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Millstream Hop² Double IPA - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Hop² Double IPAMillstream Hop² Double IPA

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BA SCORE
73
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 24.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 02-13-2011)
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1.63/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a coppery amber with three fingers of craggy off-white foam lasting a minute, no lacing left behind. Medium-thin body, medium carbonation levels.

Smells mostly of floral and spice hopping with medium strength orange peel and a strange cooked asparagus aroma blended with a caramel malt. Despite being a relatively fresh bottle, it tastes overwhelmingly of an acrid moldy / rotten swamp mud sort of character which was an instant dealbreaker-level flaw. Further analysis aborted, drainpoured.

I recommend staying away from this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Hop(2) Double IPA, Amana, Iowa. No information given, but this on the side of the bottle carrier….um, no, it's too long. Maybe I'll scan it. Oh, and we learn that it is 7.5% ABV. So, let's open it up and find out what's inside.

Deep burgundy coloration, rich, creamy off[white head above.

Aromatics: complexity abounds, rich, malty, pungent. Hops are present, but muddied and indistinct. There are no typical hop aromatics associations at play. Instead there is chocolate, dark fruit, plum and fig and cherry, and oak.

Taste: Hip hops hit at first, a blast of bitterness, then up rises sweet malt to smother it and coat it in chocolate and caramel. I can taste it some on the tongue, but it goes nowhere. Sweet subsumes all.

This really doesn't feel like a double IPA at all. Alcohol is high, yes, but, hops aren't as pronounced as they ought to be, and malt mucks it up. I'm happy to entertain varying and contrasting interpretations of this still very new style, but this one doesn't thrill me at all. I'll finish my 4-pack and forget about it. About $11 down the drain, and here's hoping they improve it some if they try this again.

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3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is quite dark for being a "pale" ale. It is a deep mahogany color. Just a 1/2 finger of coarse white head forms and fades quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of candied orange peel, fruity esters and a touch of pine and grapefruit. Caramel and brown sugar. There is also a nice earthy and herbal quality to the nose. Much less hop-forward in the nose than I expected, but this is also an older bottle. I'm sure the hops would be much more potent if I were drinking it fresh.

T - Burnt sugar and sweet caramel flavors are most noticeable initially. In a very interesting twist, I also get a touch of chocolatiness (as if they might have used some chocolate/carafa/black malt etc.). There's no other word for it but a "pleasing" bitterness follows shortly afterwards to temper the intense maltiness. I get a bit of lemon, orange peel, and dank earthy hops (I use "dank" in the best sense of the word). Finish is both bitter and sweet with the bitterness lingering much longer.

M - Medium-to-thick body. Quite sweet and malty which provides for a bit of a "sticky" mouthfeel. This is somewhat reflected in the finish where I am left with some residual sugars clinging to my taste buds.

Overall - I really wish I had taken the time to review this beer when it was at its freshest. I decided to give this beer a couple breaks in the aroma/flavor department considering this and I plan to review this again next year with a fresh bottle.

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2.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a lot of visible sediment floating around. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and biomass. The taste is of rotten vegetables with some bitterness in the end. It is down right awful. The bitterness helps hide the rotten vegetables a bit, but they still take over and ruin the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, I will not be drinking this beer again, and based on the six beers I've had from Millstream I can't see myself trying any more of their beers in the future.

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Millstream Hop² Double IPA from Millstream Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.