Mt. Carmel

Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat Ale

Beer No. 29 – Mt. Carmel Summer Wheat Ale

Pubs around town have been adding this to the rotating tap. Not a bad call.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

LOOK: Dusty yellow, orange stripes, sturdy head.

NOSE: Flat haystack, barny, dash of lemon.

MOUTH: You could, if you were inclined, say it lacks complexity. You could also say it’s just straightforward. Straw, orange and lemon peel, peppery, unsalted crackers. I’m craving a bit more carbonation, though there’s no denying the finish is soft, clean, and soft again. There are far too many foam-forward heads out there that bitterly overwhelm the pull. Not here. This one, it’s pillowy, like nighttime sheep, and it lulls the goodness home. Would perhaps make a good counterpoint pairing to a robust spinach and artichoke dip, heavy on the chokes.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

Hayward Abbey Rating: 82

Mt. Carmel Blonde Ale

Beer No. 3 – Mt. Carmel Blonde Ale

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.

Beeradvocate Rating: 83

Hayward Abbey Rating: 73