Atlantic Amber | New England Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by UnionMade on 06-19-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 141
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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 brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -20%
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 oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep bronze color with very tight thinner well sustained off white,nice malt complexities in the nose with the citric/spicey hop coming thru more about that later....Deep brown sugar tones with some chewey biscuit dough qualities as well come thru most in the nose,I opened this beer to cold so all I got was the basic malt profile upfront brown sugar,caramel and sweeter biscuit mainly as it warmed a nice spicey sharpness comes thru late and lingers.A nice subtle but complex amber brew it won awards as an alt beer and its hoppy sharpness late seems to show more of an alt character,a solid brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Thin layer of retention skims the surface, staying strong, and leaving a big cascade of spotty lace back that sticks. The aroma is quite bready and toasty smelling, with some sticky smelling sweetness and a touch of floral hops in the back. Nothing wrong here.

The taste is grainy toasted malts and caramel sweetness with a light-moderate amount of hops, which offers a good bit of needed balance to this. Light notes of toast and bitterness dangles on the tongue a bit before fading. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of a prickle to it but overall, this has a very easy feel to it that ramps up the drinkibility.

There is abosolutely nothing to complain about here. Just a solidly made Amber Ale with sturdy flavors and a good quaffability. Bonus points for being available in cans as well. I love it!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tawny with a reddish blush and a wonderful looking creamy crown. The golden beige foam is as sticky and as rocky as anyone could reasonably want and is more than capable in the lace department. What a nice surprise.

The aroma is 'crunchy autumn leaves' earthy and is more appealing than that description makes it sound. It's nicely balanced between (light) caramel malt and muskily fruity hops. This should be an interesting ride.

New England Brewing Company's Atlantic Amber is interesting beer. It's also unlike any California Common/Steam Beer that I can recall (although I've only had a handful). For starters, it's maltier and less hoppy than most, with a gruding balance achieved by the finish of each mouthful. Note: since reclassified as an American amber/red ale.

One of my first impressions is that the beer is too odd for its own good. I'm not sure what makes it so, but I don't know that any unusual ingredients were used. Again, the 'autumn leaves' things keeps running through my head. Distinctiveness isn't always a good thing.

This one of the earthiest beers in the history of beer. So much so that I'm tempted to call it an off-flavor. Whatever is responsible, it's becoming less tolerable as the ounces pass. The word 'funky' fits as well. Maybe the lager yeast doesn't like the warmer temperatures and decided to revolt.

The mouthfeel is decent in terms of heft and is adequately bubbled initially. However, it becomes dangerously close to flat by the bottom of the can and is less enjoyable as a result.

Atlantic Amber looks like a dream... and then it's all downhill from there. It never does make it all the way to the nightmare stage, but it isn't a beer than I have any desire to drink again. Stick with the excellent Sea Hag IPA if you have a choice.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from beeronthebrain, cheers; Khen!

Pours amber/caramel with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Rich doughy malt & not much else, a bit of leafy hops once near room temperature

T: A bit of caramel & some herbal hops up front. Some leafy hops, some citric hops & a bit more caramel as this warms. Barely earned a 3.5

MF: A bit thinnish with low carbonation, skews sweet

Drinks alright, but this beer lacks real depth, works as an alternative to BMC, but not much more IMO

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Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber color and very cloudy. The beer glows when placed in front of a bright light. Impressive head that lasts. Initial lace was spotty and unimpressive. A quarter of the way down, it started leaving thick ring lace.

Light perfume to the smell--attractive and subtle. A blend of grain and mild hop.

Starts off grainy and a little sweet. The hop is too mild to balance this beer effectively. The body is solid as is the carbonation. The aftertaste is smooth and malty. There's a touch of metal to the flavor as well.

I love the idea of canning beer as it prevents skunking. So, I'd love to score this higher to encourage the practice but alas this is a middle-of-the-road beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another day, another CAN.

The pour produced a good finger's worth of rocky, medium-tan head with decent retention. The beer itself was a slightly hazy deep-amber color. The nose had a nutty sweetness to it, undoubtedly borne of the malt. The mouthfeel was medium with a mildly sweet, nutty flavor on the tongue. The finish was also sweetish, but I got some light bitterness at the end. Ambers generally are not my bag and this seemed a little lacking, so probably would not return to it. I liked the Lager and I want to get some Sea Hag, which I hear is quite good, but I'll pass on the Amber.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly ruby hued amber that carries a decent creme head that falls after a short while. Nose is subdued with minor leafy character to it. Flavor is nice and full with great earthy tones with an interesting level of funk to it. Gives a very nice consistent and even flavor profile. Smooth on the feel. Good level of massaging carbonation. Extremely drinkable. A very nice red ale. Another New England Brewing production that could easily turn people on to craft brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one:

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thick foamy off-white head that descends very slowly to a lasting thin cover that leaves spots of lacing.

The smell is of heavy caramel. Some earthy/herbal spicing in the back.

The taste is of caramel candy. It has a slight bitterish balance in the way of earthy, herbal, slightly leafy notes, but remains solidly caramelish. Sourish fruity notes peek through at times. Sweetish finish.

Medium-bodied (at most) with a touch of astringency.

States on can that this was a gold medal winner at the '93 GABF. Can't help but think what a long way craft beer has come since then. This isn't bad, but too caramelish and almost pedestrian.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, amber-y hue, good showing of of-white froth atop.
Aroma: soft and creamy, slightly nutty, tiny hints of fruit, little hoppiness but malt is in charge of the scene.
Taste: herbal, grassy, distinctly caramel-toned. Smooth, and slim in body, but with a substantial stay on the palate, malty feel lays long on the tongue.
A very decent amber ale, this one. Pretty easy drinking, and tasty enough. Actually, I take that back, as it feels yummier and yummier the most I sip.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger plus tannish head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, and lots of caramel. The taste is sweet at first, nice malty/caramel tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from New England, recommended.

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Photo of tempest
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Abe's 6-pack shop in Bethlehem. I don't know if this beer was in the cooler too long, but it immediately foamed over and then smelled a bit of dust. The flavor and aroma were almost a plastic-like sweetness that just didn't seem right. The hops were fine, a mild bitterness to balance the malt, but that malt, oh man. It tastes odd and felt wrong. Maybe I over exaggerate, I still finished the beer, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a fine, pale and crystal malt scent along with a slightly hoppy, slightly estery aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth caramel flavor with a slightly fruity finish. It has a mild hop character to it. There is also a moderate breadiness to it as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although I'm not too keen on the esters.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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 plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft husky malt with with some nutty and chocolate undertones.

The taste consisted of a full doughy malt with a light caramel sweetness. The hops arrive toward the end and dry outthe taste.

The mouthfeel was toward the full side and a touch creamy.

Overall a flavorful and robust amber.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from 12oz can a slightly hazy amber red with a nice thick head of foam that shrinks slowly and ends up being a near solid thin layer at the end of the session. Good lacing to be had as well.

The smell has some nice roasted malt and some citrus hop notes.

The taste is at first caramel malty with roasted and earthy notes following and near and through the finish, there's a growing presence of citrus hoppiness that is quite tasty. This is a very solid example of the style and I'm thrilled that I got a chance to try it.
Thanks again, John!

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Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served at the Brewhouse in Norwalk, Ct.

A: The amber ale is just that, a robust brown-red mixture that has a nice brilliance to it. The ale is very clean looking, crystal clear with a thick 1 finger head.

S: The nose is nutty, full of malty strength that does not betray much hoppiness.

T: The nuttiness in the flavor is a nice continuation from the aroma. The malts dominate that taste with the nutty toffee flavors. Hops add a balancing element but don't do much from a flavoring perspective. The finish sticks with the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is nondescript, nutty without a wow factor.

D: This could be a sessioner but it needs a little more oomph.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, amber, 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, and some hops towards the end..some grains

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet start followed by a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: very well balanced amber that has a distinctive hoppy finish. I could have 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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 Bighuge
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear copper appearance. Thick slab of creamy colored white froth sits on top of the beer and sticks around for a while. Lace is quite good. Decent aroma of caramel and toffeeish malts sprinkled with some mild hop tones. Solid enough flavor. Caramel malts and sweet crystal malt drippings for a base. Hoppiness is low and could stand to be hefted up a little. Full body and lightly carbonated, creamy mouthfeel. Good enough amber, though nothing special.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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 ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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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