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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: 433 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, cereal

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some cereal. There is some hop bitterness.. but not as much as I remember tasting when I had it previously from a bottle. There is also a bit of a grassiness. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall – This one wasn't as good as I remember it being. Perhaps I ran into an older out of date keg. Regardless, it's still one of the better better beers made in Ontario.

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Photo of yerocdiamond
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Dejavu
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Appearance: It has a nice clear copper/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice thick lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrusy hops with some sweet caramelly malts and some fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrusy, piney/earthy hop character to it that brings a slight bitterness and has some bready, fruity and caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark copper colour with a smooth offwhite head. Poor head retention.

Malty aroma with a distinct grassy hoppiness. A touch of citrus. Interesting.

Moderately malty with some nice caramel tones. Moderately-low bitterness with a dose of resinous, citrus hops. Okay.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. A little gassy.

A decent APA. A little middle of the road but it ticks most of the necessary boxes.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Converge
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of thick, off-white head. Deep amber-orange and brown. Looks good. Bits of spotty lacing follow a nice soapy cap of foam down the glass.

S - Lots of leafy hops, with some nice caramel malt and brown sugar balancing it out. Smells very enticing.

T - Very good balance of citric and earthy hops with a nice malty backbone of caramel, bread, and spices. Simple but balanced and enjoyable.

M - Good carbonation and a medium bodied feel. Pretty creamy on the palate.

D - A nice and balanced APA with an enjoyable hop presence.

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Photo of david18
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a large draft of this on a recent trip to Toronto. I tried a lot of beers on that trip. I didn't love any of them but this was a little better than most.

Appearance is a copper to amber color. Darkish head with a lot of active carbonation.

Aroma was more malty than hoppy, especially for a pale ale but overall a nice aroma.

Flavor was also a bit more malty than hoppy but pretty balanced and not bad.

Overall a pretty good beer. Nothing outstanding but good.

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Photo of aletale
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a six-pack of bottles...

This beer pours a deep, clear copper colour. There is very minimal head even on a fairly aggressive pour, which was slightly disappointing.

However, the nose more than makes up for it. This resembles some of the more flavourful IPA's I've had in this past. A brilliant scent of spices, some bright fruits, as well as some hops come to mind.

A very interesting drinking beer. It is hoppier than the nose would indicate, leaving a nice dry aftertaste. On the front there is a very spicy, fruity, and perhaps even nutty bite to this beer. Very unique, to be sure. Plus, with it's medium/light carbonation, and lack of alcoholic 'bite' the beer drinks quite easily. I'd be tempted to chug it if it wasn't so flavourful.

Mill Street Tankhouse Ale drinks like a traditional English pale ale, with a few extra surprises. Definitely reccomended.

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Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a very clear, amber-brown with a half finger of bubbly off-white head.

Smell. Toasty caramel malts and a little hops underneath.

Taste. Caramel malts and earthy hops. Nice lingering light bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall. Good, easy drinking pale ale. I could go for another one of these.

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

The first widely available APA in Ontario, and my introduction to Centennial hops. A frequent "session ale", seems odd to be reviewing it now after so many years of enjoying it...

Dark red-hued amber with a long-lasting, cream-coloured head. Decent level of carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel; no oiliness whatsoever. Hoppy aroma, pure "C" with citrus and pine notes. Well balanced taste, with caramelized malt sweetness blending into a "west-coast" bitter hop finish.

Excellent flavour palate for 5.2% ABV sessionability. A very drinkable beer that should appeal to many.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark (but clear) coppery orange with a sizeable, foamy, tan head. Retention is solid: the head takes its time diminishing to a patchy cap of foam, and leaves the slightest bit of spotty lacing.

S: Caramel, biscuit, and roasted malts provide a well-rounded base for nuanced hop aromas - a clean and fresh floral, slightly grassy, and generally earthy character punctuated by spicy and citric (notably grapefruit; probably Cascade hops) notes.

T: Caramel and biscuit malts lead the sip, slightly bready and toasty, along with earthy, pine-like, floral hops. Segues into a more roasted malt and citrus/grapefruit hops with a bit of woodiness that complements the roasty malt.

M: Either on the heavy end of light-bodied or light end of medium-bodied, with light, creamy carbonation. The clean, bitter grapefruit/roasted malt finish balances the taste perfectly.

D: A great APA with exceptional balance and complexity to make it worth sipping as well as sessioning.

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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 fostachild
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear brown color with a slight yellowness to it. lots of foamy head, which fades to a sheet of lacing lasting the entire time.

smell has strong hops. citrus and piney aroma. bitterness to it as well.

taste is creamy and also has a nice bitterness. hops very present, and a bit of malt. very slight sweet/fruit taste to it. well carbonated, well balanced, and good drinkability - could easily have several in one sitting.

i've had this on many occasions and it never disappoints. this beer has such a distinct taste, and is really enjoyable in my opinion.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at The Manx in Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured a dark copper with no visible carbonation, no head as it was poured all the way to the top, no lacing and no retention. Bright.

S - Fruity hops with fruity malts as well. Caramel came out too. Nice and inviting with balance.

T - Piney and fruity hops. Fruity malts with caramel, dark bread, and biscuits as well. Kinda like an ESB.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body and a slight bitterness in the finish.

O/D - Less hops than I remember in the bottle. It's quite nice and seshable while being smooth and flavourful.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a two finger pillowy head - decent lacing - deep copper/amber color - good retention on the head

S = earthy malt, grass, stale biscuit

T - malty, earthy, spicy up front - a little bitter in the after taste - grassy - not much citrus

M - medium body and decent carbonation - a little dry

O - one of the first beers to turn me onto craft, would have received higher marks 6 months ago but given some of the recent pale ales I have sampled it is not quite adventurous enough for my taste

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked from a six-pack containing 6 different Mill Street brews. The first pick was rather average; hopefully the second will raise my eyebrow a bit more.

Pours a dark copper color with a one finger head with reasonable retention. Within a few minutes it has faded, and patchy, foamy lacing remains in varying density across the surface for the duration of the drink. Lots of lacing. Looks tasty enough. Smell is quite nice with a very firm citrus/grapefruit hop presence. Some sweet malts underlie this but the hops are definitely at center stage as far as smell goes. Promising so far.

OK, my eyebrows are raised. This is a really well-made APA. A slight biscuity malt sweetness, followed by a strong earthy, leafy hop flavour and spiciness. Grapefruit bitterness/dryness persists in the finish. The hops are definitely in the forefront here. Mouthfeel is a little creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Very palate-cleansing.

I really like this beer, and am now eager to try some more stuff from this brewer. Not sure if it's a good session beer as I could see the hops starting to ruin your palate after a few. Still, it's a delicious treat and is highly recommended.

[Updated Oct. 28 2013]

I've had this at least a few times over the past 2-3 years, mostly because Tankhouse is in virtually every one of the Mill Street sampler packs. This is the first time I've actually picked up a six-pack of it, though, with there being very few other craft beer options locally. While I still feel that this is a solid pale ale, with a tasty backbone of biscuity malts and caramel combined with a respectable hop bill, it's just not particularly memorable. This is one of my favourites from Mill Street, but there are too many great APAs on the market right now for this to be something I return to with any sort of frequency.

Final Grade: 3.79, a B+.

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Photo of marty21
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark very dark copper with one finger worth of soapy off white head. Settles to a thin cap and left a few spots of lacing.

S: Lot’s of hops up front with a strong caramel malt. It also has a bit of a earthy and chocolate smell that blend together.

T: A little bit of hops but the caramel malt and that earthy/chocolate taste come through more prominently.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body.

O: This is the second beer I’ve tried from Mill St. and I really enjoyed this one. I could drink this all night long and wouldn’t get bored of the aroma or taste. Also with the 5.2% Abv it would be great for a session beer. I wouldn’t have a problem picking up a 6 pack of this either.

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Photo of steven9000
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance- Clear copper color with a 1 finger off white head. Bubbles clinging to the glass.

smell- definitely get the hops up front followed by some sweet malts and slight caramel.

taste- essentially it tastes like a English pale ale or ipa. There is slight bitterness on the end of the palate. It actually tastes like a mix of Anchor Liberty Ale and a mild English pale ale or ipa.

mouthfeel- Average. A little watery for my liking. medium carbonation

Overall- This was a good beer. Not something great but pretty good. Honestly i wouldn't buy this again since i like those west coast heavily hopped IPA's and Pale ales much better since they are alot more hop forward then this beer and also the hop variates are different. I dont like much of piny IPA's i more like pineapple notes and citrus and grapefruit flavors in my IPA's. Still my favorite Canadian IPA is the red racer IPA.

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Photo of spree92
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I has been a while since I have had one of these. First time since joining BA.

A- A solid copper color with red accents. There was a small off-white head that left a thin film on top through the whole beer. Visually, it appears that it would be heavily carbonated with all the bubbles continually rising from the bottom of the glass.

S- Oily hips with an earthiness to it. Slightly spiced with cloves or something with a little bite. Just a touch of malts, heavy caramel, finish the well balanced beer.

T- I thought the carbonation would be overpowering but it is well hidden. A nice mix of the hops and malts blend this very well. I think the malts jump to the forefront and calm the spices down a touch.

M- I find this to be a full bodied beer that sticks to the mouth. Lingers around and slowly turns into a sweet, chewy heavy beer.

O- Overall, it is a good sign if I say I would buy this again,which I would. A really good beer from a good Canadian brewery.

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Photo of scott451
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A one finger bubbly tan head on a clear light brown.

A mixture of floral and citrus hop smells. At first taste there is a nice round burst of sweet malts that trails out to a mild bitter hop finish. Very smooth and well balanced.

A creamy mouthfeel. Towards the light side of medium body and well carbonated. The flavour is there. I would like to try this on tap. It is nice to see a brewer work hops without getting crazy about it. Nice job.

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 433 ratings
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