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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 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)

Photo of jkwuc89
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For those who are new to IPA's and want a lighter introduction to this style, I would recommend this IPA. For IPA aficionados, there are clearly better/stronger IPA's out there. That being said, this IPA is OK and my ratings reflect this. I'd be interested to try this again at their brew pub in Cincinnati because my experience has shown that draughts at their brewery generally taste better than bottles from grocery stores. (426 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 patpbr
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mt. Carmel Brewing IPA pours a deep amber with a foamy head. not a lot of scent. A somewhat flavor neutral taste that gives off some hops a malty mouth feel. Overall theirs not enough of the pine and hop flavors that i like, It turned into just a 7 percent abv beer. (266 characters)

Photo of NumberNone
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber with a good slightly off-white head. Some evident carbonation. Mild lacing.

S: Fairly mild aromas, with some mild hops, malt, and faint citrus notes coming through.

T: Malty with some definite bitterness. Mild hops can be detected along with some mild spice. Slight licorice. Perhaps a touch of a whiskey taste. Is this an IPA?

M: Somewhat earthy with some decent dryness and bitterness. It feels a bit thick for an IPA.

O: A beer with varied tastes, some of which work. If it didn't say it was an IPA, I'm not sure I'd know it was one (to me, it tastes more along the lines of a Newcastle Brown Ale). Maybe somewhere along the way it was and the hops had faded significantly by the time I tasted it. It's interesting, but just not what I would go for if I'm thinking IPA. (798 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 beerme626
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Jungle Jim's in Cincinatti, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Absolutely perfect. Pure golden, translucent, with an almost pure-white two-finger head on top. The head has slightly diminshed, but is still a half-finger, with the last few sips to go. Lacing runs all the way down and the beer bubbles like champagne. Gorgeous.

S: Not much here at all. Light pine, a little hops. Kind of smells like butt. Or butter.

T: Very sour. A strong blast of sour at first, which does mellow out into the pine and hops of a typical IPA. Gets better further down as I get used to it.

M: Pulls on the upper palate at first, but mellows out. Some light stickiness, but a good bit of hop tingle left over.

O: An ok IPA. It is beautiful and enticing, a work of art, to look at. However, the taste is a little sour for me to rate any higher. (838 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 yourefragile
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Another extra from a brewery I've never heard of. Very exciting.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper with suspended bubbles of carbonation. Thick creamy head with nice retention and dots of lacing. Seriously malty aroma; actually kind of nice if this was an amber instead of labeled as an IPA (soon to be a recurring theme). Caramel and biscuit malt, fairly sweet, blend with an intense earthy and mildly roasty finish. Intensely sweet caramel malt body, grain and earth throughout, but very little hop presence or bitterness. Finish is slightly ashy and very earthy. Weird balance of sweet and earth throughout that never quite blends right. Medium light body, moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Ugh, what to make of this. As an AIPA this is a disaster. As an amber, it's kind of interesting and maybe a 3.7. Regardless, I'll rate this as an AIPA and it won't be pretty. (892 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 jmarsh123
2.31/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep cloudy caramel with a 1/2 finger of off-white creamy head leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is malt forward. Some sweet caramel malt and biscuit with a subdued hop presence.

Not much upfront flavor. A lot of the caramel malt from the nose and a little biscuit comes through. The finish finally shows some hops in the form of some citrus flavor, but also kind of metallic with a harsh astringency.

Mouthfeel is a bit light with medium carbonation levels.

This beer is strange. Not much bitterness until the very end and not a pleasant finish. I'll pass on another. (576 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, tea-colored beer with no head. None. Also, the aroma is pretty weak. I'm starting to wonder how old this bottle is; I can't find a freshness date on the anywhere. Odors of sweet orange and biscuit; I can't detect much else. Flavor is bitter orange peel, which tastes a little burnt. Undertones of caramel and dough. This is my first beer from Mt. Carmel and I'm a little underwhelmed; I hope their other selections are better. (434 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours a clear copper with decent carbonation. 1 finger head along with some lacing. Smell is pretty weak. Definitely pick up on the malt but very little hop nose. Hops are hardly detectable at all. Beginning to wonder how old this is.

The taste is odd. The caramel and biscuit from the malt is definitely there but then a strong bitterness rushes in and lingers for a long time. There is no hop flavor at all, just this sharp bitterness.

It is not very pleasant at all. I’m willing to try this again if I get it fresh but until then, I can’t recommend this beer. (628 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 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 treehouse
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nose ...sulphur?eggs?...then hops...british floral sorts....

mouth....hmm..these hops are too ..easy..fruit..like jolly rancher style..prefabricated....smooth and easy to drink..but there is a flavor bordering on dried milk...just odd....

glad i tried it but will not try it again... (285 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a copperish orange with a nice one finger head

S - smells of a lot of caramel and biscuit malts with a nice touch of grapefruit and pine. Smells almost like a hopped up pale ale.

T - starts off with the caramel malts, which stay very strong throughout. Mixed in with the caramel malt are some nice biscuity malts. About 3/4s of the way down a rush of pine hops hit the palate, but these still balanced / held back by the strong malt presence. Not bad.

M - Comes in with a really nice body and not much carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. A little weaker on the hop profile for an IPA, but it's forgivable since what was there was solid. I would definitely drink this again, but I don't necessarily know if I would go out of my way for this. (781 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
1.49/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy burnt amber with a modest cap of off-white foam. OK retention, patchy lacing.

It seems these guys are one "a" away from having the perfect name. This stuff smells remarkably like a freshly unwrapped caramel candy, plus some weak floral and citrus notes.

Cake batter flavor pairs up with the caramel to drown out hints of pine and citrus, but can't obscure a certain soapiness. A touch of bitterness mercifully tries to cleanse the palate, but it's not meant to be. Just not a lot of fun to drink.

Surely this must be an old bottle; I can't come up with another explanation for the label of "India Pale Ale". (684 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, almost brown color. The head is very consistent...creamy tan color at about a finger.

The aroma is hoppy...citrus, some pine, sticky sweet fruit, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

The flavor is much more malty than expected. There are the flavors of red grapefruit, honey, and some spice. But, under that is a lingering flavor of bread. There is also a bit of a metallic linger somewhere in there...right in between the hop profile and the malts. It's not necessarily bad, just slightly off.

Overall, this IPA is good, drinkable, and flavorful. The body is more on the malty side of the IPA spectrum, though. The hops do linger, but it is offset. One extreme plus on this beer is the everlasting, consistent head. It is a near perfect body, which makes the drinking of this a bit more enjoyable. (880 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 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 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 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 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)

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