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Blonde Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pentathlete on 11-27-2005)
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4.56/5  rDev +27.4%

schroebl, Aug 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Rod_J, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

misterkew, Dec 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

jonaspb, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

athesing10, May 17, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Wheat colored with just a bit of a haze; a 1/2-finger head
S: Generic grain, a hint of lemon
T: Light, wheat, grain, citrus
M: Light-bodied, a touch of pleasant carbonation
O: Reading the style description I guess this fits, but IMO it could use just a small hops addition to liven things up.

ONUMello, Apr 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Chris77McGrath, Feb 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

davemathews68, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of viverlee
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We got off to in inauspicious start, spilling the two-finger head as I walked upstairs. To me, the least interesting of the Mt. Carmels I’ve quaffed in the last few years.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale

ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Creamy head that met an unfortunate fate on the third step up. Golden, light, clean, with a bit of BMC look too it. Carbonation is just right for this style.

NOSE: Cheerios, simple malt, raw corn, lacks depth.

MOUTH: Lagerish, clean, neutral grains, lacks mouthfeel. More canned than anything. What few hops you get with the finish are unremarkable in their ability to carry floral or more interesting notes.

BA Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 73

viverlee, May 27, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow with a thick one finger head. Really nice looking beer.

The aroma has a decent amount of lemon along with some light bread.

The flavor is honestly a little dull with just a faint hint of lemon, peach, and bubblegum. Really no grain flavor at all. A moderate bitterness lingers throughout but all other flavors are gone halfway through the taste. Nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, an ok brew that is definitely quite drinkable. Flavors are just a tad too dull for me, though.

rangerred, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Sudsanonymous, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of keeganfrank
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to the glass pours golden beer with a thick, sudsy head. A sweet, lemony aroma hits the nose with notes of cereal and cream. Flavors of buttery dough and spiced lemon with an aftertaste of cream. Something about this beer reminds me of lemon cookies. Another unique and enjoyable creation by Mt. Carmel.

keeganfrank, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Caterwaul, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

thearsenal, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed golden yellow color. Aggressive pour yielded only one finger of frothy head. Retention was subpar and no lacing was left.

4.0 S: Sweet neutral maltiness with bubblegum and peachy fruitiness notes. Lemongrass. Dank, earthy hops. I've never smelled anything quite like this. At first whiff I was somewhat appalled with what I found, but it quickly grew on me. Truly unique.

4.0 T: The bubblegum and lemon grass follow into the taste and gain some strength. Very light bitterness with earthy hop flavor. Light fruits, though not as peachy as the nose suggests. Light graininess and light neutral malt sweetness, which is in good balance with the hops.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy for what it is and super smooth.

4.0 D: Color me impressed. This was a solid and quite interesting brew. I recommend this for anyone who likes easy drinking brews with seemingly strange flavor profiles.

DavoleBomb, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of treehouse
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nosed - light lemony and wheatful....

mouthed...bubble gummy...some lemon...decent amount of carbonation...tastes kinda like a lemon soda...without sugar...crisp and clean...not a tremendous beer but a solid drinker....dare i say refreshing?

could drink a pitcher of this and be content...

treehouse, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
1.98/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy dull gold body with a generous cap of bright white head. Good retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Unfortunately, things go downhill from there. Nose is exceedingly tame, mild canned corn sweetness, a touch doughy. Carbonation is light and the body is rather thickish and plodding, not a great match for the relative lack of flavor. A touch of lemon to balance out the corn sweetness. Hints of soap and a slightly 'off' toasted flavor I can't quite put my finger on. More like a slight step up from a macro than the crisp, clean, delicate profile required of a decent blonde ale.

PDXHops, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of ltjska04
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. The blonde pours a very clear golden with a faint white ring around the glass. None of the Mt. Carmel beers seem to have a lasting head on them, unless it's just my glasses. The scent is clean with a bit of malt and a faint hop aroma. The taste is a bit of sweet grain that lingers on the back of the tongue. I'm not detecting any hops but there's some interesting quality that I haven't tasted before and can't pinpoint exactly what it is. This is an easy drinking beer that is unoffensive but much better than macro lagers. A great gateway beer if I've ever seen one. This would be one of the first beers I would suggest to my friends who haven't discovered good beer yet. This isn't something big or challenging for beer geeks but is a solid, well-executed blonde ale.

ltjska04, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of becktone
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 12-15-09

Eye: Gold is a stretch on hue of yellow here. This is one pale beer, light yellow in color but not pissy looking. Head formation is ok, retention is good, steady creamy looking bone white head. Fizzy looking. Pretty nice overall.

Nose: Very clean in aroma. Some sweet malt aromas, maybe some light fruity tones and light hop aroma too. Very delicate overall and quite easy going. Aroma is robust and easy to detect but a bit harder for me to describe. All in all very nice though.

Tongue: Nice clean light malt flavor. Sweet malt tones are prevalant and are foreground, hops are there but just enough to balance things out. Extremly light caramel tones come through as well as very light pils malts. I really like this one, very easy drinking and quite refreshing. Nothing dark about it at all...for me this is a refreshing beer cause there is a great malt charcter and sweetness but nothing nutty, or dark about it. Just pure pils and yeasty fruitiness.

Feel and Drinkability: Light on the palate and extremely easy to drink. This is one that I can definitely see myself picking up again. Though at $10.29 a sixer I am shocked. Its worth a try, but due to current finiancial situations it can't be one I can buy all the time. I look forward to the rest of the glass, but don't know when I'll be picking up again, though I know I will. Give it a go if you're in the area. Support local beer, Prosit! This is a beer that I really enjoy drinking.

becktone, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, oh, let's go ahead and say it, blonde body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, bready malts alongside some modest notes of earthy, lemony hops.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of bready graininess and honeylike sweetness. The hops provide some fruity lemon as well as some earthy, spicy aspects. Mild, subtle bitterness. Finishes dry and smooth with that same mild bitterness sliding into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, refreshing, easy-drinking blonde with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Just as it should be.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light lemon-yellow. Very light carbonation stream up from the bottom. Some ribbons of lace left on my glass.

Smell: Smells of lemon dominate with appearances of hops and a bit of bread. Nothing really stand out though.

Taste: Lemon and a slightly bitter hops are perfectly blended together. Also great malt, grain, and yeast flavors to be found in this one. The hop flavor is consistent throughout and gives it a earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: A slightly bitter start and a smooth and dry finish. I was very impressed by this beer.

meatmallet, Aug 08, 2009
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Blonde Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.