397. Samuel Adams New Albion Ale
This beer was originally produced in 1976 by Jack McAuliffe at New Albion Brewing Company and many consider this to be the beer that started craft brewing. Last year Samuel Adams decided to pay tribute to this beer by producing and distributing it using the original recipe and packaging. I decided to buy a 6-pack and wish I hadn’t.
The beer is classified as an American Pale Ale but using today’s standards falls flat when compared to today’s hoppy, colorful pales. There really is nothing to exciting about this beer from the appearance, aroma, taste, etc are all very blah. It is interesting to see how beer from 1976 compares to today’s craft beer but that is really the only reason to drink this beer.
Pros: Nice historical lesson on how far beer has come
Cons: Not very flavorful
Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??