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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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217 Ratings

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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 brewdoc75
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange-amber color. My overeager pour also included the yeast. A soft, off white head sits on top. Reasonable carbonation, but not a ton.

S: Fruitiness at first. Then I get some grassy, citrus hops. Really quite a bit of malty sweetness in the nose.

T: Fruitiness and sweet malts at first. This progresses to the citrus flavors of the hops. Not a ton of hops here. For an APA, the hops are just right. For an IPA (what Millstream's website lists this as), it is far too little. The malts are really what I get from this beer with tastes of toffee and maybe a faint breadiness. It is almost a little too sweet for an APA though.

M: Medium bodied. More smooth than crisp. Finishes a little sweet and sticky.

D: This is an average APA (what I'm rating this as). The website lists it as an IPA, but this is not even close. It has kind of that "not quite all the way fermented" homebrew quality. It wasn't a bad beer. I probably won't be racing out to buy more of it however.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - initially clear, but hazy from bottle conditioning yeast, light amber color with a thick foamy head with great retention

S - American hops noticed at first, then sweet malt behind it

T - solid citrus and spicy hop flavor with a strong malt backbone to support the finishing bitterness that follows

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good APA and probably one of my favorite offerings from Millstream.

Photo of BeenJammin
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - has a copper to amber color with a large cream color head
S - Smells really sweet and bready malts. Smells caramel-like.
T&M - Tastes really toasty and has good caramel flavor. Has a nice touch of citrus hops. Pretty good full flavor in the mouthfeel.
D - This beer is pretty ace. I am glad that I can get something like this here in Iowa. I am eating this with a nice salami and velveeta sandwich. Hell yeah!

Photo of akokandy
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an American pint glass. Beer is yellow-orange with a 1-finger head. Poor retention but leaves a good lacing pattern.

S- Some hops and a grassy smell. Not thrilling.

T- This is a pretty bitter pale ale. Not much sweetness at all. Some biscuity malts are here, and they get more pronounced as the beer warms. The hops taste european, and don't offer much in the way of citrus flavors.

M- Medium-bodied with a standard amount of carbonation.

D- Not my favorite beer, and not well balanced. Reasonable abv and good affordability make this a good session choice.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured this beer has a dark copper colour with an off white head about a centimeter in height. There is a decent amount of head retention. The nose on the beer has a lot of toasty malts with a large caramel smell at the end. There is an assertive bitterness in the beer with a caramel/toasty flavour in the beer. The hops come through with a bit of bitterness and a nice citrus flavour. I really enjoy the balance between the caramel malts and the citrus hops; it's almost like a toned down hoppy red ale. I get all the nice red ale caramel flavours, but the bitterness and citrus flavours burst through at the end. There is a bit too much carbonation in this beer, but other than that the mouthfeel is quite nice. I'm pretty sure I could drink a lot of these in an evening.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/25/08. Bottle courtesy of pepsican. Pours a dark orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of bitter Cascade hops. Flavor is mostly pale malts with some cardboard. I don't know if this bottle is past its prime, but only a hint of the bitter hops remained in the finish. Kind of bland tasting. Not bad per se, but I wish it was a little more flavorful.
6/4/6/3/11 (3.0/5)

Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce stubby bottle with a twist-off top, cracked open and poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a copper-amber bodywith a small cap of white foam. The bubbles relax into a ring that leaves speckled lacing on the glass.

The smell is mild and malty with toasted caramel and a touch of unidentified fruit. A dusty earthiness underpins the aroma profile.

The taste is sweet and toasted caramel-forward with a spritz of fruit juice and spicy hops. A twist of bitter grapefruit pith and dusty earthiness dries the aftertaste.

The drink is on the heavy side of medium bodied with light carbonation. A nicely drinkable brew. Thanks aplenty to Dr. Brad for sending me a botle of Iowa's finest!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mynie for sending this in a trade.

Pours a copper/amber color with a large amount of head, fades at a good rate to leave some decent lacing on the glass.

Fairly hoppy aroma for "just" a pale ale, decent caramel malt backbone as well.

Taste is also fairly assertive for a pale ale, good balance of flavors throughout, the biggest factor hurting this beer the is carbonation which is rather high, pretty much turns to foam once it hits the mouth.

Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this brewery fresh on our trip to Amana. Dark golden color, one inch of white foam. Nice amount of carbonation thin lace lines. This beer had a good flavor, spicy and grapefruit hoppiness, just enough malt to balance. Went down extremely well on a very hot afternoon, easily could have sat on the deck / biergarten and had another. A solid, hoppy APA - might put some IPAs to shame.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of LordofTime25
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 and his crazy LNBA BIF haul that included this fine gem from Iowa...into a Cab glass it goes...

Pours a solid hazy bourbon-caramel apple. Head is short but coagulated think dulce de leche color. Solid first impression.

There is an aroma of floral, almost saopy hops with citrus/grapefruit undertones. Creamy malt can be felt in texture of scent more than the true aroma.

Mild-textured hops - mostly piney, slightly citrus - combine with austere malt to produce a light palate feel that's quite clean but with solid flavor strength...some caramel, a little grapefruit...with warmth a little earth emerges. There's a nice ginger tingle, also. Hoppiness gets stronger with warmth, adding to the enjoyment of it all.

This has a good creamy hop pucker with a very clean finish. There's a little tingle, but overall nicely creamy. On the back end there's alomst a mild austere root beer texture.

This drinks very nicely. The great thing is that it gets better with warmth. Very enjoyable, sessionable offering.

Photo of gpogo
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Wonderfully clear pale golden amber with large fluffy cream colored head. The head slowly dissipates to a small covering and leaves sparse lacing.

A- Smells very much like pellet hops used for brewing. Piney citrusy hop aromas. A weird bitter sweet aroma.

T- Initially it tastes like many other pale ales I've tasted, but then I notice biscuit malt. Quite bitter leaves a bitter aftertaste and finished rather dry.

M- Medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation.

D- Rather refreshing pale ale. Really seems to follow style guidelines, if I were ever in Iowa I'd try to pick a few of these up, otherwise nothing to go out of the way for.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Reanimator
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of giblet
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.


Photo of tayner
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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.


Photo of hylton44
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of DukeofAle
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.