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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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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
More User Reviews:
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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%

Served with a minimal head, but the bubbles remain throughout the tasting. Some spots for lace. The liquid is brown with light passing through easily. Appears hazy.

Smells of brown sugar and crystal malt. No hop.

Lots of caramel up front, but it's not overly sweet. Good hop kick in the swallow, but it's not overly bitter. In all, a pretty nice blend. Rich body and below average carbonation. Short aftertaste--lightly sweet.

04-20-2014 16:52:27 | More by smcolw
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Cambridge Amber from Cambridge Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.