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Mill Race Mild - Grand River Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 9
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 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.

Sammy, Oct 21, 2007
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for this trade, thanks to Deuane for the handoff. Pour chilled from the 500 ml brown bottle into my dimpled mug.

A - Deep coffee brown w/ black cherry shade accenting w/ a thick 3 fingers of creamy pale tan head

S - Roasted nuts w/ gentle stone fruit aromas. There is a dark cherry tinge and hints of mild nougat and caramel

M - Light acidity w/ mild carbonation, light body and toasted texture w/ a mild yeast tang

T - The taste is mildly bready (pun intended) w/ a light roast coffee taste and smooth caramel maltiness w/ accents of plum and gentle date-like sweetness that rounds out the flavor w/ a very gentle hop spice

D - A very good ale w/ high quaffability. That is hard to get close to - a lot of flavor for such a small beer. A sessioner you won't hesitate to order more than one of if possible. I wish I had more Milds like this available locally. Thanks Grub!

Slatetank, May 14, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -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!

MasterSki, Sep 03, 2009
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.

Mora2000, May 02, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, May 31, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep, dark tone of auburn with dashing scarlet highlighting. A bold trimming of tapioca like colour and texture stays roped around the top. The beer is dark enough to obstruct most light from passing through, even when held against the afternoon sky. Still, its body is clear and its tone is not only luscious, but quite unique also.

The aroma is about as strong as its alcohol content but is it ever pleasant! In what closely resembles a German dunkel, toasted breads are lathered in molasses, nuts are dusted in cocoa powder and we're afforded an unclothed look at some chalky, mineral-rich water. Mild, pleasant sweetness like this makes the first sip irresistibly tempting.

Similarly sweet and mild flavours are offered in the taste. Once again, a good dousing of sweet molasses and cocoa powder seem to abound with notes of nuts and grainy, well toasted breads. The touch of roast barley supplies a bit of robust dimension and is much appreciated; raisins, dates and a hint of smoke surface. This is one for gulping not sipping.

To credit Mill Race Mild's drinkability as being anything less than exceptional would be unfair. Its low alcohol makes no compromise on flavour and each mouthfeel is every bit as satisfying as a beer twice its strength. Even more, given the low alcohol you'll drink twice as much (or drink it twice as fast) as well.

It seemed surprising to me that as a new brewery, Grand River were releasing a 3.5% mild ale as one of their first offerings. I was equally surprised to see it become one of (if not the) flagship beer of the company. Of course, those impressions were before I had tried it. It all makes perfect sense now.

Mill Race Mild is not only an incredibly well made ale belonging to an under-appreciated and near-extinct style, but it's quite simply a fantastic beer. This is one I plan to revisit again and again, and why not in sessions? To brew low-alcohol beers like this isn't easy; there is really no room for error. In my eyes, Grand River makes none.

biegaman, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler full at Golden Tap awards. Have since had it on tap at Volo.

Pours a clear reddish brown, thick off white head, not much lacing, thin collar is retained throughout the glass. Smell is grainy, cherry, mild roast and chocolate, bit of floral. Taste is caramel, grains, chocolate, light fruits, bit of caramel, touch of roast in the finish, bready, nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth, good flavour for such a low ABV beer. Nicely done!

Viggo, Sep 16, 2007
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.

liamt07, Aug 15, 2011
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.

Derek, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of THECPJ
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
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo. Not as good as other milds I've had, but a fine example nonetheless, and considering their rarity in these parts its a real treat. Dark amber body with a sweet aroma. Malty flavors at the fore, with caramel, coffee and a hint of smoke. I also found a suprising fruitiness with hints of apple and figs in both the nose and flavour. Low level of bitterness. Like other people have said, this makes a great session beer.

bobsy, May 04, 2008
Photo of kwjd
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
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.

grub, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Molson2000, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of peensteen
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
Photo of pootz
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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

pootz, Sep 30, 2007
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.

papat444, Jul 18, 2010
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...

augustgarage, May 20, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

allergictomacros, Sep 23, 2008
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
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!

JohnnyBarman, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of yancot
3/5  rDev -21.9%

yancot, Feb 11, 2013
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Mill Race Mild from Grand River Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.