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Mill Street Paradise IPA - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Paradise IPAMill Street Paradise IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: spinrsx on 11-05-2012)
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Reviews by biboergosum:
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

355ml bottle, a single from the current seasonal mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, silky, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some patchy swaths of thick fuzzy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, a brassy nuttiness, orange cream, and a bit of musty pine. The taste is bitter non-distinct citrus pith, milder, but still astringent leafy pine-scented hops, more nutty, biscuity malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, and some floral notes that run smack dab into a rising booziness, and take on a combined perfumed character.

The bubbles are a tad peppy, but generally play at a dull hum, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, and still quite bitter, the floral, piney hops riding along a crusty biscuit graininess.

An interesting, I suppose, IPA - almost like a strong ESB, with a healthy dose of West Coast hop esters kicking around. The malt is indeed the star here, as I kept being drawn back to its well-rounded fullness, the big bitter hops a mere distraction, strangely. Anyways, worthy of a go, but a bit odd for the conflation of bitter styles. What? American and British traditions blended in Canada? You don't say.

12-27-2012 04:09:42 | More by biboergosum
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

11-21-2012 11:36:46 | More by beerhunter13
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Dalia

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

12-22-2012 09:45:18 | More by Dalia
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Single bottle from the Mill St anniversary mix pack., Poured into my trusty Mill St glass.

Deep caramel brew, with a half inch of head. Great retention on this, lots of lacing as well. Nice looking ipa, on the darker end of the spectrum.

Nose is sweet malt and faint west coast hops. Pretty mild.

Not a bad take on the style by any means, though it took a few sips to figure it all out. A sweeter, maltier ipa, with the hops less pronounced and coming through at the finish. West coast, a bit of resin and tropical fruit, but mostly bitterness that lingers well after every sip. It's becoming a common complaint, but it's true: not enough hops.

Good body to this, carbonation gives a strong bite.

As others have said, this isn't a bad brew whatsoever. It's just fine - it's just got some tough company in the Ontario ipa department, and is lacking in enough respects that I don't think I'll search it out again. With its only availability that I've seen being in this mix pack, searching for it would be enough of a problem anyway.

02-08-2013 04:02:33 | More by JohnnyBarman
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%

Orange body, poorly retained off-white head. Spotty lace. Grapefruit and pine aroma with subtle floral and biscuit notes. Juicy tangerine and bitter grapefruit pith flavour over a biscuit base. Medium bitterness in the long finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Substantial but not heavy. A decent and straightforward IPA.

01-20-2013 20:05:58 | More by mintjellie
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

A - Clear bronze, finger of head held its own well with plenty of wispy lacing
S - Tropical fruit, light perfume, grainy, mild spice
T - Tropical fruit, bubble gum, light pepper and ginger, grainy malt
M - lightish body, slightly creamy, mild bitter finish
O - the fruity and spicy character of this gives this a unique quality, very tasty with the alcohol well hidden, this is worth buying the mixer pack on its own

12-06-2012 18:25:00 | More by joemcgrath27
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

03-09-2013 15:00:33 | More by ThinkAgain
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

08-07-2013 20:39:39 | More by irishkyle21
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dipso123

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

11-23-2012 01:14:19 | More by dipso123
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

01-18-2013 03:00:01 | More by CurtisD
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

355ml Bottle from the holiday mixed 6 pack for 13$

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grassy notes, caramel, cereal/cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and a fair bit of caramel/cookies sweetness. There is also a light grassiness and only a slight amount of fruity notes. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Reminds me of a ESB more than a AIPA.. its a english style tasting IPA if anything. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness.. but it's a bit harsh/astringent tasting. With all of the great IPA's out there, I have no reason to drink this one again. It did get better as it warmed.

11-05-2012 00:38:04 | More by spinrsx
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

11-05-2012 02:47:36 | More by RedAleMan
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grassy and piney hops along with some citrus and grapefruit and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, the grassy and piney notes are dominant, some citrus and some sweet bready and caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Nice to see a new IPA in Ontario but it doesn't compete with the others.

11-30-2012 21:25:13 | More by SebD
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

355 mL bottle, courtesy of their 10th Anniversary sampler pack. Considering how many Mill Street beers I've reviewed, I'm a little surprised it's taken me this long to find one of their IPAs. This one seems a little late to the party what with all the great OCB IPAs that have been released in the last two years or so, but I'm still eager to try their Ottawa brewpub's take on one of my favourite beer styles.

Pours a lovely amber-bronze colour, clear and highly effervescent, topped with one finger of bumpy, foamy off-white head that clings to the surface. Good retention, with some nice smears of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass as it gradually recedes. The aroma is appealing, but not very imaginative for the style - mostly citrus, a bit of tangerine and grapefruit, mild piney notes and not a whole lot else. A little disappointing; I expected a bit more... oomph on the nose of something listed at 7.2%.

The flavour offers a bit more chutzpah, starting off with a solid, malty base of caramel and brown sugar. This is soon overtaken with a somewhat modest, reasonably enjoyable hop bill that contains pine sap, grapefruit citrus and some floral notes that lead into a bitter finish. Relatively light aftertaste for an IPA, without much lingering dryness. Medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation that could probably stand to be toned down a tad. You can tell the ethanol is there, but it's not much of a factor in the overall flavour profile.

Mill Street tends to brew straightforward, to-style beers that don't really push any envelopes, so this is sort of what I expected. It's got enough of an astringent, piney, tropical fruit vibe to at least partially satisfy hopheads, but while this isn't exactly a bad beer, it's not at all a memorable one, either. The citrusy hops are well-countered with the malt backbone, making this a pretty drinkable IPA overall, but the higher ABV makes it a questionable session choice.

Final Grade: 3.53, a B grade. Paradise IPA is a respectable offering, but given the avalanche of high-quality IPAs that has cascaded into this province over the last few years, I can't sincerely recommend it as one of the better examples. Consider this one worth a try if it suits your fancy, but if you're a big IPA fan itching for something interesting or creative, this one probably won't scratch that yearning. I'd drink this again happily, but there are plenty of others I'd pick first.

12-10-2012 04:31:14 | More by thehyperduck
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13%

01-09-2014 19:43:54 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

12-15-2012 03:35:01 | More by bumchilly25
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-19-2012 00:07:32 | More by Rlombardi75
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KevinSP

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-29-2012 00:15:45 | More by KevinSP
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13%

Another selection from their 'Celebration' mixer pack.

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent offers up a sweet citrus and earthy pine hop notes, a buttery finish with hints of toasted almonds.

T - Flavour profile is quite nice, the hops are sweet and sugary with hints of pineapple, lemon iced tea and earthy pine. The finish offers up a buttery caramel flavour alongside a bitter citrus rind finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This is a tasty IPA and hits all the characteristics of the style. A great tasting brew that is easy drinking and well worth picking up. The higher ABV is a nice treat as well.

11-30-2012 22:45:20 | More by andrenaline
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-27-2013 20:32:55 | More by Kmat10
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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-27-2012 15:39:34 | More by graybayou
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

355ml bottle poured into tulip 5/12/12

A clear light copper with some slow bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of cream colored foam, a few thick rings of lace followed by random patches, looks great

S some citrus and toffee but there's a bit of a malt runaway with loads of soggy cereal and a little soap

T more hops in the mouth with just a little pine and rind, toffee's still strong but less cereal and no soap, an improvement but there's room for more, slightly nutty as it warms

M medium bodied but the bubbles makes it feel thin, a very mild bite and a little rind on the finish

O the booze is well hidden but overall nothing to write home about but nothing to be ashamed of, just a basic IPA

needs more hops, perhaps a higher rating if it called itself something different but as an IPA it's OK but that's about it

12-07-2012 07:39:15 | More by wordemupg
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Another bottle in the 10th Anniversary pack. The main reason I bought it.

Chill hazed chestnut pour. Two finger, soapy off white head. Lacing is glued to glass in sheets.

Sweet malt, dank pine and grass. Slight citrus of grapefruit and orange. There is a touch of strawberry.

Sweet malts, resinous pine with a little grapefruit. Very grassy, with a lingering aftertaste.

Light body, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

11-29-2012 21:47:10 | More by korguy123
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-10-2013 23:02:42 | More by hopsolutely
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mjacquard

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

11-09-2012 00:31:50 | More by mjacquard
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Mill Street Paradise IPA from Mill Street Brew Pub
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.