Mill Street Stock Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
millstreetbrewpub.ca

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts. A brilliant golden colour gives a “sparkling” appearance as the gas escapes from the glass. The natural sweetness of the malt is perfectly balanced by the bitterness derived from the hops. This beer represents the way blonde ales were made 100 years ago.

Added by Frozensoul327 on 07-02-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
14.56%
 
 
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3
Gots:
14
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0
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've just moved to Toronto, and sampling all of the Mill Street brews was pretty high on my list of things to do... With that done, I guess I might as well share my reactions. From the looks of it, the Stock Ale seems to get a bad rep, especially when compared to the brewery's other offerings. I rather like it, however.

Poured from a gorgeous non-standard shape silk-screen clear bottle (though the clear bottle combined with the non-protective six-pack sleeve is a bit of a concern in terms of the risk of sun damage (their Tankhouse and Coffee Porter offerings are in identical bottles that are brown, so I don't quite understand the decision); a good pour results in less than a finger of head that quickly subsides, but there remains a lot of lacing. The colour is an unusual sort of light-ish - almost transparent - gold, with just a hint of amber.

Smell is something I can't quite latch onto... almost a breadiness to it, mostly malts and hops with perhaps a bit of vanilla and caramel (a bit of dark chocolate?), but not much else. There's also a sort of unsual... buttery smell to the proceedings.

The taste is initially a bit malty and creamy, with a bit of hops appearing after a few seconds in the mouth; a bit of a bread-y taste, but quite smooth. Hints of vanilla and caramel, although the buttery smell translates to something vaguely (but not overly) unpleasant in the mouth. Still, very tasy.

Mouthfeel is not bad, perhaps a bit over-carbonated as it goes over the tongue.

This is a very (underline very) drinkable brew. Simple, yes, but very tasty, creamy and smooth. It may become my new session beer once Mill Street expands their operations a bit and becomes available throughout Southwestern Ontario this spring (as their Marketing director told me via e-mail recently). Certainly not the best offering from Mill Street, but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ZachT
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bigmrred
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobsy
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnished gold with a bone white head that gave up a couple touches of lace. Sweet malt aroma mixed in with biscuit. Lots of caramel in the flavour, along with a distinct breadiness, dry grain and lemon-bitter finish. There's also a surprising alcohol warmth on the way down. The mouthfeel was far heavier than I expected, and almost verged on chewy, which I feel compliments the caramel flavours well, and elevates the drink in general.

This was far better than I expected, and I've avoided this beer for a long ime because I assumed it was another crappy lager. While its not something I'd drink again I can appreciate why people like this. Its a definite step above the macros, while keeping many of the features that would appeal to the drinkers of mass-produced beer. The sort of offering that will help Mill Street expand into other markets, but not build a fanbase in ours.

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Photo of Voonder
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with very thin bubbly head which dissipated fairly quick. Smell - sweetness of malts comes in first, some caramel, a bit spicy perhaps, some hopes are coming through as well. Taste - good balance of hops and malts, nothing much else, but I think this beers serves its purpose - great session beer, mass beer, good beer on a hot day. I would buy it again as it it inexpensive, easy going and still flavorful beer. And as it was mentioned below, it is probably a pretty good start into craft beers.

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3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - OK as a lawn mowing beer which is exactly what I did before drinking this beer. Better than a macro but nothing outstanding.

Appearance - clear light orange-gold. Soda-like carbonation which seems to be common with Mill Street. Starts with a good head but quickly fizzes away with no lacing.

Smell - pleasant with sweet malt and light hops.

Taste - watery light malt with some hop notes. Nothing great, nothing bad. Some butterscotch/caramel notes and the flavour improves dramatically as the beer warms up - don't drink too cold!

Mouthfeel - thin and watery. Not much creaminess or coarsness but there is some slickness in the mouth afterwards. Holds the carbonation well.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much sense commenting on the colour given that it comes in a clear bottle. I've always liked the clear bottles - they're just more pleasant than the brown bottles, although certainly are not effective at blocking sunlight from entering the beer.

It pours with two fingers of head that gives off a very crisp and pleasant aroma - some sweet malt is what I get right off the bat, but I also get a slight hint of orange, much like I would in a wheat beer. The taste is very refreshing - think corona without the crappy adjuncts. You taste a bit of malt, and you get a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. It's the epitome of a good patio beer - lightly flavoured and it goes down easy. The bottle proclaims that the sweetness of the malt is balanced out by the bitterness of the hops, although admittedly I don't taste much of a hoppy character. There isn't much taste at all in this beer, but I think this is what they were going for.

This is the one to go for if you've moved past Bud and Canadian and need a mild craft beer to get started with. I'll certainly buy this again.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold body with two fingers of white head. Head disappears pretty quick and leaves no lace behind.

Aroma of green apple and bread malt. Faint hops. A little bit of caramel.

Bread malt, apple, caramel, and faint grassy hop flavours. All very mild though.

Light bodied and finely carbonated. Drinkable in that inoffensive thirst quenching kind of way. It's a decent lawnmower beer.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep golden yellow with a decent-sized head that lasts. Carbonated like crazy, a nice sparkling beer.

Smells like a lager, grainy, some honey and dry hoppy aroma.

Tastes creamy upfront, grainy, almost taste vegetables? Finishes sweet with a hint of honeyand grass.

This is a perfect beer for a hot summer day, but that's about it.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
3.09 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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