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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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 121
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 albern
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 brdc
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy gold with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like fresh red barley and brown sugar with sweet raspberry puree. It tasted like raspberries and brown sugar with some caramel and dry nutty malt, and a bit of rose and honey. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation, and had a sweet aftertaste. Overall this had a very strange and unexpected flavor, which was very sweet but not bad. It was clean and enjoyable once I got used to it, and it had nice body too. My immediate reaction was "interesting, but I wouldn't try it again," but by the end of the glass (err. can) it was growing on me.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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 droomyster
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, almost cloudy amber with a small off-white head that settles into a soap slick layer. Aromas are very subdued, tending towards sweetness. Taste is very balanced: biscuity malts and earthy hops blend very well, but are very simple. Medium body suffers from undercarbonation. I'm glad to have found another craft brew in a can but this one isn't particularly interesting.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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 soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one cause we were heading to a no-bottle zone, and these were a cheap sixer ($7). This one's a solid amber color, with a good bit of head. Nose is a nice spicy malt with a toffee back bone. Good, not great. Flavor's likewise. A nice balance of toffee malt and citrusy hops. A nice flavor, and a definitely solid summer beer, at a great price. I'd definitely get it again if I was in the need for cans (beats BMC any day).

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Photo of lpayette
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to venture from my normal outline review on this one and just go with the flow.

Jumping right in, this is a great canned beer that I would recommend to pretty much anyone. The best thing about this is the great malt flavors that flow from beginning to finish. Slightly slightly dry and grainy finish yet still for the most part refreshing. Little to no lacing but a nice thin layer of constant head. Going back to the finish now I finally wrapped my tongue around the finish a little better and realized a grassy lemon hop presence. The malt is caramel flavored for the most part which I love. Overall the drinkability is great, and I conclude this to be an excellent summertime companion for the craft beer lover spending time in anti-bottle zones.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce can purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
"Gold Medal Great American Beer Festival Altbier Category '93" on the front of the red and black can...
Tawny, ruby-red appearance with a decent-sized foamy headt that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
Thick, amber and grain aroma replete with slight citrus and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste was rendolent of caramel cream, a hint of vanilla, amber grains, spices, and thick malts along with a slight hint of hops...
Mouthfeel was mediocore, not bad, but nothing above and beyond...
Drinkability was good due to the lack of cloying flavors and relatively modest ABV...

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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 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 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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Photo of Vancer
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber this red amber pours from the can, capped with a frothy mound of lacey goodness. Thick and rich for a 5% brew.

Plenty of spicy malt in the aroma, and in the quaff. Even a surprising tingle of chocolate and black pepper mixed in the fray. Nice rich body, line this one up for your next session .

Another tasty treat from New England, and the can shows the way to the new Green way.

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

Crimson amber, creamy thin head. Thin lace. Sweet bready malts and toffee aromas. Toasted bread malt flavors with some caramel and toffee notes. Just a slight hop note. Nice moderate body. Drinks very easy, nice session canidate, and a good gateway beer. True to style. I like my Amber's a little more hoppy, but just personal preference. Not bad.

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

A clean amber colored beer. Has a nice creamy beige head. Some sweet caramel malt in the aroma with a soft grain background and a hint of flowers. The the taste is a light caramel malt with a quick twinge of floral/perfume hop on the finish. An enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 frazbri
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New England Atlantic Amber poured bright, clear, copper with a dense, tall, off-white head. Aroma had notes of maple sugar and pine. Flavor begins sweet with a touch of honey and mild bitterness, and finishes with a touch of peat. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.

Atlantic Amber gives you what you expect out of an amber ale. The flavor leans toward the sweet side of the scale, and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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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 BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into nonic.

Deep red amber hue with a light tan one finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap, with sticky lacing along the glass.

Mild grainy aromas with some piney hop aroma. Some subtle spice is there as well, mostly from the hops.

There is some grain and a little hop flavor, but the overall taste seems a little watered down. Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, feels a little fizzy on the tongue. The finish is somewhat clean, but mostly because it tastes so watery.

This one seemed to present itself well but it fell off the table once I got to the flavor. It's mildly enjoyable, but nothing I would repeat.

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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 Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice 1/2 inch, beige head that retains extremely well. Some lacing noted as well. Smell is pretty sweet with malty goodness, caramel, and some clear citrus notes underneath all the malty aromas. Taste is of more caramel and maltiness. Very subtle citrus hops as well but not too evident. Very balanced taste and very smooth. Perfect carbonation. Their could be more depth in the flavor department but this is very easy-drinking beer that fails to dissapoint, especially at $6.99 per six-pack. It's a no-brainer. In fact, this might be a new staple in my fridge.

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Atlantic Amber from New England Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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