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Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well apparently this is pretty easy drinking as I got wrapped up in writing something and forgot to be focusing on the review. The flavor on this one is pretty good, though it seems to be a bit tight. It could be a bit more open and free instead of somewhat restricted. Still is pretty good though. Don't get to see too many nice ambers. Or so it seems.

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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.

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
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!

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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Amber Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.