With some family in town I picked up a Mt. Carmel Porch Pack. The Porch Pack is Mt. Carmel’s 12-pack style sampler containing the IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Blonde Ale, and Amber Ale. By the by I think Porch Pack is a great name for a 12-pack as opposed to ya-know a 12-pack. Mt. Carmel also has a whole “porch” thing like porch sitting at the brewery and other porch related events. Having a brewery at a farm house had certain advantages, like porches.
Brewery: Mt. Carmel
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
Very nice golden amber color with a fluffy ivory hued head. Perfect clarity spare the carbonation bubbles. Not the best looking beer in the world, but it’s pretty far up there.
Not a tremendous amount of aroma going on here. What’s there is more malt than I’d expect for an IPA though there is a bit of pine from the hops.
Based off the smell I’m not expecting much in the flavor department but I’m, luckily, wrong. The taste packs a strong malt body and plenty of citrus hops. The malt has flavors of caramel while the hops bring in some moderate bitterness.
Smooth light bodied mouth feel with decent carbonation.
This is a good beer, but not a great IPA. I’m thinking this was a pretty standard IPA back around 2005 when the brewery started up. Since then IPAs have changed significantly, presenting much more hop flavor and bitterness. But like I said, overall a pretty decent and highly enjoyable beer.