Mill Race Mild | Grand River Brewing

Mill Race MildMill Race Mild
BA SCORE
74.1%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 54 ratings
Mill Race MildMill Race Mild
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand River Brewing
Ontario, Canada
grandriverbrewing.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Darkly coloured and rich in appearance, this mild ale is brewed in the traditional style of British mild beers that are disappearing even from the pubs of London, England.

Grand River Brewing has revived this traditional style of beer that is deep in colour but doesn’t possess the harsh bitterness that many people associate with a darker beer. The pronounced creamy head welcomes you and is followed with a beautiful roasted barley flavour and a smooth creamy taste.

This is a beer that just makes you want to have another and with being a mild, go right ahead.

Added by Viggo on 09-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,504
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
54
Liked:
40
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
11.4%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spikedlemon
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite brew from GRB. A caveat to my notes: the recipe is currently changing and I've not had opportunity to taste the new ones yet; one notable change is an ABV increase

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Photo of EdwardPW
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cycle69
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CurtisD
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500 mL bottle picked up at the brewery; bottled on Jan 23 2015. I have been wanting to try this one for years now, as it seems to be one of Grand River's most highly-regarded brews in general - along with their Highballer Pumpkin, of course. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a rather attractive, deep, clear "old penny" copper-brown hue, topped off with a firm inch of creamy, off-white foam. Pretty good retention; it gradually dissipates over a period of five minutes or so, leaving behind a bubbly cap and collar, with a curtain of foamy lace around the edge. You can't look at a glass of beer like this and *not* want to drink it - unless you're a madman. The aroma is, well, a bit mild - roasted malts shine through with hints of milk chocolate and cappuccino. There's also a touch of vanilla, hazelnut and a distinct toffee/caramel sweetness.

Flavour-wise, toffee and caramelized sugar step up to the plate initially, followed by some light cocoa. The roasted malt features begin to take over in the latter half of the profile, with lightly roasted coffee joining up alongside the aforementioned chocolate. Suggestions of vanilla and hazelnut; their house yeast character is also noticeable toward the aftertaste, which is mostly dry. Light-bodied, but not at all thin/watery - the carbonation levels are quite restrained, giving this brew a luxuriously smooth, enjoyable feel on the palate. Much easier to knock back than most beers (or soft drinks, for that matter), but it's tasty enough that you'll probably want to savour what little you have. Unless you live in the KW-Cambridge area - you lucky sod.

Final Grade: 4.32, an excellent A. Mill Race Mild is undoubtedly one of Grand River's best products - which is why I find it all the more puzzling that it is not being distributed to LCBOs province-wide. Grand River has at least a few listings that I would not particularly miss, and this mild ale would be the perfect substitution - it's not like this is a style that is well-represented on shelves. Maybe they just don't think Ontario beer drinkers have any interest in this extremely light, flavourful style? Or more likely, it's some assclown at the LCBO who keeps turning it down? That would be a shame - because this is the perfect beer for a lazy afternoon - St. Paddy's Day or otherwise. A spot-on example of this highly sessionable style.

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Photo of JavierGC
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of nullbort
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of yancot
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kinguy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Photo of Wordslinger
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of MattPS
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brilliant example of an English mild.

Lovely dark amber, with red and brown highlights. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but full enough to be enjoyable.

Aroma of sweet, roasted malts is stunning. Flavours are well balnaced, from the caramelized malts to a bittering hop finish.

A very well crafted beer. Well done, Grand River!

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Photo of korguy123
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Jan, 2011.

A- Such a, dark brown with ruby highlights. Minimal head with moderate lacing.

S- Toffee and caramel with biscuit notes. Like a bakery. Subtle chocolate.

T- Subtle chocolate, slight coffee and sweet malts.

M- Thin and watery. Prickly carbonation.

O- Well past it's prime imo. That's my fault, not the brewery. It's been sitting in the fridge far too long.

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Photo of peensteen
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, near black, light ring of off white head, good retention. Smell is malty and nutty, lightly roasted, fruity and lightly lactic. taste is roasty, light butter notes that are quite pleasant and work well, nutty, molasses, fig and some darker fruits, lightly smokey with a bitter finish and aftertaste. Light to med carbonation, light to medium feel, medium body. Quite nice sessionable and enjoyable, another solid effort from Grand River.

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Photo of
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown with ruby highlights. Initially the head is large and frothy, with bubbles visibly breaking the suface of the foam. It dissipates to a persistent cap.

Smell - roasted malt, coffee, earth, hazelnuts.

Taste - light roasted malt flavour, some nuttyness, plum. Finishes moderately bitter and dry.

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Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a pint glass. Bottled June 27, 2011.

Pours a dark brown with some dark red and mahogany highlights. A few fingers of tan head are formed, that's slightly creamy and moderately thick. Some lacing and moderate retention. Nose has light chocolate notes, some roast qualities, nuts, hints of caramel and dark fruits. Taste has roasty and mild coffee qualities, nuts are still mildly present themselves as well. Touch of caramel as well. Mouthfeel is a light medium, slightly watery in texture. Carbonation is medium low, and gets there only with some swirling down. Very easy to drink, I can only imagine this being more fantastic with cask treatment.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for sending this beer to me. Been looking forward to trying it for a while. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear ruby/mahogany, with a one finger, off-white head. Decent retention and not much lacing. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Caramel right away, some brown sugar, a little bit of fruit, and iced tea at the end.

T: Slight metallic flavor, caramel, more fruity than the aroma lead on, with some dark fruits. The iced tea flavor returns on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice, low ABV, session beer. Much more flavor than anything I have had lower than 4% so far.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with ruby hue and 1 finger off white head

smell: coffee, malts,

taste: malts, coffee, fruit on the backend finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: interesting beer. highly drinkable considering the abv. has much more flavor then those commercial beers that are based on 3 hops and water.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very malty with a lot of toffee and some caramel mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of toffee, caramel, cocoa and some nuttyness. For such a low alcohol beer, there is a lot of flavor. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Mill Race Mild from Grand River Brewing
Beer rating: 74.1% out of 100 with 54 ratings
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