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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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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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 2roosters
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice drink.

Great colour, thin pale head.

Pine and floral on the nose.

Fairly simple in the mouth, a bit hoppy but not as much as the nose would indicate. A touch more sweet than I like my "bitter".

Medium finish.

I had high expectations as this was new to the Vancouver market and there had been quite a bit of buzz about it.

As mentioned above, it's a nice drink but not one I'd seek out. I'd like to try it on tap.


2roosters, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times in a bottle, but then had it last night on tap at Chaucey's in London. Its a bit better on tap

Pours a dark amber/brown and is reddish against the light. Good head and it laces the glass as you drink it

Aroma is fruity, citrusy hops dominate

Flavour is very malty with good hop bitterness in the end. Burnt aftertaste. Hoppy, nutty, definately not a bland ale, there's a lot going on

Mouthfeel is very good, not too creamy, and not very watery. Good amount of carbonation on tap, I think the bottle version has a little too much

Drinkability I suppose depends on my mood. I don't think I'd turn down this beer on tap very often tho

EatsTacos, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with ok carbonation. The head is ok 1 fat thumb, off white and little lace.

The smell is malty, mixed fruit and bread.

The taste is ok, fruits and light bread, some tart peach, light old coffee, and stale biscuit in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is just above BMC from my bottle , not a great pick but ok, I can see how a freash draft version of this brew could work better. I would seek it out if I ever get back to Canada. Prosit


MuenchenerKindl, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep copper/red with a nice head that lasts.

Smells very hoppy, floral, burnt almost piney, very nice.

I absolutely love the taste, very hoppy, very complex, burnt aftertaste, caramel maybe some vanilla?

This is for sure Mill Streets best beer, on-tap it's even better, just delicious.


This beer is not as good as I remember it, not as hoppy or something...still has some nice body, but somethings changed...

GodOfBeer, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in a trade. Pours dark amber with a one cm head. Smells faintly of hops. Taste is a nice mix of malt and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth & this would be a nice session beer. Glad to have tried it.


SkinnyElvis, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to viggo for this local extra. Taken from notes.

Pours dark amber with 1 inch off white head and leaves decent lacing. Smells of muddy, caramel malts and earthy hops. Taste is a nice balance of caramel maltiness and earthy hoppiness. They really blend well. Mouthfeel is average and drinkability is pretty good.

thickerfreakness, May 28, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as extra in trade with Viggo. Thanks, Eric!

A: Deep copper with a 1-finger thick light tan head.

S: Mild pine hop presence with a definite pineapple component. Hint of sweet caramel.

T: Mildly hoppy with a combination of pine and earthy spiciness. Mild caramel presence with a toasted biscuit component

M: Medium finish, well carbonated

D: Goes down easy but not sure how many i'd drink.

DefenCorps, May 24, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for sending me this beer, glad I saved it for a warm day!

The bottle describes the color as a "fiery pale ale, copper-red" and that's a very good description. A good inch of foam sits on the top of the beer for a few moments.

Aroma is of toasted bread, spicy hops, and a few notes of sweet fruits, both tropical and dark ones (nectarine, raisins, and cherries). Caramel malts hide behind the toast and some bread dough in the finish.

The flavors seem well balanced, didn't get a single note that jumped out at me on the first sip, but the toast is noticeable. More toast and some bread crumbs on the second sip, this time with a slightly spicy finish. Not very flavorful but still very good.

The mouth-feel is great, very smooth with a soft carbonation and a clean finish. Easy to drink and a very refreshing beer that would make it great to session.

seaoflament, May 16, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz draught
5.2% ABV

I tried this beer on May 13, 2008 at the "Elephant and Castle" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was poured a translucent reddish-brown colour with a half-inch creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination or raosted malt, and hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was all about the hops. A nice bitter citrusy tang and a very good beer.

cyrenaica, May 14, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, very clear and bright. Steady carbonation and thin white head. Spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is fairly light but of clean piney hops. Taste is good, nothing complex or superb but very well balanced and again clean. Some bittering hops and a touch of caramel malt. Nice bitter mouthfeel. Somewhat dry finish. Good carbonation. While it's not a standout it is a true Pale Ale and one that is easily drinkable. Can't hate it for that.

Cheers to grub for the treat!

ncvbc, May 07, 2008
Photo of ChrisCage
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich reddish/amber color....quite dark...I like this! Not much of a head even with a fairly hard pour but rather a thin white ring, but mine didn't really have the lacing that I read about in previous reviews...oh well!

S- A nice mixture of maltiness and hops. While not tremendously distinctive, it has an earthy/slightly woodsy aroma, which I'm guessing is a result of the hops that were used. I quite like the fact that the malt aromas are in the backround and the dryness comes through more.

T- Rich with lots of flavor! The hop presence really comes through but in a soft manner on the front of the palate, which is something more unique in my books. Soft spices can be tasted and the woodsy character that I detected in the aroma comes through as well. The bitterness becomes much more present on the finish and has a fairly long aftertaste. This presents itself well as a rich, dry ale!

M- I was impressed with this as there is really some substance behind the drink! With mild carbonation, this almost has a buttery structure that allows the bitterness to really encompass the palate. This has a nice full body!

D- While I quite enjoyed sampling this brew, I wouldn't have more than 1 or 2 at a time, as it's quite rich and dry. I would probably enjoy this the most with a nice bbq'd steak or ribs. However, this beer is one of the better ones I've had to date and I recommend to everyone that gets an opportunity to have one. Well Done Mill St!

ChrisCage, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Brownish amber color, semi-clear, thin white cover that faded slowly

S- Light earthy hops, grassy, pale malts, caramel, hint of citrus

T- Flowery hops, grains, toasted nuts, earthy, grassy, light malts, slightly sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, fairly dry then oily finish

D- Worth trying

I would consider this to be a very middle of the road american pale ale. Not a lot of complexity but not too over hopped as some breweries tend to do.

iceball585, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Deep amber colour with a small white head. Lovely smell of caramel malts, grapefruit and pine needles. The aroma of caramel is reflected in the body, which also packs a nice level of floral bitterness thanks to the hops. Bready aftertaste with dried fruits. Medium body suits the beer well.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Appearance is translucent copper-rust with little white head.

Floral grassy bouquet. Crisp Cascade aroma with some citrus rind, grapefruit, nuts, and caramel notes. Roasted malt. Not bad. Some earthy organic stuff. Maybe a little yeast and pine?

Moderate body, low carbonation.

Taste has lots of caramel sweet malt, moderate bitterness. Strong finish, moderate length. Nuts. Soil. Strong roasted base, nice toast-ness.

Very sessionable.

I've had this on tap before but I don't recall it, I'd like to try it again. One of my favourite Mill Street offerings (should be their flagship!). APA, done Canadian-style.

Antilochus, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of ManWithHat
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Coppery orange with minimal head that leaves a thin lacing around the glass.

S – The smell is a nice blend of sweet malts and spicy/floral hops.

T – Caramel malts with a spicy, slightly woody and assertive hoppiness. The finish is drying and bitter with a vaguely metallic finish.

M – Medium body and decent carbonation.

D – An excellent session beer. Highly drinkable, well hopped and balanced.

ManWithHat, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 341ml brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- clear copper/amber color with a decent sized head, good retention, and some nice lace as well.

S- The nose is full of floral hop notes with some nice roasty malt aromas in the background.

T- Roasty caramel malt flavors are noticed first followed up with decent, grassy/floral hops, with an increasingly bitter somewhat dry finish with more roastyness again in the end. Some citrus was noticed as well. Solid balance.

M- medium bodied beer with excellent carbonation.

D- could drink it all night.

Overall this is in my opinion one of Mill St's best offering. Good hop profile and great balance. Worth a try.

drinkininthewood, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of shamus
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

shamus, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mandrake, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

MMansfield, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Amalak, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of CanuckRover
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CanuckRover, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ablaze, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of TrojanMan
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

TrojanMan, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hornet2003, Aug 26, 2007
Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.