Springtime Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Springtime AleSpringtime Ale
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Springtime AleSpringtime Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

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Photo of brown2cu
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

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Photo of Thanby
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ltjska04
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chaz01
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mwa423
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"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.

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Springtime Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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