Mill Street Stock Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Stock AleMill Street Stock Ale

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Frozensoul327 on 07-02-2005

A golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. A brilliant golden colour gives a “sparkling” appearance as the gas escapes from the glass. The natural sweetness of the malt is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops. This beer represents the way blonde ales were made 100 years ago.
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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 80
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
3.32/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance
Looks like ginger ale, poured a sharply clear pale amber. Got a 1/2 finger head out of it, and fine lacings. The beer was also finely carbonated.

Aroma
Bready, fruity, and a hint of citrus.

Taste
A clean mild sourdoughy bread taste was complemented with mild grassy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel
Fresh, clean, refreshing light bodied ale.

Drinkability
A very drinkable light and refreshing ale. Not much for taste or substance.

Overall
A decent summer ale for when one seeks refreshment from a warm/hot summer's day. Would only recommend as a session brew or crossover fare. A good way to introduce a Molbatt's drinker to something else.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic glass

LOOK: (3.5 / 5) Pours a nice, crystal clear, pale straw colour. A bone-white head fades quickly to a thin film. No real lacing left. Some carbonation clings to the glass, but it's gone fairly quickly after the pour.

SMELL: (3.0 / 5) Matls are crisp with a corn-derived sweetness. Hops have a grassier, dry-hopped character. Not a particularly strong or interesting smell.

FLAVOUR: (3.0 / 5) Similar to the nose. Crisp malt and the same corn sweetness. Hop bitterness counteracts this sufficiently, but its only really the bitterness and not a lot of flavour. I would have liked to see a stronger hop flavor. There is a balance achieved, but the flavors were fairly weak in general.

FEEL: (3.0 / 5) Watery body with higher carbonation. This supports the hop bitterness at the end with the perception of dryness.

Drinkability is really the best feature. It is quite refreshing and easy to put down - a good session beer for a hot day. However, there is not a lot of character.

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint at the brewpub in the Distillery District of downtown Toronto.

This beer appears a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of puffy, bubbly, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a few specks of paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy, bready cereal malt, a bit of warm lemon juice, and earthy, leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more bready cereal malt, an astringent, yet stale citrus fruitiness, a touch of stony minerals, and tame earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are a tad frisky up front, but settle to a dull hum soon enough, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt persisting, while the hops mostly peter out.

A standard (or 'stock', I suppose) ale indeed. Nothing all that memorable, but I gather that's the point - easy drinking, just flavourful enough, and still a broad step above any of the big boys' offerings of the kind.

Photo of mintjellie
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold body with two fingers of white head. Head disappears pretty quick and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma of green apple and bread malt. Faint hops. A little bit of caramel.

Bread malt, apple, caramel, and faint grassy hop flavours. All very mild though.

Light bodied and finely carbonated. Drinkable in that inoffensive thirst quenching kind of way. It's a decent lawnmower beer.

Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

LIght coloured, light bodied, not much head. Some mid-sip fruit taste. Was light mouthfeel and malts and hops made it drinkable. But not as drinkable as their Tankhouse Pale. Dry aftertaste.Another flavoured sparkling water or soft drink replacement from these guys.Weak link in lineup.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very bubbly clear straw golden, head dissipated to a light covering fed by the constant rising bubbles
S - very grainy sharpness with a peppery note
D - grainy malt, light grassy hop note, slightly peppery, but the flavours are generally weak
M - strong carbonation, thin and a little bready finish
D - you can pour this down the gullet easily enough, but a very average beer, not one of Mill Street's better efforts

Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour of this beer was no surprise, seeing how it came in a clear bottle. Poured into my pint glass, it was highly effervescent bright gold over a thick white head — it looked like ginger ale, actually. The smell was sweet honeysuckle and clover paired with a subtle apple aroma.

The taste was well-balanced, with a moderately bitter, drying finish offsetting the malty start. Highly carbonated with medium body. This isn't a particularly memorable beer, but it could make a nice additive-free alternative to a macro if you need a crowd-pleasing offering for guests.

Photo of Stocean1
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a half finger head that quickly dissipated - no lacing - clear banana soda colour

S - malty grain - sweet - straight forward

T - sweet malt - stale biscuit - little hops - off putting aftertaste - got what I expected - not much

M - light body little carbonation - dry with a funky aftertastes

O - did not expect a lot for the style and it did not disapppoint - really not worth buying again - wife was thoughtful and bought me some craft beer on the way to the trailer - it is the thought that counts

Photo of paxkey
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

comes in a clear bottle. pale yellow.
poured in a chalice. tiny head disappears right within seconds.

smell malt right away. tangy sour yeasty smell.
probably light struck from the clear bottle but it came in a box so not sure.
smells like typical see thru bottled fare, corona, et.al.

based on the smell it is probably watery tasting and thirst quenching but not much else. about to find out.

very high carbonation. thin tasting despite the fizz. overall kinda boring. drinkable but not impressed.

Photo of Rutager
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance. Pours a clear yella with a thin, bubbly white head that clearly had some shit to do because it didn't stick around for long.

Smell. Sweet, barely toasted grains with a tiny hit of grassy hops.

Taste. Sweet, lightly toasted grains. Some grassy, earthy hops.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium-strong, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Not anything to write home about, but better than the crap that sells the most.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light clear bright yellow color ale with a large fizzy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt is quite bland. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt notes with not many other noticeable characteristics. Boyd is light with fizzy carbonation. I had somehow missed trying that beer for so many years but I can now say that I wasn’t missing much.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Pale straw yellow, almost golden yellow. A small amount of white head formed on the pour and immediately disappeared.

S - Bready malts with a touch of sweetness and a very slight hop aroma.

T - Slightly sweet bready malts with a slight hop bitterness. Seems to have a slight corn element in the palate but it is not overwhelming.

M - Light with a slight bit of body at times and moderate carbonation.

O - This one seems geared to the masses, but is still decent enough to drink.

Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very light gold, bubbly, average head, dissipates quickly, slight lace.

S: Not much there. Kind of bitterish.

T: Very interesting taste. Crisp and almost buttery. Tastes kind of like vegetables.

M: Weird sticky kind of feel.

D: Smooth and crisp. Sits kind of heavy.

Interesting flavor. I would try again, but I am not sure if I would ever love this style of beer.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice looking blonde ale, which is what I exclaimed out loud as I held it up to the light in a glass. Rich clear golden colour, tall frothy shock white head that retains well, and slowly settles down to a thick creamy cap, a fisherman's net of sticky lacing in its wake.

The aroma is soft and rounded, mild bready malt, a honey-like sweetness, flowery notes most likely from the hops. A little bit of corn and veggies detected however.

The flavour however is fairly basic, corn and veggies seem to overpower much of the malt and hops, making it taste far more macro-produced than it probably should. What malt that does make itself apparent is a light biscuit, and the hops maintain a flowery character. However the more I drink this, the more the deficiencies become more dominant and difficult to ignore. Serious cooked veggie aftertaste.

And yet the mouthfeel is great, medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Very good for this style in fact. It's an efficient messenger carrying less than savoury news in the end.

All the aspects are there for a great beer with this stock ale, all except the most important, and that it falls short a great deal in the flavour department. The appearance and mouthfeel really stand out, yet the taste doesn't really warrant any return visits in my books. A shame....

Photo of Antilochus
2.12/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Black Shire Pub in London, Ontario. Served in a Mill Street pint glass.

Clear orangish amber gold with no head to speak of. Ew. A few lazy bubbles.

Nose of pungent sweet pale malt, perhaps a bit of sugared fruit. Rather one-sided.

Palate is sickeningly sweet but grainy, with cloying maltiness that you can't get out of your mouth. Too syrupy for me, this isn't my thing at all. Choked down a glass.

Sorry, Mill Street, but you've done much better.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of their mixed six pack - can't say I would have grabbed it normally as the clear glass bottle highlights the extraordinarily light coloring for an ale. Looks more like a lager with only a finger of head from a vigorous pour that jets faster than a Boeing.

Nose is light caramel, bread, and a faint fruity/apple hint.

Taste is... a step beyond their lager. It's crisp carbonation teams up with an innocuous pale malt, a slight sweetness, a faint herb/grassy hop, and an even fainter fruit taste to provide a relatively flavorful beer for the lager drinker, something that just about any adjunct drinker wouldn't be offended by. The mouthfeel, despite the carbonation, somehow feels smooth and makes this drinkable.

While nothing for the average BA to run to (especially with the odd faint follow through bitterness) this is a decent example of a light craft crossover beer that you might want to start a friend on or have around for parties with the general public (haha).

Photo of headlessparrot
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've just moved to Toronto, and sampling all of the Mill Street brews was pretty high on my list of things to do... With that done, I guess I might as well share my reactions. From the looks of it, the Stock Ale seems to get a bad rep, especially when compared to the brewery's other offerings. I rather like it, however.

Poured from a gorgeous non-standard shape silk-screen clear bottle (though the clear bottle combined with the non-protective six-pack sleeve is a bit of a concern in terms of the risk of sun damage (their Tankhouse and Coffee Porter offerings are in identical bottles that are brown, so I don't quite understand the decision); a good pour results in less than a finger of head that quickly subsides, but there remains a lot of lacing. The colour is an unusual sort of light-ish - almost transparent - gold, with just a hint of amber.

Smell is something I can't quite latch onto... almost a breadiness to it, mostly malts and hops with perhaps a bit of vanilla and caramel (a bit of dark chocolate?), but not much else. There's also a sort of unsual... buttery smell to the proceedings.

The taste is initially a bit malty and creamy, with a bit of hops appearing after a few seconds in the mouth; a bit of a bread-y taste, but quite smooth. Hints of vanilla and caramel, although the buttery smell translates to something vaguely (but not overly) unpleasant in the mouth. Still, very tasy.

Mouthfeel is not bad, perhaps a bit over-carbonated as it goes over the tongue.

This is a very (underline very) drinkable brew. Simple, yes, but very tasty, creamy and smooth. It may become my new session beer once Mill Street expands their operations a bit and becomes available throughout Southwestern Ontario this spring (as their Marketing director told me via e-mail recently). Certainly not the best offering from Mill Street, but a very good beer nonetheless.

Photo of spinrsx
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - clear, pale, almost straw like yellow. Small fizzy head that was gone in a flash. No lacing. Low carbonation.

Smell - wheat, bready, not much going on
Taste & Mouth - pretty boring plain jane beer taste here. Almost tastes like a light beer. Faint hops, wheat, low carbonation

Drink - it's a beer.. not much more I can say, pretty basic, nothing noteworthy

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 pale gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, spice and some fruit.

T: The taste is starts out with sweet apple and honey flavors, with a little bit of hops coming in next. Then the sweet flavors start to turn a little sour. The malt character is very thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s nothing special but it’s a decent lighter beer to stick with for an evening.

Photo of SebD
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow colour to it. It has a white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and bready malts with some grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet grainy malt taste to it with light grassy hops in the back and hints of honey.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice light balance.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas but is very refreshing.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an appropriately golden-blonde colour without much of an accompanying head. There is some lacing on the sides, I guess. The smell is of virtually nothing - I am being serious here, I am having trouble coming up with adjectives because there's nothing to describe.

Taste is malt-forward at first with a bit of light honey sweetness. Finish is fairly clean with only some lingering sweetness; little to no hop presence. Not interesting, but for the style this is a very crisp-tasting example with no glaring faults (or strengths). Rather watery; carbonation is moderate.

This isn't a very interesting beer, but it's serviceable and at least refreshing. It is better than Molson Export, but it also costs considerably more, and that's not really a glowing recommendation. There's nothing here to repel you, but I can't think of any situation where I would be eager to have another Stock Ale.

[Updated Nov. 21 2013]

I picked up a six pack of this, mostly because it's one of a small handful of craft beer options available at my local Beer Store. It still smells like cheap swill, but other than that there is nothing wrong with Mill Street Stock Ale when served cold and fresh. It has a clean backbone of grainy barley malt, offering a mild mixture of sweetness and light bitterness from the faint, grassy hops toward the finish. I don't mind drinking this occasionally, but it's nothing special, and a little too pricy for what you get. A buck or two less and this'd be a solid 'back of the fridge beer' for when non-craft beer fans come over to visit.

Final Grade: 3.18, a passable C+.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a tall tulip glass.

Appearance - golden yellow colour with very little head, some surface bubbles as a result of the moderate carbonation.

Smell - sweet-smelling creamy malt scents with vanilla, with fresh shortbread in there as well.

Taste - decent flavour strength of pure malt, lasting not quite long enough. Sweet indeed, with limited spice or citrus inclusion.

Mouthfeel - smooth and balanced, what it lacks in complexity it makes up with the stable flavour profile.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these. Decent taste, reasonably refreshing. A good pint.

Photo of Voonder
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with very thin bubbly head which dissipated fairly quick. Smell - sweetness of malts comes in first, some caramel, a bit spicy perhaps, some hopes are coming through as well. Taste - good balance of hops and malts, nothing much else, but I think this beers serves its purpose - great session beer, mass beer, good beer on a hot day. I would buy it again as it it inexpensive, easy going and still flavorful beer. And as it was mentioned below, it is probably a pretty good start into craft beers.

Photo of terryeckmeier
2.31/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a random bottle at the LCBO thought I would give it a try seeing that their Tankhouse is pretty decent but sadly I was let down. Very underwhelming in every aspect, I was expecting something with a little more oomph but all around it's drinkable but don't think I will be getting it again. Very malty reminds me of macro lager more than an micro brewed ale. I've had worse but I've had better.

Photo of iceball585
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow color, clear, half finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly

S- Honey, corn, grains, pale malts, overall fairly sweet

T- Light malts, corn, buttery, sugary, faint hops taste

M- Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, light oily finish

D- Not bad

Not really a beer that I would go crazy for but still decent. Very light and non-offensive in every aspect.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
72 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.