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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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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2003)
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Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +24.8%

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.

11-24-2007 04:23:18 | More by shamus
Photo of 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
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +28.8%

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.

11-11-2007 17:18:15 | More by MMansfield
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%

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.

10-24-2007 01:34:08 | More by Amalak
Photo of 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
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Deep copper with an off-white, creamy head. Very thick lacing and decent clarity.

Soft piney hops and cream scent, lightly floral.

Hops are prominent but downtempo, with a malty finish. Plenty of hazelnut, caramel, plum and oak notes. Tasty.

Nice creamy body with good carbonation.

Nothing to dislike here. A well rounded, satisfying brew to please, good at any time. Not as robust or full flavoured as some other APA's, but this is a good session.

10-10-2007 04:17:37 | More by ablaze
Photo of TrojanMan


4.2/5  rDev +12%

I had a Canadian friend swap me a few of his local brews for a few of my local ones and I ended up getting four bottles of this tankhouse. I wanted to review it just to have something from a different geographical area. I'm local to Dogfish Head, Victory, Clipper City, etc. and they're all very "American" style breweries. I think this tankhouse ale is a perfect example of Canada's ability to perfectly blend old-world tradition with just a hint of American influence, throw in a few tricks of their own and come up with a solid, balanced ale equally at home in a British pub or a geeky beerfest. Highly recommend.

As for the beer itself, it's balanced enough to be easy to drink and rich enough to offer up some great complexity. Pours a very deep amber, almost a brown ale. Head is creamy at first then turns bubbly and thinner after a minute or two. Slight lacing on glass and a light, bubbly sheen that lasts to the final drop. Minimal rising of bubbles after initial pouring (I gave this one a light pour, too).

Smells very rich, noticeably hoppy and with a good earthy tone underneath. A slight sweetness and just a hint of fresh linen, I'm guessing from the malt selection. Very "American" balance to the scent as it seems hoppier than I would expect a traditional English ale to be.

Taste is smooth with not much going on until you swallow. Sloshing the liquid around on the tongue reveals some bitter hop notes and a hint of what tastes like a characteristic of the water they used. Either spring water or with slight bits of minerals added, it seems to me. Slightly metallic but in a good way. The finish reveals a great hop presence and releases the malt flavors for you to ponder over. Slightly bitter, the hops linger around the longest.

Mouthfeel is good but the carbonation is a bit on the light side. I think perhaps more carbonation might bring out the flavor of the malt a bit more but who knows. Easy to drink for certain with no worry about gaseous buildup, so to speak. I'd say mouthfeel is the weak point of this brew but that's not to downplay its virtues.

I'm very pleased with it and I think it's worth a try for anyone. It may not be hoppy enough for the hardcore hop-heads but it's got more than enough to keep most American-palate beer geeks happy. I love the clean taste of the water. It really does "remind me" of Canada in a way. Solid offering.

09-13-2007 23:09:27 | More by TrojanMan
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

I had a couple of these in the past week before putting pen to paper at the cottage this weekend and I was pleasantly surprized each time.

Poured an amber hue but more cherry-hardwood sheen in the glass. There was a good head, light mocha in colour and very lively carbonation with a lot of tiny, fast risers. Excellent foam retention and lacing. Spicy, oaky aroma. Lots of hops in the mouth with tart bitterness, sharp but decent finish. Full bodied with substantial mouth feel, bitter but well balanced.

My scores are a bit higher than some of the more recent tastings here, but well deserved ... this could become a stand by favourite around my place. This was the best Mill St. product I've had lately and I'll make a point of trying the rest of their line up.

09-04-2007 03:26:19 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

Purchased at the Tamarack Inn liquor store in beautiful rockey Mountain House, AB.

Appearance: Amazingly dark, almost amber coloured. One finger head on the pour.

Smell: There is a malty sweetness detectable in the aroma as well has a nice hoppy kick. Not so much grapefruity, but grassy hops.

Taste: The maltiness lends a bit of sweetness to this APA. Obviously some bitterness from the hops. A little bit syrupy, though.

Mouthfeel: A little flat compared to other APA's I like(eg.Tree Cutthroat). If the carbonation was kicked up a notch, it would be a more lively beer.

Drinkability: I could definately finish a few of these in a sitting. It isn't too heavy or overpowering with hop flavour. A warm-weather beer, for sure.

Overall: I like this. This beer is reminiscent of more American APA's(redundent, I know), in that it kicks up the body a little more than your average CDN Pale Ale.

08-26-2007 03:24:41 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

One of the best Canadian APA's that I have had so far but we still have a lot of work to do. There are some glimmers of hope and Tankhouse is one of them. It pours with a dense head that leaves behind some lacing as it disappears. Has a nice rusty reddish colour. The nose is interesting with a citrusy hoppy scent along with some sweetness and a strange sour note. This is well distributed over the palate, malt, caramel spread on toast, followed by a prominent fruity hoppy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. A very well made and sessionable brew.

07-24-2007 03:19:35 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%

Redish copper colour. Clarity is good along with the head development. Not much aroma to speak of - little hint of citrus. Taste- malt bill is good, but the hops taste stale. Grassy and muddy hops- not so good. Mouthfeel is ok and finsih is dry from the hops. Easy enough to drink but the flavour would get pretty tiring after a couple. Not a bad effort from a canadian brewer.

07-21-2007 19:38:46 | More by oakbluff
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

341ml bottle picked up at the LC. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a 1/2 inch head that leaves some nice lacing, medium-high carbonation that lazes upwards through a beautifully coloured deep fiery orange red brew. Lots of juicy hops in the aroma. Floral, a little spicy. Apple juice sweetness, slight pepperiness, a bit of crackery malt underneath. Lovely and more complex that I was expecting.

Taste is really quite hoppy, much more than so many Canadian pale ales. Nice spicy bitterness off the top with that floral/apple juice sweetness shining through as well. Lots of biscuity and crackery malt with a light caramel sweetness in the finish. Well balanced. Carbonation is just perfect and the body is medium-thin. It finishes nice and spicy and dry with that bready malt making you want more. Very tasty, definitely a step above what so many Canadian brewers put out as an APA. This is sessionable and very summery. Well done Mill Street!

06-29-2007 19:21:36 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4%

An almost reddy brown ale with a yeasty nose. This is a mid bodied slightly hoppy ale which tastes a little like Sierra Nevada. The finish is nice with the hops and malt coming together in harmony. This example came from Winnipeg though I look forward to another one sent in CBIF. A beer that would be great on tap and offers something for both the neophyte and the expert.

06-11-2007 19:57:33 | More by canucklehead
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +4%

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of smoky caramelized malt, tea, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste is very malty, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and a touch of fruit. The hops character is mild, but provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, a little bit filling, good representation of style but also has qualities of a Brown Ale as well. It might not be my first choice, but it’s a very good beer to stick with for while.

05-31-2007 02:35:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

Great to see some of the Mill Street line available out here in Alberta finally. Bought a 6 of this stuff, and gladly. The abv. listed on my bottle states 5.2%.

Pours out a deep rustic copper, a fair splash of head initially, which recedes with slight lacing to a very thin skin.

Moderate aroma of puckering citrus hops, the malt seems to have stepped aside for them to reign in the spotlight. As it warms a slight earthy note can be detected, and then some caramel malt creeps out from behind it.

The malt certainly is not stage shy in the flavour, and reveals itself up front in the guise of a burnt toffee character, and the aftertaste also lingers on with this mild burnt flavour. The hops are far more contained in the flavour, appearing up front as well, and gliding pleasantly throughout, to a white grapefruit rind finish.

The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, which actually detracts from enjoying the overall experience and the subtle nuances of this pale ale.

Overall a decently crafted pale ale from out East, it does well as a session ale.

05-09-2007 04:20:21 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of FiguredMaple

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12%

I think this is my favourite of the Mill House, uh Mill Street range.

There's something about the aroma and taste that is reminiscent to the original Creemore recipe.

My only gripe about this one is the amount of carbonation. On tap its fine, but out of the bottle, it's much different. Far too carbonated.

It's considerably hoppy and floral with an average body.

It would stand up well and counterbalance a char-grilled burger and salty/spicy nibbles.

04-27-2007 14:34:25 | More by FiguredMaple
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

I keep revisiting this one (on-tap as well), but it has never thrilled me.

A: Light amber, pours with plenty of head, not much retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Floral, slightly citrusy, hints of caramel.

T: Floral & citrusy hops, mild nut bread, hints of burnt caramel. Modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; some residual sweetness.

D: Decent.

04-21-2007 22:13:36 | More by Derek
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

found this in the Crownest Pass of all places...gonna have to snoop around and see what other hard-to-find-in-Medicine-Hat beers are lurking in that store.

As good a-lookin' ale as your gonna see. Nice reddish-brown woth a creamy tan head and great lacing.

I noticed an aroma of cascade hop and carmel malt with a hint of orange/citrus.

both the hop and the aforementioned malt are right in your face at the start. The grapefruit citrus follows, although not as in your face as some other APA's i've tried. I found the hop/malt flavor seemed to fluctuate between the two. The hop bitterness linger for quite awhile.

maybe a touch on the thin side. Carbonation felt about right.

Not bad at all. I liked the second one better than the first..a good thing.

Would make a good bridge beer for someone who might be trying an APA for the first time and isn't ready for the blast of hop/grapefruit.

04-03-2007 02:47:25 | More by Shadman
Photo of Absumaster


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

04-01-2007 14:50:39 | More by Absumaster
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle served in 16oz pint glass.

Pours a clear dark orange. Creamy, off white head forms and lingers before receeding to a splotchy cap. Sheets of lacing down the glass. It also comes in a classy, retro-style painted bottle. Very nice.

Aroma is citrus grapefruit, nicely blended with a little toasty sweet malt.

Taste starts out with a bit of malt, but quickly moves to some hops. Finish is mildy bitter citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium full, but there is an abrupt dry finish that I don't really like.

Drinkability is just above average. There is some nice flavors, but I doubt I'd reach for another in succession.

A well balanced pale ale, but it's just missing a little something. I'm guessing this would go over well on tap, I've only had it in the bottle. One of the few craft beers available in Sask Liquor stores, so I can only hope we get more like this!

03-27-2007 04:25:14 | More by markaberrant
Photo of shivtim


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Had on-tap in Windsor. Looks decent in the glass, it's a slightly hazy (but mostly clear) deep red/orange/brown, with a nice off-white head. Nose is cascade hops with pine, and malts underneath. Taste is heavy on the hops, with pine and sour citrus, and a nice lingering leafy hop finish. Mouthfeel is good. Nice brew; the low ABV makes it quite drinkable.

03-18-2007 21:41:51 | More by shivtim
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured out a slightly dark honey brown color crowned with a thick luscious creamy tan head that slowly sank ito a thin film. The nose had a decent malt front line backed by strong fresh hops, a little citrusy, more piney. The taste was a bit of a letdown. Starts in a good hoppy direction, then the bottom falls out from under it. No body whatsoever, drinks extremely clean and without purpose. Has a lightly cabronated, yet highly fizzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, good sessioner, but not a good beer overall. Lackluster.

03-13-2007 03:56:51 | More by dherling
Photo of 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
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

A deep bronze to copper in colour with a thick beige head. The head is creamy and slow to recede. Lacing sticks in sheets. A good looking beer.

First noted smell is the hops. Cascade hops, flowery aroma, bringing to mind many other versions of this style. A bit one dimensional, I cannot pick up any of the malt aroma.

A bit thin in the opening, but follows up with a pleasant hop driven taste. A bit of toffee and honey up front, and the finish is reasonably bitter and citric. A faint metallic flavour lingers, taking some away from the effect.

Mouthfeel is about what one would expect for the style, the body is not watery, and the carbonation is relatively lively. Does the job.

You could certainly do much worse than this in the pale ale category. Nothing world changing, but certainly a drinkable ale.

02-28-2007 01:16:22 | More by elricorico
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -32.5%

Pours a clear copper/ruby, fizzy white head forms, leaves just as fast, some random spots of lace, almost no retention. Smell is sweet, malty, some citrus and pine hops, weak. Taste is almost all malt, some toffee, crystal malt, bread and grain, tiny bit of floral in the finish, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely weak finish. What the hell did they do to this? It used to be a decently hoppy pale ale, now it tastes like they don't even bother adding hops anymore. Very disappointing as this used to be a great session ale.

12-14-2006 23:09:31 | More by Viggo
Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.