Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New Albion Ale

Sam Adams brewed the original New Albion Pale Ale in honor of Jack McAuliffe and his contributions to craft beer. This recipe was created over 30 years ago. The label depicts a ship on a rough sea, very quaint. Jim Koch did this video with Jack on the history of his brewery and this beer (you should watch it). Enjoy before July, 2013. 6.0% alcohol.

Crackers and grainy aroma, very faint. Malty start, grainy sweetness, distinct dough flavors. There is some hoppy balance, with a little lemon and floral characteristics. Again, the flavors are pretty neutral and muted. Not bland or thin but not very robust.

A little grassy and herbal toward the end. Carbonation is prickly. Medium body. Flavors were good, but I wish they were a little more pronounced. A little spicy hoppy nip would have made me think pale ale too. Anyway, glad to have tried it, and Jack sure as heck had the Buds of his day whipped!


Allen Huerta said...

I really appreciated this ale. It is hard to think back how it must have been being the world of beer is so much different now.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Personally, I think the odds were against Jack and his brewery. And he made a really nice beer that surely was a hit with anyone that would compare it to the crappy macros of the time.

You're right. Craft beer has lots of support from beer geeks, other breweries, trade organizations, etc. Those things weren't around 30 years ago.