Mill Street Portage Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Portage AleMill Street Portage Ale
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Mill Street Portage AleMill Street Portage Ale

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 03-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 3
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, a single from the new Spring mixed pack now available from Mill Street.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of ocean swell lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of crisp, grainy pale malt, a touch of biscuity breadiness, hints of dried drupe fruit, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, crackery pale malt, some middling sourdough notes, yeasty apple skin and banana chip esters, and somewhat musty earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite lively in its plain frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, generally smooth, and even a tad creamy, in an airy sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the pale malt starts to dwindle, or rather morph, into the drier, biscuity side of its nature, the hops almost a historical footnote by now.

A so-so pale (or cream, apparently) ale, one hardly bridging the wide gap between the English and American styles, and thus falling squarely into the Canadian camp. Lightly malty, fruity, and pretty much restrained in its hop bitterness and flavour - I would expect those dudes who carried their own damned boats across raging rivers and whatnot to be deserving of a much headier offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has an off-white head that dies down quickly and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, slight buiscuity notes, some grain and light herbal hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready/grainy malts, some buiscuity notes and light herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by bland flavors and aromas.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle as part of the Mill Street spring sampler pack. Worked out to about $2.30 CDN per bottle. Served into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

Appearance - pours a clear golden straw color with many tiny bubbles. A half finger or so of head is poured even with an aggressive pour and the retention isn't great.

Smell - big dose of caramel and vanilla followed up with a creamy grain aroma. Not a lot else but the nose is surprisingly potent for a cream ale.

Taste - the creamy grain flavor dominates with some caramel backing. A bit like creamed corn but made more bitterness. Speaking of the hops they balance this nicely especially on the second half of the beer. A pretty good effort.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, yet still retains some prickly carbonation. Moderately dry finish.

Overall - Mill Street Portage Ale is no world beater, but it's certainly a serviceable cream ale, that will hit the spot after cutting the lawn, or as a gateway for thinks a little grander as a better and almost as accessible Sleeman Cream Ale for the Canadian market. It's the lesser of the two from the sampler pack, but still good enough to hold its own.

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Mill Street Portage Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 18 ratings