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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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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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 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 erosier
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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 auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearnance - Light amber brown color with a decent size head that left some lace on the glass.

smell - Hops, and malt smells here.

taste - Has a malt taste with some hoppy aftertaste but is not overpowering.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with carbonation.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, nice beer too for one in a can.

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Photo of csmiley
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper / brown color. It does appear to be lighter in color than I would expect from an Amber Ale. Got almost an inch of head that disappeared pretty quick. Lacing was average.

S - The sweet malty smell is what I got first. That being followed up by a roasted aroma and caramel scents.

T - Taste pretty much follows the aroma: Sweet malt, roasted, caramel. There is an additional sense of bread that completes the flavor.

M - This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

D - This is a good solid beer. The appearance was just a tad off in my opinion but all other aspects were good. It was very nice to come across an amber in a can that tastes good. Recommended.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice light brownish orange with good carbonation. The head is 2 finger, caramel colored that fades away leaving some lace.

The smell is typical for am amber, mild hops and a caramel sweet aroma.

The taste follows, This is a nice fresh sweet lightly toasted caramel brew.

The mouthfeel is good, a nice medium body and good carbonation, the hopy bit is also good.

drinkability is good. A good standard go to brew in a can is great.

Prosit MK

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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 Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New England Atlantic Amber pours a reddish brown color with a thick off white head that laces nicely as it fades, from a twelve ounce can. There is a nice malty aroma. The flavor is also quite malty, hops are more in the background. Enjoyable, worth a try.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out of the can smoothly into a pint glass with a nice average sized head and Newcastle brown color

S - Not a overpowering hop smell

T - Pretty good. Malty, but is it a alt? The can says it won a contest in 1993 for Best Alt. Probably too carbonated to be an alt. Hops are in the background big time.

M - decent.

D- A bit gassy even though when the can is opened it doesn't have that soda can snap.

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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 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 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 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 shaebs99
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with nice sized white head that leaves nice lacing as the head dissipates.

Aroma is mostly of the malts (caramel and toffee) with some citrusy hops

Taste follows the aroma. With the lighter malts being followed by some hop characteristics.

Carbonation is light on the tongue and the body might be a bit too thin for me. However, this beer is highly drinkable. Good flavor, perfect ABV. I usually don't like to limit myself to one beer, but this would probably make a fine session beer.

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Photo of ohoove
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber light copper color with a quick fading head and an uneven but present lacing. Smell was at first a dank almost foul odor but I let it sit for a few and after it warmed up it revealed many different aroma's , predominantely sweet malts and liquorice. I remember the last time I enjoyed this beer I was impressed with the unexpected hop tones where this time their presence is more subdued and really takes a backseat to the sweeter aroma's. Mouthfeel was of medium feel , not light on the tongue but not too thick. Taste was a nice change of pace with all the IPA's i've had as of late- as with the smell, hops with this selection is the stepchild while the malty tones and sweet flavors (not overwhelmingly ) stand out. Next time I have some Babyback ribs or pulled pork this will be my drink of choice. Good, you won't regret it but remember this is not a hop lovers dream. Now that it's gone i'm getting a smoked peet presence. Hmmmm?

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Photo of
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can

Clear, amber color. Modest, light tan head, creamy. No lacing or legs.

Spicy hops, pepper character. Nice malt presence - caramel, fruits, and peach. Earthiness.

Nicely hopped, but well balanced. Good bite at the start, then sweet. Brown sugar on peaches.

Medium body. Medium + carbonation (maybe a little high). Refreshing.

A very nice beer. Another "Wow, this came out of a can?". Well balanced, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Chaz
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazey copper-red in color, topped with a pale tan head of good duration and with better than average lacing. The nose is not altogether complex though it is quite expressive for what it is, offering notes of toffee, a measured bit of tang, some sugary malt, and a whiff of alcohol. A closer look reveals that the carbonation is brisk and plentiful, as evidenced by the bubbles coarsing to the top of the glass and coating the wall of my glass mug. The flavor is compelling, with a biscuity goodness peaking out from under rich caramel malts and subtle hop bitterness. Light notes of licorice and gingerbread, along with nectarine and plenty of toffee. A candi-like sweetness is also evident, but this is not overly-sweet. The finish is well-rounded and on the dry side, and a very mildly-bitter hop profile lingers throughout. This reminds me quite favorably of the excellent Amber from Arcadia Brewing Co., and is easily the best Amber I've had from a can! Atlantic Amber is a brew worthy of savoring. I'm looking forward to my next six pack!

[Served chilled, in a vintage Red Cap Ale mug.]

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Porurs a slightly hazy medium dark amber color with a thin head that fades quickly. No lacing. There is a sweetness to the smell before you can isolate the character. It has warm malt notes with a watery caramel underpinning. A touch under carbonated with a small tingle of hops. The mouth feel is a little watery. The taste is similar to the nose with an extra burst of the nutty malt in the finishing breath. Not my personal favorite.

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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 KevinB
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz can in a pint glass.
Appearance of this brew is really nice, the pour revealed a brilliant,blazing red amber body with a foamy whey head. Slight tracing left on the glass.
Smell is pleasant ,Beer gives off a candied floral aroma with notes of caramel malts and faint hops.
This is a nice tasting brew, starts off very sweet , tastes of honey and toasted malts; then ends slightly bitter. It's a lighter medium bodied brew, with mild carbonation.
Overall this a nice choice, my only criticism is that it is a little too sweet for me up front, but besides that it's a pretty well balanced beer and is very sessionable.

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