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

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Mill Street I.P.A. (India Pale Ale)
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-30-2006)
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Reviews by graybayou:
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

12-27-2012 15:39:00 | More by graybayou
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

10-30-2010 22:00:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

08-12-2009 03:00:25 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

11-05-2006 21:41:42 | More by Sammy
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7%

01-20-2014 21:33:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +4%

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.

02-07-2010 23:49:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

09-05-2013 03:28:15 | More by irishkyle21
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +22.3%

12-30-2013 14:48:05 | More by Hoagie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

11-11-2009 15:09:22 | More by ritzkiss
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2.88/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

12-22-2006 01:12:03 | More by baiser
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3.63/5  rDev +11%

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.

04-11-2010 22:37:48 | More by mooseisloose
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

08-19-2012 17:51:08 | More by philmen
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7%

02-20-2013 04:22:46 | More by Yoozeo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

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

11-23-2012 01:15:09 | More by cfalovo97
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

10-12-2013 04:38:20 | More by Idrankthat
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

06-08-2014 11:52:08 | More by crashdavisinoh
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7%

07-11-2013 18:45:39 | More by Watershed
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

07-18-2011 16:56:24 | More by bryehn
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +24.8%

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.

05-06-2007 23:39:53 | More by Derek
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-08-2014 21:04:28 | More by Jotora
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

09-23-2013 00:17:44 | More by Yesdog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +7%

03-16-2014 14:51:25 | More by Rlombardi75
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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.


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03-25-2009 01:31:05 | More by bartle
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +22.3%

05-31-2012 04:34:32 | More by MattPS
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

10-30-2006 15:12:34 | More by Viggo
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Mill Street I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) from Mill Street Brew Pub
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