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 zoolzoo
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +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 indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -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 +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 Ryan011235
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -10.8%
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 -2.2%
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 +7.3%
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 -22.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -20.2%
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 +6.7%
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 -4.9%
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 -14.3%
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 +4.6%
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 +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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Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -7.8%
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 -29.9%
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 +5.1%
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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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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 chinabeergeek
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no date. tasted in mid/late april 2009

clear (need to decant, leaving a a couple ounces back in the can), deep amber with copper tones. 1-finger light tan head soon fades to thin wispy layer, then just thin ring. some lace, with more showing up later in the glass.

aroma: caramel and apple w diacetyl hint. hops are very mild, just a touch of grassiness and even less pine character. caramel note is almost like maltose syrup.

very similar flavor, with very mild bitterness. lots of caramel, esters and controlled diacetyl. hops are too weak.

medium body, smooth, with moments that are slightly watery. faint astringency in the finish. mild but lively carbonation gives lift.

i think it's time they start dating their cans. maybe this one is old, because i can barely get any hop character.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours more of a honey brown color than amber; a tight egg-shell colored head dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is of sweet bready malt, caramel, a bit buttery, some rust, light brown sugar and a hint of a peppery spicy hop. The taste is big on the bready malt and caramel, some lemon and honey, and a tea like hop. A moderate body, with soft to fizzy carbonation, starts off sweet but finishes dry and slightly tart. An average amber ale, a bit more body than most.

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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 dbmcrorie
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can (red and black) bragging a bit too much on being the best (the best what?). Also stating its pride in being in a can -- not a great way to impress me. No freshness/canning date. Poured into an American pint glass.

I had to agitate this beer as hard as possible to get a head out of it. Even in doing so, no more than a 1-finger head arose. Beige/white head with minimal lacing. The head dissipates with the first sip.

A pleasant cinnamon spice introduces the toasted caramel malts with prune like fruits in the nose. Sweet toffee notes are quickly followed by a faint hop earthiness. The cinnamon-like spices linger at the end with faint grain husk.

Unfortunately, not up to par with the aroma. A chewy mouthfeel makes it hard to sift between the flavors that loiter on the tongue. Toasted caramel malt and husk are predominant here, followed by sour/dry cider notes along the sides of the tongue. There seems to be a sweetness, reminiscent of Belgian candy, that is trying to break through but is - alas - watered down by too much grain and lost in the metallic flavors that New England's dearest aluminum cans give off. Soft bitterness in the finish

$10 for a six-pack of cans? Complete rip-off.
The worst part is, I live less than 5 miles from the brewery. If they charged $10 for distribution to, say, New York or Maine, then I would understand. But I live just down the street. And this is how much I pay for it? No-sir. Not again. I'm not sure if I'm willing to pay this much again just to try their only other two beers available. So much for supporting local breweries...

However, I think this has a lot of potential. It's aroma is very pleasant and the taste has nothing wrong with it, other than that it is extremely weak. Also, I am half way through the six-pack and have yet to feel a warming from the alcohol in my tummy.

Due to its lowered alcohol and flavor, this could make a great session beer during the fall. However, at such a steep price, there is no way I would ever consider this as something to "session" with.

I would love to buy from NE more often, and support them as a local brewery. But with only three beers currently available, only in can, and sold at such a high price, it's hard for me to truly enjoy this brew.

With its low-key profile but highly aromatic notes, this brew would best be paired with savory red meat and creamy cheeses.


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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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