Atlantic Amber
New England Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Ale
3.76 | pDev: 10.9%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Puttenham
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a forgotten dusty six-pack of these Red and Black cans at my "liquor supermarket" in the forgotten dusty heart of Plymouth County, Mass. I've read about this beer I thought. Sure enough my 1997 copy of "The Great American Microbrewery Beer Book" by Jennifer Trainer Thompson proves I've read about it as this brew has been around (or was around) for some time. This "Amber Beer" (remember when that was considered an entire beer category?) was presented in a brown bottle with a tan label back in Bill Clinton's second term. Very Elegant looking back in those Halcyon Days (better than Red and Black cans anyway).

Appearance: These cans practically exploded when I opened them. Fizz everywhere! Huge head at first but it eventually settled down to a thin but steady canopy of froth. A dark reddish...errrr...Amber hue and cloudy as well. Inviting appearance.

Smell: Faint but steady aroma of caramel. "Something" in the background though. What is it?

Taste: The caramel quality is more pronounced in the flavor. Definitely on the malty side of the equation but not too sweet. I didn't notice the hops in the flavor but they're in there somewhere (they have to be, right?). That certain "something" is there in the aftertaste too. Just a subtle hint of butter? or butterscotch?

Mouthfeel: smooth and easily drinkable

Overall: Not a great beer but not bad either. I think this beer may be a little off as these cans are at least a year to year and a half old.

This beer won the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 1993 in the Altbier Category (Long Trail and Otter Creek would have been in the running I'm sure). Am I drinking the same beer that won the Gold Medal? Hard to say as New England Brewery has been through so many changes in the last 10+ years.

Oddly enough, both the New England Brewing website and the 1997 book describe this beer as a Steam Beer. So, was it an Altbier or a Steam Beer? Does it matter? It was definitely unique in any case, and it is sad to see a piece of early New England microbrew...errr...craft brewing history pass on. Glad I was able to try out this piece of microbrewing history even if it wasn't in the best of shape when I sampled it.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Consumed on 1.25.11.

A: Appears a clear reddish-amber color under a nicely sustained, lightly tanned head.

S: A nice crisp and floral sweet aroma with a dominating toasted caramel malt backdrop.

M/T: There's a nicely balanced malt feel and hop presence throughout here. A solid caramel malt backbone provides for a full flavored feel right into the finish and is nicely accented with a light earthy hop note.

D: It's a shame to hear that this was retired because it's a solid brew with an overall distinguishing character that separates it form others in its category. I'm very happy I got one of the last cans in my glass and in my sense memory...

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Photo of Schmittymack
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes scribbled from a recent mini-tasting.

Pours an amber/brownish color, with a lasting head. Aromas of caramel and light hops. Taste was pretty light bodied, nicely carbonated, with a God-awful metallic taste. I guess the drinkabilty would be ok if not for that metallic taste. Maybe it had gone bad? Definitely can't recommend this one; very unimpressd.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce can at a recent tasting. Pours a clear amber, with a lasting amber head. Aromas of metal, caramel and light hops. On the palate, light bodied, fully carbonated and metallic. I was really unimpressed with this one, after enjoying the last couple NE beers I tried.

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Photo of jampics2
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently rediscovered NEB Atlantic Amber, its been sort of a staple in my fridge as of late. Too bad its being retired.

A: Hazy amber body, cream colored head. Actually, it looks best while being gulped directly out of the can at picnic.

S: Nose has a strong nutty malt presence, one dimensional. Something metallic reveals itself intermittently.

T: This is a great tasting and refreshing Amber. Toasty and spicy, nutty & semi-sweet malts, yet super clean and refreshing. Flavors are well balanced.

M/D: Light body and prickly carbonation well suited for the flavor profile. Quaffable and refreshing with enough flavor to keep you interested.

Awesome with a hot dog.


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Photo of Walken
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New England Brewing: Atlantic Amber (No date) (Tasted 05/24/10)
12 oz. can, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Hazed orange with a foamy, meringue-like off-white head that is slow to fade, but dies down into millimeter thick cap of foam, ok retention.
Odor: Subtle, yet full aroma featuring suggestions of ripe red fruit, minerals and bakers chocolate.
Consistency: Full medium body with a frisky, high/medium carbonation and a snappy bite that cleans up nicely.
Flavor: A very dry beer with a firm maltiness that suggests toasted bread, bakers chocolate and toffee. Yeast shows sulfur, nuttiness and a bit of fruitiness. Bits of citric hop flavor fill out the rear and pair with roasted chocolate, lending balance Hops and roast ride into the long, clean, finish.

This beer, in my opinion, is more aptly classified as a california common ale, and that being the case, it is exceptional. Similar to the benchmark Anchor Steam with a decidedly more malt focused flavor profile. I am going to miss this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we go...

Pour - sort of hazy amber/orange/red due to the cold temperature coming out of the can. As it warms it clears up. Big foamy head on top with some sediment swirling about. Can-conditioned goodness!

Aroma - sweet malt, orange rind, pineapple, stewed apples and a little lemony. Mostly the malt stands out as to be expected.

Taste - one big sip and there is plenty of proof that this is a very easy drinking session-able brew. The maltiness is not too dominating and there is a nice crisp bite to this beer. This is the type of beer that a lot of people can agree on as its non-offensive in almost every way. It would please the lager and non-lager drinkers alike as well as the craft geeks and the macro-lovers as well.

Overall - A very solid and well produced amber ale. Nothing too fancy but its the little things with this style. It all comes together nicely with no faults and just a lot of great tastes. I am sure many people will miss this one, although I hear it may make a come back in the future.

Would I buy more of it? - n/a

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Photo of jgasparine
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours from the can with a 1/2" cream colored head, which slowly evaporates to a haze layer and some nice little bits of lacing. The body was an optically clear, well-carbonated, orange-amber color.

S- A nice bouquet of nutty vienna malts and mild low-alpha hops, with just a very faint trace of fruity esters. Nicely balanced.

T- A nice replicate of the nose, with the hop bitterness increasing on the mid-palate from mild to moderate, before being overtaken by some perceived husky and nutty flavors in the dry finish. A very rich flavor profile with some surprising complexity.

M- A medium body with some texture, presumably from unattenuated sugar, and a nice persistent soft carbonation.

D- I may have found my new favorite session beer! Super drinkable, rich and flavorful, and in perfect balance!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 3/31/10

Thanks to Pabs311

Hazy & dulled amber in color. Poured a solid one finger head that started to dissipate in short order with bubbles popping rapidly. Very thin retention & ok lacing.

The nose isn't particularly potent. Caramel & toasted malts are most notable with earthy hop aromas strewn throughout. Not bad, but it could be a little more assertive.

The taste is unsurprisingly in line with the nose though thankfully the flavors are at least a little bolder. A mild bitter twinge of earthy hops offsets a reasonably solid caramel malt backdrop. Hints of toasted bread in there, too. A few grassy notes, as well.

Medium-light body with appropriate carbonation that leans just slightly to the lower end of the spectrum. Almost has a slick, medicinal quality on the finish. Notes of toasted caramel linger on.

It's a easy enough drinker. It's not bad, but seems pretty average for the most part. I could easily throw back a few over the course of an evening.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint, then immediately transferred to a 16oz Harpoon 100 Barrel tulip upon my casual comment about how shaker pints suck. Thanks, Caitlin!

A: Clear orange-amber body with an inch of ecru head. Solid retention and a bit of lace. Nice.

S: Intense aroma from the glass, but sadly it's a boring, generically malty nose with nothing terribly interesting about it at all.

T: Smoothly sweet, toasty malt flavor with a slightly fruity finish. Not great by any stretch, but not bad at all, either.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Just fine.

D: Easy to drink, but not terribly enjoyable to drink.

Notes: It's a nice color. And it isn't hard to drink. And it's brewed by great people. Those are about all the positives I can think of for this beer. Thank God NEB is coming around with IST, Gold Stock, Ghandi-Bot, etc, etc, since this (much like its year-round brethren) is kind of weak.


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Photo of callmemickey
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red-copper body. Large off-white creamy head upon the initial pour. Crashed fairly quickly but left behind some fairly dense, but spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and a slighty nutty twang.

T: Like the nose, this is a decent brew with a moderately complex presentation of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, and nuts. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness. I'd prefer a bit more hop presence to really draw out the flavors that are present here.

M: Smooth, medium-light bodied. Clean throughout but an occasional lingering off-feeling. Perhaps its a bit astringent.

D: All said, its a decent brew. Its got a bit going on, but can use some hops to really bring out all the beer has to offer.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Lunch
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. can, obtained via trade with LSUExplorer03 as a generous extra (thanks man!), into my Old Rasputin 16oz. Nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (01/07/10).

A: Pours a darker shade of amber with some burnt copper hues. Capped off with two fingers of an off-white head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Nice bouquet of caramel, slight burnt and roasted malt and some nut tones. A hint of citrus hops, but very slight.

T: The caramel and burnt/roasted malt dominated the flavor along with some bitter hops and subtle layers of citrus. Not bad at all.

M: Light to medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation, but seemed at little thin at times.

D: Very easy to drink and only weighing in at 5% abv.

Overall this was a pretty decent American Amber that had a great refreshing quality. Thanks again Matt for the opportunity to try this. Worth a Look.

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Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a rocky head that leaves a few hints of lace

Smell: Caramel, roasted grains and an earthy aspect

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, with a touch of earhty fruit developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are joined by a lager twang, though the finish remains very sweet, with very little hop character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit sticky

Drinkability: An odd beer, brewed with lager yeast but fermented out at ale temperature - the opposite of an alt, in fact; just cannot cozy up to this one, with its overwhelming sweetness

Thanks, Ezone024, for the opportunity

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice caramel reddish hue with a light white/grey head with miniscule bubbles around the edge and on the head

Smells like dough and sweet malt

Tasted very similar to aroma, sweet malt, doughy yeast and a very faint fruit hop flavor. This flavor could be from a light hop addition or from the yeast used in this beer. Slight metallicity also present

Nice mouthfeel, not syrupy nor watery.

Drinkability is great, Im sure these would not be hard to put a number down

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Photo of Ezone024
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of capra12
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/30 out of a pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of white head which dissipates quickly, slightly cloudy and amber in color.

Smell: slightly malty and metalic

Taste: opens with a mildy malty and caramel malt as a lightly roasted grainy profile comes in toward the finish as a slightly metalic taste comes in leaving a lightly roasted grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly dry.

Drinkability: I would have this again and would recommend this to someone who enjoys a solid amber ale but with a hint of metallic in the finish.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer won a medal for the GABF altbier category, but it's classified on this site as an amber ale. Just something to keep in mind. Thank to jdmek9 for this opportunity!

A: 3 fingers khaki-colored one part creamy, one part frothy head. The brew is dark brown, amber, and copper. There's a cap of retention, but not much lace.
S: Sweet malt, a tinge of smokiness, fruit, spice, and something that's been toasted or smoked for HOURS. Quite pleasant.
T: There's actually a ton going on here, so where shall I begin? It's all pleasant, first of all. The complexities of spice and roasted barley are balanced out by a subtle hop that doesn't overwhelm the palate with bitterness. Earthy, maybe even on the dirty side. Caramel malts, and it all tastes a little like...bear with me...TWIGS. Yup. Trees and dead leaves. Strange, but pleasant. Fresh picked and unwashed fruit, bready malt, and a tad metallic.
M: Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Very pleasant there.
D: Good. Strange with the tree characteristics, but so enjoyable.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hooray for local beer... not many CT breweries so happy to give this one a try. Pours a mahogany color with not much head to it. Aroma is a bit fruity... never thought I'd say that about a red ale. Mouthfeel is good... beer seems a tad flat though, definitely affecting the body. Nice caramel malts mixed with some decent hoppiness, along with a sweet/fruity kick to it. Nice smooth finish to it... for sure one of the more unique red ale's I've tried but I must say this one would only rank as average, maybe slightly above average as this style goes. Cool to have something local but I can think of 5 other brands of this style beer I would pick at the beer store ahead of this one.

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Photo of mwa423
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jcb890 for the extra, always cool to get new cans!

A - Pours into a pint glass a very dark red with a half finger of head. Very cloudy. Meh

S - Extremely fruity along with caramel sweetness, could use some hops.

T - Mouthfull of malt, a bit of hop at the end, but overall very sweet, almost closer to a cider than an amber.

M/D - Not good, not bad. I honestly think this is closer to strongbow then any amber I've ever had. I should have saved this a couple months and would have liked it in chilly September.

Lots of meh here.

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Photo of natasharai
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy and frothy light tan head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is clear with an orangeish-golden color.

Smell: Apple cider, some cinnamon, and a nice caramel malt aroma, there is a piney/flowery hop presence but is more of an after thought.

Taste: Sweet toasted malt, carmel, apples and pears, great roasted malt, earthy spices and a little cinnamon. Lightly bitter roasted flavor at the end and a very light flavor of bitter/flowery hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, slightly sweet but mostly dry finish.

Overall: Really good drinkability, nice flavors that are not overpowering. The malt provides a really nice sweetness along with a good roasted flavor. Pretty good Amber

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Atlantic Amber from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 141 ratings