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Atlantic Amber - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 121
Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Since this was apparently retired, I guess this is a little old. I found it in my beer fridge when cleaning the other day. I'll keep that in mind while reviewing!

Looks decent in the glass - cloudy fiery amber with touches of red and orange. Small head, even when agitated. Just a ring of foam and pretty average lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and earthy hops with just a touch of fruit (grapes, figs, and raisin). Not bad, and not a lot of oxidation if it indeed is as old as I fear. Maybe brewers are on to something with these cans ;)

This beer has held up well, but it's nothing amazing. It comes across as an earthy amber with modest hops and a focus on the bready, caramel, and mildly toasted malt. Slight bitterness from the hops, but mostly just an earthly edge. As it warms, subtle biscuit tastes emerge. A pleasant beer and packs more flavor that many 5% ambers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of substantial, but that's fine - if it were heavier it would be bordering on old ale territory. Carbonation is moderate and adds to the experience. Overall, I'm glad I had the chance to sample this before it dissapears. But I can see why it's been retired. This beer isn't bad, but being the most average beer on the block is no accomplishment.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep bronze color with very tight thinner well sustained off white,nice malt complexities in the nose with the citric/spicey hop coming thru more about that later....Deep brown sugar tones with some chewey biscuit dough qualities as well come thru most in the nose,I opened this beer to cold so all I got was the basic malt profile upfront brown sugar,caramel and sweeter biscuit mainly as it warmed a nice spicey sharpness comes thru late and lingers.A nice subtle but complex amber brew it won awards as an alt beer and its hoppy sharpness late seems to show more of an alt character,a solid brew.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice 1/2 inch, beige head that retains extremely well. Some lacing noted as well. Smell is pretty sweet with malty goodness, caramel, and some clear citrus notes underneath all the malty aromas. Taste is of more caramel and maltiness. Very subtle citrus hops as well but not too evident. Very balanced taste and very smooth. Perfect carbonation. Their could be more depth in the flavor department but this is very easy-drinking beer that fails to dissapoint, especially at $6.99 per six-pack. It's a no-brainer. In fact, this might be a new staple in my fridge.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, amber, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, and some hops towards the end..some grains

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet start followed by a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: very well balanced amber that has a distinctive hoppy finish. I could have 2 or 3 of these.

Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark reddish-amber with a white head. The aroma is not good, with a muddy, earthy malt. Smells almost like dirt. The flavor is very malty, earthy hops with some toffee. It also tastes a bit dirt like and has some cooked vegetable notes. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This CT brew is back in the neighborhood. Pours a clear copper color, sporting a low beige head. Aroma is light, with hints of hop and esters. Flavor is also light, of smooth malt, but no noticeable hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit watery. A mild hop bitter aftertaste creeps into the back of the throat as the pint is drained.

Photo of jmz62565
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a huge foamy head. The smell is slight,but you can make out some malt sweetness as well as some yeast aroma. The taste is almost all malt sweetness. It's very drinkable and refreshing. The m/f is light ,but the balance of the flavor is a little off. There is a slight bitter aftertaste.Not a bad brew, I can see myself buying this again. A nice tailgating brew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. can into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour creates a 1.5 finger coarse, light brown colored head with moderate retention. Brew itself is a semi-cloudy reddish-brown. Lacing is ample.

S: Alcohol in the nose is very strong, masking other flavors initially. However, after getting used to it, nutmeg, cinnamon sugar and spice are detectable. Smell is very aggressive.

T: Mellow nuttiness with hints of brown cinnamon sugar and nutmeg. Brew is a bit sour on the finish.

M: Medium body that is relatively smooth but not without carbonation. Finish is clean, watery, and quick, leaving little trace of what once was.

D: This beer is really average. Tried it, reviewed it, not disappointed, but not too impressed either. Have it if you get the chance, but really not worth going out of your way for.

Photo of Ezone024
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i've been drinking atlantic amber for a long time just finally decided to review it, poured out of a can into my New England brewing co. glass. the color is deep red to brown, reminding me of a german marzen's traditional color with a thick cola colored head.

it smells super sweet. i don't detect any hops whatsoever

the taste is good carmel and some sweet fruit in the back.The hops are subtle reminding me of their appearance in a brown ale. it is very drinkable.

you have to like german beers to enjoy this.

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a nice large light tan head. The nice malty and slightly nutty aroma is complemented with caramel, biscuits and citrusy hops. The taste much like the aroma has a nice malty base with caramel and some earthy hops in the finish. Overall, this is a solid Amber that I will definitely add to my beach/outdoor beer list. Recommended.

Photo of tempest
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-pack shop in Bethlehem. I don't know if this beer was in the cooler too long, but it immediately foamed over and then smelled a bit of dust. The flavor and aroma were almost a plastic-like sweetness that just didn't seem right. The hops were fine, a mild bitterness to balance the malt, but that malt, oh man. It tastes odd and felt wrong. Maybe I over exaggerate, I still finished the beer, but I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from beeronthebrain, cheers; Khen!

Pours amber/caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Rich doughy malt & not much else, a bit of leafy hops once near room temperature

T: A bit of caramel & some herbal hops up front. Some leafy hops, some citric hops & a bit more caramel as this warms. Barely earned a 3.5

MF: A bit thinnish with low carbonation, skews sweet

Drinks alright, but this beer lacks real depth, works as an alternative to BMC, but not much more IMO

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin layer of retention skims the surface, staying strong, and leaving a big cascade of spotty lace back that sticks. The aroma is quite bready and toasty smelling, with some sticky smelling sweetness and a touch of floral hops in the back. Nothing wrong here.

The taste is grainy toasted malts and caramel sweetness with a light-moderate amount of hops, which offers a good bit of needed balance to this. Light notes of toast and bitterness dangles on the tongue a bit before fading. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of a prickle to it but overall, this has a very easy feel to it that ramps up the drinkibility.

There is abosolutely nothing to complain about here. Just a solidly made Amber Ale with sturdy flavors and a good quaffability. Bonus points for being available in cans as well. I love it!

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of a honey brown color than amber; a tight egg-shell colored head dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is of sweet bready malt, caramel, a bit buttery, some rust, light brown sugar and a hint of a peppery spicy hop. The taste is big on the bready malt and caramel, some lemon and honey, and a tea like hop. A moderate body, with soft to fizzy carbonation, starts off sweet but finishes dry and slightly tart. An average amber ale, a bit more body than most.

Photo of Sporkus
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber and clear. Head is ecru, thin, and disappears pretty quickly.

S - There's some malt in the aroma, but it's predominantly a sweet and spicy apple scent. Reminds me of apple cider.

T - Starts off with that sweet fruitiness and ends with a nice roasted malt and just a touch of hops. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium body, carbonation is fairly high. Good for a warm afternoon maybe.

D - Definitely drinkable. The can is a nice touch, too--sometimes it's hard to find a good beer in an aluminum shell.

Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the South Norwalk Brewhouse (where this beer was brewed back in its hey day).

I'll preface by saying when I first moved to CT, this was brewed in Sono and available on tap everywhere. I love this beer.

Color is reddish amber, foamy head, some lacing.

The smell is muted - some of the malt comes out, but otherwise not a lot happening.

There is something about the taste I never could quite nail down - some caramel malt, starts sweet, finishes very clean. Very minor dry hop aftertaste.

Drinkable? Back in the day, I drank this by the pitcher. I could down these over and over, especially off a tap.

Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite as good as their lager, but not bad. Usually when I see a can I think of macro brews, and even though this wasn't fantastic....it was yards beyond macro offerings. This brew poured a nicew amber with a decent head. Smell was sweet and malty and this led into the taste which was initially sweet and malty, but finished nicely in a tart hop finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with a medium consistency..good, but not spectacular. Easy on the drinkability scale. While not exceptional, I would definitely have a second.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice light brownish orange with good carbonation. The head is 2 finger, caramel colored that fades away leaving some lace.

The smell is typical for am amber, mild hops and a caramel sweet aroma.

The taste follows, This is a nice fresh sweet lightly toasted caramel brew.

The mouthfeel is good, a nice medium body and good carbonation, the hopy bit is also good.

drinkability is good. A good standard go to brew in a can is great.

Prosit MK

Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can I got in a BIF from TheManiacalOne. Thanks for everything again Mark!

A- Pours a nice light hazy deep amber with some orange highlights in it. After a hard pour I only got a 1 finger light tan head that seemed to run away quite quickly. Light lacing sticking to the glass.

S- I get some toasted malts in the front end of this beer. This takes way to a sweet caramel aroma with a hint of apple. The hops in this take background to everything else with light pine hop notes here and there in the nose. Light grassy smells in there as well.

T- Caramels come through in this beer a little bit more. There seems to be a little more bitterness in the taste than in the aroma. The hops come through a little bit more as well with the taste. A little sweetness in the back end of this beer I think which makes it a little balanced more so than in the aroma.

M- medium-light mouthfeel to this beer. Carbonation is good and leaves the beer dancing across the taste buds. This has a slight watery taste to it but leaves some nice malt taste on the tounge.

D- This is a very drinkable beer which I am glad I got the chance to try. Cans are becoming a little more popular with micros now and this is a fine example of it.

Photo of Hagbard
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can with no freshness date...not so worried because it's in a can, a little worried because it's an amber. The can says it won gold in the GABF in '93 as an altbier. Two thoughts cross my mind: 1. '93 was a long time ago and 2. I thought this was an amber? Onto the beer:

A clear amber honey color with a healthy tan head. The aroma is nice and strong with a malty base that seems nutty and bready. It doesn't seem too sweet. The taste beings with a malty sweetness that is joined quickly by a bready aspect. I don't detect any hop aspect, which I generally associate with an altbier ann it actually tastes closer to a marzen than an amber. As someone who isn't a fan of ambers, this one is actually pretty good. It is a tad too sweet for my tastes, but to its credit, it doesn't seem cloying. The mouthfeel is a bit chewy due to the nutty/bready aspect and the drinkability is fairly good.

Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served at the Brewhouse in Norwalk, Ct.

A: The amber ale is just that, a robust brown-red mixture that has a nice brilliance to it. The ale is very clean looking, crystal clear with a thick 1 finger head.

S: The nose is nutty, full of malty strength that does not betray much hoppiness.

T: The nuttiness in the flavor is a nice continuation from the aroma. The malts dominate that taste with the nutty toffee flavors. Hops add a balancing element but don't do much from a flavoring perspective. The finish sticks with the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is nondescript, nutty without a wow factor.

D: This could be a sessioner but it needs a little more oomph.

Photo of oxmasterscream
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of counselor, big up.

Poured a clear, dull copper with a frothy, light tan head. Smelled of lightly roasted German malts, mild spices, and toffee. Taste was pretty much the same: Sweet caramel malt coupled with some crisp apples and spice. Finish is barely bitter and very clean; it dries the mouth just a bit. There's something very German about the whole experience. Mouth is medium bodied riddled with tiny, tightly-knit bubbles. A little chewy. No doubt, it's good, tasty, highly drinkable stuff.

Photo of BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into nonic.

Deep red amber hue with a light tan one finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap, with sticky lacing along the glass.

Mild grainy aromas with some piney hop aroma. Some subtle spice is there as well, mostly from the hops.

There is some grain and a little hop flavor, but the overall taste seems a little watered down. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, feels a little fizzy on the tongue. The finish is somewhat clean, but mostly because it tastes so watery.

This one seemed to present itself well but it fell off the table once I got to the flavor. It's mildly enjoyable, but nothing I would repeat.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Brewhouse in South Norwalk, CT. I opted for a pint of this local CT brew when the first choice I made had just kicked earlier that evening. Served up in a standard pint glass.
Dark brown in color with rather slow-moving carbonation and a modest off-white head, it still left decent lace and maintained a good appearance throughout.
The nose was full of toasty malts and slightly nutty with a decent whiff of herbal hops to round things out. With each pull, the malt bill got a workout as it engaged the firm herbal hops profile. Toasty, with a toffee, nutty tinge, the malt flavor clung to the palate through the finish and maintained the high ground over the hops bite. The feel was medium-light in body and slightly dry.
Overall, this was quite the quaffable amber lager. I'm not that big a fan of the style but this one was a pleasure to drink. Glad I got the chance to indulge.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 02-23-10
Reviewed cold from a 12oz can to a glass

A - Cloudy golden brown, 1 finger of foam, good carbonation present with a good ring of lacing

S - Sweet Caramel malts and roasted malts, kind of burnt nut aroma

T - Light bodied brew, roasted malt flavor mixed caramel. Touch of hops present at the end. Really smooth all the way through

M/D - Big thanks to jaxon53 for the throw ins. Pretty tasty Amber ale, not overly strong which you would find with this style of brew but the caramel sweetness and malts mixed very well with the right touch of hops. A pretty sessionable brew to me, too bad I can't get it here in MN. I would highly recommend purchasing some or trading for it!!

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Atlantic Amber from New England Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.