Atlantic Amber | New England Brewing Co.

Atlantic AmberAtlantic Amber
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Atlantic AmberAtlantic Amber

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 06-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really nice amber color w/ a thick, fluffy head that sticks around for a while.

S - Spice, malt, caramelized sugar.

T - Fantastic. So clean and so malty with a ton of flavor. A fair amount of sweetness with a slightly spicy finish. A great pairing with the cooler Autumn weather.

M/D - Lingers on the palate but not at all cloying. A medium body with a full-bodied flavor. I'm sure it is even better on tap and I could drink it casually throughout the night but I don't think I could go through a 6-pack. It might be too much sweetness and a little heavy after a few. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can (thx to gpcollen1) poured into a nonic, Atlantic Amber is a chill hazed reddish brown with a large, tight, light khaki head that is very attractive. It settles fairly quickly to a very thick skim, leaving heavy lace, fueled by a ton of lazy streamers. Served at cellar temp.

Smell is toasted biscuit and caramel malt, with grassy, earthy hops.

Taste is good, full flavored but smooth, malt centric but with a nice does of earthy (EKG?) hop flavor and a pretty bitter finish, same flavors as the aroma. Not the most complex, but I really like the taste, one of the better America ambers I've had, Brittish style and highly sessionable.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, yet it's got a heavier body, particularly in the belly.

Drinkability is good, I gulped this down much faster then I meant too, just really enjoyed the taste. Well balanced and tasty, and bonus points for the can. Thanks again George!

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber/mahogany....nice creamy white head

S-Very nice....Earthy hops along with caramel and even a touch of smokiness.

T-Sweeter caramel and earthy hops....toffee....mild peaty notes

M-About perfect...medium bodied...creamy and easy drinking

D-Great stuff...very enjoyable...excellent flavor and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 cactusjuggalo
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I must say i was quite surprised by this one. I am a beer buyer for a grocery store in cambridge and one of my reps passed me this and after drinking this one it will certainly be a staple in my store.
Its pours just gorgeous into a pint glass and just tastes like a dream just a great beer overall.

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Photo of Walken
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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 ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a trade with Wyllder, transpiring in a ganster-style exchange in downtown Monson, MA. Thanks for the bonus brew, and the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" beige head on top of a dark amber brew. Light caramel and slightly hoppy aroma. Lacing is good, lots of big bubbles foam left on the sides of the glass. Taste follows the nose, with light caramel flavors fading into a hoppy characteristics. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Another great product from the brewery that has risen like the Phoenix from the ashes. Now, about that MA distribution...

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a nice large light tan head. The nice malty and slightly nutty aroma is complemented with caramel, biscuits and citrusy hops. The taste much like the aroma has a nice malty base with caramel and some earthy hops in the finish. Overall, this is a solid Amber that I will definitely add to my beach/outdoor beer list. Recommended.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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! :-)

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Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's not to like about this beer. It is one of a growing number of very fine craft beers that are coming out in cans. The beer pours a very creamy, tannish, and thick head. It retains very well and laces in clumps. The beer is modestly carbonated and comes as a nice deep amber copper color. The nose on the beer is crystal malts, sweet caramel malts, roasted amber malts, maybe a touch of leafy hop in there too.

The taste is right in line with the nose. There are tons of creamy and caramel malts, there are lots of light roasted amber malt flavors, there are crystal malts, lots of bready and biscuity goodness underneath, maybe a touch of butterscotch flavors. This is a nicely balanced beer, with some slight leafy hop interlaced throughout to keep the beer from getting too malty. This beer is very smooth and creamy, with not a biting, harsh, or crisp note about it. This is a very smooth and creamy ale with just the right balance of caramel, hop, and carbonation to deliver a first rate product. The beer is light to medium bodied, with a slightly watery mouthfeel and no residual negative aftertaste. What's not to like. L'Chaim.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/copper color with a small medium head that sticks to the glass a bit. It has a nice malty and hoppy aroma that seems to blend well. The taste is very good as it delivers on what you would expect from the smell. It has a malty caramel flavor mixed with a slight hoppiness that completes the beer. It has the right amount of carbonation and has a very good mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable and I could definately throw back a few of these before I called it quits. Well worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is caramelized malt, nuts, some fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is stars out with a strong malt character and flavors of caramel, fruit and nuts. A strong but not over-powering hops presence quickly comes in next and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, this a good beer to drink for an extended period of time. Couple that with the fact that it's in a can and it's a nice BBQ beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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!!

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Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having their lager, well pilsner, I decided to try their amber. Poured out a copper color with a nice amount of carbonation, but went away eventually. Smell consisted of malts mostly combined with some hops in the backround to balance it nicely. Taste was about the same as well. Malts make the backbone of this brew with some hops poking through in the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice and full. I really like this stuff and won't mind having a 6 pack of this stuff once in a while in my fridge. But steam beer? I would think this is a straight up amber.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with my pizza at Modern Pizza in New Haven, CT. Poured cold into a standard glass this familiar old standby shows a clear copper amber color with a decent light oatmeal colored head and nice steady lacing. The aroma is mild floral hop and malt, pleasant and well blended. The taste is more herbal hopped fair bitterness with plenty of bready malt. A bit of sour dough going on and perhaps an illusion of toffee walnut? Mid-bodied or better with good carbonation and very drinkable. A very nice reliable amber with a satisfying hop but not too much, so it goes well with food, etc. One of those great canned beers, another fine job from NEB.

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Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks tai4ji2x for this extra. Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Amber to copper in color, somewhat hazy, nice off white head, good retention.
Aroma is hoppier than I expected, and hoppier than their pale ale, interestingly. Fruity, earthy, with notes of cookies and caramel.
Light bodied, nice, relatively well balanced taste between a fruity, grassy hoppiness, citric fruits, some cookie sweetness; the bitterness still predominates.
A solid, highly drinkable amber; does not blow your socks off, but amber are not supposed to do that. Best amber in a can I have had.

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Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at New England Brewing Co.

A: Pours a reddish amber color with a rich head of white foam, leaving a decent lace.

S: Smells of sweet caramel and toffee malts with a hint of dry floral hops.

T: The malty sweetness if like a dessert bread of some kind, mixed with a gentle hop bite at the end with a very smooth malt wash. Quite good.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but the finish is smooth and clean.

D: Although I prefer their Sea Hag IPA, this is NEB's most drinkable beer. There is nothin offensive about it, and the taste, ABV and mouthfeel make this one of the most sessionable ales I've ever had.

Kind of along the same lines as Newport Storm amber, New England Brewing's amber ale is a good tasting, solid drinking brew that will rarely let you down, and is an extremely sessionable beer. Now all we need are some taps up in the Brass City, right guys?

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Photo of Liquids
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy deep amber with a one inch tan head with great retention and some lacing

S- hops come through a great deal, maybe dry hoped. They seem to be american and citrusy so possibly cascade. Yes there is a malt presence too, very toffee and caramel.

T- Great malt presence, much more than the aroma leads. I'm sure a great deal of crystal malts were used leaving this caramel flavor. In the mix are some biscut/bready, lightly roasted, and very sweet sugary malt flavors. Not much for hops, except right after the swallow a low level of bitterness hits but quickly fades to a more sweet malty finish. I actually find the alcohol to be more prominent than the hops.

M- meadium body, low level of carbonation making this quite smooth.

D- almost good drinkability but I could see how the sweetness could get cloying after a few.

I really love NEBC, and I think Rob and the gang are doing a great job of producing some high quality CT beer!


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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the South Norwalk Brewhouse (where this beer was brewed back in its hey day).

I'll preface by saying when I first moved to CT, this was brewed in Sono and available on tap everywhere. I love this beer.

Color is reddish amber, foamy head, some lacing.

The smell is muted - some of the malt comes out, but otherwise not a lot happening.

There is something about the taste I never could quite nail down - some caramel malt, starts sweet, finishes very clean. Very minor dry hop aftertaste.

Drinkable? Back in the day, I drank this by the pitcher. I could down these over and over, especially off a tap.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Atlantic Amber from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 56.7% out of 100 with 141 ratings
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