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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

198 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 198
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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dwhitney


1/5  rDev -71.2%

07-16-2012 13:40:14 | More by dwhitney
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ktrillionaire

Florida

1.83/5  rDev -47.3%

Thanks to beersack for the brew.

A - Amber IPA. It is translucent, with short-lived head and not so much lace.

S - Yuck. Corn husk and gross barley. This may be hard to drink. It smells like a chicken coop to some degree.

T - Drain-pour. It is like a mixture of bird-seed and green matter. This is one of the worst beers I have ever had.

M - Hard to judge, the beer sucked so bad. Seemed a bit fizzy/foamy in the mouth.

D - Someone should send these people a Sierra Nevada, so they can see what a 'normal' (good) Pale Ale can/should be. This is horrendous.

11-09-2010 04:40:02 | More by ktrillionaire
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cardinals22

Illinois

2/5  rDev -42.4%

08-10-2014 22:23:53 | More by cardinals22
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -42.4%

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.

04-11-2012 21:19:47 | More by KarlHungus
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -42.4%

05-08-2013 13:39:18 | More by tommyguz
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mentor

Colorado

2.42/5  rDev -30.3%

12 oz bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in January 2005 and consumed that same evening. Freshness date says August. Pours a half-finger very light tan-organish head that slowly settles, with some lacing. Smells c-hop citrusy with a noticable, and unpleasant, pine-sol smell that is reminiscent of Arcadia Batch #999. Orangish and cloudy with noticable particulates suspended. Tastes sweet malt to start with caramel followed by hop bitter, a hint of citrus, and dominated in the end by grassy hops (cohumulone?). Not so good. Let's see...any fruits in here?...not really, maybe some apricot. Nicely carbonated for the style. medium-light bodied. Overall...yuck. Dang, and I really wanted to support the home team tonight (I'm presently in school a few miles from the brewery at the U of Iowa).

01-07-2005 04:55:28 | More by mentor
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.45/5  rDev -29.4%

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a sort of copper/amber color. A bit dark considering its lightness on the palate. Not much head or lace, frankly. A smidge of soapy whiteness. Average.

The beer's aroma is a mix of strength and weakness. It starts off with a pretty nice hop profile. It smells hoppier than the average APA, but not in a way that highlights characteristics of the hops. It is generic pine, generic hints of citrus (like Squirt brand pop: an undifferentiated citrus blend). This hop presence is somewhat undone by the sugary-sweet malt. It turned the hops into a bit of Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Yup, you guessed it, that abundant malt saccharine sweetness shows up prominently on the palate. That fruit cereal flavor dominates any effort that the hops give to balance it. This just tastes like a poor pale ale.

It seems to have an appropriate body. Not a fan of the weak carbonation level though. More active bubbles would have taken away some of the feeling that I was drinking cereal milk. It's flaws severely impact the ability to drink this beer.

This has some things going for it, but Millstream needs to tone down that malt sweetness.

11-09-2010 02:11:07 | More by Reaper16
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Scott17taylor

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -28%

02-05-2014 21:28:37 | More by Scott17taylor
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Herky21

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -28%

03-13-2013 02:44:29 | More by Herky21
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knight84

California

2.53/5  rDev -27.1%

Thanks to Pepsican for sending this as an extra!
A: Dark coppery color with a light khaki head. Leaves decent lacing.
N: Mostly caramel malts, a little leathery hop profile, maybe a touch of citrus. Could be a little past it's prime.
T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Actually reminds me a bit of sampling IPA wort. Strong caramel and toasty malt character with a leathery hop profile, no real sign of the citrus here though.
M: A little thin. Lacks character, but still tolerable. Really doesn't strike me as a good example of the style. Not a great beer.

02-05-2010 05:18:33 | More by knight84
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.55/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

04-21-2011 22:44:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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msjacilynn

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -26.5%

A: pours clean amber. good solid lacing throughout.

S: nothing. maybe a bit of malts, corn but very little hops on the nose.

T: it was ok...hops were present, sweet toffee malts and again with the corn. otherwise, pretty bland.

M: little carbonation, light watery feel.

D: not something I would seek out, but also not something I would turn away.

01-03-2011 00:58:09 | More by msjacilynn
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

07-01-2014 02:30:19 | More by KirkFrancis
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PatB1987

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

06-11-2014 16:18:56 | More by PatB1987
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

thanks mark

great, thick orange tunnel of sediment surrounded by a slight deep golden outline. soapy head leaving airy lace and no signs of bubbles.. probably all trapped at the bottom.

aroma includes a real mild but noticeable addition of citrusy, fresh-smelling hops and a toasted grape-nut cereal graininess. some pineapple and maybe the slightest butter note.

really light with an even yet chalky bitterness. some fruit juice seems to glide underneath.. appley? overall big on the pine-sol.. huge pine resin feel and aftertaste here. best described as christmasey. this doesnt fit the style of apa at all. very funky, not sure how i like it but its different. that's for sure.

those flavors start to annoy after a few sips, simply because they're too much and i want a refreshing session beer from this offering. no such luck.

recommended for those who want to see a totally haywire version of a normally tame beer.. otherwise, avoid. wtf is with this brewery?!

09-13-2005 12:59:45 | More by goodbyeohio
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

2.88/5  rDev -17%

03-02-2014 06:47:07 | More by DemoniChris
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jsprain1

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

11-06-2011 02:39:01 | More by jsprain1
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -15%

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.

05-18-2011 01:32:22 | More by mdaschaf
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BitterBrian

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -15%

If all the APAs that I've had were lined up for picking teams, and I was a team captain, this would be the last picked. Not that I'd hope that I didn't get suck with it. It just wouldn't be MY choice.

Poured a translucent gold with a pale yellowish head. The smell is of a dry lightly hopped brew, not an APA. Tastes like it was watered down, very thin and not very hoppy at all. Maybe this was in the warsh pale after making a better beer.

Finish - bland and metallic.

11-18-2006 00:30:16 | More by BitterBrian
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waldoiverson

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%

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

10-05-2012 01:03:03 | More by waldoiverson
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-24-2011 06:56:01 | More by richkrull
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RDW

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -13.5%

10-20-2013 05:39:56 | More by RDW
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -13.5%

05-03-2014 20:55:23 | More by Beestin
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Handy50322

Iowa

3/5  rDev -13.5%

09-23-2012 04:01:15 | More by Handy50322
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gguest724

Iowa

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-20-2014 19:01:29 | More by gguest724
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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.