Paradise IPA
Mill Street Brew Pub

Paradise IPAParadise IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,683
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3.57 | pDev: 9.8%
Mill Street Brew Pub
Ontario, Canada
Paradise IPAParadise IPA
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle, courtesy of their 10th Anniversary sampler pack. Considering how many Mill Street beers I've reviewed, I'm a little surprised it's taken me this long to find one of their IPAs. This one seems a little late to the party what with all the great OCB IPAs that have been released in the last two years or so, but I'm still eager to try their Ottawa brewpub's take on one of my favourite beer styles.

Pours a lovely amber-bronze colour, clear and highly effervescent, topped with one finger of bumpy, foamy off-white head that clings to the surface. Good retention, with some nice smears of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass as it gradually recedes. The aroma is appealing, but not very imaginative for the style - mostly citrus, a bit of tangerine and grapefruit, mild piney notes and not a whole lot else. A little disappointing; I expected a bit more... oomph on the nose of something listed at 7.2%.

The flavour offers a bit more chutzpah, starting off with a solid, malty base of caramel and brown sugar. This is soon overtaken with a somewhat modest, reasonably enjoyable hop bill that contains pine sap, grapefruit citrus and some floral notes that lead into a bitter finish. Relatively light aftertaste for an IPA, without much lingering dryness. Medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation that could probably stand to be toned down a tad. You can tell the ethanol is there, but it's not much of a factor in the overall flavour profile.

Mill Street tends to brew straightforward, to-style beers that don't really push any envelopes, so this is sort of what I expected. It's got enough of an astringent, piney, tropical fruit vibe to at least partially satisfy hopheads, but while this isn't exactly a bad beer, it's not at all a memorable one, either. The citrusy hops are well-countered with the malt backbone, making this a pretty drinkable IPA overall, but the higher ABV makes it a questionable session choice.

Final Grade: 3.51, a B grade. Paradise IPA is a respectable offering, but given the avalanche of high-quality IPAs that has cascaded into this province over the last few years, I can't sincerely recommend it as one of the better examples. Consider this one worth a try if it suits your fancy, but if you're a big IPA fan itching for something interesting or creative, this one probably won't scratch that yearning. I'd drink this again happily, but there are plenty of others I'd pick first.

Dec 10, 2012
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

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

Part of the 10th anniversary mix pack this is a decent IPA that rests on its big mouthfeel and malt balanced body rather than huge hops. There is a citrus note to the nose and certainly the hops come through in the mid body but this is more of the drinkable type than excessively bitter. Nice to see an IPA from Mill Street and a welcome addition to the mix pack.

Dec 11, 2012
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange body, poorly retained off-white head. Spotty lace. Grapefruit and pine aroma with subtle floral and biscuit notes. Juicy tangerine and bitter grapefruit pith flavour over a biscuit base. Medium bitterness in the long finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Substantial but not heavy. A decent and straightforward IPA.

Jan 20, 2013
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -16%

Aug 07, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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

355ml bottle, a single from the current seasonal mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, silky, and foamy off-white head, which leaves some patchy swaths of thick fuzzy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, biscuity caramel malt, a brassy nuttiness, orange cream, and a bit of musty pine. The taste is bitter non-distinct citrus pith, milder, but still astringent leafy pine-scented hops, more nutty, biscuity malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, and some floral notes that run smack dab into a rising booziness, and take on a combined perfumed character.

The bubbles are a tad peppy, but generally play at a dull hum, the body a decent medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, and still quite bitter, the floral, piney hops riding along a crusty biscuit graininess.

An interesting, I suppose, IPA - almost like a strong ESB, with a healthy dose of West Coast hop esters kicking around. The malt is indeed the star here, as I kept being drawn back to its well-rounded fullness, the big bitter hops a mere distraction, strangely. Anyways, worthy of a go, but a bit odd for the conflation of bitter styles. What? American and British traditions blended in Canada? You don't say.

Dec 27, 2012
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korguy123 from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle in the 10th Anniversary pack. The main reason I bought it.

Chill hazed chestnut pour. Two finger, soapy off white head. Lacing is glued to glass in sheets.

Sweet malt, dank pine and grass. Slight citrus of grapefruit and orange. There is a touch of strawberry.

Sweet malts, resinous pine with a little grapefruit. Very grassy, with a lingering aftertaste.

Light body, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

Nov 29, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 5/12/12

A clear light copper with some slow bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of cream colored foam, a few thick rings of lace followed by random patches, looks great

S some citrus and toffee but there's a bit of a malt runaway with loads of soggy cereal and a little soap

T more hops in the mouth with just a little pine and rind, toffee's still strong but less cereal and no soap, an improvement but there's room for more, slightly nutty as it warms

M medium bodied but the bubbles makes it feel thin, a very mild bite and a little rind on the finish

O the booze is well hidden but overall nothing to write home about but nothing to be ashamed of, just a basic IPA

needs more hops, perhaps a higher rating if it called itself something different but as an IPA it's OK but that's about it

Dec 07, 2012
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A finger of head that knew how to lace but not how to stick around is paired with a clear amber orange that boast ample, slow and steady carbonation.

Smell: A healthy does of citrus and cascade hops dominate the nose, backed by solid kick of caramel malt with slight nuances of pine. Warming wasn't needed, but helped it's case.

Taste: Starts with a nice sweet malt with hints of a sappy pine flavour that sticks around as the citrus hops assert themselves and ending with a second cleansing sweep of saopy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste isn't sure what it wants to do, part of it wants to cleanse the palate, part of it wants to leave behind a pine/citrus linger which ends up doing both poorly. The carbonation is good, and it transitions well enough.

Drinkability: That cleansing sweep is really helping out this beer's case, and in truth the odd aftertaste leaves me wanting another sip to try to clear it away. It's just a shame that note retreats too quickly during the aftertaste. Also not as dry as I'd expect it to be.

Final Thoughts: This is pretty close to the max hop level that I can personally enjoy. I see a major complaint about this beer is that there aren't enough hops, but I feel it's just right, if not a little less might be called for. The fact there is actually a malt presence to this IPA makes me smile. Thumbs up for me, but likely not for DIPA drinkers.

Mar 29, 2013
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Nov 05, 2012
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bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

2.75/5  rDev -23%

Dec 15, 2012
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the Mill St anniversary mix pack., Poured into my trusty Mill St glass.

Deep caramel brew, with a half inch of head. Great retention on this, lots of lacing as well. Nice looking ipa, on the darker end of the spectrum.

Nose is sweet malt and faint west coast hops. Pretty mild.

Not a bad take on the style by any means, though it took a few sips to figure it all out. A sweeter, maltier ipa, with the hops less pronounced and coming through at the finish. West coast, a bit of resin and tropical fruit, but mostly bitterness that lingers well after every sip. It's becoming a common complaint, but it's true: not enough hops.

Good body to this, carbonation gives a strong bite.

As others have said, this isn't a bad brew whatsoever. It's just fine - it's just got some tough company in the Ontario ipa department, and is lacking in enough respects that I don't think I'll search it out again. With its only availability that I've seen being in this mix pack, searching for it would be enough of a problem anyway.

Feb 08, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

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

Another selection from their 'Celebration' mixer pack.

A - Pours a clear copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent offers up a sweet citrus and earthy pine hop notes, a buttery finish with hints of toasted almonds.

T - Flavour profile is quite nice, the hops are sweet and sugary with hints of pineapple, lemon iced tea and earthy pine. The finish offers up a buttery caramel flavour alongside a bitter citrus rind finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This is a tasty IPA and hits all the characteristics of the style. A great tasting brew that is easy drinking and well worth picking up. The higher ABV is a nice treat as well.

Nov 30, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 03/12/13 notes. Girlfriend brought this back from here trip to Canada a few days ago. 12 oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy deep amber-copper color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, fruity malts, tropical fruits and hops, and light citrus hops. Nose is not bad but VERY malty; not a lot of hops to it.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, nuts, toffee, fruity malts, light tropical hops. Even less hoppy than the nose; nice but not hoppy at all.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Decently smooth body, nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall not a bad beer but more like an amber ale; not hoppy at all and not very IPA-like. Nice caramel and fruity malts to it and easy to drink; not my favorite Mill Street beer and wouldn't get it looking for an IPA, but an ok beer.

Mar 13, 2013
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bigox420 from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 02, 2014
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NV9 from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very nice looking beer, not quite an amber but pretty close, slightly lighter. Nice head that sticks around for quite a while as well.

Smell is mostly citrus and grains, hops present in the aroma as well.

Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit creamy on the mouth with a bitter finish.

Overall, a nice strong IPA, but not quite at the top of the class in what is a pretty common style for Ontario micros. Would definitely have it again, but not neccesarily going to search it out.

Feb 04, 2013
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 26, 2014
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-ruby red, cap of white head, some lace. Smell is full of piney hops, some citrus, grapefruit, orange, grassy, floral notes as well, substantial malt bill as well, a bit bready. Taste is a big dry bitterness upfront, lightly sweet fruit notes, grapefruit, fairly bitter with a some malt, light pine and citrusy aftertaste. Light-medium prickly carbonation, some hop oil, medium body. Solid effort from these guys, however with a bunch of quality IPA coming from Ontario this doesn't score among the highest available however it doesn't rank among the lowest, something I would order again but not necesarily stock my fridge with.

Nov 19, 2012
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DaPan from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Dec 05, 2013
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze, finger of head held its own well with plenty of wispy lacing
S - Tropical fruit, light perfume, grainy, mild spice
T - Tropical fruit, bubble gum, light pepper and ginger, grainy malt
M - lightish body, slightly creamy, mild bitter finish
O - the fruity and spicy character of this gives this a unique quality, very tasty with the alcohol well hidden, this is worth buying the mixer pack on its own

Dec 06, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle from the holiday mixed 6 pack for 13$

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, grassy notes, caramel, cereal/cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and a fair bit of caramel/cookies sweetness. There is also a light grassiness and only a slight amount of fruity notes. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Reminds me of a ESB more than a AIPA.. its a english style tasting IPA if anything. There is a fair amount of hop bitterness.. but it's a bit harsh/astringent tasting. With all of the great IPA's out there, I have no reason to drink this one again. It did get better as it warmed.

Nov 05, 2012
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fostachild from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 16, 2012
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hopsolutely from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Feb 10, 2013
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice semi-cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grassy and piney hops along with some citrus and grapefruit and some sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, the grassy and piney notes are dominant, some citrus and some sweet bready and caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Nice to see a new IPA in Ontario but it doesn't compete with the others.

Nov 30, 2012
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%

Nov 23, 2012
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beerhunter13 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +5%

Nov 21, 2012
Paradise IPA from Mill Street Brew Pub
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 37 ratings