Back East Ale
Back East Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #783
Ranked #41,773
3.56 | pDev: 11.52%
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Our Flagship offering, Back East Ale is a medium-bodied amber ale. This amber-colored beer features a subtle fruity aroma with hints of vanilla and peach. It has a smooth malt character that is nicely balanced with just a slight hop bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. Once you taste this favorite, we're sure you'll be reaching for another "Back East"!
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 94
Photo of JosephKiley
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not exactly the most awe inspiring novelty, but it's ale done right. Well balanced flavor with subtle hints of fruitiness and very little bitterness. Very easy to drink, and one of the most enjoyable beers I've had

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Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/8...12 oz can, pours out softer brown, light at bottom, high foam that settles to 1/4 inch. Caramel toffee nose but not pronounced. Taste is sweet, bready, nutty. Classic amber. Good carbonation. Subtle hop and well balanced brew that works well.

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Photo of theh3rbalist
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Drank 3 straight out of the can.

Pretty malty. Could use some hop presence for balance. Low carbonation and a strange wheat/nut aftertaste. At 5% it wants to be a very drinkable ale for the fall, but in the end just seems unrefined.


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Photo of TWStandley
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from the can into my Delirium tulip.

Appeared a dark brown, see through color with a 1 finger light brown head.

Smells extremely malty right off the bat, slight dark fruit scent - raisins and figs are dominant.

Taste is extremely malty. A bit too much for my liking but not bad. Lots of dark fruit flavors. Would have liked a bit more balance with the hops.

Mouthfeel was about average.

Overall, not my favorite but not bad either. A bit too malty for my liking.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at P-Sams in Torrington CT. I had seen Back East beers in the stores and had spoken to people about so I gave it a try. I started with a sample of this and a toasted Lager. Both were good but I went for the Ale. Served in a pint glass.

A - Copper color

S - I don't remember the exact characteristics, but it was pleasant.

T - I thought it had a nice full body taste to it, but not overpowering. It was a good red ale.

M - Some substance was there.

O - I was surprised to see it is only 5% ABV. I would have guessed closer to 6%. It had some substance to the beer, but it went down easy. I could have had more than2 with no problem. I left the restaurant thinking I may have to invest in a six of this.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy copper color. A moderate layer of soft foam sits top the beer. Lighter rings of lacing.

S-Mild yet pleasant. Malt stressed nose. Caramel and sweet, toast.

T-Again, it is soft and far from hoppy but it seems to work in a certain essence. Caramel and sweet toastiness. A light layer of bitterness on the back end without much hop-derived flavors.

M-It has some body to it. Even during a hot Summer night these went down quite willingly.

O/D-Simple, sweet and somewhat refreshing. Sometimes a mild and overall rather agreeable beer just hits the spot.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, carbonated, amber-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface coating. Aromas of rich, sweet caramel and nut, with a decent amount of roasty highlights. Some subtle hops presence at the tail end of the aromas, as well. Flavors are light on a smooth, light body. Roasty flavors initially, with a solid nut and caramel backbone. Malty and rich, with a touch of hops to clean everything off the palate. Mild bitter aftertaste that vanishes quickly for a clean, smooth finish. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a dark copper with almost no head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, earth and some spicy hops. Taste is much like the aroma. Caramel malts upfront with some floral spicy hop notes. A bit earthy and sweet. Somewhat of a root beer taste to this one. Light and crisp. Floral finish. Overall, decent beer ideal for the cooler months. Nothing special but worth trying.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in the coolers at Southington Wine & Spirits in Southington, CT this new offering shows a musty copper-brown color with a muscular thick and creamy looking tan head. Plenty of lacing follows. The nose picks up a nice somewhat skunky yeast and malt medley. Leafy but an earthy malt can’t be denied. The flavor offers more skunky malt, cabbage and root beer stuff, woodsy and bits of brown bread. Definitely a little different and I’m liking it. It’s medium bodied with a fairly crispy yet sort of resinous feel. Carbonation is tiny but effective stuff. This can be summarized as a substantially flavored ale with skunky malt appeal for those with such tastes. I enthusiastically approve. For those who, like me, are already fans of the Connecticut favorite Ten Penny Ale from Olde Burnside Brewing, I think Back East might have just one upped them here. Similar but possibly better (both are always welcome in my house!).

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Photo of ericlawton007
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased from the brewery. Copper in color with the perfect amount of head. A really balanced aroma of malt and hops making you wonder what type of amber ake this will turn out to be. The taste is perfectly balanced, a little aon the malty side with a nutty aftertaste. Excellent addition to a sessionable CT beer. I will definetly be drinking a bunch of this for the coming fall.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into oversize mug. Dark amber color. White head fades to 1/4 inch foam.

Smells of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, & a hint of raisin blended with rich grains.

Taste is malty and rich. Mouth filling, but not heavy. Clean. Some mild sweetness, and gentle hops to dry things out. Easy drinking, and I imagine this is great for all seasons, but especially Autumn.


I started the growler, then finished it the next day. It seemed mellower the next day, and was more enjoyable. I wonder what the ABV is? Can't be too strong though, because it doesn't kill me.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plain, tumbler pint glass from a growler filled on-tap at Back East Brewing Co. in Bloomfield, Conn.

A: Poured a deep, garnet-tinted amber color with a two-finger head of off-white foam which settled into a thin, creamy veil, leaving behind some soapy lacing.

S: Roasted caramel malts and sweet, fruity esters back up some muted toffee notes.

T: Hearty, roasted caramel malts hit the palate first with a little bit of vanilla wafer and smooth, fruity sweetness to build a sturdy backbone. Very mild, herbal hops appear to cut the sweetness a bit. Some grains and slight bittersweetness creep into the relatively dry finish.

M: Medium-bodied ale with a slightly light, dry, grainy finish that doesn't quite match the malty onset, but well-balanced never the less.

O: Back East Amber is a drinkable brew despite the lack of overall intrigue. It's a good introductory beer to the brand and one that should sell well as their flagship. Flavorful malts shine through this sessionable amber ale.

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Back East Ale from Back East Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 94 ratings