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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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 121
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 hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 hustlesworth
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Natural510
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 CooperEllis
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.


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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 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 kirok1999
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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 Yetiman420
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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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 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 ThaBobfather
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 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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