Springtime Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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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%
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
3.33/5 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
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
Pours a crisp orange amber, thin head, lots of carbonation. Smells primarily of a nutty caramel malt. Tastes of nutty roasted malt, a little caramel, crisp but smooth, something unidentifiable in the background, but it isn't bad. Light-medium body with good carbonation, slightly odd finish because of that flavor I can't pinpoint, lingering almond. Fresh, smooth, easy to drink, mild but flavorful malt, slightly sweet almond. Definitely would buy this again.
12-05-2010 20:08:40 | More by Thanby
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +19.5%
Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass, this beer is an extremely clear, deep copper with an off-white head that falls into a ring around the glass after a couple of minutes. The smell is rich and malty with a bit of a flowery scent; very inviting. The taste is light malt, crisp, and refreshing with a flowery hint which must be the heather. Tastes like spring! A little hop bitterness at the end but also some lingering sweetness. This tastes like a lager, smooth and similar to a slightly lighter Brooklyn Lager or Boston Lager but with a little something to differentiate it. Mouthfeel is great for what this beer is going for and this is something I'd drink all day without tiring of it. It's simple without being one dimensional and is one of the best beers I've had from Mt. Carmel. Definitely try it.
05-01-2010 02:10:20 | More by ltjska04
2.98/5 rDev -13.1%
Had this on draught in a guiness pint glass at Dilly Deli's. I don't recall anything about this being a scotch ale on their beer menu description, so I was surprised to see it classified this way on this site. Looking at Mt. Carmel site, , which just shows the label from it's beer bottles, they describe this beer as an "ale brewed with heather tips" and a "wee ale in th' Scots tradition", although they don't actually refer to it as a "scotch ale".
A: Light Amber color, clear with a 1 inch creamy head that produced some nice lacing.
S: Nothing real noteworthy that I picked up.
T: Initially I picked up some chocolate flavors up front, followed by a balance between grassy hops and a caramel maltiness. A slight coffee finish.
M: Very well carbonated, medium bodied.
D: This is a beer I'd have with say a burger and fries, but not something I'd like as a session beer.
04-03-2010 14:53:29 | More by chaz01
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
2.48/5 rDev -27.7%
"A fine wee ale in the scots tradition with rich, malty flavor"
A - A very clear red/amber color but only a half finger of off white head that quickly disappeared. Better head would have given this an extra point for appearance.
S - Rich and sweet malt, a bit of roasted nut aroma also.
T - Taste has hints of the roasted and sweet malt flavors, but also an odd flavor that tastes slightly like menthol. The menthol like aftertaste makes me not enjoy this.
M/D - Mouthfeel is watery and thin. It's a semi drinkable beer that I'll probably finish at the end of my St. Patrick's day. However, not the best of Mt. Carmel's beers.
03-17-2010 00:34:54 | More by mwa423
Springtime Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.