New Albion Ale (( The Roots Of A Movement )) DJs BrewTube Beer Review #263





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Published on Feb 1, 2013

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In this episode of DJs BrewTube, after a really long day as witness by my verbal mistakes, I review a true watermark beer in craft brewing history, New Albion Brewing Company Ale. The reason this beer is important is because it is recognized as the first true micro-brewed beer in the US and marks the start of the modern craft beer revolution.

Flash back to 1976, beer at that time was pretty much exclusively macro-produced American adjunct lager and the number of breweries shrank every year. From this bleak landscape a pioneer emerged, Jack McAuliffe. Jack decided that he was not happy with the flavorless offerings from the beer giants and decided he wanted to reproduce the bigger flavor of the European beers he experienced while in the Navy. So, on hand made, three level, gravity fed equipment (no small scale commercial equipment existed at the time), Jack built his brewery in California and set out to produce flavorful beer for the taste starved beer drinkers of his area. Like most pioneering things, beer from New Albion Brewing was ahead of its time and in 1983, because of the poor post-Carter Era economic conditions and a lack of capital needed for expansion, New Albion Brewing ceased operations.

Flash forward to 2011 in San Antonio, TX when a local Sam Adams Sales Rep. is preparing for the company homebrew competition at her homebrew club. At the club she meets an older gentleman who seems to know a lot about brewing. The Sales Rep, a true beer lover, knew she had just met a legend when the gentleman introduced himself as Jack McAuliffe.

Soon after their meeting, the Sales Rep. arranged to have Jack come to the Great American Beer Festival to witness how what he had started has grown. While in Denver Jack was introduced to Jim Koch and an idea was born. Lets see how the product of their idea, a recreated historic craft beer tastes. Enjoy the show!

New Albion Ale WRITTEN REVIEW follows:

A - Crystal clear golden yellow beer with a white head that thinned out leaving plenty of spotty lacing. No alcohol legs.

S - Malt, floral hops and a mild grassy aroma.

T - Sweet grain, grass, Euro hop bitterness with some malty sweetness left on the lips. Reminds me a lot off Sapporo Reserve all grain lager. No alcohol taste at all

F - Medium-Thin mouth feel, effervescent carbonation, crisp feel. Easy to drink.

O - New Albion Ale is a fine example of what happens when someone gets sick of drinking fizzy yellow piss water during the 1970s and breaks the mold.. Overall, its not a great beer by today's standard but you can imagine that back in the day it was a really big tasty brew. Today it tastes like quality and is a good, inoffensive beer that's easy to drink. Try one and see where the crazy craft beer movement began.

Serving type: bottle

New Albion Ale REPORT CARD:

DJ = ( B )

Beer Advocate = 79

Rate Beer = 61

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