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

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Added by auxiliary on 07-23-2007

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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of sammy806
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light pale yellow brew that wells up nearly a full finger of white head that lowers quickly, a thick ring sticks to the side of the glass,a swirl and a thin head rises, it's easy to see the massive amounts of carbonation

S - ah, that classic pale ale aroma, the opiate of the masses. Though even a quick inhale tells you that this is no rice adjunct lager, a decent hop profile and a mild malt backbone makes this a sessionable brew, which I gather was the goal of this brew

T - wow, the taste of this brew is far better than the aroma indicated. The hops strengthen and the malts become slightly smokey, earthy, creating a balanced flavorful beer, perhaps leaning slightly towards the sweet end of the spectrum

M&D&O - balanced, highly sessionable, quality, refreshing, a fine homage, a finer beer

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Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of arizcards
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on 1-21-13 as part of a mixed sixer from Fry's for $8.99. Enjoy by June 2013.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is primarily light cereal.

Taste is malt forward - cereal and biscuits; finish is light pine and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is not a bad beer as it is refreshing. Kind of reminds me of a pils. The history behind this is very cool! My hats off to Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company for giving us the opportunity to try it!

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Photo of dragoondingus
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of lumpy1126
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of DanE
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of boesesfleisch
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity, typical of a pilsner. The head is a one finger white color. Retention isn't great, but it does leave behind nice lacing on the glass.

S: A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly evident touch of corn, caramel, and diacetyl. Hopwise, it seems like it's mostly comprised of grassy noble hops. Not very impressive.

T: There is a lot of corn on the opening flavors - eat your heart out, Miller Lite. At least it seems a touch maltier than the BMC stalwarts. Grassy, zesty hops try to add another dimension to the finish; unfortunately the caramel corn sweetness ends up being the dominant flavor. Once it warms up, notes of must and cardboard come out. Really, there isn't much difference between this and your typical macro lager IMO.

M: The heft of the texture overwhelms the flavors. Combined with the residual sugars, it makes this far less drinkable than it should be. Carbonation is about on par with BMC.

O: A good history lesson, to be sure. But it's also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I don't care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is.

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Photo of Damian
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank on-tap at J. Timothy's Taverne, Plainville, CT
Served in a mug

Brassy yellow in appearance with a slight haze. The beer was topped by a thin white film that dropped to a clingy ring.

The nose was subtle. Buttery and slightly sulfury. Some grassy hops were noticeable. A touch floral.

The flavor profile was much punchier than the aroma. Biscuity malts appeared on the front end. Crisp, grassy, floral hops soon took over. Slight sulfur notes. Dry and piney on the finish.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Frothy with a fine, lively effervescence.

Without knowing anything about this beer, I initially pegged it for a Czech pilsner and a pretty respectable one at that. As an American pale ale, however, I can understand how people might be disappointed by it. The story behind this beer is pretty interesting but the product itself is a bit odd.

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Photo of rcatalano
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Spleeb
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jALEson
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of JimKal
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a dark gold with a one inch head that dissipates quickly into a tulip glass. Although some have claimed it looks like an AAL. it is clearly darker than that.

S: light hoppy odor.

T: You can taste the hops but they are not very pronounced. There is an aftertaste that I found closer to a typical lager than I like.

M: Again, light to moderate with some nice tingly carbonation.

O: I had been looking forward to this one and prepared to love it. I enjoy nice balanced low ABV pale ales. I appreciate SA introducing this to the world again and giving us a chance to taste brewing history. But, alas, history was the best part of this. Don't get me wrong, this is not a drain pour.(As I work my way through the six pack it is getting better). It just didn't live up to they hype I had created in my head for this. I'll be sticking with my local pale ale from Natty Greene's but I would not hesitate to order this if I found it on draft somewhere - way better than BMC.

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Photo of sommersb
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-25-2013
Freshness: Best by 07-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

A: Starts with a big and white, creamy head sitting on the golden, clear beer. Great head retention and very good lacing makes for an attractive pour.

S: Aromas are of pale malts, slightly sweet, then hay-like and grassy hops.

T: The first taste yields a hop bite -- bitter but not too aggressive. Also has some peppery notes and a light malt sweetness.

M: Body is light with a medium amount of carbonation. Aftertastes are bitter and fairly dry.

O: Overall I think this was a cool project - I like reaching back into brewing's history. As far as the actual beer itself, it was a good effort. I'm glad to have tried it but would probably not seek it out again.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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