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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 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, (686 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. (465 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 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. (1,050 characters)

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. (874 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. (879 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 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 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. (751 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 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 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)

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