Mill Street I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.04%
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 10-30-2006

True IPA's were high in both alcohol and hops to survive the long hot voyage from Britain to India. This makes it a big and flavour beer style. Our version is no exception. Traditional English malts and hops are used to give this copper brew a big flavour. This beer has a slightly roasted note with a strong hop bitterness and flavour.
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into some branded glassware. On the darker end of the IPA spectrum, a deep russet-copper hue. Frothy head, good retention. Sheets of lacing.

Nose is surprisingly malty. Really malty. There is a bit of hops kicking around, but they seem to be more along the English IPA variety than the American: earthy and bitter. Reminds me a great deal of Tankhouse.

The taste isn't too far off the nose - big malty push up front, some caramel and dried fruit, followed by that same earthy hop bitterness. It's decent, fairly drinkable, but to me at least it's nothing I'd ever identify as an IPA - certainly not an American one.

Mouthfeel is thick, a bit creamy, low carbonation.

A miss for me, certainly nothing that really interested me. I was expecting a citrussy, hoppy adventure - a divergence from the Tankhouse they brew so well - and what I got was another (decent) pale ale. Ontario brewers have proven that they CAN put out quality American IPAs (Smashbomb, West Coast), but this isn't even close. Stick with Tankhouse.

Photo of biboergosum
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a slightly hazy dark orange amber hue, with one finger of thin soapy white head, which leaves no lace behind. It smells very mild earthy hops and caramel malt. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, bland noble hops, and a minor weedy vegetal essence. The carbonation is average, the body decently round and full, and it finishes dry, with a soft weedy hop essence. This sure is a heck of a lot like the preceding pint of Tankhouse, which isn't bad, it's just that for the style, it's pretty boring. A good English IPA, but no way is it American.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap first week at the brewpub. Good head and lace on golden-orange body. Off-aroma, like a washroom. Bitter grapefruit concentrate taste, not bad, but a whole pint is too much mostly because of aggressive carbonation, which also detracts from an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.
On cask six months later at Volo, and the citrus came through, its a fine IPA this way but not something I want volumes of. Had on cask again in late winter 2008 at the brewpub and it was too astringent.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to my Sierra Nevada Pint Glass

A - Very dark for an IPA. A deep amber, almost brown. Some visible carbonation and a very small amount of head formed at the top before quickly evaporating.

S - A rich malt nose (expected from the dark colour) with some citrus/floral hops.

T - Wow! A real IPA from an Ontario craft brewery. Lots of hops with a very present citrus flavour. A nice malt profile too with some caramel.

M - A medium body; a bit chewy.

D - A solid IPA, especially impressive for an Ontario craft beer.

As I continued to drink this I noticed more and more that this was just an average IPA. I think my low expectations made this seem like a better beer than it was.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub, arrives a dark orangey caramel color, finger of foam on top - darker than your average IPA which bodes to the malty concoction it is.

Waitress "warns" me that it is strong and hoppy and I wish she had been right. Dark biscuity malt with heavy English influence, grassy hops with a hint of spice, moderate bitterness in the body with little staying power in the finish. Tastes more along the lines of an ESB or similar, hard to call this an IPA and it's CERTAINLY not an American IPA.

Disappointed with this one.

Photo of baiser
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty disappointed by this. This to me, was no different from drinking an Alexander Keith's. I had this on tap at their newly opened brewpub. Pours a clear golden copper colour. Small head, not much lace. Not much aroma to speak off. A bit overly carbonated, with some sweetness and slightly bitter finish. Not enough hops for my liking. Their tankhouse is a much better drink than this.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 4/10 session. Arrived in a 16 oz handled mug. Reddish bronze in colour, with a nice head, delivered by a cute barmaid. Smells like citrus hopping and there are some malts to boot. Taste has a good malt base, super fresh taste. A good hop bite, not sharp but steady, followed by a sweet maltiness. Not an American IPA by any means, as it lacks the west coast hop bite, but tasty. The finish is mildly bitter. Goes great with the sirloin pot pie.

Photo of cfalovo97
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap first week at the Ottawa brewpub location.
decent head golden-orange look. The smell seemed a little off but the taste was decent. Like most Mill street beers this isnt something that I would sit and have several pints of in one sitting, but it was decent.
Overal not one of their best beers, but drinkable

Photo of bryehn
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mill Street Brew Pub. Notes taken on 07/15/2011. It was served very cold in a wide-mouth mug.

Poured a rather dark amber colour with a small off-white collar as sufficing as a head

Surprisingly fruity aroma, like raspberry or plum. Light roasted chocolate malts as well.

Very solid bitter bite on the front of the tongue. Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits and has a slight spiciness and nuttiness.

I found the mouthfeel on this one a bit thin, but it did a remarkable job of masking the ABV. Crisp and tart finish with little aftertaste.

Looked, smelled and tasted more like a strong ESB rather than an American IPA, but either way it was a good beer that I enjoyed. I wish I had the chance to pick up a growler on my way out, but I'm not too sure the staff at Rogers Centre would have appreciated it.

Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler from the brewpub on friday, and I've been working on it (and my yard) throughout sunday.

A: Copper-amber, slightly off-white head, no retention, hints of lace.

S: Not a lot of nose (for an IPA)...but it is a pleasant blend: orange & grapefruit citrus; caramel & bready malt; hints of earthyness.

T: Grapefruit citrus, slight grassyness & spice, biscuity, nutty, slight caramel; pleasant bitter balance. It's not an in-your-face IPA (actually it's almost an imperial brown), but there's some really great flavour here. The taste is pushing a 4.5, but I'm compelled to compare it to other IPA's.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, modest carbonation (growler), slight acidity, dry finish.

D: Very good.

It's well-crafted and very drinkable. I think it's their best offering.

Photo of bartle
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brew pub.

A - Smooth bubbly head. Dark copper with a red hue.

S - Floral and citrus. Juniper and Grapefruit. nothing striking to the nose.

T - A mellow bitter. Clean and balanced with the alcohol coming through on the tongue, but not offensive. A great balance between hops and malts for an IPA. There is a nice bite that sticks on the tongue after.

D - Clean. A solid brew. Expecting something with more hops, yet I am not bothered by this. One of the better brews by Mill St. I will drink this again.


- B

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, poured into a mug. Pours a clear amber/orange, small white head forms, settles to a ring and laces nicely. Smell is piney hops, citrus, some grainy malt, somewhat light. Taste is some caramel sweetness, with pine and citrus, pretty nice hops in the flavour, well balanced, with a clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Overall a decent IPA, but it could use some hops.

Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the MS pub.

Shimmering orange-amber with a substantial cap that lasts.

Aroma of Pac-NW hops and some sweet bready malts, light woody tones.

Malty-bready front side is well balanced with herbal-woody hop profile, finishes slightly more bitter with some pine-like alphas.

Nice drinkable APA done with dry hopping.

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer's notably dark, deep-set mahogany colour tells me two things right off the bat: 1) this will be very flavourful; and 2) that flavour will be predominantly malty. The beer's tone, surprisingly, does little to hinder clarity. Its head, even from a growler, is a dense sheet of fog that continuously hovers atop the beer like steam bubbling over a hot cauldron.

By the smell of things, it looks like Mill Street is pumping the break with regards to the hops (which is typical of Ontario brewers). Even for an admitted English-style IPA this is bare in the lupullin count; a smidgen of floral effervescence is pleasant but nearly choked out entirely by a lumbering and heavy-set malty underbelly.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't find these gluey malts slightly out of character for something labeled an IPA. I'm all for maltiness, but this nutty roast is unseemly and the chewy caramel flavour is unchecked by anything bitter, herbal or pungent. Apart from a feeble trace of grapefruit the palate is denied any bitterness or indulgence of hops whatsoever.

My enjoyment of the beer proved to be very touch-and-go. Its malty sweetness was toothsome at first, but tiresome later on; brisk carbonation or acidic hops were desperately needed to lift the damp sugars from the tongue. No hint of the 6.2% alcohol was noted until I paired it alongside some pizza and pub-grub after which point it became scathing.

Mill Street IPA tastes an awful lot like Mill Street Tankhouse (and Duggan #9, which is a beer brewed along the lines of Tankhouse by the former Mill Street employee who originally wrote the recipe). All are more amber-style ales that, despite an inkling of C-hops, are abundantly malty. All fail to be sufficiently sassy, lavish or loose in the hop department.

To say this isn't a quaffable, flavourful pint would be defamation; to say it doesn't make much of an IPA is more than fair. For some reason, it's as if it's uncool in Ontario to make an IPA that is bright and gluttonously hoppy. I wonder: Why brew your IPA so similar to your ESB and pale ale? Given the option, definitely opt for either of the latter two.

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half Pint at Mill Street Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured a golden colour with very minimal carbonation. Bright. Two fingers of fluffy white head with good thick lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Piney, some grass and biscuits. Strong hop aroma melded with the light malt well.

T - Resinous and smooth. Hoppy with grassy and piney notes and that biscuity malt again.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice and bitter in the finish.

O/D - A fairly solid IPA. The colour seems a little light and you miss out on that sweetness that you'd expect up front as a result, yet the avoidance of your typical 'citrus' type hops is a nice change from the usual. I sometimes have a hard time giving a flavourful IPA a bad score, simply b/c I don't see it being difficult to just over-hop a beer. But Mill Street have done a good job of making a different sort of IPA, and that's to be commended in my eyes. Well done.

Photo of sstackho
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

64oz growler from brewery. Pours a light-to-medium straw with some head that fades quickly. Decent lacing. Aroma is a wee bit hoppy, but disappointing. Taste follows to a similar level. It's reasonable stuff, but packs nowhere near the flavour wallop that I would like. Best to stick with the Tankhouse from these guys. This one feels less hoppy than the Tankhouse, although the guy at the store thought that the IPA was slightly higher on the IBU scale, with the IPA around 50 and the Tankhouse near 45.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smokeless Joes in Toronto. The appearance of a pilsner, corn yellow, clear, modest head. The aroma was bland, I don't want to attack a brew but this was not the smell of an IPA that inspires. This smelled like Joe brewpub's everyday IPA, sort of bland malts and hops bitterness. The taste was bitter with no real hops flavors, sapless and non-resiny, just bitter malt. I don't really think this was an American IPA, maybe a poor version of an English IPA, in either case it wasn't good and I only finished it because I paid for it. Needless to say I don't recommend it.

Photo of bobsy
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a growler with the wife and enjoyed it with beer braised sausage and onions, followed by Super Mario Galaxy.

Pours from the growler a lot darker than I expected, revealing a mahogany/redwood body, underneath a rocky white head. After a short while the head fades to a fine film, but leaves some good lacing on the glass. There's a strong floral fruitiness to the aroma, and although it was hard to unravel I detected a mix of apple and blackberry. There is also a slight hint of citrus there, but not nearly as much as I would have expected, so I started to think this may be maltier than a usual IPA. To a large extent the taste echoes the aroma, and confirms the higher than usual maltiness for the style. This is partnered by a pleasant bitterness and a cold earl gray tea flavour. The body is fairly light, and the carbonation is medium-low, which make for a nice easy-drinking beer.

I can see some very obvious differences between this and the dry-hopped cask version sold at the brewpub. Although this is a very pleasant beer, I expected some more bitterness to match my expectation for the style.

Photo of peensteen
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brew pub.
It poured a deep copper colour with a slight white head that lasted for a short while before disappearing all together. It smells slightly of pine and a mild citrus, the smell leaves a bit to be desired here really. It tastes mildly hoppy but very thin. It reminds me of a watered down Tankhouse really. Its very thin in its mouthfeel and drinks fairly easy I suppose. Its good but not great, I would have this again if my options were limited but would not go searching for this. Certainly not an American IPA though.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a clear copper with a smallish head. Prominent aromas were of grapefruit, light toast and a light funkiness. Taste was a juicy grapefruit hop and a light toasty malt. Assertive bitterness as well, but somehow the overall flavour didn't really grab me. Moderate in body but way too fizzy. Not a bad brew by any means, but not the most exciting IPA around.

Mill Street I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) from Mill Street Brew Pub
76 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.