AXL Pale Ale | MillKing It Productions

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AXL Pale AleAXL Pale Ale

Brewed by:
MillKing It Productions
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WeisGuy on 08-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tophers
1.12/5  rDev -67%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a: Straw colored. Very clear. Excessive head from too much carbonation (this one was a gusher)

s: Light, caramel malt flavor. Spicy hop aroma. Don't pick up much of the citrus of American hops

t: Can taste mild malt sweetness. Quite bitter without much hop flavor. Has some sour notes to it (I suspect lactic acid). Somewhat astringent too

m: Excessive carbonation. Not very pleasant. Astringent and not smooth

o: This beer was a gusher and was likely infected (gusher and sour notes). Not a very freshing beer. I would recommend that they check their sanitation procedures.

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2/5  rDev -41%

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of BriPete
2.04/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Disclaimer: it's possible that I received a bad batch (2 of the 6 cans were similarly bad), although other reviewers seemed to like it.

Appearance: cloudy, dark copper, almost orange, minimal head, little head retention, no lacing. Not as cloudy as a hefeweizen, but close. Upon closer inspection I see small particulates floating, probably trub and/or pellet hop remnants. Some small chunks washed out when I rinsed out the empty can.

Aroma: Not much; no discernable hops, some caramel. Some more late hop additions and dry-hopping would help.

Flavor: A bad combination of caramel sweetness, hop bitterness, and funk. As mentioned above, I think there is something wrong with this batch, which could be affecting taste. I prefer less cloying sweetness and more balance in an APA.

Mouthfeel: a little thick, not something quaffable; medium carbonation.

Overall: drain pour (this batch at least); might try on tap or as a single before buying another sixer.

Served in: pint glass.

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Photo of Danielr26
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of MasterSki
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jason found this at a store in Royal Oaks - he somehow always manages to find the best beers to share with me. Served in a tulip.

A - Slow gusher - first time I've seen that from a can. Big white foam with great retention and glass-coating lace. Hazy orange-amber body with a few visible bubbles and tiny particulates at the bottom of the glass.

S - Perhaps this should be called an ABPA - American Brett Pale Ale. Citrus hops mingle with medicinal and tropical brett funk. There's a light dollop of honey and toffee malts in the background. Surprisingly decent considering it's infected.

T - Taste is far worse. Malty pale ale with a bit of light citrus and a dusty, medicinal finish. Not entirely unpalatable - would make a passable hoppy brett beer I suppose.

M - Low carbonation, smooth medium-light body, lightly sticky finish with some dryness as well. No alcohol presence.

D - As a pale ale this is a complete failure. As a hoppy brett beer it's not bad at all. Split the difference on the scores.

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can from Main Party Store in AA

a - pours a slightly hazy deep burnt orange color, one-inch frothy white head with good retention and lacing

s - pretty weak aroma, really need to get your nose down in it to smell anything, light caramel malt mixed hints of citrusy and grassy hops, no alcohol detectable

t - orange citrus sweetness up front with a caramel and light biscuit malt flavor on the midpalate, finish is a mix of lightly bitter grassy hops and lighter sweet caramel malt, not much alcohol to speak of, the can does not have an abv, but I suspect it's <5%, overall, the taste is pretty clean and fairly refreshing, but not all that interesting

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit of a creamy feel on the palate, well-balanced finish

d - very easy-drinking and clean tasting, but the complexity is just not there to keep the beer very interesting, one can is enough for me, I could see this as a decent warm weather beer if you're hanging around outside grilling, but there are better options for that as well

Always good to see a new brewery making a decent beer and even canning it. I don't know anything about this place other than it's brewed in Royal Oak, MI, as the can says in about 15 places. Worth a try if you see it in your local store.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mcallister
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my pal bierguy5 for this treat. Pours a cloudy copper with a large erupting white head, thick and sticky, with stickier lace that just hangs around with vengeance. Very nice looking pale ale.

Aroma carries out of my tulip and attacks the ole factor. Resiny hop with stone fruit and light citrus additions. Spicy notes, caramel, and toffee. So far I like.

A somewhat misleading nose. Hops clearly take a back seat to rich caramel malt, flint, and a hint of aluminum. The hops I get in the mouth are geared more towards earthy, spicy varieties with only a hint of peach. Mouthfeel is also a bit blah, slightly astringent and chalky on the finish. Great to look at and smell but falls off from there.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of MillKing It Productions AXL Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. This brewery just showed up in my part of Michigan, I think I had this beer before but it was a long time when I first got into craft beer, so I'm interested to see what it's like, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling, but I think it's fairly fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the way this can looks, it just has a nice clean and well done look to it. It poured a nice golden yellow color that took on a darker orange tint when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of chunky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a proper looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts that had a higher amount of sweetness to them and imparted a grainy, brown bread, and caramel like aroma. Next comes the hops first they smell pretty spicy, but after that comes a little citrus hop aroma that makes the aroma a little more interesting. I liked the aroma, but it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste is seems to be similar to the aroma. It starts off with the malts which are far less sweet then the aroma led me to believe, they impart some grainy, brown bread and a really slight caramel flavor. After that comes the hops which are full of spicy hop flavors with hardly any citrus to be found. Towards the finish it starts to taste a little watered down with a pretty low amount of bitterness with a spicy and grainy aftertaste. The taste seemed to be slightly above average for an American Pale Ale.

M- Pretty damn smooth, crisp, refreshing, a little watery, on the medium side of being light bodied, and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel worked well with this beer, but I could have done without the watery feel.

Overall I thought this beer was ok and it was a slightly above average example of the style, it had some nice American Pale Ale aspects to it, but it also had some unwanted aspects. This beer had great drinkability and went down very smooth, but the flavor didn't do the greatest job at holding my attention, two pint cans would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty good for a Pale Ale and I liked that it stayed pretty true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the watery feel and taste that this beer had, it would be much better without it. I might buy this again when looking for a decent Pale Ale that comes in a can, but I can't see myself going out of the way to buy a single and I don't think I would want a four pack. All in all this was an ok first impression for this brewery and I wouldn't mind checking out more of their beers, but this beer is a ways away from being a great American Pale Ale, still decent though.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Warm orangey amber, a touch copper. Less than clear but with a few large bubbles rising to join the good size rocky cap of cream colored foam. Head falls fast, but keeps a ring and leaves some decently okay lace. Second pour to empty the 16oz can results in lots of chunks and floaties.

S: Bready & doughy base malt with touches of caramel and sweetness. Perfumey & sweet very faint alcohol and ester note. Hint of herbal & vaguely citrus hops. Fairly shy aroma, but it gets better as it warms with more caramel & sweetness, and more esters coming out.

T: Richly doughy and bready in a light way – minimal crust notes. A bit of sweetness, hints of caramel, and a faint background note of roast. Hops are strongly balanced and fairly bitter. Mostly herbal with hints of citrus flashing in, and fading to a bit grassy at the end and a touch resiny with earthy notes in the finish. Perfumey, spicey, and sweet alcohol is mild but noticeable. Some of it is probably esters.

M: A little bit past medium body with CO2 just under-balanced. Gives it a rich, bigger feel – more of a sipper than a quaffer. Sweeter with lots of dextrins and some sticky sugars. Hops provide oils and tannins, and manage to push it drying.

D: Big, weighty, & just barely leaning dark pale. Well within range. Robustly bready & sweet malts with fairly firmly balancing bitter hops. Surprisingly noticeable alcohol for under 6% beer. A tasty, big & slow drinking, enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of melissab318
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep copper color with a thin, wet beige head.

Aroma of caramel and grainy malts and light grassy hops.

The taste followed the aroma with caramel maltiness and lightly bitter grassy hops.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A little less hoppy than I would have expected but not bad.

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Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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AXL Pale Ale from MillKing It Productions
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