Almost Heaven Amber Ale | Mountain State Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mountain State Brewing Co.
West Virginia, United States
mountainstatebrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nut brown in color and lightly hopped with Willamette, this beer is dominated by a pleasing caramel finish that is darn close to heavenly.

Added by WVbeergeek on 10-10-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.9%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by dmamiano:
Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of ghostman74
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +7%
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 flavor is a mellow ale taste. Very refreshing.

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Photo of amm755
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mhammer616
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Treyliff
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Ryften
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted more like a nut brown. Poured very flat with NO head. Very thin on the mouth. Either it's that boring, or it was a bad keg.

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Photo of jcw122
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of cferg88
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

This is my favorite Amber Ale. Had it at Snowshoe WV while skiing. smooth with a very distinct taste. I can't wait to have another one of these!

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Photo of TeddyStriker
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thudean
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MADmichael1969
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barely a little cinnamony...to me that is a negative but if you like that ...

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Photo of Wrinker712
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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Almost Heaven Amber Ale from Mountain State Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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