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Cambridge Amber - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Amber
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BA SCORE
85
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2000)
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-18-2013 03:14:38 | More by PatGreer
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Tawny, ruby with a thin lace.

Smell: Malty. Caramel, fruit and clean herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Hoppy upfront with a clean, rind-like bitterness (slightly spicy). Bitty unsweetened chocolate flavour with a fig sweetness, followed by more chocolate. Bitter sweet finish.

Notes: Another classic micro brewed Amber.

09-22-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

On tap and served in an American Pint tumbler. Tarnished copper with a reddish hue against the light sparkles with brightness and holds a thick tiny bubbled lace on top. Soft and sweet maltiness with a caramel backing in the aroma and flavour. Hop bitterness balances the sweetness well without getting in the way. Creamy and smooth with hints of sweet bread. The finish stays a tad sweet and stays damn drinkable all they way through the pint.

06-13-2002 05:36:38 | More by Jason
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brewerdrew

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

Overall a very comfortable beer that is great for bellying up to the bar (as I did) for a session of drinking.

For those who enjoy an relativly well balanced respectable amber ale this is definietly one to try.

It truly represnts this style well. Cheers !!

04-28-2010 00:45:48 | More by brewerdrew
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-30-2014 02:19:57 | More by ccurrid
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 14:06:57 | More by bpfrush
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dmachado

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-14-2014 17:49:35 | More by dmachado
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Grabbed a few "swigs" from my wife's glass. Nice amber color, not much bite, good malt, just a good drinking beer. It went down good with the food I was drinking. Although I am not an "amber" man, I could certainly drink this again.

11-22-2002 10:59:05 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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BKotch

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-09-2014 23:39:45 | More by BKotch
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kirkse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-14-2013 03:32:03 | More by kirkse
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

11-23-2013 20:40:10 | More by WhitmansNiece
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

a good brew, but as ambers go, this ones probably slightly above middle of the road status. it pours a crisp amber colour with a slight head that sort of lingers a bit, but not for long. the smell was more malt than hop and more sweet than earthy. basic but decent overall. flavour was a smooth maltiness with some sweet tomes mixed in here and there and a touch of hop bitterness at the finish. earth flavour is kept to a minimum but is present. not much more to say about this one other than it's decent if your looking for a simple brew. if you want something more daring or flavourful, look elsewhere, as i'm sure the cbc will have something interesting on.

10-25-2004 03:15:37 | More by SixpointJMH
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StevieW

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Dark copper color. Rich creamy beige head. Maltly sweet, carmel aromas. Very inviting beer so far. Nice malty sweet taste is better than expected. Rich creamy feel, I really like this one. Impressed they make have this one everyday for the last 4 years. Medium feel, nice malty sweetness lingers, but doesn't bother me. I would have this one again.

09-07-2002 14:35:17 | More by StevieW
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cjs61679

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-22-2013 03:13:48 | More by cjs61679
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

on cask at Bukowski's Cambridge

What a thick, yeasty-looking head! And it just hangs in there and hangs it there, leaving plenty of spume on the glass. The beer itself is a dark honey color, coppery and translucent, with a glint of gold at the bottom.

After the piney pure hops scent, I could swear it tastes like hashish! Piney, musky, smokey, earthy. But it's very hard to make out the malt in there, just a suggestion at the base.

The main flaw is the thin body. It's almost flat. I wonder if the cask is nearing its end. It's damned easy to drink though, so easy I felt like I had ony had one beer after two and casually ordered a third, even though it's not the most amazing beer I've ever had.

05-22-2004 14:39:04 | More by gentlebubbles
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twelvsies

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

This is how I like my ambers. A great example of the style I think. This is a style that can be great but rarely is. I find lots of so-called ambers lacking that defining rich character. This one was plenty flavorful though. Appears a deep dark red color, not really "amber" at all. A nice foamy head rides on top and sticks around for a while. This one is full of malty character with just enough balance of spicy hops. Very doughy, bready, slightly nutty, and sweet. There's a really nicely subtle powdery coco flavor to it. Lots going on, but still a very simple yet pleasing beer. This is one I could sit around a drink all night for sure.

12-12-2005 23:53:38 | More by twelvsies
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-11-2014 22:52:02 | More by MonicaC
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

brown with ruby higlights and a decent tan head. amber?
the aroma is sort of chocolate chip cookie-like, with some grassy hops thrown in. i would say more, but that about sums it up for me.
it has a nice rich malty taste for an amber. it's got a little more balls than many of the ambers i'm used to. roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a nit of diactyl on occasion, and herbal hop bitterness balances. very nice.
medium body with moderate carbonation.
good drinkability, would make a good session beer. i would drink this more at CBC, but there are so many better beers to try. a solid beer though make no mistake.

03-16-2006 23:08:55 | More by kmo1030
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Tasted On-Tap 10/01/05 at the CBC in Cambridge, MA.

Mahogany in color with a light beige ringed head. Unfortunately everything goes downhill after the appearance... a buttery diacetyl aroma and flavor dominates over everything else. Light-medium bodied.

One was too many and this is the one to skip at CBC -- at least the Heather Ale was interesting.... This tastes nothing like described on their website. Bummer.

Per CBC website:
OG: 1.048 FG: 1.012 ABV: 4.7%

10-11-2005 17:23:47 | More by RBorsato
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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-14-2012 19:50:38 | More by GuidedByBill
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chris657


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-19-2014 02:02:21 | More by chris657
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BobsledTM

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-16-2014 14:45:34 | More by BobsledTM
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -30.2%

Their amber is exactly what you expect - deep amber red color, hops are up front and dry, hoppy after taste. Minimum carbonation and no head to speak of. No detectable sweetness.
The ABV has dropped to 4.7%.

10-20-2002 16:31:45 | More by jdhilt
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-16-2012 02:40:52 | More by sweisel80
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-20-2014 01:03:50 | More by Sspeer1
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Cambridge Amber from Cambridge Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.