Springtime Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev +0.6%
This beer's color is about a medium red, quite clear with perhaps just a vague coppery tint lightening it out a bit. On top rests a light tan head that looks creamy and a bit frothy. It fades a bit quickly and leaves sticky lacing at the top of the glass, but the lacing also tends to fall off shortly. Effervescent, spritzy-looking pockets of bubbling hang out in a few areas as well.
The nose isn't weak, though it isn't beastly either. Mostly I get a blend of tart and toasty, then some caramel kicks in and malt makes itself evident as what everything's resting on. Into the flavor, breads and a touch of tangy and sweet dark fruits mingle with a malty undertone and just a whisper of smoky peat sneaking into the finish. Do not come into this expecting a wee heavy; this is a Scottish ale, true to style but not massive, and beers like this really showcase the difference between the milder Scottish ales and massive Wee Heavies. True, this could use more heft, and the finish feels incomplete, but it's not bad.
Something's lacking in the feel, however; for the style there should be more creaminess and a bit more than a light-medium body. I'd take a bit of crispness out as well.
04-13-2012 03:44:12 | More by Brenden
3.5/5 rDev +2%
Mt. Carmel Springtime Ale pours a lighter copper color. It’s slightly hazy. A little light gives it an orange tint to it. A thin, off-white head caps it off. It might rise to a finger in height. Not much more than that. It’s quick to recede, leaving a very light, spotty coat of lace trailing behind.
The nose is weak, but is pretty good. It could use more strength. It definitely has a sweet caramel scent that resonates throughout. There are some light chocolate notes, as well. Those are subtle. It’s a little earthy and perhaps grainy. Alcohol is definitely buried. I’m not getting any at all. Not too surprising given the modest abv. It’s not bad. Just needs more muscle.
The flavor is a little better, but not quite enough to warrant a score bump. It definitely has a sweet, flavorful caramel malt base. That’s easily the focal point. There are some earthy notes that linger throughout. It might even have a bit of grassy hops. Tastes like noble to me. Secondary flavors include light cocoa, praline, and a bit of a bready flavor. Alcohol is not a factor at all. I’m not picking up any. Finishes malty, grassy, and a little sweet.
Springtime Ale has a light body. Carbonation seems active, but it’s not buzzy. It’s a bit too thin to really feel smooth, but it’s not bad. It actually goes down very easily. Taking down a few bottles of this in a sitting is very possible.
Springtime Ale is my first beer from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. It’s a straight forward, relatively simple beer, but it’s pretty good. I’m honestly kind of impressed. For a beer of its size, it has quite a bit of flavor. More than you’d expect. If you’re in the market for a flavorful, sessionable beer, give this one a shot. Pretty good stuff.
06-16-2012 03:22:47 | More by prototypic
3.1/5 rDev -9.6%
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a copper color with a very small off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing, either. The aroma is malty, it smells like caramel malt and a bit of a nutty aroma. Also, the aroma is nice but it is light, too. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a slight weird minty tea like taste, that's the best way I can describe it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has moderate carbonation and seems a bit watery. Drinkability is average, I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of these at a time. Overall I think this is a average brew. It's not bad, but not exactly good either. Not the best brew I've had from Mt. Carmel.
05-09-2010 00:07:04 | More by bluejacket74
3.13/5 rDev -8.7%
A: A very red brown color. Off white head on top, that dissipates semi-quickly.
S: Toasted malts dominate, with an almost toasted marshmallow scent. Sugary, sweet, with a caramelized scent to it.. Smells a lot like Malt Extract.
T: The burnt sugar flavor is definitely reduced in the flavor. Carmel all the way through, but it isn't very assertive.
M: Fairly light in body, carbonation is ok.
D: Nice for a change, but not a great representation of the style. Not really what I think of when I think of a springtime ale. Tasty and worth a try, but I am glad I bought a single.
03-21-2010 23:25:56 | More by Beejay
3.51/5 rDev +2.3%
A: Beautiful dark copper with a slightly off white head. looks like a sponge with very large bubbles.
S: strong toffee. overwhelming slightly toasted biscuit with hints of caramel. sweet grains. very light touches of chocolate on the edges of the nose.
T: very much follows the taste. a huge malt characteristic. thick toffee with slight hints of toast and even a bit of tobacco. lots of biscuit character. just the slightest bit of caramel to offset the floral hop character.
M: very sharp carbonation makes this lighter than the taste would indicate. long toffee hang.
O: Overall this a very solid offering. great for spring. warm toffee, light body. /83
03-28-2014 18:42:47 | More by schwemjw
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Clear brownish amber color. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is mediocre and a small ring of lacing is left.
3.0 S: Grainy and toasty. Notes of caramel, perhaps a touch of toffee, and a mild grassy hoppiness.
3.5 T: Grainy and toasty foremost. I like toasty brews, so this suites me well. Light caramel, grassy hop flavor, very mild bitterness. Drier than it is sweet.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not particularly creamy, but easy drinking.
3.0 D: Like all Mt. Carmel beers, this is mediocre all around. Not very complex or potent, but it gets the job done if you want an easy drinking brew.
03-15-2012 19:16:20 | More by DavoleBomb
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. The hue of the body is a touch lighter than what you might expect from the style and the head is rather modest, but let's see what we're dealing with here.
A light, almost airy nose. It's pleasant, although again, we're not exactly tracking to style so far. Moderately sweet malty aromas with light notes of tangy toffee and apple. Light grassy hops in the background. Tastes closer to a proper Scottish Ale than it smells; although the caramelization isn't there, the tobaccoish malt profile and nutty/earthy flavors are appealing. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a nice toasted finish. Crank the malt profile a notch or two toward the caramel end of the scale and you'd really be onto something here.
09-29-2012 19:32:03 | More by PDXHops
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 2/21/12
Lighter brown - faded tobacco burst and pale gold at the stem. Two and a half finger head starts slow and swoops in, sets up and thickens as it slowly condenses. Crackly lace remains in rings.
The nose is enjoyably malty; bread mostly, though there are hints of caramel and some toffee. Faint butterscotch buried in underneath other malty layers. Seems to be a suggestions of dry, roasted cocoa, too. Earthy overtones. On the whole, the aroma is really smooth.
The taste is similar to the aroma - quite bready; though it's more toasted and doesn't have as pillowy of a malt characteristic. Mild toasted sugars beyond the bread - it's not very sweet at all. Actually, there is some earthy hop bite with residual bitterness on the finish. I'm kind of surprised how dry it is.
Medium body or maybe a shade lighter than that. Some grittiness. Carbonation is moderate and blends appropriately with the feel. The finish sometimes has a musty vapor of a feel to it; it's the only off-putting thing about this beer.
Mt Carmel managed a decent little brew here. I don't care for the weird finish at all, but otherwise they've packed a good bit of flavor into a low abv package. Yet again, they show promise.
02-22-2012 03:50:55 | More by Ryan011235
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours an amber color with a moderate white head, slowly fading to a light film on top.
Aroma is malty with hints of cinnamon, wet leave, fresh cut grass, orange peel, juniper, and sage.
Flavor is quite malty, notes of crusty bread and light yeast. There is some spice in the flavor, maybe cinnamon and brown sugar. The malt backbone here stands out amongst all other flavors, leaving a cereal taste on the tongue. This is slightly augmented by the subtle spices in the body.
Overall, a decent beer...drinkable, and a good low alcohol beer. It is what the label claims it to be, with "rich malty flavor."
02-27-2011 23:50:25 | More by movingtrain
4.05/5 rDev +18.1%
Appearance is a rich red with a light white head and some lacing.
Nose is fresh for a Scottish Ale, full of the mossy character without being musty or drab. It also has a nice, sweet malt.
Taste is a sweet mix of caramel and crusty bread. There is also cashew and orange candy.
Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, with a medium amount of carbonation. It is a pleasure on the tongue.
Overall, this is a good Scottish ale with a fresh, Spring twist.
05-10-2012 22:28:36 | More by dorianmarley
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Pours a nice honey amber color with some haze. A thin ring of foam coats the outer rim of the glass, Not much lacing.
S: Smells nice and sweet. I believe I detect copious amounts of honey. A lot of specialty malt in the nose.
T: Very malty almost syrupy tasting towards the end. Not much as far as hops a typical bittering variety must have been used. The malt imparts a lot of caramel notes.
Notes: After another couple of servings I have decided that this is average at best. There is just nothing terribly exciting or complex to be noticed.
M: It's carbonated according to the style. If it were any lower the malt would be overwhelming and I believe if it were kicked up a bit it might detract from the taste.
D: Really unbalanced and would be difficult to have more than a couple of despite the low alcohol content.
02-28-2011 05:05:03 | More by brown2cu
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz bottle served in a tulip.
A- Pours a red brown color with a thin off white head that leaves a bit of lace.
S- Musty hops and caramel malt dominate the nose. Some faint spice and toffee.
T- The taste is initially toasted malt and brown sugar all the way with a bit of a sweet finish. Plenty of caramel flavors but it is almost to the point of cloying.
M- Thin/medium bodied with low carbonation.
D- A mediocre brew that could use a bit more depth.
05-21-2010 23:58:50 | More by projectflam86
4.13/5 rDev +20.4%
12 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a fairly dense 2 finger light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, light chocolate, pine, spices, and floral notes. Decent aromas with nice strength as well. Taste of big caramel, chocolate, bread, molasses, nuttiness, spices, and honey. Lingering notes of light bitterness, spices, caramel, and molasses on the finish. Medium carbonation and body, with a very nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable with no alcohol noticed at all, as expected for a brew of 4.5%. Overall definitely an excellent Scottish Ale, with a ton of well balanced flavor.
08-28-2011 02:37:42 | More by superspak
2.98/5 rDev -13.1%
Bottle received in a recent BIF.
Pours a medium amber brown, slightly reddish, and almost clear, but not quite. One finger of off-white head, sticks around for a bit, leaves some signs of its passing.
Smell is predominantly what I would call hollow malts - woody and nutty, without much richness. A bit of sweetness, and a touch of herbal hops.
Taste is rather bland. I have to dig to taste very much, and what I turn up is mostly grassy hops and some faint woody malts. Drifts to mild bitterness near the finish.
Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Watery finish.
I can drink this, but I'd rather drink lots of other things instead. Okay beer, but not very flavorful, even for a session beer.
05-27-2012 01:11:27 | More by zeledonia
2.75/5 rDev -19.8%
12oz bottle, poured into weizen/pint hybrid glass. I assume it's from this year's Springtime release, as Mt. Carmel just made their way into NE Ohio recently.
A: Pours a cloudy, deep, amber-copper-light brown color. A finger of head that dissipates rapidly, without leaving much lacing behind.
S: Sweet, flowery, piny, and spicy- there is a lot going on in this beer. Juniper and caramel malt stand out in particular.
T: Caramel malt starts immediately, before herbal flavors and grassy malts begin to dominate the flavor. This may be a bit too "green" for me- I think the beer would benefit from a closer balance of sweet malts to the herbal, piny flavors that stand out here. One time at 6th grade camp I had to eat pine needles to learn what surviving in a forest is like... and this beer reminds me of that (not even from the hops, just the spice quantity).
M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation; this is a lightly creamy mouthfeel. This beer's taste may drag it down a bit, as it serves to keep the flavor around in one's mouth long after a sip has been taken- but the sips are piny and metallic more than anything, not particularly enjoyable.
O: Not particularly enjoyable to drink, unless you're a really, REALLY big fan of pine and spices. Not sure I will be picking up another one of these, even if I will be trying more of Mt. Carmel's offerings when I see them.
03-20-2011 11:28:35 | More by AwYeh
3.33/5 rDev -2.9%
This one started out nice on me, and then I started getting an odd kind of aftertaste. It's like a dirty wood or something. Still keeps it interesting though. Still it has some interesting character to it. Not quite sure what the aim was in its production, but I still kind of dig it. Just wish it was more well rounded.
08-20-2012 02:00:10 | More by RblWthACoz
3.38/5 rDev -1.5%
A - pours a caramel brownish orange with a pretty nice looking head
S - smells of sweet caramel malts with a floral sweetness
T - tastes of caramel malts off the bat. This lays the foundation for the beer. The caramel sweetness fades to an herbal piney tea-like quality from what I assume is the heather. Finishes a little bitter with some citrus and pine.
M - a little light bodied but goes down easy enough
D - this is an interesting little spring seasonal form Mt Carmel. Interesting floral pine flavors. Nice change of pace...interesting beer. This is the best beer I have from them so far...
04-03-2011 03:16:49 | More by birchstick
3.45/5 rDev +0.6%
Thanks to Chad for this!
First, I think this should be a Scottish Style Ale rather than an herbed beer (based on what the bottle label says), but whatever.
Took forever to pour because the first 1/3 of the bottle foamed into my glass like crazy. But I ended up getting it all into my pint glass. Beautiful crystal clear amber with a piling off white head that towered over the glass. Leaves bunches of lacing here and there. Bubbles continuously form and gives the body some life.
Lightly fruity and grainy, hint of metallicness/minerally aroma. A little bit of honey and malt mixed with floral tones. Flavor is very much Scottish ale forward with again, a bit of mineral/metal. I'm actually not too fond of that particular character, but I can see how some people can enjoy it. The sweetness of grain and lightly toasted barley lasts throughout the entire sip and well into the finish, which is dry without any trace of slickness. Carbonation is surprisingly smooth despite the frantic first pour.
Overall, I think this is a rather average, but decently drinkable beer. It features all the characteristics of a typical Scottish style ale, but accentuating certain aspects (ie the mineral flavor) more than others. The dryness in the finish was surprising as well. An average beer that could use a bit of improvement.
08-20-2011 02:25:24 | More by DmanGTR
Springtime Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.