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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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184 Reviews
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Reviews: 184
Hads: 398
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada | website

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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Reviews: 184 | Hads: 398
Photo of scott451
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A one finger bubbly tan head on a clear light brown.

A mixture of floral and citrus hop smells. At first taste there is a nice round burst of sweet malts that trails out to a mild bitter hop finish. Very smooth and well balanced.

A creamy mouthfeel. Towards the light side of medium body and well carbonated. The flavour is there. I would like to try this on tap. It is nice to see a brewer work hops without getting crazy about it. Nice job.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown colour. Tastes of very slight hop bitterness with a somewhat malt background. It doesn't taste like complete rust like the majority of other beers available at the pubs in my town. Its drinkable, and sadly my only option here on a night out.

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Photo of bryehn
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, rusty garnet colour with a sizable soapy white head that leaves a generous lace and stays around as a collar.

I get a rich toasted malt aroma with pepper and citrus notes. It's maybe a bit mild, but appealing regardless.

The taste is mild at first as well, but bursts through with a biscuit-like flavour before a nice, understated bitterness sets in along with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

The beer has a nice and smooth, drinkable mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to give it a tangy bite on my tongue.

This is a great day-to-day beer from Mill Street that goes very well with fried or salty foods that quickly became part of my regular rotation after just one sample.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing flashy, but a solid, easy to drink pale ale. Nicely hopped, with a crisp, clean malt body and well moderated hops bittering. A very nice sessionable ale brought to me by a buddy on return from a family visit to Canada. Too bad this isn't regularly available in my neck of the woods, as it would be in the rotation.

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Photo of paxkey
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a ruby rust copper color. nice 3 finger head, rocky sticks around a good bit.
very fragrant. tea and maltiness.
smells excellent.
bitter and refreshing with an herbacious aftertaste.
medium body and good carbonation.
will have more flavor as it warms up this one was poured from the fridge.
drinkable with an interesting lingering bitterness.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear orange/amber color with a full-on 1" white head. The head dropped slowly and put some excellent web lace on my glass.

S= Sort of smelled like a toned down American pale ale with toastier malts used in the brew. The hops were aromatic but were easily matched by the caramel and toasty malt notes.

T= Started off with that toasty, biscuity malt base and then built up to a modest hop bitterness and fruity ester note. The hops were more citrus than pine, but not overly bitter. Finished very well balanced and crisp.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation feel that I liked a lot.

D= Very easy to drink. This tasted like blending Fat Tire with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...decent hoppiness meets toasty maltiness. Nothing to blow you away here, just a well made, easy drinking ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one. Have had it hundreds of times over the years.

Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium brown colour with a nice amber glow and half a finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bitter citrus hops with some floral notes and a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - A flavourful and well balanced pale ale, bot nothing spectacular. Nice crisp bitter hops up front with some floral and light citrus notes. A nice sweetness from the malts with some caramel flavour balances this one out very well.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really nice clear looking copper color with a finger of whte head and excellent lacing.

S: The malt comes across fresh and crisp and it has a considerable hop bite as well. It is to style to a T and reminds me of a slightly maltier version of SNPA.

T: The malt is so crisp and fresh tasting. Just enough hops to balance things out without ever getting too bitter. A really nice example of the style with a nice balance.

M: Perfect body. Carbonation is spot on.

D: A great boring beer. Really nice complexity out of a very reasonable ABV. Nice beer.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - TH pours a gorgeous clear dark amber colour and has a nice off white/brown heard. The beer does not show much carbonation. Some decent lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell hops upfront and some caramel in the back. There is a grass/nature smell to it as well, guess you can say earth tones.

Taste - Nice clean tasting beer, very fresh and pure. You can taste the hops upfront and a little bitterness on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation added here, some minimal amount. The beer maintains its same flavour with hops upfront, however, i would say there is the hint of caramel now near the end.

Drinkability - Good call by spinrsx to give this one a try today. Its a nice beer that offers a lot to the pallet. Again, one I would stock to share with friends when they come over.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.
Was bought as a part of the Ontario Craft Brewers Fall release, but do enjoy this enough that I've had multiple six packs in the past.

A- Clear deep amber/copper pour. Finger and a half off white head that quickly shrinks to a 1/4 inch cap. Carbonation is there but nothing to write home about. Lacing is just adheres itself to the glass like flies on flypaper.

S- Earthy grassy tones, subtle malt and biscuity hints peek out from behind. Slight strawberries making this smell like a mix between a pilsner and an amber.

T- Biscuity malts up front, fine toffee tones in the middle of my tongue. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium body. Carbonation tickles the tongue a little bit.

D- This is a solid beer. Very fulfilling IMO and makes knocking back a sixer of this no challenge at all.

When fresh this blatantly reminds me of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, and considering Dead Guy is almost $16 a sixer this is a very good replacement.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours an amber/copper colour with a beige head. Head retention is pretty good.

Smells of floral hops with caramel malts and some bready/biscuity notes. Maybe a little bit of citrus. Quite pleasant, albeit not that aromatic.

Taste is reminiscent of the smell with some somewhat spicy hops in the taste and caramel malts and toffee notes up front. The sweet taste at the front also has quite strong resiny pine notes and citrus notes. The taste of this beer is very good. It is nicely balanced, and complex enough to be interesting.

Mouthfeel is a little bit lacking as the beer is a little bit thin, although it is still okay.

Drinkability for this beer is high. A very sessionable beer.

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Photo of heebes
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with little head, appears to have good carbonation.
Scent has a slight aroma of fruits.
Taste is of a malty blend of oranges and pine. Some aftertaste lingers.
Mouthfeel is light and watery, not much substance.
Overall this is a pretty good, almost sessionable beer. It lacks anything 'original' or 'next-level' but has some returnability. Great logo!

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured much darker than I thought it would be. It has a not-quite-chestnut-brown quality to its amber red colour. There isn't much head at all, but it does leave traces of it on the way down.

Its subtle smell is a bit sweet, malty, with a bit of burnt caramel.

The taste is about the same, but with a bit of a woody character.

The feel is a little watery, but still fairly smooth.

Definitely a drinkable beer. I wouldn't hesitate to try any other Mill Street brews.

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Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper with minimal head. Slight carbonation.

S- A mix of hops and bready malts.

T- Hops up front. Malts pop in a bit later. Great mix between sweet and bitter. Balanced quite well.

M- A bit thin and the carbonation feels off. Feels clean though.

D- Very easy to drink and not bad for pricing. Cool to see a good beer with decent hops like this made in Ontario. Would love to make this my backup beer, but a bit steep pricing wise. Surpassed my expectations for a brewery around here, and by far the best Mill Street beer I've had to this point.

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Photo of IllNate
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light brown colour. Very small head that doesn't stick around. A bit of white lacing.

S - Malt forward smell. Toffy and caramel malts. Bit of floral hops, but very slight.

T - Bitter for sure. Was questioning the lack of hop aroma, but the "staggering amount of hops" must be put to bitterness. Lots going on here. Spicy and resin hops with some citrus in there too. Still quite malty though with the toffy and caramel showing themselves. Bitterness caries through the whole experience.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, beer has hardly any cabonation.

D - Pretty good.

Got this from a store in Alberta, so the journey to the store may have been long for this beer. I didn't see any date markings.

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Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber-brown colour with off-white head. Good retention and some lacing. Smell is of huge caramel malt and some hops. Bitterness is up front in the taste, with tons of malty sweetness. This is almost like a mix between an amber ale and a pale ale. This beer frequently saves me from horrible tap lists in Toronto. I never seek it out, but will always order it at non-beer bars in the city if they have it. Probably the beer I drink the most of.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in Ottawa this past week for business and I soon realized how bad the craft beer scene was there. Bad, really bad....until I stumbled upon this gem. Finally, hops are alive and well in Canada.

Poured from tap in 2 different restaurants in Ottawa Canada into Mill Street heavy duty pint glasses.

A: A dark copper reddish color with a one finger off white head. Full full glass lacing.

S: Toasted smell with caramel and toffee coupled with some fruit smells and a big floral hop nose. Very nice.

T: The floral hops provide a spicy hop bite up front that gets melded together with the fruit flavors of apple and cherry. The toasted caramel and toffee malt put a sweetness to the beer that offset the still present hops. Finish turns bitter with floral hops sticking around at the end to get mellowed by a hint of sweet. Wow, thank god I found this beer. Wonderful!

M: Medium, coating, prickly, bitter and no alcohol.

D: High, really high. I had a couple at each sitting and could have drank them all night.

Overall I was surprised to see this listed as a pale ale, to me it was squarely an amber with the big toasted malts. Either way, this is a really good local beer that I will seek out when I get there again. Very, very good beer. Well done guys, you saved my trip from being beer hell.

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Photo of ghettobrown
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - dark copper colour, pitcher held a cloudier look in the centre

s - excellent smell; hints of something sweet and roasted

t - bitter, probably accentuated by the other flavours and the roasted malt

m - much sweeter, taste of apples and hops are incredibly pleasing

d - a bit too much carbonation for my liking, but the amazing smell and tastes make it very drinkable

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Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tankhouse pours a crystal clear copper hued body with a three finger beige head that hangs around for the session. Extravagant sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is dominated by a toasty and nutty caramel maltiness with just a hint of grapefruit hops.

Creamy medium body has an ideal soft carbonation.

Taste is supremely well balanced. Toffee and toasted caramel are countered by a delicate fruity hop presence that seems to be more red apple than citrus. Finishes clean and even.

This is my favorite of the Ontario brews that an old Canadian friend brought by. Simple, but well executed and highly drinkable.

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Photo of OskarL
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a off-white head that has big bubbles that has okay retention and leaves some lacing. A steady stream of rising carbonation.

Smells of roasted malt, toffee and faint hops.

Tastes of roasted malt, faint toffee, caramel malt with lemon and spicy hops in the finish. Has some bite to it aswell.

Smooth to drink with a medium body and crisp carbonation.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've bought several 6-ers of this and drank it a number of times on tap, but this is my first time reviewing it.

A - Pours a dark copper brown with a reddish hue. Solid thumb of bubbly light brown head which dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing.

S - The smell on Tankhouse is unique and memorable, mixing roasted malts with sweet caramel and finishes with a sweet citrus hop.

T - The bitter hops come off on the top, though this particular bottle had a slight metallic flavour. The caramel flavour comes through as well and the lemon citrus comes off strong with a bitter after-taste.

M - This one goes down smooth, it's very light and the carbonation is perfect. Delicious!

D - This is one of my favourites by Mill Street, and I've found it to be consistently delicious when enjoyed on tap as well. A very nicely balanced ale, and the bitter finish makes it a flavourful and rewarding experience!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a deep clear copper, with two fingers of soapy beige head that retains very well

S - roasty smoky malt, then spicy hops with a lingering richness

T - a nice bitterness combined with lasting spicy feel and flavour from the hops (a staggering amount of them according to the lable), also slightly resiny, with a pleasant rich smoky malt finish

M - fairly smooth and bubbly, with a tingly sensation related to the hops and spice

D - being a hop lover, i could drink this all day. There hops get me going, and the lasting smokey richness keeps bringing me back for another. Outstanding!

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Photo of Clutch28
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper with fluffy stark white head. Medium head retention.

S: Hints of grapefruit and fresh,stone baked pizza dough with a fair bit of oregano added to the equation.

T: Caramelly sweet malt that dries into a herbal, orangey midpalate and has hints of dark chocolate and coffee in the finish.

M; Medium to medium-full in mouthfeel

D: Above average drinkability. Light enough to be a session beer yet with enough character to be a one a week beer. so depending on the mood a 6-pack can last you a week of only a couple of days.

Overall, one of the finer example of a North American style pale ale that has new world style yet retains English sensibilities.

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Photo of ajhod
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Immediate impression is of a darker than normal "APA" more akin to a red ale, but not quite as deep red as some. More of a dark iced tea colour.

Head is gorgeous, creamy and tawny and lingers for a bit. Even half way through the glass, a bit still clings to the sides of the glass.

Missing any pronounced smell or aroma.

Sharp fresh hop taste, buffered by a bit of sweetness and bread taste. Grains come through nicely.

Fills the mouth with a nice roundness and sharp hop flavour. Excellent.

You could easily drink a few of these in a row. It's a quality beer, filled with flavour and pleasure.

Looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of MattyV
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one's been sitting in the fridge for a while, let's give it a go.

Poured into a tumbler, its reddish-copper in colour with about a finger of off-white head that rather quickly recedes to a thin ring.

Pretty restrained aroma, but can sense some fruity/floral hoppiness, as well as some bready malts and caramel.

Bready malt taste up front, hints of caramel and dates as well. Alot less hoppy than expected, but there is some bitterness to keep the beer balanced. Finishes rather bitter and spicy.

Medium-bodied, good crisp carbonation.

I tend to keep this stocked in the fridge as something more accessible for the non-craft beer crowd, but personally can't ever find myself getting through more than one or two in a night. That being said, still a nice and tasty brew, one of my faves from Mill St.

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.