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Mill Race Mild - Grand River Brewing

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86
very good

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going through a mixer pack of Grand River brews. Very impressed thus far. Have some work to do tonight, so I figured the mild ale would be a good choice for the evening.

Pours a very dark chestnut, a bit of amber when held to the light. Leaves an off-white head, encircles the glass. A bit of lacing.

The smell is toast, ground coffee, a bit of chocolate, dark malt.

The taste is surprisingly good, considering the low ABV and the 'mild' labelling. Very much like drinking a lighter porter, but I never would have believed this was under 4%. The taste is bready, with the chocolate and coffee providing secondary bursts of flavour. I get a bit of cornbread at the forefront as well. Some bitterness at the finish, which is dry.

This brew is terrific as a flavourful session. Works well on those nights when you want the taste of a dark ale but without the weight. Still can't get over the ABV!

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to biegaman for another brew from Ontario. Pours with a nice head which settles quickly. Malty smell. Taste is smooth malt with a hint of some sweetness. Extremely drinkable. At 3.5% this would be a great session beer & would be wonderful on cask. I am glad to have tried it.

Cheers.

Photo of mdaschaf
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some pleasant malty and floral aroma. Dark colour with a soapy mocha head, as expected in a cask. Easy drinking mild bitterness.A bit of coffee for balance and taste. Sessionable and worth trying, but about what you can get out of a low ABV beer. OK, but nothing outstanding. Had this again six months later at Volo on cask and was mediocre again. I had this on tap 2.5 years later at the Golden Kiwi and it was a bit more mouthfeel and appearance noticed. A milder version of a shwartzbier.

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this generous extra. Bottled March 2nd, 2010 - poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Cordovan liquid which glows a soft rich carmine. There is some chill haze but the body is otherwise quite clear. An active, light buff head settles to a steady finger of cream which persists well.

Light caramel aromas with delicately roasted malt. Vague hints of Cadbury eggs - and very slight diacetyl.

Mineral-laden palate entry with a touch of brown butter which transforms into roast malt, lots of toffee, a touch of brandied raisins, and a general nut flavor. Light bitterness or perhaps astringency throughout...

Pillowy body, soft but well carbonated...

Pretty well done example of the style - carefully crafted compared to most I've tried thus far...

Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red, brown really. Nice tan head. Not much in the way of lacings.

Sweet malty aroma. A slight roastiness, caramel and restrained earthy hops.

Quite nutty. Good caramel/toffee malt with a nice brown bread character to it. Sugary fruit like figs and dates. A good dry roasted flavour. Subtle bitterness in the finish.

Mouth feel is moderate, perfect for session drinking.

Glad I don't live in the GTA, I'd be in trouble if this was on tap at a bar near my place. Good.

Photo of Goldorak
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled at cask days at Volo café.

Appearance: Cola brown with a bit of red thrown in for good measure, it sported a nice frothy ring.

Smell: Roasted, caramel sweetness intertwined to give it an aroma similar to hoisin sauce. It absolutely floored me.

Taste: Light as a feather, totally dangerous to drink, the flavors are concentrated in the finish where a mild sweetness, similar to maple sap caress your taste buds and only the faintest kiss of hops pulls it all together.

This is a good a reason to advocate for milds on cask as I have ever seen.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some light toffee malt. Taste is also dominated by light fruity ester with notes of toffee and caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought this one really packed lots of character while maintaining good balance.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mrnobody
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".

Photo of papat444
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.

Photo of liamt07
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.

Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled fresh from a growler purchased at the Brewery on 15/01/08. Deep mahogany body sits under a billowing froth of beige foam. Excellent head retention and minute lacing throughout the drinking experience. The aroma is initially roasted barley and burnt malts. It is also quite toasty and nutty. Just a touch of vanilla extract and mineral. The flavour profile is surprisingly well rounded and full, but that just goes to show you that full flavoured beers don't have to be high in alcohol. This beer is quite full of sweet burnt malts, toasty barley, quite nutty, with a just enough of a hop presence to create a perfect balance. The finish is dry and lingering. Well done Grand River Brewing!

Photo of kinguy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled at volo as part of cask days 2007

pours deep rub red, nearly brown if not held to the light. a small off-white head forms, disappearing fairly quickly and leaving no lace.

aroma is nice. just a hint of alcohol. toasted biscuits with lightly fruity jam. raisin. just a hint of date. bit of grain. hint of spicy hop character too that almost feels like cardamom.

taste is good. toasted multigrain bread. date and raisin, but very light. alcohol is almost completely hidden. light toast and a hint of caramel carries this one very well.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation. nice medium-light body.

drinkability is great. a light ale that isn't light on flavour. good balance. solid and interesting malt base. absolutely sessionable. grand river is quickly becoming a powerhouse in ontario - even brewing under 5% ABV.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Derek for this bottle.

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a two finger head of light tan bubbles. Not much lacing, though.

The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, and molasses. Initially the smell was strong, but it faded before I could really enjoy it for what it was.

The flavor is quite interesting. The dark fruits and molasses from the smell are there, but so is some coffee, some nuttiness, and some burnt toast.

Thinner medium body, good carbonation. It's a bit drying, as well. The low abv and good taste of this one make it almost dangerously drinkable. Thanks, Derek.

Photo of funkengruven
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the four growlers picked up at the brewery last week, this poured into the glass a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. Smell was very malty, like a good English brown ale. The malt was very prominent in the flavor which is a good change from the other three more hoppy brews this brewery does well. The texture of this was smooth and slightly creamy, there was some body to this brew. The low ABV makes this a very easy drinking and satisfying session beer.

An excellent offering from this brewery.

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery at the end of August.

A: Deep mahogany, off-white/light-tan head, not a lot of retention but it leaves some lace.

S: Dark toffee, caramel, dark fruit and a light spicing.

T: Dark toffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts, dark fruit, figs, orange zest, some mineral flavour, balanced bitterness.

M: Residual sugar yeilds a pleasant, moderate body (impressive for its strength), yet the finish is still crisp & relatively dry.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of demcorhip
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking dark brew, courtesy of Derek. Thanks for the opportunity to try some elusive beers from southern ontario! Almost black, but clarity is revealed by the garnet highlights at the edges of my glass. Mildly carbonated, only managed a thin tan head which dissipated to leave a decent collar. Initially some decent, intricate webs of lacing.

A nice and inviting nose on this one. Creamy hazelnuts meet a nice touch of roasted malts hinting at dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. An underlying earthy leafiness rounds out the aroma.

This is a very tasty brew, especially considering the low abv. Hazelnuts and multigrain crusty bread meet the roasted flavours much like that described above for the aroma. Then the hops show up with their earthy leafiness and mild bitterness to clean things up.

Light bodied yet very flavorful. A nice balance is struck between the pale malts and more roasted malts. The hops fit in quite nicely as well. The slight watery quality of this brew is not surprising, and makes for a great thirst quenching drink.

This is the definition of a session ale. Very drinkable, with a solid amount of flavour. Much like a light porter, and as far as im concerned that is a very good thing. Would love to knock back pint after pint of this on draft, and am jealous of those who have the opportunity to do so. Thanks to Derek i have a few more offerings from this brewery that i am really looking forward to trying after this one, its damn good stuff!

Photo of nokes
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this first in a taster (alongside Grand River's Galt Knife and Pumpkin Ale) at the Castle on King in Kitchener, Ontario. This one was the clear winner for me, and I liked it well enough I followed up with a pint.

The exact colour was hard to tell...not quite enough light in the pub to see clearly, but it came off looking a lot like a porter. Nothing exceptional, but still quite fine.

Smell and taste-wise, this is just a really good beer. It's not a knock-your-socks-off beer, but there are nice waist-deep earthy smells and tastes in there...a fair bit of complexity; nicely rounded mouthfeel that I wasn't expecting in something with 3.5% ABV. There's some coffee, maybe some chocolate (but not sweet), lots to make it interesting, but not overwhelming. It's really easy to just drink and enjoy.

I'm a fan of English Ales, but I generally like them lighter...browns and reds mostly. This beer really surprised me, all in pleasant ways. I'd quite happily drink more of these, and may well find myself doing so in the future. It's good beer.

Photo of bartle
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated April 03, 2010

Pours a rich mahogany brown with ripe red hues and a nice off white head that sits well for a little while before fizzling out.

Smells of light caramel, biscuit, a touch of tart cherries, some sulphur-ish notes, but nothing completely offensive. Seems very balanced with noble hop character coming through

The taste is of caramel, biscuit, a little rye like character, some mint, a touch of tartness and a clean yeast finish.

The carbonation is good for the style. Nice a low, potentially a little high, but it gives it a nice kick and sparks the drinkability of this one.

Lots of flavour, and it's great fresh.

Photo of MattPS
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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Mill Race Mild from Grand River Brewing
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