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Atlantic Amber - New England Brewing Co.

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 06-19-2003)
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-04-2007 23:09:51 | More by oberon
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish amber color with an initial one finger head. Thin head of retention left after the initial head dissipates. Nice lacing.
S: Sweet malt with a grassy hop presence that balances it out. Caramel malt with biscuit like characteristics.
T/M: Sweet caramel malt notes. Biscuity malt profile takes over followed by a twang of grassy hops. Bitterness is subtle, but still very noticeable. Medium body, which is quite nice. Smooth and extra soft on the palate--possibly a tad buttery.
D: Smooth, soft, tasty, and easily drinkable. Solid amber in a can from New England. get a six pack for that next outing on a boat. Can't go wrong with this one. Through the bridge on the Merritt from my home town--support your local brewery!!!

Serving type: can

02-24-2007 22:57:28 | More by bjohnson
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kkosmoski

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another craft brew from a can - I think these are starting to get more and more popular, and we'll probably see this even more in the future. Poured this brew into a standard pint - it yielded a large head with good-sized, airy bubbles and had nice lacing. The color was dark copper to light red. Smell was mostly of toasty malt with a hint of fruityness and maybe a touch of earthy hops. Initially, there was a slight bitterness followed by some caramel sweetness. The finish displayed some pleasant bitterness and toasty malt flavors. This beer had moderate carbonation and a medium body. It is very drinkably and has a great balance of flavors. Another great experience with craft brew in a can!

Serving type: can

02-23-2007 17:46:58 | More by kkosmoski
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. red and black colored aluminum can. Printed at the bottom it says that this beer won a gold metal at the GABF back in 93' as an Altbier. Don't know if it's still considered an ALT or what? Anyways...it pours a clear light amber with a very impressive white foam head that lasts very well and laces my glass like a champ. Aroma is mostly of pale malts, some grassy, herbal hops notes, and yeast. Medium bodied, smooth texture with a bit of a slippery mouth feel. The taste is very mild, smooth, balanced and drinkable. Very light honey malt sweetness up front with some toasted almost nutty flavors, and a light grassy, bitter hop finish. Well balanced and smooth. This beer is very sessionable.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

01-04-2007 05:55:37 | More by SteveO1231
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medic25

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good looking copper-red hue, with a thin white head that quickly fades away. Mild malty aroma. Soft, caramel-like flavor; starts off with malt, then finishes with hoppy bitterness. Just the right amount of carbonation. This beer has everything I look for in a session beer; I'll be very happy to support this local brewery in the future.

Serving type: can

12-18-2006 07:32:57 | More by medic25
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

A deep amber color with notes of red. A frothy inch high white head retained for a long time. Small amount of almost microscopic carbonation bubbling to top. Big clumps of lacing.

Very nice malt aroma. A burnt caramel scent dominated the nose on the first whiff. A very light coffee scent gives way to a nice hops blend. Enjoyable combination.

Caramel taste matches the aroma in both strength and enjoyability. Malt sweetness is temprered by a bitter almost smoked flavor. Other flavors are dark fruit blends but primarily plum.

An slightly thicker then average body. Nice burst of carbonation on the tongue provides for good tactile experience.

A solid offering. A great beer to enjoy with a burger. A nice surprise from a brewery that is usually overlooked because of it's size. If you are lucky enough to see it on the shelf, pick some up for a great treat.

Serving type: can

12-17-2006 00:21:17 | More by RedChrome
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

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

12 oz. can with no freshness date, but proclaims their 1993 GABF gold medal for this brew in the altbier category, so I guess I'll rate as an alt and not as an amber ale. It pours an unfiltered amber/bronze that is topped with a two finger tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is earthy, with dirt/peat malts, light hops, and some berries (cherry?, raspberry?). At first it is heavy on the earthy malts, but I soon find notes of toffee and caramel malts balanced by a healthy dose of minty/herbal, orangey?, leafy hops that contribute a mild to medium bitterness on top of a medium, drying body that leaves a medium finish. I'll believe their statement that this is an alt, and it's not too shabby of an attempt.

Serving type: can

12-06-2006 11:59:27 | More by mmmbeer
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Stimack

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours to a copper amber color a fair sized white foam head that breaks down somewhat quickly but does leave a nice amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is strong with malt scents, nice roast smell along with caramel. Slight hop aroma, it is there but not what I notice at first, have to search for it a bit. The taste is nice as well, very similar to the aroma. Has a nice malt taste that highlight the roasted properties that where noted in the nose and then does a quick break away to a hop flavor that sticks around on the back of my tongue. Finish seems to be somewhat dry, nice. This is a very easy drinking brew, one that I will be looking for again when I venture into CT.

Serving type: can

12-01-2006 01:26:05 | More by Stimack
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nlmartin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks nouseforotacon for sending this beer my way. I shared the beer with my wife. The beer was served in a 1/2 pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a ruddy amber coloration to the body. The head was a biege coloration approximately one finger high. The head quickly resolved to foam.

Smell: The beer has a slightly roasted and toasted caramel grainy smell. The hops present with floral notes.

Taste: The beer delivers on very solid toasted caramel. The hops bring a nice earthy bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a nice medium body. The carbonation lightens the body further. This is a very easy to drink beer and I wish this was available in Cincinnati.

Serving type: can

11-10-2006 07:44:16 | More by nlmartin
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laintringulis

Ohio

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

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark amber/cooper translucent collor with moderate off white head that last throughout drinking. Practically no lacing.

Smells of caramel apples. Nice carame malt, pleasant sweet smell with nice floral hops.

Tastes primarily of caramel malt and floral hops. Vague fruitiness and light spiciness that I cannot identify.

Light bodied without being watery. Pleasant malty light oiliness intitially, finishes with a light floral hop and alcohol finish.

Very easy to drink and sessionable. Not a complex beer, but a well balanced and well done beer. I must say I am always surprised but beer in a can that tastes this good; although, I know I shouldn't be surprised by it.

Serving type: can

10-28-2006 04:07:00 | More by laintringulis
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Appearance - a muddyish amber, good bead feeeding an initial three finger head that holds at about a finger for a few minutes before settling to a thin cover. Nice lacing on the glass, too.

Aroma - fairly average bready malt with a slight roastiness.

Taste - good roasted grain presence, a touch bready. Pretty good hop balance on the swallow, a bit of metal and even a touch of lemon now and then. The finish is a nice blend of malty warmth and dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very full-bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - unbelievably good, my new favorite canned beer. Acquired via trade with beachbum as a toss-in, what a great idea! :-)

Serving type: can

09-19-2006 04:17:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my chilled pilsner with no freshness date.

It appeared a dark, hazy amber, (almost ruby) color with an attractive white head with stringy lacing.

I immediately smelled sweet malts, hops and a touch of sugar cane and prunes.

It was light to medium-bodied and had a traditional Amber ale flavor with no big thrills.

I live in Ohio and got this while travelling up east, but I can definitely consider this a cheap daily drinker beer, if it was available to me.

Kudos on the can, too - very cool!

Serving type: can

09-08-2006 03:14:42 | More by beachbum1975
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

straight from the red can.

hazy, even reddish tinged brown in appearance. foam lingers cautiously around the beer's surface. lacing is spotty but definitely there. this beer looks decent, but barely has any distinguishable beery aroma.. even with warmth. some pale malt crisp sweetness, maybe.. and noble hops. faint aroma of rotting food which translates eventually into an overripe gourd sweetness. interesting, not too appealing, and not what i expect from an amber ale.

taste is more on the inoffensive side though. a creamy malt base provides something to an otherwise-vacant beer. it drinks really easy and goes down smooth.. the lighter taste is strange as it has a really velvety body- you would think this would be sweeter or maltier based on the way it feels going down. pleasantly, hops begin to arise after several sips, leaving a vanilla (the strength, not the flavor) hop tingle on my palate. one can in and i am liking the overall taste happening in my mouth. clean yet subtly peppery malt freshness and a hop twang that dares not offend. two seconds after drinking a sip, i can't taste any beer in my mouth nor can i remember what the beer tasted like.

who would have thunk it.. the darkest canned beer is the lightest, most obscurely flavored of the new england bunch. not a bad beer, per se, just not something i could see drinking on a regular basis. this is a craft beer that successfully manages to mimic some of the darker macro offerings. iffy.

Serving type: can

07-10-2006 15:01:33 | More by goodbyeohio
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Boilermaker88

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2006 05:12:42 | More by Boilermaker88
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Liquids

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber. Smooth, malty, spicy, balanced. Not overly carbonated. Sweetness balanced with a lingering spicy hop taste that finishes well and isn’t overwhelmingly bitter. Perfect mouthfeel for the style, which can tend toward the under-whelming. Well-balanced body -- full in the malt, but not so strong that it’s a meal in itself. Unashamedly hoppy, but not so much bite that it tips the scales or hides the malt.

A striaght ahead brew that is tasty enough to be enjoyed by craft drinkers as a session beer but palatable enough that it doesn’t necessitate an acquired beer palate. Friends who taste this beer are surprised by it and oftentimes choose it over other craft brews I keep at the house. An excellent “next step” into craft beers. Enjoyable drinking. I’m always sad when I’ve finished it and could easily down two or three, but fast consumption does it no justice. You can ignore your hesitations about beer in a can for this one.

Serving type: can

03-15-2006 15:44:20 | More by Liquids
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sraimondi

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an odd one. I used to drink this long ago, when I first moved into CT (from NJ) in the late 80s, when it was brewed in Norwalk, CT. NEB was actually one of the first microbreweries I can remember in CT--Elm City Lager and Gold Stock Ales were the "it" beers in Fairfield County back in the 80s. I enjoyed most everything about this beer, but did not care for the after taste. I made sure I tried 2 sixes over the last month or so, to make sure that I didn't get a bad can. The after taste is somewhat metallic and a bit of a turn-off for me. As I normally like Alt Biers, I was overall somewhat disappointed with this one in the end. Still much better than any US or Euro macro though, and I do like the malty sweetness, so I'm sure I'll try this one again.

Serving type: can

02-12-2006 18:34:00 | More by sraimondi
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2006 00:19:29 | More by jmz62565
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counselor

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly red with an off white head. smells sweet almost like simmering candy sugar. A crisp, refreshing well carbonated mouthfeel. The taste is similarly refreshing and well balanced - full sweet fruity malts and enough classic hops to keep it from being a cloying beer. Goes down very smooth and tasty. This is a regular in my fridge and brought to functions where cans are in order.

Serving type: can

12-09-2005 15:33:22 | More by counselor
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good looking amber if i ever saw one... rich amber colored with a thick tan head. the smell is nutty with caramel and a little floral earthy hops. the tatse is nutty caramel with some grainyness. hop bitterness towards the end balances, not a lot of hop flavor though. a little bready at times, which lends a little complexity. medium bodied with somewhat seltzer-y carbonation. A nice mellow (except the carbonation) beer that you don't have to think too hard about. a solid amber ale

Serving type: can

12-01-2005 01:26:01 | More by kmo1030
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Hagbard

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: can

10-30-2005 21:18:35 | More by Hagbard
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First off, you have to love that not only is it in a can, but the can could pass for Coke at a distance...this is a beach beer.

Brushed copper body, clear, topped by several fingers of dense off white foam. Outstanding lacing at first, though it didn't really linger.

A biscuity aroma bursts across the room, inviting all in the vicinity for a sip.

Good caramelly start, but not too sweet. Beer rolls smoothly across the tongue and down the throat, as a subtly building hop presence slowly becomes known. No real complexity, just a nice and straight forward amber ale.

Ok mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

A very nice beer, can or no.

Serving type: can

10-29-2005 04:59:16 | More by RonfromJersey
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blackie

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: A 1/4" light khaki head is produced by the pour, and then slowly recedes to leave only a few bubbles behind. The color is very mahogany like.


smell: Smells alright, for some reason slightly German to me. A moderate, malty fruitiness is present, along with some clean and light hops. Hints of graininess and maybe even banana are present. Slight metallic taste, not to say it's from the can, just a descriptor.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high and the body is on the lighter side of medium.

taste: Smooth and clean but pleasingly flavorful. There is a clean hop bitterness, and a caramel like maltiness with fruity notes. The roasted, nutty aftertaste lingers for awhile, along with some hop flavors.

drinkability: The drinkability is good, but the long lingering aftertaste made me deduct half a point from what I wanted to give.

Acquired this beer from ppoitras in BIF 24

Serving type: can

10-17-2005 17:29:55 | More by blackie
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I am writing this one up again, mostly since this is from a growler poured directly by Rob Leonard at the brewery. HELL YEA CT BEER!
The brew is cold and poured into a pint glass. The color is a clear chestnut.
I get some fluffy beige colored head to foam up and this fades gradually to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is some caramel and toffee with just a hint of nuttiness as well. Some lite floral hops come through as well.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. The beer is very smooth and goes down easy.
Flavor is rich and sweet with some toffee and even a hint of baker's chocolate coming through on the finish. There is also a faint grassy hop presence in the middle.
Quite a nice beer that I could drink over and over again, and often do! Go fill up your growler @ NEB!!

Serving type: growler

06-25-2005 01:05:36 | More by sulldaddy
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CherylM

Connecticut

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

It's hard to find a decent craft amber beer in a can. This is a good one!

It starts off malty and sweet and finishes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation. Usually drink it from the can. No can flavor is present.

Would be great at a picnic along with the lighter style by N.E. Brewing.

Serving type: can

06-05-2005 03:35:30 | More by CherylM
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Forms a big creamy head over a deep red-brown color. Leaving a lacey ring around the glass, and making for a very attractive looking brew. Not much to say about the smell, the malt and hops are subtly present in the nose. The taste however is big. Full maltiness right from the start, not particularly sweet, some hoppy bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a long malty aftertaste and a bit of dried apricot.

This is another great backyard BBQ beer from NEB. The price is right ($6.50/6pack), and the quality is very good for it.

Serving type: can

05-23-2005 21:16:15 | More by MrSeth
Atlantic Amber from New England Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.