IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
06-15-2010 04:46:31 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.95/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
06-04-2010 23:58:38 | More by GregBlatz
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
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
02-04-2010 03:34:44 | More by Beejay
4.15/5 rDev +24.6%
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!
01-24-2010 21:41:06 | More by becktone
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
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
12-28-2009 05:15:38 | More by ltjska04
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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."
12-06-2009 00:21:47 | More by beerman207
3.38/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-28-2009 00:33:56 | More by Yetiman420
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
3.68/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-04-2009 04:20:18 | More by supercolter
3.73/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-22-2009 12:57:41 | More by JoshuaJ
4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
06-10-2009 23:39:56 | More by jushoppy2beer
3.9/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
05-25-2009 16:14:31 | More by kirok1999
2.58/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
05-10-2009 04:25:33 | More by projectflam86
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
4/5 rDev +20.1%
Pours a cloudy/hazy color that is pretty close to the color of pennies with some thin lacy head.
Notes of hops in the smell, some sugar, and maybe a little cherry and malt.
Our taste is fairly complex here. The grainy hops come through right away with a great blended follow of sweet malt with a little caramel.
Finish is pretty good with some bitter flavor left which is nice and not overpowering.
04-27-2009 16:36:11 | More by ThaBobfather
3.08/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
03-23-2009 22:07:33 | More by jdoncbus
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
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
3.08/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
01-03-2009 12:58:10 | More by laintringulis
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
3.93/5 rDev +18%
Walked into the Jungle Jim's beer cooler and was surprised to see a NEW Mt. Carmel growler staring back at me saying "BUY ME... BUY ME"! So I did!
I actually bought this for a friend as a Christmas present.... I'm nurturing a budding beer enthisiast.... a convert from macro beer land. Knowing that every beer I've tried from Mt. Carmel has been rock solid, I thought this new IPA from Mt. Carmel would be an ideal gift to help further the cause of spreading the good beer word to my friends.
Of course when my friend opened his gift.... he suggested that we give it a try... who was I to argue??
I poured from the brown growler into a pint glass to produce a healthy 1-1/2" head of off white foam. The beer is a reddish... darker amber... darker than any IPA I've ever tried. The foam left pronounced lacing down the side of the glass as I drank.
The smell was good. I could definately pick up a stronger hop presence than with any other Mt. Carmel offering. But, I could tell that this wasn't going to be a HOP BOMB.... it was also balanced by a buttery, roasted malt to balance.
Taste: WOW... nice! Maltier than most other IPA's I've had.... but good... a good healthy hop bite at the bdginning that is soon mellowed by a buttery smooth malt taste.
MF: Creamy, and smoother than most other IPA's I've had. Medium body.
Drinkability: Sure.... have another. and another... Good effort by our friends at Mt. Carmel. I will definately get some of this to serve to my discerning friends...
01-02-2009 18:41:39 | More by TheBierBand
2.78/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
09-19-2008 22:41:39 | More by pwoods
IPA from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.