Amber Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship Amber Ale is deep amber in color, entering with an aroma of fresh hops, coupled with a smooth flavorful body, balancing a complex hop finish.

Added by Beejay on 02-06-2009

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +23%
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!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off-white, with web-like lacing, and a reddish amber body.

I smell bread-like malts and earthy grains.

Tastes pretty similar. Also a nice bit of copper, which par on course with this style in my opinion.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Amber Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company a 4.5

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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...

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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mt. Carmel Amber is quite nice and easy to drink. It pours a red amber with thin white head that Is not lacing. The scent and taste are typical of most ambers. The mouthfeel is medium with subtle carbonation. Overall....its good.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty brew courtesy of beejay.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, bubbly light amber color with a small bit of head that doesn't stick around very long. There is some very runny, soapy lacing.

Smell: A mild sweetness mixed in with some very subtle bitter hops. Balanced, but a bit subdued.

Taste: A bit of a surprise given the mildness of the nose. Sweetness right up front, with just the slightest bit of bitter in the end to balance. A pleasant surprise actually, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: A very nice full-bodied brew, and the carbonation gives it just the slightest bit of snap on the tongue. Refreshing.

Drinkability: An extremely drinkable brew. Easy on the palate, yet still has some good balanced flavor to it. Definitely a brew you can enjoy several times in an evening. Thanks BJ!

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer the color of dark tea with a thin, cream-colored head. Very little head formed even though I poured somewhat aggressively. Aromas of sweet citrus, caramel and bread. Tart, juicy citrus and sweet, spiced bread flavors. One of the better beers from this category I've had.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Appropriately enough, a hazy amber color with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of toffee, some malt and a hint of coffee grounds
T: Toffee again up front, some malt - tasty but nothing distinct
M: Medium-bodied, smooth
O: Very solid, not particularly memorable but I would buy it again

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.89/5  rDev +4%

Label Description: Deep amber in color, entering with an aroma of fresh hops, coupled with a smooth flavorful body, balancing a complex hop finish.

Personal Description: Moderately unfiltered amber, with a favorable aroma of fresh hops. Body holds its own, with a fresh, crisp finish.

Other notes: Planning to pair with a shot of Makers Mark bourbon, this beer would provide a perfect complement for fans of that style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well enjoyed this Amber ale. It poured an amber orange with a good off-white head, fair lace.

Aroma of sweet toasted malts.

Taste of roasted malts, hints of brown sugar with a well balanced hop.

Drinks very smooth. Going to this brewers area soon. I hope to catch thisone on tapp.

Overall very well done red amber. Glad they are expanding thier distribution. Will buy again.

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Photo of patpbr
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Dave128
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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