IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +28.5%
Appears a hazy amber gold with an eggshell white2 finger soft foam head. Leaves decent lace,some viscosity film.
Aroma is not typical IPA. There's a fresh bread scent,and caramel nut,almost more typically lager but a mixed fruit/citrus hop side does assert. The distinctive thing being it's not a one note song.
Flavors As the aromas suggest,there's some malt side balance though the ops do come in gracefully and with a fine finish. The Malt,grain and yeast elements do play a role here. It is not about how loudly it screams "Grapefruit" but about having an IPA that is actually multi flavored.
I'd begun to get rather bored after having several IPA's where a big grapefruit pucker was the whole show and there wasn't those OTHER things that made it seem like BEER and not fizzy fruit juice. Here,there's some grapefruit but also a bit of orange zest,ripe pineapple,a wee bit of forest greens and grassy. All in all, a pretty broad spectrum to explore.
While the hops don't give a jolt of bitter the harmony and depth this has makes it one of my new favorite Hopside brews. Has a refreshing Zing but keeps a "beerness".
Mouth The generous malts give a bit more body than average in IPA and the finish while elegant,is less sustained than some. That's good for 'with food"
Drinkability is especially high due to not going so heavy toward one taste element or aiming for maximum bitterness. Easy to have several.
12-30-2010 21:43:20 | More by rembrant
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
This is a very nice, albeit unusual, IPA. It pours a thick cloudy russet, with a modest head that leaves scant lacing. The mouthfeel is thick and satisfying, mildly carbonated and spreading nicely around the tongue. The malt is mildly sweet on the palate, and the floral hops come through nicely across the palate. The finish is bitter, but with little lingering aftertaste. For an IPA, it's pretty drinkable. Overall, a nicely crafted beer.
06-10-2009 23:39:56 | More by jushoppy2beer
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. Poured into my newly-acquired Perfect Pint Glass, this beer is a nice clear copper color. The head doesn't last but the ring around the glass does. The aroma is of soft, fresh hops, but not overpoweringly so. The taste has nice hop flavor from the beginning through to the finish with a nice complexity throughout with a bit of citrus. The hop taste is balanced nicely by the malt so that neither overpowers the other. I would categorize this as more of an English IPA due to the more subtle use of hops than many in the American style. The mouthfeel is decent but a little lacking and drinkabilty is high. This is another very good beer from Mt. Carmel but maybe not the best in the American IPA category.
12-28-2009 05:15:38 | More by ltjska04
4.15/5 rDev +24.6%
From notes 12-16-09
Eye: Orange copper in color and extremely clear. Head formation and retention isn't the same as the others I've had from them, this one is lacking or it could be the Beer Chang that was just in this glass....But more head would be better.
Nose: Nice boquet here. Piney and citrus hop aroma. Supported by a good malt backbone. Very clean aroma overall. Nothing special, nothing damning either. Something a bit more potent and longer lasting would be nice, still good though for whats here.
Tongue: Nice flavor, hops flavor and bitterness upfront, grainy maltiness in the back. This is a nicely balanced IPA. Piney hop pairs well with the grainy notes in the finish. Sweet malty body in the middle. Long lasting aftertaste. Definitely some biscuity flavors in here as the label states. Clean, very clean. This is a nice IPA.
Feel and Drinkability: This is an easy drinking beer. Definitely enjoying the rest of it. Not the best, but definitely better than many of the larger brewery's IPAs. This is better than Harpoon and Pyramid to name a few. Definitely worth giving a shot. Body is medium, and carbonation is just a bit too fine, too palate cleansing. It scrubs the tongue too hard and is too prickly in my mind. Support local brews!
01-24-2010 21:41:06 | More by becktone
4/5 rDev +20.1%
Pours a cloudy/hazy color that is pretty close to the color of pennies with some thin lacy head.
Notes of hops in the smell, some sugar, and maybe a little cherry and malt.
Our taste is fairly complex here. The grainy hops come through right away with a great blended follow of sweet malt with a little caramel.
Finish is pretty good with some bitter flavor left which is nice and not overpowering.
04-27-2009 16:36:11 | More by ThaBobfather
3.95/5 rDev +18.6%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a clear gold, with a one finger white head and a nice amount of visible carbonation. Lacing through the drink is good.
A: Pine and faint fruity hops with a strong caramel malt backbone.
T: Taste similar to the nose but adds citrus hops flavor - a touch up front, but mostly in the hang.
M: Bit of a creamy mouthfeel for an IPA but still good carbonation. Bitter-ish hang for a few beats. Alcohol presence is minimum.
O: Better than I expected. When I got on here to review this one, I was a little surprised to see the low ratings this beer had received on BA. This one was a solid IPA, not great, but I would be glad to drink another one.
08-05-2012 19:59:30 | More by macrosmatic
3.95/5 rDev +18.6%
A - Hazy orange hue with around 1/2" or less of white tan head. Head falls quickly. Nothing out of the ordinary, maybe a bit darker hue than expected. Is this unfiltered? The appearance would suggest so, but there is no residue in the bottle.... not sure.
S - Sweet bread and caramel dominate the nose. I think this smells a lot like an English IPA. Maris Otter malt maybe? Hop flavor is subdued and not very aromatic.
T - Caught me off guard a bit. Very smooth and creamy. Strong malt backbone and pretty bitter. This is not a typical hop forward IPA, but a more balanced example. The hop flavor is earthy and spicy but not the typical citrus flavor that you would find in cascade, centennial or amarillo hops. Definitely American style hops rather than English though.
M - This has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The finish is dry but bitter.
D - Pretty drinkable. The finish is dry and I like the hop bitterness. Malt provides a little sweetness but it is not cloying at all.
Overall I really like this beer. Local product from Cincy so maybe I am a little bias. Different from your typical hop aromatic forward American IPA. Sometimes the hop flavor is treated as the only characteristic of an American IPA. More is better but this has a very nice balance and is worth exploring.
06-04-2010 23:58:38 | More by GregBlatz
3.93/5 rDev +18%
Walked into the Jungle Jim's beer cooler and was surprised to see a NEW Mt. Carmel growler staring back at me saying "BUY ME... BUY ME"! So I did!
I actually bought this for a friend as a Christmas present.... I'm nurturing a budding beer enthisiast.... a convert from macro beer land. Knowing that every beer I've tried from Mt. Carmel has been rock solid, I thought this new IPA from Mt. Carmel would be an ideal gift to help further the cause of spreading the good beer word to my friends.
Of course when my friend opened his gift.... he suggested that we give it a try... who was I to argue??
I poured from the brown growler into a pint glass to produce a healthy 1-1/2" head of off white foam. The beer is a reddish... darker amber... darker than any IPA I've ever tried. The foam left pronounced lacing down the side of the glass as I drank.
The smell was good. I could definately pick up a stronger hop presence than with any other Mt. Carmel offering. But, I could tell that this wasn't going to be a HOP BOMB.... it was also balanced by a buttery, roasted malt to balance.
Taste: WOW... nice! Maltier than most other IPA's I've had.... but good... a good healthy hop bite at the bdginning that is soon mellowed by a buttery smooth malt taste.
MF: Creamy, and smoother than most other IPA's I've had. Medium body.
Drinkability: Sure.... have another. and another... Good effort by our friends at Mt. Carmel. I will definately get some of this to serve to my discerning friends...
01-02-2009 18:41:39 | More by TheBierBand
3.9/5 rDev +17.1%
Pours a hazy, cloudy amber with just a light wisp of foam and almost no lacing left on the glass.
Hints of grassy and wheaty hops up front with some mild honey sweetness, some dates and figs.
There is a slight earthy note in the middle with a slightly bitter and lingering finish.
This is a rich and full IPA and a very nice sipper.
05-25-2009 16:14:31 | More by kirok1999
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
A: Amber in color. With white head, which is slowly sinking..
S: Some citrus, but mostly grassy and earthy, with an underlying sweetness of carmel and Malt.
T: Hops are not as prevalent as I would imagine, but rather meld in with the malt body and carmel sweetness. The hops that are there are quite earthy with a little bit of spice. Nice and mellow.
M: Creamy smooth, with carbonation that fits the style.
D: Good, but not the best IPA on the market. But it is local, tasty, and fairly inexpensive.
02-04-2010 03:34:44 | More by Beejay
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
A: Pours light brown with a small head and some lacing left behind
S- hops are not as present in the nose as I would like but are there. Some citrus and biscuit are about it.
T- Wow, the taste is a surprise. Based on how average the nose was, I thought the taste would be underwhelming. The taste comes through quite bitter at firt with sweetness coming through. Definately has malt but the citrus is dominant
M- Very creamy with low carbonation.
D- I was pleased with this offering. Would go for it again but isn't a "go to."
12-06-2009 00:21:47 | More by beerman207
3.73/5 rDev +12%
Pours a very cloudy amber with a small head and some lacing.
Smells...different. Toffeeish malts and piney hops. The malts in particular sort of through me for a loop. Not bad, just what you typically pick up from an American IPA.
The bitter, piney hops hit you right up front, but fade very quickly to the roasted, carmelly, toffeeish malts. So weird. The malts are very prominent here, it's unlike any other IPA I've ever had. The bitterness comes back at the end and lingers quite nicely.
Overall mouthfeel is decent. There's not a lot of carbonation here, which I've come to expect from an IPA. It's not nearly as crisp as other IPA's either. Medium bodied.
Drinkability is good. I've heard that this was brewed with being a session beer in mind, and I can definitely taste that in the finished product. The hops won't leave your tongue feeling numb after a few glasses. That said, I prefer my IPA's to be crisp and refreshing. This one is more along the lines of a fall sipper. When the leaves are turning and the breeze starts to get that bite, I'll bring this beer back out and enjoy it again.
06-22-2009 12:57:41 | More by JoshuaJ
IPA from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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