Mill Street Tankhouse Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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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.

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Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 426
Photo of N1120A
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
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 Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out bright amber and sits deep copper in the glass with a thick frothy beige head. Solid lacings all around.

Rich toasty malts are abound. Toasted hazelnuts and some slight hints of fig mingle with an underlying citrusy hops fringe. Maybe a bit of maple and raisin as well.

And the aroma flows right into the mouth... Malts are forward once again, lending their toasty character, but hops make a solid impression as well. Lemony grasses pucker at the sides while some more, perhaps, tropical fruity flavors intermingle. Well played.

The mouthfeel of this god. Imagine yourself in a hot tub, feeling the warmth cover your body. The jets of air pushing bubbles throughout the pool. Your leg rises in the current and a stream of bubbles move their way across your thigh, and you squirm with delight at their intrusion--that moment is where this beer is at.

Aside from being on the darker and nuttier side of the pale ale spectrum, this is an encounter most welcome. I wish there were more beers like this; the ones that surprise you with their finesse and delectability. Canada, your case is growing stronger.

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Photo of shamus
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on tap at the Iron Works in Almonte ON. It's a nice pub right on the Mississippi River (not that one, it just has the same name). They only serve micro-brews there and fresh food. It's a rarity in these parts and I wonder why a small town like Almonte can do this but a cit of 800,000+ like Ottawa can't.

I've been a fan of this beer for over a year now but I never had the opportunity to try it on tap until now. It was a pint of heaven. Better, much better than in the bottle. Fresh hoppy loveliness. I can't go on because I'm going to black out thinking of how good it was.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the most beautiful, complex malty flavours I've ever experienced, spectacular brew. The hops are on point as well, making this like old speckled hen on crack... or, you know, not that.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a deep clear copper, with two fingers of soapy beige head that retains very well

S - roasty smoky malt, then spicy hops with a lingering richness

T - a nice bitterness combined with lasting spicy feel and flavour from the hops (a staggering amount of them according to the lable), also slightly resiny, with a pleasant rich smoky malt finish

M - fairly smooth and bubbly, with a tingly sensation related to the hops and spice

D - being a hop lover, i could drink this all day. There hops get me going, and the lasting smokey richness keeps bringing me back for another. Outstanding!

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Photo of putnam
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour and creamy soap suds on top deplete quickly.
I really like the aromas emerging from this beer. There is a dried orange peel quality to the movement of hops on the nose that combines with lemon, grapefruit, cinnamon candy and toffee facets and begs to be explained. I'm not enough of a hops varietalist to venture a guess as to its origins (barn-cured Cascade?), but the buds used in this broth are beautiful to smell.
On the palate there is a piney burst of floral-draped, roasted red honey and a dry yet creamy-textured close. It is all texture, as in whipped cream melting, there is no sugar to be found. Ultimately, when cold, the finish presents a chalky, austere, woody quality that leaves dry room on the palate for repetition. The ponderous aromatics require it.
If I were to compare this stunning beer to a standard I might say it is a combination of Anchor Liberty (structure, lightness) and Mendocino BC Red Seal (rosy, red-toned malts and hops flavor.)

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Photo of Absumaster
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to plucier for this beer!

A brown, amber beer with lots of carbonation and fine-bubbled glass sticking foam.

Smell is hoppy with citric and resinous characteristics, this gives grapefruit and orangepeel smells. Some caramel maltiness lays behind this big hoppiness, but is not able to get from behind it. Yeast is fruity with some red fruit.

Taste is bitter and (raw) hoppy with a citric grapefruit taste, which is resinous and piney. Malts are supporting the hops to a minimum and have a caramellic taste. The beer appears to be less bitter, when nearing the end of the glass, which improves drinkabililty to the max. Aftertaste is dry and leaves a long lingering bitter.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber/mahogany body, with a rich, light-tanned frothy head.

S: Quite hoppy, with notes of fruit and caramel. Some spiciness can also be picked up in the nose. Very promising.

T: Starts out with a pretty good hoppy bite, followed with some serious fruitiness and spiciness. The finish is dry, with some subtle caramel notes that linger on for a while. Very satisfying if you like hoppy beers.

M: Medium-bodied. The mouthfeel is amazing if you're into pale ales, like I am.

D: A proper pale ale. A top-of-the-line kind of brew. Not only this is a good example of the style, but it is also very well-balanced.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times in a bottle, but then had it last night on tap at Chaucey's in London. Its a bit better on tap

Pours a dark amber/brown and is reddish against the light. Good head and it laces the glass as you drink it

Aroma is fruity, citrusy hops dominate

Flavour is very malty with good hop bitterness in the end. Burnt aftertaste. Hoppy, nutty, definately not a bland ale, there's a lot going on

Mouthfeel is very good, not too creamy, and not very watery. Good amount of carbonation on tap, I think the bottle version has a little too much

Drinkability I suppose depends on my mood. I don't think I'd turn down this beer on tap very often tho

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz draught
5.2% ABV

I tried this beer on May 13, 2008 at the "Elephant and Castle" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was poured a translucent reddish-brown colour with a half-inch creamy tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination or raosted malt, and hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour was all about the hops. A nice bitter citrusy tang and a very good beer.

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Photo of Amalak
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Red, clear, not very bubbly. Great head with good lace.

S: Nutty and aromatic.

T: Very crisp and flavorful.

M: Really very refreshing and cool.

D: Thick and flavorful.

Tremendous beer. It was really, really crisp and refreshing. Tastes like your traditional ale, but with great bite to it.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
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 andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've bought several 6-ers of this and drank it a number of times on tap, but this is my first time reviewing it.

A - Pours a dark copper brown with a reddish hue. Solid thumb of bubbly light brown head which dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing.

S - The smell on Tankhouse is unique and memorable, mixing roasted malts with sweet caramel and finishes with a sweet citrus hop.

T - The bitter hops come off on the top, though this particular bottle had a slight metallic flavour. The caramel flavour comes through as well and the lemon citrus comes off strong with a bitter after-taste.

M - This one goes down smooth, it's very light and the carbonation is perfect. Delicious!

D - This is one of my favourites by Mill Street, and I've found it to be consistently delicious when enjoyed on tap as well. A very nicely balanced ale, and the bitter finish makes it a flavourful and rewarding experience!

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Photo of MMansfield
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at work 11/10/07.

Appearances: Poured a medium amber color with a thick head head. Retains very well, leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with plenty of grassy and floral hops. Hops come through very nicely in the nose and blends well with malt.

Taste: Plenty of caramel malt, reminiscent of an English Ale but hopped as an American styled ale. Heavy bittering hops in the finish which is a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, drinkability very high. Probably the most sessionable beer I've had to date.

Final Statement: A stunning beer. My favourite Mill St. product to date and a beer I could session all night. Highly recommended. It's as if this beer was designed specifically for me to drink when the night isn't all about beer... if that makes sense. Either way, this pale ale is near perfect.

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Photo of atomicbolt
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starting off New Year's Eve early (one of many beers I'll ring in 2009 with). This was part of the second round of the Ontario Craft Brewer Discovery Pack mixed 6-pack collection, the first round was pretty tame but I like that the second round has some classics and at least a couple beers I've wanted to try.

Looks good, copper-brown with a sticky white head. Real hoppy kick in the smell, toasty, with some fruity malt sweetness.

Sweet malty kick to the taste, that subdues into a lightly bitter, burnt flavour. Lots going on in the taste, very enjoyable. Goes down smooth, but with a thinner and more carbonated mouthfeel than the creaminess I was hoping for. Leaves a crisp aftertaste, a little fruity, mostly bitter and perhaps coffee-tasting.

Overall, a drinkable and enjoyable brew. Out of the Discovery Pack this might be my pick of the pack, although I've got high hopes for Cameron's Auburn.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Bottle. Pours a red copper with a white head. Some lacing. Nose is fruity and hoppy. Taste is quite hoppy with a bitter finish. A brilliant hoppy ale that has a nice complexity but still very refreshing. A constant in my fridge.

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Photo of TrojanMan
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a Canadian friend swap me a few of his local brews for a few of my local ones and I ended up getting four bottles of this tankhouse. I wanted to review it just to have something from a different geographical area. I'm local to Dogfish Head, Victory, Clipper City, etc. and they're all very "American" style breweries. I think this tankhouse ale is a perfect example of Canada's ability to perfectly blend old-world tradition with just a hint of American influence, throw in a few tricks of their own and come up with a solid, balanced ale equally at home in a British pub or a geeky beerfest. Highly recommend.

As for the beer itself, it's balanced enough to be easy to drink and rich enough to offer up some great complexity. Pours a very deep amber, almost a brown ale. Head is creamy at first then turns bubbly and thinner after a minute or two. Slight lacing on glass and a light, bubbly sheen that lasts to the final drop. Minimal rising of bubbles after initial pouring (I gave this one a light pour, too).

Smells very rich, noticeably hoppy and with a good earthy tone underneath. A slight sweetness and just a hint of fresh linen, I'm guessing from the malt selection. Very "American" balance to the scent as it seems hoppier than I would expect a traditional English ale to be.

Taste is smooth with not much going on until you swallow. Sloshing the liquid around on the tongue reveals some bitter hop notes and a hint of what tastes like a characteristic of the water they used. Either spring water or with slight bits of minerals added, it seems to me. Slightly metallic but in a good way. The finish reveals a great hop presence and releases the malt flavors for you to ponder over. Slightly bitter, the hops linger around the longest.

Mouthfeel is good but the carbonation is a bit on the light side. I think perhaps more carbonation might bring out the flavor of the malt a bit more but who knows. Easy to drink for certain with no worry about gaseous buildup, so to speak. I'd say mouthfeel is the weak point of this brew but that's not to downplay its virtues.

I'm very pleased with it and I think it's worth a try for anyone. It may not be hoppy enough for the hardcore hop-heads but it's got more than enough to keep most American-palate beer geeks happy. I love the clean taste of the water. It really does "remind me" of Canada in a way. Solid offering.

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Photo of FiguredMaple
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my favourite of the Mill House, uh Mill Street range.

There's something about the aroma and taste that is reminiscent to the original Creemore recipe.

My only gripe about this one is the amount of carbonation. On tap its fine, but out of the bottle, it's much different. Far too carbonated.

It's considerably hoppy and floral with an average body.

It would stand up well and counterbalance a char-grilled burger and salty/spicy nibbles.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these in the past week before putting pen to paper at the cottage this weekend and I was pleasantly surprized each time.

Poured an amber hue but more cherry-hardwood sheen in the glass. There was a good head, light mocha in colour and very lively carbonation with a lot of tiny, fast risers. Excellent foam retention and lacing. Spicy, oaky aroma. Lots of hops in the mouth with tart bitterness, sharp but decent finish. Full bodied with substantial mouth feel, bitter but well balanced.

My scores are a bit higher than some of the more recent tastings here, but well deserved ... this could become a stand by favourite around my place. This was the best Mill St. product I've had lately and I'll make a point of trying the rest of their line up.

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Photo of Kremlock
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper colour, very clear, pours a 1 inch head that then falls to a nice cream rim around the glace. Lacing is continuous throughout the drinking.

S: Spiciness, pine, a bit of caramel in the background

T: Some pine with a good malt backbone. You get an upfront bitterness then merging with some caramel and a bit of bread to finish with an equal part of dryness and sweetness.

M: Carbonation is great. Med-low mouthfeel.

O: This is by far one of my favorite Mill St. beers. It's a great pale ale which can be consumed as a session beer.

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Photo of Hex
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bloody-orange color. VERY interesting to look at. Little bubbles rise from the bottem in a "bubble stream" or something of the sort. Nice double finger head, but wont stick around for the party... the lacing on the other hand will keep you company.

S - Has a deep lemony/chocolatey scent. This beer could probably be made into a candle. Very roasty, toasty and smelling a chocolate lemon meringue pie.

T - flavors all come together perfectly and make since. lemony and refreshing, chocolatey and creamy, hoppy and chewy and bitter and sweetness never fit in the same bottle so well. This is a very high class beer.

M - the mouthfeel is tough to discribe. There is a creamy, chewiness in the begining that is washed away by a refreshing and cripy tang. As it you spilled the filling of a brown sugar cinnamin pop-tart in your mouth and the pinesol lady came and cleaned it up.

O - This is a rare beer to see out and about and well worth choosing over many other pale ales. Deffinately a treat. Dont pass it up.

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Photo of seand
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a reddish amber with an ample amount of bubbly tan head. Retains some, enough to leave decent lacing.

S: Dominated by hops, with a syrupy sweet malty undertone.

T: Relatively hoppy, but nicely sweet and balanced. Leaves a lightly hoppy aftertaste which is quite nice.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Very very drinkable, definitely a good choice to session.

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Photo of ManWithHat
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Coppery orange with minimal head that leaves a thin lacing around the glass.

S – The smell is a nice blend of sweet malts and spicy/floral hops.

T – Caramel malts with a spicy, slightly woody and assertive hoppiness. The finish is drying and bitter with a vaguely metallic finish.

M – Medium body and decent carbonation.

D – An excellent session beer. Highly drinkable, well hopped and balanced.

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Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 nighthawk
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle with no best before date, poured into pint glass.

A very large, rocky and yellowish head sits atop a mostly clear dark copper. Rings of lace are left all down the glass, and a nice cap stays until the finish.

Nose is a tug-of-war between sweet caramel malts and pine hops.

Taste has pine and floral hops up front, before mellowing to the malty caramel middle. Bitter hop finish that lingers pleasantly. Very nice balance going on here.

Smooth and medium bodied with a nice balancing carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, goes down beautifully. Can (and do) drink many of these in an evening.

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