Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2011 02:04:58 | More by Brenden
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2013 20:13:25 | More by Dave128
3.86/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Poured a deep amber with a quick to dissipate head.
S - Roasted malts, caramel and faint hops.
T - Malt forward, like the smell it has a roasted character and slightly sweet. The hops come out on the end, on the earthy side, with a bit of citrus. Just a bit of bitterness.
M - body is on the light side and is well balanced and pleasant to drink.
O - Solid Mt. Carmel brew that isn't going to blow you away, but enjoyable to drink.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2013 23:48:32 | More by patpbr
3.44/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-25-2013 20:07:12 | More by Groomsy
Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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