Mill Street Belgian Pale Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Belgian Pale AleMill Street Belgian Pale Ale
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Mill Street Belgian Pale AleMill Street Belgian Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, another cog in the 2016 Summer Sampler, which must have just been released across the country, for me to have picked this up today.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bitter generic citrus rind, muddled pine forest floor detritus, semi-sweet bready and grainy pale malt, somewhat zingy Belgian yeast, a hint of table top ground pepper dust, and tame earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is sort of stale-seeming piney notes, a dry orange, grapefruit and banana fruitiness, gritty and lightly crackery pale malt, a touch of further plain cereal sweetness, ethereal black pepper spice, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and floral green hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and mostly frothy shenanigans, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, just some edgy yeast and indistinct hop bitterness lazily tripping things up here. It finishes trending dry, the malt pulling a muscle, or something, while the hops and yeast just keep on truckin'.

Well, the yeast selection in this offering certainly renders it a Belgian version of the style, there's no question about that. Add in the New World hop sensibilities, and this becomes one balanced and enjoyable brew, especially as said yeast keeps its phenolic guns duly holstered.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fine, but unremarkable beer--it hits the requisite markers of the style (wheaty, malty, yeasty, clove, pepper, spicy, ctirus, earthy), but does so in a way that's pretty middle-of-the-road. No surprises here. Pale yellow, super-cloudy, big tightly foamed head, aggressive carbonation (etc., etc.,). If there IS a surprise here, it's that the Summer Sampler this particular beer came in is actually a pretty nice little gathering of several types of beer.

. . . So there's that.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Apr 22 2016 and included in their latest sampler pack. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy pale golden colour, with one finger of delicate, sparkling white foam seated atop. Retention is surprisingly good, with the head seeping off at an imperceptibly slow pace over the next ten minutes or so. Good lacing; a wide, soapy collar and bumpy cap survive. Can't complain visually, and the aroma is reasonably enticing too - the American hop strains really strut their stuff, offering up scents of lemon peel, herbal/floral hops, pine needles, accented by some pleasant yeasty orchard fruit and banana esters.

Tastes fairly good, but the looks might've raised my expectations a little too high. Bready, doughy wheat malt sweetness provides a sort of neutral back-drop, with flavours of underripe peach, green apple and banana being largely overshadowed by the citrusy, piney nature of the hop bill. Grapefruit and lemon eventually give way to pinier, more floral hop flavours on the back end. Finishes with a mixture of floral hops and mild Belgian yeast spiciness. Light-medium in body, with carbonation that starts off sharp and crisp, but softens quickly, resulting in a smoother mouthfeel as you make your way into the glass. I thought I was getting some popcorn butter/diacetyl off the first couple sips, but it seemed to disappear by the third.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. With the exception of their (pretty decent) Belgian Wit, I've been consistently critical of Mill Street's Belgian-style fare over the years. It's not that they make terrible Belgian beers - it's just that, to me at least, they are playing in the minor leagues when compared to the stuff coming out of Quebec, the US or Belgium. This Belgian Pale Ale is actually one of their better offerings of this stripe - the NA hop flavours are pointed, with the yeast esters and spiciness serving as a suitable complement. Respectable, if a bit forgettable - I'd drink it again if I were in the mood.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevofficiel
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Belgian Pale Ale. Got it in a 12 summer mix pack.

Look: Foggy yellow golden color. 1 finger of white head. Medium carbonation

Smell: Mango, lime, citrus,

Taste: Sweet malt, citrus, mango. some orange peel.

Feel: Dry finish. The pine is too present on the background. I was expecting more on a smoother citrus note.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure, this is a well made Belgian Pale Ale !

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Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gallan1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of binno
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dazka
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mill Street Belgian Pale Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 15 ratings