Mill Street Traditional Ginger | Mill Street Brew Pub

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Mill Street Traditional GingerMill Street Traditional Ginger
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Mill Street Traditional GingerMill Street Traditional Ginger

Brewed by:
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mrmanning on 11-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by mrmanning:
Photo of mrmanning
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 pints at Chancey Smith's- Thanks Milos for getting this on. What a surprise! Pours a deep slightly hazed orange, with a bleached white cap. The nose has fresh ginger, floral notes, fruity malts,caramel and other spices. Tastes of fresh ginger, but not overpowering. Spicy with sweet fruit and caramel, with floral and earthy notes. Really well balanced, with the ginger uplifting the floral hops to the next level. Really worth trying and certainly groundbreaking. Well done.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange colour. Loose white head retains poorly and doesn't lace. Gingersnap cookie aroma is delightful and inviting. Mild biscuit flavour underlying the ginger, with lemon peel and light leafy bitterness in the finish. Light and spritzy mouthfeel. I think they played it a little safe with the ginger. A punchier ginger flavour could really take this to the next level.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice novelty. Not too malty. Ginger taste, much like a ginger ale. Will be popular. Basic as a beer. Unoffensive.On tap at the brewpub.Ginger aroma. Would not have again. Large foamy head on light yellow body.Would like more ginger punch, or what's the point?

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Photo of Thunderchief
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Stocean1
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - little head or retention - a light copper colour - crystal like clarity - thin patchy lacing

S - plenty of ginger and some malt backing

T - again lots of ginger but not over the top - spicy with some floral hops - honey note - still slightly unbalanced

M - some carbonation and light to medium bodied, some lingering bitterness

O - an adventuresome beer from mill street, I would not go to this regularly however I am glad I tried it - would go great with a chinese stir fry

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Photo of paxkey
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

traditional ginger is the name on the bottle.

not much of a ginger beer fan but it came in the discovery pack. generally happy with mills street. nothing special but i appreciate their constant experimentation. a good brewery to represent the craft beer renaissance.

poured in a pint glass. lots of carbonation. yellow fizzy. head is a notch above average. offwhite colored and a degree of nice froth.

very mild ginger aroma comes off the glass. kind of muted and gentle. dont smell much else. a little citrus zest from the yeast hops and carbonation.

starts with a gentle hint of ginger like its aroma, then a surprising bitterness comes through in the middle. almost makes you gulp the beer down.
finishes very gingery, no holds barred on the ginger flavor at the last part of the taste.

decent mouthfeel. not watery at all like some of their offerings almost has some chew to it.

a bit of metallic bitterness in the finish mixed in with the hit of ginger.
not a terrible beer overall and the ginger is tollerable and slightly interesting. gives a nice sweetness to the overall feel of the beer.

worth a try for the ginger aspect. a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear gold with half a finger of foamy white head.

Smell. Real ginger with a little toasty light grains.

Taste. Ginger, bitter hops and a little bit of light grains. The ginger is less intense than expected from the smell. A little lingering hop bitterness and ginger in the end. Not bad at all!

Mouthfeel. Fairly light body with lower than medium carbonation.

Overall. I was surprised by this one! Really nice and refreshing with just the right amount of ginger and hop bitterness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light ginger roots with lightly sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a mix between some ginger notes with some lightly sweet non-descript malt notes. Body is light with a spritzy feels with some medium carbonation. I can’t say I really cared for that one – seems a bit too middle of the road in terms of ginger offering.

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Photo of Hoagie
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of liamt07
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery store, 355ml bottle into a tulip shared with my girlfriend.

Golden yellow body, filtered with a nice white head. Some sticky lace and decent retention. A good bit of ginger in the nose, a bit of brown sugar and spicing, perhaps some nutmeg or something. Sweeter and fairly malty. Taste again has some sharp ginger up front, but that's really where it end. Kind of a weird yeast here, and a pretty generic grainy malt. Not as sweet as the nose suggested, but I think it would've been nicer if it it had been. Fairly thin body, and ginger clear into the finish. Wouldn't really revisit this, but maybe something for a big ginger fan to seek out.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bryehn
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden colour with the slightest of amber hues to it. Very frothy, but small head. The collar that gets retained is sudsy.

Smells of ginger and honey. Fresh, ripe wheat and a certain pine tone. Really opens up after warming, creating a bready malt aroma and smells fresh.

The taste is dominated by ginger and quite bitter despite its spiciness. I find it strong without being overpowering and it doesn't taste artificial or anything. There is a mild malty sweetness that helps take the edge off.

This could have gone very wrong, but wound up tasting a lot like non-alcoholic ginger ale.

Light-bodied with a medium carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and clean. Dry on the finish.

I think this is great and hope to see it outside of the summer '11 sampler pack. It's very drinkable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty fantastic. It's got a really subtle ginger flavor but make no mistake, it is there.

A - Bubbly, lively looking golden color throughout. Head would be good on this if poured into a glass as the carbonation as I noted through the taste is sticky and dry.

S - Amazing. Ginger + Beer. Simple and done right.

T - Same as smell. Notes of ginger perforate the nose of the beer and the finish is dry and hoppy. Really great balance and consider serving once left out of the fridge for 5 minutes so the beer has a chance to get some air in it to activate the flavors. I noted the best flavors were found closer to the end of the bottle, prompting me to suggest leaving it out to warm a tad.

M - Bubbly, lively and more or less picture perfect.

I hope Mill St. makes this a regular part of their lineup instead of a seasonal beer. I would and will buy it again without reserve. This one is worth it. -RB

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Photo of andrenaline
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head which quickly dissipates and no real lacing.

S - A nice fresh cut ginger scent, with bready caramel malt sweetness undertones.

T - A bitter grassy hop comes off the top, and the ginger bread comes through on the finish, lingering alongside a leafy hop bitterness. Uniquely complementing and quite refreshing.

M - Full bodied carbonation, goes down a tad prickly, though finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty ginger beer, and certainly one of the better ones I've had. Not overwhelming on the sweetness, offering up a nice balance between spiciness and true beer flavours. Grab a bottle while you can as its certainly worth a try.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed gold/yellow with a thin, not much lacing.

Smells of ginger, can you believe it? Some aromas of hops, malted barley and citrus also. Very nice aroma.

Tastes of dry ginger with a subtle malt backbone, but hops and ginger dominate the palate. Very dry and bitter, very refreshing and delicious!

Nice carbonated, dry mouthfeel. This is a very well done ginger beer, I just wish they would sell this in 6-packs!

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Photo of MattyV
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this on tap a few times, let's see how the bottle fares.

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden colour--looks appropriate for a ginger beer. Dense white head shows has good retention.

S: Nice sweet aroma and with some noble hops and ginger spice to round it out.

T: Bready malt, some earthy/grassy hops, and a nice spicy finish.

M: Average body with biting carbonation that accentuates the ginger's spicy qualities.

O: Nice and well-balanced, the ginger comes through clearly. However, as others have mentioned, a bigger gingery punch could do wonderful things for this beer. Regardless, this was a nice surprise and one of my favorite Mill St beers.

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Photo of fostachild
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a somewhat clear medium golden/yellow hue. not much head that fades quick into some nice lacing.

smell is nice - hops and spices, mostly.

taste - ginger, malt, bit of hops, grainy. alcohol seems to be present in the aftertaste.

good carbonation, okay drinkability. overall it was good - don't know if i'm a big fan of ginger beers but it was nice for a try.

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Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Converge
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just over a finger fluffy white head. Really nice golden amber hue to the beer. Little head retention, but it recedes to a soapy white film ontop of the beer. No lacing.

S - Very sweet and grassy upfront with some nice malt in there too. After about a minute I begin to detect the ginger, among other spices. As it warms a bit a can smell bits of lemongrass zest and orange peel, as well as some sort of maple toffee aroma. This smells fantastic.

T - Light malt and simple grains open up the flavor, but the finish is all dry ginger spice. Some light but spicy hops make an unexpected appearance as well, adding a light bitterness to the flavor. A nice balance of bready, caramel malt and gingerbread spices. I like this.

M - Medium body, pretty crisp feeling. Dry ginger finish with a touch of bitterness. Medium carbonation. Very complimentary to the flavor profile.

D - Never tried a ginger beer before, but I don't think this will be my last by the looks of it. Simple but tasty beer.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of peensteen
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden colour, minimal head, no real lace on the glass. Smell is malty, all spice, biscuit, clove and an underwhelming ginger presence. Taste is malty, biscuit with a nice spiciness, good finish of ginger, nice bitterness that fades into the finish. Good weight, medium body, medium carbonation, nice feel. Not bad, a little safe IMO more bold ginger notes would go a long way here.

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Mill Street Traditional Ginger from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 22 ratings