Mill Street Stock Ale | Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Stock AleMill Street Stock Ale
BA SCORE
6%
Liked This Beer
3.11 w/ 166 ratings
Mill Street Stock AleMill Street Stock Ale
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
Ranking:
#42,937
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
166
Liked:
10
Avg:
3.11/5
pDev:
14.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 341mL bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, spice and some fruit.

T: The taste is starts out with sweet apple and honey flavors, with a little bit of hops coming in next. Then the sweet flavors start to turn a little sour. The malt character is very thin. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s nothing special but it’s a decent lighter beer to stick with for an evening.

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Photo of leaddog
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger width of bubbly head that quickly fades.

Smell- Apples, pears, grains, grass, and overall sweet aromas.

Taste- Taken by surprise by the light malt and hops flavours up front. Not nearly as sweet as the smell. Finishes with grains and grass.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A crisp blonde ale by Mill Street. Simple and refreshing flavours which seems to run as a common theme in their offerings.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance
Looks like ginger ale, poured a sharply clear pale amber. Got a 1/2 finger head out of it, and fine lacings. The beer was also finely carbonated.

Aroma
Bready, fruity, and a hint of citrus.

Taste
A clean mild sourdoughy bread taste was complemented with mild grassy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel
Fresh, clean, refreshing light bodied ale.

Drinkability
A very drinkable light and refreshing ale. Not much for taste or substance.

Overall
A decent summer ale for when one seeks refreshment from a warm/hot summer's day. Would only recommend as a session brew or crossover fare. A good way to introduce a Molbatt's drinker to something else.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a 341 ml clear bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- pours clear gold with a frothy head which laces. Not much retention.

S- herbal, grainy, with some decent malt aromas. Not really much in terms of hops.

T- Light bready malts, somewhat sugary with the slightest hint of honey, hops are there and do add some pretty good balance to the brew. Crisp, clean refreshing finish.

M- light bodied, carbonation is ok, fresh, Clean.

D- Good, but best suited to the perfect scenario>>>On a sun drenched deck or patio.

Overall an ok blonde ale. Thirst quencher. Good intro beer for newcomers. Worth a shot and even a session.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting around, a remnant from my Mill Street summer mixer pack. I've had it before but never wrote a formal review.

A - Pours a crystal clear light golden colour, with a thin layer of head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet corn, grassy and bready malts are the only scents coming through on this one. Nothing unique or special here.

T - Much the same as the scent, though the flavours come through a little more mild than the scent might imply. Not all that memorable, but fitting of the style. Sweet corn and bread linger on the tongue on the finish. I also noticed that the sweet corn becomes more noticeable as it warms.

M - Quite light and bubbly, goes down very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D - The last time I had this I wasn't all that impressed. It's by no means terrible, but it's just not all that memorable. Flavours are bland and it does not offer any unique properties which make for a memorable experience. That being said, I had this on a hot sunny afternoon this time around and it was quite light and refreshing. The situation/climate may have improved the ranking on drinkability for this one!

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Photo of Derek
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle:
"Mill Street Stock Ale is a golden export-style ale made from only malt and hops, no fillers or adjuncts."

I actually expected something like a classic Canadian Ale, with a bitter, husky-roughness resulting from the use of native 6-row barley. But... this is nothing like Molson Stock ale.

A: VERY clear, yellowish hue with a white head. Poor head retention, but very nice lacing.

S: A little malt & hops, similar to a macro lager.

T: Bitterness is very well balanced with malt sweetness, leaving a slightly bready flavour.

M: Light body, light-to-moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Hopefully this will appeal to some of those macro-lovers!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint on tap at a Calgary pub. Color is somewhere between bright yellow yellow and light amber, with some large white bubbles that broke relatively quickly. Effervescent and fizzy, with a meager aroma of grain husks, light toffee and vanilla, vaguely sweet and with a hint of noble-type hop spice. Palate is similar, grainy and dry with a little buttered bread sweetness, hints of vanilla, a little chewy but basically drinks like a macro-brewed lager. Not a fabulous offering from Mill St.... Coarse and haggard, does nothing to earn the "stock ale" moniker. Might be a decent starter craft brew for the trepidation-fueled lager drinker.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mill Street Stock Ale looks like something out of a beer advertisement. Its golden coat is brimming and lustrous, its head is bleach white and its clarity so pristine you'd swear it was airbrushed. There's even a steady stream of bubbles for decor. It certainly is nice to look at, no wonder they put this stuff in clear bottles!

I wonder if the aroma was overlooked in the blue prints or if it was intentionally left out. Beers this style rarely offer much to the sense of smell (less maybe some unpleasant stench of adjuncts) but I'd of thought they'd give it a little more thought. All I can make out is something slightly metallic, slightly corny and I'd hesitate to categorize it as 'malty'.

Even if it seems no aromatic hops were used they certainly included a decent dose for bittering. The beer possesses a crisp, clipping bitterness that bites down with a sharp set of teeth. It is far more assertive than I would have assumed looking at it. This also has a lot more body than you'd expect from a plain ale or lager. It's definitely a quenching beer.

That being said, it doesn't offer much for flavour. There is enough light maltiness to suggest hints of straw, grains and white bread. Although it lacks the good flavours it more importantly also lacks the bad ones. There is no off-putting, chemical-like taste to sully the palate. As result, the beer is much more appealing and immensely more drinkable.

Nothing about Mill Street Stock Ale makes it fantastic but there are plenty of things that make it worthwhile drinking, especially if you're into simple-minded beers. There are no adjuncts used and the result is a much cleaner, agreeable product than most (if not all) of what's offered by macro breweries. All things considered, this is a solid offering.

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Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very light gold, bubbly, average head, dissipates quickly, slight lace.

S: Not much there. Kind of bitterish.

T: Very interesting taste. Crisp and almost buttery. Tastes kind of like vegetables.

M: Weird sticky kind of feel.

D: Smooth and crisp. Sits kind of heavy.

Interesting flavor. I would try again, but I am not sure if I would ever love this style of beer.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of iceball585
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow color, clear, half finger thick fluffy head that lowered quickly

S- Honey, corn, grains, pale malts, overall fairly sweet

T- Light malts, corn, buttery, sugary, faint hops taste

M- Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, light oily finish

D- Not bad

Not really a beer that I would go crazy for but still decent. Very light and non-offensive in every aspect.

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Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. sampled feb 15/2010.

pours crystal clear deep golden yellow with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lightly fruity. hint of dms. honey and a bit of caramel. touch of butterscotch. herbal and earthy, with a light floral component. white bread.

taste is nice. light honey and caramel. bit of butterscotch. fruity. touch of green apple. nice light herbal aspect. touch of alcohol. low bitterness level. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium-light body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is ok. the caramel/honey sweetness is a little more than i'd like, definitely taking away from the drinkability. fairly nice overall, but not one i'm likely to look for again.

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Photo of Watershed
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of duimie
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ToddMopps
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass aug15 2009

A not quite crystal clear straw yellow with not much head at all

S sweet grains, some faint hops, maybe some apple not much else

T sweet grains balanced with mild hops. nothing special at least there was no skunk with the clear bottle

M/D very light ale, thin but easy too drink

not the worst thing you could drink on a warm day, not the best thing either. over all fairly average

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Photo of Will12
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Molson2000
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic glass

LOOK: (3.5 / 5) Pours a nice, crystal clear, pale straw colour. A bone-white head fades quickly to a thin film. No real lacing left. Some carbonation clings to the glass, but it's gone fairly quickly after the pour.

SMELL: (3.0 / 5) Matls are crisp with a corn-derived sweetness. Hops have a grassier, dry-hopped character. Not a particularly strong or interesting smell.

FLAVOUR: (3.0 / 5) Similar to the nose. Crisp malt and the same corn sweetness. Hop bitterness counteracts this sufficiently, but its only really the bitterness and not a lot of flavour. I would have liked to see a stronger hop flavor. There is a balance achieved, but the flavors were fairly weak in general.

FEEL: (3.0 / 5) Watery body with higher carbonation. This supports the hop bitterness at the end with the perception of dryness.

Drinkability is really the best feature. It is quite refreshing and easy to put down - a good session beer for a hot day. However, there is not a lot of character.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of their mixed six pack - can't say I would have grabbed it normally as the clear glass bottle highlights the extraordinarily light coloring for an ale. Looks more like a lager with only a finger of head from a vigorous pour that jets faster than a Boeing.

Nose is light caramel, bread, and a faint fruity/apple hint.

Taste is... a step beyond their lager. It's crisp carbonation teams up with an innocuous pale malt, a slight sweetness, a faint herb/grassy hop, and an even fainter fruit taste to provide a relatively flavorful beer for the lager drinker, something that just about any adjunct drinker wouldn't be offended by. The mouthfeel, despite the carbonation, somehow feels smooth and makes this drinkable.

While nothing for the average BA to run to (especially with the odd faint follow through bitterness) this is a decent example of a light craft crossover beer that you might want to start a friend on or have around for parties with the general public (haha).

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Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, slight chill haze, topped by a fluffy, white head. Good retention and clumpy lace. Very mild aroma, with hints of honey and hops. Mild flavour, honey sweetness again, with a bit of bitterness that lingers into the short finish. Fairly high carbonation, light body, quite crisp. Refreshing, light flavoured beer. There's not a lot going on, but what's there works. This would probably work well if you're trying to transition friends away from industrial lagers.

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Mill Street Stock Ale from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 6% out of 100 with 166 ratings
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