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Mill Race Mild - Grand River Brewing

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Darkly coloured and rich in appearance, this mild ale is brewed in the traditional style of British mild beers that are disappearing even from the pubs of London, England.

Grand River Brewing has revived this traditional style of beer that is deep in colour but doesn’t possess the harsh bitterness that many people associate with a darker beer. The pronounced creamy head welcomes you and is followed with a beautiful roasted barley flavour and a smooth creamy taste.

This is a beer that just makes you want to have another and with being a mild, go right ahead.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 09-15-2007)
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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brilliant example of an English mild.

Lovely dark amber, with red and brown highlights. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but full enough to be enjoyable.

Aroma of sweet, roasted malts is stunning. Flavours are well balnaced, from the caramelized malts to a bittering hop finish.

A very well crafted beer. Well done, Grand River!

hopsolutely, Dec 23, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Jan, 2011.

A- Such a, dark brown with ruby highlights. Minimal head with moderate lacing.

S- Toffee and caramel with biscuit notes. Like a bakery. Subtle chocolate.

T- Subtle chocolate, slight coffee and sweet malts.

M- Thin and watery. Prickly carbonation.

O- Well past it's prime imo. That's my fault, not the brewery. It's been sitting in the fridge far too long.

korguy123, Nov 24, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, near black, light ring of off white head, good retention. Smell is malty and nutty, lightly roasted, fruity and lightly lactic. taste is roasty, light butter notes that are quite pleasant and work well, nutty, molasses, fig and some darker fruits, lightly smokey with a bitter finish and aftertaste. Light to med carbonation, light to medium feel, medium body. Quite nice sessionable and enjoyable, another solid effort from Grand River.

peensteen, Sep 19, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown with ruby highlights. Initially the head is large and frothy, with bubbles visibly breaking the suface of the foam. It dissipates to a persistent cap.

Smell - roasted malt, coffee, earth, hazelnuts.

Taste - light roasted malt flavour, some nuttyness, plum. Finishes moderately bitter and dry.

, Sep 14, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a pint glass. Bottled June 27, 2011.

Pours a dark brown with some dark red and mahogany highlights. A few fingers of tan head are formed, that's slightly creamy and moderately thick. Some lacing and moderate retention. Nose has light chocolate notes, some roast qualities, nuts, hints of caramel and dark fruits. Taste has roasty and mild coffee qualities, nuts are still mildly present themselves as well. Touch of caramel as well. Mouthfeel is a light medium, slightly watery in texture. Carbonation is medium low, and gets there only with some swirling down. Very easy to drink, I can only imagine this being more fantastic with cask treatment.

liamt07, Aug 15, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for sending this beer to me. Been looking forward to trying it for a while. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear ruby/mahogany, with a one finger, off-white head. Decent retention and not much lacing. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Caramel right away, some brown sugar, a little bit of fruit, and iced tea at the end.

T: Slight metallic flavor, caramel, more fruity than the aroma lead on, with some dark fruits. The iced tea flavor returns on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice, low ABV, session beer. Much more flavor than anything I have had lower than 4% so far.

mdaschaf, May 31, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with ruby hue and 1 finger off white head

smell: coffee, malts,

taste: malts, coffee, fruit on the backend finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: interesting beer. highly drinkable considering the abv. has much more flavor then those commercial beers that are based on 3 hops and water.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, May 31, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very malty with a lot of toffee and some caramel mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of toffee, caramel, cocoa and some nuttyness. For such a low alcohol beer, there is a lot of flavor. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Mora2000, May 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/27/11. Thanks to korguy123 for this beer.
Poured in to pint glass. Bottled on date of Jan 19/11.

A - Medium to dark brown with a small amount of off-white head.

S - Sweet toffee/caramel malts up front with some grain/cereal notes. A slight hop smell is evident as well.

T - My first experience with the style so I am intrigued by the great nose for this 3.5% ABV beer. Sweet caramel and grain/cereal flavours are predominant here with a slight hop bite present in the finish. Some light toffee and coffee notes come through at times as well. A lot of flavour for the low ABV.

M - Light body with a slight chew; light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one, especially considering the low ABV.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cola brown with 3 fingers of root beer float head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smells of roasty chocolate malt and coffee. Enticing!

T: Tastes like it smells: chocolate, coffee. Neither overly sweet nor bitter. Seems like a light stout with many similarities to St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.

M: The mouthfeel seems slippery. This is not a heavy beer yet it does not seem thin either. Light-medium body with adequate carbonation.

D: For 3.5% ABV, this is an amazing accomplishment. Real flavour and truly "sessionable".

mrnobody, Jan 14, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cask at The King Edward Pub in Ilderton, ON. Russet brown in colour with auburn hues and two fingers of tan head. A few spots of lacing speckle the pint glass. Smell and taste are roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toast, chestnut, almond, table cream, pecan-like sweetness, very subtle chocolate/cocoa flavour, and a balancing hop bite on the back end with almost no bitterness. Aromas of baking yeast, mild floral hopping, and molasses develop after a while. Mouthfeel is soft, lighter than medium, low carbonation, slight spiciness toward the finish, dryly malted and lingering aftertaste. This benchmark session ale displays much more complexity than you'd expect for the weight. A winner in all formats and Grand River's best beer if you ask me. Thanks for putting this on Rich!

cratez, Nov 08, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Volo. My first English dark mild ale, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this. Came out a light brown colour with off-white head. Smell is of toffee, deep roasted malt, nuts and some floral hops. Taste brings all of this together nicely with a mild bitterness. I didn't realize this was only 3.5% alcohol when I was drinking it, but it was quite flavourful. I really should have drank more than one pint and I'll order it if I see it again.

kwjd, Aug 23, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light cherry cola color topped by a mediocre head. Decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is roast, nuts and caramel and just a modicum of earthy peat.

The taste follows, with a very toned down brown ale to it. Bready, nuttiness and roast, with a nice caramel center perfectly balanced against a hint of nondescript bitterness. Finishes dry. Packs a lot of flavor for such a low ABV.

It's lightly carbonated and a tad thin bodied.

A very good example of the style, even if it's not a style I love. That said, I could see myself sessioning this and staying satisfied for some time. If I had to.

Another great beer from one of the best breweries in Ontario with some of the worst labels on Earth.

MeisterBurger, Jul 27, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Had it with my supper last night, chicken drumsticks with various veggies.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, bottled on May 5 or 6, 2010 (hard to tell as it's a little smudged).

Appearance: Very dark brown body that is semi-opaque and has a healthy 3 finger head.

Smell: Malt, caramel and a little bit of minerals. Quite crisp.

Taste: Strong malt body with good taste. Minerals are much more present in the flavor and it takes on more of a nutty character, almost like a brown ale with hints of wood. A wisp of bitterness is tucked away in there also.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and though i found the body to be a bit thin, it was still enoyable.

Drinkability: No hindrance here though it was a tad boring near the end. 341ml. would have sufficed.

Overall: Definitely enjoyed this one even if it was a bit one-dimensional. Proof that you don't need a high ABV to have flavor.

papat444, Jul 18, 2010
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Mill Race Mild from Grand River Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.