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Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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84
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beejay on 02-06-2009)
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Geno78, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

ctangent, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer of this to try. I suspect that it is their Red Ale (formerly available in growlers).

Poured into a pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of off white foam. As the foam dissipated, it left nice clumps of lacing. The color is a deep amber and has a tiny haze to it.... nice!

Smell: Very balanced nose with a hint of grassy ghops and a nice balace of toasted malt. Also a diacetal buttery smell.... I LIKE!

Taste: Very good! Just like the smell, it has a noticeable hop presence... but not overwhelming. Well balanced with a lightly toasted malt and has that trademark buttery taste that I like about Mt. Carmel beers.

MF: Excellent.... so smooth and creamy.... quite rich too.

Drinkability: Well, ya know how Budweiser says "it's all about the drinkability"? Well, I couldn't agree more.... This is one helluva DRINKABLE beer. Enjoy them all day....and Cincinnati area BA's?... You need to support you local brewer and go get you some of this!

TheBierBand, May 14, 2009
Photo of lisa_mayfield
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

lisa_mayfield, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

cproioi, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of JoshuaJ
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

JoshuaJ, May 06, 2010
Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

AwYeh, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Goldopelgt
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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...

Goldopelgt, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

cmichel28, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

KerryCummins1977, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

daliandragon, May 13, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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

LyonsHead, Mar 25, 2010
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.

akorsak, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cream color 1/4" head at pour. Rich dark reddish amber color, mostly clear it but has a slight haze. Nice sweet malty aroma, not in your face though, slightly subtle. Maybe a cherry hint to aroma. With warmth, aroma becomes sweeter. A deep but bright, malty character to beginning. Slight fruity character with a little bitto malt on end. Very clean finish. Good level of carbonation for style. Jello character to flavor end of drink. Good flavor to drink, definitely on the sweeter side. Very faint hint of the "complex hop finish" it claims to have, not super dry or bitter but again at a good level for this one. Does have a great mouthfeel, thin and drinkable without a super lingering aftertaste. Nice at the least.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 10, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Purchased at Jungle Jim's outside Cinncinati, OH.

Beautiful deep, clear amber with reddish highlights and quckly dissipating white head; minimal lacing.

Sweet, fresh malt aroma with a hint of syrup.

The taste follows the aroma with an emphasis on maltiness. The crisp flavor and light hoppiness keep this one from becoming cloying. As flavors remain solid even as the ale warms in the shaker glass.

Solid malty mouthfeel with moderate carbonation; medium bodied with a sweet lingering aftertaste.

Not very complex which is typical for an amber ale, but the flavor is very inviting and interesting. A quaffable ale for any season.

jkrich, Jul 11, 2009
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.

Brenden, Jun 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

StewartWatson, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

athesing10, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 26, 2014
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!

BB1313, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

mcorwin, Dec 06, 2011
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Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.