Mill Street I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
True IPA's were high in both alcohol and hops to survive the long hot voyage from Britain to India. This makes it a big and flavour beer style. Our version is no exception. Traditional English malts and hops are used to give this copper brew a big flavour. This beer has a slightly roasted note with a strong hop bitterness and flavour.

Added by Viggo on 10-30-2006

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured into some branded glassware. On the darker end of the IPA spectrum, a deep russet-copper hue. Frothy head, good retention. Sheets of lacing.

Nose is surprisingly malty. Really malty. There is a bit of hops kicking around, but they seem to be more along the English IPA variety than the American: earthy and bitter. Reminds me a great deal of Tankhouse.

The taste isn't too far off the nose - big malty push up front, some caramel and dried fruit, followed by that same earthy hop bitterness. It's decent, fairly drinkable, but to me at least it's nothing I'd ever identify as an IPA - certainly not an American one.

Mouthfeel is thick, a bit creamy, low carbonation.

A miss for me, certainly nothing that really interested me. I was expecting a citrussy, hoppy adventure - a divergence from the Tankhouse they brew so well - and what I got was another (decent) pale ale. Ontario brewers have proven that they CAN put out quality American IPAs (Smashbomb, West Coast), but this isn't even close. Stick with Tankhouse.

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3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a slightly hazy dark orange amber hue, with one finger of thin soapy white head, which leaves no lace behind. It smells very mild earthy hops and caramel malt. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, bland noble hops, and a minor weedy vegetal essence. The carbonation is average, the body decently round and full, and it finishes dry, with a soft weedy hop essence. This sure is a heck of a lot like the preceding pint of Tankhouse, which isn't bad, it's just that for the style, it's pretty boring. A good English IPA, but no way is it American.

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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap first week at the brewpub. Good head and lace on golden-orange body. Off-aroma, like a washroom. Bitter grapefruit concentrate taste, not bad, but a whole pint is too much mostly because of aggressive carbonation, which also detracts from an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.
On cask six months later at Volo, and the citrus came through, its a fine IPA this way but not something I want volumes of. Had on cask again in late winter 2008 at the brewpub and it was too astringent.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to my Sierra Nevada Pint Glass

A - Very dark for an IPA. A deep amber, almost brown. Some visible carbonation and a very small amount of head formed at the top before quickly evaporating.

S - A rich malt nose (expected from the dark colour) with some citrus/floral hops.

T - Wow! A real IPA from an Ontario craft brewery. Lots of hops with a very present citrus flavour. A nice malt profile too with some caramel.

M - A medium body; a bit chewy.

D - A solid IPA, especially impressive for an Ontario craft beer.

As I continued to drink this I noticed more and more that this was just an average IPA. I think my low expectations made this seem like a better beer than it was.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.39/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub, arrives a dark orangey caramel color, finger of foam on top - darker than your average IPA which bodes to the malty concoction it is.

Waitress "warns" me that it is strong and hoppy and I wish she had been right. Dark biscuity malt with heavy English influence, grassy hops with a hint of spice, moderate bitterness in the body with little staying power in the finish. Tastes more along the lines of an ESB or similar, hard to call this an IPA and it's CERTAINLY not an American IPA.

Disappointed with this one.

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Photo of baiser
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty disappointed by this. This to me, was no different from drinking an Alexander Keith's. I had this on tap at their newly opened brewpub. Pours a clear golden copper colour. Small head, not much lace. Not much aroma to speak off. A bit overly carbonated, with some sweetness and slightly bitter finish. Not enough hops for my liking. Their tankhouse is a much better drink than this.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap at the brewpub in the Toronto airport. Definitely more on the English side of the IPA spectrum--much maltier and less hoppy than I was expecting. Decent but unremarkable, with a bit of astringency/sharpness.

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3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 4/10 session. Arrived in a 16 oz handled mug. Reddish bronze in colour, with a nice head, delivered by a cute barmaid. Smells like citrus hopping and there are some malts to boot. Taste has a good malt base, super fresh taste. A good hop bite, not sharp but steady, followed by a sweet maltiness. Not an American IPA by any means, as it lacks the west coast hop bite, but tasty. The finish is mildly bitter. Goes great with the sirloin pot pie.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfalovo97
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap first week at the Ottawa brewpub location.
decent head golden-orange look. The smell seemed a little off but the taste was decent. Like most Mill street beers this isnt something that I would sit and have several pints of in one sitting, but it was decent.
Overal not one of their best beers, but drinkable

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of theDuck
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryehn
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mill Street Brew Pub. Notes taken on 07/15/2011. It was served very cold in a wide-mouth mug.

Poured a rather dark amber colour with a small off-white collar as sufficing as a head

Surprisingly fruity aroma, like raspberry or plum. Light roasted chocolate malts as well.

Very solid bitter bite on the front of the tongue. Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits and has a slight spiciness and nuttiness.

I found the mouthfeel on this one a bit thin, but it did a remarkable job of masking the ABV. Crisp and tart finish with little aftertaste.

Looked, smelled and tasted more like a strong ESB rather than an American IPA, but either way it was a good beer that I enjoyed. I wish I had the chance to pick up a growler on my way out, but I'm not too sure the staff at Rogers Centre would have appreciated it.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler from the brewpub on friday, and I've been working on it (and my yard) throughout sunday.

A: Copper-amber, slightly off-white head, no retention, hints of lace.

S: Not a lot of nose (for an IPA)...but it is a pleasant blend: orange & grapefruit citrus; caramel & bready malt; hints of earthyness.

T: Grapefruit citrus, slight grassyness & spice, biscuity, nutty, slight caramel; pleasant bitter balance. It's not an in-your-face IPA (actually it's almost an imperial brown), but there's some really great flavour here. The taste is pushing a 4.5, but I'm compelled to compare it to other IPA's.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, modest carbonation (growler), slight acidity, dry finish.

D: Very good.

It's well-crafted and very drinkable. I think it's their best offering.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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