Millstream Iowa Pale Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Iowa Pale AleMillstream Iowa 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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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh, crisp piney hop aroma. Foamy cream colored head left some patchy lace. Piney hops make their way into the flavor along with some mildy sweet hop tea, which sit on a solid malt base. Nice hop/malt balance, very enjoyable. Soft mouthfeel with a moderately light body. I can't put it down! I just want to keep drinking and drinking and... Did I mention I love the hops in this one? Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this treat!

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Photo of chrishickman
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very very good offering from Millstream. You midwestern fans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale looking for something similar a little closer to home are going to like this one a lot! The easiest way I can describe this beer is to compare it directly to its obvious influence in trades a little bit of hop strength (the Millstream offering has less) for a little bit of citrus flavor (more from Millstream's). A little easier to drink than Sierra Nevada's as well, I think that's due to the slightly lesser hop bite, though this is definitely a hoppy beer worthy of the style! I've had this on tap at the brewery and in a growler I've brought home and I think it deserves to be a year-round offering by the folks out of Amana.

In short, if you're passing through (or living in) the Midwest and are looking for a local offering in a west coast-style pale ale, you can't go wrong with this beer. If I was out west, I wouldn't pay significantly more to ship this in with Sierra Nevada, Rogue, and Stone offerings readily available, but that's not to take anything away from this one.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 summer. New Recipe.

Great APA pour. Bright orange with a big, retentive white head. UNFILTERED! Tons of little bits floating around in it.

Smells nicely balanced. Big pine resin hop and a great caramel. Nothing too big, but nice and complex.

Starts with huge pine and citrus hop that end on a wonderful caramel and chocolate malt and ending with a lingering, dry wonderfulness. Wowzer!

The old Warsh Pail was okay, but this one is great!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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 deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mynie for sending this in a trade.

Pours a copper/amber color with a large amount of head, fades at a good rate to leave some decent lacing on the glass.

Fairly hoppy aroma for "just" a pale ale, decent caramel malt backbone as well.

Taste is also fairly assertive for a pale ale, good balance of flavors throughout, the biggest factor hurting this beer the is carbonation which is rather high, pretty much turns to foam once it hits the mouth.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.19/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of BeenJammin
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - has a copper to amber color with a large cream color head
S - Smells really sweet and bready malts. Smells caramel-like.
T&M - Tastes really toasty and has good caramel flavor. Has a nice touch of citrus hops. Pretty good full flavor in the mouthfeel.
D - This beer is pretty ace. I am glad that I can get something like this here in Iowa. I am eating this with a nice salami and velveeta sandwich. Hell yeah!

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Photo of far333
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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 giblet
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this fresh on tap at the brewery. i also had three from the bottle since. this is a good beer. nice medium dark color. nice carbonation and one half inch head. very good lace down the glass. this beer tasted very nice in hops with malt balance. more hops than i expected for an apa, but a very welcome hop taste. very very good. the lady working there was very pleasant as well.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of ski271
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, medium bronze-amber with a small, eggshell colored head that quickly reduces to a thin, tenacious film. Smell is hoppy and lightly sweet. Floral and lightly spicy hops, dark bread and a little alcohol and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste is more balanced but a bit more plain, not bad at all, just not as interesting as the nose. It has a medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation and a light astringency. There were some nice flavors in there that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, and I like that. Overall it was a very refreshing, satisfying beer. A pleasant surprise in a package from hero27. Thanks!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - initially clear, but hazy from bottle conditioning yeast, light amber color with a thick foamy head with great retention

S - American hops noticed at first, then sweet malt behind it

T - solid citrus and spicy hop flavor with a strong malt backbone to support the finishing bitterness that follows

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a really good APA and probably one of my favorite offerings from Millstream.

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Photo of katan
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown, with some golden highlights. Incredibly bubbly. Fairly clear - well filtered. Head formation is strong, 1-2mm, bright white.

S - Light bright american hops, cascade and amarillo, lead the way with a nice caramel malt note in the background.

T - Starts off with the light caramel malts, with just a bit of roasted flavors. Some pils is detected. Hopping comes in slightly mid-stream to bring the beer into balance - although the beer overall isn't that potent. Finishes with just a little pilsner malt note.

M - Moderate body - perhaps too strong for an APA. Carbonation builds the backbone, but not overwhelming. Finishes somewhat clean.

D - Solidly drinkable - flavors go down easy, not overwhelming. Not filling. ABV is on the high end for the APA style, but still sessionable.

While not particularly distinctive, it is a beer I'm proud to say comes from Iowa.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is no bottled on date on this bottle, but I believe this is from the 2004 batch since the 2005 is not out yet to my knowledge (and if it were, it shouldn't have a thin layer of dust on it). I was a little concerned when I saw the dust, but it was stored on a dark shelf and has maintained quite well.

The appearance is a beautiful dark amber color with a great cap of white foam sitting on top. Leaves a nice healthy lace around the glass. Has a very floral aroma, and smells like british hops.

The taste is like the smell, but not quite as beautiful. There is a great mix between malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Has a kind of floral and fruity taste in the finish, though not as pronounced as the smell. One of my favorite pale ales, as it seems to be the perfect mix between an APA and an English Pale. Very quaffable, and highly recommended for a fan of pale ales.

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Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. 2006 release.

Hazy amber color, nice head retention.
Fresh, floral hop aroma..easily one of the hoppiest beers Millstream has released (since they're not really known for their use of hops). Not real complex, but thirstquenching and quite enjoyable. One of my favorite summer beers since this is a seasonal offering..a six-pack of this never seems to last very long in my fridge. Enough hops to satisfy my "hophead" side, yet light enough to drink all day long. Certainly worth a try in my book.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured this beer has a dark copper colour with an off white head about a centimeter in height. There is a decent amount of head retention. The nose on the beer has a lot of toasty malts with a large caramel smell at the end. There is an assertive bitterness in the beer with a caramel/toasty flavour in the beer. The hops come through with a bit of bitterness and a nice citrus flavour. I really enjoy the balance between the caramel malts and the citrus hops; it's almost like a toned down hoppy red ale. I get all the nice red ale caramel flavours, but the bitterness and citrus flavours burst through at the end. There is a bit too much carbonation in this beer, but other than that the mouthfeel is quite nice. I'm pretty sure I could drink a lot of these in an evening.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from this Iowa brewery my former supervisor hooked me up with.

A clear copper hue greets the eye after the pour along with some tiny suspended bits that hang in their respective spots almost like bubbles in Jello. Quick head an okay bubbling round this APA's appearance out.

Bready and caramel malts blend with great earthy and faint pine hops to make a pretty nice aroma. Theres also a slght gummy bear note at the end of each sniff that I find very intriguing.

The taste starts crisp and malty ih mld pine tree hops. The midle has a heavier earthy hop presence, thats almost musty, mixed with sweet caramel and toasted bread malts. The finish is a long lingering hop of grass, pine cones, and faint soil with some fresh baked bread and gummy worms.

This is a pretty good APA IMO, to bad they don't ditribute in Chicagoland.

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Photo of shippos
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 1liter bottle conditioned fliptop courtesy of mentor from BIF10.

excellent color, a slightly hazy reddish orange and a very vibrate white head with some fairly decent bubbles finishing witha good rocky head. the first half of the bottle had a nice slightly grassy hoppy aroma but since that is no long gone and I'm on to the remaining second half of the bottle, it's been replaced by a subdued hop aroma with a fairly dominating caramel-cooked sugar aroma. nice body and a great mouthfeel here, nicely balanced but could probably due with some more lingering hop aroma for my tastes. finishes with a clean aftertaste and some mouthdrying characteristics, it's a very repectful beer and a very very easy quaffer.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +13.6%

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 FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, orange-copper color that is a bit darker than others in the style. A pretty large, foamy, fluffy, cloudy, soapy white head. Pretty good retention

S - Pretty good amount of sweet orange and grapefruit citrus hop aroma along with some spicy herbal hops and a good amount of pine resin. Fair amount of caramel malt in the background definitely balances it out a bit. Some floral backgrounds as well.

T - Not quite as hoppy as the nose suggests. Caramel malt provides a strong backbone. Some citrus hops come out, but not as much as the nose, the major hop flavors that come out are herbal, grassy, and tobacco flavors with a touch of spicy hop flavors. Pine resin also comes out a bit more than the nose. Pretty hoppy for a Pale Ale, but not as hoppy as a bigger IPA.

M - Medium feel with around average carbonation. Crisp feel with a dry and sticky finish.

D - Good balance of malt and hops with a nice body. Doesn't really inspire me to drink more, but I enjoyed drinking it and could drink another.

Notes: Somewhere between a Pale Ale and an IPA as far as hoppy flavors go. Not a bad beer and pretty good on a warm day, at least when it is pretty fresh.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce stubby bottle with a twist-off top, cracked open and poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a copper-amber bodywith a small cap of white foam. The bubbles relax into a ring that leaves speckled lacing on the glass.

The smell is mild and malty with toasted caramel and a touch of unidentified fruit. A dusty earthiness underpins the aroma profile.

The taste is sweet and toasted caramel-forward with a spritz of fruit juice and spicy hops. A twist of bitter grapefruit pith and dusty earthiness dries the aftertaste.

The drink is on the heavy side of medium bodied with light carbonation. A nicely drinkable brew. Thanks aplenty to Dr. Brad for sending me a botle of Iowa's finest!

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Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A golden-copper beer with a tan head that rose up to a little over a finger. A ton of loose, fine sediment escaped from the bottle and floated around, suspended in the beer. A thin layer of bubbles lingered on top of the liquid for the entire time.

Smell: Very bready and yeasty right after the pour. Some light hops rose up after the beer had settled. Before I had taken a drink, I was distracted by a phone call and the beer sat for another ten minutes or so. When I returned to it, it was a little smokey with some sharp, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and mouthfilling. There was a strong fuzziness to it that was probably caused by all the sediment in suspension. Medium bodied.

Taste: A dry, cracker-like maltiness was joined immediately by a crisp hops bitterness. A little sweet vanilla hovered underneath. The bitterness sharpened on the finish and was joined by a little cherry. The hops lingered for a long time into the aftertaste.

A pretty good "pail" in my opinion.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Millstream website says that Warsh Pail is available starting in May, but I hadn't seen it all summer. I finally spotted some yesterday at my local grocery and bought a sixer. The label is different from the 'Millstream usual'. It depicts a virtuous Iowa farm wife doing the 'warsh' as we say in the Midwest. Note: this beer is now called Iowa Pale Ale and has a different label.

Lucent orange-bronze, darker than most pale ales. The orange-tinted beige head is firm, is three fingers in height after a vigorous pour and persists quite nicely. It's also fairly sticky and is beginning to deposit a better than average amount of lace on the upper reaches of the glass.

Bold, hoppy nose and bold, hoppy flavor. This beer is definitely fresh. There's no shortage of toasted caramel malt, but the hops supercede it by at least 2:1. Bitter white grapefruit peel and pine sap saturate my tongue with each sip. In fact, with the noseful that I receive each time I drink (of the aroma, not the actual beer), it seems as though I have a couple of pine air fresheners shoved up my nose. But in a good way.

Warsh Pail will lose a great deal of its resinousness with time, but for now the fresh, green hoppiness is just what the doctor ordered. For comparison's sake, this beer isn't as hoppy as a top-shelf IPA, but it is rather impressive for the style. The body is on the full side of medium and the amount of carbonation is nigh on perfect.

My my my, this is quite the little APA from Iowa's only remaining brewery. As of right now, I have a new favorite Millstream beer (no surprise that a boatload of hops is all it took). Drink Warsh Pail superfresh if possible; it's quite the treat.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks goes out to drhinehart for putting this bottle in the Local BIF package to me.

A- Pours a nice darker copper color with light golden highlights in the light. One finger fluffy white head comes and goes leaving a wisp of foam on the top of the beer. Light lacing on the sides of the glass while I drink away.

S- Citrus hops with a little earthy hops in the front of this. Caramel bready malts in the backing of the beer which makes up most of the aroma profile. Everything else is muted if there is anything at all in here.

T- Nice caramel malts in the front end of this. Light roasted malts in this as well which I didn't expect. Light bitter hops come into play in the middle of the beer which puts this back into pale ale territory. Light malts in the back end of this beer finishes it off.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts left on the palate with some light hops in the aftertaste. Flavors were well balanced in the beer.

D- This was a refreshing pale that I was glad to have had. There was nothing over the top about this which to me made this beer work as well as I think it did.

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