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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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +7.7%
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 +4.8%
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 -2.7%
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 +0.8%
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 -2.4%
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 +5.1%
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 -2.4%
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 +4.3%
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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Photo of WeedKing4
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown colour. Tastes of very slight hop bitterness with a somewhat malt background. It doesn't taste like complete rust like the majority of other beers available at the pubs in my town. Its drinkable, and sadly my only option here on a night out.

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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 Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing flashy, but a solid, easy to drink pale ale. Nicely hopped, with a crisp, clean malt body and well moderated hops bittering. A very nice sessionable ale brought to me by a buddy on return from a family visit to Canada. Too bad this isn't regularly available in my neck of the woods, as it would be in the rotation.

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Photo of paxkey
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a ruby rust copper color. nice 3 finger head, rocky sticks around a good bit.
very fragrant. tea and maltiness.
smells excellent.
bitter and refreshing with an herbacious aftertaste.
medium body and good carbonation.
will have more flavor as it warms up this one was poured from the fridge.
drinkable with an interesting lingering bitterness.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clear orange/amber color with a full-on 1" white head. The head dropped slowly and put some excellent web lace on my glass.

S= Sort of smelled like a toned down American pale ale with toastier malts used in the brew. The hops were aromatic but were easily matched by the caramel and toasty malt notes.

T= Started off with that toasty, biscuity malt base and then built up to a modest hop bitterness and fruity ester note. The hops were more citrus than pine, but not overly bitter. Finished very well balanced and crisp.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a spritzy carbonation feel that I liked a lot.

D= Very easy to drink. This tasted like blending Fat Tire with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...decent hoppiness meets toasty maltiness. Nothing to blow you away here, just a well made, easy drinking ale.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to reviewing this one. Have had it hundreds of times over the years.

Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Medium brown colour with a nice amber glow and half a finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Bitter citrus hops with some floral notes and a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - A flavourful and well balanced pale ale, bot nothing spectacular. Nice crisp bitter hops up front with some floral and light citrus notes. A nice sweetness from the malts with some caramel flavour balances this one out very well.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really nice clear looking copper color with a finger of whte head and excellent lacing.

S: The malt comes across fresh and crisp and it has a considerable hop bite as well. It is to style to a T and reminds me of a slightly maltier version of SNPA.

T: The malt is so crisp and fresh tasting. Just enough hops to balance things out without ever getting too bitter. A really nice example of the style with a nice balance.

M: Perfect body. Carbonation is spot on.

D: A great boring beer. Really nice complexity out of a very reasonable ABV. Nice beer.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass..

Appearance - TH pours a gorgeous clear dark amber colour and has a nice off white/brown heard. The beer does not show much carbonation. Some decent lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell hops upfront and some caramel in the back. There is a grass/nature smell to it as well, guess you can say earth tones.

Taste - Nice clean tasting beer, very fresh and pure. You can taste the hops upfront and a little bitterness on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation added here, some minimal amount. The beer maintains its same flavour with hops upfront, however, i would say there is the hint of caramel now near the end.

Drinkability - Good call by spinrsx to give this one a try today. Its a nice beer that offers a lot to the pallet. Again, one I would stock to share with friends when they come over.

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Photo of korguy123
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.
Was bought as a part of the Ontario Craft Brewers Fall release, but do enjoy this enough that I've had multiple six packs in the past.

A- Clear deep amber/copper pour. Finger and a half off white head that quickly shrinks to a 1/4 inch cap. Carbonation is there but nothing to write home about. Lacing is just adheres itself to the glass like flies on flypaper.

S- Earthy grassy tones, subtle malt and biscuity hints peek out from behind. Slight strawberries making this smell like a mix between a pilsner and an amber.

T- Biscuity malts up front, fine toffee tones in the middle of my tongue. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium body. Carbonation tickles the tongue a little bit.

D- This is a solid beer. Very fulfilling IMO and makes knocking back a sixer of this no challenge at all.

When fresh this blatantly reminds me of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, and considering Dead Guy is almost $16 a sixer this is a very good replacement.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours an amber/copper colour with a beige head. Head retention is pretty good.

Smells of floral hops with caramel malts and some bready/biscuity notes. Maybe a little bit of citrus. Quite pleasant, albeit not that aromatic.

Taste is reminiscent of the smell with some somewhat spicy hops in the taste and caramel malts and toffee notes up front. The sweet taste at the front also has quite strong resiny pine notes and citrus notes. The taste of this beer is very good. It is nicely balanced, and complex enough to be interesting.

Mouthfeel is a little bit lacking as the beer is a little bit thin, although it is still okay.

Drinkability for this beer is high. A very sessionable beer.

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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 PEIBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured much darker than I thought it would be. It has a not-quite-chestnut-brown quality to its amber red colour. There isn't much head at all, but it does leave traces of it on the way down.

Its subtle smell is a bit sweet, malty, with a bit of burnt caramel.

The taste is about the same, but with a bit of a woody character.

The feel is a little watery, but still fairly smooth.

Definitely a drinkable beer. I wouldn't hesitate to try any other Mill Street brews.

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Photo of BBP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark copper with minimal head. Slight carbonation.

S- A mix of hops and bready malts.

T- Hops up front. Malts pop in a bit later. Great mix between sweet and bitter. Balanced quite well.

M- A bit thin and the carbonation feels off. Feels clean though.

D- Very easy to drink and not bad for pricing. Cool to see a good beer with decent hops like this made in Ontario. Would love to make this my backup beer, but a bit steep pricing wise. Surpassed my expectations for a brewery around here, and by far the best Mill Street beer I've had to this point.

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Photo of IllNate
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light brown colour. Very small head that doesn't stick around. A bit of white lacing.

S - Malt forward smell. Toffy and caramel malts. Bit of floral hops, but very slight.

T - Bitter for sure. Was questioning the lack of hop aroma, but the "staggering amount of hops" must be put to bitterness. Lots going on here. Spicy and resin hops with some citrus in there too. Still quite malty though with the toffy and caramel showing themselves. Bitterness caries through the whole experience.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, beer has hardly any cabonation.

D - Pretty good.

Got this from a store in Alberta, so the journey to the store may have been long for this beer. I didn't see any date markings.

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Photo of kwjd
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber-brown colour with off-white head. Good retention and some lacing. Smell is of huge caramel malt and some hops. Bitterness is up front in the taste, with tons of malty sweetness. This is almost like a mix between an amber ale and a pale ale. This beer frequently saves me from horrible tap lists in Toronto. I never seek it out, but will always order it at non-beer bars in the city if they have it. Probably the beer I drink the most of.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in Ottawa this past week for business and I soon realized how bad the craft beer scene was there. Bad, really bad....until I stumbled upon this gem. Finally, hops are alive and well in Canada.

Poured from tap in 2 different restaurants in Ottawa Canada into Mill Street heavy duty pint glasses.

A: A dark copper reddish color with a one finger off white head. Full full glass lacing.

S: Toasted smell with caramel and toffee coupled with some fruit smells and a big floral hop nose. Very nice.

T: The floral hops provide a spicy hop bite up front that gets melded together with the fruit flavors of apple and cherry. The toasted caramel and toffee malt put a sweetness to the beer that offset the still present hops. Finish turns bitter with floral hops sticking around at the end to get mellowed by a hint of sweet. Wow, thank god I found this beer. Wonderful!

M: Medium, coating, prickly, bitter and no alcohol.

D: High, really high. I had a couple at each sitting and could have drank them all night.

Overall I was surprised to see this listed as a pale ale, to me it was squarely an amber with the big toasted malts. Either way, this is a really good local beer that I will seek out when I get there again. Very, very good beer. Well done guys, you saved my trip from being beer hell.

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Mill Street Tankhouse Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
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