Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale - Mill Street Brew Pub
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
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: 3.83, 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.
04-17-2013 16:49:07 | More by thehyperduck
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3.96/5 rDev +10.3%
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, 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 biscuit malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, a light dry nuttiness, the slightest twinge of peaty smoke, and 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, and the wee wisp of smoke is enough to shift this one from decent amber ale to the more appropriate Scottish ale designation.
03-27-2013 02:00:59 | More by biboergosum
3.34/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-24-2014 20:17:27 | More by SebD
3.21/5 rDev -10.6%
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!
04-17-2013 01:04:33 | More by GodOfBeer
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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
06-10-2013 17:50:41 | More by wordemupg
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-14-2013 22:04:51 | More by hopsolutely
Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
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