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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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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 249
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy little head that retains nicely and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Rather aromatic, with a surprisingly malty aroma of caramel but a discernable bit of grapefruit underneath

Taste: Lots of malt, really almost too much, up front, but moves in a tobacco and grapefruit direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tobacco and caramel flavors blend and the finish could and should be much drier and crisper

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I probably should have had this one sooner as the hops have lost much of their presence; even so, the malt presence of this beer is just too high to be very drinkable as a pale ale

Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Millstream website says that Warsh Pail is available starting in May, but I hadn't seen it all summer. I finally spotted some yesterday at my local grocery and bought a sixer. The label is different from the 'Millstream usual'. It depicts a virtuous Iowa farm wife doing the 'warsh' as we say in the Midwest. Note: this beer is now called Iowa Pale Ale and has a different label.

Lucent orange-bronze, darker than most pale ales. The orange-tinted beige head is firm, is three fingers in height after a vigorous pour and persists quite nicely. It's also fairly sticky and is beginning to deposit a better than average amount of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Bold, hoppy nose and bold, hoppy flavor. This beer is definitely fresh. There's no shortage of toasted caramel malt, but the hops supercede it by at least 2:1. Bitter white grapefruit peel and pine sap saturate my tongue with each sip. In fact, with the noseful that I receive each time I drink (of the aroma, not the actual beer), it seems as though I have a couple of pine air fresheners shoved up my nose. But in a good way.

Warsh Pail will lose a great deal of its resinousness with time, but for now the fresh, green hoppiness is just what the doctor ordered. For comparison's sake, this beer isn't as hoppy as a top-shelf IPA, but it is rather impressive for the style. The body is on the full side of medium and the amount of carbonation is nigh on perfect.

My my my, this is quite the little APA from Iowa's only remaining brewery. As of right now, I have a new favorite Millstream beer (no surprise that a boatload of hops is all it took). Drink Warsh Pail superfresh if possible; it's quite the treat.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a bubbly, copper color with ruby highlights. It had a foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and floral notes. It had a subtle roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted somewhat nutty with a sweet roasted malt taste. it had a nice bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice, easy-drinking pale ale. Very sessionable.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-amber body with a frothy white head.

Smell: Faint pale maltiness with hop citrus and some strong peppery notes.

Taste: Pale malts with a flash of toffee sweetness. Light citrus hop flavor, though not much bitterness ever presents itself. More pepper spiciness. Mild finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so! Though, it's one of those beers where one is enough.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea and a little citrus. Then a mild hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for while.

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Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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 jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange/copper with a thin head that descends to a swirl and a ring that leaves a little lacing.

The smell is of pine and mild citrus with a hint of bready notes.

The taste is of bitter pine blended with a touch of sweet gainy malt. There is a bready touch too it. When the pine gets to be almost too much, the caramel usually comes through to balance it out, but the hops are still in charge.

It's medium body holds up. There is a refreshing quality to it. The hops hang around for awhile.

Bottom line - it's a decent pale ale. More hoppy than malty but not overly so. I could see having this occassionally if it were in my area.
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one!

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a thick, foamy, medium-tan head with mild retention. The color was medium-amber and very cloudy with a lot of suspended particulate. The nose had a nutmeg quality to it, as if the hops and malt had figured out a unique way to really get along together. I got a medium mouthfeel with a light hops burst on the palate. The finish tended more towards malty, but hops were the lingering aftertaste.

Say, is John’s still open? Maybe I should buy another …

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from tedpeer, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a smallish bubbly off white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells od "C" hops. Nice citrusy, grapefruit aroma. Slight soapy aroma in the background as well. Some caramel malt hidden too. Taste shows more of the malt with some caramel coming out and the hops fading into the background a bit. Citrus bitterness lingers in the finish. Medium body, Crisp carbonation. Decent session brew. I liked it a lot but the soapy aroma threw me a little bit.

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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 beertunes
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for the hookup on this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a deep red/amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had no retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign and muted, a touch of malt and a trace of hops. The taste was surprisingly bolder than the aroma had lead me to expect. Nicely crisp hops balanced with a solid and smooth malt foundation.

The body was nicely full, smooth and crisp. Drinkability was very good, I could see drinking a bunch of these during a ball-game or cookout.

Overall, a very nice beer. If this were local to me, I'd have it as one of my regular go-to beers. Worth trying.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from this Iowa brewery my former supervisor hooked me up with.

A clear copper hue greets the eye after the pour along with some tiny suspended bits that hang in their respective spots almost like bubbles in Jello. Quick head an okay bubbling round this APA's appearance out.

Bready and caramel malts blend with great earthy and faint pine hops to make a pretty nice aroma. Theres also a slght gummy bear note at the end of each sniff that I find very intriguing.

The taste starts crisp and malty ih mld pine tree hops. The midle has a heavier earthy hop presence, thats almost musty, mixed with sweet caramel and toasted bread malts. The finish is a long lingering hop of grass, pine cones, and faint soil with some fresh baked bread and gummy worms.

This is a pretty good APA IMO, to bad they don't ditribute in Chicagoland.

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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 THECPJ
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly

smell: sweet malts, some floral hops,

taste: caramel, sweet, malts, little hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not terrible but I prefer my Pale Ale's to have alittle more hop bite and crispness.

the CPJ

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liter bottle flip top: Pours out to a auburn copper color, slightly hazey body with a creamy thick, lumpy ivory head about a finger high; cobweb lacing sticks. Aroma is warming of a toasty breadyness, crunchy fresh floral hop tone to it that has a dry leafy whisp brushed over it. Very slight citrus notes of dark orange emerge as it sits. Taste is a full frontal labotomy of toasty caramel and whole grain bread crusts. Way more then needed for a pale. Its good, but not as hoppy or as clean as I prefer. Hops are there making its flavors mostly in the back half of the beer with the tamest of tame bitterness earning a small hint of very dry pinewood. Mostly leafy and crunchy with a fresh floral blend drying off the finish with some slight metallic notes. Feel is quite bold and malty full, again, too much so, at least for my liking; smooth and toasty with a certain malt twang which even continues once the hops kick in. This actually reminded more of some Vienna style brews then anything or even a hefty amber. But as a Pale Ale, nah. Perhaps I'm being over critical with the whole style thing, but I thoroughly enjoy a cleaner, hoppier version. I'd drink this again no prob, just don't tell me its a Pale.
On a special note, this Warsh Pail was included in a small tasting of pale ales with Lake Superior Special Ale, Great Divide Denver Pale Ale, and 3F Alpha King were all in the mix. This was last for me, but two other people liked it more then me and more then 3F, where the 3F was my top choice. Just shows how tastes differ for various individuals.
Thanks to mentor for helping with the fun!

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 summer. New Recipe.

Great APA pour. Bright orange with a big, retentive white head. UNFILTERED! Tons of little bits floating around in it.

Smells nicely balanced. Big pine resin hop and a great caramel. Nothing too big, but nice and complex.

Starts with huge pine and citrus hop that end on a wonderful caramel and chocolate malt and ending with a lingering, dry wonderfulness. Wowzer!

The old Warsh Pail was okay, but this one is great!

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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 cokes
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a massive head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Very malty aroma. I pick up a lot of caramel and toffee. Any citrus from the hops are well hidden by the malt.

Flavor is likewise malty with a heavy dose of caramel. With a modest 29 IBUs the hop flavor and bitterness don't so much balance as get overpowered. The citrus is there near the finish but not like the typical APA. A little bit of a cleaning agent flavor in the finish.

Solid body that feels quite large. Probably one good aspect of the malt bill used in this beer. Nicely carbonated.

I think the brewer would be better off calling this an Amber Ale. Just not enough from the hops to challenge the standards of the style.

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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.