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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

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

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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of pajeff
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
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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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +29.2%
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 -15.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.9%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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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