Millstream Iowa Pale Ale - Millstream Brewing Company

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-04-2004

India Pale Ale's are turning into hoppy monsters, but our Iowa Pale Ale is more mild and about balance. It has enough bitterness to match the maltiness provided by the pale malt base and gets its citrus zing from extensive dry-hopping with Cascade hops. This beer was first made in a few small batches as a summer seasonal in 2003. The response was so incredibly positive that is has worked its way into a year round beer and became a favorite to many.

29 IBU
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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Iowa Pale Ale, Millstream Brewing Company, Amana, Iowa.

Lightly hazed, reddish-amber coloring, snowy-white cap of foam, lingers at a good 1/4 inch.

Moderately hoppy aroma, earthy English hops, none of the American citrus notes, keeping pace with warm, bready notes. Already, I can tell this will be a pale ale of balance with plenty of malt in the game.

Taste: there it is, nice little hoppy bitter buzz right up front, softly fading away, and blending in with the malt. Flush with fruit, mixed with juicy malt. Hops still active, but never loud or abrasive. Just an average, easy-drinking, tasty pale ale. Not thrilling, but doesn't need to be. Just a drinker. Just the thing after some heavy corn husking

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : This beer pours a honey-cider color with a nice amount of head forming even in the small glass I'm using to drink it from. The opacity is about 70%.

Smell : While not super loud, I'm nosing some good caramel and biscuit notes, with honey and pine bark. Wraps up with citrus rind and more caramel.

Taste : Very biscuit-y, lots of flaky crust and caramel; some roasted malts with a straight shot of citrus pine coming up behind it. The citrus is fleshy, not acidic, and there are no off-flavors like onions or garlic present. I like that this beer is malt first, hop second. It lays the framework for the rest of the ale making it more palatable. It ends on the bitter character of citrus fruits.

Feel : Carbonation out front, though moderate. It's slightly creamy, ending woody and dry.

Overall : It's actually not a bad pale ale, I like the malt-forward running start. I'm not a fan of India pale ales in general but I review them because I feel most every beer deserves a fair shot. This is a decent IPA with some good things going for it - just don't expect to be swept off your feet by it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a finger of pillowy ivory foam with just a little hint of an orange cast. Not bad.

Smell: malt is lightly sweet and a dash biscuity; hops are earthy and a bit dank. Overall very autumnal.

Taste: sweeter and a little less biscuity than the aroma; the malt here is rather bready. Hops are earthy, citrusy and dank with a bit of a harsh bitterness. It's OK.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: it's a decent IPA but it doesn't grab me. Perhaps the harshness of the bitterness? Hard to say.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Doesn’t quite have the hop bite that other IPAs have, this isn’t quite a EIPA, but its close. Not bad, just not as strong of flavor as I’m used to in this style.

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Photo of GatorCoop
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was one of the selections in the beer of the month club. Very dry tasting. Left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Sort of like with Stone IPA does. Do not like the taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with strong notes of caramel malts.

T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and caramel malts along with notes of citrusy hops, the latter of which contribute a light amount of bitterness.

M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness.

O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops. It’s almost like an English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Grass, resin, citrus, a touch of fruit and a suspicion of tartness on the nose. Pours copper amber with a slight chill haze under a 1” off-white foam cap. A dry, slightly astringent palate begins with malty graham cracker seasoned with a little fruit and finishes with a mild hop bitterness and a slight herbal taste. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Linkn
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent if unassuming Pale Ale. A good front porch on a summer Sunday beer. A little bitter and piney on the hop end and not what you would call smooth, but with a fairly sturdy backbone to carry it through. I've had several of the Millstream beers and found them all to be somewhere between okay and awesome.

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Photo of errantnight
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just about as middle-of-the-road old school East Coast, bitter, pine-y IPA as you can get. Almost assaulting in its harshness and bitterness, "balanced" by a borderline Amber Ale malt backbone.

Still, no glaring flaws in the beer, would have liked it to be more dry, although this would likely have accentuated the bitterness issues.

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-amber body with a thick, creamy, bone-white head; rings of lacing left on the cup. Malty sweet aroma with a touch of spice; dark bread. Taste has a mild sweetness with a faint peppery kick; decent hop bitterness that mellows things out at the finish. Medium bodied; seems a bit coarse and effervescent.

Nicely balanced, leaning towards a peppery/dry grass bitterness. Easy drinking and goes down well on a breezy, warm and humid Amana Colony afternoon.

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Photo of Beerjonny82
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A GOOD beer. This beer has a Englishy, bready, earthy, and toasty malt back bone, enhanced with a generous (but not aggressive) amount of very piney hoppiness. Pours unfiltered/cloudy with orangish-caramel bronze in color. The bitterness from the hops lingers well after each sip. Liberally hopped, although a bit short of most IPAs, but more hop bitterness than a standard pale ale. A malt - lover and hop - lovers low-key, but happy medium.

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Photo of Jho3325
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer looks great with a huge head that lasts the entire sitting. There is great lacing. The color is deep golden and is actually quite cloudy. This APA has a mild smell and it's taste is matched with a fairly balanced, mild hoppy flavor. There is a hint of bitterness at the finish.

At the end of the day, this is a nice beer that is a bit milder than I would expect from an APA. Of course, the brewer's notes state that the mild flavor was the idea for this brew. Overall a solid beer that is easy to drink. It is well constructed, but does not particularly stand out. Even still, it is worth a drink if you are in Iowa.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Traded my cousin two bottles of Rogue Juniper Pale Ale for two of this beer, while staying in Iowa for the weekend. A local Iowa brew that I can't get in Illinois; sounds good to me. My first encounter with this brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours one finger of creamy off-white / beige colored head on top of a bright orange colored body.

S - Smell is of bitter citric grapefruits, light pine, a hint of grainy malt, cereal, and a nice familiar floral / herbal juicy hop scent. A bit soapy on the finish. A fairly simple aroma, but it hits it's mark, for me.

T - Taste brings more of the same: dirty earthiness, herbal / leafy / fruity hop presence, grapefruit / piney bitterness, and some caramel malt presence. I like the balance between the malts and the hops.

M - Feel ends dry, with citric bitterness lingering on the palate. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a nice easy drinking pale ale, with the right kind of flavor that the local goods should deliver. Easy drinking, sessionable, light bodied, and with a rewarding 5.70%, this is definitely a beer I would try again next time it's made available to me. Recommended.

Millstream Iowa Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of waitforit
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into conical pint glass.

A: Very nice reddish-orange. Thick off-white head which lingered for a long time.

S: Faint. Subtle hoppiness, with just a little sweetness too.

T: Hardly any hoppy bite the way I'd expect -- any initial hoppiness is quickly subsumed by the malty back. Some notes of pumpkin and caramel.

M: Smooth and satisfying, with just a little resiny raggedness.

O: Quite a drinkable pale ale, though some of the flavor notes aren't what I'm looking for in an APA.

Try it again? 3 - Eh, maybe.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into nonic

A: brassy copper, moderate head with strong lacing

S: sweet grass, a bit of a fruity apple aroma

t: fairly dark flavors, brown sugar, and the apple taste underlies the whole thing. malt forward, for sure.

m: clean and smooth, no distinctive bite of carbonation which would have helped

o: it's a fine beer but would have preferred a bit more of a distinctive hop profile

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Photo of DCon
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this (multiple times) from Maroney's Lounge in Des Moine, IA for $4. Poured from the Farm/Scenic labeled bottle into a 16oz Pint Glass every time. Not a single bottle had a freshness/Born On Date.

Aroma- Had a sweet and very bland aroma. Some floral/earthy hop presence but all very easy. Malt came up strong as well.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, frothy head with good retention. Has a very dark copper colored body and leaves an array of suds behind in no pattern.

Flavor- All very sweet and malty upfront. Has a medium amount of hops but the malt seems to dominate any flavor that comes out. Light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and bites just a bit on the palate with what seems to be hops!?!? No way!

Overall Impression- When the bartender said they had only 1 IPA in their line-up, I wasn't ready for it do be an "Iowa Pale Ale". Lol! Bit of a mix-up but this pale ale was nice. Needed more hops all around to make it an APA and seemed more English style in every category. Nonetheless, enjoyed over 4 of these in the course of the weekend since this was the best beer at this neighborhood bar we came to 3x.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber orange and super creamy tan head, leaving slight lacing rings behind.

About what you might expect from a pale ale - some hoppy citrus, but otherwise, relatively muted.

Well-balanced between a varied piney and citrus hops and sweet amber-like toasty malts - almost like a hoppy amber. Nothing especially unique here, but still a solid and drinkable beer.

There is a particular creaminess that's pretty likeable here -

After drinking so many IPAs, stouts, barleywines and other big-mouthed beers, I think we can forget how to enjoyed a decent PA, but this one serves that purpose.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into weizen

Three finger off-white head, amber colored beer

Smells of grain, hop, malt, apricot, citrus, and pine

Tastes of hop, malt, pine, and citrus, like the commercial description, it is more balanced than most.

Mouthfeel Fine!

Overall, this is the better beer out of the two I have had from this brewery. I had tried the Windmill Wheat lager, and I would never have it again. This on the other hand, is spectacular. I cannot wait to try the witbier, hefeweizen, and the pilsner!

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Photo of KarlHungus
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy amber-orange color. In fact, it is so cloudy I can't see my hand through it. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and butterscotch. The butterscotch isn't over the top, but it still doesn't fit into this style of beer. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with slightly more butterscotch. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and aggressively annoying carbonation. Overall,, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is hazy and the color of amber honey. A 1/2 finger of fine white foam forms. Moderate retention. No lacing.

S - Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and a spicy pine scent. Aromas of lemongrass, green tea and fresh bread in the background.

T - Has a dry, semi-sweet grainy flavor up front reminiscent of wheat and sweet corn. A pleasant citrusy tang and accompanying hop bitterness toward the middle. Flavors of burnt sugar, juicy, citrusy hops and bitter orange peel in the finish. Only major critique is a slight metallic flavor in the aftertaste

M - Thin-to-medium body. A bit over-carbonated. Relatively clean finish aside from a bit of a sweet, hoppy residue that clings to the back of the tongue.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep hazzy copper with a finger of fluffy head that fell quickly leaving minimal head and a decent collar.

S- Very earthy hops. Caramel bread malts with almost a copper metallic nose.

T- As the nose leads, there are some nice caramel malts up front that lead into a bit of a hoppy note with minimal bitterness.

M- Medium bodied beer, was well carbonated so felt light but the malts build the body to fill you up. I fell this is well balanced with the caramel malts and hops.

D- I think this is a solid APA and worth a try. Surprised by the low reviews because I think the taste was there. Thanks Millstream!

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Photo of NWer
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from the Midwest.
Poured into my Great Lakes nonic.
Very abundant brown head fills glass. Retains well.
Brown cloudy appearance with a cloudy layering midway. Good marks for originality. Never seen one like this before.
Thick caramel notes belie the style. Nothing on the hop side to speak of.
It was good, just very confusing. Better to not think about it too much, just enjoy. It is enjoyable enough and I would definitely drink it again if I ever get the chance.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber and translucent with a half inch of light tan head that faded quickly to nothing and left no lace. Smell was malty, slightly sweet with a hint of earthy hop. Taste was a bit too sweet up front, mild citric hop in the middle. Bready malt prevailed. Finish was mildly sweet, but not cloying. Decent medium body and carbonation. Overall glad to try another Iowa beer but they've got some work to do.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden. Has a slight haze to it. Head is one finger and just a bit off white.
S- The smell seemed hoppy as I poured but when I resmelled there wasn't much there. A bit of pine and a bit of butterscotch.
T- There's not much on the taste. It's sweet almost sugary. There's a slightly raw flavor in the finish. A bit of caramel throughout.
M- A good body to it. Good weight and smooth carbonation. There is a strange foamy texture in the finish though.
O- The body is good but the flavor just wasn't there for me.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Iowa Pale Ale…..on tap at Millstream Brewhaus in the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Appearance-pours a reddish amber gold color, large two finger white head off the tap, bubbles settle evenly and we’re ready to go.

Smell-malt upfront with a bit of hops and a little caramel mixed with alcohol, not all that pungent but enough to get the job done.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, touch of hops upfront with a balance of malt, somewhat sweet, but a nice backbone of alcohol finishes the taste off mixed in with caramel and hops. Perhaps not as punchy as you’d like but the flavors work.

Overall-solid representation of the style, on the lighter side for sure but it works, worth a try.

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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
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