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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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86
very good

181 Reviews
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Reviews: 181
Hads: 382
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of N1120A
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always have had on Draft. Dark-ish amber, with slight cloud. Generally poured with little head. Like a slightly darker Sierra Nevada. Flavor is like 75% Sierra Nevada Pale, 25% Sculpin. Definitely an APA, but slightly hoppy. Best enjoyed quite cold and on draft. A pint takes a good while to drink, so a nice beer to have when you are limiting yourself to one. Goes quite well with a good moules frites, or a BBQ chicken pizza. Nearly impossible to find in the States, but readily available around Ontario. (515 characters)

Photo of Mikefilmerca
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Not quite an IPA. Seems a bit lost between an APA or an IPA. Better beers out there. I only drink it because it is the only craft beer at my local Pub. Meaning 10x better than your coors or bud light whatever. (209 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Slight hazy Amber pour with a 2 finger creamy white head. Not unlike Guinness Draught. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Nutty with lots of sweet caramel/toffee. Extremely malty upfront with some citrusy (mostly grapefruit) bitterness coming in near the end.

T- Aroma transitions well to taste with some added spiciness and hop presence. Lots of grapefruity hops mixed in with the heavy maltiness.

M- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Lots of fine bubbles present. Good drinkability

O- I'm not sure if I would self-describe this as an APA (I think it to be more of an Amber Ale due to the maltiness) but it is a great brew. If you're someone who isn't really into the hard hitting hoppiness of other APA's and IPA's, this might be a good choice for you. It's mostly malty goodness featuring citrus hop flavours as a supporting act, rather than the leading star. (901 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy dark amber, almost copper color, beige 1 finger head, lasting 2 minutes, with good legs and tons of activity.

Sweet aromas of nutty toffee and bitter spices. Inviting smell. Very sour toasty citrus flavors. Heavily spicy with a thick hoppy feel.

Medium body with subtle carbonation, strong finish with a long bitter smoky mouth coat and a dry end.

Overall : Packed with flavors, but slightly off in freshness and not finding the bitterness pleasing. (466 characters)

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A definite "malty" ale. Slight hoppiness, decent lacing.
Plenty of better craft ales here in Ontario. That said,
still miles ahead of most macro ales. (152 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Bottle. Pours a red copper with a white head. Some lacing. Nose is fruity and hoppy. Taste is quite hoppy with a bitter finish. A brilliant hoppy ale that has a nice complexity but still very refreshing. A constant in my fridge. (228 characters)

Photo of Lunardr0ne
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

473ml can from the Beer Store.

A - clear bubbly amber. Thick coat of white foam, dissipates slowly and leaves spotchy lacing.

S - light grapefruit and grassy hops, caramel and toasty grain, faint butterscotch.

T - caramel and toasted grains come out a lot stronger in the taste. Grapefruit and grassiness still present and mixing together with some spiciness. Faint buttery notes that seem to get more noticeable as the beer warms up.

M - medium/high carbonation, light body. Mildy bitter malty aftertaste.

O - Nice malt forward pale ale. I rarely have this beer in my fridge, but it's widely available on tap in the GTA area. (632 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at the rex jazz bar in toronto

a: deep & vibrant clear copper

s: caramel, toasted malts, slight grapefruit

t: caramel & toasted malts up front, then a punch of grapefruit and its accompanying bitterness. very tasty

m: medium body, light-to-medium carbonation. a bit creamy

o: a really solid ale that i can come back to often (336 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep copper amber color, dark but very crystal clear to see through with a nice amber crystal dark color. Head is light off tan to white, four fingers tall and souffle like retention. Nice looking brew.

Notes of biscuit and toast with a faint caramel sweetness. Really hints toward an amber style with the caramel sweetness here. Nice light toasty grains to go with it.

Classic straightforward amber. A little lighter on the malt and feel with a touch of wetness slightly. Mild herbal tea like hop bent on the finish and a pinch of grapefruit rind like zest. Some nice faint caramel and grainy toast round out a bit.

It's a straight forward simple amber, that's decent, but not earth shattering. Not much to really say about it, but I also can't find anything really faulty, weak, or wrong with it either. (857 characters)

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Rich coppery amber hue, fluffy off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Clean, mild scent of fruit, spices, malts and hops.

Taste: Black pepper and lots of spiciness, particularly up front. Richly malty, and some nice fruity notes. Bitterness starts out medium-strong and becomes quite assertive in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp, medium-bodied and smooth.

Overall: Very good. Nothing jumps out at me as a wow factor, but this is certainly an above average beer. (489 characters)

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

1-finger head, with a copper-red, amber appearance.

A mild, bready scent present over the head.

Taste: I found my first sips to be bitter for an amber (based on what I like and am used to). Regretfully, I did a beeradvocate search for this beer only after I ordered, so I was disappointed to find that I ordered a Pale Ale, which is not a beer style that I particularly like. (The menu said "Tankhouse Amber". If it had said "Tankhouse Ale", I would not have ordered it.) In this particular case, I found the flavour unsurprising, but I'm somewhat biased against Pale Ales.

Overall, decent for the style, I suppose, but I don't like Pale Ales, so I can't rate this too highly. (711 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,279 characters)

Photo of EvanHarper
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish amber with 1.5 fingers of fluffy, short-lived head. Many small fast-moving bubbles.

S - Toffee, sweet citrus fruit.

T - Steady grapefruit bitterness, citrus, hints of caramel, strong melanoidins. Highly attenuated.

M - Aggressively carbonated and slightly thin.

O - Dry, drinkable N.A. style Pale Ale. One of many good options in Ontario, one I will return to from time to time. (394 characters)

Photo of Maverick25
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I keep coming back to. Great flavour profile, and I think I actually like it better from the tap, but still very good out of the bottle.

Has a mild bitterness, with lots of malty flavours that come through. Caramel notes very apparent, and a nice finish.

Highly recommend. (292 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brew pub.

Copper tinged gold colour, with off-white head. Bit of lace, reasonably dense. Decent.

Coppery on the nose as well. Mild citric hint with plenty of rich malt , and a touch of vanilla. Sweet, mildly tangy. Pretty nice.

Taste is quite malty. Caramel, toffee and a touch of roast blending well with a resinous hop that has a touch of citric character. Bit spicy in the back. All good, but then on the back, there's an unfortunate bread yeast note that shouldn't be there. Sort of a by-product, doesn't detract from drinking overall but it's a shame it's there.

A bit fizzy midway, not much body.

Not a bad English pale with good help from the US hops. (685 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Mill Street Taster's Pack. 341 ml bottle served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Red and copper color that is transparent to eye. Pours about a finger of head that even as it diminishes leaves a nice creamy cap on top and then devolving to a soapy residue over time. Some bubble action is also clearly visible.

Smell - Hops, some caramel and a slight floral undercurrent. Nothing ground breaking bud well executed for what it is.

Taste - Good hops bite adding to the bitterness, with slight caramel flavors cutting through that at times. The bitterness is prevalent but not overpowering or completely dominant as some spiciness comes through on the palate, especially in the back half of any given sip and as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dry finish, medium carbonation. Spiciness leaves some tingling sensations.

Overall - Very well crafted and one of the best Mill Street has to offer. In a similar vein to the just recently tried distillery ale, however this is far more accessible. An excellent beer for those looking for some hops that turns into a moderately spicy beer, this comes very highly recommended. For those looking for a great beer or Mill Streets best offering, I can tell you that this is the best one I've had from them yet. Definite repurchase. (1,304 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear ,deep amber colour with about 2 fingers of slightly off white head which dissipates slowly, leaving behind some light lacing.

Smell - Light caramel and toffee notes. There's also a little bit of a grainy smell. Not a whole lot else maybe some light spice? (For a beer with a 'staggering' amount of hops the aroma is pretty faint)

Taste - Caramel and toffee mostly, but also a good deal of spice and grass and grain and general deliciousness. Not expecting that much from the nose, but this is really well balanced and surprisingly complex. There's a definite a bitter bite to it, but for an APA its extremely gentle.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium to low carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5 One of my favorite regular Mill St. offerings. A well balanced and extremely drinkable APA. (872 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper colour, very clear, pours a 1 inch head that then falls to a nice cream rim around the glace. Lacing is continuous throughout the drinking.

S: Spiciness, pine, a bit of caramel in the background

T: Some pine with a good malt backbone. You get an upfront bitterness then merging with some caramel and a bit of bread to finish with an equal part of dryness and sweetness.

M: Carbonation is great. Med-low mouthfeel.

O: This is by far one of my favorite Mill St. beers. It's a great pale ale which can be consumed as a session beer. (548 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a copper red with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Leafy hops, citrus, grass.

Taste - Lightly bitter leafy hops along with a caramel malt flavour. Finishes with a well-balanced hops to malts flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A good APA by Mill Street. Hops and malts are well-balanced. Nothing really stands out as a "wow" factor with this one, but still a good brew. (451 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a bit spicy and a note of cascade hops. In the taste, cascade hops up front, notes of citrus, and just a little spicy. A nice hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop, with a touch of citrus in the aftertaste. Nice hops and a really nice flavor. (329 characters)

Photo of maclean25
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack of bottles from a liquor store while visiting Ottawa. Came in with no expectations though I was a little suspicious due to the ambiguous "dark ale" descriptor on the box.

The body is clear amber and it poured with a small creamy head. The aroma is of an earthy-flowery hops, with light grapefruit and bubblegum. In the taste the hops is dominant with a smoky ash malt. The flavour has chocolate, bubblegum-mint, and little bit of zesty lemon. It has high carbonation with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles and a creamy or buttery feel. I find it lighter than most other beers.

Overall, I find it out of balance, like there are two flavours battling each other. Looking back, maybe I have been spoiled with APAs, as all three others I've reviewed here were far superior (though two of those are west coast beers and the other a world-class beer). (870 characters)

Photo of Hex
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bloody-orange color. VERY interesting to look at. Little bubbles rise from the bottem in a "bubble stream" or something of the sort. Nice double finger head, but wont stick around for the party... the lacing on the other hand will keep you company.

S - Has a deep lemony/chocolatey scent. This beer could probably be made into a candle. Very roasty, toasty and sweet.like smelling a chocolate lemon meringue pie.

T - flavors all come together perfectly and make since. lemony and refreshing, chocolatey and creamy, hoppy and chewy and bitter and sweetness never fit in the same bottle so well. This is a very high class beer.

M - the mouthfeel is tough to discribe. There is a creamy, chewiness in the begining that is washed away by a refreshing and cripy tang. As it you spilled the filling of a brown sugar cinnamin pop-tart in your mouth and the pinesol lady came and cleaned it up.

O - This is a rare beer to see out and about and well worth choosing over many other pale ales. Deffinately a treat. Dont pass it up. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Mellonius
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a half pint glass at the Mill St Brewery in Ottawa.

Nice orange-reddish liquid with a fair amount of carbonation, formed a 2 cm creamy head that dissipated soon.

Smell is that of caramel malt, some sweetness and a bit of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is soft and dry, light bodied. Tastes pretty much like so many other beers in that same style that I have tried. The hops are pretty well thrown in and create a good balance. Quite sessionable.

Not memorable, but not bad at all. I'd have no problem drinking it again and again. Just not unforgettable. (558 characters)

Photo of justiceavocado
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gift from an old friend in Canada, sent to me via my brother. From a 341mL bottle into a tulip.

A – Not sure what to expect from this one. Pours a clear reddish-orange with a good amount of visible carbonation, head dissipates in less than a minute, but lacing hangs out averagely well.

S – Crisp lemon and lime hops, but not orange or spices. Not particularly clear, but that's expected for the style.

T – Nose is slightly sweet lemon, followed immediately by smoky malts, finish is a mix of both, resulting in a kind of pine wax bitterness. Not boozy at all. Kind of a one-dimensional taste, upon reflection, just pine bitterness, and not much else. Not the worst quality, but not the best, either.

M – Velvet carbonation, lots of thin bubbles, almost like a bottle-conditioned belgian with sugar, which is weird for the style, like it was forced. Leaves a dry resin for a bit after a sip.

O – The bottle claims this is brewed with "a staggering amount of hops," but I don't know what the story is. I don't taste so much of a balance as a full-on bitterness with no aromatic or fruit or malt to balance it out. Again, it's one-dimensional. I prefer a beer to commit, really bring a strong presence – which might be a lot to ask of a 5% pale ale, but I've had others that fit my preference more nearly than this does. (1,336 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber clear ale, off-white with good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling citric, lemon, grape-fruit and pine needles.

Tasting of toffee, grape-fruit juice and crushed lemon seed.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, smooth with a medium body, a dry finish.

A good well balanced APA. Nice hop charatcer. (306 characters)

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.