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 counselor
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 kmo1030
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good looking amber if i ever saw one... rich amber colored with a thick tan head. the smell is nutty with caramel and a little floral earthy hops. the tatse is nutty caramel with some grainyness. hop bitterness towards the end balances, not a lot of hop flavor though. a little bready at times, which lends a little complexity. medium bodied with somewhat seltzer-y carbonation. A nice mellow (except the carbonation) beer that you don't have to think too hard about. a solid amber ale

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Photo of Hagbard
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can with no freshness date...not so worried because it's in a can, a little worried because it's an amber. The can says it won gold in the GABF in '93 as an altbier. Two thoughts cross my mind: 1. '93 was a long time ago and 2. I thought this was an amber? Onto the beer:

A clear amber honey color with a healthy tan head. The aroma is nice and strong with a malty base that seems nutty and bready. It doesn't seem too sweet. The taste beings with a malty sweetness that is joined quickly by a bready aspect. I don't detect any hop aspect, which I generally associate with an altbier ann it actually tastes closer to a marzen than an amber. As someone who isn't a fan of ambers, this one is actually pretty good. It is a tad too sweet for my tastes, but to its credit, it doesn't seem cloying. The mouthfeel is a bit chewy due to the nutty/bready aspect and the drinkability is fairly good.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 blackie
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: A 1/4" light khaki head is produced by the pour, and then slowly recedes to leave only a few bubbles behind. The color is very mahogany like.

smell: Smells alright, for some reason slightly German to me. A moderate, malty fruitiness is present, along with some clean and light hops. Hints of graininess and maybe even banana are present. Slight metallic taste, not to say it's from the can, just a descriptor.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty high and the body is on the lighter side of medium.

taste: Smooth and clean but pleasingly flavorful. There is a clean hop bitterness, and a caramel like maltiness with fruity notes. The roasted, nutty aftertaste lingers for awhile, along with some hop flavors.

drinkability: The drinkability is good, but the long lingering aftertaste made me deduct half a point from what I wanted to give.

Acquired this beer from ppoitras in BIF 24

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 CherylM
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's hard to find a decent craft amber beer in a can. This is a good one!

It starts off malty and sweet and finishes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation. Usually drink it from the can. No can flavor is present.

Would be great at a picnic along with the lighter style by N.E. Brewing.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Forms a big creamy head over a deep red-brown color. Leaving a lacey ring around the glass, and making for a very attractive looking brew. Not much to say about the smell, the malt and hops are subtly present in the nose. The taste however is big. Full maltiness right from the start, not particularly sweet, some hoppy bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a long malty aftertaste and a bit of dried apricot.

This is another great backyard BBQ beer from NEB. The price is right ($6.50/6pack), and the quality is very good for it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sulldaddy for sending a can of this my way. This one pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is pretty plain, just a little bit of caramel malt. The flavor is mild, but tasty. Bit of caramel and a little grain as well. Very light mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sulldaddy and clvand0 for their parts in getting this to my glass. It pours a nice amber color with a finger of head that falls to coat the top. The nose is just okay, wiht some biscuit and some caramel sweetness. The flavor is okay, with a slight grainey spiceyness and caramel. It is a bit light though. I would like a little more flavor. The feel is thin to moderate, with an active carbonation. The brew is smooth and easy drinking. I would probably keep a few cans of this around for those nights when I just want to drink some beer without much more in the equation.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of counselor, big up.

Poured a clear, dull copper with a frothy, light tan head. Smelled of lightly roasted German malts, mild spices, and toffee. Taste was pretty much the same: Sweet caramel malt coupled with some crisp apples and spice. Finish is barely bitter and very clean; it dries the mouth just a bit. There's something very German about the whole experience. Mouth is medium bodied riddled with tiny, tightly-knit bubbles. A little chewy. No doubt, it's good, tasty, highly drinkable stuff.

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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 Globetrotter
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hand-delivered from the New York area to Moscow (thanks, Stephanie!), this delightful brew comes in a red, blue and silver can with a tall sailing ship as the logo. Label talks about the "finest ingredients" from "around the world," but never actually lists them. No freshness info, either.

Pours a clear copper hue under a short-lived one finger off-white head that lingers only as collar and leaves a few spots of lace. The nose is pretty sweet and malty, with a touch of fruit. The mouth is thin and prickly. Lots of malt in the opening, sweet and fruity (plum, I think). There's a bit of a hops bite in the finish, but it is very subdued, and doesn't last well into the aftertaste, which is mainly fruity sweet. A smooth, easy-drinking brew that invites multiple refills at a session. This is the kind of fling you enjoy at the time, but have difficulty remembering distinctly afterward. There's something to be said for that now and then...

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Photo of Fish113d
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from the can first of all, but I must say it is a beautiful beer to look at. A very reddish amber color, a bit more red than honey. The head was pretty foamy coming from the can, but dissipated for the most part; what was left gave a nice lacing on the sides of my goblet. My first reaction to the smell is....whoa! Very hoppy in smell...a sweet hops noetheless. Besides the hops I smell, a bit of plum or grape comes out a slight bit. However, this is not the most potent beers I have smelled in my life. My first sip is interesting....not too carbonated, creamy in mouthfeel. The hops jumps out and a little sugary plum flavor pull through. However, as quick as this beer went in my mouth, the mouthfeel disappeared and left little to no aftertaste...I am not sure if this is due to canned conditions...most of the canned beer I am used to is MIller Lite or Yuengling Lager, which suck out of cans. This isn't much better. It is very light in feel, and I think I could use this for a case race! Drink better beer!

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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 edchicma
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite as good as their lager, but not bad. Usually when I see a can I think of macro brews, and even though this wasn't was yards beyond macro offerings. This brew poured a nicew amber with a decent head. Smell was sweet and malty and this led into the taste which was initially sweet and malty, but finished nicely in a tart hop finish. Mouthfeel was smooth with a medium consistency..good, but not spectacular. Easy on the drinkability scale. While not exceptional, I would definitely have a second.

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Photo of necoadam
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 wyllder
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded orange-amber with a modest 1/4 inch head that recedes to leave a clinging lace.

Nose is very mildly hoppy with a floral, almost medicinal, quality to it.

First hit on the palate is a very light hoppiness. This is quickly covered by a caramel malt middle, and just a touch of that medicinal quality on the nose makes its way in here. As I reflected on it, the medicinal quality here is probably the "steam" part of the beer, as it reminded me a bit of Anchor Steam. Aftertaste is pleasantly malty & caramel with even less of the medicinal taste coming through.

Overall, a solid entry into the style that's worthy of consideration.


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Photo of beerman599
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the flagship brand from the new new England brewery is worth the wait. this ale is very drinkable with out being week or watery. smooth malt aroma rich caramel flavor and just a hint of hops in the finish makes this very drinkable. this should be in every good pub!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The boys are back in town!!!

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT.
Pours a deep rich reddish amber, with a thin head that eventually dies down to nothing. Crystal clear. The color is fantastic, and I'd rate it higher if the head remained through the entire pint.
Aroma is malty and sweet, with a bit of caramel and breadiness to it. Smells sort of like an ordinary bitter, with the malt/hop balance.
Flavor is reminiscent of a bitter, with a rich maltiness, light body, medium hopping and dry bready finish. Very light caramel, simple basic flavors that compliment each other impeccably. Carbonation is perhaps a bit high, but that could just be the cask beer I had previous to this. Very clean and defined flavors, simple, yet terribly effective. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This CT brew is back in the neighborhood. Pours a clear copper color, sporting a low beige head. Aroma is light, with hints of hop and esters. Flavor is also light, of smooth malt, but no noticeable hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit watery. A mild hop bitter aftertaste creeps into the back of the throat as the pint is drained.

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