IPA | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our India Pale Ale is orange in color, entering with a pine hop aroma, followed by a rich malty body with hints of sweet biscuit, leaving with a lasting spicy hop finish.

Added by pwoods on 09-19-2008

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130
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
23.89%
 
 
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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/golden in color with a fluffy white head on top. Its flavor is Piney and somewhat sharp with some subtle citrus notes and a definitively strong malt backbone for a beer of its style. Big heady lacings throughout. This beer is better than I'd thought it would be.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet, biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with bits of sweetness and hints of cocoa nibs. There are also some notes of spicy hops in the finish, which contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little maltier compared to the typical IPAs these days.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Schwilldo
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hops, citrus, and pine are the main notes in this beer. Would be much better if not for the metallic taste in the finish. Another reviewer described this iron-like taste as bloody, and I would have to agree with that. Not particularly impressed with this one, but I love other brews from Mt. Carmel.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Mt. Carmel is ok....nothing to rave about. The beer poured a cloudy orange with this white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent has some bitterness with orange peel zeal. The taste is a fight between sweet mat and bittering hops....finish bitter. The mouhfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its more like an English style IPA than American.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company. Poured from the glass into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick with a very frothy head , solid lacing, and a deep golden body.

I smell a fair amount of hops with this one. Not much else going on here.

Tastes like the piney hops mentioned on the label, along with very bright malts. With a metallic aftertaste, pretty close to blood to be entirely candid. I kinda like this, if we're having a truth party. This being said, the metallic aftertaste is VERY subjective to each individual drinker.

The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and crisp.

Overall, I'll give IPA - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company a 4.5 If the blood-like copper taste didn't show up in the taste, I'm sure I would have rated this up higher.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It looks like a sunset. It has an orange center, gradually lightening towards the edges where in is yellow. This beer is hazy and topped with two inches of beige head.

S - For an IPA it has a lot of malt in the smell. I get some bread/biscuit. I do get a little pine from the hops.

T - As soon as I took a drink I thought I bought an old six pack. The malt is strong with a pine finish. This taste a lot maltier than most IPA's that I have tried. However, the finish does have a decent amount of pine.

M - Thick for an IPA. It looked thick when I poured it, and the mouthfeel is pretty full. It is very viscous.

O - This beer is maltier than I like my IPA's, and I prefer citrus flavors to pine. This is not an IPA that I will revisit unless I would find it on draft.

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Photo of jkwuc89
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For those who are new to IPA's and want a lighter introduction to this style, I would recommend this IPA. For IPA aficionados, there are clearly better/stronger IPA's out there. That being said, this IPA is OK and my ratings reflect this. I'd be interested to try this again at their brew pub in Cincinnati because my experience has shown that draughts at their brewery generally taste better than bottles from grocery stores.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, a one-finger head slowly settles
S: Toffee, citrus rinds but not much complexity
T: Very malty, some toffee, just a hint of hops towards the finish. See the 'overall' for my thoughts here
M: Medium-bodied, smooth but lacks the bite of an IPA
O: Overall this reminds me much more of an APA if anything than an IPA. It lacks the herbal characteristics and bitterness of an IPA. Not a bad beer by any stretch, though not particularly memorable and does not accurately fit the stated style in my opinion

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Photo of patpbr
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mt. Carmel Brewing IPA pours a deep amber with a foamy head. not a lot of scent. A somewhat flavor neutral taste that gives off some hops a malty mouth feel. Overall theirs not enough of the pine and hop flavors that i like, It turned into just a 7 percent abv beer.

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Photo of NumberNone
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber with a good slightly off-white head. Some evident carbonation. Mild lacing.

S: Fairly mild aromas, with some mild hops, malt, and faint citrus notes coming through.

T: Malty with some definite bitterness. Mild hops can be detected along with some mild spice. Slight licorice. Perhaps a touch of a whiskey taste. Is this an IPA?

M: Somewhat earthy with some decent dryness and bitterness. It feels a bit thick for an IPA.

O: A beer with varied tastes, some of which work. If it didn't say it was an IPA, I'm not sure I'd know it was one (to me, it tastes more along the lines of a Newcastle Brown Ale). Maybe somewhere along the way it was and the hops had faded significantly by the time I tasted it. It's interesting, but just not what I would go for if I'm thinking IPA.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold, with a one finger white head and a nice amount of visible carbonation. Lacing through the drink is good.

A: Pine and faint fruity hops with a strong caramel malt backbone.

T: Taste similar to the nose but adds citrus hops flavor - a touch up front, but mostly in the hang.

M: Bit of a creamy mouthfeel for an IPA but still good carbonation. Bitter-ish hang for a few beats. Alcohol presence is minimum.

O: Better than I expected. When I got on here to review this one, I was a little surprised to see the low ratings this beer had received on BA. This one was a solid IPA, not great, but I would be glad to drink another one.

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Photo of beerme626
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from Jungle Jim's in Cincinatti, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Absolutely perfect. Pure golden, translucent, with an almost pure-white two-finger head on top. The head has slightly diminshed, but is still a half-finger, with the last few sips to go. Lacing runs all the way down and the beer bubbles like champagne. Gorgeous.

S: Not much here at all. Light pine, a little hops. Kind of smells like butt. Or butter.

T: Very sour. A strong blast of sour at first, which does mellow out into the pine and hops of a typical IPA. Gets better further down as I get used to it.

M: Pulls on the upper palate at first, but mellows out. Some light stickiness, but a good bit of hop tingle left over.

O: An ok IPA. It is beautiful and enticing, a work of art, to look at. However, the taste is a little sour for me to rate any higher.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Bought this sixer in Columbus, as this IPA still hasn't reached the Cleveland area yet.

Pours a hazy amber color with 1/4" of dense off-white foam that clings as it retreats down the sides of the glass.

Smells fairly malty, with hints of peach, light hops, and straw. Undertones of grapes, orange, and homney are also present.

Honey malt to start, with hop astingency that takes over. Mildly buttery in the middle, with a hop bitter to finish.

Medium bodied, with an astringent presentation that is slightly off-putting.

Overall, a decent, though not great IPA. I don't believe I've let this get too old; I bought it two months ago when it was fresh up from Cinci to Columbus.Still, the malty, almost buttery flavor I'm getting make it seem like a 6-8 month old beer. It was better two months ago, and I'll give it a score to reflect that. Still, beer should be able to last linger than two months, and I wonder if all the poor reviews below are reflective of a poor shelf like for this ale.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.43/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Another extra from a brewery I've never heard of. Very exciting.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper with suspended bubbles of carbonation. Thick creamy head with nice retention and dots of lacing. Seriously malty aroma; actually kind of nice if this was an amber instead of labeled as an IPA (soon to be a recurring theme). Caramel and biscuit malt, fairly sweet, blend with an intense earthy and mildly roasty finish. Intensely sweet caramel malt body, grain and earth throughout, but very little hop presence or bitterness. Finish is slightly ashy and very earthy. Weird balance of sweet and earth throughout that never quite blends right. Medium light body, moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Ugh, what to make of this. As an AIPA this is a disaster. As an amber, it's kind of interesting and maybe a 3.7. Regardless, I'll rate this as an AIPA and it won't be pretty.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a rich one finger white head. Because of the haziness its difficult to determine how much carbonation is present.
I'm smelling caramel, honey, and some floral hop aromas.
It's got that grapefruit hop bitterness followed by sweet malts. I'm also getting some notes of roastiness.
Medium bodied, coats the mouth and not sensing a lot of carbonation. The hop bitterness is backed by a malt presence. It leaves a lemony tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue on the finish which is interesting. This I think is the best part of this beer.
A solid IPA from a decent local brewery. I will most certainly share this with out of town friends and family and be proud to call it local!

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep cloudy caramel with a 1/2 finger of off-white creamy head leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is malt forward. Some sweet caramel malt and biscuit with a subdued hop presence.

Not much upfront flavor. A lot of the caramel malt from the nose and a little biscuit comes through. The finish finally shows some hops in the form of some citrus flavor, but also kind of metallic with a harsh astringency.

Mouthfeel is a bit light with medium carbonation levels.

This beer is strange. Not much bitterness until the very end and not a pleasant finish. I'll pass on another.

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, tea-colored beer with no head. None. Also, the aroma is pretty weak. I'm starting to wonder how old this bottle is; I can't find a freshness date on the anywhere. Odors of sweet orange and biscuit; I can't detect much else. Flavor is bitter orange peel, which tastes a little burnt. Undertones of caramel and dough. This is my first beer from Mt. Carmel and I'm a little underwhelmed; I hope their other selections are better.

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Photo of rangerred
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours a clear copper with decent carbonation. 1 finger head along with some lacing. Smell is pretty weak. Definitely pick up on the malt but very little hop nose. Hops are hardly detectable at all. Beginning to wonder how old this is.

The taste is odd. The caramel and biscuit from the malt is definitely there but then a strong bitterness rushes in and lingers for a long time. There is no hop flavor at all, just this sharp bitterness.

It is not very pleasant at all. I’m willing to try this again if I get it fresh but until then, I can’t recommend this beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. Just over one finger of off-white, dense frothy head. Retention is poor, but a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pretty tame. The dominant aroma is caramel, while the hops are subdued and offer flowers and a bit of sugariness.

3.5 T: Again, the hops don't do much to pop, but this still tastes pretty good. I'd call it an amber ale before I call it an IPA. Speaking of which, this is a much better amber ale that their actual amber ale. Caramel with a pleasant neutral malt sweetness backing it up. Bitterness is low. Hop flavor is mildly fruity in a flowery way. Borderline 4.0 here.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Fine here, but nothing spectacular. I'd prefer it to be silkier on the tongue.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but a terrible IPA considering it offers little hop taste and even less hop bitterness. Still, this is a decent amber ale.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chad for giving me this just because. Finally got around to drinking it!

Poured a nice clear maple with an enormous white head that lasted the entire time and left chunks and islands of lace all over the place. I will dock a point though, because there are a bunch of little sediment pieces suspended in solution. Aroma is perfumey and floral with a light honey and biscuit undertone. Mild acetone fruitiness in the flavor that actually helps the beer IMO. Light grapefruit and grass notes in the finish. Bubbly and light bodied. Pretty dry. A good summer beer for sure.

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Photo of treehouse
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nose ...sulphur?eggs?...then hops...british floral sorts....

mouth....hmm..these hops are too ..easy..fruit..like jolly rancher style..prefabricated....smooth and easy to drink..but there is a flavor bordering on dried milk...just odd....

glad i tried it but will not try it again...

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Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a copperish orange with a nice one finger head

S - smells of a lot of caramel and biscuit malts with a nice touch of grapefruit and pine. Smells almost like a hopped up pale ale.

T - starts off with the caramel malts, which stay very strong throughout. Mixed in with the caramel malt are some nice biscuity malts. About 3/4s of the way down a rush of pine hops hit the palate, but these still balanced / held back by the strong malt presence. Not bad.

M - Comes in with a really nice body and not much carbonation. Awesome mouthfeel.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. A little weaker on the hop profile for an IPA, but it's forgivable since what was there was solid. I would definitely drink this again, but I don't necessarily know if I would go out of my way for this.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.49/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy burnt amber with a modest cap of off-white foam. OK retention, patchy lacing.

It seems these guys are one "a" away from having the perfect name. This stuff smells remarkably like a freshly unwrapped caramel candy, plus some weak floral and citrus notes.

Cake batter flavor pairs up with the caramel to drown out hints of pine and citrus, but can't obscure a certain soapiness. A touch of bitterness mercifully tries to cleanse the palate, but it's not meant to be. Just not a lot of fun to drink.

Surely this must be an old bottle; I can't come up with another explanation for the label of "India Pale Ale".

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Photo of movingtrain
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, almost brown color. The head is very consistent...creamy tan color at about a finger.

The aroma is hoppy...citrus, some pine, sticky sweet fruit, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

The flavor is much more malty than expected. There are the flavors of red grapefruit, honey, and some spice. But, under that is a lingering flavor of bread. There is also a bit of a metallic linger somewhere in there...right in between the hop profile and the malts. It's not necessarily bad, just slightly off.

Overall, this IPA is good, drinkable, and flavorful. The body is more on the malty side of the IPA spectrum, though. The hops do linger, but it is offset. One extreme plus on this beer is the everlasting, consistent head. It is a near perfect body, which makes the drinking of this a bit more enjoyable.

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Photo of rembrant
4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy amber gold with an eggshell white2 finger soft foam head. Leaves decent lace,some viscosity film.

Aroma is not typical IPA. There's a fresh bread scent,and caramel nut,almost more typically lager but a mixed fruit/citrus hop side does assert. The distinctive thing being it's not a one note song.

Flavors As the aromas suggest,there's some malt side balance though the ops do come in gracefully and with a fine finish. The Malt,grain and yeast elements do play a role here. It is not about how loudly it screams "Grapefruit" but about having an IPA that is actually multi flavored.

I'd begun to get rather bored after having several IPA's where a big grapefruit pucker was the whole show and there wasn't those OTHER things that made it seem like BEER and not fizzy fruit juice. Here,there's some grapefruit but also a bit of orange zest,ripe pineapple,a wee bit of forest greens and grassy. All in all, a pretty broad spectrum to explore.

While the hops don't give a jolt of bitter the harmony and depth this has makes it one of my new favorite Hopside brews. Has a refreshing Zing but keeps a "beerness".

Mouth The generous malts give a bit more body than average in IPA and the finish while elegant,is less sustained than some. That's good for 'with food"

Drinkability is especially high due to not going so heavy toward one taste element or aiming for maximum bitterness. Easy to have several.

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3.39 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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