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IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pwoods on 09-19-2008)
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Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rangerred
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Photo of Caterwaul
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of treehouse
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
1.48/5  rDev -55.7%
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".

Photo of movingtrain
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of rembrant
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of GregBlatz
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of becktone
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of ltjska04
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of beerman207
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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."

Photo of Yetiman420
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of JoshuaJ
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

IPA from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.