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IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pwoods on 09-19-2008

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. Poured from the glass into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick with a very frothy head , solid lacing, and a deep golden body.

I smell a fair amount of hops with this one. Not much else going on here.

Tastes like the piney hops mentioned on the label, along with very bright malts. With a metallic aftertaste, pretty close to blood to be entirely candid. I kinda like this, if we're having a truth party. This being said, the metallic aftertaste is VERY subjective to each individual drinker.

The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and crisp.

Overall, I'll give IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company a 4.5 If the blood-like copper taste didn't show up in the taste, I'm sure I would have rated this up higher. (768 characters)

Photo of rembrant
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,419 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (820 characters)

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (441 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,262 characters)

Photo of ThaBobfather
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
Smooth IPA. (410 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (717 characters)

Photo of GregBlatz
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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... (1,495 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (332 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (504 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to nlmartin for the bottle.

Appearance: Out of the bottle it is a very hazy copper color, bordering on amber. A small off-white head forms, but quickly fades, leaving only a few scattered islands and a ring around the edge. No noticeable lace.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet smelling for an IPA. Definitely a malty sweetness, almost reminding me of a nut brown ale. Earthy and floral hops are present, but relaxed.

Taste: I seriously think I could be drinking a hoppy nut brown ale. The malt is so firm up front with an oily walnut character, bready malt and pronounced sweetness. Some spiciness exists behind, with mostly earthy hops. A bit of pine sneaks in that was not detected in the aroma, but the hop profile comes up a short for me.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation feels a bit light; I think it would improve with a bit more. Even so, a soft creamy feel is in its nature. Some sweet stickiness and hop oil are residual on the lips and tongue, respectively. Light.

Drinkability: After drinking a number of west coast hop bombs, it was a nice change of pace to have something a bit more balanced. If anything, this errs on the malt side of things. Light mouthfeel and firm malt presence mask the 7% and make this a drinkable brew.

Thanks to nlmartin for sending me this in the Quick and Easy BIF. (1,349 characters)

Photo of beerman207
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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." (530 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chad for giving me this just because. Finally got around to drinking it!

Poured a nice clear maple with an enormous white head that lasted the entire time and left chunks and islands of lace all over the place. I will dock a point though, because there are a bunch of little sediment pieces suspended in solution. Aroma is perfumey and floral with a light honey and biscuit undertone. Mild acetone fruitiness in the flavor that actually helps the beer IMO. Light grapefruit and grass notes in the finish. Bubbly and light bodied. Pretty dry. A good summer beer for sure. (581 characters)

Photo of supercolter
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got the opportunity to try this one thanks to Kirok1999 as an extra.
Appearance is relatively bland, no real head or lacing to note. Smell is good- there is a grainy, wheaty hop nose up front with some lemon and alchohol on the back end. Taste is a bit different. The wheatiness is still somewhat present, more of a grassy feel to it and decent astringency. Nice lingering hops. Mouthfeel is decent, slightly oily with little carbonation.
Drinkability is good.
Overall, not a bad little IPA. (492 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, single picked up at Jungle Jim's. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. It smells like pine hops and caramel and toasted malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some honey I can taste. However, the hops aren't as strong in the taste as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's pretty smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a decent enough brew. Seems to be a little low on the hops for an IPA, but it's still a good beer. (646 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

A - Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate balanced malt and hop aroma.

T - Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation.

D - Drinkable beer that goes well with my grilled cheese sandwich. (393 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From raznug in a local4locals trade.

12oz into tulip.

Very nice pour, dark, opaque amber with a creamsicle head. Sticky lacing stays with the brew throughout.

Smells like an IPA, hops forward, little if any malt. Strong earth/grass armoa.

Flavor is mild but good. A little bitter with some alchohol bite. More citrus rind than citrus.

Nothing outstanding, rather no one aspect of this makes it exceptional, but similarly nothing detracts from the enjoyment.

(19th) (472 characters)

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a rich one finger white head. Because of the haziness its difficult to determine how much carbonation is present.
I'm smelling caramel, honey, and some floral hop aromas.
It's got that grapefruit hop bitterness followed by sweet malts. I'm also getting some notes of roastiness.
Medium bodied, coats the mouth and not sensing a lot of carbonation. The hop bitterness is backed by a malt presence. It leaves a lemony tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue on the finish which is interesting. This I think is the best part of this beer.
A solid IPA from a decent local brewery. I will most certainly share this with out of town friends and family and be proud to call it local! (696 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, a one-finger head slowly settles
S: Toffee, citrus rinds but not much complexity
T: Very malty, some toffee, just a hint of hops towards the finish. See the 'overall' for my thoughts here
M: Medium-bodied, smooth but lacks the bite of an IPA
O: Overall this reminds me much more of an APA if anything than an IPA. It lacks the herbal characteristics and bitterness of an IPA. Not a bad beer by any stretch, though not particularly memorable and does not accurately fit the stated style in my opinion (553 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Just over one finger of off-white, dense frothy head. Retention is poor, but a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pretty tame. The dominant aroma is caramel, while the hops are subdued and offer flowers and a bit of sugariness.

3.5 T: Again, the hops don't do much to pop, but this still tastes pretty good. I'd call it an amber ale before I call it an IPA. Speaking of which, this is a much better amber ale that their actual amber ale. Caramel with a pleasant neutral malt sweetness backing it up. Bitterness is low. Hop flavor is mildly fruity in a flowery way. Borderline 4.0 here.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Fine here, but nothing spectacular. I'd prefer it to be silkier on the tongue.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but a terrible IPA considering it offers little hop taste and even less hop bitterness. Still, this is a decent amber ale. (939 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, dark amber body with a thin head that settles into a thin ring before I even have time to set down the bottle.

Smell: Aroma smelling of pale malts lightly accented by toasty caramel notes and a spicy, zesty zip of hops along with a few carefully administered drops of pine resin.

Taste: Starts with a base of toasted and sweet caramel maltiness. Hops present some spicy tones and just a teensy bit of pine. Moderately bitterness. A small measure of this bitterness rides out beyond the dry finish as it seemingly tradition with these things.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It gets the job done. A basic, though basically good India Pale Ale. (713 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Bought this sixer in Columbus, as this IPA still hasn't reached the Cleveland area yet.

Pours a hazy amber color with 1/4" of dense off-white foam that clings as it retreats down the sides of the glass.

Smells fairly malty, with hints of peach, light hops, and straw. Undertones of grapes, orange, and homney are also present.

Honey malt to start, with hop astingency that takes over. Mildly buttery in the middle, with a hop bitter to finish.

Medium bodied, with an astringent presentation that is slightly off-putting.

Overall, a decent, though not great IPA. I don't believe I've let this get too old; I bought it two months ago when it was fresh up from Cinci to Columbus.Still, the malty, almost buttery flavor I'm getting make it seem like a 6-8 month old beer. It was better two months ago, and I'll give it a score to reflect that. Still, beer should be able to last linger than two months, and I wonder if all the poor reviews below are reflective of a poor shelf like for this ale. (1,036 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It looks like a sunset. It has an orange center, gradually lightening towards the edges where in is yellow. This beer is hazy and topped with two inches of beige head.

S - For an IPA it has a lot of malt in the smell. I get some bread/biscuit. I do get a little pine from the hops.

T - As soon as I took a drink I thought I bought an old six pack. The malt is strong with a pine finish. This taste a lot maltier than most IPA's that I have tried. However, the finish does have a decent amount of pine.

M - Thick for an IPA. It looked thick when I poured it, and the mouthfeel is pretty full. It is very viscous.

O - This beer is maltier than I like my IPA's, and I prefer citrus flavors to pine. This is not an IPA that I will revisit unless I would find it on draft. (827 characters)

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IPA from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.