Springtime Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Springtime AleSpringtime Ale
BA SCORE
3.46/5
39 Ratings
Springtime AleSpringtime Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mwa423 on 03-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,973
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
39
pDev:
10.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of wjoelbrooks
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a low abv beer this packs a whole lot of flavor. No hops but tons of malty character. Roasted nut, pecan, dry chocolate malt, barley grain and bran flakes all wrap up in a very easy to drink package.

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Photo of Lukass
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really like this local brewer. This is a very solid scotch style ale. Dark amber color, smooth drinkable finish. I nodded appreciation when it crossed my lips...i did not exhibit exhalation, just pleasant acceptance of a finely crafted libation. It lands respectfully between a B and B+ on the yummy scale.

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Photo of steggie
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of reedmn
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Jasoncolliver
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of crytion
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of schwemjw
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of norinco
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of amhatfield3
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of athesing10
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of rangerred
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Mullinger1980
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brandonati
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of cproioi
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jsisko01
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
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..

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of PDXHops
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Springtime Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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