Mill Street Tankhouse Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Tankhouse AleMill Street Tankhouse Ale
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Mill Street Tankhouse AleMill Street Tankhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Like traditional pale ales, Tankhouse Ale has a deep copper-red colour. We use five different malts to produce a complex malty texture. The most dominant character of our Pale Ale is the hop. The spicy Cascades is used to give an assertive hop flavour, aroma and bitterness to our ale. The result is a satisfying and complex-tasting beer. Our brewmaster developed this recipe 20 years ago and it has remained his favorite drink of choice.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2003

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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 195
Reviews by Cardmarauder:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of N1120A
4.66/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always have had on Draft. Dark-ish amber, with slight cloud. Generally poured with little head. Like a slightly darker Sierra Nevada. Flavor is like 75% Sierra Nevada Pale, 25% Sculpin. Definitely an APA, but slightly hoppy. Best enjoyed quite cold and on draft. A pint takes a good while to drink, so a nice beer to have when you are limiting yourself to one. Goes quite well with a good moules frites, or a BBQ chicken pizza. Nearly impossible to find in the States, but readily available around Ontario.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a nonic glass.

LOOK (3.5/5) All in all, a pretty standard appearance for the style. It poured a nice coppery-red which was very clear. The head was nice and fluffy and sustained itself for an average time and left some good lacing. There was some really evident carbonation that was nice, but it faded pretty quickly.

SMELL (3.5/5) The smell was good example of the style. It was dominated by hops, with a somewhat earthier aroma. Some maltiness balanced the hops, and this was a mostly bready/biscuit with some toastier notes. A crisper finish.

TASTE (4/5) Similar to aroma. Some nice malts to begin, and obviously finishing with a strong earthier hop flavor. This finish was long, fading into a moderate bitterness.

FEEL (3.5/5) It was medium, but had a slight oily feel that coated the mouth in a long-lasting way that worked well with the drawn-out bitter end.

DRINK (4/5) I liked it a lot, I was happy to drink the glass. Its a nice rich brew that offers an experience at each mouthful. Good for sessioning.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a permanent buff head and deep amber color. Aroma is malt forward with caramel, toasted biscuits and slightly tinged of hops. Flavor is a malty and clean amber, balanced and appropriately toasty. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, this is somewhere between British pale ale and American Amber. Excellent departure from hop mania.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep copper amber color, dark but very crystal clear to see through with a nice amber crystal dark color. Head is light off tan to white, four fingers tall and souffle like retention. Nice looking brew.

Notes of biscuit and toast with a faint caramel sweetness. Really hints toward an amber style with the caramel sweetness here. Nice light toasty grains to go with it.

Classic straightforward amber. A little lighter on the malt and feel with a touch of wetness slightly. Mild herbal tea like hop bent on the finish and a pinch of grapefruit rind like zest. Some nice faint caramel and grainy toast round out a bit.

It's a straight forward simple amber, that's decent, but not earth shattering. Not much to really say about it, but I also can't find anything really faulty, weak, or wrong with it either.

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Photo of tomghiley
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tankhouse was once a good beer, for real, it WAS a good beer, there has to be something that was changed in the recipe or brewing process, because it is not the same beer anymore. for an American Pale Ale, there is very little hop presence, and the malt tastes way too sweet.

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Photo of beersareonme
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good ale. The uneducated bartenders at Kelseys (or any other lame chain restaurant) think this is a hoppy beer. It's not particularly hoppy or bitter, but it does have a fabulous tang to it. A def. winner on tap !!

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Dalia
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tankhouse pours a crystal clear copper hued body with a three finger beige head that hangs around for the session. Extravagant sticky lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is dominated by a toasty and nutty caramel maltiness with just a hint of grapefruit hops.

Creamy medium body has an ideal soft carbonation.

Taste is supremely well balanced. Toffee and toasted caramel are countered by a delicate fruity hop presence that seems to be more red apple than citrus. Finishes clean and even.

This is my favorite of the Ontario brews that an old Canadian friend brought by. Simple, but well executed and highly drinkable.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle to try, poured into a Mill St. glass.

Pours a dark amber, lots of visible carbonation at first, but this, like the head, disappears fairly quickly.

The smell is very nice: earthy and nutty, with some spicy malts and floral hops near the finish.

The taste is solid as well. Caramel, malts and hops compete with one another on the palate, leaving a somewhat dry finish. Earthy and rich, with a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is not too carbonated, a bit slick.

A fine APA from one of my favourite Ontario brewers. Well worth a pick up!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to biegaman for this brew in a trade. Pours dark amber with a one cm head. Smells faintly of hops. Taste is a nice mix of malt and hops; very balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth & this would be a nice session beer. Glad to have tried it.


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Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - TH pours a gorgeous clear dark amber colour and has a nice off white/brown heard. The beer does not show much carbonation. Some decent lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell hops upfront and some caramel in the back. There is a grass/nature smell to it as well, guess you can say earth tones.

Taste - Nice clean tasting beer, very fresh and pure. You can taste the hops upfront and a little bitterness on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation added here, some minimal amount. The beer maintains its same flavour with hops upfront, however, i would say there is the hint of caramel now near the end.

Drinkability - Good call by spinrsx to give this one a try today. Its a nice beer that offers a lot to the pallet. Again, one I would stock to share with friends when they come over.

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Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mikefilmerca
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Not quite an IPA. Seems a bit lost between an APA or an IPA. Better beers out there. I only drink it because it is the only craft beer at my local Pub. Meaning 10x better than your coors or bud light whatever.

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Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well-deserved (first) pint after another head-shrinking day at CIBC's downtown Toronto IT head offices (oh, right, let me be clear - fuuuck you, Michael!).

This beer appears a clear, bronzed medium copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly, and rather creamy off-white head, which leaves a splendid array of honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sweet, fairly crisp biscuity malt, with some additional caramel and toffee notes, and earthy, grapefruit and orange rind citrus hops. The taste is zingy lemon zest, orange cream, a hint of fleshy grapefruit, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, and further grassy, faintly leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad high, but settles as soon as I do, the body a decent medium-full weight, and more or less smooth (the hops here seem capable of making me care a little less about this particular metric). It finishes off-dry, the sort of muted citrus hops and grainy caramel malt performing that last dance lean-in.

A pretty enjoyable APA, one with which I've now even clinked glasses with a vendor's natural enemy - the client. Hey - they chose this (and paid for it, natch), duly aware of my proclivity, so they aren't all that bad, I suppose. Worthy of an alternate sort of mind-numbing session, this one is.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper-red body with three fingers of off-white lace. Plenty of lacing action going on. Decent retention.

Smells like caramel malt, citrus, and pine. Nice aroma.

Caramel malt and a little bit of butter. Grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of fruit. Nice hop flavour with moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. Balanced flavours and smooth body make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did find some flavour in this brew, but had to ignore the metalic undercurrent. The flavour that needs to be brought out is a malty balance. Had it 2.5 years later on cask and it was better, with a light body, light carbonation. C-hop and no balance. The cask is the review score. The bottles' quality is getting watered down, and with Mill Street beers in general, beginning in 2009, I was getting stomach aches likely owing to chemicals being used.

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 444 ratings