Monday, May 9, 2011

OCB Series - Mill Street Brewery Tankhouse Ale

5.2% ABV

"Like traditional pale ales, Tankhouse Ale has a deep copper-red colour. We use five different malts to produce a complex malty texture. The most dominant character of our Pale Ale is the hop. The spicy Cascades is used to give an assertive hop flavour, aroma and bitterness to our ale. The result is a satisfying and complex-tasting beer. Our brewmaster developed this recipe 20 years ago and it has remained his favorite drink of choice"

The Pour

From Toronto, ON, Mill Street Brewery's Tankhouse Ale pours a wonderful deep orange/rust to caramel colour. With one and a half fingers of cloud-like off-white head, this pale ale has plenty of carbonation streaming off the glass.

Aroma

Right away you get some malt breadiness, with some spicy/nutty notes. The cascade hops offer a balanced bitterness. Overall this pale ale is malt forward with a pleasant hop backbone. Some nice earthiness with some slight sweetness.

Taste

Definitely a malty pale ale. The malty, biscuity, nutty, larger flavours are balanced well with the bitterness and aroma of the cascade hops. Refreshing over the tongue with a slightly bitter finish. Nicely carbonated, leaving a medium bodied mouthfeel. Not overly sweet, but not overly dry. Very well balanced.

Overall Impression

Dominating the Distillery District of Toronto's Downtown, Mill Street Brewery does a fine job at many styles of beer. Their Tankhouse Ale is no exception. Incredibly well balanced, yet refreshing at 5.2% ABV. This beer has become one of my favourite sessionable beers. One could easily enjoy a half dozen over an afternoon sitting by the pool. I love this in the summer when you still want a beer with flavour, but are not looking to sling back the imperial stouts and the like. This pale ale has a huge flavour for such a modest ABV. I would give this offering a B+ to A-. Enjoy with anything grilled!

Available at The Beer Store or LCBO (31104) 6 x 341mL $12.55

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