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Mill Street Stock Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Stock AleMill Street Stock Ale

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 161
Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, slight chill haze, topped by a fluffy, white head. Good retention and clumpy lace. Very mild aroma, with hints of honey and hops. Mild flavour, honey sweetness again, with a bit of bitterness that lingers into the short finish. Fairly high carbonation, light body, quite crisp. Refreshing, light flavoured beer. There's not a lot going on, but what's there works. This would probably work well if you're trying to transition friends away from industrial lagers.

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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.

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Photo of Derek
3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
"Mill Street Stock Ale is a golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts."

I actually expected something like a classic Canadian Ale, with a bitter, husky-roughness resulting from the use of native 6-row barley. But... this is nothing like Molson Stock ale.

A: VERY clear, yellowish hue with a white head. Poor head retention, but very nice lacing.

S: A little malt & hops, similar to a macro lager.

T: Bitterness is very well balanced with malt sweetness, leaving a slightly bready flavour.

M: Light body, light-to-moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Hopefully this will appeal to some of those macro-lovers!

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Photo of Viggo
1.5/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tried at Volo, they had it on tap for Gay Pride Week or something. Pours the most bizarre colour, its like a pale pale gold? A little bit of haze, head goes away fast but there was some lacing. Smells like nothing, some sweetness from the malt, but thats it, probably the most bland beer I've smelled. The taste is equally pointless, watered down and basically nothing is discernible other than a little sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, the carbonation is medium low. Boo.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one vapid boring beer. Way weaker and lamer than the tastey Tankhouse Ale.

It pours from its clear glass bottle a pale straw color, like macro lager. The head has just a little more staying power than a macro lager. The aroma is incredibly weak, some sweetish malt, a bit of distant hay. The taste is equally bland with just a tiny bit of hop bitterness. I know its supposed to be lighter than Tankhouse ale but does it have to taste reminiscent of tap water? This is a lot like a macro lager. Theres no fruitiness or complexity at all. At least it doesnt taste like corn, and its better than Molson Export (which I think its modelled after).

I heard that stock ale was a popular style in Canada (especially Quebec) in the 40s and 50s. It was mellower than pale ales. If this is what they were like, they sucked.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
73 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.