Almost Heaven Amber Ale
Mountain State Brewing Co.

Almost Heaven Amber AleAlmost Heaven Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #463
Ranked #39,717
3.66 | pDev: 13.93%
Mountain State Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States
Almost Heaven Amber AleAlmost Heaven Amber Ale
Notes: Nut brown in color and lightly hopped with Willamette, this beer is dominated by a pleasing caramel finish that is darn close to heavenly.
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours as amber in color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of caramelly sweetness. Taste is a nice malt vs hops balance with sour fruit and floral flavors. A very nice step above mass-market beers.

Apr 04, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a solid amber with a nice thick head, slowly diminishing to a thin layer. Light malt in the nose. Light caramel malt in the mouth.

Nov 12, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is caramel malts, apples, hops are present but in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent and easy drinking beer.

Jun 15, 2018
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with little to no head, good. Arbonation however, smell is mildly hoppy. Initial taste is hoppy and sweet then mellows out to a lightly roasted malt finish, the feel is a little thicker but not to heavy. Overall a solid in state brew that I'm proud to enjoy

Jan 14, 2018
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NC_Daniel from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark gold with a hint of red and a bit of brown haze. Head is about 1 finger, brownish tan, and lasts about half of the glass.
Aroma is of light malt, with just a hint of hops.
Taste follows. A bit of a hoppy twang up front light malt throughout. First sip fades into a smooth hint of... is that... honey? caramel? That persists through the rest of the glass. Flavors are all very subtle, nothing just pops out, but they balance very well.

Nov 30, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost Heaven Amber Ale brewed by Mountain State Brewing Co., With an ABV of 5.20% This ale pours out a nice light copper color with a nice thick off white head. There is a ton of carbonation in this brew, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with sweetness, grains and malts. You also pick up on some mild hop notes in the smell of this brew. Really liking the look and the smell of this brew, they are really inviting. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on a roasted/smoke flavors. There is some bitterness from the hops. Kinda on the fence with the taste. I give it this, it is different, but in a good way. Almost Heaven Amber Ale has a decent balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This ale dose go down nice and smooth. The body is a soild medium. It is really refreshing. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean ,Smokey, And Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Almost Heaven Amber Ale a soild 4 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Mountain State Brewing Co., Did a real nice job with this one.

Jun 09, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: A dark cranberry coloring with a feverish pitch of effervesce. A huge beach sand colored head sits atop, frothy on top, soapy with large air pockets along the sides. Nice looking head formation and retention with a good deal of lace coverage left behind.

S: Fresh wet lemons and sweet toasty caramel of average regards. Short duration quickly turns to dry grains and a so so affair.

T: Spicy apple skin and caramel grains. Sweet with some fruitiness, pear, but not alot of hoppiness. More red ale then amber finishing with an apple-caramel sweetness.

M: Slippery sticky malt texture, medium body, some good carbonation vibes makes this slighty above average.

O: A bit sweet, to much so for multiples. More red ale, not a lot of hoppiness or sturdy malt backbone, more light, fruity with a generic intro feel to it. Moderate in small flashes, but hardly entertains to the finish. Have to go sub 80 here, sorry, a single only curious try. Almost heaven is far from it and almost a drain pour.

Feb 26, 2016
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting amber ale for sure... The tart, fruity tone sprouts while the anticipated caramel, nut and earthy hop flavors. Some caramel malt, slight nutty aroma, some piney hop aroma too. I was happy enough with the nuttiness and earthy hops to keep sipping away. This beer is quite tasty. It immediately hits the palate with a flavor of hops and finishes off with a surprising flavor of delicious malty surprise. Cheers!

Feb 06, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a half inch head building; the amber liquid is crystal clear; dots and streaks of lacing hang around

Smell: Caramel and nuts, with an unusual tart, fruity tone

Taste: The tart, fruity tone sprouts while the anticipated caramel, nut and earthy hop flavors receding to the background; the finish is slightly puckery

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure whether this was what the brewer intended but this is truly unimpressive

Thanks, xJMFCx, for the opportunity

Nov 01, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The beer is a brownish amber with a small white head. The aroma is citrus with a nice hop blend. The flavor is a mellow ale taste. Very refreshing.

Sep 16, 2015
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soniktoothe from West Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, opaque. Little to no head on it. May have sat at the bar too long.

S: Mildly sweet and a toch of caramel.

T: Lots of malt, and a huge amount of butterscotch.

M: Kind of flat. Medium in body. Nothing remarakable.

O: It was okay. More along the lines of a nut brown ale with malt for milre. A touch sour and a big butterscotch sweetness.

Feb 21, 2014
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Transparent caramel colored body with some cola-like bubbles. Fizzy tan head that lingers around for a while.

S- Some caramel malt, slight nutty aroma, some piney hop aroma too.

T- Almost a cross between a brown ale and an amber. Caramel malts give way to some toasted malts with the nuttiness coming through. Slight bitter hop taste towards the end.

M- Medium-high carbonation, very bubbly, medium bodied and smooth.

O-Pretty good offering. More like an amber/brown hybrid.

Aug 09, 2013
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mattday25 from West Virginia

3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with a hint of copper.

Smell: Nothing special about it. Similar smell to Budweiser, with a hint of nut

Taste: Very tasteful with several spices, but the nut taste is the dominant trait.

Mouthfeel:A mixture between watery and syrupy. Not very good.

Overall While thus beer has nothing about it that standouts , if you're looking for new beers to try I'd give it a go.

Jul 18, 2013
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jcw122 from Pennsylvania

2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appeared much darker than an amber ale normally looks to me.

Smelled fine.

Tasted very watered down, this was a big disappointment.

Mouth feel was equally watery.

Overall beers from MSB were a big let down for me, they don't seem high enough quality to be served.

Jul 02, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a deep amber semi unfiltered body with light tan, fine speckled lacing down the sides of my mug. Aroma has caramel malt sweetness, hints of nut and earthy hops pretty nice overall. Flavor had some roasted malt character some caramel malt sweetness a bit of graininess, light hops in the backend earthy herbal floral hop notes going on. Mouthfeel was medium to light very refreshing going down I enjoyed this at a Mexican restaurant in Parkersburg, WV called Los Agaves. Overall a nice sessionable homegrown West Virginia amber ale I was happy enough with the nuttiness and earthy hops to keep sipping away, plus I was charged for a Yuengling in at 3 bucks in one of those huge mugs they use in the Mexican restaurants.

May 29, 2013
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Treyliff from West Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark and murky copper color with a creamy white tan head with good retention and lace

S- grainy corn husk with some sweet malt, a touch of caramel and no hops

T- mineral-like earthy, malty, a bit of caramel with just a trace of hop. Finishes with a tart sourness that throws it off a bit

M- light-med body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- this one was pretty good, it just seemed a little off balance. Worthy of trying but not something I would likely go back to.

Dec 09, 2012
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Gavage from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a fluffy 2" head that hangs around a while.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness leap from the glass and the aromas are easy to detect.

Taste: a nice grainy malt presence with some dark ripe fruit sweetness. Bitterness is moderate but provides enough kick to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth at the finish. Medium bodied beer. The malty goodness lingers in the mouth for a short period.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer and the bolder flavors keep it intersting. Worth giving this one a try.

Aug 24, 2010
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dmamiano from West Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, reddish brown. As with other of their beers, not much head to speak of. Lacing nill as well.
This one smeled sweet with crystal malts, sugar beets come to mind. Hops are there, but the malts are winning the show.
Taste was very nice, smooth, malty and sweet. Nice, thick on the tongue, with a slight tingle of hops just for the balancing act.

Dec 31, 2008
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ZimZamZoom from West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark amber ale, that comes out with no trace of head. At least the pint glass was full to the rim with beer. A bit chill-hazed but fairly nice looking.

Aroma of caramel and some roasted malts. Taste of caramel malt and a bit of burnt sugar. Nice bold flavor. A bit syrupy on the feel. Not so heavy as to not be sessionable though.

Good drinkable amber ale from one of the few brewpubs in this state.

Dec 31, 2008
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atsprings from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks on the growler share. Poured a crisp clear light copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was some sweet caramel and a hint of pine hops. The taste is sweet caramel with some subdued hops that open up a bit as the beer warms. The beer is light and crisp with low carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer, just not something I'd seek out regularly.

Jun 04, 2008
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wagenvolks from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery...opened a day later and poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a clear, brownish-amber hue with a slim light tan head that recedes quickly to a patch of bubbles. The aroma is an intoxicating blend of sweet caramel, toffee, cotton candy, and piney hops. A sherry-esque alcohol note is barely detectable.

This is one of the better amber ales I've had the good fortune to taste. The hops are resinous and slightly spicy, while a nutty, caramel malt note provides an excellent balance. Some sort of candied sweetness lingers along the back of the palate, along with a simple, non-overbearing hoppy bitterness. Body is medium-thin, with a good carbonation level and very refreshing. All in all, an exceptionally easy-drinking amber ale that I'd gladly purchase again.

{Review edited on 12/26/2009: Bumped up appearance to 4.5 after a re-visit to the brewery, and the aroma to a 5.0. Taste dropped down a notch to 4.0}

Jun 03, 2008
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JamesS from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a very nice copper/amber coloring with a good head and nice lacing. The scent was a bit weak, not much to smell but a bit of malt. It has a very nice sweet taste without being overly malty. Felt like a small hint of caramel was in it. Goes down very smooth.

The guys at MSB are quick on orders, too, as my local pub (in Morgantown) that carries the amber was out on Monday, ordered that day or Tuesday, and it was back in today.

Nov 08, 2007
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Applesauce1 from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer on-tap at The Junction in Snowshoe Village, WV.

Appearance: amber- maroon color with about a 3/4" head off the tap
Smell: not much, I notice some hops, but overall a pretty weak aroma
Taste: flavor is good; i notice a nice caramel malt flavor with a mild hoppiness; a good balanced flavor for this ale; however, the beer was a little watered down
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: good, you could drink three of these in a night

I think this would be a good introductory beer for someone starting to get into craft brews.

Feb 05, 2007
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xtacyturbo from West Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Black Bear in Morgantown, reviewing right here at the bar on my laptop with the beer in front of me.

Almost Heaven is a deep, cloudy copper color, topped with a creamy off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a white ring around the top of the glass.

The aroma is earthy with a dominant smell of hops. Not a whole heck of a lot going on in the smell department, but solid.

This beer is quite tasty. It immediately hits the palate with a flavor of hops and hop oil, and finishes off with a surprising flavor of coffee. A delicious beer that totally caught me by surprise.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing, with a dry finish. Prickly carbonation all the way through complements the flavor well.

A very drinkable brew, I went through over half of it just while writing this review. Could easily have a few of these in a row.

Never had heard of this beer or brewery before, a friend called me and told me about it, and I headed down to try it. Very impressed with what Mountain State has to offer, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this offering. I'm looking forward to trying more of their products.

Feb 01, 2006
Almost Heaven Amber Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 108 ratings