Mill Street Big League IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on April 13, 2016 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Mill Street Brewery
- Origin: Toronto, ON, CA
- Rated On: April 13, 2016
- Best Before: bottled January 21, 2016
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GOOD !
This 355ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some mirror world continental lace around the glass as it very slowly abates.
It smells of rather sugary caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, orange marmalade, a gentle earthy stoniness, and relatively minor league leafy, floral, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel/toffee malt, concentrated and pulpy orange juice, a subtle mint-like spiciness, and more bush-league earthy, leafy, and pine resin hoppiness. The carbonation is obviously quite robust in its swirling and ambitious frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, those Cascade hops dialing back their bittering regime enough to be workable here. It finishes off-dry, the base caramel malt holding its ground over home plate, while a limping citrus and piney acerbity rounds third.
Overall, a fairly simple and easy-going hopped-up IPA, the bitterness delivered more in the flavour, than in the mouth-puckering way, if that makes any sense. Anyways, well-made and enjoyable as an accompaniment to our warmer weather, and I suppose, watching overpaid grown men run around in circles.