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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Iowa Pale AleMillstream Iowa Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

200 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

mdcrouser, Aug 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems to me I liked this beer more than most of the others that have reviewed this it.Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with a tight well formed one finger head that left a ring of lace as it settled,well balanced aromas a nice hop profile somewhat grassy and citrusy melding nicely with a sweet dough malt character.Again the flavors are blanced with the hops getting the slight edge starting out a little sweet and biscuity with the fruity,piney hops coming thru late and lingering.I noticed a mineral note in there as well its something I have been keen to lately I find it a little odd I have been getting that lately.Anywas a nice well rounded APA I thinks its damn good.Thanks to hoppedup for this.

oberon, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of ROBORB
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty dogfish snifter. This produced a dark copper colored beer with a small, quickly dissipating 2 finger head. There was good lacing throughout the sampling. Aroma consisted of light citrus hops and a very strong malt. The taste was dominated by malts up front and then a very slight hop bitterness. This was an above average beer and great for sessions.

ROBORB, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of NWer
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

NWer, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of lionnusmb
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

lionnusmb, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist off bottle with a bottling date.

Appearance: Superb lacing, color is copper going on garnet with a brilliant clarity.

Smell: Leathery tobacco hops are soft with a fruity and slightly caramel aroma in the mix.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a light crispness, a tad slick in the mouth. Chicory and a touch of toffee come to mind, earth tree bark hop bitterness starts in the middle and gets stronger in the finish. Even in the end there is an underlying malt sweetness to hold things balanced.

Drinkability & Notes: A decent pale ale though I could not picture having more than one.

Jason, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to buckeyenation for this brew; cheers. Pours with thin head. Amber in color. Floral hops to the nose & taste. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Very drinkable and the mouthfeel is smooth. Nice example of the style. I would think this was a good session beer.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with an off-white thin lid of foam that sinks quickly. Aroma is all malt, light but not too sweet. A little candy and a little hops, but mostly malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and even, perfect carbonation. Flavor is just damn good. Doesn't try to be over the top in any way, just does the style right. Light, biscuity malts, accompanied by just enough hops to let you know they're there without trying to curl your tongue. Nice hop pucker lingers. This is a great session beer, and a good example of what I consder to be an honest pale ale. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

far333, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of KirkFrancis
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

KirkFrancis, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light auburn colored beer, clear, minimal head.
More caramel aroma, lacking hop aroma.

Pretty bland taste, hop character lacking, easy enough to drink, but doesn't have any real characteristics to speak of, slight malt, earthy, leathery feel to it. Balanced I guess, if you're into that. Grainy, cereal like at times.

One of the beers I sampled in helping myself make a determination where in the Midwest I wanted to go to school.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, orangish brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild floral hop aroma. Some citrus mixes in, but only subtly. It has a slightly sweet malty aroma as well.

This beer tastes hoppier than it smells. Citrus, and some grass mix in. It has a slightly sweet flavor also. A slight grainy flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It may just be a little overcarbonated though. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Nice, nonagressive flavor, and a low enough alcohol content make it easy.

Overall: A big thanks to BuckeyeNation for this beer. I liked it a lot. It isnt as boring as some Pale Ales. It is definately worth trying, and then rebuying again.

OStrungT, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of waitforit
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

waitforit, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Oelschlager
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Oelschlager, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -13.5%

richkrull, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

kazam55, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

LXIXME, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull amber in color with orange highlights, slightly hazed and with an off white colored head. Fluffy head with plenty of nice lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of hop infused malted milk balls. Very durable, sweet grain nose with a touch of toasty goodness. The hops presence eludes to a ripe amount of bitterness.

The taste consists of freshly crushed and steeped grains with a firm bitterness creeping in on the finish. Simple but very good. You can't really taste the hops in a way that lets you know what kind was used but there are floral hints. I feel that they are gently swept aside by the grain backbone.

A real clean easy to drink beer. Creamy feel with a kind peppery carbonation. It's got more taste then most APA's but it's still on the simple side of things. It doesn't try to be anything more then it is which happens to be a sturdy respectable brew.

jbphoto88, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of LordofTime25
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer was clear golden color with a whit fluffy head that would last for about half the glass and left good lacing on the glass.

Had citrusy bitter sweet aroma.

Tastes like amny pales ales I have tasted, but leaves a bitter dry after taste.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A refreshing pale ale. That follows the Pale Ale guide lines. Not a regular puchase for me, but would get some if I was in the mood for a Pale Ale.

LordofTime25, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of RDW
3/5  rDev -13.5%

RDW, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger white foamy head. By the time I got from the kitchen to my desk the head had reduced to a decent layer of foam on top. Left some impressive lacing actually.

S: Light citrus hops, notable orange and orange peel. A good bit of grainy malt that gets stronger as it warms. The hop/fruit aromas start to subside.

T: Very grainy with what tastes like wheat as well. Very slight floral/orange hop flavor, but overall very weak. Similar to the aroma, the graininess intensifies over time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The biggest problem for me with this beer it the mouthfeel. There are no floaties or chunks in it all, but it feels like there is when i take a sip.

O: Didn't have high hopes, and without the strange mouthfeel, it would be slightly better than average.

mdaschaf, May 18, 2011
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They let the grain steep awhile here, because it pours into my (very clean) glass a dark reddish copper/brown, a bit darker than your usual APA. Head is thin and gets thinner. No lace buildup.

Aroma throws off some serious hops for a regular pale ale. There's a bristly pine in there, with sweet malt that resembles pineapple. Or is that the hops still talking? Either way, it's fragrant and spicy and so nice that I kept huffing while nearly forgetting about drinking.

A big hearty maltiness hits first during the sip, bready and robust, with some seemingly very fresh and boisterous hops mingling in nicely. A nip of cinnamon in the finish. Very good balance here. Mouthfeel lends a nice tingle, it feels more carbonated than it looks (lack of bubble activity, poor head retention).

Smells awesome, tastes very good, and provides excellent drinkability. The label is very cool too...the ultimate anti-bimbo. Macro lovers wouldn't approve of the label, but this would be a great gateway to real-beerland for them...

Metalmonk, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smoggy amber with a low-clug, off-white head.
The nose is remarkable, at first, for being void of nearly any discernable aroma. Meek pine needles arrise as it warms.
Begins with a doughy maltiness, coupled eventually with traces of vanilla, and caramel, creating something akin to sugar cookies. Hopping, as the nose foretold, is meager. Whispers of pine, with little associated bitterness.
Low in body and structure. This is a drinkable, bland pale ale that comes up short in most areas.

cokes, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Above average American pale ale. Pours orange fruity colour with fast disapearing white head. Aroma is a mixture of malt, hops and a bit of socks. Medium mouthfeel, even a bit light, but flavourful and smooth drinking, to the end. Fruity taste, understated C-hop, udnerstated carbonation. Works.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 50th review on BA, and I decided to go with a beer from my home state of Iowa.

Poured a dark coppery color, almost looked red coming out of the bottle. Thin, white head just covers the beer. Pale in name only.

Aroma is very faint, but some floral and citrus comes out. Also smells syrupy sweet too.

Very much a herbal and spicy hop flavor. Also pretty decent amount of malt coming through. Some pine flavors hit me at the end of the swallow, and the herbal flavors keep on coming as well. This is not a cookie cutter pale ale, but instead goes it's own direction. And it is a good direction. The road less traveled and so on.

Full bodied, slightly chewy, and a little creamy.

Drinkability is medium for me, this is a decent offering from a brewery I've never tried before. I would drink a couple of these in a sitting, more if someone else is buying! Good APA.

dancinwillie, Aug 28, 2008
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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.