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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Jack McAuliffe’s pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. We’re rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with its distinct American hop character for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4756) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Ok, so I was fooled that it was not sam addams. In my clear Harley Davidson mug from Iceland, thanks daughter! Smell? is very mild perfumy hop aroma. Yep, smells quite like a good beer. Nice clear yello pour with a big head. First taste is aggressive ale attributes but never approaches ipa territory, just a simple ale. Some decent co2. Yes, there is no sediment on the bottom of this bottle. Keeps annoying my taste buds but it never gets over the top in rude hop flavors, just simple cleaner hop flavors. Not cloying nor is it lasting. more cloudy yellah as I get near the bottom of the bottle. Towards the finish it seems to be ok. Could deal with it again. Well, fairly good overall beer experience, pleasantly surprised. Yes, not really too bad for an ale, heheh. This coming from a lager lover.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Pours an amber color with a small bubbly head. Notes of fresh air, dusty malt, burnt bread, and muted citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Golden amber with a thin white quickly fading white crown and some lacing. Aroma is grainy and floral with caramel and sweet malt. Taste is floral and grassy with caramel and mild honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 15, 2013
On tap. Hazy dark fellow with a fluffy white head. Big grassy citrus hops aroma and taste with a lightly sugary malty finish and a smooth bright palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
N3lson1 (633) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Not usually a huge fan of Pale Ales, but this Samuel Adams New Albion Ale was certaintly delicious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 2,700th Rating! This packs a surprising punch for a beer with such a simple recipe (two-row, Cascades, and that’s it). Very pale color, like any standard pale lager, bubbles up to support a thick head. Mild hop smell. But on the tongue it’s a different story. But burst of hop bitterness. Cascade hops un-mellowed by any thing with pine or flowers or citrus. Probably made to feel more bitter by its lighter malt bill. Holds up well in these modern times, and I have to wonder what someone who discovered this back in 1976 after a lifetime of Bud would have thought. Hope the McAuliff family gets a chance to bring this back around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joebudzjoe (671) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle purchased in a liquor store in Tewsbury, MA. Cool story about this beer. Solid pale ale, with medium bodied, rather bready beer. Hops of grass. Slightly cloudy pale gold color. Nothing special, but very solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
10/26/13. 12oz bottle from Five Points. Mostly clear orange pour with a small khaki head. Wondering the freshness on this bottle... a touch of citrus on the aroma, but mostly malty, some tart orange, seems a bit oxidized. Malty flavor, lightly chalky, some tangerine, a hint of tartness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15390) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle on the Metro North train into NYC. Pours clear gold with a large, fluffy white head. Smells of dried pale malts, light spruce and thyme. Light to medium sweet flavor with some rindy citrus bitterness, pine needles, hints of white bread and melon. Light to medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Moderately citrusy to finish with simple pale malts and white bread, and mellow stone fruits. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBear11D (364) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
The New Albion Ale pours a clear bright yellow color with an off-white head that didn’t last long and leaves no lacing. The aroma is light but I sense floral hops with just a bit of fresh bread. The flavor is also light, but I get a touch of honey up front with bread and floral hops. Overall this is not impressive, but it is also not horrible. This is average at best.

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