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Springtime Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mwa423 on 03-17-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

reedmn, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

JoeLacy, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

crytion, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of schwemjw
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

schwemjw, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev +2%

norinco, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of amhatfield3
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

amhatfield3, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of athesing10
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

athesing10, May 17, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light brown with a thick one finger light tan head. The head remains on the beer for a long time with tons of lacing. Almost reminds me of a nitro pour.

There is a citrusy aroma along with some light caramel and toast. Not sure if it is the heather tips or not but there is an aroma I just can't really put my finger on. Kind of floral but not something I have experienced before.

Some citrus floral and citrus on the taste along with a moderate nuttiness. There is some medium roast and light caramel that is somewhat reminiscent of an English brown. A little bit of grass along with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth and is quite nitro-like.

Overall, a decent sessionable but slightly underwhelming beer. Not very scottish and more like an English Brown IMO. Nonetheless I would probably pick it up again.

rangerred, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Mullinger1980
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Mullinger1980, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

brandonati, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of cproioi
4/5  rDev +16.6%

cproioi, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of jsisko01
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/copper color with an inch thick, creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma doesn't come through very strong.. Smells earthy with feint hints of toffee.

Taste - Very malty with a strong caramel flavor. Earthy, feint hints of coffee and chocolate, and a very light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good beer. Tastes similar to a brown ale though..

jsisko01, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

jaidenjb, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PDXHops, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

prototypic, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

zeledonia, May 27, 2012
Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

dorianmarley, May 10, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brenden, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ryan011235, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

superspak, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DmanGTR, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

birchstick, Apr 03, 2011
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Springtime Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.