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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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85
very good

353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2003)
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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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4.84/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of MMansfield
4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at work 11/10/07.

Appearances: Poured a medium amber color with a thick head head. Retains very well, leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with plenty of grassy and floral hops. Hops come through very nicely in the nose and blends well with malt.

Taste: Plenty of caramel malt, reminiscent of an English Ale but hopped as an American styled ale. Heavy bittering hops in the finish which is a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, drinkability very high. Probably the most sessionable beer I've had to date.

Final Statement: A stunning beer. My favourite Mill St. product to date and a beer I could session all night. Highly recommended. It's as if this beer was designed specifically for me to drink when the night isn't all about beer... if that makes sense. Either way, this pale ale is near perfect.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on tap at the Iron Works in Almonte ON. It's a nice pub right on the Mississippi River (not that one, it just has the same name). They only serve micro-brews there and fresh food. It's a rarity in these parts and I wonder why a small town like Almonte can do this but a cit of 800,000+ like Ottawa can't.

I've been a fan of this beer for over a year now but I never had the opportunity to try it on tap until now. It was a pint of heaven. Better, much better than in the bottle. Fresh hoppy loveliness. I can't go on because I'm going to black out thinking of how good it was.

Photo of Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright amber and sits deep copper in the glass with a thick frothy beige head. Solid lacings all around.

Rich toasty malts are abound. Toasted hazelnuts and some slight hints of fig mingle with an underlying citrusy hops fringe. Maybe a bit of maple and raisin as well.

And the aroma flows right into the mouth... Malts are forward once again, lending their toasty character, but hops make a solid impression as well. Lemony grasses pucker at the sides while some more, perhaps, tropical fruity flavors intermingle. Well played.

The mouthfeel of this beer...my god. Imagine yourself in a hot tub, feeling the warmth cover your body. The jets of air pushing bubbles throughout the pool. Your leg rises in the current and a stream of bubbles move their way across your thigh, and you squirm with delight at their intrusion--that moment is where this beer is at.

Aside from being on the darker and nuttier side of the pale ale spectrum, this is an encounter most welcome. I wish there were more beers like this; the ones that surprise you with their finesse and delectability. Canada, your case is growing stronger.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to plucier for this beer!

A brown, amber beer with lots of carbonation and fine-bubbled glass sticking foam.

Smell is hoppy with citric and resinous characteristics, this gives grapefruit and orangepeel smells. Some caramel maltiness lays behind this big hoppiness, but is not able to get from behind it. Yeast is fruity with some red fruit.

Taste is bitter and (raw) hoppy with a citric grapefruit taste, which is resinous and piney. Malts are supporting the hops to a minimum and have a caramellic taste. The beer appears to be less bitter, when nearing the end of the glass, which improves drinkabililty to the max. Aftertaste is dry and leaves a long lingering bitter.

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4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour and creamy soap suds on top deplete quickly.
I really like the aromas emerging from this beer. There is a dried orange peel quality to the movement of hops on the nose that combines with lemon, grapefruit, cinnamon candy and toffee facets and begs to be explained. I'm not enough of a hops varietalist to venture a guess as to its origins (barn-cured Cascade?), but the buds used in this broth are beautiful to smell.
On the palate there is a piney burst of floral-draped, roasted red honey and a dry yet creamy-textured close. It is all texture, as in whipped cream melting, there is no sugar to be found. Ultimately, when cold, the finish presents a chalky, austere, woody quality that leaves dry room on the palate for repetition. The ponderous aromatics require it.
If I were to compare this stunning beer to a standard I might say it is a combination of Anchor Liberty (structure, lightness) and Mendocino BC Red Seal (rosy, red-toned malts and hops flavor.)

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4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber/mahogany body, with a rich, light-tanned frothy head.

S: Quite hoppy, with notes of fruit and caramel. Some spiciness can also be picked up in the nose. Very promising.

T: Starts out with a pretty good hoppy bite, followed with some serious fruitiness and spiciness. The finish is dry, with some subtle caramel notes that linger on for a while. Very satisfying if you like hoppy beers.

M: Medium-bodied. The mouthfeel is amazing if you're into pale ales, like I am.

D: A proper pale ale. A top-of-the-line kind of brew. Not only this is a good example of the style, but it is also very well-balanced.

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4.4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of EatsTacos
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times in a bottle, but then had it last night on tap at Chaucey's in London. Its a bit better on tap

Pours a dark amber/brown and is reddish against the light. Good head and it laces the glass as you drink it

Aroma is fruity, citrusy hops dominate

Flavour is very malty with good hop bitterness in the end. Burnt aftertaste. Hoppy, nutty, definately not a bland ale, there's a lot going on

Mouthfeel is very good, not too creamy, and not very watery. Good amount of carbonation on tap, I think the bottle version has a little too much

Drinkability I suppose depends on my mood. I don't think I'd turn down this beer on tap very often tho

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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz draught
5.2% ABV

I tried this beer on May 13, 2008 at the "Elephant and Castle" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was poured a translucent reddish-brown colour with a half-inch creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination or raosted malt, and hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was all about the hops. A nice bitter citrusy tang and a very good beer.

Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Red, clear, not very bubbly. Great head with good lace.

S: Nutty and aromatic.

T: Very crisp and flavorful.

M: Really very refreshing and cool.

D: Thick and flavorful.

Tremendous beer. It was really, really crisp and refreshing. Tastes like your traditional ale, but with great bite to it.

Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've bought several 6-ers of this and drank it a number of times on tap, but this is my first time reviewing it.

A - Pours a dark copper brown with a reddish hue. Solid thumb of bubbly light brown head which dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing.

S - The smell on Tankhouse is unique and memorable, mixing roasted malts with sweet caramel and finishes with a sweet citrus hop.

T - The bitter hops come off on the top, though this particular bottle had a slight metallic flavour. The caramel flavour comes through as well and the lemon citrus comes off strong with a bitter after-taste.

M - This one goes down smooth, it's very light and the carbonation is perfect. Delicious!

D - This is one of my favourites by Mill Street, and I've found it to be consistently delicious when enjoyed on tap as well. A very nicely balanced ale, and the bitter finish makes it a flavourful and rewarding experience!

Photo of atomicbolt
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting off New Year's Eve early (one of many beers I'll ring in 2009 with). This was part of the second round of the Ontario Craft Brewer Discovery Pack mixed 6-pack collection, the first round was pretty tame but I like that the second round has some classics and at least a couple beers I've wanted to try.

Looks good, copper-brown with a sticky white head. Real hoppy kick in the smell, toasty, with some fruity malt sweetness.

Sweet malty kick to the taste, that subdues into a lightly bitter, burnt flavour. Lots going on in the taste, very enjoyable. Goes down smooth, but with a thinner and more carbonated mouthfeel than the creaminess I was hoping for. Leaves a crisp aftertaste, a little fruity, mostly bitter and perhaps coffee-tasting.

Overall, a drinkable and enjoyable brew. Out of the Discovery Pack this might be my pick of the pack, although I've got high hopes for Cameron's Auburn.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.