Mill Street Spring Thaw Maple Ale
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Brewed by Mill St. Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Toronto, Canada


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Deep amber colour and made with lightly smoked malt and Lanark County maple syrup, Spring Thaw Maple Ale is the perfect way to cope with the late winter blahs! We smoke part of the malt ourselves and then infuse the beer with eastern Ontario maple syrup from the Wheelerís Family sugar bush in MacDonaldís Corners to give it a slightly sweet, wonderful hardwood-smoked character. Very lightly hopped, this is a variant of a carbonated Irish Red Ale. This beer will break the ice and wrap you in warmth at the end of a long winter. Go forth!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick146 (18) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber-brown colour, with a small white head. Smells chocolatey, with slight hints of maple. Bursts with a quick tootsie-roll like chocolate flavour. There is some maple there too. Slightly bitter, refreshing aftertaste with a lingering maple flavour. This is a great beer, and I would definitely recommend it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
worldbeertaste (1709) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Orange with a white, lasting, creamy head. Sweet smell of caramel, brown sugar and maple with swet malt. Tastes of sweet malt and caramel with a slight bitter stale finish. Easy enough to drink but thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
gilvanblight (813) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Smells like maple. Very light orange pour with quite a bit of head. Maple taste is there but not nearly as strong as the scent would indicate. Easy to drink. Itís okay. Not a huge fan of the maple.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (678) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle. Amazing malty sweet chocolate aroma very much like a damn good barley wine. Amber brown color, off white head that kept a tiny layer. Taste is malty sweet milk chocolate with a bitter sweet finish. Very refreshing. Overall a very tasty flavored beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ILduce (216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
bottle from spring mix pack LCBO. Brown with beige head and some nice lace. Malty and biscuity aroma with some hops. Taste is a little earthy with a heavy malt presence. subtle undertones of pancakes with maple syrup. Stick mouthfeel. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a lovely amber with minimal head. Mild aroma of hops, canít really detect any maple. Happily, it is much more pronounced in the tasting without being overpowering. The maple is light enough to enjoy without being cloying, and there is a smokey quality to this that I find rather attractive. It could use a bit more weight to it, though- the flavours seems a bit too distant and mild.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rob6239 (662) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
Pours dark amber with good lacing head. Tried this twice - the first time I thought it was a bit plain. Tried a few days later with a clean palate and I donít know how I didnít detect the strong maple my first time round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frothmeister (614) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a thin beige head. ZERO maple on the nose, but it does smell pretty tasty. Biscuity malt that hide under some caramel, light chamomile, and very light resinous hops. The taste is medium sweet with roasty malt notes, straw, dark maple syrup, woody notes, and light resinous notes. Entirely decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jksipa (455) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle from The Beer Store. Pours a clear deep reddish brown with a small off white head that disappears quickly. Nose is strong smoke with a maple backing. Nice sweet start with the smoke providing a nice accent to the maple. Medium slick mouth with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OntBeerDrinker (465) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 The maple in this one is heavier & thicker then I noticed on other maple beerís. The maple was the best part of this ale. Maybe I keep this one too cold because it sayís there is smoked malt in it & I donít remember a smoked taste in it. Maybe I will in one of the other 2 bottles. A thick heavier maple taste in an ale. Cheerís. P.S. This beer had a bit of a grassy bite to it. This beer was kinda like an English bitter/IPA.*UPDATE*:Drinking the last of the 3 bottles May 7th. Taking my time with it I am getting a beer with a nice lightly medium maple taste. May be the most & best maple I tasted of all 3. The aleís allright otherwise but true the maple taste is like the best part. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Helsdon (230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle from their spring 2014 seasonal six-pack. Nose not that strong on this beer. Mostly malts with just the occasional hint of maple. Pours a clear dark brown with a beige head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass. Tastes heavy on the malts, an upfront hit of smoke, some bitterness that sticks around for the finish. And maple floating around the back as a general sweetness. This is the third one Iíve had of these (3 per pack) and while Iíve enjoyed the beer, Iím not overwhelmed. Used to be enthralled with Mill St as it was right a the forefront, in Toronto, of this craft brew renaissance weíre in right now. Super hoppy (for the time) Tankhouse, innovative Organic, etc. But theyíve failed to really keep pace with the awesome brews being produced out there. Not to say they donít have a few good ones for sale both in-store and at their brew-pub but...

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