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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: 432 |  Reviews: 192
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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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3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber clear ale, off-white with good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling citric, lemon, grape-fruit and pine needles.

Tasting of toffee, grape-fruit juice and crushed lemon seed.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, smooth with a medium body, a dry finish.

A good well balanced APA. Nice hop charatcer.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a gem of a brew...

Deep copper in color and very light lacing.

The aroma is complex. Dark-Bitter Chocolate. Light Caramel, Heavy Roasted Malt. Hoppy. Slight Coffee. Floral. Spicy. Smokey.
One of the better smelling ales in my opinion!

The flavor of Tank house is easy drinking, crisp, pungent in malts, slight sweetness, slight bitterness - Almost woody like.
It's extremely well balanced.

This brew would pair well with an aged cheese.
I had with an extra old cheddar and some dry roasted, slightly seasoned peanuts.
If you like a spicy, smokey malty and hoppy brew, you'll certainly fall in love with this drink!
From start to finish, this one pleases every time.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a Mill St. tulip.

A: Copper brown with a reddish hue. Off-white head that has nice lacing as you drink.

S: Does not to this brew justice. It is far fainter than the taste and is the only pitfall of this otherwise fine beer. Faint sent of malts and caramel.

T: Very nice and distinct taste that I have grown to love. Malty with hints on caramel and enough hops to balance it out. A slightly bitter finish that I love. Always consistent and a pleasure to taste.

M: Nice crisp carbonation that fades quickly enough not to mask the finish of this finely crafted ale. An almost smooth mouthful that is very enjoyable.

O: A staple in my beer fridge and my personal favourite drink with all factors considered (Everyday drink, price point, flavour preference etc). When reviewing/drinking other red/brown ales, Tankhouse sets the standard that is normally tough to match.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark copper in color. nice head. medium carbonation. very clean looking if that makes sense?

hops. slightly woody in smell.

tastes like it smells. enjoy the after taste which lingers. dry. more hops than malt, but that is what I like.

somewhat light, but that wood like smell/taste seems to add a certain density to the mouthfeel.

great brewski. i mean great. can i say great again? not perfect but every category scored a 4/5 so can't ask for much more. one of my new favorites. highly recommend for an ipa lover, or really anyone looking to try something different than highly questionable "premium" macro lagers.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a rich copper colour. Crystal clear in clarity. A light, cream coloured head tops the brew, made of moderately tight bubbles. One and a half fingers. Head dissipates fairly quickly but lacing lingers quite a while longer (though it was absent in the later half of the beer). Small bubbles steadily rising from bottom of glass to meet the cap hint at a nice level of carbonation.

S - Grapefruit notes, slightly metallic, from the Cascade are first noticed on the nose. A malt aroma is also present, slightly biscuity and toasty.

T - Bold, tart grapefruit flavour up front from the Cascades. Malt flavours (slightly roasted) evolve subtly but become more pronounced as the initial hop flavour disapates. Nice bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied mouth feel. Moderately tingly due to carbonation.

O - A nicely balanced, nicely flavoured APA which would session well, though can be enjoyed as a sipper as well.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 432 ratings
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