Mill Street Madawaska Maple Ale

Reviewed by on April 22, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mill Street Brewery

  • Origin: Toronto, ON, CA

  • Rated On: April 22, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled January 21, 2016

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Irish Red Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Madawaska Maple Ale is another cog in the current Mill Street Spring mixed pack, and is an Irish Red Ale, made with traditionally sourced maple syrup from the titular valley, or so sez the back label marketing spiel.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent broken cobweb lace around the glass as it slowly but surely subsides.

It smells of gritty bready and doughy caramel malt, subtly sweet maple candies, a hint of dark orchard stone fruit, tame earthy yeast notes, and a generic weedy, leafy, and gently floral hop bitterness. The taste is bready and somewhat biscuity caramel malt, some further maple-tinged toffee sweetness, a dry sort of black fruit essence, a slight whiff of smoking wood, and more laid-back earthy, leafy, and floral noble hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its testy and sometimes challenging frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a plain airy creaminess, to boot. It finishes well off-dry, but moderated to a certain extent by the inherent graininess of the malt.

Overall, a well-made, if kind of simple rendering of the style, with the adjunct maple character more or less dialing it in. Easy to drink, and at least rather reminiscent of defrosting pine trees around this time of the year.

Brady White

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