IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
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,
05-08-2009 00:35:40 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
02-16-2010 23:18:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
District of Columbia
2.33/5 rDev -30%
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.
03-27-2012 23:44:52 | More by yourefragile
3.65/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
07-10-2009 23:01:51 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev +12%
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.
07-15-2011 23:54:09 | More by DmanGTR
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
10-26-2011 02:11:05 | More by DavoleBomb
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
03-10-2011 03:04:15 | More by birchstick
3.28/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-12-2009 14:53:43 | More by Brew33
3.35/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-02-2013 19:27:53 | More by buschbeer
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
2.85/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
01-24-2010 04:28:37 | More by Ryan011235
2.93/5 rDev -12%
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.
01-03-2009 03:25:32 | More by nlmartin
2.28/5 rDev -31.5%
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.
02-03-2012 21:21:46 | More by jmarsh123
3.63/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-20-2009 13:57:03 | More by tmoneyba
2.42/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
11-28-2011 00:45:54 | More by rangerred
IPA from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.