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Arch Amber Ale - The Hartford Better Beer Co.

Arch Amber AleArch Amber Ale

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 13.98%


Brewed by:
The Hartford Better Beer Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hard water. Appropriate for a pale ale style, this gives something for the hop oils to stick to, and the right water chemistry and pH levels for a proper British style bitter or pale ale. Our water chemistry provides mineral flavor and body to complement the complex malt and hop ingredients that are drawn from the best of English, German and Pacific Northwestern U.S. traditions and sources. The mineral factor enhances the processing steps in mashing, sparging, boiling, fermenting and conditioning. The malt bill includes English 2-row Pale Ale Barley Malt and Malted Whole Wheat. Hops include Chinook, Hallertau, Cascade, Willamette and Tettnang. Shipyard's lively Ringwood culture (a top-fermenting "ale" yeast) is used to ferment the beer, as was the case when we brewed in Hartford.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 07-25-2006)
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01-30-2012 02:17:11 | More by jfcaa193
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with an off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing behind and giving no lacing.

The smell is mainly caramel hops with honey sweetness and very minimal hops.

The taste is just as advertised by the aroma.

Very light mouthfeel, watery and thin with light carbonation.

Not an exciting brew, the lack of carbonation and head really doesn't help the average taste and aroma. Wouldn't go back to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 21:42:29 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle in a pint glass.

Pours copper amber with minimal foam. Little lacing.

Smell is biscuity malty, light and sweet.

Caramel taste, some sweetness. Honey notes. A tad watery.

Lightly carbonated.

Very straightforward beer. I wouldn't say it was bad, just unremarkable. But I could drink another.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 13:47:32 | More by KTCamm
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Matthoc116

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Like most of the reviewers, I was enticed by the Hartford Arch on the label expecting a local brewery. But I'll review this as a beer, not as a brewery.

Poured a very thin, nice amber color. No head or lacing present. Immediately smells of dicetyl, with a whiff of malt on the backend; not pleasant. Little hop aroma, and any that would be present is overpowered by a strong vegetable odor.

Tastes much like it smells. Think Bass Ale with strong cauliflower notes. Maybe I got a bad batch, but looking at the other reviews I'm not willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Sad that the city and the Arch had to be associated with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:14:15 | More by Matthoc116
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 05/20/2009. I had this on tap at Willimantic Brewing. Pours a clear brown/amber with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt with lots of diacetyl. Flavor is more of the same with diacetyl and lots of sweetness. Definitely a flawed beer. Meh.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 19:56:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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erosier

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a light amber orange color with a medium sized and light bodied white colored head that fades pretty fast and has a little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts and some caramel aromas as well with a very slight hop finish.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, caramel, some honey, and a slight hop taste at the end.
M: Pretty crisp, clean, and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable. Not really an outstanding beer, but a well balanced one all around.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 12:12:37 | More by erosier
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this at the package store earlier this evening

Being near Hartford I thought I was getting a local brew, alas it's brewed by Shipyard.. oh well. Basically the only good thing about this beer is the appearance. A nice, copper/golden red. Smell is of faint malts and taste is non existent. Im surprised at the fact that were is some decent lacing but the lack of taste and mouthfeel just kills it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 00:34:36 | More by marlinsfan4
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A: Poured a clear, light amber color with orange and ruby highlights. High level of carbonation, but produced a weak, thin head of whispy foam which left a little soapy lace.

S: Smells slightly sweet, of toasted grains, caramel malts and a touch of honey.

T: Taste is slightly weak, but is a crisp combo of toasted caramel malts and some light bitter hopping. Slight fruity notes hinted at in the flavor. There's a bit of a watery, sour taste around mid-palate, but the finish is dry, clean and a little bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and well-carbonated.

D: Not a bad amber, but not all that great. It's a standard drinking ale with more of a look and smell than a taste. Would be a better session if it were a tad maltier.

I was pumped to see another "local" brew, only to find out that it's contract brewed by Shipyard. There's nothing particularly wrong with that, but it altered my perception of the brew. Not really an "awesome ale" as stated on the bottle, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 22:36:38 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Boto

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a crystal clear amber color. There was just a bit of an off white head that drops away very quickly. The aroma is weaker but good, with mainly caramel and a touch of honey and earthiness. Somewhat bitter taste, with some earthiness and a touch of caramel. A little more bitter than I expected. Decent enough flavor and drinkability. A good everyday drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 21:07:13 | More by Boto
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am sampling this beer poured into a pint glass at room temp. The beer pours a clear amber color with a fizzy and fluffy khaki colored head foaming up 3 cm easily. the head slowly recedes to a sturdy surface layer.
The aroma is some grainy malt and toffee with a bit of tea leaf and herbal hop notes. First sip reveals an average to lite body with fine fizzy carbonation. The flavor is sweet toffee malt up front with just a bit of chocolate. The malt profile rolls to herbal and slightly bitey hops. the hops linger for a bit on the sides of my palate. This is an easy drinker with no hint of ABV. Not overly complex but could be a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 02:13:18 | More by sulldaddy
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange with a large tan foamy head that leaves good lacing. The smell is sweet roasted malt and maybe some carmel. The taste is sweet malt with some carmel and vanilla,not bad,but nothing to outstanding. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,although I wasn't too crazy to find out that this is made by Shipyard. Still, not a bad malty beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 21:02:10 | More by jmz62565
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, capped. I bought this beer when my bro was visiting. Sorry I missed the brewed by Shipyard on the side. Enough. Why put "Hartford" on the label? Maybe so I won't automatically think butter? I will try and review this without emotion.

Pours out with no head and very few bubbles. The smell is slightly malty but mostly something "creamy". Slightly watery with some malt coming through. Reminds me of an average British beer, think Bass. Nothing really remarkable other than a solid drinkability. I don't really know what else to say about this beer. I would call it average in every way.

In a pinch, I might buy this beer again. Other than that, probably not.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:19:58 | More by CharlesRiver
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a light, beady head that fades to a collar and some dust. Aromas are pretty bland -- mostly just a light diacetyl note backed by a touch of grainy malts. On the palate, it's more of the same. Nutty malts, buttery diacetyl, and brash carbonation lead to a sticky finish. Mouthfeel is typical to style -- light/medium body, fairly big carbonation, and some metallic notes thrown in. Overall, this beer is pretty inoffensive on most levels, although any time that most of the flavor is derived from diacetyl you've got to ask some hard questions. There's no reason to drink this, but no reason to refuse one if offered, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 03:06:21 | More by geexploitation
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.
Best before 04.07 (?).

Very light brown, thin copper in color. Thik, slightly off-white head with impressive retention, leaving thin and spotted lacing that clings to the tumbler's sides.

Sweet toffee and caramel over a mustiness of adjunctory grains: rice and wheat. An underlying dried hazlenut aroma.

Sweet coffee bean flavors; hazlenut and vanilla. Burnt caramel, toffee presence that is rather bold; annoys the tastebuds. A powdery mustiness following the primary sweetness met with a wave of heavy carbonation. Finish is dry with an aftertaste of dried nuts and heavily sweetened toffee.

Medium in body; overly carbonated, dry, and powdery.

A little too sweet in flavor; that unfortunately lingers well into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel though is probably the poorest aspect of this ale. Flawed in more than one area. My only question is "better beer" compared to what?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 12:40:21 | More by NEhophead
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a truly amber color, very faint carbonation, a finger and a half of white head

S - a musty dingy pub ale type aroma, with malty candy sweet hint to the nose

T - bland, lacking both body and flavor, not fond of this, its quality but rather nondescript, sour flavor, slight hop/malt kick, tastes watered down

M&D - easily drinkable, not weak bodied, smooth, but not more than palatable

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 03:06:21 | More by sinstaineddemon
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cwachtel

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber in color and very clear. Pours with a strong head with staying power. No aroma to speak of...slight hint of a malty, metallic smell. Tastes okay. I prefer a maltier amber...this doesn't much have malt or hops to it. Slight fruity and metallic finish. Crisp and refreshing beer though that's not what I was looking for. Wouldn't be my first choice in an amber, but would drink over a lot of other beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 00:27:42 | More by cwachtel
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Arch Amber Ale from The Hartford Better Beer Co.
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