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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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very good

320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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.

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Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 02:35:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 14:34:25 | More by FiguredMaple
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 22:13:36 | More by Derek
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 02:47:25 | More by Shadman
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 14:50:39 | More by Absumaster
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 04:25:14 | More by markaberrant
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 03:56:51 | More by dherling
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 07:03:42 | More by vanrassel
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 01:16:22 | More by elricorico
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Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 23:09:31 | More by Viggo
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to demcorhip for the trade extra. The thin wispy foam leaves behind a ring atop this medium amber colored brew. Light carbonation reaches the surface steadily. A fair hoppiness is present in the nose, like a pine forest, and it blends well with the caramel, cinnamon spiced malt. I taste dry and bready malt with a light sugary spice and nutty tang. The hop profile is medium with a decent bitterness providing a balance to the malt flavors. Medium body, with just enough carbonation to give it "full" feel on the palate.

Overall a fine pale ale. It has a nice drinkablility, but might fall a bit short of being great. Take it for what it is and you might have a good sessionable brew...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 04:58:32 | More by bennetj17
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3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a beer given to me by a friendly canadian who saved this bottle for me for a long time after i said how much i liked to mill st. coffee porter (thanks, natalie!) pours blood red with a white head, odor is a little hoppy, a little metallic and dully malty. taste definitely had the metallic qualities in it too, proving the accuracy of my beer-nose. also some hops that are nice, some heavy malts that i think are over the top and kill the beer a bit. its an ok flavor, but goes the same way as a lot of other supposedly hoppy canadian beers...too much malt. its drinkable enough though.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 13:29:20 | More by aforbes10
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a recent trip to Ottawa along with other goodies from the LCBO.

Nice APA. Reminds me of some offerings from out west I received when I got into CANBif 2. Reminds me also of Bieropholie's IPA. Lots of hops, good solid malt backbone. A little rough but very good none the less. Nice orange color, decent head retention, carbonisation a little on the high end but not overwelming.

I like it, can't wait to try the coffee porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 02:10:40 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

sampled on cask as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest.

pours a nice golden colour with a small head.

armoa is nice. hoppy, with a bit of pine and grapefruit. nice malty background.

sweet malty base with a nice hop finish. not as hoppy as i expected from the aroma. bready malt with a nice bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and good carbonation level for a cask.

drinkability is good, but i felt the hop flavour could have been a little nicer. this was one of my favourites at last year's cask fest so i was excited to have it again. still a great beer, but i think the competition was higher this year.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2006 23:35:12 | More by grub
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came my way as part of a trade with Grub. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The head was one finger high with a biege coloration. The head had great retention and never resolved.

Smell: This beer was dominated by a pine hoppy smell with flashes of citrus. A bit of fruity esters play around the glass. The beer has a pleasing malty backbone.

Taste: The beer delivers a mildly resionous pine hop with a flash of citrus. The beer is well balanced by its sweet malty back.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied. The hop attack is mildly oily and well balanced against the maltyness. This beer would make a great routine beer drink. Thanks for the beer Grub.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 15:52:15 | More by nlmartin
Photo of goo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the lcbo after one of my friends told me to indulge.

Pours a clear amber brown with a head that stays around until the bitter end (both figuratively and literally). The smell is a bit fruity and sweet. The taste is about the same the hops tend to be the focus of attention for this drink. Goes down smooth and creamy. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:11:34 | More by goo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark amber with reddish hues ale poured with a 1/2 finger off white head. Some fine, intricate lacing present.

Very pleasing and distinct grapefruit aroma overtop of creamy, nutty notes.

Was glad the clean and distinct grapefruit aroma translated into a similar pleasing taste. The malts added toasty and creamy nutty flavours.

This was a nicely balanced and tasty pale ale, almost an IPA. It was a refreshing light-medium bodied brew with a mildly resinous and astringent character.

This is a good, refreshing and tasty brew with a wonderful grapefruit hop flavour. This would make a tasty session brew, as well as a good introduction to hoppier beers when converting macro drinkers. Ill probably be drinking this one again somethime.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 15:51:28 | More by demcorhip
Photo of Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winner from Mill Street.
The presentation in the long neck silk screened bottle is pleasing to the eye, and sets up the anticipation of a good brew.
A: Nice clear copper colour, with reddish hues. Lovely creamy head that has good retention, and lovely lacing.
S: Complex to say the least. Spices, grass, floral notes, grapefruit. Hops upfront, and the rest in the background that give a challenge to sort them all out.
T: Like the smell. Big hops bitters that get smoothed out by a nicely balancing malt. Again, it's fun to sort out the flavours. It took me two beers to get a full appreciation.
M: Good carbonation and lively bubbles. Smooth medium body.
D: An easy drinking brew, especially on a hot day like we are currently experiencing.
This is not a classic "must have" beer, but it is great value for the dollar. It just became available here, and I hope it stays. This is worth a return visit.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 18:11:32 | More by Conrad
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear red/copper. Huge, thick, creamy, sticky head.

S - Extreme fruity notes. Red fruits, plum, and candy-like sweetness.

T - Dark and toasty, with lots of fruitiness. Notes of coffee and roasted bitterness.

M - Creamy, heavy, low carbonation.

D - I do like this a lot. It's a heavy beer for the summer, but in cold weather it would be very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 01:52:53 | More by allergictomacros
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Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber brown appearance with a sweet and spicy smell.

The taste is sweet and malty, excellent hops which make up the majority of the taste and a bit fruity. Kind of creamy.

The aftertaste however is a bit over carbonated and bitter.

Very good Toronto micro brew, very flavorfull and interesting taste. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 18:33:33 | More by CrazyMike
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Very nice looking bottle with silk screening.

Clear, orange-amber in colour. Cream coloured head is 1 inch on the pour and thick and creamy. Great head retention as it settles to 1/4 inch and at the bottom of the glass it's still a 1/8 inch cap. Thick sheets of lacing on the sides.

Well balanced aroma between hop spice and pine and malt sweetness. Nose is pine, grapefruit and spicy hops in the foreground and a sweet malt and caramel aspect in the background.

Flavour is a bit out of balance towards the hops side of the scale, but that's not unusual for an APA. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness is apparent right from the start. This flavour is tempered only slightly by an hint of caramel in the undertone. Basically the same flavour from the start to a dry finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Smooth, creamy medium-full mouthfeel with little carbonation.

A very well put together beer. I'm just not crazy about the over the top hops in APAs. To me it really diminishes the drinkability. In this beer in particular, I enjoy the way they play the pine and grapefruit off of one another, but I would have prefered a bit of more malt presence to make it slightly more balanced, but still leaning towards the hops. Big thanks to Viggo for providing the beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 02:30:59 | More by Noxious26
Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.