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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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200 Ratings

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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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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
Photo of Reanimator
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color, well carbonated with a good head. Aroma is of strong floral hops.

Malty on the beginning of the taste with some fruity notes building into some piney hops, quite bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and well-bodied for the style.

Overall this beer is pretty good! Not the best pale ale for sure, but certainly nothing, as an Iowan, to be ashamed about.

Reanimator, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to badbeer for the in person trade at the Great Taste for the opportunity to try some Iowa beers.

A-Copper hued with a thin off-white head that receded to a ring and then vanished.

S-Sweet caramel malt with a surprising amount of apple and citrus hop aroma. A bit of burnt roast in the background. Nice and jaunty nose.

T-Good balance between the sweet malt and fairly aggressive hop bitterness. Flavours of spicy pear, sweet biscuit and a bit of orange.

M-Medium light body maybe just a bit thin. Good zippy carbonation helps keep things lively and interesting.

D-A big surprise to me. I wasn't expecting to much from this one and instead enjoyed a rather flavourful and zippy brew. I would like to try this one on tap.

Deuane, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this fresh on tap at the brewery. i also had three from the bottle since. this is a good beer. nice medium dark color. nice carbonation and one half inch head. very good lace down the glass. this beer tasted very nice in hops with malt balance. more hops than i expected for an apa, but a very welcome hop taste. very very good. the lady working there was very pleasant as well.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle from BuckeyeNation, cheers.

Poured into my tulip glass. I amber liquid with almost a cranberry hue sits underneath a small white frothy head that died to the tinyest of rings and spotty film coating.

Smell is more of of a sweet maltiness than i expected, and less of a hop profile. if there are hops in it the aroma is covered by maltiness.

Taste follows smell pretty well. Some possibly lightly toasted pale malts with some sugary sweetness left on the palate. Not near enough hops to dry the finish. There are only slight earthy hop notes hidden in this one. Seems a little unbalanced leaning toward the malt side (never thought i would ever say that).

Mouthfeel is good, although it is a tad watery and it finishes a bit sticky and sweet for an APA. It needs to be a bit more crisp and clean finishing IMO.

This one I rated high on drinkability because of the low abv and relative ease in which i put this one back. I could see just about anyone being able to drink a sixer of this no problem.

tayner, May 29, 2008
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.


SkinnyElvis, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of hylton44
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack on a recent visit to my neighbor state to the south. A check on their website indicates that this beer is not actually brewed by the Amish, but I like to pretend it is.

This pale ale is darkish in hue, relative to your average pale ale. The smell is ruddy and full, and the mouthfeel has a round, thick character; a malty, bready flavor to offset the bitterness. There's a strong hops presence, but this is definitely a balanced beer, relative to what is par for the pale ale course (crystal-clear, citrus crispness). I, for one, tend to appreciate the inherent IMBALANCE of the pale ale style, but I can certainly appreciate a beer that steps out of the mode in a style that is awash in indistinguishable, if refreshing, offerings.

hylton44, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of DukeofAle
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kicks up a modest, near white head with little retention or lacing. The color is a tarnished orange-gold, darker than most APA's. Initially, the nose and taste are of hops but upon further reflection it is more balanced (less hoppy, more malty)than typical of the style. Easy to drink, this is a well-brewed beer without serious faults. Perhaps not a stand out, but a well-crafted brew none the less.

DukeofAle, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darn, I thought I was going to get to enter a new beer into the database. This beer has changed it's name. It is now called Iowa Pale Ale and has a different label than the one on this website. I also think this beer has improved!!!

I bought this and thought what the hell; I will drink it only a little chilled. That was a great idea. This poured a very flat amber brown color. No head to speak of. The nose is sweet hoppy and malty.

The taste is a nice sweet hoppy and malty combination. This is a good IPA. Nice right amount of carbonation. This is refreshing since I have had a bunch of disappointing beers lately. What a welcome treat and to think it is made 20 miles from where I live. The price is also unbelievably reasonable.

daledeee, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clean copper color with long lasting head.
Has a malty and citruisy character to it that is very full.
Very full taste with a heavy malt sweetness that comes around to some grapefruity hops and a citruis after tate.
Decent carbonation, but almost an oily feel to it from the amount of hops.
This comes across as a weak IPA rather than a APA. Overall an o.k. beer but glad I only got one.

Homerbag, Nov 28, 2007
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 Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Solo cup (groan). A medium pour produces a pale copper colored ale with a tan head of average duration and minimal lacing. Not exactly cloudy, but a bit too turgid to call it very clear. The nose offers up some lightly toasty malts and mildly floral hops. Light notes of fruit, mainly pear, but with some plum and golden apple. Slightly sharp and acidic on the first sip, cuts the thirst well on this sunny day overlooking the Mississippi. A mild tanginess works well in conjunction with the smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Malts are semi-sweet, toasty, biscuity and dry. Hops are spicey and the mid-range bitterness lingers quite well. Very expressive. Medium-full bodied, and with moderate carbonation. Very nice dry finish. Quite drinkable. Although it's not the most unique of the Milltream offerings, Warsh Pail Ale is easily the most appealing to the hopheads out there (who now make up the majority of craft beer drinkers . . . whatyagonnado?) and would make for a great year-round offering from them.

Chaz, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 …

woodychandler, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden-copper beer with a tan head that rose up to a little over a finger. A ton of loose, fine sediment escaped from the bottle and floated around, suspended in the beer. A thin layer of bubbles lingered on top of the liquid for the entire time.

Smell: Very bready and yeasty right after the pour. Some light hops rose up after the beer had settled. Before I had taken a drink, I was distracted by a phone call and the beer sat for another ten minutes or so. When I returned to it, it was a little smokey with some sharp, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and mouthfilling. There was a strong fuzziness to it that was probably caused by all the sediment in suspension. Medium bodied.

Taste: A dry, cracker-like maltiness was joined immediately by a crisp hops bitterness. A little sweet vanilla hovered underneath. The bitterness sharpened on the finish and was joined by a little cherry. The hops lingered for a long time into the aftertaste.

A pretty good "pail" in my opinion.

Quaffer, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to hero27 for this one.

A - Pours a hazy orange with golden highlights and a soapy white head.

S - Mild aroma with some citrus and pine. There is a slight earthy funkiness to the aroma.

T - Chalky with some citrus and pine. The same earthy funkiness in the aroma is found in the taste.

M - Moderate and dry. Lightly carbonated.

D - A bland APA that ended up being disappointing.

brewcrew76, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of BitterBrian
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BitterBrian, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of beachbum1975
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on a trade with mynie – thanks, again!

Freshness date was marked for May with no year, so I can only assume it’s 2006.

It poured an opaque burnt copper/orange color – very nice and rustic to me. The light tan head was average in size and formed to a foam halo 5 minutes after the pour.

It smelled of toasted citrus, pine malts and alcohol – semi-complex nose overall.

The taste was medium-bodied with a toasted citrus flavor, like orange & lemon rinds (a little bitter) and had a waxy aftertaste to me.

It was an interesting beer for me to try and I am glad I did, but I don't think I would enjoy it as a session beer...

beachbum1975, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of drewbage
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a month notch on June.

Bright coppery orange brew with a sticky beigish head that clings hard to the glass. Lots of carbonation rolling over the glass.

Aroma is little grassy with citrus tones and toasted malt riding behind the line.

Flavor is toasted crackers with a dusty drying character that defines the finish with a light bitterness and some metallic tones.

Decent pale ale for the casual drinking day.

drewbage, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

jwc215, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Warsh Pail Ale was copper in color and slightly cloudy. It had a medium sized white head that dissipated to a thin layer, but did keep the beer covered until the end. The nose was mostly hops with a little malt in the backround. The taste was about the same, plenty of hops over a light malt base, ending on the bitter side. The mouthfeel was good, medium bodied with good carbonation. A good beer that I will definately have again.

afinepilsner, Sep 07, 2006
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 Cresant
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. into an IPA glass. May checked/punched out on the label (hope it's '06). Brown leather/orange body with particulates of yeast floating around. Two fingers of khaki head.

Smelled earthy. Floral hops. Bubblegum sweetness. Malted grains and hints of alcohol. Aroma was somewhat flattened.

Taste was nicely balanced. Pleasantly sharp hop presentation was held in check by the sweetness of the malts. Long, mild citrus-rind bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was slightly prickly. Medium body.

Drinkability was average due to the lack of any real boldness. I really wouldn't want more than one of these.

Cresant, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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!

mynie, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, medium bronze-amber with a small, eggshell colored head that quickly reduces to a thin, tenacious film. Smell is hoppy and lightly sweet. Floral and lightly spicy hops, dark bread and a little alcohol and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste is more balanced but a bit more plain, not bad at all, just not as interesting as the nose. It has a medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation and a light astringency. There were some nice flavors in there that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, and I like that. Overall it was a very refreshing, satisfying beer. A pleasant surprise in a package from hero27. Thanks!

ski271, Jul 11, 2006
Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.