Mill Street Belgian Cherry IPA | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Belgian Cherry IPAMill Street Belgian Cherry IPA
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Mill Street Belgian Cherry IPAMill Street Belgian Cherry IPA

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZachT on 05-03-2014

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.91/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, another from the new-ish Mill Street summer 2014 mixed sixer. "Best. Pink. Beer. Ever." Surprisingly, there's a lot of competition to that claim.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium orange brick amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively foamy, puffy, and tightly bubbled ecru head, which leaves some splendid Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, almost candied cherry and other nondescript dark fruit, a sourdough-laden grainy caramel malt, a hint of citrus and pine resin acerbity, faint earthy yeast, and a burgeoning metallic alcohol heat. The taste is more traditionally hoppy up front, in the way of new-world IPAs - orange, grapefruit, and pine needle, yet with very little of the attendant bitterness - as that sugary cherry fruitiness comes tearing around the bend to once again steal the spotlight, over top of a decent bready, yeasty caramel malt backbone, with a certain floral, and increasingly perfumed booziness stalking, ready to strike.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, manifesting in a soft, trilling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally quite smooth, the fruit and malt seeing little challenge from the hops on this particular plain. It finishes on the sweet side, that same lack of offset in the mouthfeel still well in effect here, where it is now a somewhat negative trait - it's all caramel malt and cherry cough drops, the astringency of the 7 points of alcohol wheedling its way in.

More cherry-flavoured, amped-up amber ale, than anything IPA in nature, especially that of the Belgian persuasion. It's tasty, and rather easy to drink, just don't go in expecting the yeast or the hops to be allowed outside of their rooms to run amok. And, while not exactly approaching cloying, the sweetness of the cherry essence would certainly limit me to the one - so, hurrah for mixed packs, I guess.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark orange with a nice rusty red body color. Some faint lines of rising carbonation on the sides in a tan color, matching with an off tan creamy vanilla colored three finger head. Slowly settles to a single thin puck.

Very subtle nose and subdued but quite good. Hints of very faint cherry fruit if a little artificial, soft bread and cake like sweetness aromas. A bit of vanilla and sucrose, and some caramel. Has dessert written all over it and smells sort of like black forest cake minus the chocolate.

Palate comes very surprising but not for the reasons I am thinking. Hints of the good flavors on the nose but bigger and builds, only to disappear in a flash. Faint cherry aromatics and more of a powdery fruit flavor. Hints of cake dough. Not much hinting yeast and sweet Belgian like sucrose character to this. Subtle flavors come out, but just barely.

Where's the hop component to this, or more so the Belgian IPA character? Comes off as more of a fruit beer with some dough kick. Still pretty much ok, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2 or so

Appearance - Copper colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cherries, malts, grains, coconut?

Taste & Mouth - There is a average amount of carbonation and I can taste cherries, breads/grains, and some malts. There is also some caramel, and some coconut?

Overall - What the.. nothing like a belgian IPA. It's like a glass of a coconut cherry dessert. It's okay I guess.. a little cloying.. and not what I was expecting. I wouldn't drink this again.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bread, grainy malts, light Belgian yeast and faint notes of cherries.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some breadiness, grainy malts, faint Belgian yeast and slightly tart cherries.

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

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

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3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottle from the LCBO, courtesy of the brewery's summer seasonal sampler. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, clear reddish-amber colour, topped with one finger of creamy, off-white head that steadily recedes over the next few minutes. A foamy film remains at the surface, in addition to a thin collar and continuous ring of lace. The aroma is mild and doesn't exactly suggest that this is going to be a hoppy brew; rather, dark fruits like plum and black cherry are the most prominent features on the nose. Notes of raisin, caramel and Belgian yeast also figure in, with a slight earthy note rounding the bouquet out.

Not bad, but a little too sweet for my liking. Bready malts and a relentless caramel sweetness dominate early on, with fruity notes of cherry, raisin and candied orange sweeping in next. Lightly tart toward the finish, with some muddled piney bitterness lost amongst the fruity, almost syrupy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation that provides a fairly smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is quite noticeable for something that is only 7%, meaning that this probably isn't something I'd want to drink en masse.

Final Grade: 3.39, a B-. Mill Street's Belgian Cherry IPA isn't especially Belgian in nature, and it's not much of an IPA, either. But there's lots of cherry. So there's that, I guess. In all seriousness, this isn't an unappealing beer, but it's not up my alley at all. Mill Street has produced many serviceable beers over a wide range of styles, but (their witbier aside) I've never been thrilled with their interpretations of Belgian fare. This one is no exception. I'd drink this beer again if someone else offered it to me, but it's not something that I anticipate I will be buying again.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle served cold into a glass. Purchased as part of the seasonal sampler which went for about $13.50. So about $2.25 for the bottle. I like Belgian IPAs but not sure how it will mix with cherry. Let us see...

Appearance - clear and mahogany coloured capped with a finger and a half of thick off white foam. Very little in the way of visible carbonation. Nice retention time on the head and some lacing grips the glass nicely.

Smell - some Belgian funkiness and a thick layer of fresh bread rush up to meet the nostrils. There's also a sour and overripe fruit nestled in there that's unusual but makes sense given this is a cherry IPA.

Taste - tons of sweet cherry starts off then gradually fades away before a slight taste of cherry chocolate cake appears on the tongue. Hard to pick up anything else. It's certainly different although as far as a Belgian IPA goes this is well... Different.

Mouthfeel - flat and a sticky feeling in the mouth, not my cup of tea as far as IPAs go. This is this biggest letdown as the whole feel is really limp.

Overall - this isn't terrible just really disappointing and not my cup of tea. I appreciate the creativity and what this could have become, but it's too sweet and really flat, the hops and bitterness just seem to be missing.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.16/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy ruby red / dark pink colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Mild cherry notes, fruity yeast notes, honeydew melon and burnt caramel.

T - Cherry comes through off the top, a bit tart, fruity yeast flavours, hints of sour citrus rind, incredibly bitter finish and some bready malts linger.

M - Lighter bodied, prickly and a touch of dryness.

O - Not great, but not awful. The cherry comes across a tad synthetic, and the bitterness is a bit of a turnoff, but at the end of the day it was still drinkable.

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look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the new summer mixed sixer this is a great idea , using local cherries ( must be last years crop) and pairing it with a Belgian inspired IPA. In reality it almost works . The beer is a reddish dark brown and the nose is slightly dark fruit with the hops in the front ( not much of a Belgian yeast smell) . The beer is well balanced though not super hoppy and very drinakable. The let down is that the Belgian notes are almost non existent which is a shame as that woud have taken this beer to the next level. The cherries come through in the finish and are understated which is probably a good thing as they could have turned this into a fruit beer with hops instead an IPA first. Worth drinking but it could have been so much more.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-opaque copper leaning towards the red end of the spectrum. Considerable carbonation. Aromas are bang on cherry macaroons, that is to say coconut, almonds and cherries. Tastes are identical. Like dessert in a glass. Overall, it’s a tad sweet for most beer drinkers, but I am thoroughly enjoying the uniqueness of this offering from Mill St.

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