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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: 24.1%
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

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Beer added by: daledeee on 02-13-2011

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Photo of tommyguz
1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of maximum12
1.09/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. single picked up out of idle curiosity, I've liked a few of Millstream's brews, always up to try another. But no bottle dating. Boo.

Pour is dark for a hopper, leaning hard into the amber regions. Smell is not promising; tons of sweet malt along with corrupt, rank wet earth. And not clean spring rain wet earth, but Superfund, dead earthworm kind of wet earth. Blech.

Hop2. I'm always looking for redeeming qualities; this beer has none. That rank dank carries over in the taste like an unwashed wrestler. It's harsh, metallic, fusty, and just plain awful.

This is a bad, bad, bad beer, & not in the singer-songwriter-blues kind of way. There is simply nothing good to say here, so I'm going to stop typing & head for the sink. Borderline epically terrible.

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.68/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

Photo of egrace84
1.75/5  rDev -43%

Photo of pepsican
1.8/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear amber pour with a nice sized white head. Aroma was hop forward with quite a bit of malt to back it up, mainly toffee and caramel. The flavor isn't exactly pleasant. I couldn't detect more than just a bit of the hops, and it was more of a hop/soap combination with no real focus on what I enjoy in a DIPA. It was also overly malt forward with caramel and toffee dominating. Very harsh astringent finish, reminds me of eating an unripe persimmon. I was hoping for more from this, it would have been great to have another local IIPA in the rotation. As it is you have an overly malt forward beer that is too sweet mixed with a terrible hop profile. Add in the astringency and you have a drain pour; I didn't make it through more than a few sips of this. Maybe next time.

Photo of mjschwal
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of mynie
2.04/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours orange, very cloudy and dark. Giant white head quickly dissipates.

Smells like a weirdly ersatz hop citrusyness and very thick, sryupy double IPA malt. Hmm...

Tastes a little bit better, but still far away from good. For the life of me, I cannot place this citrus flavor. It's supposed to be hops, I'm sure, but what kind of hops? Where did these come from? The malt syrup nodes are absent, cut into by a very aggressive champagny yeast that dominates the entire back end of the beer with a bizarre fruitiness. Nothing comes together.

Wow. Millstream is one of the 20 oldest craftbrewers in the US. Their beers don't get super high scores, typically, but that's because they're a very precise, very conservative brewery that is content doing a bang-up job of making regular styles. They've never come close to this kind of mistake before. I can't account for it; I just hope they correct it.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.24/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of JakeBarnett
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of salvo
2.32/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with an inch of head that quickly collapses; just a ring suggests the original inch of tan head.

Smell is all wrong: porter roasty malts with some assertive bitter hops, no sweetness, no balance.

Taste is poor as well: coffee with sour homebrew back, like it was brewed in rusty equipment or something.

Mouthfeel is poor as well: fizzy carbonation leaves teh tongue stinging rather than receptive.

Drank about a third; drainpour for the rest. Avoid.

Photo of BHep
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of argock
2.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Caramelly amber with 1-2 finger frothy light beige head with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma is sweet buttery caramel with dank herbal and slightly floral hops with a light citrus twang.

T: The flavor is like an oversweet English DIPA if there ever was such a style. The malting is too light overall and way too slanted toward crystal malts. The hopping is also underdone with only herbal, minty notes without much else.

M: THe feel is not dry enough which makes it a little tough to drink -- too much sticky sweetness.

O: Not a good offering from Millstream -- off-base in many categories.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
2.61/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 finger off white head. Good retention. Not a lot of lacing left. Color is dark ruby brown.

S. Smell is very malt dominant. Has an astringent smell. Dont picku up a lot of hop aroma at all. Definitely does not smell like a DIPA. Doesn't even smell like a very good Pale Ale.

T. Taste is sweet. Caramel malt is very dominant. Very strange sweet taste that is hard to describe. Not bitter. No hop flavor. Has no DIPA qualities really at all.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a strange sweet aftertaste.

D. Well what can I say. Struggled to put down the one bottle. Really surprised that a brewery would put this out on the shelves. This beer has no hop aroma or flavor. The malt flavor that it does have is strange and off putting. Millstream better go back to the drawing board. I will leave my Iowa DIPAs to Peace Tree.

*edit* 2nd bottle was a drainpour. Maybe my fault for drinking Hopslam before Hop2, but none the less it has been a very long time since I poured a beer down the drain.

Photo of durlta
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very dark copper with an average to small, frothy, somewhat thick, fluffy, off-white head. Good retention with a nice lace remaining.

S - Bitter pine hop aromas with a strong caramel malt as well. A touch of citrus/lemony zest and some earthy aroma. A touch of herbal aroma also.

T - Similar to the aroma with plenty of caramel and bitter pine and herbal hops. Slight medicinal and astringent flavors. Slightly warming finish. Bitter and sweet mix.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Warming slightly sticky finish.

D - Easy to drink, but I don't really see me wanting more. Plenty of bitter hops and caramel malt.

Notes: Somewhat reminds me of a barleywine. Not really a top tier DIPA. Pine, herbal, and earthy hops - but more bitterness from the hops than anything. Also very malt heavy. Doesn't really seem to fit the Millstream style.

Photo of Duff27
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark, clear ruby red/brown with an inch of off-white head into a tulip. Good drink-by-drink lacing and decent head retention. I really enjoy the looks of this one.

S- Smells sweet and tropical.

T- Taste starts of like a normal DIPA but morphs into some strange taste...is that a hint of coffee/dark fruits I'm getting?? Caramel malts and again, a weird taste I can't quite put my finger on.

M- Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- It was tough putting this one down. I think a few small tweaks and this could be a "worthy" DIPA though. More hops for sure. Not recommended, especially with so many great ones out there.

Photo of bismarksays
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of CCutch
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ssimpson89
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MetricOcean
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of millertime416
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of gatornation
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a hazy orange light brown color with a fast receding khaki head with very little lacing

S- musty malts and bread

T- thick syrupy musty odd smelling hops ,sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits and bread

M- sweet syrups,and thick malts, medium carbonation

O- a strange 2ipa that i will not buy again,very sweet with a bitter aftertaste finish

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