Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Amber AleAmber Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

44 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 44
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 44 | Hads: 116
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

 951 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
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!

 291 characters

Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev -16%
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.

 1,086 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

 662 characters

Photo of kirok1999
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber/red with a massive, and I mean massive rocky white head. I could only get half the bottle in my 16oz'er. The head lasted way too long for me and it made the beer a bit hard to drink. Smell was pretty mild, sweet and full of caramel with some mild hop notes of citrus.
Taste was much stronger than the smell. Sweet and dark with notes of wood and dark fruit. Lingering dark aftertaste. It's highly carbonated and that also makes it a bit difficult to drink, It fizzes up in the mouth way too much.
Not a bad tasting beer but the over the top carbonation hurts it quite a bit.

 594 characters

Photo of CooperEllis
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.


 388 characters

Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

 815 characters

Photo of Groomsy
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

 1,442 characters

Photo of Yetiman420
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of single bottles of each Mt. Carmel brew at my local (Biggs) Cincinnati grocery store that sells mix and match singles.

Pours copper with a thin tan head that subsides to mostly the rim and stays present during consumption.

Aroma is sweet and bready malt. Expecting more from the aroma based on the label's claim to "aroma of fresh hops." A mild musty, dirty sock aroma that may be attributed to said hops.

Taste is tarnished by aroma. If I keep my nose closed, the taste is a fairly pleasant sweet and malty combination. Can't detect the "complex hop finish" as described on the label. Perhaps a bit too much malt is overpowering the hops in this amber. Finishes clean and a bit dry for being malty which improves taste and drinkability.

Other than the problems with the aroma, this beer drinks ok

 826 characters

Photo of Natural510
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating. Cute countryside artwork on label.

Pours a medium amber-bronze with light ring of lacing on the glass.

Scent is sweet & fruity, with hints of breaded malt.

Malt-forward flavor, with creeping bitterness toward the finish. Sweet & spicy, with hints of strawberry, molasses & cinnamon.

Body is in-line with the style, with a bit of a creamy, syrup-like mouthfeel.

Good amber offering; on the sweet side, but hop bitterness balances it out somewhat. Cincinnati needs more breweries like this.

 517 characters

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

 323 characters

Photo of hustlesworth
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

 1,693 characters

Photo of SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 774 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, suitably amber-hued body topped by a slender covering of white suds.

Smell: Pale malts with light touches of toasted grain and caramel. Small hint of orchard fruitiness. Hops impart some earthy, citrusy notes as well as perhaps a hint of spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet, toasty pale malts with a rounded caramel character. Slight fruity tones. Earthy, lightly citrusy hops with a medium-low amount of bitterness to balance. Drying, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty decent, nicely done amber ale from Mt. Carmel and one I could readily see myself keeping a six'er of in the refrigerator if the brewery wasn't about 500 miles away.

 720 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy copper color with a white head that thinned but still left a fair amount of lacing behind.

S - solid malt aroma, toasty and a little earthy.

T - malty flavors all the way through with some light bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a pretty good beer.

 391 characters

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/burnt color with some medium white head. Text book color.
Smells of amber spice, citrus rind with some grain and caramel.
Not a crisp taste but the right notes are there. Some caramel malt, a little clove spice.
The finish is about average, some bitter on the edges.
Highly drinkable, pretty smooth.

 318 characters

Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Deep copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel note.
Taste-Big dose of toasted malt, sweet-buttered bread. Sweet English malts. A nice cool weather brew. Good match for a meaty pasta dish.

 292 characters

Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

 459 characters

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks dakkon54!

It looks like a good beer. Deep amber body with a small white head. Nothing special, but looks not bad. Smells very sweet, lots of toffee and caramel here. A bit of earthy grassy notes to it as well, but still dominated by sweetness. In terms of malt ambers, its actually pretty good.

Lots of dry cereal grains, a bit of metallic feeling, and a hint of toffee as well. Very balanced and drinkable, yet still bold.

Not going to blow your mind, but you will enjoy it.

 485 characters

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me in a mix of beers from a family friend from Ohio. It poured a darker amber color with a thin but frothy off-white head to it. Very nice lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma has a nice zesty, slightly juicy hop profile to it. I get some notes of grapefruit and orange coming out in it and mixing with some sweeter, malty flavors. Very nice aroma to it overall.

The taste shows more of the maltiness with some toasty, and sweeter notes to it. Towards the finish I get a little more of the hoppiness starting to come out with a little of that juicy profile that came through in the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. It had a very nice American hop profile but managed to stay pretty balanced and drinkable at the same time. Pretty solid beer all around.

 897 characters

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is floral, toasted and nutty, with a hint of fruity specialty malt character.

Flavor reveals a toasted, nutty malt base throughout, with highlights of fruity specialty malt and citrus that fade into a lightly bitter finish.

 230 characters

Photo of Dave128
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

 583 characters

Photo of patpbr
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 437 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

 892 characters

Photo of Schneic8
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

 720 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.