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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: 359
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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 seand
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a reddish amber with an ample amount of bubbly tan head. Retains some, enough to leave decent lacing.

S: Dominated by hops, with a syrupy sweet malty undertone.

T: Relatively hoppy, but nicely sweet and balanced. Leaves a lightly hoppy aftertaste which is quite nice.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Very very drinkable, definitely a good choice to session.

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of many beers i brought back from a recent day trip to Ottawa.

Enjoyed this with my supper last night: Salmon & fried veggies on the barbecue with some fennel salad.

Poured from a 341ml. bottles.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/copper body with a 2-3 finger pock-marked head. The retention was not the greatest as it receded a little too quickly.

Smell: Berries, very fruit-like with lots of malt and maybe just a hint of hops. A bit of a subdued aroma.

Taste: Nice hop bite to start with a very earthy overall feel to the flavor. The taste is less fruit and has a more bitter edge to it though it's not overdone. A nice spicy finish lasts long after the sip.

Mouthfeel: Very well rounded and robust for an APA. Balance is solid and the palate is happy!

Drinkability: Easy to gulp this one and would gladly have this more often.

Overall: Another winner for Mill Street in my book. A pale ale with some bite to it. Very reminiscent of the English style.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this when I ducked into a cafe in Baldwin Village to warm up on a chilly Toronto eve. Poured a clear amber with orange highlights into the standard pint glass, which retained fine ringed walls of foam. Aromas of nutty malt and floral hop; the palate was balanced, but the hops did take a bit of a backseat to the richness and depth of the malt frame. Well carbonated, medium body, and enough going on that I could drink this all night. Excellent maltier sessionable APA from Mill St. Brewing. The first Ontario Pale Ale I had and, after having a few others, seems to be a standout of this style in the region.

Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive been sitting on this bottle kind of accidently for a few years. The beer has been cellared the entire time.
Pouring into a snifter the beer pours a clear, rich mahogany color. There are some floaters at the bottom but I decant carefully to leave those in the bottle with about .5 oz of beer. There is a wispy beige head of about .25 cm that fades rapidly to an edge layer with some islands in the middle.
The aroma is malty with some caramel and a bit of dark fruit, raisins I think. Not any hops but they could have faded away over time a bit.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. This beer seems to have held up just fine over time.
Flavor is malty with brown sugar and some raisins mixing with a bit of caramel, again no real hop notes, but they could have been there when the beer was a fresh package.
Fairly hearty flavor profile, not really complex but it is pretty robust for the lower ABV of this beer.
I remember enjoying this beer during our visit to Toronto and beyond, so much that I bought a 6 pack to bring back with me. This bottle reminds me that Canada does make tasty brews.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for some north of the border craft action.

A - Clear nut brown with hints of caramel around the edges. Frothy light brown head, about two fingers thick. Excellent retention and thick lacing left on the glass.

S - Light, fruity hop aroma with an equal amount of toasted bread and hints of sweet biscuits. As the beer warms the hops come through a touch stronger but overall is very well balanced between malt and hops.

T - Light fruitiness and a touch of earthy hops. Lots of caramel malt sweetness and some biscuit as well. Very well balanced, if anything it is a touch on the malty side. Very well crafted ale.

M/D - Medium bodied with an excellent, slightly creamy feel. Very easy drinking. A touch on the maltier side than I like my pale ales, but still a very good beer.

Photo of kjyost
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a sleeve to me with a rich amber-red hue and a very light brown head that was quite stiff and left substantial lacing through the entire sitting. It was topped with an inviting and moderately complex nose which had hints of toffee and malt.

The beer was well balanced, with a nice bitter kick at the end which lingered. The malt was there, although not overpoweringly potent coupled with the toffee and a mild sweetness. The carbonation seemed normal and was exceedingly drinkable.

This beer has caused me to consider trying more of the Mill St. offerings that are available here in Manitoba.

Sampled bottle on Apr 29/10
A:3 S:4 T:4 M:3.5 D:4
Noted much toasty nut on this tasting. Aromas of hops and crystal malts.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from the bottle into my new Sam Adams pint glass.

Beer is medium brown with some light ruby red hues. Two finger beige head with average retention. Smell is astrigent notes of hops and some understated malt. Taste also follows this pattern. Some nice caramel and molasses notes from the malt, slight diacetyl, and bitter, astrigent hops all create a nice flavor profile. Full flavored, not at all watery. Mouthfeel is surpisingly light and crisp. Drinkability is average due to big flavors and low ABV. Sessionable, but could wear thin after more than a couple.

Overall, a tasty pale ale with a nice flavor profile. Not particualrly memorable but solid nonetheless.

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 Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My mate brought this one over from back home. Thanks Log.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger off-white medium head that fades relatively quickly to a thin wisp. The beer is a burnt umber or rust brown, clear, with no visible carbonation evident. A ring of film remains until the end and leaves a touch of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malt with some caramel and toasted malt in there as well. A nice dose of floral hops and some fruity esters, mostly red fruits and berries. A nice medium strength nose, quite good for the style.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malt up front with a good dose of floral hops through the middle into the finish. Some peppery spices make an appearance as well, with a good amount of bitterness to close it out at the end. The mild and long lasting aftertaste is bitter and spicy as well. Pretty well balanced and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not overly creamy, but goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could be a little thicker and creamier, but basically a standard for the style.

OVERALL: The back of the bottle says they use a "staggering" amount of hops. Though very nice indeed, I'm not sure I'd describe the taste profile as the result of a "staggering" amount of hops. Regardless, the hop profile was certainly nice, making this one enjoyable and drinkable pale ale for sure. This is actually one of my favorite Canadian beers, and definitely my top choice from Mill Street. I've enjoyed quite a few of these on occasion, and I plan on enjoying quite a few more the next time I'm back in the Home and Native.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark shade of amber. Nice tall off white head that shows some retention and lace.

S: Light grainy malts and sweet caramel can be picked up at the start. It is then quickly overtaken by grassy and citrus hops.

T: Biscuit malt, toffee, and those grassy citric hops I picked up in the aroma.

M: On the lighter side of medium, crisp.

D: Good, not a bad Pale Ale. Nicely hopped.

Photo of ecoastman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability - A decent local beer that I'd prefer during cooler seasons. I'll probably buy this one again if the price is right. One of the better Mill Street brews that I've tried from their season sampler pack.

Appearance - nice dark copper brown. Pours with a nice head and recedes to a thin layer with a little lacing.

Smell - A nice balance of sweet malt and hop aromas. Quite clean with a background of lychee nut.

Taste - nutty, slightly metallic, hoppy and tiny bit of the good funkiness. A bit thin on flavour but improves as it warms up a bit. Medium -high bitterness that lingers well after the taste.

Mouthfeel - medium body yet a refreshing watery texture that is slightly course with the dry bitter finish. It could use just a little more slickness.

Photo of decimator
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a clear redish-brown with a 1/4" of creamy foam with some staying power.

S - Mostly sweet malts with some toasts and citrus fruits.

T - Toasted grains, some honey like sweetness, a bit of a tang and a some hop bitterness at the end.

M - Smooth and creamy with average carbonation.

D - One or two would be enough for me despite the good flavor profile.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobsy for this beer. Tasted on July 31st, 2009.

The beer color is slightly amber. Nice head after pouring, however it disappear quickly and a thin film remains. What remains stays and stick the glass nicely. The aroma is malty and slightly spicy. Taste is malts first and then I get some bitterness near the end. This is an excellent day-to-day beer in my opinion. It reminds me of La Rousse from Les Trois Mousquetaires here in Quebec. The beer is medium body and very refreshing. drinkability is slightly above good.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at The Beer Store in Niagara Falls on our recent trip. Pours a clear reddish amber with a huge bubbly off white head that leaves lots of lace as it slowly recedes. Smells of grass, spicy and citrus hops, light caramel, and a slight mineral aroma. Taste is wow different. A bit of nutty chocolate right up front that I wasn't expecting from the aroma. Citrus caramel mineral and grass linger in the finish. Moderate carbonation, medium body. Wow this one is not what I expected. The mineral aroma and taste was a bit of a turn off for me, but the caramel nutty chocolaty was really nice. Good but could be better.

Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass aug 12 2009

A clear ruby red, half a glass of light tan head that had good retention and lots of lovely lace

S hops and sweet malts and a pine

T hops with caramel, very little citrus and a fair amount of malt quite nice not what i expected. one of mill streets best a decent ipa or at least thats what it reminds me of

M/D nothing to complain about a nice well rounded beer. good carbonation, thick enough, happy am i

i liked this beer start to finish, nothing crazy good but a nice one worth trying

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 ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 341ml bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. Tankhouse appears a clear amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. Flavors and aromas consist of floral, grassy hops, a touch of lemon, lightly toasted grain, nice sweet caramel malt bring up the rear. Maybe a notch better than medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. A great sessionable ale.

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 Bestuurder
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the No. 2 OCB Pack. Brown bottle serving. Poured a dark amber, caramel colouration. Fluffy pale white head, with a fine lacing throughout consumption.

Scent was of caramel with a noticeable nuttiness. Slight maltiness and off sweetness to the olfactory.

Flavours are balanced with a heavy caramel base and walnut notes throughout.

Decent palate feel, a bit high on the alcohol, but not overpowering.

Very easy to drink, good for a couple of pints. Higher on alcohol, but not substantially overbearing.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, burnt caramel amber with a chunky, sloppy, billowy head and oodles of spotty lace mixed with wonderful linear striations of lacing.

The aroma is all caramel with a nice piney, citrus. They claim they use cascades. And I believe them.

Taste is a delicately balanced juicy caramel malt with some sweet pineapple up against what I can only describe as a velvety and fully satisfying grapefruit bitterness. It's really nice. Not too bitter. And you get just as much of a hop taste as a hop bitterness. They did a really good job here. I love this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, and creamy.

As for drinkability, there is a reason I have had countless bottles and pints of this beer. It's a damn good beer, one of Ontario's best, and thankfully as time goes on it seems to be showing up more and more and is a great fall-back option in a lot of restaurants and bars in Toronto.

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 ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured at a local restaurant - chilled glass slowed down my enjoyment and review. Pours a dark copper, like a dark penny with hints of walnut brown. Light head leaves light lacing down the glass.

Smell has a hint of caramel butteriness, a slight citrus fruit note, pretty light.

The taste is solid without being spectacular. The Munich malts come through with a hint of metal and remind me a touch of an alt but the hops are more juicy with hints of citrus and a vague herbaceous quality, some spice, a medium-light body with good caramel malts, vibrant carbonation makes it a light beer with a bit more body than the average easy drinker.

Definitely solid but one to leave for outdoor BBQs with friends who are not avid beer drinkers.

Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first I chose from the 2nd edition of the OCB 6er I got thanks to TheHammer. I've had a few other Mill St.'s before and I'm sure I won't be disappointed.
Pours a rich deep amber with honey brown highlights and a finger and a half of light tan head. Decent retention and excellent lacing; marking each sip I take down the glass.
Nice smell of fruity esters, toasted malts, pine, citrus and spice. Seems pretty complex but not as pronounced as other APA's.
Dried fruit, buttery malts and caramel up front followed by some citrus, pine, spices and floral hops.
Creamy, smooth, very well balanced and medium bodied. Very drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall, another great brew from Mill Street. Fairly subtle but complex and excellently balanced. Would be more than happy to buy a 6er of this for a day.

Photo of TheHammer
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the last bottle of my OCB Discovery Pack #2. Seeing as I've already had it on tap, this I saved this one for last. Besides, I finished off my pack of their wit, so lets see how the tankhouse bottle fares.

Appearance - Exceptionally good, poured with a solid finger of head that both laced and retained exceptionally. The beer itself boasts solid carbonation, but it wasn't out of control. The beer itself is a walnut color with a touch of amber, and despite being darker has decent clarity. It seems to be a bit brighter then the offering I got on Tap, but that could be a trick of the light. Either way, no complaints here.

Smell - One again, sweet malts dominate the experience with fruity hops. I'm getting a solid touch of caramel and toasted bread that compliments nicely. However, it seems a bit more subdued then the last time I had it and a little less diverse.

Taste - It starts with a nice sweet buttery malt flavor which then shifts to the fruitier hops that are a little tame but still solid and well balanced. It then ends with a smokey flavor with a touch of more spicy hops which seems a little out of place. Still good though, and I'd give it 3.75 if I could.

Mouthfeel - Once again, the mouthfeel impresses, with solid carbonation, a somewhat pleasant aftertaste that doesn't linger and leaving the mouth neither dry nor moist. The only complaint this time is the final transition to the spicier hops seems a bit out of place.

Drinkability - The beer went down smoothly, was actually quite refreshing with no gas or bloating issues. It's medium bodied, so it doesn't weigh down your gut, but that's about the only downside. It's not has heavy as I remember it though. That and it is a little bit on the sweet side.

Final Thoughts - After reading this review, and my previous one, I'm not that surprised with the differences between the bottle and the tap. It's still a solid beer, which I'd gladly have again. I really should visit the brewpub some day.

Photo of Genry
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341 bottle into a glass mug.

Appearance is good - the only disappointing factor was the fat head shrunk to a paper-width after a minute. Good lacing, deep amber red appearance, a certain shade of cherry.

Aroma reminds me of cinnamon and caramel, with some toasty overtones.

Tastes malty, but the sweet malt is balanced by bitterness and a citrus flavor. Some fruit, and a bit of a nutty taste.

Solid beer, was pleasantly surprised. Will be having this again the next time I find myself in Toronto.

Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.