Iowa Pale Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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Iowa Pale AleIowa Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

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

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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 133
Reviews by mdcrouser:
Photo of mdcrouser
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber orange and super creamy tan head, leaving slight lacing rings behind.

About what you might expect from a pale ale - some hoppy citrus, but otherwise, relatively muted.

Well-balanced between a varied piney and citrus hops and sweet amber-like toasty malts - almost like a hoppy amber. Nothing especially unique here, but still a solid and drinkable beer.

There is a particular creaminess that's pretty likeable here -

After drinking so many IPAs, stouts, barleywines and other big-mouthed beers, I think we can forget how to enjoyed a decent PA, but this one serves that purpose.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my trusty dogfish snifter. This produced a dark copper colored beer with a small, quickly dissipating 2 finger head. There was good lacing throughout the sampling. Aroma consisted of light citrus hops and a very strong malt. The taste was dominated by malts up front and then a very slight hop bitterness. This was an above average beer and great for sessions.

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

A gift from the Midwest.
Poured into my Great Lakes nonic.
Very abundant brown head fills glass. Retains well.
Brown cloudy appearance with a cloudy layering midway. Good marks for originality. Never seen one like this before.
Thick caramel notes belie the style. Nothing on the hop side to speak of.
It was good, just very confusing. Better to not think about it too much, just enjoy. It is enjoyable enough and I would definitely drink it again if I ever get the chance.

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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 lionnusmb
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist off bottle with a bottling date.

Appearance: Superb lacing, color is copper going on garnet with a brilliant clarity.

Smell: Leathery tobacco hops are soft with a fruity and slightly caramel aroma in the mix.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a light crispness, a tad slick in the mouth. Chicory and a touch of toffee come to mind, earth tree bark hop bitterness starts in the middle and gets stronger in the finish. Even in the end there is an underlying malt sweetness to hold things balanced.

Drinkability & Notes: A decent pale ale though I could not picture having more than one.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to buckeyenation for this brew; cheers. Pours with thin head. Amber in color. Floral hops to the nose & taste. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Very drinkable and the mouthfeel is smooth. Nice example of the style. I would think this was a good session beer.


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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

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Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with an off-white thin lid of foam that sinks quickly. Aroma is all malt, light but not too sweet. A little candy and a little hops, but mostly malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and even, perfect carbonation. Flavor is just damn good. Doesn't try to be over the top in any way, just does the style right. Light, biscuity malts, accompanied by just enough hops to let you know they're there without trying to curl your tongue. Nice hop pucker lingers. This is a great session beer, and a good example of what I consder to be an honest pale ale. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

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Photo of KirkFrancis
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light auburn colored beer, clear, minimal head.
More caramel aroma, lacking hop aroma.

Pretty bland taste, hop character lacking, easy enough to drink, but doesn't have any real characteristics to speak of, slight malt, earthy, leathery feel to it. Balanced I guess, if you're into that. Grainy, cereal like at times.

One of the beers I sampled in helping myself make a determination where in the Midwest I wanted to go to school.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, orangish brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild floral hop aroma. Some citrus mixes in, but only subtly. It has a slightly sweet malty aroma as well.

This beer tastes hoppier than it smells. Citrus, and some grass mix in. It has a slightly sweet flavor also. A slight grainy flavor is also present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It may just be a little overcarbonated though. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Nice, nonagressive flavor, and a low enough alcohol content make it easy.

Overall: A big thanks to BuckeyeNation for this beer. I liked it a lot. It isnt as boring as some Pale Ales. It is definately worth trying, and then rebuying again.

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Photo of waitforit
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into conical pint glass.

A: Very nice reddish-orange. Thick off-white head which lingered for a long time.

S: Faint. Subtle hoppiness, with just a little sweetness too.

T: Hardly any hoppy bite the way I'd expect -- any initial hoppiness is quickly subsumed by the malty back. Some notes of pumpkin and caramel.

M: Smooth and satisfying, with just a little resiny raggedness.

O: Quite a drinkable pale ale, though some of the flavor notes aren't what I'm looking for in an APA.

Try it again? 3 - Eh, maybe.

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Photo of Oelschlager
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kazam55
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull amber in color with orange highlights, slightly hazed and with an off white colored head. Fluffy head with plenty of nice lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of hop infused malted milk balls. Very durable, sweet grain nose with a touch of toasty goodness. The hops presence eludes to a ripe amount of bitterness.

The taste consists of freshly crushed and steeped grains with a firm bitterness creeping in on the finish. Simple but very good. You can't really taste the hops in a way that lets you know what kind was used but there are floral hints. I feel that they are gently swept aside by the grain backbone.

A real clean easy to drink beer. Creamy feel with a kind peppery carbonation. It's got more taste then most APA's but it's still on the simple side of things. It doesn't try to be anything more then it is which happens to be a sturdy respectable brew.

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer was clear golden color with a whit fluffy head that would last for about half the glass and left good lacing on the glass.

Had citrusy bitter sweet aroma.

Tastes like amny pales ales I have tasted, but leaves a bitter dry after taste.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A refreshing pale ale. That follows the Pale Ale guide lines. Not a regular puchase for me, but would get some if I was in the mood for a Pale Ale.

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Photo of RDW
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger white foamy head. By the time I got from the kitchen to my desk the head had reduced to a decent layer of foam on top. Left some impressive lacing actually.

S: Light citrus hops, notable orange and orange peel. A good bit of grainy malt that gets stronger as it warms. The hop/fruit aromas start to subside.

T: Very grainy with what tastes like wheat as well. Very slight floral/orange hop flavor, but overall very weak. Similar to the aroma, the graininess intensifies over time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The biggest problem for me with this beer it the mouthfeel. There are no floaties or chunks in it all, but it feels like there is when i take a sip.

O: Didn't have high hopes, and without the strange mouthfeel, it would be slightly better than average.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
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...

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Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
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