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 tomghiley
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
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 mortsbrews
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was disappointing given the hype. Aroma hints of smoky roasted chocolate. Starts crisp but finish turns a bit hazy. Lingers and then hard to drink multiple. Nice dark amber colour and decent head.

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Photo of Viggo
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper/ruby, fizzy white head forms, leaves just as fast, some random spots of lace, almost no retention. Smell is sweet, malty, some citrus and pine hops, weak. Taste is almost all malt, some toffee, crystal malt, bread and grain, tiny bit of floral in the finish, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely weak finish. What the hell did they do to this? It used to be a decently hoppy pale ale, now it tastes like they don't even bother adding hops anymore. Very disappointing as this used to be a great session ale.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

1-finger head, with a copper-red, amber appearance.

A mild, bready scent present over the head.

Taste: I found my first sips to be bitter for an amber (based on what I like and am used to). Regretfully, I did a beeradvocate search for this beer only after I ordered, so I was disappointed to find that I ordered a Pale Ale, which is not a beer style that I particularly like. (The menu said "Tankhouse Amber". If it had said "Tankhouse Ale", I would not have ordered it.) In this particular case, I found the flavour unsurprising, but I'm somewhat biased against Pale Ales.

Overall, decent for the style, I suppose, but I don't like Pale Ales, so I can't rate this too highly.

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Photo of justiceavocado
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Gift from an old friend in Canada, sent to me via my brother. From a 341mL bottle into a tulip.

A – Not sure what to expect from this one. Pours a clear reddish-orange with a good amount of visible carbonation, head dissipates in less than a minute, but lacing hangs out averagely well.

S – Crisp lemon and lime hops, but not orange or spices. Not particularly clear, but that's expected for the style.

T – Nose is slightly sweet lemon, followed immediately by smoky malts, finish is a mix of both, resulting in a kind of pine wax bitterness. Not boozy at all. Kind of a one-dimensional taste, upon reflection, just pine bitterness, and not much else. Not the worst quality, but not the best, either.

M – Velvet carbonation, lots of thin bubbles, almost like a bottle-conditioned belgian with sugar, which is weird for the style, like it was forced. Leaves a dry resin for a bit after a sip.

O – The bottle claims this is brewed with "a staggering amount of hops," but I don't know what the story is. I don't taste so much of a balance as a full-on bitterness with no aromatic or fruit or malt to balance it out. Again, it's one-dimensional. I prefer a beer to commit, really bring a strong presence – which might be a lot to ask of a 5% pale ale, but I've had others that fit my preference more nearly than this does.

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Photo of kkipple
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An American Pale? Shouldn't this be Canadian Pale? Not quite sure where this came from, an extra in a trade somewhere along the line... But I digress...

A. Pours a very red and rich autumn-leaf rust, with a fast-fading head and lots of active carbonation. Ok. No lace to speak of.

S. Sort of musty, sweet malts and grain. Caramel heavy, very little hop aroma. A little bready. Not bad though.

T. Initially sweet, but fades to rather messy caramel malt and dry hop bitterness, some seltzer-water minerally flavors crop up and the finish is a bitter, although not hoppy per se, muddled semi-dry caramel thing. Not that great. Probably an old bottle.

M. Decent body, still quite fizzy and full, finishes dry, unpleasant aftertaste. Should snap and pop, or at least fall off gracefully, but it's rather thick and clumsy.

D. Nah. This is why we need freshness dates on bottles, folks. I know this is several months old, and probably older, but there is no way of telling and it makes it tough to review. Alas! For now it is a sub-par example of the style and not even that fun to drink.

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Photo of maclean25
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack of bottles from a liquor store while visiting Ottawa. Came in with no expectations though I was a little suspicious due to the ambiguous "dark ale" descriptor on the box.

The body is clear amber and it poured with a small creamy head. The aroma is of an earthy-flowery hops, with light grapefruit and bubblegum. In the taste the hops is dominant with a smoky ash malt. The flavour has chocolate, bubblegum-mint, and little bit of zesty lemon. It has high carbonation with a constant stream of carbonation bubbles and a creamy or buttery feel. I find it lighter than most other beers.

Overall, I find it out of balance, like there are two flavours battling each other. Looking back, maybe I have been spoiled with APAs, as all three others I've reviewed here were far superior (though two of those are west coast beers and the other a world-class beer).

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Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Redish copper colour. Clarity is good along with the head development. Not much aroma to speak of - little hint of citrus. Taste- malt bill is good, but the hops taste stale. Grassy and muddy hops- not so good. Mouthfeel is ok and finsih is dry from the hops. Easy enough to drink but the flavour would get pretty tiring after a couple. Not a bad effort from a canadian brewer.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a beer given to me by a friendly canadian who saved this bottle for me for a long time after i said how much i liked to mill st. coffee porter (thanks, natalie!) pours blood red with a white head, odor is a little hoppy, a little metallic and dully malty. taste definitely had the metallic qualities in it too, proving the accuracy of my beer-nose. also some hops that are nice, some heavy malts that i think are over the top and kill the beer a bit. its an ok flavor, but goes the same way as a lot of other supposedly hoppy canadian beers...too much malt. its drinkable enough though.

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Photo of decimator
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the OCB discovery pack no. 2.
341ml bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a clear redish-brown with a 1/4" of creamy foam with some staying power.

S - Mostly sweet malts with some toasts and citrus fruits.

T - Toasted grains, some honey like sweetness, a bit of a tang and a some hop bitterness at the end.

M - Smooth and creamy with average carbonation.

D - One or two would be enough for me despite the good flavor profile.

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Photo of dherling
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly dark honey brown color crowned with a thick luscious creamy tan head that slowly sank ito a thin film. The nose had a decent malt front line backed by strong fresh hops, a little citrusy, more piney. The taste was a bit of a letdown. Starts in a good hoppy direction, then the bottom falls out from under it. No body whatsoever, drinks extremely clean and without purpose. Has a lightly cabronated, yet highly fizzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable, good sessioner, but not a good beer overall. Lackluster.

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Photo of dipso123
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on tap
L: a fine looking head all the way to the bottom of the pint leaving fine lacing all the way down the glass
S: a small malt aroma with little or no hop character
T: a rather bland malt profile with little hop flavor
F: over carbonated for an EPA which this resembles far more than an APA. Rough bitterness throughout
O: Not entirely unpleasant but imminently forgettable. And BTW since when is an APA traditional and deep copper-red and since when are Cascade hops spicy rather than citrusy. The recipe is 20 years old and it shows - it needs up an up grade.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light russet. Cushy aroma of cascades and warm dry-hopping. A wonderful inviting nose lets you down by the first taste – slightly grainy and clunky in the mouth as a richer toffee caramel flavor builds. Finishes with the faintest hints of butter, which really do not corrupt the brew. The first half of this beer is rough on the palate, grainy and chalky while the second half is much more enjoyably Anglo: tasty, petite, drinkable. Mouthfeel retains some of the chalk-bits encountered on the palate. Drinkability leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of iceball585
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Brownish amber color, semi-clear, thin white cover that faded slowly

S- Light earthy hops, grassy, pale malts, caramel, hint of citrus

T- Flowery hops, grains, toasted nuts, earthy, grassy, light malts, slightly sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, fairly dry then oily finish

D- Worth trying

I would consider this to be a very middle of the road american pale ale. Not a lot of complexity but not too over hopped as some breweries tend to do.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Even though i'm not a fan of APA's I gave this one a try as everything else this brewery kicks out is great. This one was just what I anticipated. Typical APA, not as sweet as some others, and a bit more carbonation than what I am used to in IPA's. Straight forward flavor of watery earthy elements that you find in just about any brew in this style. Kind of a metalic, chemical aftertaste, but not all that terrible. Still not a bad beer, and I would even recommend it being as I don't care for this style.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish amber with 1.5 fingers of fluffy, short-lived head. Many small fast-moving bubbles.

S - Toffee, sweet citrus fruit.

T - Steady grapefruit bitterness, citrus, hints of caramel, strong melanoidins. Highly attenuated.

M - Aggressively carbonated and slightly thin.

O - Dry, drinkable N.A. style Pale Ale. One of many good options in Ontario, one I will return to from time to time.

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Photo of Mikefilmerca
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with ok carbonation. The head is ok 1 fat thumb, off white and little lace.

The smell is malty, mixed fruit and bread.

The taste is ok, fruits and light bread, some tart peach, light old coffee, and stale biscuit in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is just above BMC from my bottle , not a great pick but ok, I can see how a freash draft version of this brew could work better. I would seek it out if I ever get back to Canada. Prosit


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Photo of bryehn
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, rusty garnet colour with a sizable soapy white head that leaves a generous lace and stays around as a collar.

I get a rich toasted malt aroma with pepper and citrus notes. It's maybe a bit mild, but appealing regardless.

The taste is mild at first as well, but bursts through with a biscuit-like flavour before a nice, understated bitterness sets in along with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

The beer has a nice and smooth, drinkable mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to give it a tangy bite on my tongue.

This is a great day-to-day beer from Mill Street that goes very well with fried or salty foods that quickly became part of my regular rotation after just one sample.

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Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a copper red with a half finger width of bubbly head.

Smell - Leafy hops, citrus, grass.

Taste - Lightly bitter leafy hops along with a caramel malt flavour. Finishes with a well-balanced hops to malts flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A good APA by Mill Street. Hops and malts are well-balanced. Nothing really stands out as a "wow" factor with this one, but still a good brew.

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Photo of heebes
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber with little head, appears to have good carbonation.
Scent has a slight aroma of fruits.
Taste is of a malty blend of oranges and pine. Some aftertaste lingers.
Mouthfeel is light and watery, not much substance.
Overall this is a pretty good, almost sessionable beer. It lacks anything 'original' or 'next-level' but has some returnability. Great logo!

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Photo of mikeg67
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Marce in Toronto. Pours dark amber with a thick white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of caramel malt and hints of hops. Medium, tangy body. Grapefruit hops dominate the palate while caramel malt provide some balance. Medium finish is dry. Nothing special brew.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy dark amber, almost copper color, beige 1 finger head, lasting 2 minutes, with good legs and tons of activity.

Sweet aromas of nutty toffee and bitter spices. Inviting smell. Very sour toasty citrus flavors. Heavily spicy with a thick hoppy feel.

Medium body with subtle carbonation, strong finish with a long bitter smoky mouth coat and a dry end.

Overall : Packed with flavors, but slightly off in freshness and not finding the bitterness pleasing.

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I keep revisiting this one (on-tap as well), but it has never thrilled me.

A: Light amber, pours with plenty of head, not much retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Floral, slightly citrusy, hints of caramel.

T: Floral & citrusy hops, mild nut bread, hints of burnt caramel. Modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; some residual sweetness.

D: Decent.

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