Mill Street Tankhouse Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Tankhouse AleMill Street Tankhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2003

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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 403
Photo of dipso123
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on tap
L: a fine looking head all the way to the bottom of the pint leaving fine lacing all the way down the glass
S: a small malt aroma with little or no hop character
T: a rather bland malt profile with little hop flavor
F: over carbonated for an EPA which this resembles far more than an APA. Rough bitterness throughout
O: Not entirely unpleasant but imminently forgettable. And BTW since when is an APA traditional and deep copper-red and since when are Cascade hops spicy rather than citrusy. The recipe is 20 years old and it shows - it needs up an up grade.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good ale. The uneducated bartenders at Kelseys (or any other lame chain restaurant) think this is a hoppy beer. It's not particularly hoppy or bitter, but it does have a fabulous tang to it. A def. winner on tap !!

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Photo of tomghiley
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tankhouse was once a good beer, for real, it WAS a good beer, there has to be something that was changed in the recipe or brewing process, because it is not the same beer anymore. for an American Pale Ale, there is very little hop presence, and the malt tastes way too sweet.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for around the $2.60 mark or so. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that films out in seconds. A brown colour with a red hue and filtered clear.

S- Has some malt to it. Not a whole heck of a lot here.

T- Malt bomb here. Not in a bad way though. Nice to see a not huge cost brew has a great amount of malt to it. Not much hops at all but it does have a bitterness at the end. Nice red ale flavor. The single ended nature of this brew keeps the score down to 4 though.

M- Nice brew. Tangy and creamy. Nice overall

O- Rather good red ale. Have had many and didn't like many but this one is nice. Will buy sporadically or if someone has at their house and they don't have anything better to drink. Regular non beer aficionados would buy this one and enjoy it more than some hop bomb that's for sure.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with........ Beef pie. Ground beef, diced carrots, onions and peas. I cheat by buying a pie crust but I don't have a lot of time on my hands to make pie crust from scratch


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Photo of N1120A
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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Photo of Mikefilmerca
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the most beautiful, complex malty flavours I've ever experienced, spectacular brew. The hops are on point as well, making this like old speckled hen on crack... or, you know, not that.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

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Photo of Lunardr0ne
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 EvanHarper
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Maverick25
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
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