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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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.84/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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 golfbeerguy2
4.66/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love it. Another great from Mill Street.

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Photo of Skidz
4.65/5  rDev +25%
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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4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
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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4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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 +21.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
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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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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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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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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 435 ratings