Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple AleMill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: biboergosum on 03-27-2013

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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red, thin head.

Not much of a smell.

Was expecting more maple for my first maple beer and still have yet to taste any maple. It's a bit sweet and malty with a nice hop balance. Overall it's a pretty decent brew, not something I'd buy again though!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, part of Mill Street's Spring Mix seasonal sampler. Made with smoked malt and local maple syrup.

This beer pours a clear, dark brassy amber colour, with one finger of bubbly and loosely foamy dirty beige head, which leaves a few mitochondrial specks of lace around the glass as it quickly settles. Looks like Scotch ale to me.

It smells of sweet, mildly roasted biscuity caramel malt, a soft stewed drupe fruitiness, subtle woody maple esters, oily nuts, and faint leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more somewhat sugary and biscuity pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, a light dry nuttiness, the slightest twinge of peaty smoke, and still tame weedy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are present and accounted for, and maybe a wee bit frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, a bit of virtual ash distracting at times. It finishes well off-dry, the bready caramel malt, nuttiness, and near-faded fruitiness finally coming to face a late-arriving, clearly discernible, but still agreeably acrid smokiness.

I don't know where the maple syrup all went, maybe it was just fermented out, so it was nice to get a dose of the label's proclaimed smoky character, even so late in the game. Anyways, a tasty enough tipple, as the wee wisp of smoke is enough to shift this one from decent amber ale to the more appropriate Scottish ale designation.

Photo of SebD
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy copper/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of caramel, light maple syrup, buiscuity/roasty malts and some nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramel, faint maple, buiscuity malts, a nice nuttiness and perhaps some toffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas. I was hoping for more Maple considering Maple is in the name of the beer but it is what it is.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of three samples of this brew inside their Spring Mix pack. The Spring Imp was alright, but I must admit this particular brew is the one that caught my eye on the side of the packaging - they had me at 'maple', really. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a mug.

Pours a beautiful deep copper-bronze colour, fairly dark but still translucent. Atop the brew is seated slightly more than one finger of creamy, smooth, light-tan coloured head. It takes its time dissipating, hanging around for more than a few minutes - and smearing the glass with a nice coat of lacing as it does so. A fine looking ale - and it doesn't smell half-bad either. Definitely on the sweet side, with hints of toffee, maple, hazelnut and toasted biscuits. Buried beneath the sugary features, one might barely be able to pick out some coffee and leafy hop notes, but they become more noticeable as the beer warms.

Approachable taste; enjoyable enough but a little straightforward and subdued. Malty sweetness is at the forefront here, with caramel and biscuity malts forming much of the backbone. A bit of maple, some chocolate wafer and a touch of coffee is also detectable. Lightly bitter finish with a mixture of leafy, weedy hops, coffee and a disappointingly faint smokiness. Only a slight hint of maple is detectable in the flavour; disappointing maybe, but at least it's not cloying and (along with the low abv) actually makes this stuff pretty sessionable. Medium-bodied with a luxurious, creamy mouthfeel because of the long-lasting head. I could drink more than a few of these in a night.

Final Grade: 3.84, a solid B+. Mill Street's Spring Thaw Maple Ale is a nifty little brew that, while not particularly complex or even balanced, is still pretty easy to like, at least in my opinion. It's a light, sessionable ale that will satisfy your sweet tooth without rotting it. I'd appreciate a bit more maple and smoke, but altogether I'd have to give this one a hearty thumbs-up - something I'd consider getting again next spring, and one of the better brews I've had from Mill Street in recent memory.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served at clear temperature into a pint glass. Cost ended up being about $2.30 CDN, for a bottle.

Appearance - a clear rich bronze coloured beer is poured capped by a finger of clingy white foam. Some lively carbonation is apparent and a sparse lace pattern is left behind. More head than I've come to expect with a Scottish ale.

Smell - definitely some maple, some peat and aged woods a faint smokey aroma and a caramel/molasses blend that holds everything together.

Taste - some caramel and molasses to start then about mid sip, some smoke and the peat and wood flavours take over. Surprisingly smokey, nearly to the point of saying that this tastes like a smoked beer. Maple syrup doesn't shine through as much, but the flavor combination is very good.

Mouthfeel - smooth and easy drinking for a Scottish ale, but good feel with a reasonable amount of tingly carbonation.

Overall - very impressed with this and would happily pick this up regularly whether as a six pack or as part of another interesting combination of flavours, blurring the lines between Scottish ales, a smoked beer and the vanilla woodiness that will definitely remind some of Innis & Gunn. Most definitely worth a shot.

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 9/6/13

A glowing reddish amber when held to the light, a few bubbles floating up to a thumbs width of foam that doesn't last long but leaves lots of lace

S smoke I wasn't expecting, perhaps I should read the label first, earthy hops and wood, caramels, a little coco, and a hint of maple

T slightly more smoke but its still mellow and works with the earthy notes and faint maple, not at all what I was expecting but quite happy with what I got

M light bodied but creams up slightly, a little slick on the cheeks and a lingering smokey caramel finish

O I was pleasantly surprised by this one and I like pleasant surprises, one of the better beers I've had from Mill Street, the smoked malt works well with the sweetness and earthy tones

something I'd drink again but I doubt I'd buy the mixed 6er just for one of these, worth a try for sure you may be pleasantly surprised too

Photo of hopsolutely
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at Beertown in Waterloo last night.

Pours a beautiful rich and dark amber with an impressive white head and lacing. Aroma is a sweet and sticky mess, with caramelized malts and coffee, but struggling to find any maple tones. It's more toffee and Coffee Crisp? Flavour is not as well balanced as a typical Mill Street brew, as the transition between the sweet start, malted body and bitter finish isn't terribly smooth. Again toffee and coffee both obvious in the taste, but the maple is hard to identify.

Glad to have tried it, but don't need another this year.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I acquired this one in a mixed pack along with Spring Imp bock. Poured from the bottle into an English pint glass. This scottish ale is a reddish cola brown color, like strong tea, with a decent-sized light tan head. Aroma is predominately dark caramel, plums, and a slight hint of maple fudge. There is also a pleasant mellow campfire smokiness from the rather cool addition of some smoked barley malt. Palate is of course malty and sweet, with toffee, apple, a fruity maltiness like raisin butter tart, and molasses kiss flavors notable (remember those hard-ass Halloween candies in the orange and yellow wrappers that you couldn't give away? I actually like them). The maple syrup is detectable but downplayed, which is nice and stands in stark contrast to another Mill St. flavored beer that positively reeks of vanilla. Thin to moderate body and a dry mellow bitter finish with rounded corners and a ghost of earthy hops along with some singed grain. A solid offering from Mill St., with the sweet and smoke flavors working very well in tandem. Perhaps I'd dial back the sweetness a little and rachet up the smoke just a notch or two.

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head on a chestnut coloured brew. Settles to a cap that gives good lace. This beer is more about smoke and malt than it is about maple - unless they cleverly used maple smoke . . . hmm.

Nose is sweet malt and gentle smoke. Sweet malt, treacle, and wood to taste, followed by a wee dose of smoke that lingers. A bit of a bite from the carbonation, but overall a fairly gentle beer.

Drinkable, pretty much an average beer.

Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
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