Iowa Pale Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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Iowa Pale AleIowa Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India 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 and gets its citrus zing from extensive dry-hopping with Cascade hops. This beer was first made in a few small batches as a summer seasonal in 2003. The response was so incredibly positive that is has worked its way into a year round beer and became a favorite to many.

29 IBU

Added by Todd on 07-04-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,063
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
282
pDev:
14.04%
Bros Score:
3.16
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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Ratings: 282 |  Reviews: 134
Photo of Abstractspirit
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - amber copper color with a good head Good skimming
Smell - slight caramel slight soapy
Taste - kind of exactly what I said about the smell
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - I’m hoping that soap taste came from the glass

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Photo of Chilmer
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy light copper amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet doughy caramel malts with some fruit and perfumy grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts with some fruit and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, taste like a throwback pale ale from the 90s.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lastmango
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich and hazy copper and amber color with a frothy 2 finger head that dissipated slowly. Moderate lacing. Aroma of fruit and citrus. Faint taste of bready malt with a balanced citrus and piney hop kick on the end. As someone else reviewed, the bitterness seems to increase as the beer warms. The beer has a moderate to thick feel, which is surprising as others described it as being a bit thin. Carbonation was light to moderate.

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Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeilSilber1
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA pours rich amber color with fading head of light foam. Hoppy fruity aromas and flavor notes of candied orange, lemon, and complex floral & piney hops. Complex IPA with backbone of malty bready caramel that laces nicely with the hoppy bitterness. Best very cold as bitter intensifies as it warms.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wheels2532
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CNoj012
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very hazy copper amber color with a 1.5 finger, creamy off white head. Retention is excellent and there are many filmy patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is damn near nonexistent. A touch of sweetness and a hint of bread is about it.

The taste is better because there is a little bit of hop presence, but still very bland. There is a touch of citrus and earthiness with a mildly bitter finish.

Feel is thin, watery and lacking carbonation.

Overall this beer is a miss. If session IPAs are hop water then this beer is more like malt water with a kiss of hops.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; although there is a JFMA strip along the side of the label, no indication of when it was made or should be consumed by.
A: Pours an amber to dark copper color with a more than one inch, off-white to light tan head with excellent retention and solid rings of lacing.
S: Floral to fruity bouquet, aroma a light mango/peach/orange with evident maltiness.
T: Semisweet. Caramel malt backbone predominates with pine evident and a touch of fruitiness, e.g. peach, canteloupe. Light bitterness that leads to a very refreshing quality overall.
M: Light to medium bodied with excellent retention of carbonation throughout.
O: This is a very nicely constructed, light, drinkable, AIPA. Bitterness evident without being overwhelming, but NOT an English-style IPA. Surprised by the relatively low scores. I could see myself try to get more of this to drink/serve/share.

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Photo of StephenM
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Copper, minimally hazy, small off-white head
Smell: light fruity , floral, slightly dank hop
Taste: Peach/honeydew/orange sweetness, with white bread, pine and tea bitter undertones
Mouthfeel: semi-dry, light lingering sweetness and bitterness
Overall: An APA with bright fruitiness and balanced hoppiness

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Photo of Half-full
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lewdwig
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle bought in West Branch, IA. No date on bottle, a Jan-Dec scale on the side of the label was unmarked. Puored into a paper cup (all I had). Lots of foam, quickly dissipated. Light hop aroma. Taste of hops and some malt in the beginning, finish bitter. Light mouth feel. To me more a pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of deereless
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NappyB
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RAFH
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 282 ratings