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

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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

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Added by auxiliary on 07-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
625
Reviews:
178
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
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7
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22
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of adjunctjonez
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this limited offering from SA. The label caught my eye, more for its amateurish look and application (nice sailing ship). Only when examining the label closely did I pick up it was a SA offering. Either way I enjoyed this one, subtle but very drinkable and a historical window on usa brewing.

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Photo of baconman91
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SlowWideTurns
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of grandbeerdaily
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams & New Albion
New Albion Ale (Original Pale Ale not brewed for thirty years)
6.0% ABV

Appearance: 3.5 Pale-yellow or golden straw. Quite light and clear. Thin even lacing and 1/2 inch of white foam.

Smell: 4.0 Smooth and sweet aromas of american malt and wheat. Mild fruity esters in the background with the slightest hint of grass and orange. Slight alcohol burn afterwards.

Taste: 4.0 Bready malt builds into a wheaty sweetness that is crisp. A smooth bitter begins on the tongue bringing orange zest and citrus flavors similar to lemon. The smooth bitter is not over bearing and provides a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: 3.0 The carbonation is sharp and the body is very light for 6.0%. A slight resiny-slickness rounds out the palate.

Overall: Unique and intriguing, but not ideal to my palate. The sharpness of the mouthfeel is offensive, especially if too cold. Also, the malt profile is too sweet. The bitterness is just right and the beer transforms from sweet to dry. This is intriguing on the palate and exemplifies the expert craftmanship of the brewers. The beer has drinkability and some of the best qualities of american pale ales. However, only secondary flavors are revealed. This keeps the beer from breaking the plane from good to extraordinary.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden and clear with plenty of carbonation. Pours a nice white head with moderate-low retention and some lace. Malt aroma with some floral and a small bit of fruit notes. Dry, bitter, toasted whole grain cereal, medium body. Think pilsener on steroids. Medium high carbonation.

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Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Lemke10
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear, golden rod color with an average head of off-white foam. The scent is weak but has hints of wheat, hops, and malts. The neck label describes a distinct American hop taste and they are right on there! The taste is smooth and clean with a distinct hoppy finish. It tastes a lot like a hopped up version of a German Pilsner. It’s quite tasty and has a decent, unique flavor.

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Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RRBC, the day after the Younger release and a few weeks after the New Albion Ale release party at RRBC. After 3 pours of PtY, I needed a palate cleanser!

I enjoyed this a whole lot more than the negative buzz made me think I would. It is very nicely balanced and quaffable, with a surprising complexity of flavor. Dry, with a firm bitterness. There isn't an enormous hop flavor and aroma, but what is there does its job nicely. The best part is what I think is an an english yeast-driven character that adds a complexity missing in most APAs, and is what really takes this from generic pale ale to something I'd order again.

I scanned the other reviews, and see complaints that it is 'thin' or 'boring'. Even that it has 'lager-y' flavor. That is borderline retarded. The recipe for this beer is freely available and uses pale malt (no crystal or other specialty malts), cascade hops ("the" American craft hop - SNPA, Mirror Pond, etc) and the New Albion yeast. Nothing lager-y about it. It is an American Pale Ale at its most prototypical (fitting, since it was the prototype for all APAs to follow). It is supposed to be light-bodied, drinkable and not overwhelming on the hops or malt. I wonder if BA reviewers' taste buds have been burnt out by too many IIPAs, and their brains burnt out by the BA groupthink that says anything below 10% ABV isn't worth drinking. </rant>

I've never had a Sam Adams beer that I would recommend. I don't know how this is in the bottle, but I have no reservations recommending this on draft while its still available. It is interesting to note that only two other reviewers here had this on draft, and also had above average ratings. Tasty, balanced and quaffable. Definitely an above average brew (for what it is), though my opinion might be tainted (for better or worse) by all the Younger I had before it.

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Photo of sloelco
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of litheum94
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a half finger white head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Light aroma of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with grassy, almost earthy hops, finishing surprisingly dry and bitter with a slightly acidic element. Light to medium bodied. A somewhat unusual flavor that is drier and hoppier than I expected, but I found to be quite satisfying. I found an empty bottle of the original New Albion Ale which I had purchased in the late 1970's. I wish like hell I could remember tasting this back then, but have no recollection. It must have made some impression because I saved the bottle for more than 30 years. If this is an accurate reconstruction of this beer, it was pretty unusual for its time.

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Photo of KZE80
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of brewtus
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Amalak
2.31/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. It is a very light, perfectly clear yellow tint. Has the color of a light American lager. It has a big foamy white head with some lacing.

S. It has a lagery scent. Malty, celery, some metallic.

T/M. Tart maltiness. Some hints of fruity grape, but has a bit of a skunked taste. Leaves a bad sour aftertaste. Extremely light.

O. It tastes similar to how it looks: A kind of below average american macro lager. Definitely not a fan. Fancy labeling, but tastes like a poor lager.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Cloudy, golden orange color with a one-finger head of white foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and grassy.

T - It tasted of citrus and sweet caramel. Very grassy and some spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. I expected better for an original craft beer recipe.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.64/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Samuel Adams New Albion Ale is malty sweet, light, and weak.

It poured a light lager-like pale straw with a decent sized white head that dissipated quickly and left only small remnants of lace. The smell was all malt and yeast. The flavor was super-sweet, like honey dissolved in water; there were no hops flavors. The feel was fine but fleeting. This had the smell, taste, and feel of a light lager so it suffers mightily when reviewed as an American Pale Ale. It has none of the positive characteristics of an APA.

I picked up one bottle of New Albion Ale because I love the story of Sam Adams recreating the old recipe. They could have kept that recipe buried--this "ale" has no redeeming qualities.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Fitwitchik
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of riversider76
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. Decent retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of grassy hops, and honey malts. Nice, but weak. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Taste is of honey, and bread up front, with a nice touch of hops in the finish. A nice brew.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of far333
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very clear straw yellow colored with a bright white rocky head full of dimples that lingers long and gradually recedes back leaving legs of lacing around the glass. Very low aroma of honey malt. Flavors of honey malt and grassy notes, some lemony nuances, medium bitterness. Expected more citrus, I believe this is all cascade. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a decent session beer, good gateway beer. Obviously way ahead of its time, it was probably considered rich in flavor in its day, but is merely better than average today. Great to be tasting a bit of brewing history, cheers to Jim Koch for undertaking this project.

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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.4 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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