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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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:
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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Reviews by Conrad:
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Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Another winner from Mill Street.
The presentation in the long neck silk screened bottle is pleasing to the eye, and sets up the anticipation of a good brew.
A: Nice clear copper colour, with reddish hues. Lovely creamy head that has good retention, and lovely lacing.
S: Complex to say the least. Spices, grass, floral notes, grapefruit. Hops upfront, and the rest in the background that give a challenge to sort them all out.
T: Like the smell. Big hops bitters that get smoothed out by a nicely balancing malt. Again, it's fun to sort out the flavours. It took me two beers to get a full appreciation.
M: Good carbonation and lively bubbles. Smooth medium body.
D: An easy drinking brew, especially on a hot day like we are currently experiencing.
This is not a classic "must have" beer, but it is great value for the dollar. It just became available here, and I hope it stays. This is worth a return visit.

08-02-2006 18:11:32 | More by Conrad
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-20-2013 02:08:11 | More by cam477
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

07-16-2011 20:49:39 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-12-2013 00:40:39 | More by csmartin6
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Dalia

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -40%

10-07-2012 22:51:41 | More by Dalia
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

06-27-2010 12:25:45 | More by merlin48
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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!

11-09-2009 23:07:39 | More by JohnnyBarman
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Cheers.

06-13-2008 23:57:15 | More by SkinnyElvis
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

11-03-2010 21:22:46 | More by Swedes21
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-26-2012 06:56:35 | More by chickenm
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-15-2014 00:41:43 | More by MJ63
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

08-12-2009 02:48:56 | More by biboergosum
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

08-09-2009 05:31:54 | More by mintjellie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

01-25-2004 03:11:15 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

10-20-2007 02:12:07 | More by CanuckRover
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TheBeerGuy101


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

03-20-2012 02:58:27 | More by TheBeerGuy101
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-29-2014 12:59:37 | More by avisong
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Thunderchief

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-13-2012 20:48:58 | More by Thunderchief
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Ralphs66

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-20-2012 01:38:28 | More by Ralphs66
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-21-2012 04:41:49 | More by Omensetter
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +22.1%

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!

06-13-2010 02:10:25 | More by joemcgrath27
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

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!

09-22-2010 23:03:35 | More by heebes
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-22-2011 04:28:30 | More by jsnoek
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a bright copper with a decent-sized off-white head that lasts well and leaves good lacing. Smell is herbal hops, nice and spicy, with a touch of caramel and lightly roasted malts. Taste is certainly fairly hoppy, with the spicy nobly varieties showing first and foremost. Lacks the citrus punch that American varieties would be expected to contain, but such is life. The real quibble I have is with the definite metallic tone the accompanies the caramel in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice enough, with good carbonation, and drinkability is fine. A half-decent ale, but nothing special.

11-21-2007 19:39:15 | More by Mandrake
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

It's nice to see Mill Street beers available in Alberta, and this is a solid offering.

This dark copper brew was topped by a thin bubbly head that left webs of sticky lace on the sides of my pint glass. Grapefruit and other citric hop aromas hit the nose first, followed by caramel malt and a bit of chocolate. The pleasant smell was offset a bit by a bit of sour yeast — not sure how that ended up in the mix.

Dry, bitter hops briefly dominated the flavour up front, but malt makes its presence felt. Still, this isn't what you'd call a balanced brew: there's a lot going on and there are some spicy flavours that add to the complexity and enhance the overall experience. The carbonation was lively on the palate and the finish was dry with just a bit of stickiness — nothing to complain about.

03-05-2007 07:03:42 | More by vanrassel
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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.