Mill Street Stargazer Summer Ale

Reviewed by on May 14, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mill Street Brew Pub

  • Origin: Toronto, ON, CA

  • Rated On: May 14, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled March 17, 2015

  • ABV: 4.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: English Pale Mild Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Stargazer is available from the current Mill Street mixed-pack – they describe it as an ‘English-style summer “session” ale’.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and a wee bit creamy off-white head, which leaves some dissipating cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, doughy pale and caramel malt, a muddled apple and pear fruitiness, mild hard water metallic notes, and earthy, leafy, and floral noble hops. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a further touch of untethered caramel sweetness, red apple skins, stone paths after the rain, and a steady leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitterness. The carbonation is quite light on its feet, manifesting in a genial frothiness, for the most part, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, just a tiny earthy bitterness playing the part of the pea. It finishes well off-dry, the lingering bready malt showing off its sturdy backbone.

Not quite sure how to classify this one, as ‘English summer ale’ seems too broad to register – so, since it’s English (in style), pale, mild (in alcohol), and certainly an ale, I rest my case. As for the actual brew, it is indeed easy-drinking, adequately flavourful, and much closer to the outdoor summer ‘session’ ideal than most out there claiming as such right now.

Brady White



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