The Amber Ale is my second beer from Mt. Carmel’s Porch Pack. Earlier this week I reviewed their India Pale Ale and their Blonde and Nut Brown Ales will be coming later this week or next. I’ve always been a fan of beers brewed with a red hue and while this one doesn’t excite, it also doesn’t disappoint.
Brewery: Mt. Carmel
Beer: Amber Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6%
Great shade of brown with slight amber tint and perfect clarity. That is topped off with a nice layer of cream colored head that starts out thick and fluffy but drops to a layer and hangs around for the rest of the glass.
Very malty aroma featuring lots of bread and caramel flavors. Some citrus hop aromas are present as well but nothing to get excited about.
Taste is similar to the aroma with what really tastes like a fresh baked biscuit with caramel drizzled over it. The hop flavor comes out a bit more here showcasing herbal/citrus flavors. I wouldn’t go so far to say that the hops balance the malt, but it evens things out a bit.
Smooth light-medium mouth feel that packs a bit of lemony zing as well.
Overall a very nice malty beer with nice flavor. The 6% alcohol in here is low enough to make this a good contender for a short session beer that’ll leave you feeling slightly tipsy. Unfortunately there isn’t anything amazingly exciting about this beer and nothing that screams out for me to drink it again.
Oh, and the wife didn’t hate it putting it in the company of Rivertown’s Gueuze and New Holland’s Ichabod pumpkin ale.