Has anyone had the New Albion yet?

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  1. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I wish it would get here already, sigh.
     
  2. MilkManX

    MilkManX Disciple (300) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Yeah I am looking forward to this. I love regular ol tasty Pale Ales.
     
  3. jerkstore81

    jerkstore81 Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2010 Illinois

    Finally had a bottle last night. If you haven't had it yet, I'd recommend keeping your expectations muted. IMO it drinks more like a macro lager than a pale ale. I could see this being a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, just don't expect a flavor bomb. Glad I got to drink a little piece of craft beer history.
     
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  4. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Poo-Bah (3,881) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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    I bought a 6-pack last week and tried a bottle, and didn't think much of it then. I had another bottle and reviewed it last night, and I completely agree about it drinking more like a macro lager than a pale ale. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that.
     
  5. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho Initiate (70) May 3, 2012 Virginia

    Its nothing special in the beer world today, I agree it tastes more like a macro lager. But if you take your mind back to when this beer came out, and what the alternatives were, it would have been something amazing back in the day.
     
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  6. EvoJoe

    EvoJoe Aspirant (251) Jan 19, 2013 North Carolina
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    I was able to pick up a 6 pack the other day. Nothing fancy which is nice to see. It's a simple solid ale. But now watching the video I have more respect for the beer.
     
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  7. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I agree. I drink more balanced beers in 12oz than extreme beers in bombers. For craft to rise above that 6% you need more breweries like Boston, Anchor, and Sierra who make flavorful 5% ABV beers and are in all 50 states. But some breweries may not want to do that plus to get that big people start arguing whether or not you're craft. (in those examples Sierra and Boston make plenty more different beers than just the single-digit ABVs)
     
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  8. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Thanks to this thread for reminding me to look for this on my stock-up trip tomorrow.
     
  9. patkorn

    patkorn Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2007 California

    Over the bar at Russian River pub is the original New Albion sign.
     
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  10. jdauria

    jdauria Initiate (172) Sep 15, 2010 Massachusetts

    Have to say I was really disappointed when I first tried this. So used to the pale ales of today, that I was expecting something with a wow factor, but it was pretty blah. However, saying that, once realizing that based on what was around in early 80's and knowing it's not an out of this world beer, I enjoyed the beer the second time around as a nice refreshing basic beer.
     
  11. JimKal

    JimKal Devotee (449) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    An interesting taste of craft beer history. This is very clear and a bit darker than a standard lager. I find that I need to try something more than once, and sometimes a few times, before I can tell if it is a repeat for me. My first impression is that it is not a hop forward as most of the Pale Ales we see today. But, kudos to Sam Adams for bringing this one back. Also, I think it would be a nice transitional beer for those moving from BMC to craft.
     
  12. diesel59

    diesel59 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 New York

    nice... I live 15 minutes from there.... I will have to check it out.... thanks...
     
  13. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    What I found interesting about this beer is that I couldn't think of another beer that which it reminded me of. I sensed some corn in there, which I'm pretty sure there isn't, the carbonation was very low and the alcohol was overly pronounced for 6% ABV.

    Like others said, impressive for the 70s, and serviceable for today.
     
  14. TinCup69

    TinCup69 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2012 West Virginia

    Almost bought a 6 pack today but restrained only because I have bought a shit load of beer lately. Since I restrained yesterday I'm going to buy it tomorrow, I waited a day that's good for me.
     
  15. dougbehn

    dougbehn Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2013 Ohio

    had one wednesday...not bad, not great either, lagerish ale, if there is such a brew
     
  16. DanK4

    DanK4 Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Maine

    I dig it man- it's a total throwback to the pre-craft-beer-explosion days. Been selling it off as a SNPA meets Liberty Ale influence. I'm not always impressed with SA beers or what they do, but this was a serious up in my book for releasing this beer. Simple and tasty, nothing more than I expected.
     
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  17. Skunkdrool

    Skunkdrool Devotee (438) Jul 31, 2010 California
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    For what it is, its pretty good. Simple Cascade Pale Ale. Reminds me of Sierra's Pale.
     
  18. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    Meh. Nothing to write home about
     
  19. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Hadn't seen it before,
    Got it in a mix-six in Denver 1/7
     
  20. BrainGrenades

    BrainGrenades Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2011 California

    For those of you in San Diego (like myself) I think it's finally hitting town next week. I'm still looking forward to trying it.
     
  21. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Devotee (427) Mar 19, 2012 California

    I had a couple over the weekend. Really enjoyed it. Very refreshing. Will try to get another 6 pack if possible...
     
  22. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I really liked it. Very much an "old school" craft ale.
     
  23. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    Had it. Tastes like if BMC made good beer. Like a high life that was tasty. Like most said, a 'refreshing' beer. Had the IPL too, that was awesome IMO.
     
  24. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,629) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “Like a high life that was tasty.”

    I don’t think I ever saw the word “high life” and “tasty” in the same sentence before!

    Cheers!
     
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  25. MLucky

    MLucky Initiate (0) Jul 31, 2010 California

    Yes. It's OK. Probably better than I thought it'd be, based on the recipe they published for it which was nothing but two-row and cascade. (Hey, it's a SMaSH beer, who'd a-thunk?) I thought the malt would be pretty bland, but actually very nice in a session beer kind of way. Kudos to SA for honoring New Albion and putting this out.
     
  26. thecommish101831

    thecommish101831 Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2010 District of Columbia

    Real light. Not too much flavor. 6.5% I believe, but drinks like an easy session.

    Not worth seeking out, but a cool tribute.
     
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  27. rob133

    rob133 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2009 California

    Anyone seen this in the Bay Area yet? I figured I would pick up a sixer when I saw it, but so far I haven't noticed it on the shelves anywhere.
     
  28. Seanvino

    Seanvino Initiate (138) Jan 5, 2009 California
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    Haven't seen it in the South Bay yet. Keeping a look out as this was one of the first crafts I tried back in the day.
    Sh!t i'm old;)
     
  29. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,183) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    The Boston Beer Co. lists "New Albion" as one the products on the Samuel Adams' "Beer Finder" webpage. Don't know how well it works, or how up to date it is.
     
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  30. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Devotee (477) Jul 13, 2011 Florida
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    I saw at my local beer store over the weekend, $7.99 for a 6-pack. I bought a single of it because I just wanted to try one ($1.99). I agree that it tastes more like a macro lager than a craft pale ale. I was not very impressed with it. Don't get my wrong - it was OK, and I like the story behind it and all that, but I don't see myself buying it again.
     
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  31. rob133

    rob133 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2009 California

    Thats a somewhat odd selection of random stores that have it, not one place I would usually go to. Which seems odd as some of those places are usually well stocked with there regular stuff. Not sure I will go out of my way to one of those stores listed, but if I am driving by I guess.
     
  32. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (2,646) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
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    Didn't like it.

    Having said that, I think it's a great history lesson showing what craft brewing was like 30 years ago.
     
  33. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,625) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Well made, but unexciting.
     
  34. bulldogbrewhaus

    bulldogbrewhaus Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012 Virginia

    Very rarely do I get on here and bash a beer but....I was really not impressed with this beer. Pretty bland, not much body, hops were there but seemed lacking. Taste is subjective so give it a try, and the story is cool. Cheers.
     
  35. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Just a very tasty, sessionable pale ale. A touch of hops and a a bit sweet - I grabbed a single but am now craving a sixer.
     
  36. dumpman

    dumpman Aspirant (203) Feb 6, 2010 Rhode Island

    Very drinkable brew no extremes here but i liked it and bought a second sixer.
     
  37. BeerFMAndy

    BeerFMAndy Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2009 Wisconsin

    I was geeked to see this out there! I grabbed a single of it at my local Woodman's and I'm getting ready to have it now.
     
  38. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (11,900) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I had it tonight. I think it's good for what it is.
     
  39. IainOg

    IainOg Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2009 Virginia

    Grimly Fiendish, we'd hope! ;7)
     
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  40. mintjellie

    mintjellie Defender (630) Oct 2, 2005 Ontario (Canada)

    This is just a guess, but I would think that most craft breweries get the majority of their sales from their less extreme offerings.

    I know they aren't craft anymore, but how much volume do you think Goose Island sells of 312 or Honkers vs. beers like Sofie or the various Bourbon County variants?

     
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