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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Tankhouse AleMill Street Tankhouse Ale

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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2003

Like traditional pale ales, Tankhouse Ale has a deep copper-red colour. We use five different malts to produce a complex malty texture. The most dominant character of our Pale Ale is the hop. The spicy Cascades is used to give an assertive hop flavour, aroma and bitterness to our ale. The result is a satisfying and complex-tasting beer. Our brewmaster developed this recipe 20 years ago and it has remained his favorite drink of choice.
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Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 183
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle at a pub in Calgary's Kensington area. Pours a yellow tree sap amber shade with a considerable amount of off-white, almost light tan foam. Cascade is the primary or perhaps only hop used here and the aroma certainly features that classic currant/fruity "twang", along with sweet malts. Although the aroma is unassuming and perhaps underwhelming, the palate is complex, rich, and assertive without being overpowering. Right off one gets some sour green apple, unripe stone fruit and a little pine resin, no tropical or obvious citrus qualities. There is a little citrus but its subtle and nonspecific. Malts are wonderfully complex, some dark bread crust, burnt caramel, and dark fruit/molasses notes, the malts are tangy and juicy and this brew displays some English ale character (even though this is billed as an American IPA ... The hops are indeed American but the malt character tastes English to me ... Maybe not quite as nuanced but damn close). Is that a hint of diacetyl? Finish is quite dry and bitter, tasting of spruce sap. Menthol aftertaste veers a bit into coarse territory but the malt layers endeavor to keep things balanced. I am going to go ahead and say that Mill St. has a winner here. Nice sessionable IPA that melds Old and New World features.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a nonic glass.

LOOK (3.5/5) All in all, a pretty standard appearance for the style. It poured a nice coppery-red which was very clear. The head was nice and fluffy and sustained itself for an average time and left some good lacing. There was some really evident carbonation that was nice, but it faded pretty quickly.

SMELL (3.5/5) The smell was good example of the style. It was dominated by hops, with a somewhat earthier aroma. Some maltiness balanced the hops, and this was a mostly bready/biscuit with some toastier notes. A crisper finish.

TASTE (4/5) Similar to aroma. Some nice malts to begin, and obviously finishing with a strong earthier hop flavor. This finish was long, fading into a moderate bitterness.

FEEL (3.5/5) It was medium, but had a slight oily feel that coated the mouth in a long-lasting way that worked well with the drawn-out bitter end.

DRINK (4/5) I liked it a lot, I was happy to drink the glass. Its a nice rich brew that offers an experience at each mouthful. Good for sessioning.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dalia
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tankhouse pours a crystal clear copper hued body with a three finger beige head that hangs around for the session. Extravagant sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is dominated by a toasty and nutty caramel maltiness with just a hint of grapefruit hops.

Creamy medium body has an ideal soft carbonation.

Taste is supremely well balanced. Toffee and toasted caramel are countered by a delicate fruity hop presence that seems to be more red apple than citrus. Finishes clean and even.

This is my favorite of the Ontario brews that an old Canadian friend brought by. Simple, but well executed and highly drinkable.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle to try, poured into a Mill St. glass.

Pours a dark amber, lots of visible carbonation at first, but this, like the head, disappears fairly quickly.

The smell is very nice: earthy and nutty, with some spicy malts and floral hops near the finish.

The taste is solid as well. Caramel, malts and hops compete with one another on the palate, leaving a somewhat dry finish. Earthy and rich, with a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is not too carbonated, a bit slick.

A fine APA from one of my favourite Ontario brewers. Well worth a pick up!

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in a trade. Pours dark amber with a one cm head. Smells faintly of hops. Taste is a nice mix of malt and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth & this would be a nice session beer. Glad to have tried it.


Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - TH pours a gorgeous clear dark amber colour and has a nice off white/brown heard. The beer does not show much carbonation. Some decent lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell hops upfront and some caramel in the back. There is a grass/nature smell to it as well, guess you can say earth tones.

Taste - Nice clean tasting beer, very fresh and pure. You can taste the hops upfront and a little bitterness on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation added here, some minimal amount. The beer maintains its same flavour with hops upfront, however, i would say there is the hint of caramel now near the end.

Drinkability - Good call by spinrsx to give this one a try today. Its a nice beer that offers a lot to the pallet. Again, one I would stock to share with friends when they come over.

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-deserved (first) pint after another head-shrinking day at CIBC's downtown Toronto IT head offices (oh, right, let me be clear - fuuuck you, Michael!).

This beer appears a clear, bronzed medium copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly, and rather creamy off-white head, which leaves a splendid array of honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sweet, fairly crisp biscuity malt, with some additional caramel and toffee notes, and earthy, grapefruit and orange rind citrus hops. The taste is zingy lemon zest, orange cream, a hint of fleshy grapefruit, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, and further grassy, faintly leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad high, but settles as soon as I do, the body a decent medium-full weight, and more or less smooth (the hops here seem capable of making me care a little less about this particular metric). It finishes off-dry, the sort of muted citrus hops and grainy caramel malt performing that last dance lean-in.

A pretty enjoyable APA, one with which I've now even clinked glasses with a vendor's natural enemy - the client. Hey - they chose this (and paid for it, natch), duly aware of my proclivity, so they aren't all that bad, I suppose. Worthy of an alternate sort of mind-numbing session, this one is.

Photo of mintjellie
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper-red body with three fingers of off-white lace. Plenty of lacing action going on. Decent retention.

Smells like caramel malt, citrus, and pine. Nice aroma.

Caramel malt and a little bit of butter. Grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of fruit. Nice hop flavour with moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. Balanced flavours and smooth body make this an easy drinker.

Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did find some flavour in this brew, but had to ignore the metalic undercurrent. The flavour that needs to be brought out is a malty balance. Had it 2.5 years later on cask and it was better, with a light body, light carbonation. C-hop and no balance. The cask is the review score. The bottles' quality is getting watered down, and with Mill Street beers in general, beginning in 2009, I was getting stomach aches likely owing to chemicals being used.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale caramel with a nice thick head. Some bubbly lacings.

A roastiness on the aroma, some coffee and burnt caramel with some nice strong fruity maltiness in the back.

Taste is caramel, hops, but they lean more towards British than American, more complimenting to the malt than the brash American ones. Not a long finish, slight bitterness.

Not much to say really, a decent session ale but not a stand out. I love seeing Canadian brewers get mouthfeel right and this one is nice.

Photo of TheBeerGuy101
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a gem of a brew...

Deep copper in color and very light lacing.

The aroma is complex. Dark-Bitter Chocolate. Light Caramel, Heavy Roasted Malt. Hoppy. Slight Coffee. Floral. Spicy. Smokey.
One of the better smelling ales in my opinion!

The flavor of Tank house is easy drinking, crisp, pungent in malts, slight sweetness, slight bitterness - Almost woody like.
It's extremely well balanced.

This brew would pair well with an aged cheese.
I had with an extra old cheddar and some dry roasted, slightly seasoned peanuts.
If you like a spicy, smokey malty and hoppy brew, you'll certainly fall in love with this drink!
From start to finish, this one pleases every time.

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Thunderchief
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JahTurbo
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Omensetter
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a deep clear copper, with two fingers of soapy beige head that retains very well

S - roasty smoky malt, then spicy hops with a lingering richness

T - a nice bitterness combined with lasting spicy feel and flavour from the hops (a staggering amount of them according to the lable), also slightly resiny, with a pleasant rich smoky malt finish

M - fairly smooth and bubbly, with a tingly sensation related to the hops and spice

D - being a hop lover, i could drink this all day. There hops get me going, and the lasting smokey richness keeps bringing me back for another. Outstanding!

Photo of heebes
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with little head, appears to have good carbonation.
Scent has a slight aroma of fruits.
Taste is of a malty blend of oranges and pine. Some aftertaste lingers.
Mouthfeel is light and watery, not much substance.
Overall this is a pretty good, almost sessionable beer. It lacks anything 'original' or 'next-level' but has some returnability. Great logo!

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.