Iowa Pale Ale
Millstream Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,123
Ranked #47,167
3.51 | pDev: 13.96%
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Iowa Pale AleIowa Pale Ale
Notes: 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
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Porus a deep, mostly clear bronze/brown color with an amber hue. A nice and thick off-white canvas colored head. SRM of 14-16. Beautiful beer. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild to moderate aromas of light but deep wet orange and cantaloupe nectar. Deep earthy caramel sweetness underneath. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with even more malts. Some orange, but a rather strong earthy caramel and malty milk backbone. Finishes smooth with minimal bitterness.

Feel: Moderate bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice, smooth, and malty/milky finish.

Compared to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 7/16/20: Pours a darker, bronze color. More malty aromas of caramel and cream. Less orange and pine soap. Less bite and more smooth overall. Hard to call a winner.

Overall: This pale ale impressed me. Nice earthy, malty notes. Leans sweet and smooth but not a bad thing. Great combination of flavor here. Malty, with just enough fruit, yet a smooth, milky finish which is excellent. More of a colder-weather pale ale and reminds me of a milder version of Founder's Centennial IPA. Similar flavors. Definitely worth coming back to. (Final Rating: 4.04)

(Compare to Summit English Pale)

Jul 17, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently had this IPA on a boat in the Mississippi in a very relaxed dinner setting.

Look: hazy peach/orange with an inch thick white head

Aroma: caramel, citrus, tropical fruits, maybe some floral pine.

Taste: White bread, caramel, citrus/grapefruit/orange, grassy and pine bitterness at end.

Body/Overall: light to medium, mild, IBU 45, well balanced. But a bit too mild for me (compared to what I expect from an IPA).

Jan 06, 2020
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Smooth_Hoperator_13 from New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bready caramel malts with perfume smells of fruit and raisins. Hop flavors citrus and pine with early hop bitterness kick but blends into more malt domination by the end. Feel and carbonation is light to moderate. Id categorize as an amber ale or mild ale more than a pale ale.

Sep 14, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Jun 19, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Apr 29, 2018
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Apr 04, 2018
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NeilSilber1 from California

3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Mar 30, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Mar 22, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Mar 21, 2018
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StephenM from Iowa

3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Mar 15, 2018
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lewdwig from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Jul 16, 2017
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a hazy amber color with a one finger white head. It's definitely a grapefruit taste. It's sufficiently hoppy for me. I kind of like it.

Apr 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.39/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored "pale" ale, thin 1/5" white head. Malt caramel notes in the aroma, hops are hiding, disappointing.

Taste was watered down pale ale, not bitter enough, not hoppy enough. Might as well be an alt light. Some burton yeast kind of earthen ground notes to it.

Super boring pale ale, more akin to a blonde ale for my money's worth.

Mar 27, 2016
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jeswasgui from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer is ok considering the ABV I kept my expectations a little lower but I thought the taste and aroma stood out well. It has murky copper color to it with good head retention. It had sweeter taste to it and only in the mouth feel did it seemed a little watered down with a little bitterness left over. I think this beer is good for someone who is looking for something that is a little more drinkable and still has some punch to it

Mar 25, 2016
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date notched in the area reserved for it.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful copper color with some sediments suspended, one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lightly carbonated.

SMELL: sweet caramel, bread and some flowery citrus notes, there is a slight metallic note as well.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel and bread then a bitter, metallic hop profile that reminds me more of an English pale ale than an American IPA.

PALATE: medium body and very lightly carbonated.

OVERALL: this was a good looking beer that smelled all right but, I was disappointed in every other aspect, this is really an English pale ale in my opinion, I did not enjoy the metallic hop profile and thought the beer was a little flat, I would not buy this again.

Mar 10, 2016
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Iowa Pale Ale, Millstream Brewing Company, Amana, Iowa.

Lightly hazed, reddish-amber coloring, snowy-white cap of foam, lingers at a good 1/4 inch.

Moderately hoppy aroma, earthy English hops, none of the American citrus notes, keeping pace with warm, bready notes. Already, I can tell this will be a pale ale of balance with plenty of malt in the game.

Taste: there it is, nice little hoppy bitter buzz right up front, softly fading away, and blending in with the malt. Flush with fruit, mixed with juicy malt. Hops still active, but never loud or abrasive. Just an average, easy-drinking, tasty pale ale. Not thrilling, but doesn't need to be. Just a drinker. Just the thing after some heavy corn husking

Oct 03, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : This beer pours a honey-cider color with a nice amount of head forming even in the small glass I'm using to drink it from. The opacity is about 70%.

Smell : While not super loud, I'm nosing some good caramel and biscuit notes, with honey and pine bark. Wraps up with citrus rind and more caramel.

Taste : Very biscuit-y, lots of flaky crust and caramel; some roasted malts with a straight shot of citrus pine coming up behind it. The citrus is fleshy, not acidic, and there are no off-flavors like onions or garlic present. I like that this beer is malt first, hop second. It lays the framework for the rest of the ale making it more palatable. It ends on the bitter character of citrus fruits.

Feel : Carbonation out front, though moderate. It's slightly creamy, ending woody and dry.

Overall : It's actually not a bad pale ale, I like the malt-forward running start. I'm not a fan of India pale ales in general but I review them because I feel most every beer deserves a fair shot. This is a decent IPA with some good things going for it - just don't expect to be swept off your feet by it.

Sep 09, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a finger of pillowy ivory foam with just a little hint of an orange cast. Not bad.

Smell: malt is lightly sweet and a dash biscuity; hops are earthy and a bit dank. Overall very autumnal.

Taste: sweeter and a little less biscuity than the aroma; the malt here is rather bready. Hops are earthy, citrusy and dank with a bit of a harsh bitterness. It's OK.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: it's a decent IPA but it doesn't grab me. Perhaps the harshness of the bitterness? Hard to say.

Sep 02, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Doesn’t quite have the hop bite that other IPAs have, this isn’t quite a EIPA, but its close. Not bad, just not as strong of flavor as I’m used to in this style.

May 31, 2015
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GatorCoop from California

2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was one of the selections in the beer of the month club. Very dry tasting. Left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Sort of like with Stone IPA does. Do not like the taste.

May 30, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with strong notes of caramel malts.

T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and caramel malts along with notes of citrusy hops, the latter of which contribute a light amount of bitterness.

M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness.

O: This beer is easy to drink and has a very good balance between the malts and hops. It’s almost like an English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

May 15, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14%

Grass, resin, citrus, a touch of fruit and a suspicion of tartness on the nose. Pours copper amber with a slight chill haze under a 1” off-white foam cap. A dry, slightly astringent palate begins with malty graham cracker seasoned with a little fruit and finishes with a mild hop bitterness and a slight herbal taste. Medium body and carbonation.

Nov 15, 2014
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Linkn from Nebraska

3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A decent if unassuming Pale Ale. A good front porch on a summer Sunday beer. A little bitter and piney on the hop end and not what you would call smooth, but with a fairly sturdy backbone to carry it through. I've had several of the Millstream beers and found them all to be somewhere between okay and awesome.

Aug 03, 2014
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errantnight from District of Columbia

3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just about as middle-of-the-road old school East Coast, bitter, pine-y IPA as you can get. Almost assaulting in its harshness and bitterness, "balanced" by a borderline Amber Ale malt backbone.

Still, no glaring flaws in the beer, would have liked it to be more dry, although this would likely have accentuated the bitterness issues.

Jun 18, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-amber body with a thick, creamy, bone-white head; rings of lacing left on the cup. Malty sweet aroma with a touch of spice; dark bread. Taste has a mild sweetness with a faint peppery kick; decent hop bitterness that mellows things out at the finish. Medium bodied; seems a bit coarse and effervescent.

Nicely balanced, leaning towards a peppery/dry grass bitterness. Easy drinking and goes down well on a breezy, warm and humid Amana Colony afternoon.

Jun 07, 2014
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