Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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 +2.2%
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
Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.