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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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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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 ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 20:32:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Homerbag


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 06:38:56 | More by Homerbag
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 21:59:28 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Chaz


3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 19:24:00 | More by Chaz
Photo of woodychandler


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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 …

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:31:07 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Quaffer


4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 02:44:21 | More by Quaffer
Photo of brewcrew76


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 01:30:17 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of BitterBrian


2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 00:30:16 | More by BitterBrian
Photo of beachbum1975


3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 20:10:55 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of drewbage


3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 01:37:43 | More by drewbage
Photo of jwc215


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 20:44:27 | More by jwc215
Photo of afinepilsner


3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 03:41:17 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 23:11:22 | More by oberon
Photo of Cresant


3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:34:25 | More by Cresant
Photo of mynie


4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 22:48:07 | More by mynie
Photo of ski271


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 21:10:28 | More by ski271
Photo of hero27


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. 2006 release.

Hazy amber color, nice head retention.
Fresh, floral hop aroma..easily one of the hoppiest beers Millstream has released (since they're not really known for their use of hops). Not real complex, but thirstquenching and quite enjoyable. One of my favorite summer beers since this is a seasonal offering..a six-pack of this never seems to last very long in my fridge. Enough hops to satisfy my "hophead" side, yet light enough to drink all day long. Certainly worth a try in my book.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 00:27:02 | More by hero27
Photo of Blakaeris


3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a creamy head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell is very malty and fruity with an unusual grassy or earthy mustiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Definite malty fruitiness. Finish is mildly bitter with lingering citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little slick.

I found the aroma and flovor to be a little different from what I expected from an APA. An unusual brew and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 05:46:29 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice slightly hazy shade of copper with a light white head with good retention and decent lacing.

Smell is slightly earthy with a bit of floral hops.

Taste has a nice bit of earthy malt backbone with a bit of slightly sweet and floral hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a touch of slickness.

Overall easy enough to drink, but not worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 05:35:05 | More by bashiba
Photo of UnionMade


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased in Iowa as part of a mixed 12 pack, purchased at Ingersoll Wine & Spirits for a great price. Best before date on the label is somewhere between the second "J" and "A", so I'm off by a month. It's been sitting in the fridge since the ass end of August, so it's my own damn fault.
Pours a turbid, tawny gold, topped with a collar of white head. Completely innoculated with floaties. Vivid, leafy, citric hops in the nose. No signs of age, aside from the appearance. Hoppy fruity/floral notes, as well. The first sip reveals a pale maltiness, slightly doughy with the yeast, undercut by a blunt hoppiness in the finish. Straight faced grapefruity citrus, complete with the peel. A bit piney, with fruity notes as well. All the complexity is in the finish, within the hopping. Bitterness is solid and to the point. Right up there with Sierra Nevada, I'd say. Medium bodied, finishing on the drier side, with harsh hop bitterness lingering. A bit chalky on the palate, probably from the yeast.
A decent pale ale, if a bit lacking in elegance. Not quite ham fisted, but it wouldn't do well with ballet. I'd buy this regularly if I lived in Iowa. Quenching, flavorful and relaxing, which is about all I ask for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 06:51:41 | More by UnionMade
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 12:59:45 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh, crisp piney hop aroma. Foamy cream colored head left some patchy lace. Piney hops make their way into the flavor along with some mildy sweet hop tea, which sit on a solid malt base. Nice hop/malt balance, very enjoyable. Soft mouthfeel with a moderately light body. I can't put it down! I just want to keep drinking and drinking and... Did I mention I love the hops in this one? Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this treat!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 17:29:21 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a short & stout bottle, a very deep mahogany hue with a slight haze. Some sediment floating around settles to the bottom of my pint glass.. big chunks at the bottom... should those really be there? The off-white head disappates quickly to a point, but a lingering layer of foam remains on top. Some lacing.

The aroma is somewhat sweet and malty for a pale ale. There's some floral hops I can smell in there too. However, the hops come through in the taste. Somewhat sweet, with caramel notes up front, and a nice bread-like doughy character, but a dry and bitter finish more than balances that. Just a little too harsh on the bitterness for the style in my opinion. Some citrus notes in the finish as well, and a little tobacco and pine in there too. These all become more noticeable the more you drink.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this one... if the bittering hops were brought down a notch, and that sediment wasn't in there, I'd be inclined to like it a lot better. But as it stands now, I wouldn't drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 19:17:23 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Warsh Pail Ale is better than average in some categories and downright good in others.

It pours a rich gold with a thick but quickly receding head. It left a slight lace. It's aroma is, interestingly, of milk chocolate-coated malted milk balls and cream (butter). No citrus. No fruitiness of any kind. Seriously. But the bouquet is great, as is the flavor -- which is much the same. Of course I should also say (in beer speak) that it has a nice balance of cascade hops and malts -- kind of spicy and kind of mild -- but good, with a nice dry finish.

Overall, a decent brew. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 00:17:23 | More by LiquidBreadMan
Photo of neonbrown82


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is no bottled on date on this bottle, but I believe this is from the 2004 batch since the 2005 is not out yet to my knowledge (and if it were, it shouldn't have a thin layer of dust on it). I was a little concerned when I saw the dust, but it was stored on a dark shelf and has maintained quite well.

The appearance is a beautiful dark amber color with a great cap of white foam sitting on top. Leaves a nice healthy lace around the glass. Has a very floral aroma, and smells like british hops.

The taste is like the smell, but not quite as beautiful. There is a great mix between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Has a kind of floral and fruity taste in the finish, though not as pronounced as the smell. One of my favorite pale ales, as it seems to be the perfect mix between an APA and an English Pale. Very quaffable, and highly recommended for a fan of pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 03:50:51 | More by neonbrown82
Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.