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

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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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3.4
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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A flowery, resiny, sweet fantasy of a Pale Ale. So user-friendly I was three-quarters down the pint glass before I thought to make any notes.

Starts out lemon-tinged pale golden color, with a modest head. The carbonation dissipates, however, and ends up nearly flat before you've finished. On the plus side is the prefumey hop note coupled with a pleasant malty sweetness. A little sctratchy note of hops with just a touch of bitterness. Aromatic nose of grain and gardenias.

Get one of these for Tinker Bell. On tap at the recently opened Fathom in San Diego.

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Photo of tronester
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a medium white head with impressive lacing. Aromas of sweet grain and a hint of spicy hops. Taste begins with some acidic twang, followed by some sweet corn, then some earthy, fruity, spicy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good beer. Nice to try this historic recipe.

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

Bottled read enjoy before July 2013. Poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow. Small amount of white head which quickly dissapates. No lacing.

A - Slight floral notes

T - Clean, ceral and crackers, no discernable hops.

MF - A little fizzy, a little sharp, some creaminess in the finish.

O - Hides its 8.0% ABV very well. Not sure I would call this an APA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is faint malt and citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is malt with a perfect balance of citrusy hops. This beer is not going to knock your socks off but I am very impressed with its balance and drinkability.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed trying New Albion both for the history of this beer and the flavor. The strength of this beer is the drinkability,, I could drink this beer all night long.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Albion Ale opens to a crisp aroma, full of grains and good touches of citrusy hops, offering an immediate sense of balance and flavor. The grains bring toast, floury baguette, rising wheat bread, wet straw, and touches of biscuit, while the hops add an overlay of pine, pink grapefruit, and grapefruit rind, the bitterness here a nice companion to the breads. The ale also features a good selection of light fruit esters, including apricot and orange, with fainter supporting notes of berry and cherry. As a whole, while the flavors in here are light, befitting a pale ale, they’re very nicely balanced between breads, sugars, and hops, offering a wide range of aromas in a nose that has surprising lingering power for its lightness, maintaining most of its potency for at least a few minutes after the bottle has been opened.

On the tongue, the beer brings an immediate grain and hop note, the flavors from the nose translating almost directly, except the dry, bitter grapefruit rind has more potency, adding an astringent citrusy kick to the mixture. The fruit esters also translate well, and even offer a greater presence on the tongue, with more apricot and orange coming through to combat the bitter hops and add body. The flavors maintain their presence throughout much of the mouthful, the sugars slowly dying off. The aftertaste is heavy on toast, biscuit, grapefruit rind, and pine, with almost no sugars left, fading with relative quickness. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy, the ale fizzing up somewhat on the tongue.

Overall, this is perfectly good beer, and while it doesn’t offer anything overwhelming or necessarily distinctive, it does feature a very respectable flavor palette that sets a nice standard for any pale ale to live up to, and offers good drinkability at the same time. Certainly worth trying, and not just for its historical significance.

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Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale for a pale ale looks like a lager in the glass. Light gold that is almost yellow. Small white colored head.

Smell is light malt and grassy hop. Smells like a lager too. Light toasted grain aroma.

Starts out light in body with a high carbonation level and a mineral water bite to it.

Mildly bitter it in fact again is more like a lager. Floral and grassy hops and a slight wheat cracker malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

Overall it is better than the sum of all its parts. An incredibly refreshing beer, I could see this become a common visitor to my refrigerator during the summer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear gold, sudsy white head is thin but retains well.

Smells of light grassy malts with a subtle dry hop undertone.

Tastes of grassy malts mixed with a subtly toasted bready character, hints of citrus, and a subtle dry hop.

Medium to light body with a tingle carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice, drinkable pale ale with pilsner-like characteristics. Nothing special, but solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, golden straw yellow with a thin head of wispy white foam which had a little clingy lace but had poor retention. Carbonation looked moderate and clarity was good.

S: Some cooked veggies, heated grain husk and a slightly herbal hop nose that grafts to some phenol scents.

T: Pretty underwhelming flavor, but it begins with a pronounced, fizzy malt graininess, almost that of adjuncts including corn and rice, then building a little backbone to support a flash of dry, grassy bitterness that leads to a somewhat boozy or full-feeling finish.

M: Mouthfeel is sort of fizzy and granular at first, but builds a little body and burn towards the end.

O: I kept thinking this was lager the entire time I was drinking it and I nearly convinced myself they got it wrong. That said, it's not a great example of an APA. If it were a $5.99 Trader Joe special, I might consider it in a pinch. Otherwise, head for better options.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Let me start of by saying I love having my occasional Sam Adams Boston Lager.This is a respectable brew but not one of my favorites by Sam.

It pours a crystal clear light gold color...with a slight white head.

It had reminiscent's of bready malts and a little sweetness.

Medium bodied.

overall a descent beer but would not buy again.

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Photo of prototypic
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New Albion pours a light yellow color. Looks like straw. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. It’s topped with a nice, soft white head. It rises to about a finger and a half before falling back to a surface covering. Holds there for a bit. Lacing was a little sticky, but lighter. Not bad at all.

The nose is not so great. It’s weak and needs more strength in a big way. It smells very earthy and grainy. That aspect resonates throughout each whiff. The malt base smells slightly sweet and has a strong cracker-like scent to it. There are some hops noted. They’re light and smell very grassy. Smells like noble hops to me. It’s not my preference for hops in an American Pale Ale, but it is what it is. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor at all. Needs work.

The flavor is okay. Maybe a little better than the nose. Pretty average in the American Pale Ale class. The malt base is bready and cracker-like. There’s a mild sweetness to it, but it’s not much. There’s a strong grainy, earthy, and grassy aspect to it throughout. It’s a bit much for the style. There’s an interesting salty flavor that doesn’t add much. Hops are definitely in the mix. They’re very grassy and are very reminiscent of noble hops. They do add a light bitter kick, but it’s not too much. More would be better. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. At 6%, that’s not a huge shock. Finishes earthy, grassy, cracker-y, and dry.

New Albion has a lighter body. Carbonation is active, but it feels rather soft. It feels a bit too thin for the style. It’s not bad, but more body would be better.

I know the story behind this beer, and I have a lot of respect for Jack McAuliffe. I like that Boston Beer Company resurrected and released this beer. Having said that, it’s a very average American Pale Ale. I understand that it probably was a trailblazer 30 years ago, but it’s just okay by today’s standards. It’s an interesting release with good history behind it. In the name of history, it’s worth checking out.

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Photo of ZAP
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Apple cider colored...creamy white head...a lot of carbonation bubbles.

S-More of a subtle floral/herbal take on the hops...sweetish sugar cookie like maltiness

T-Basic pale ale without a lot of flavor assertiveness...the floral/herbal hops and malts blend into a sweeter type of pale ale...not much bitterness on this one...

M-A bit overcarbonated but firm body..

O-Nothing memorable about this one but nothing bad either....basic easy drinking sweeter pale ale...

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Photo of barczar
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant medium gold with a foamy half inch ivory had that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Fresh cut grass, grain, and skunk form the initial aroma, with a bready malt base and floral hops at the finish.

Flavor is slightly fruity initially, with bready grain cutting in mid palate and carrying through to the long finish. Orange and lemon zest and a general citrus tinge underlie a fairly malty profile. Slightly metallic. Becomes more bitter and floral as it warms.

Body is moderate, With moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Fairly non-descript brew. More malt and less bitter than most apa's, and not a lot of flavoring hop aside from the initial citrus. A little overly grainy.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out as a clear yellow color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this beer. The smell was pretty typical, some malt and hops on the nose but nothing that really stands out. The taste of the beer is pretty traditional, it's well balanced but kind of boring. No real dominant flavor really jump out at me. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light bodied making this beer a very sessionable brew. Overall it's a decent beer but nothing too exciting. Glad I got to try it though to see what it's all about.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.59 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Notched BBF July 2013. 6.0% ABV per the bottle. No info on the website. Pours out to a slightly hazy medium golden, forming a tall white head with excellent retention and lcing, owing in part to it's firm carbonation, ~3.0 carbs. The nose is somewhat non-descript...somewhat crackery malts, a little grassy, very little hop aroma with more of a lager yeast profile with moderate DMS. I suspect 6-row and some corn was used to brew this. Mouthfeel is a little peculiar...lightly tart, medium bodied, with a dry finish. Taste is grassy, crackery, somewhat grainy with some distinct white grape juice esters, a little bit of spicy hops towards the end and a mild to medium bitterness.

A very average beer, somewhere between a MBC domestic lager and a less than average pale ale. Not really offensive, but not interesting either. I'd drink it in a pinch but have no interest in buying it again.

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Photo of mooseo
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear rich gold in color with a small white head.

S - Mostly bready and grainy with hints of floral and spicy citrus hops opening up as it warms.

T - Lemon citrus and earthy spicy hops meld with a heavy dose of pale bready malt. The hops provide a nice bite and light bitterness throughout. Finishes a bit grassy with lingering sweet toasted grain.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light bodied. A touch creamy. Dry, clean finish.

O - This is a tasty, balanced pale ale. It won't blow you away, but it really hits the spot as a decent session ale. I dig the backstory, and it's easy to appreciate its origin. I might pick up some more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin bubbles with a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of bready and grainy malts with some very light notes of grassy, spicy, and floral hops.

T: Light amounts of bready malts with some light amounts of grainy sweetness. There are some very light notes of spicy hops with just a touch of grassy hops. Light amounts of lemon citrus notes and a light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light notes of dryness in the finish.

O: It is interesting to try this re-creation of the start of American craft beer - strange how hidden the hop aromas are but I'm guessing that was very true to the original which was competing with beers that did not have much hop aroma. I'm glad that beers have evolved and the presence of the hops has really come to the forefront. Definitely worth trying for the historical perspective and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a bright white head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of grass and corn. Almost no hop presence. Taste follows the nose with grass in the forefront followed by a slight hint of caramel sweetness..Ample carbonation level lends itself to a medium body. Bitterness in the aftertaste seems to be due to astringency rather than hops. This one misses the mark in my opinion and can be best described as bland

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Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 9oz pils glass. Poured a lightly hazy, very light gold color, about the same color as a nice Pilsener, much lighter than most Pale Ale's, with about an inch of white head that had OK retention and and very light lace. The beer really liked like a nice lager.

The aroma was an even, balanced blend of light grains and gentle hops, nothing really stood out, either good or bad. The flavors started out a bit grain forward,were mostly evenly balanced throughout the majority of the beer, and had a lightly bright hop finish.

The body was mostly light and even, but there was just a bit of stickiness at the back that was a bit unpleasant. Drinkability was pretty good, you could have several of these during a session. Overall, a nice enough little brew, nothing worth going out of your way for, but worth grabbing if you see it.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Very pale, clear, yellow with a two-finger head of detergent-like foam. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Mild aroma of pilsner style yeasts and spicy hops. End result? It smells like "beer", in a macro lager kind of way. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms.

T - Whoa, this is a lot more full flavored than the nose would indicate. Grains kicks things off in the form of a sweet biscuit/buttered toast malt. Some lemon rind zest in the mid-palate. Hops have just a hint of floral grass, and just a little spice. Seemlessly blended and balanced. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Overall body compliments the taste. Finishes clean and crisp, especially for an ale.

O - While people say this resurrected recipie must have been an amazing craft beer back when it first brewed, it's still a pretty damn good one right now. Simple and elegant. Ironically, I found many elements here to be slightly reminiscent of a BMC beer; pale, sweet, spicy hops, lots of carbonation. The difference is actual full flavor and the absence of "off" flavors from adjuncts. A great beer for converting a BMC to craft. A repeat buy for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint
Best by July 2013

A - Pours a clear honey gold with a clingy white head of foam. Good looking beer but, ok retention with minimal lacing.

S - Clean pale malt, slightly sweet, grassy, spicy hop,

T - Honey kissed grains, dried grassy hops, a touch of lemon pepper hops, sweet cracker pale malt, golden delicious apples, lemon twang, the bitterness is light and peppery. Finishes tangy sweet but dries out right at the end.

M - Light to medium body, has a prickly carbonation bite, crisp finish.

Not sure how accurate this is to the original but it's good and I'm glad they resurrected and paid homage to this recipe. It has a nice apple sweetness with a peppery finish and would go great with grilled pork.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Pale Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a yellowish color, produced a average white head, nice retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma of the APA consisted of malted grain, baked bread and lemongrass. Medium in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, some white pepper and lemon citrus. Semi dry finish. Overall, decent beer- One of the founding craft beers, and a great idea for Samuel Adams to bring it back. With that said, craft beer has made advances since this beer was born, but it is nice to go back and taste one of the "first".

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams - New Albion Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Pours golden, almost clear with a bubbly, champagne-like head. Medium carbonation.

Smell - Light malt with some citrus (orange/coriander/lemon).

Taste - Carbonated malty citrus bite. Similar to a white but lighter/more crisp. Taste is the one major highlight of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Fades fast with a slight citrus leftover.

Overall - Not bad, would be more suitable for a Summer brew, I tasted this in February and it did not fit the current outside climate.

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Photo of mattbk
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Light brown, a bit lighter than I expected, clear, lightly carbonated, not much head at all.
S- Smells almost lager like. Bready malts, some light lemony hops, maybe even some sulfur here.
T- Some bitterness to this beer. This is supposed to be Casacde hops, but I got a lot more Noble character, maybe Saaz. A bit of lemon on the finish again. A little bit of the bready malts from the aroma. After that, sort of watery. Not bad, definitely not very good.
M- Very, very light, lager like, very drinkable, I drank half of the beer just in seacrhing for flavor with no problem. Would have liked more.
O- Missing ale fruitiness, Cascade grapefruit flavor, any sort of ale body. A bit higher than an American light lager, not much so. I am glad this beer exists - and I suspect I would have loved it in the early 1980s. 30 years later, it shows just how far craft beer has come in America.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle notch dated "enjoy by" Jul 2013.
Pours light amber in color with a moderate size, sudsy white head. Weak head retention but some lacing.

Appealing grassy-floral-fruity mix includes suggestions of hay, apples, citrus fruit, faint biscuits and spicy hops. The flavor is similar to the nose, but less apple and a clearer tangerine note. Interesting mix of flavors, with some complexity. Appropriate hop/malt balance.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Yards Philadelphia pale ale.
Pours golden amber with a bright white head that fades quickly.
Aroma is lighly hopped and malts are pale and dry.
Taste is like the nose, lightly hopped and a bit muddled with malts being of the pale variety.
On the palette it's abit course and husky.
A good beer thats very sessionable but nothing special other then the historical aspect.

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Samuel Adams New Albion Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.
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