KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 bottle: The bottle reads that they use a staggering amount of hops and different malts to create a fiery, spicey pale ale. Well, it is spicy & has tonnes of flavour, but it is almost too hoppy and the malts don’t balance it out. Granted the IPA is hard to do right. I suggest the Wells IPA, way smootther & flavour that actually works together. This is complex all right but that doesn’t mean it is good. Feels bitter/sharp in the mouth and finishes that way too: flavours just don’t blend & I smell & taste something very distinct like citrus or pineapple which is way too strong. Reminds me of a true spice ale or a red/copper ale, but there are better ones out there. Way too much hype here. Part of the unfortunate micro-brew trend to combat blah-tasting macro brews with overly flavourful beers you can’t drink or just don’t bind into 1 smooth flavour.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle from Len, Thanks! Pours out a brown yellow color with a white head. Smell is hoppy and sweet, some notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste is also hoppy, goes down very smooth and easy to drink. Pretty good Candaian beer if you ask me. Dunno if its better than their porter, but its really good. Thanks man iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2006
The best Canadian ale I’ve had thus far. Spicy, hoppy, lovely anytime beer. Love the stuff, can’t get enough! MegaManC (31) - Oakville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
Great dark golden-red colour. Flavour has a nice smokiness, with a very present but not overwhelming bitterness. Very full-bodied and satisfying. The best Canadian beer I’ve tried so far. Highly Recommended! caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2006
Rich amber color, decent head. Very hoppy with a solid roasted malt base. Warming and full feel. Not too much aftertaste. Would be a good autumn and winter beer.
Eructoblaster (4205) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Limpid amber body with average carbonation and a good lasting off-white foamy head. Nice hoppy aroma with spicy and roasty notes. Its sharp hoppy taste ends with a long bitter finish. Very good! Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours a nice amber colour with ephemeral head. Excellent yeasty smell - taste is quite hoppy and bitter. A nice dry finish. StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 355ml bottle/draught - I can drink a lot of this stuff - one of the best beers brewed here in Toronto, and easily my favourite of the Mill St. line. Pours a deep copper red with a medium tan head on top. Aroma is a wonderful smack of hops, with a huge dose of roasted malt. Spicy, ultra-hoppy flavour follows, but not over-the-top by any means. There’s a lot of malt in there to balance the hop bomb it otherwise would have been. Instead it is floral, earthy, spicy, with some roasted flavours and perhaps a trace of caramel. A very fine beer. Grassy, earthy hops all the way through, and right into the finish. Tastes like drinking iron-rich blood. GRM (4052) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Brown bottle, 355 ml; eye: copper with golden reflections, nice beige head made up of small and compact bubbles, light effervescence, clear, lacing; nose: nice caramelized malt, floral hops, roasting, chocolate, citrusy, spices; mouth: starts nicely with its bitterness, followed by roasting, a bit of spices, finale is also bitter but with a touch, that becomes more and more aggressive as it warms, of acrid toasting at the very end, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, medium body, nice carbonation; overall: better than I expected but its acridness as it warms is a negative
Bouteille brune, 355 ml; oeil : cuivrée avec des reflets dorés, belle mousse beige formée de petites bulles compactes, légère effervescence, claire, dentelle; nez : beau nez de malt caramélisé, houblon floral, torréfaction, chocolat, citrique, épices; bouche : beau début tout en amertume, suivi de torréfaction, un peu d’épices, finale aussi en amertume mais avec une touche de torréfaction âcre complètemetn à la fin, mais qui devient de plus en plus agressive au fur et à mesure que la bière se réchauffe complètement à la fin, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation; en résumé : meilleure que ce que je m’attendais mais son aggressiveté âcre, lorsqu’elle se réchauffe, la pénalise DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
(341 ml bottle: Obtained 24-Mar-06 in trade with blankboy, thanks Paul!) Now here’s an eyebrow raiser! Very, very toasty and malty with a slightly roasty character. Tastes a bit like fresh-roasted coffee too, but it’s truly only a hint rather than a full-blown coffee flavor. Bitterness is light to medium, but hops isn’t exactly a no-show in this beer. Huge amounts of toast in the nose is just wonderfully aromatic and enjoyable. Light to medium bodied with a slight dusty character to the mouthfeel, but despite the very malty flavor, the gently carbonated beer is still fairly clean and easy to drink. Bright amber in color and pretty darn-near clear in appearance. The off-white and fairly bubbly head rises to less than a half-inch and fades to a thick ring after a few minutes. Some spiderweb lacing is left on the glass. Overall, I never expected such a toasty beer, and I’ve savored every sip. Totally delicious.