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IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours deep brown/orange color with no trace of a head. Note: Poured fairly aggressive to try and induce a large head but nothing came up.

S- Faint pine and citrus smell. Some sweet biscuity malt is detectable. Hops are not easily found in the nose.

T- Bitter fruit esters and astringent alcohol. Some sweetness in the finish with some caramel tastes. Hops are not present, the bitterness is more of a spicy alcohol flavor.

M- Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

D- Wasn't really an IPA at all. Extremely undercarbonated without a head or hops in the taste.

Note: Wonder if I got a bad bottle? The taste was not unpleasant but it wasn't good and certainly not an IPA. May be carbonation problems, might pick up another just to make sure.

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Photo of pwoods
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Comet had this on tap. Last I heard this was still in experimental stages but that was a couple months ago when I was able to sneak a sample with Peanut.

A: Pours dark amber, definitely a bit too dark for the style. Short head on the pour. Some lacing.

S: Light citrus aroma with a touch of resin. Very malty with some baking spices.

T/M: Taste is much the same. The spices come out even more, too much. Lots of sweetness, a bit of caramel. Hops definitely aren't dominant and the malts just overpower them. Body is medium light aided by strong carbonation. No lingering bitterness.

D: Drinks decently. This actually tastes very similar, if not dead on, what I tried with Peanut. We both agreed that it was a bit dark and definitely too sweet. Hops really need to pop more and they might if the malt bill is toned down quite a bit. Not horrible at all... just not an IPA.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 11/28/09

A - Murky deep copper color. Poured a thin layer of bubbles. Swirling revives; thin but ok retention. Splotchy strings of lace.

S - Malty nose - dry bread & biscuit with hints of caramel & toffee. Some floral & earthy hops in there, though seriously lacking. There is a distinct aroma of something soapy. The malts are even more apparent as it warms.

T - A bit more hops than in the nose; still, it's nowhere near what I'd expect. Piney bitterness with dirty floral & earthy hops. Sweet malt backdrop is prominent with biscuit, sweet bread, caramel & toffee. As with the nose, the soapiness is pervasive. All told it's rather murky.

M - Medium body with reasonable carbonation. Any bitterness doesn't bother to linger, but the soap & murkiness do. Meh...

D - Drinkability could be worse. This beer exhibits enough decent aspects that lead me to believe it could be fairly good with a few tweaks. For the time being it doesn't quite cut it. I'd like to see it cleaned & polished with a much-improved hop profile.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark amber coloration. The head is thick and white. The head resolves down into a thin ring of foam. Thick white lacing lines the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell: The beer is dominated by the smell of toasted caramel malt. The hop bill is slightly citric with a flash of herbal pine. I was really hoping for a hop bomb.

Taste: The beers flavor delivers a toasted medley of sweet caramel and bittering grass pine flavors. The flavor improved after the second glass and as the beer warmed up. Still not to my taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is creamy and on the medium side. The beer is an easy drinker. I understand the beer is still in the experimental stage. I will give this beer another try in a few months. This isnt a bad beer its just not brewed to my taste.

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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.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick off white head that thins to a small ring very quickly. Moderate foamy white lacing appears on side of glass while drinking.

Smell: Primarily toasted carmel with vague floral. Smell didn't really improve with increase in temperature.

Taste: Very smooth toasted caramel malts, almost too sweet. Then there is a period of tastelessness, and then some grassy, slightly floral hops. The bitter grassiness lingers a bit too long. Very uni-dimensional malt and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium body; easy to drink, but the mouthfeel is somewhat disjointed. It is almost too creamy for the style on the initial taste/feel and oddly soapy/astrigent way in the back.

I have truly enjoyed Mt. Carmel's Stout, Brown ale, and Christmas brew; I consider this a work in progress.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 at Biggs on Beechmont/OH-32 while visiting family. I always see their growlers when visiting the Queen City but never a 6-pack.

Pours an amber-burnt orange. Thin head, mild carbonation, along with a bit of lacing and glaze on the glass.

Nose is sugary biscuit and caramel; hints of toasted grains. The aroma is rounded out with mild pine, butterscotch, and lemon. Faint citrus and mint.

Very smooth sip. Toasted malt meets up with some booze and rounds out with some lemongrass & faint pine. Overall mouthfeel is oily while the beverage felt rather thin. The alcohol was pronounced but did not burn much & my mouth was left with the appropriate dryness.

This beer needs some work to be true to the style. The staple tart/dryness of an American IPA was present but the overall hop profile was lacking; almost reminded me of a ramped up pils with the heavy lemon presence. More carbonation would helo too. Hopefully the brewmaster reworks this one.

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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.

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

Got this one as an extra. Having visited the brewery last year it was nice to revisit them again. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 05/07/2009.

The pour was nice. Hazy amber in color with a soft white head that faded quickly and left behind only minimal lacing. Light aroma of bready malts, hints of light pine hops in the back, but too light o really make a diffrence. Light flavor, more malty then a hop bomb, but still nicely balanced with a medium feel and smooth carbonation, easy to drink, but forgettable in the grand scheme of things,

Overall not much to see here. You run of the mill IPA, without much in the way of originality. Not bad, average,

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Brew33
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had to try the new Mt Carmel offering! Picked up a growler for NYE.

I must say, I wasn't impressed. Very middle of the road. A touch dark in color for a traditional American IPA. Not hoppy enough. Very drinkable but not what I was expecting.

I would drink it again but not for $11/growler.

I also tried Mt Carmel's Amber Ale this weekend too in 6 packs! Who knew. It may just be a renamed Copper Ale but it tasted hoppier than I remember the Copper Ale to be.

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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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle purchased from Biggs grocery store in Cincinnati (pulled one from a sixer in hopes it would be fresher than the singles selection).

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a light copper orange color with a 1.5 finger head that leaves some foamy lacing.

Aroma is light hop pine resin and bready malt.

First sip is bursting with malt sweetness. Rich malt, biscuit body which is true to label description. 56 IBU's is a bit low for me for an American IPA. I can appreciate the balance of this beer but I favor unbalanced to the hop side and this has a pronounced malt profile.

Light mouthfeel makes for easy drinkability.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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IPA from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.