Cambridge Amber | Cambridge Brewing Company

very good
29 Reviews

Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 96
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, deep, amber-copper color with a clingy, filmy, off-white head. Nose of caramel, toffee, nut, and hints of mocha, also with a subtle roasting. Very rich nose. Flavors of rich and sweet forward, with caramel roast and toffee once again present. Light bodied, keeping the sweetness in check. More of the nut and mocha sweetness into the aftertaste. Slick, smooth finish. Solid brew.

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Photo of Omnium
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the brewery

A - Pours a clear brown red half a finger of white head, little lacing
S - Some sweet malt, a tiny bit of floral hops
T - Sweet and semi roasted malt, some earthy tones, a little watery
M - Thin and watery, no aftertaste at all
O - Not bad, but just your typical amber ale

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cambridge Brewing

A: The beer pours dark amber in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong toasted malt and toffee aromas, quite a bit of bread to it, too. Just a very, very light hop aroma to this, mostly floral in nature. A few notes of red fruits, maple a bit of sweet apple, too.

T: The flavor is fairly similar with a very faint hop profile. Some floral notes with a light bitterness. Some toasted malt and bread as well as the toffee flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Fairly simple/basic/plain amber ale. Not bad in anyway, but it didn't do much for me either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a surprisingly dark amber color topped by a modest head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Caramel dominant, with a bit of fruit underneath

Taste: The fruit leads off, with tones of apple and fig; caramel elements underpin the fruity character; an earthy hop character emerges, after the swallow, keeping the sweetness in check through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A well made amber - what more can I say

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 !!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from day one of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 8, 2009.

dark coppery amber, almost brown. gem clear. thin but constant, creamy head. amazing lace.

aroma: fruity apple esters, caramelized toasted malt, lots of yeasty, bready aroma, with leafy, grassy english hopping. metallic whiff.

taste: toasted bready malt w caramel, though a touch watery. quickly meets with powerful yeastiness, and lots of british hops - grassy and leafy, with moderate resinous bitterness. esters and more yeast in the finish.

light to medium body, slightly watery again, but smooth with light resins in finish. mild to moderate tingle from carbonation.

yeast character is definitely just a bit more than i'd like. remains drinkable though.

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Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Grendel's den in Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA) this shows a dark copper color with little but a ring of off-white foam and fair lacing. The aroma is weak but hints malt and sharp herbal hops. The flavor is pretty weak too and offers a whimpy feel with very light carbonation, but I again pick up the sweet malt and some ginger and chocolate perhaps. But it's all pretty thin and uninspiring. There is a sour apple background but it doesn't help much. It's drinkable enough but I wouldn't bother most likely. Passable but disappointing. Perhaps this keg was a little long in the tooth?

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really amber colored, more brown with ruby highlights. Slight white head.

Smells malty.

Tastes malty too, caramel and molasses. Very little if any hop character.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid and basic.

I gave drinkability a low score since I didn't want another after the first one.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this a few times, and it's varied with each. The first time it was amazingly sweet with an overbalance of malts, that was a few months ago. This time it was much more balanced, but the taste still seemed off. The hops predominated slightly, which I found a little off, and the bitterness was more than I expected. The beer was auburn, if I remember correctly... and if I know that color correctly, and the head has consistently been nonexistent. The smell has always been interesting and intricate, but unable to carry over to the taste, which I find is a rare, and unwelcome, achievement.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub during an impromptu dinner celebration tonite. Poured a mahogany brown with nary any head. Fairly well carbonated which was noticeable in the feel. Medium body. Nose was malty with some boscuits but some hops were peaking there way in the back. Not as malty tasting as I expected but the hop additions were noticeble more biting than other samplings of the style I have tried. Oddly tin-tasting though which has never happened with a CBC before. The hops made this very drinkable and was a nice interpretation of the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.27/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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%

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Photo of Truh
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Punted about with this one on 2/12/2005. 16-oz. pour in a shaker at Grendel's.

Fecund initial head that shimmies and shakes down to a film of gloss with some sticking. Guess I'd say deep amber hue, but more approaching a medium mahogany with low clarity, like the bottom of a scrummed up lake. Sweet molasses and slight chalkiness on nose, with a bit of a malt exoskeleton. Buttery malt on mouth with a trailing hop bite and sweet treacle crank. Clears quickly, other than the bit of hop. One for the masses.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rousee
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Grendel's in Harvard square on-tap on 10/16/04. I have been to Grendel's probably a dozen or so times but not in the last 12 months. They had CBC amber then and they still have it now. I only wish they had the Golden instead.

Pours a deep brown caramel color--definitely more brown than red as amber might suggest. No problem though because the appearance is not really whats important about this beer. It is all about balance.

Balance of fresh grassiness and malt and hops on the nose and very balanced of the same on the palate too. This is just a great very drinkable beer. Has some elements of biscuit that their Golden does-- just not as pronounced.
Extremely drinkable and a pleasant dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at CBC, and was I surprised, the color was a clear Irish Setter Red. Ok I wasn't surprised. Low to no head. I thought the aroma was 100% malt, and the taste was also almost all bready malt in flavor. Smooth and easy to drink, would make a good session beer for a pro.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear amber, small head with good retention. Cocoa powder in the nose with a good blend of fruitiness and spicy hops. Big grape esters. Flavor is caramel and roastiness with some acidity. Finishes herbal and dry with hop flavor lingering. Feel is tingly from the hops and the acidity. Pretty nice beer with both malt and hops making a good showing - just could use a better feel.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this draught at the Elephant Walk in Brookline. The deep garnet color was gorgeous, but it was served with little discernable head. he sweet malt aroma served as an invitation to the most complex and rewarding amber that I have sampled. There's a strong malt nose, a piney hop middle, and a smooth malt finish. This beer has body, flavor, and is quite drinkable. It's a phenomenal brew that I am pleased to see spread around the area.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This amber ale poured a deep, dark red amber color with slightly tan foam. The color was very nice. The smell was faint and malty. The taste was rich and malty with moderate carbonation. There was a touch of caramel and toffee in the taste, and a bit of hop character in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and clean. Very easy to drink! Very well done for its style, in my opinion.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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