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Mill Race Mild - Grand River Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | 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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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

03-03-2012 23:27:38 | More by MattPS
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-11-2013 21:06:14 | More by yancot
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Wordslinger

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-06-2012 01:29:54 | More by Wordslinger
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored from a fresh growler, we get a decent clear mahogany colored ale with a tight tan cap that lasts well enough.

Light toast and some roasted husk "char" in the nose, light hay-like hop tones.

Medium body, rocky, sharp mouth feel malty character with a mild astringency. Hard water gives the hops more of a sharp edged "bite" than is common in most milds.

Malty-toasty in the front side then the bittering hops kick in and compliment the roasted barley char astringence leaving mild lightly dry, roasted finish....light metallic after taste.

Fairly true to style for a mild although I would like to see some fruity esters from better ale yeast in this brew, even though it is not necessary for style adhesion....which is a "mild ale" not "traditional".

Drinkable and clean...but just too much like the so-so dark milds from F&M which I have never been partial to Sorry to break up the love-in but I was not overly impressed with this effort....even as well crafted as it was

Serving type: growler

09-30-2007 01:41:24 | More by pootz
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 22:32:36 | More by korguy123
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 14:59:13 | More by THECPJ
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-21-2007 21:14:27 | More by Sammy
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 18:17:49 | More by papat444
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caveat: this is an unfamiliar style for me.

A - Unexpectedly dark: very dark but clear red, with a very creamy tan head.

S - Fruity and dark smelling - raisins and molasses with a light backing of husky grain.

T - Dark, rich fruit, caramelized sugars, molasses and toasty grain. Hint of coffee in there as well. Finish is nondescript and lightly bitter.

M - Fairly light body and carbonation. Quite dry as well.

D - Quite tasty, especially considering how "small" this beer is. Good session beer if you like darker ales I think, but not quite my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:01:20 | More by allergictomacros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:27:51 | More by Mora2000
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 15:06:47 | More by mdaschaf
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Viggo for this one. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass. Bottle dated April 10th, 2009.

A- Good looking brew here - three fingers of light tan foam with decent retention. Dark ruby red color with some auburn tones to it - transparent if you hold it up to the light. Only knock is minimal lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malt, some brown sugar, a touch of nuttiness. It's pretty light and has a slight twanginess to it.

T - Taste is a little like sourdough bread, mixed with light hazelnut. There's a touch of cocoa and and a light floral hop finish. It might even taste slightly better than it smells, although the aftertaste is not that great with some funky raisin character to it.

M - Somewhat watery, although that's not surprising considering the super low ABV. It's maybe a touch thicker than light bodied in viscosity. Low carbonation.

D - 500ml is a good serving size for this one. It's nice to see a low-ABV roasty brew, although this isn't in the league of other session delights like Death & Taxes. Still it's the best Grand River brew I've had so far!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 18:47:37 | More by MasterSki
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 22:15:50 | More by peensteen
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:37:13 | More by
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augustgarage

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 03:17:00 | More by augustgarage
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:43:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:26:03 | More by liamt07
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bartle

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:54:44 | More by bartle
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:37:01 | More by MeisterBurger
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually like "light" beers but this was a pleasant surprize. Dark colour, light tan head, one to two fingers with minor lace and a wispy surface and ring. Smell is slightly sweet, reminds me of molasses. Fresh taste - did I mention it was bottled July 14th and purchased from the brewery? Mildly hoppy, mildly bitter, slightly sweet toasty oats, honey, molasses, brown sugar. Although tending to the sweet side, there's nothing cloying about this, it's a very nice beer overall. Body a bit thin but overall mouthfeel is sufficient to satisfy. Light carbonation but regenerates just fine with a swirl, even to the lower quarter of the glass. Low alcohol and good taste make this a terrific sessional, I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:43:40 | More by ThatWineGuy
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 22:19:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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dipso123

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-23-2012 23:34:01 | More by dipso123
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 13:58:42 | More by mrmanning
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kinguy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-03-2012 21:14:52 | More by kinguy
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 17:28:12 | More by Imstillthegman
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Mill Race Mild from Grand River Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.