Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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
03-25-2010 18:35:00 | More by LyonsHead
2.38/5 rDev -35.8%
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.
02-26-2012 19:44:51 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-22-2011 02:04:58 | More by Brenden
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-16-2013 20:13:25 | More by Dave128
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
05-06-2010 21:44:55 | More by JoshuaJ
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
09-24-2010 01:03:26 | More by CooperEllis
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-04-2011 00:10:06 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
03-22-2009 00:29:29 | More by bluejacket74
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
02-06-2009 02:44:22 | More by Beejay
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
10-08-2011 01:49:05 | More by DavoleBomb
Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.