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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:
#43,195
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
625
pDev:
14.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
22
Trade:
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of dcp27
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pale yellow w thin white head

S: light grain, slight maize/sulfur. could barely tell any hops were in there

T: similar to the aroma. crisp, lightly grainy, moderate bitterness, light floral hops. hops come out a bit more as you drink it

O: great for the 70s, mediocre for today. tastes like a BMC with a hint of hops. would be a nice stepping stone for macro drinkers into the world of craft beer

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Photo of RWACKO
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of nebula1999
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straw-golden color. Thin white head.
Smells very mild. Some hops but not overpowering...Cascade?
Actually kind of picky on the tongue, like your dad's beer used to be. Not in a bad way either.
Dry finish.
I like it for what it is. A highly drinkable refreshing beer.

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Photo of bigdaddyd069
4.57/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a very light amber with a little head.

S - noises floral with a hint of hops

T - semi dry hop taste with floral notes, sweet

M - Well carbonated, very light and refreshing. Very smooth well balanced malt

O - Great beer. I really enjoyed this beer.

Food pairing - I paired this beer up with a pineapple/honey glazed grilled chicken, white Colby cheese, sharp cheddar, and Terriyaki grilled pork tenderloin. All paired excellent with the beer.

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: light orange hue with a hint of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of creamy white foam. Pretty nice!

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma; appealing but rather indistinct. Not much more to say here.

Taste: lightly tangy right up front with a fruity flavor reminiscent of like a perry or cider. Hops are bright and citrusy. There's a bit of farminess to it. It is good, but it feels muddled and a little bit funky for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation and a rocky creaminess. Pretty good.

Overall: a tasty and drinkable, if imperfect, pale ale. I would probably have it again. I bet it would pair excellently with stinky cheese.

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Photo of CSQ1111
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dvmin98
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Citrus, orange, light grassy and floral hops, sweet bready, grainy, biscuit, and light caramel malts.

T - Orange, citrus, grassy, floral, noble hops, smooth bitterness, sweet grainy, bready, biscuit, and mild caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, dry finish.

D - Nice balanced and smooth APA. Nice hop and malt balance.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store last week $1.99. Have been really interested in trying this ever since I learned of the historic New Albion Brewing Company years ago.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden with a thick cap of white foam that collapsed down within roughly a minute. Aroma of lightly toasted malt and a tinge of floral-citrusy hop. Very modest grapefruit citrus presence. Initial cereal malt gives ay to a fruity hop and a light pine character. Dry finish with an emphasis on the piney hop flavor. Medium bodied with a moderate to medium-high level of carbonation.

While this may lack the ever-increasing hop flavor we're finding in today's APAs, this beer is very well-balanced and lends itself well to having a few pints. Cheers to Jack and Jim for bringing this one back to the market over 30 years later.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Nizzle913
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aminobutyricacid
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Light golden color with great clarity. Creamy and pillowy white head boasts excellent retention. Delicate, sticky clumps of lacing. A good looking beer.

S: Very bready on the nose. Earthy and floral hop scent with a slight citric sharpness. Clean overall. Simple.

T: Husky grain, bready. Sharp hop bitterness interjects. Hop flavor is very gritty and earthy with a slight woody pine flavor. Slight earthy/nutty yeast. Grainy and bready in the finish with a moderate hop bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy. Moderate carbonation cuts through and adds a refreshing crispness.

O: New Albion is very clean overall, and actually somewhat lager-like in that respect. It's very simple, but also refreshing and easy to drink. It's easy to see how this beer would have made an impact in a world where macro lagers had a vice grip on the American beer market, but these days it shows its age. An easy quaff, but a little too simple and safe by today's standards.

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Photo of nikbullet
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of rkcrozier
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of garrisonp
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of tastybeer
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden and crispy clear. I see many rising carbonation bubbles. White foam top, and straggly slick strings of lace.

S: Fresh cracker-like grains, and some light spicy citrus hops. Pretty simple. Fresh. Not bad, not exciting.

T: Good balance of chewy crackery malt and pine, citrus, and spicy hops. This beer is a-ok.

M: Slick with a bit of chewiness. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O: Not a bad beer....the freshness is key.

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Photo of wedge
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright, sunny yellow color with a small, sticky white head. Wispy strings of lacing. Smell is very clean: cracker-like grain, floral and spicy hops, some dull citrus, and a bit of wood. Husky, grainy sweet flavor over some earthy hops. Somewhat dry and moderately bitter with a decent crispness. Not terrible, but honestly pretty forgettable by today's standards. Nice to try a piece of history though.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of Samuel Adams New Albion Ale a few days ago for $7.69 at Meijers. I have never heard of New Albion before, they were way before my time, but I'm always down to try new beers and I'm in the mood for a Pale Ale today, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty nice and well done, it has a nice classic look to it. It poured a nice lighter golden color that took on some good darker golden hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with the malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a really grainy, bready and doughy aroma. After that comes the hops which do a decent job at balancing out the malts and impart a floral and spicy aroma with a nice noticeable lemon aroma. The aroma was nice, it was very balanced and the lemon was a nice and unexpected addition.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to aroma and it starts off with some nice malts which have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a grainy, doughy, bready, and some biscuit like flavors. After that comes a nice medium lemon flavor followed by a some earthy, spicy, and slightly floral hops that make for a nice mixture that isn't too dominating and it provides good balance. It had a lighter aroma of bitterness with a bready and slightly spicy hop like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting American Pale Ale that was well balanced.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it was pretty true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of a classic American Pale Ale, with just enough hops to provide a light amount of bitterness and it balances out the malts nicely, in my eyes this is just what a traditional American Pale Ale should be. It had good drinkability to it, it was smooth, with just enough flavors to hold my attention, I could drink a few of these when in the mood and this would make for a nice and inexpensive six pack to take to a party or BBQ. What I like the most about this beer was how balanced it was, to me with this style balance is the key and this beer did a good job at keeping things balanced. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I recommend it to just about anyone, it's not nearly as in your face as some of these new and fancy APA's but that's fine with me cause I can appreciate the balance of a good APA. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I took a chance on it, I could see keeping some of these around for when some friends who aren't big craft beer drinkers come over. Good job Samuel Adams, thinks for bringing back this classic that I never knew about, who would have thought a new beer could lead to a history lesson, but that's what happened with this beer and I'm glad I learned about it.

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Photo of CapEmCrunch
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Jonada
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden in color. You can see through the glass clearly with only a very slight haze. About 1 finger of a slightly off white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving only a thin collar. No lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, artificial smelling lemon (almost like a lemon starburst candy), grainy, pine. Overall the nose on this is very weak.

Taste: Bready malt, citrus and grassy hops. Slight sweetness upfront and in the middle of the mouth is balanced out nicely by the hops on the back end. Finishes clean with no lingering bitterness or aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I'm glad I got to try this one if only for the historic novelty factor. It's a pretty average beer by today's standards, so I wouldn't recommend seeking it out based strictly on taste alone. Though it's pretty cool to get to try America's first craft beer. Cheers to Sam Adams for bringing this one back from the dead.

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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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