Cambridge Amber
Cambridge Brewing Company

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #164
Ranked #29,838
3.79 | pDev: 12.66%
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Flynn's Mansfield
Medium fizzy off white head with medium to good retention, little lacing, semi clear auburn brown almost chestnut color, much darker than amber

Nose nice sweet toasted caramel malts, fruity possibly malt derived and yeast, caramel toffee little candy

Taste mild sweet like amber reddish malts, toasted, caramel, toffee, touch biscuity, juicy malt, light floral hop bitterness, more fruity both malt and yeast derived tree fruits, little creamy, drier finish, lingering malts

Mouth is med bodied, a little soft creamy, medium carb

Overall a solid amber, nothing special but that's ok with this style

Jun 08, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good amber ale. Mild earthy piney hops, good malts with a toasted bread and caramel toffee flavors.
Balanced toward the malts in flavor and aroma, with a dry crisp finish.

A solid example of the style, happy to drink it!

Dec 15, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a clear deep amber color with 2 fingers of effervescent white head. The head leaves some cobwebs of lacing before settling into a thin halo.

The aroma is very malty, with notes of toasted malt, caramel, and sweet bread before a subtle wave of earthy, piney hops.

The flavor follows the nose. Sweet bread and caramel, with a slightly roasted character backed up by the faintest kiss of hops on the finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with pretty good carbonation. Goes down smooth, with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall, a very good ale that is well-balanced and clearly well-made. It doesn't blow you away with adjuncts or hops, but it provides a restrained boldness that recalls the early days of craft beer. Highly drinkable and definitely worth a try.

Jul 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a sturdy looking dark amber color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen bouncing at a fair pace upward. Slight cap of a little white foamy head slid off at a nice pace. Some light stringy lace ran here and there.
The aroma blended a nice settling cocoa powder to clean caramel/toffee maltiness. Subtle grassiness came for some balance. Light citrus to floral hoppiness subtly underneath.
The flavor was a nice semi-sweet to bitter quality not fully combined, but seemed quite nice in the overall taste. Mild toast-like to cocoa powder and caramel/toffee aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Nice mobile smooth malty somewhat dusty finish.
Overall, pretty nice amber ale, I'd have this again.

Oct 10, 2017
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been so consistent over the past 20 years. It was formulated before the IPA craze. It has a rich toasted malt quality, but is light to medium bodied. Many would complain about the lack of a hoppy quality, but this is by design (in the early 90's). It is easy to drink more than one!

May 03, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Apr 20, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Oct 23, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Oct 17, 2013
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brokensail from California

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Oct 06, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Jun 02, 2011
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brewerdrew from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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 !!

Apr 28, 2010
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chinabeergeek from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Jul 11, 2009
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Durge from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -5%
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?

Aug 09, 2008
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

May 03, 2008
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dbalsock from Vermont

3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

May 13, 2006
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Mar 16, 2006
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twelvsies from Maine

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Dec 12, 2005
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Nov 03, 2005
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RBorsato from Virginia

2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
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%

Oct 11, 2005
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Truh from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Feb 13, 2005
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JMH_ from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Oct 25, 2004
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rousee from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Oct 17, 2004
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Jul 04, 2004
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waughbrew from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jun 16, 2004
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gentlebubbles from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

May 22, 2004
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