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

Samuel Adams New Albion AleSamuel Adams New Albion Ale
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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow beer with a white head that thinned out leaving spotty lacing.

S - mainly getting floral and grassy aromas.

T - grain, grass, Euro hop bitterness with some malty sweetness left on the lips.

F - medium bodied, good carbonation, crisp feel.

O - a pretty good/non offensive beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of lostinfla
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and sheets of bubbles rise in the column.

S: Hops are distinctly floral, while mild toast and nuanced yeast play complementary roles.

T: Begins dry, with pale malt and mild floral hop aromatics. Acidity is mild into the middle where bread and yeast esters are combined in fairly seamless fashion. Toasted bread is thematic, resurgent in the finish that is the driest part of the flavor profile, yet barely bitter.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and vanishing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: An unusually fair-colored pale ale, this beer has rather predictable sensory qualities but was detectably fresh and approachable. With its attraction being its living-fossil status, it would quickly turn uninteresting if available any time.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Adamostella
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of mattknueven
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of runfoodrun
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of gnuguy
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mothman
1.65/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer tastes like one of two things: Old or an adjunct lager.

The main flavors in this beer are corn (or something like it) and grassy hops. It is very bland. It doesn't taste much like a pale ale.

The carbonation level is high. It is very crisp. It has a lighter body.

This beer really isn't very good. It was cool to try it, but I wouldn't drink more than 1 bottle. I don't even know if I want to finish this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden, with a rich, white head of foamy suds. Beautiful and detailed lace, as well. Nice presentation!

Nose is grainy, with toasted barley notes being most prominent.

Taste is richly malted, bordering on sweet but ultimately reeled back in by a slight touch of piney hops toward the finish.

Overall, a tasty and enjoyable session ale, and a great gateway craft beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Enjoy By: Jul 2013.

Appearance: Pours a medium yellow body with a light, airy, tall, snow white head. Sticky wisps of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Just a gentle whisper of maltiness, as lightly bready as can be with equally modest notes of spice and lemon.

Taste: Lightly bready, mild-mannered pale malts with just a touch of imparted sweetness. Lightly spicy, peppered hops hinting just a bit little of lemony citrus and an altogether soft bitterness, though it's amply bitter to rebound the sweetness. Drying, faintly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. A bit lighter and more sprightly on the tongue than most.

Overall: A particularly pale pale ale, feeling more blonde-ish to me, though I liked it for a simple, easy-going brew that kind of grows on you.

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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 Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRPunk
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best by date of July 2013 poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- 1-finger head dissipates quickly to a light film. Clean, golden body with just the slightest haze. Moderate carbonation. Decent stick.

S- Almost more of a British pale ale to me. Doughy, biscuity malts with an almost floral hop profile. Some fruity, ale notes and maybe a hint of grass.

T- Much as aroma suggests. Doughy malt. Hopping reminds me of an herbal tea. Almost like a jasmine and honey. Does that qualify as floral? At points hops become, herbal/medicinal, aspirin-like as well. Slightly fruity even. A little long in the finish.

M- Clean, semi-light. Moderate-heavy carbonation is almost effervescent.

O- As an American pale ale, I'm not so sure. Maltier than I would expect. Almost residually sweet. At 6.0 ABV, it's a little strong to session. I'd get it again if presented with limited options, but I'm not going to seek it out. Glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I read that the original recipe was inspired by Sierra and that comes through in this version. Beautifully clear in the pour with a thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring and some lace on the glass. Not much to remark on in the nose - very subtle. Mild citrus in the taste balances nicely with a slight maltiness that lends to a filling, medium body mouthfeel. A nice easy drinking beer, but nothing I'd deliberately seek out with so many other choices.

But a nice homage to a pioneer in small brewing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is not what I expected. Lots of bready and pilsner malt with hints of citrus, floral, and grassy hop aromas with a touch of chalk. The flavor is bready pils and a sweet light sugar with a hint of grassy earthy citrus hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This was not at all what I expected it was going to be, it drinks more like a pilsner than an ale to me. I enjoyed this, it would make a great lawnmower or gateway beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
June 2013 stamped on bottle
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden straw yellow with a thin film of snow white head that is supported by tiny bubbles that pop to the surface.

S- The sulfury aroma has some hop hints in it with a field corn aroma coming on strong but dissipating pretty quickly. The aroma is pretty clean over all

T- The soft green hop note has a dry sulfur flavor to it with a lingering field corn note that fades to a bitterness that grows in the after taste. There are hints of hops in the aftertaste and a soapy flavor over takes it.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soda pop fizz that scrubs the flavor except for the bitterness out of the taste.

O- This beer has a big fizz that washes out most everything except the field corn and sulfur flavors which start to take on a brie cheese flavor as it warms. There is no malt flavor or hop flavor except for the bitterness, and it was tough to get through 12 oz of the beer.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of dopbeerganger
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of WoodburyMN
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mattkoon
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the story behind this new albion ale produced through sam adams is really neat. i was really interested in trying it. the color is a nice clear golden with slight white head. it smells like beer, no spices or anything fancy, which is what one would want from a pale ale....just simple barley hops water and yeast. this beer captures what most american big beers wish they could be, a drinkable simple flavorful experience. i think this is a solid beer for what it is and what it wants to be. if this was available everywhere i would grab it over a bud any day of the week.

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Photo of spikechiquet
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

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