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Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beejay on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by AwYeh:
Photo of AwYeh
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint.

A: Pours a slightly foggy, bright, reddish amber color. Two fingers of frothy, off-white head top the beer off, leaving a great amount of lacing behind.

S: Quite a strong smell for the style; there are a lot of thick, sweet malts, as you might expect, bring forth flavors of caramel, bread, nuts, and toast. There's a nice hop balance too, with a moderate herbal/grassy flavor which is nicely complemented by light orange peel and a soft resinous flavor.

T: Sweet toffee, caramel malts, a grainy flavor, and a bit of toast balance this beer's hop flavors perfectly. Those flavors themselves are earthy, piny, and slightly citrusy, and leave a light-moderate bitterness behind. It's hard to say enough about how well Mt. Carmel nailed the balance of this beer.

M: Clean, smooth, and creamy; moderately bodied and carbonated.

O: This is a great amber ale, and may be my favorite example of the style. Love the hoppier than usual approach. My glass of this went quickly, and I wish I had picked up more than a single of this at the store.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LyonsHead
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, redish orange with a good off-white head, nice lacing

S: Wonderfully balanced with a sweet, caramel malt backbone, yeasty, fresh bread notes as well. All of this lays underneath an earthy, piney, hop nose.

T: malty sweetness right off the bat with big caramel flavor. there is a subdued toastiness with a little fresh bread character as well. All of this is very well balanced with an earthy, piney, floral, hop flavor. very well done in my opinion

M: Medium light body, may be a little sharp on carbonation, but not bad. finishes pretty sweet, for me I'd like to see them dry it out a bit more

D:Very good recipe, I think this beer has excellent ballance. it loses points in the carbonation and the finish. If they could bring this down a couple of gravity pts it would raise the drinkability and make this a killer example in my opinion

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

No dates on this label, pours a slightly hazed amber hue with a billowing khaki tan head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has some caramel malts, nice cereal grains with slightly earthy pine hop notes. Flavor is sharp with a tart sour bread note with a harsh grainy husk note, and earthy hops coming through. Only $1.89 a bottle but this one has something going on that I'm not sure the brewer intended. Not the most drinkable or palatable amber I've come across however there's a nice fruitiness, with cereal grains and caramel notes coming together light herbal/earthy hops in the flavor. Not bad just needs some work in quality control, I'm not saying infection but there's something off here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth mellow carbonation really nothing to complain about the texture. Overall like I said it may need tweaking or this bottle may not be as fresh as I would prefer there's no way of telling considering there's not bottling dates.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this brew pours out, a hazy burnished copper color in my glass, the head beginning to develop looks at first like it may be a little too light and spritzy. It ends up developing a nice, frothy one finger tall with good retention that leaves good rings of lacing sporadically, especially thick at the top, and some legging as it drops down. One interesting note: the head seems just off-white at first, but what's left in the glass is definitely a pure white color. That may be just my eyes, and it doesn't make any difference, I just thought it was interesting.
Good things come off the nose: toast and caramel from malts mix with just a bit of hops that balance without detracting from the maltiness, and a light yeast presence with just the slightest touch of a dark fruits note.
The taste follows suit, though hops come out in greater force, a bit floral and lightly citric, giving this beer a pretty even contribution from both malt and hops in the flavor. A light spice kicks gently, yeast lingering, and the mild dark fruits just underneath, then the hops round it out.
The body is medium with a light carbonation. Crispness and smoothness mingle together. There's enough malt to keep it from being dry with enough hops to keep it from going to the other end of the spectrum, making this a solidly semi-dry.
I'd never heard of this brewery before I saw this on the shelf, and I'm glad I picked it up. I'll be looking for more from them in the future.

Photo of Dave128
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into frosty pint glass. Bottle label seems very premium and well designed.

A - A vigorous pour yields a 2.5 finger head which sticks around forever and leaves decent lacing. After settling, only a small ring remains around the edge of the body. Body is amber in color.

S - Very hoppy. Not expected from amber ale style.

T - Perfect balance of hoppiness and sweetness.

M - Carbonation takes some bite off of the hop bitterness.

O - A very well balanced amber ale. In a world where amber ale is generally a malt bomb, its good to see one with some hops.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull in Covington, KY.

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany. Slight head that quickly dissipated.

Nose: First thing I caught were the sweet, buttery malts. Picked up some slight, earthy hops.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malts upfront. Nearly as soon as it hit the tongue. A bit roasty. Then the hops come in and stand up very nicely. This is very well balanced. Nice earthy, piney hop finish.

Mouth: Densely carbonated. It helps to carry the flavors across the tongue. The hop kick at the end makes this finish dry. Very refreshing, especially this time of year.

Drinkibility: I only had one, but I could have easily had more. Medium bodied, extremely well balance. It doesn't get old.

Wonderful beer. If you have an opportunity to try this on tap, take it. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into tulip. From raznug.

This brew poured half foam, not billowy, dense, and then quickly disapated....

The armoa is heavy with green apple/grapefruit.

Flavor is quite fruity with a bit of malt underneath. There is a lot of carbonation, which brings a bit of the tart fruit flavor up front. Sweetgrass finish.

Solid mouthfeel, a little bit of a bitterness that lingers.

(20th)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from The Andersons on Talmadge.

A: The amber ale is brown, sure enough. Its syrupy brown color is translucent. The first pour into my mini glass generated over a finger of eggshell head that is lacing nicely for a plastic cup.

S: A one-two punch of caramel and toffee drives the aroma. Full and sweet, the aromas caught me off guard. The malty thickness has a few barleywine characteristics to boot.

T: Syrupy and thick, this amber ale continues to verge towards barleywine territory. Definitely a plus in my book. Caramel and toffee remain evident to the taste, just taken up a notch or two. Vibrant hops, significantly stronger than the nose let on, add citrus to the sweet body. I'm surprised by this one, a good beer.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, stronger, fuller and more powerful than I was expecting. A good way to finish a long day. I really like that it comes perilously close to being a barleywine.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like toasted malt and a bit of citrusy (orange) hops. The aroma is more sweet than bitter. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like toasted malt, grain, and a bit of sweet citrus (mostly orange). There's also a slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. I think it tastes similar to an ESB, but that's just me. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a decent enough beer. It's interesting enough to have this as an occasional session beer. I'd try this again in the future, but since Mt. Carmel doesn't distribute to Columbus (yet) I'll have to settle for picking up their products when I make trips to Cincy or Dayton.

Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A reddish Orange color. Clean and Clean... Low amount of Head, which dissipates rather quickly.

S: Malty, yeasty, Something in there that is creamy, and sweet.

T: The first taste is sweet, and malty... This leads into a more bitter taste, with light citrus notes. Something else at the end, roasted coffee?

M: Creamy, not too much carbonation..

D: I could do a good few. Not my favorite beer in the world, but something that it good and local.

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a becker style glass

It is a nice deep shade of amber and crystal clear. It is capped with an inch of beige head.

I smell toast caramel.

The taste has a biscuit flavor with hints of toffee.

Medium mouthfeel

It is a "traditional" amber. It is not hopped up like an IPA. It is nice and simple.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color with a tint of amber. Pour yielded just a touch of head that quickly fell, leaving no lacing.

3.0 S: Toasty with hints of caramel. That's about all I can say since the nose on this is so weak.

3.5 T: Lots of toastiness in the taste, however. Some caramel, but not much. Earthy and spicy hops. Maybe a bit grassy as well. Light neutral malt sweetness and a bit grainy.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This could be a lot creamier, but it goes down easy enough.

3.5 D: A quality, though run of the mill amber. I'm not sure why the nose on this was so weak, but it was.

Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper, slightly transparent. Decent head with really nice lacing and retention. Lots of hops in the aromas. I'm picking up alot of orange and pine. I'm also picking up some chocolate and caramel malts. The taste is very bold and sharp. Very roasty and toasty. Lots of caramel. The hops are present in the flavors, but it doesn't taste overly bitter at all. More caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated; very smooth. Wow, this is a really great beer.. this is one I could drink all day. Very impressive.

This is an excellent amber ale.. better than most I've had. I know alot of people might find ambers boring, but try this!

Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is conducted from notes from a few weeks back when I was visiting my old college buddy Nate in Dayton and wanted to try some local suds. Unfortunately, Nate, although a great guy, is kind of a troglodyte in that he literally has no glasses of any kind and drinks solely out of plastic cups so I used a mason jar for this review. Slightly ghetto, but there you go.

Five years ago, also while visiting Nate, I had a growler of MC's stout and remember being impressed. As this was also a formidable brew, I'm surprised these guys don't get a little more recognition.

Poured a bright amber color with minimal head and lots of visible carbonation. Giant candy smell with syrup or some over the top sweetness and underlying citrus hops. Taste is bready, earthy malts offset by a pleasant bitterness. All hops in the finish. This is a satisfying, juiced up version of the style.

Photo of Schneic8
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Has a deep caramel color with an off white head that seems to last. A fair amount of carbonation.

Smell: It has a slight sweetness with a touch of caramel. You can also smell the bitterness of the hops.

Taste: Sweet taste in the beginning that ends with a slight bitter aftertaste that lasts. I also catch toffee/caramel with a strong hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Slight crispness from the carbonation but very creamy and smooth. It goes down easy and sits well. Medium body.

Drinkability: Very nice beer that is easy to drink. The smoothness of the beer is very appealing. It has a nice favor but I find the mild bitter after taste a little too much. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of Groomsy
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Mellow Mushroom in Wilder, KY. Served in a pint glass.

Pours an appropriate slightly hazy amber color. Topped by a frothy off-white head that leaves splotchy lacing down the glass. The head has some staying power to it and the beer is well-carbonated.

In a field of hop-centric ales, MC's amber seems rather restrained. Filled with scents of toffee, caramel, and freshly milled grain, this beer showcases more malt presence than hop presence. There is some earthy/floral hops to contrast the sweetness, but this is a more malt-forward amber than what most may want. It smells perfectly smooth and aromatic, though.

The taste is on par for the amber style and is quaffable without being bland. Starting off with a grainy sweetness, the malt rules into the middle of the palate and evolves into notes of toffee, caramel, and maybe just a hint of coffee. Some hop presence, though mild comes in on the finish with some tea-like and earthy bitterness. Balanced, drinkable, and simple. Can't ask for much more in an amber ale.

Mildly carbonated (but not flat) and medium-bodied, this beer is definitely refreshing and - dare I say - sessionable. Some fruity sweetness lingers in the finish and complements the other flavors in the beer.

While not an exciting style overall, this beer hit the spot for me during lunch. It's simple, drinkable, and still flavorful. Don't think you can ask for more than that in an amber ale, honestly.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazy unfiltered looking orange-red-amber with an unimpressive creamy off white head. the foam is dense alright, but gave me none of the tell tale great beer signs like texture and expansion that i usually look for. let's see if i'm wrong. score for nice body, demerit for terrible head. lace is nice with solid rings.

S- aroma dumps on the look, with a sweet fruity malty grainy roasty earthy blend of brown sugar, burnt cookies, cocoa, almost coconut, weak coffee, and apple pie. resinous hops come through underneath all the dark desserts with an oily citrus kick.

T- heavy odd malt burnt tomato flavor makes me wish this was more like a west coast red. the website's claim for a complex hop finish is somewhat misleading, as there is too much residual sugar to let the hoppy complexities really push through. it's more of an underlying lemony orange character that is moderately bitter from start to finish. the lack of zesty pungency makes this malt bomb sit heavy on the palate, reminding me of a hopped up ohio irish red. finishes with robust grain character and fading hop bitterness, the malty sweet lasting on and on until it's gone with some bitterness still stuck behind my wisdom teeth.

MF- heavy and thick, the alcohol showing an immediate dryness. carbonation is pumped up and vigorous and totally keeps this one from being a syrupy mess. this is on the heavy end of the style.

D- this beer has a little too much happening at once and never achieves a real balance nor does it favor one pan on the scale. the malt is too heavy and the hops are trying to overcompensate and if everything was backed off a little, i feel that FOR ME, this would be an enjoyable brew.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date. Threshold glass. Reviewed 12-23-2014.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orange-copper with a 3/4" beige head; pretty frothy. Excellent retention, solid lacing with streams of effervescence.

Aroma: Something interesting and unexpected here; slightly like Robitussin? Combination of earthy hops and sweet malt. Good.

Taste: Very caramel-ly; Fairly sweet arrival, slight hoppiness across mid-palate, then a soft bitterness form good earthy hops and a lingering slick sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Softer than expected; more carbonation than Sawtooth Nitro; slightly slick.

Overall: Absolutely nothing offensive about this beer. More body and character than a typical lager. I might pick this over Bell's Amber, which I recently had and seemed very similar.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet caramel like roast. In the taste, a sticky sweet caramel like roast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a a bit sticky dry caramel like aftertaste. A bit sticky and big caramel, eh!

Photo of keeganfrank
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer the color of dark tea with a thin, cream-colored head. Very little head formed even though I poured somewhat aggressively. Aromas of sweet citrus, caramel and bread. Tart, juicy citrus and sweet, spiced bread flavors. One of the better beers from this category I've had.

Photo of Goldopelgt
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a rich amber color with a thin cream head and decent lacing.

S- Wow...not what I was expecting...Smells effing fantastic...Caramel malts with sweetness and faint hops.
**almost drooling at this point**

T- This is good...damn good...
Sweet toffee notes with a maltiness that is not overwhelming but balances beautifully with a surprisingly strong hoppiness that I was not expecting with this beer...Delicious!

M- Silky smooth, perfectly balanced...I don't even know what else to say...

D- This is (sad to say) my first experience with Mt. Carmel Brewing, and I'm definitely kicking myself for this...if this is any indication of the beer they are brewing, I feel my certification as 'beer geek' is in serious jeopardy for not having tried this sooner. TRY IT. And if you're a fellow Cincinnatian, support THIS local brewer...

Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy bright orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of light caramel, toasted malt, honey, bread, herbal hops, and light orange zest. Aromas are pretty weak, but have decent balance for what is there. Taste of biscuit, caramel, orange zest, herbal hops, earth, honey, toasted malt, and biscuit. Good amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, light citrus, and toasted malt for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation. Fairly crisp on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming present on the finish. Easily drinkable and smooth as well at 6%. Overall this is an ok amber ale. Probably a bit too old, as I have no idea how long it has been sitting on the store shelf when I bought it a few months ago. Pretty drinkable though.

Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer received in a recent BIF.

Pours a medium-dark amber color, not quite clear, with one finger of yellowish tan head. Decent retention, some lacing. Not bad, not great.

Smells fairly nutty, heavy on the malts, with some faint herbal hops. Nothing exciting going on, but not bad. Low sweetness, low bitterness - rather woody. Malts and hops, you know the drill.

Taste again is pretty malty, though the bitterness picks up through the second half. Mildly bitter finish that gradually fades away. Malts are, again, rather nutty and woody.

Mouthfeel is fine, just like most things about this beer. Fine. Medium-bodied, a little heavier than expected, with enough carbonation.

This beer is fine, but it's pretty blah. It doesn't wow me with anything - no big flavors, no subtle complexity. It's just okay.

Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Appropriately enough, a hazy amber color with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of toffee, some malt and a hint of coffee grounds
T: Toffee again up front, some malt - tasty but nothing distinct
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Very solid, not particularly memorable but I would buy it again

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well apparently this is pretty easy drinking as I got wrapped up in writing something and forgot to be focusing on the review. The flavor on this one is pretty good, though it seems to be a bit tight. It could be a bit more open and free instead of somewhat restricted. Still is pretty good though. Don't get to see too many nice ambers. Or so it seems.

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Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.