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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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625 Ratings
Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,892
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
625
pDev:
14.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out as a clear yellow color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this beer. The smell was pretty typical, some malt and hops on the nose but nothing that really stands out. The taste of the beer is pretty traditional, it's well balanced but kind of boring. No real dominant flavor really jump out at me. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light bodied making this beer a very sessionable brew. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing too exciting. Glad I got to try it though to see what it's all about.

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Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of awalsh
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.59 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Notched BBF July 2013. 6.0% ABV per the bottle. No info on the website. Pours out to a slightly hazy medium golden, forming a tall white head with excellent retention and lcing, owing in part to it's firm carbonation, ~3.0 carbs. The nose is somewhat non-descript...somewhat crackery malts, a little grassy, very little hop aroma with more of a lager yeast profile with moderate DMS. I suspect 6-row and some corn was used to brew this. Mouthfeel is a little peculiar...lightly tart, medium bodied, with a dry finish. Taste is grassy, crackery, somewhat grainy with some distinct white grape juice esters, a little bit of spicy hops towards the end and a mild to medium bitterness.

A very average beer, somewhere between a MBC domestic lager and a less than average pale ale. Not really offensive, but not interesting either. I'd drink it in a pinch but have no interest in buying it again.

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Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear rich gold in color with a small white head.

S - Mostly bready and grainy with hints of floral and spicy citrus hops opening up as it warms.

T - Lemon citrus and earthy spicy hops meld with a heavy dose of pale bready malt. The hops provide a nice bite and light bitterness throughout. Finishes a bit grassy with lingering sweet toasted grain.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light bodied. A touch creamy. Dry, clean finish.

O - This is a tasty, balanced pale ale. It won't blow you away, but it really hits the spot as a decent session ale. I dig the backstory, and it's easy to appreciate its origin. I might pick up some more.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin bubbles with a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of bready and grainy malts with some very light notes of grassy, spicy, and floral hops.

T: Light amounts of bready malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. There are some very light notes of spicy hops with just a touch of grassy hops. Light amounts of lemon citrus notes and a light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light notes of dryness in the finish.

O: It is interesting to try this re-creation of the start of American craft beer - strange how hidden the hop aromas are but I'm guessing that was very true to the original which was competing with beers that did not have much hop aroma. I'm glad that beers have evolved and the presence of the hops has really come to the forefront. Definitely worth trying for the historical perspective and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of grass and corn. Almost no hop presence. Taste follows the nose with grass in the forefront followed by a slight hint of caramel sweetness..Ample carbonation level lends itself to a medium body. Bitterness in the aftertaste seems to be due to astringency rather than hops. This one misses the mark in my opinion and can be best described as bland

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -40.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz pils glass. Poured a lightly hazy, very light gold color, about the same color as a nice Pilsener, much lighter than most Pale Ale's, with about an inch of white head that had OK retention and and very light lace. The beer really liked like a nice lager.

The aroma was an even, balanced blend of light grains and gentle hops, nothing really stood out, either good or bad. The flavors started out a bit grain forward,were mostly evenly balanced throughout the majority of the beer, and had a lightly bright hop finish.

The body was mostly light and even, but there was just a bit of stickiness at the back that was a bit unpleasant. Drinkability was pretty good, you could have several of these during a session. Overall, a nice enough little brew, nothing worth going out of your way for, but worth grabbing if you see it.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Very pale, clear, yellow with a two-finger head of detergent-like foam. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Mild aroma of pilsner style yeasts and spicy hops. End result? It smells like "beer", in a macro lager kind of way. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms.

T - Whoa, this is a lot more full flavored than the nose would indicate. Grains kicks things off in the form of a sweet biscuit/buttered toast malt. Some lemon rind zest in the mid-palate. Hops have just a hint of floral grass, and just a little spice. Seemlessly blended and balanced. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Overall body compliments the taste. Finishes clean and crisp, especially for an ale.

O - While people say this resurrected recipie must have been an amazing craft beer back when it first brewed, it's still a pretty damn good one right now. Simple and elegant. Ironically, I found many elements here to be slightly reminiscent of a BMC beer; pale, sweet, spicy hops, lots of carbonation. The difference is actual full flavor and the absence of "off" flavors from adjuncts. A great beer for converting a BMC to craft. A repeat buy for me.

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Photo of dokupe
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint
Best by July 2013

A - Pours a clear honey gold with a clingy white head of foam. Good looking beer but, ok retention with minimal lacing.

S - Clean pale malt, slightly sweet, grassy, spicy hop,

T - Honey kissed grains, dried grassy hops, a touch of lemon pepper hops, sweet cracker pale malt, golden delicious apples, lemon twang, the bitterness is light and peppery. Finishes tangy sweet but dries out right at the end.

M - Light to medium body, has a prickly carbonation bite, crisp finish.

Not sure how accurate this is to the original but it's good and I'm glad they resurrected and paid homage to this recipe. It has a nice apple sweetness with a peppery finish and would go great with grilled pork.

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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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