Blonde Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Blonde AleBlonde Ale

Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Blonde is golden in color, entering with a subtle hop aroma, followed by a smooth refreshing body, ending with a clean crisp taste.

Added by pentathlete on 11-27-2005

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready and cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off having flavors of bready malts, but there is a slight amount of countering bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might taste a little bland, but seems like an honest all-malt brew that has a good balance between the malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Smk54
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Very transient white head with decent lacing. Mild bread notes with a trace of citrus. Very smooth on the tongue with hint of malt sweetness and a dry finish with minimal hp bitterness. Easy to drink and way better than a lager. Good example of the style. I would like to taste this on tap.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Wheat colored with just a bit of a haze; a 1/2-finger head
S: Generic grain, a hint of lemon
T: Light, wheat, grain, citrus
M: Light-bodied, a touch of pleasant carbonation
O: Reading the style description I guess this fits, but IMO it could use just a small hops addition to liven things up.

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Photo of viverlee
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We got off to in inauspicious start, spilling the two-finger head as I walked upstairs. To me, the least interesting of the Mt. Carmels I’ve quaffed in the last few years.

STYLE: American Blonde Ale

ABV: 5.5%

LOOK: Creamy head that met an unfortunate fate on the third step up. Golden, light, clean, with a bit of BMC look too it. Carbonation is just right for this style.

NOSE: Cheerios, simple malt, raw corn, lacks depth.

MOUTH: Lagerish, clean, neutral grains, lacks mouthfeel. More canned than anything. What few hops you get with the finish are unremarkable in their ability to carry floral or more interesting notes.

BA Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 73

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Photo of rangerred
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow with a thick one finger head. Really nice looking beer.

The aroma has a decent amount of lemon along with some light bread.

The flavor is honestly a little dull with just a faint hint of lemon, peach, and bubblegum. Really no grain flavor at all. A moderate bitterness lingers throughout but all other flavors are gone halfway through the taste. Nice, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, an ok brew that is definitely quite drinkable. Flavors are just a tad too dull for me, though.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to the glass pours golden beer with a thick, sudsy head. A sweet, lemony aroma hits the nose with notes of cereal and cream. Flavors of buttery dough and spiced lemon with an aftertaste of cream. Something about this beer reminds me of lemon cookies. Another unique and enjoyable creation by Mt. Carmel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed golden yellow color. Aggressive pour yielded only one finger of frothy head. Retention was subpar and no lacing was left.

4.0 S: Sweet neutral maltiness with bubblegum and peachy fruitiness notes. Lemongrass. Dank, earthy hops. I've never smelled anything quite like this. At first whiff I was somewhat appalled with what I found, but it quickly grew on me. Truly unique.

4.0 T: The bubblegum and lemon grass follow into the taste and gain some strength. Very light bitterness with earthy hop flavor. Light fruits, though not as peachy as the nose suggests. Light graininess and light neutral malt sweetness, which is in good balance with the hops.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy for what it is and super smooth.

4.0 D: Color me impressed. This was a solid and quite interesting brew. I recommend this for anyone who likes easy drinking brews with seemingly strange flavor profiles.

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Photo of treehouse
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nosed - light lemony and wheatful....

mouthed...bubble gummy...some lemon...decent amount of carbonation...tastes kinda like a lemon soda...without sugar...crisp and clean...not a tremendous beer but a solid drinker....dare i say refreshing?

could drink a pitcher of this and be content...

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Photo of PDXHops
1.99/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy dull gold body with a generous cap of bright white head. Good retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Unfortunately, things go downhill from there. Nose is exceedingly tame, mild canned corn sweetness, a touch doughy. Carbonation is light and the body is rather thickish and plodding, not a great match for the relative lack of flavor. A touch of lemon to balance out the corn sweetness. Hints of soap and a slightly 'off' toasted flavor I can't quite put my finger on. More like a slight step up from a macro than the crisp, clean, delicate profile required of a decent blonde ale.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. The blonde pours a very clear golden with a faint white ring around the glass. None of the Mt. Carmel beers seem to have a lasting head on them, unless it's just my glasses. The scent is clean with a bit of malt and a faint hop aroma. The taste is a bit of sweet grain that lingers on the back of the tongue. I'm not detecting any hops but there's some interesting quality that I haven't tasted before and can't pinpoint exactly what it is. This is an easy drinking beer that is unoffensive but much better than macro lagers. A great gateway beer if I've ever seen one. This would be one of the first beers I would suggest to my friends who haven't discovered good beer yet. This isn't something big or challenging for beer geeks but is a solid, well-executed blonde ale.

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Photo of becktone
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 12-15-09

Eye: Gold is a stretch on hue of yellow here. This is one pale beer, light yellow in color but not pissy looking. Head formation is ok, retention is good, steady creamy looking bone white head. Fizzy looking. Pretty nice overall.

Nose: Very clean in aroma. Some sweet malt aromas, maybe some light fruity tones and light hop aroma too. Very delicate overall and quite easy going. Aroma is robust and easy to detect but a bit harder for me to describe. All in all very nice though.

Tongue: Nice clean light malt flavor. Sweet malt tones are prevalant and are foreground, hops are there but just enough to balance things out. Extremly light caramel tones come through as well as very light pils malts. I really like this one, very easy drinking and quite refreshing. Nothing dark about it at all...for me this is a refreshing beer cause there is a great malt charcter and sweetness but nothing nutty, or dark about it. Just pure pils and yeasty fruitiness.

Feel and Drinkability: Light on the palate and extremely easy to drink. This is one that I can definitely see myself picking up again. Though at $10.29 a sixer I am shocked. Its worth a try, but due to current finiancial situations it can't be one I can buy all the time. I look forward to the rest of the glass, but don't know when I'll be picking up again, though I know I will. Give it a go if you're in the area. Support local beer, Prosit! This is a beer that I really enjoy drinking.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, oh, let's go ahead and say it, blonde body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, bready malts alongside some modest notes of earthy, lemony hops.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of bready graininess and honeylike sweetness. The hops provide some fruity lemon as well as some earthy, spicy aspects. Mild, subtle bitterness. Finishes dry and smooth with that same mild bitterness sliding into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, refreshing, easy-drinking blonde with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Just as it should be.

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Photo of meatmallet
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light lemon-yellow. Very light carbonation stream up from the bottom. Some ribbons of lace left on my glass.

Smell: Smells of lemon dominate with appearances of hops and a bit of bread. Nothing really stand out though.

Taste: Lemon and a slightly bitter hops are perfectly blended together. Also great malt, grain, and yeast flavors to be found in this one. The hop flavor is consistent throughout and gives it a earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: A slightly bitter start and a smooth and dry finish. I was very impressed by this beer.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with not much head or lacing.

Citusy smell somewhat astringent for a blonde ale.

Tastes of citrus hops some sweetness with a hint of lemon...not bad. This beer has a hoppy IPA quality to it.

Quite drinkable if you like your blonde ale's hoppy. And certainly beats out the other Cincy brewer (Moerlein) in almost every aspect.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice transparent, golden color into the glass. Not much a head, even with an aggressive pour. Lacing was pretty good.

Smells good. I could mostly smell the malts and picked up what I thought may have been honey. Very sweet. Hints of citrusy hops.

Taste is very good. The malts are sweet and biscuity. The hops come in nicely; subdued but well balanced. Picked up some grains at the end. Finishes nicely. It's both crisp and smooth.

Drinkibility is very good. I could easily turn this into a session brew.

For those in the Cincinnati area, this is a must have. What a fantastic, well crafted beer.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK.... so now Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. is bottling their beers.... great step to get you into the MAINSTREAM! Good on ya mates!

I poured the 12 oz bottle into the pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of white foam over the top of a golden, clear liquid. The head shunk to a thick cap leaving spotty lace.

Smell: Very slight.... but a hint of the taste to come. Lightly toasted malt, with a diacetal butter that adds character. A grassy hops scent rounds out this ale.

Taste: Light malt with buttery smoothness. Just a hint of hops to add complexity.

MF: Perfect for this ale.... smooth, creamy and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: Cincinnati BA's I hereby command you.... go get this beer.... support your local brewery. Nothing extreme here.... just a solid Blonde Ale. Perfect for a "BREAK-IN" beer.... give this to the BMC crowd to help break them in to better beers. This is a GREAT introductory beer to the great world of craft beer.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker golden color with medium bodied straight white head.
Kind of smells like whole grain bread with a twinge of honey.
Our flavor is a little malty, some fruity/citrus is here, and some sweet flavor on the end.
Finish is crisp, sweet, and smooth.
Pretty drinkable, refreshing.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light and gold. decent white head

S: malty grain smell with a hint of citrus and floral

T: about like it smells, its a pretty sweet beer that ends with a lingering sour note

M: smooth and light-body

D: not very complex. Not a bad beer, but not a great beer either. May not be worth the craft beer price!

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Photo of KrehBrewer
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am all for Cincinnati pride! But this is a brewery that I am not proud of...I respect their tenacity b/c I know they are brewing out of a basement and fill the bottles all themselves (like 17 seconds a bottle). But the brew itself left me unimpressed. "not impressed" really just summed up my experince!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the comet.
Pours a clear amber in color, with a nice head sitting atop. Biscuity and malty in the nose. Taste is a little more crisp and fruity. A smooth drinker that goes down pretty easy.
One of the better beers coming out of Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. They still have a bit of work to do to impove the line of beers.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.9/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a very fluffy, hazed light lemon-yellow. Enough foam to require a pause before the last ounce can be added. It looks good in the glass, nice effervescence, some notable thick ribbons of lace on the glass. One attractive blonde.

Aroma - a touch of lemon initially, lots of bread dough or cookie batter, or somewhere in between. The hops add an iced-tea herbal earthiness that makes for an unusual, intriguing sniff at first. With setup time, this becomes an odd, nearly offensive soapiness, maybe. Or it's a strong pilsnery wet grain/hop aroma, I can't tell, but it has an earthy manurish bend that is turning me off after a few minutes.

Taste - standard base of grain, what I notice off the bat is an unusual soap flavor, and a metal influence that is heavier than I care for. The hops come in clean on the swallow, but instead of accentuating the front side of the beer, they are in clean-up mode. In trying to cover the odd soapiness and metallic stuff, they get muddled in there. The aftertaste is bitter but flavorless from a hop standpoint. Finishes dry, with an unpleasant mix of all aforementioned flavors. I don't know if there is a bug in this bottle, but I don't much like the taste. It's also entirely possible that somehow the beer is just too rich for a blonde. Indeed, the malts are not subtle, their graininess is pushy. And the hops, which should be on the light to medium side, are anything but. I'll have to try this on-tap before making a final judgment on the blonde.

Mouthfeel - crisp, a note of fluffiness and also a note of smoothness.

Drinkability - this was far more of a chore than I wanted it to be. I wonder if there are some odd flavors in here as a result of the change over to the new bottling line, i.e. perhaps some of that 'new car smell' getting into the beer's taste in a bad way. Whatever it is, I hope it goes away, as I really wanted to like and promote the local stuff, but I cannot on this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark blonde/gold color with a half inch white head. Lacing and head retention are both OK. The aroma is mostly malty, it smells mostly like buttery/bready malt with a bit of citrusy hops. The buttery aroma is also noticable in the taste, as it tastes like biscuity malt, butter, and a little bit of spicy and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's coating and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and not hard to drink at all. Overall it's a decent enough brew, it's not my favorite of the Mt. Carmel beers but it's still good and it's one I'd drink again in the future.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearange: The brew pours a nice medium honey color with and excellent head. Unfortunately, lacings are a minimum.

Smell: Hops are bountiful with a bit of spicy citrus evident. The aroma was pleasant but not overly pronounced.

Taste: was an unexpected suprise. This beer is very similar to an IPA. The flavor curve had a relatively sharp uptake with a tapering that was accentuated by hops for the duration including the sustain. The bitterness of this selection was high yet not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: For a hop heavy selection, this brew tends to roll well on the palate. I wouldn't call this a "crisp" ale, but the taste is not overpowering. While this would not be a good session selection, the flavor curve is sufficiently interesting to make this a great choice for a backyard event where the drinkers are experienced.

Drinkability: Since this pale ale is more IPA than blone ale, The drinkability is still fairly high. I was able to easily consume several of these with out feeling full. Being a fan of IPA's, I enjoyed this brew, however, this would not be a good choice for the novice drinker.


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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber hue with a medium head that diminished slowly with fair lacing.

Medium aroma of hops and citrus.

Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Medium flavor that is refreshing with a medium long light bitter finish.

Good brew that is one of my top rated active bottled beers for the Blonde Ale style.

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Photo of bergands
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great session beer. Goes down dangerously easy. Poured a nice rich golden w/ a small head that gave way to some small amounts of lacing. Much more flavor than I'm used to in blonde ales.

I had the chance to taste all of Mt. Carmel's regular offerings side by side at the Gorman Farm fest. I was a huge fan of this one. I personally feel it's their strongest offering based on the style. I've had many blonde ales, but this one ranks up as my favorite. Just a great beer to share with friends on a summer day.

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