe that this was once considered 'extreme' in the beer world. Definitelt worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by June 2013:

Pours golden. Small bubbles steady rise to form a frothy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruits. Soft, but pleasant.

The taste is of citric and tropical fruitiness from the hops mixed with honey sweetness and cracker-like bread.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking brew here. A basic, refreshing pale ale!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and an earthy, grass-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a nice bready flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and super easy to drink. While it's not really a standout compared to today's offerings, it's pretty neat to be able to try this beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack. Pours a crystal clear light amber with a quarter inch of short-lived khaki colored head. Slight aroma consists of fruity and herbal hops. Tastes like apple, pear, herbal hops, hints of citrus, and bread make up the flavor. Light in body and carbonation. Not bad. Simple, balanced, and drinkable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.34/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, Best Before JUL 2013 notched on label.

A - Carbonation streams from the glass' nucleation, through the clear goldenrod beer to it's fleeting white cap of foam. Wispy lace remains clinging to the glass after it's departure.

S - New Albion Ale has a mellow aroma with gentle notes of American citrus hops which suggest where our hop head obsession began. White pepper and lemongrass spiciness open up around a pale malt base and herbal undertones for a crisp and inviting nose.

T - The rather timid aroma of New Albion Ale is quickly cast aside for a powerful flavor that I can only imagine was revolutionary for the time; totally unexpected and original. While tame for today's standards, this beer has a full hop flavor of lemongrass spice / citrus with earthy notes and light pine resin on the finish backed by simple pale malt.

M - Lively carbonation dances on the tongue without interrupting the medium-light bodied, dry hop finish that's so crisp and refreshing. Moderate bitterness trails off with a glorious drinkability.

O - "Simplicity" is this iconic beer recipe's greatest characteristic. And by simplicity I mean that it might be tame for today's outrageous hop-crazed standards, but at it's core this hoppy pale ale would have blown people's minds back in the day. Up front and citrusy, this American-hopped pale ale demands you drink another when one full-flavored and crisp pint is empty. And when you do, you'll still be finding new nuances within. I rarely buy 6-packs of beer, but I think I'll be scooping one or two of these up.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: ours a bright golden color crystal clear with lots of carbonation and about 1 finger of bright white head there is some lacing but there is no head retention

S: dominated by the smell of malt and yeast there is no smell of hops on the nose not mush complexity fairly standard

T: dominated by malt and yeast again not much hop bitterness not much complexity

M: medium bodied but there was a lot of carbontation finished really dry

O: there is a lot of history to this beer but although they did use the original recipe they may have wanted to increase the hop bitterness a bit to help counter the lack of a complex malt bill that being said with using just one grain and one hop this would be a great every day drinking beer but not for special occasions

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Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BBD of Jul 13

Pours straw colored with a finger of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & faint biscuitty malt notes, pears, & apples

T: Follows the nose, some golden delicious apple & floral hops up front. Pears, straw & delicate hops as this warms, slight honeysuckle notes. Finishes with orchard fruit, crispness & grassyness

MF: Light bodied with slight carbonation, okay balance

I'd like to think I was drinking a call back to craft brewing history, but who knows how accurate this to the original? Easy to drink, but nothing I would buy again

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Lemon grass, bread, biscuits, faint hop smell.

T - Crisp pale lager, nicely balanced with malts up front with a slightly astringent bitter finish.

O - This is solid enough to try again as it is an easy drinking crisp pale ale.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium golden hue. Small, 1-finger head that reduces to a thin film on the top. Lacing is ok. Clarity is very high with no clouding.

S- Small hop profile is very citrusy in flavor. No real malt presence, but some lighter traditional flavors are there. Has the scent of an American lager, like Budweiser, with the addition of the citrus hop profile.

T- Pretty much the same as the scent. Starts with a light grain flavor that is reminiscent of corn, but moves into the hop profile. Nothing over the top or impressive here, just some light, balancing bitterness. Taste profile is more pine flavored than citrus like in the smell. Slight hints of light malt dominate the end of the drink.

M- Smooth and creamy all the way through. Middle level of carbonation. Semi-thick and somewhat slick feel across the palate. Easily drinkable and enjoyable for an extended period of time.

Overall, this is billed as the beginning of craft, and I can see that. Nothing special, but it's approachable and much better than most macro. I would buy this regularly if it was readily available and on the cheaper side.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
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 Uncle_Jimmy
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- sparkling golden yellow with very little head , head retention and lacing.

Aroma- Apple honey hay and alcohol

Taste- Grainy more so than corney and much more so than BMC. Its a little bit hay and honey, and there is definitely a bigger hop profile than bud miller coors. Knowing some of the history of this beer helps place its flavor profile. Its BMC but maltier and hoppier, and I like it because of that it still remains very drinkable as well.

Mouthfeel- LIght bodied, and surprisingly less fizzy than BMC. It has a slight alcohol warmth that i really like in a beer this light

Overall- yes please. I think that this beer paved the way for craft beer and its not hard to see why its a little maltier, hoppier and stronger. Still quaffable

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Photo of ricchezza
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw in color and moderately carbonated with a head that dissipates in short time.
Crisp hop attack quickly fading to make way for a delicious bready malt balance and mouth watering lingering finish.
It is disappointing to learn that this brewery folded when it did because the general public “wasn’t ready” for a beer like this. It’s tame in comparison to today’s extreme brews; and really only slightly hoppier than standard/premium North American lagers. All in all this is a nice balance between malt and hops. An all occasion brew. I would be further saddened that this is a one time release if Brew-Your-Own-Beer magazine hadn’t published the recipe (Jan./Feb. 2013 issue) and White Labs released Albion Ale yeast!

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Photo of jjchristiano
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't have a lot to say about this beer other than this is the answer to the question
"If you're trying to convert your BMC drinking friends to Craft what beer do you serve them"
It is a nice beer and especially has a soft mouthfeel and light flavoring while still at 6% ABV.
I think it's also a great beer to drink with seafood.
I'm torn if $9 for a six pack is worth it when you probably could get away with one of the better BMC at $5 for a six. Nothing wrong or offputting about this offering but just not something that needs to be.
Kind of reminds me of the taste I achieve when I do a light malt syrup homebrew session.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't of drinking age when Jack McAuliffe formed the New Albion brewpub. It's interesting to see this trademark continue on as a remind of the roots of craft beer.

Pours a bright golden yellow with a two-finger head that fades quickly. More of a lager color but it suits this ale just fine.

The aroma is the quintessential american pale ale: light, buttery with just a touch of hop character around the edges. The hops remain in the background as they should.

Lots of flavor, mainly rich buttery malt and a nice, subdued grassy hop bite. Bite? More like a nip here. Flavorful. Not what I was expecting.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Lingering baked bread dominates the mouthfeel. Very pleasant. Crisp.

Sometimes, brewers seem to forget the idea of an american pale ale being an introduction to hops in general and will often cram more hops than are necessary into such a beer. New Albion kept it simple and I'm glad to see that this recipe lives on.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly bottle poured into a pint glass.

This is generally a clear golden liquid but it has a slightly tarnished hint to it, so its a shade darker than pure gold. The head is a light grey foam that starts out quite thick but settles to a thin layer. Some rising carbonation can be seen.

There is a light hop aroma. It is a sweet citrus scent.

This beer has a great flavor, but it is unlike modern west coast pale ales. The hops here are strong but not exceptionally bitter. There is a good pale malt base that offers a touch of sweetness. Grassy hops are strongest as I swallow.

Average body and carbonation. There is a little bit more of a coat than I expected, but it isn't very sticky.

This is a really enjoyable beer. Its unlike the pale ales of today but you can taste how it is their precursor. It's a beer worth trying.

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

Poured from the bottle into a simple nonic pint glass.

A crystal clear and super golden crystal clear body. A great mix of rising carbonation, and a big fluffy creating four finger head that is bone white with lots of staying power. A giant cap made and settles without budging at all. A real great looking brew.

A real solid mix on the nose. Light sticky yeast, big dry grain and toasty bread, with a mild sweetness. Faint mild grass like hop just barely gets a whiff. Real interesting nose.

Palate hits with a nice mellow malt backbone. Hits like German style pilsner then sweetens with just a touch of caramel. Finishes with a nice sticky mild yeast component and sense of almost noble like hops, but more grass. Hints of fruity esters. The beer had a wonderful sticky quality to it in the palate, with a nice splash of hops.

Overall this is an interesting spin on an APA, quite a fun and easy drinking beer too. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint: Light gold body, two fingers of white head, transparent, nice shine to the body.

Smells of mild orange, some light crackery/bready malt, slight white grape juice, a little tea. Subtle but well-defined.

Similar notes in the taste, a little more pronounced: that citrus flavor up front, some subtle tea dryness, a a little jelly-like sweetness, turns moderately bitter & ends with some more grapefruit tones. The flavors pick up & become more prominent than the mild nose would suggest.

Medium-light body, nice crispy from start to finish, but softens up in that sweet, jelly-like middle bit. Leaves a nicely notable bitterness in the after-feel.

It's hard to separate this beer from its historical context & appreciate it on its own merits, but it's a simple but solid, no frills American ale, which is exactly what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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 CloudStrife
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. JUL notched on the label.

A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a 2 finger puffy white head. Dissipates over the course of a few minutes and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: A grassy light malt with a mild hop backing. A hint of sweetness. Nothing too interesting.

T: Light malts and a hint of hops, reminds me a lot of a bud, just a little more pure in the ingredient department. Decent cracker or toasted malt flavor. Drinkable but not very interesting.

M: Light body with ample carbonation. Good clean finish to it. Easy drinking.

Overall its alright, can imagine it how crazy good it would of been 30 years ago when it was last brewed. Our taste buds arent as hop sensitive anymore.

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