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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: 341
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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 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
Photo of irishkyle21
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

irishkyle21, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

oakbluff, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

trevorwideman, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

canucklehead, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 31, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

IronDjinn, May 09, 2007
Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
84 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.