Mill Street Big League IPA

Reviewed by on April 13, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Big League IPA is part of Mill Street’s current Spring mixed pack, and an ode to the recent kickoff of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

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.

Brady White

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