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Mill Street Tankhouse

Postby SteelbackGuy » Sun Jan 07, 2007 1:49 pm

I just had a bottle of the newest batch, and it was underwhelming at best. Seriously, it was middle of the road, and that is being generous. The hops were almost all gone, and the aggressive spicyness that I usually get was faded. The beer was almost all malt and caramel, which is fine, but not what I was expecting.

I also got a distinct skunk on the aroma and finish, which has never happened before.


Anyone else notice changes?
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Postby Manul » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:05 pm

The reason I never buy Tankhouse ( anywhere else other than their brewpub) is because the production date doesn't seem to be printed on the bottle/label. I don't like to take chances when it comes down to local products that sell relatively slow in comparison with some imports... which, BTW, all have clearly printed production and/or expiry dates. If any of you know how to figure out the production date for Tankhouse please let me know, I'd really like to know.
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Postby Torontoblue » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:27 pm

The keg version has also been downright awful for the past 2 months. The flavours that used to draw me to a nice refreshing Tankhouse have all but disappeared and now it's just plain bland. The perils of moving to new premises, I guess? A shame as this was a truly outstanding ale at one time.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:42 pm

Torontoblue wrote:The keg version has also been downright awful for the past 2 months. The flavours that used to draw me to a nice refreshing Tankhouse have all but disappeared and now it's just plain bland. The perils of moving to new premises, I guess? A shame as this was a truly outstanding ale at one time.



A good point about the move, but I assume the recipe is the same?

I am worried but currently the Tankhouse is one of hoppiest beers I can get, and is a regular in my fridge, but if it is going to taste like the few I had last night, I'[ll be safe and buy Headstrong Pale instead.

WHich by the way, is often underlooked amongst beer afficionados.
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Postby Torontoblue » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:52 pm

Headstrong is a far better beer than Tankhouse, IMHO. Not as consistent in flavour but for quality it is. I kinda like the quirliness of Headstrong in that one bottle will be ultra hoppy and the other will be really malty; it keeps you guessing but never disappoints :D
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Postby sstackho » Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:54 pm

Uh-oh. This is concerning. I bought some Tankhouse from the LCBO last month, and I was also underwhelmed, as was my wife.

I was hoping it was just an off-day for me, or for the beer. Or that perhaps my recent drinking of some strong yankee brews had affected my palate.

Now that the rest of you have similar feelings, I am very concerned.

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Postby midlife crisis » Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:22 pm

Bottle is slightly different too, is it not? Squarer, not as streamlined or tapered at the top.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Sun Jan 07, 2007 3:34 pm

I drink it on tap about twice a week here in London, and AFAIK , that taps havent changed muchm, but the bottled version is absolutely 100% different than even a few months ago. The hops are muted, as is the spice and body. Nicht gut.
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Postby Stomp Brockmore » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:10 pm

Wow, that's bad news...

If it's true that Mill St. has decided, after all this time, to change the recipe of the Tankhouse, then that makes no sense to me at all. Why would they want to go and mess up their award-winning beer, and the one that put Mill St. on the map amongst beer afficionados, making them a stand-out brewery? I had a couple of bottles of the Tankhouse in mid-Decemeber, and they were both very good. I haven't had one since. I hope this is just some kind of temporary brewing fluke...

First the Sgt. Major takes a step back from the hops, and now the Tankhouse? Bad scene.
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Postby pootz » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:24 pm

I'd like to agree with the others that state this ale is a shadow of its former glory...less body...toned down hopping...nondescript malts and flavor profile....at least in the bottle verson which is all I sampled recently.

Given this is made in a large capacity brewing set up it seems that the oringinal recipie didn't transfer well to larger batches...or the tweeking is slow because of the large batches...or maybe they purposely dumbed it down.

Seems Millstreet's brew pub is still making good quality craft brews but the new facility they run their bottle sales from is lacking somewhere.
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Postby old faithful » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:28 pm

Interesting reports.

I will try the current batch soon and give my opinion.

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agree - what's wrong ?

Postby habfour » Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:04 pm

I've had Tankhouse twice in the last couple of weeks and totally agree that there is a difference. Hopefully, some one at Mill St can provide an answer. :cry:
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Postby liammckenna » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:05 am

I agree Torontoblue with your draft assessment.

I sent the brewery an email at the end of September wondering if they had changed anything after an awful pint.

Never heard back at all.

Ah, the pressures of growth.

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Postby SteelbackGuy » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:32 am

I've e-mailed them twice, and have also received no replies.
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Postby Al of Kingston » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:13 am

I do not appear to have reviewed tankhouse formally on my blog but I did get a six on the weekend to send one as part of the National Beer Policy (ie sending the stuff to people out west who send me stuff in return) and I thought it had gone way downhill. No more bright English style hops, much closer to the dreaded Mount Hood hop character - or rather characterlessness.

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