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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale - Millstream Brewing Company

Millstream Iowa Pale AleMillstream Iowa Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%


Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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. It gets its citrus zing from extensive dry-hopping with Cascade hops.

29 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-04-2004)
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Reviews by Josievan:
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Josievan

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Compared to the sea of light macro lagers as far as the eye can see, Iowa Pale Ale is dark as hell. The actual color is dark orangish amber, but "dark" is relative, right? This pint also shows the light domestics a thing or two about head and lacing!

Smell: Nothing really stands out in the aroma. American hops are certainly present, as is a moderate portion of caramel malt.

Taste: The hops are the first thing that hit you. They provide a nice punch to the palate if you're unprepared for them. With subsequent sips, the sweet malt is the initial taste, followed by a hoppy, slightly dry finish. The beer also mellows out a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Iowa Pale Ale is crisp, yet with a firm lighter-medium body, and a good carbonaton level.

Drinkability: I had three pints, which seemed about right before switching to another Millstream beer, their oatmeal stout, to cap the night off.

Notes: I'm proud to say Iowa's own Millstream Brewing Co. has created an excellent beer and accurate representation of an APA. It's not earthshaking by any means, just a solid overall beer. Too bad it looks like I'm the only one in the place drinking it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 00:38:48 | More by Josievan
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A - Pours one finger of creamy off-white / beige colored head on top of a bright orange colored body.

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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.

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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
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