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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Iowa Pale AleMillstream Iowa Pale Ale
266 Ratings
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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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 127
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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BierStein711
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into weizen

Three finger off-white head, amber colored beer

Smells of grain, hop, malt, apricot, citrus, and pine

Tastes of hop, malt, pine, and citrus, like the commercial description, it is more balanced than most.

Mouthfeel Fine!

Overall, this is the better beer out of the two I have had from this brewery. I had tried the Windmill Wheat lager, and I would never have it again. This on the other hand, is spectacular. I cannot wait to try the witbier, hefeweizen, and the pilsner!

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2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy amber-orange color. In fact, it is so cloudy I can't see my hand through it. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and butterscotch. The butterscotch isn't over the top, but it still doesn't fit into this style of beer. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with slightly more butterscotch. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and aggressively annoying carbonation. Overall,, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

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3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is hazy and the color of amber honey. A 1/2 finger of fine white foam forms. Moderate retention. No lacing.

S - Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel and a spicy pine scent. Aromas of lemongrass, green tea and fresh bread in the background.

T - Has a dry, semi-sweet grainy flavor up front reminiscent of wheat and sweet corn. A pleasant citrusy tang and accompanying hop bitterness toward the middle. Flavors of burnt sugar, juicy, citrusy hops and bitter orange peel in the finish. Only major critique is a slight metallic flavor in the aftertaste

M - Thin-to-medium body. A bit over-carbonated. Relatively clean finish aside from a bit of a sweet, hoppy residue that clings to the back of the tongue.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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

A- Pours a deep hazzy copper with a finger of fluffy head that fell quickly leaving minimal head and a decent collar.

S- Very earthy hops. Caramel bread malts with almost a copper metallic nose.

T- As the nose leads, there are some nice caramel malts up front that lead into a bit of a hoppy note with minimal bitterness.

M- Medium bodied beer, was well carbonated so felt light but the malts build the body to fill you up. I fell this is well balanced with the caramel malts and hops.

D- I think this is a solid APA and worth a try. Surprised by the low reviews because I think the taste was there. Thanks Millstream!

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber and translucent with a half inch of light tan head that faded quickly to nothing and left no lace. Smell was malty, slightly sweet with a hint of earthy hop. Taste was a bit too sweet up front, mild citric hop in the middle. Bready malt prevailed. Finish was mildly sweet, but not cloying. Decent medium body and carbonation. Overall glad to try another Iowa beer but they've got some work to do.

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of jsprain1
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark golden. Has a slight haze to it. Head is one finger and just a bit off white.
S- The smell seemed hoppy as I poured but when I resmelled there wasn't much there. A bit of pine and a bit of butterscotch.
T- There's not much on the taste. It's sweet almost sugary. There's a slightly raw flavor in the finish. A bit of caramel throughout.
M- A good body to it. Good weight and smooth carbonation. There is a strange foamy texture in the finish though.
O- The body is good but the flavor just wasn't there for me.

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

Millstream Iowa Pale Ale…..on tap at Millstream Brewhaus in the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Appearance-pours a reddish amber gold color, large two finger white head off the tap, bubbles settle evenly and we’re ready to go.

Smell-malt upfront with a bit of hops and a little caramel mixed with alcohol, not all that pungent but enough to get the job done.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium mouthfeel, touch of hops upfront with a balance of malt, somewhat sweet, but a nice backbone of alcohol finishes the taste off mixed in with caramel and hops. Perhaps not as punchy as you’d like but the flavors work.

Overall-solid representation of the style, on the lighter side for sure but it works, worth a try.

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3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hy-vee in Council Bluffs, IA.
Poured into a standard US pint glass, allowed to warm from refrigeration.

Pours a 2cm off-white head that, in a few minutes, decreases to a thin film along the top of the body. Lacing is present, but fairly minimal. As others have noted, body is a bit dark - think bright copper-brown - for an APA. Transparent, with some very visible, active carbonation.

Aroma is primarily of caramel and malt sweetness. The four different types of malt in this brew are amazingly well-hidden by the malt (IBU is only 29).

Beer tastes malty, with some caramel sweetness. Some hop presence is detectable if I strain, but they're really underwhelming and overpowered by the malt. The brewery talks about balance, but it's not really here.

Low-medium-bodied, with some fairly sharp carbonation. Finish is fairly dry, crisp, and clean.

This was a generally enjoyable beer, and I would drink it again, but it's a very weak APA. This would rate higher if the style was an amber ale, but it seems off if it's being called an APA.

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3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a massive head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Very malty aroma. I pick up a lot of caramel and toffee. Any citrus from the hops are well hidden by the malt.

Flavor is likewise malty with a heavy dose of caramel. With a modest 29 IBUs the hop flavor and bitterness don't so much balance as get overpowered. The citrus is there near the finish but not like the typical APA. A little bit of a cleaning agent flavor in the finish.

Solid body that feels quite large. Probably one good aspect of the malt bill used in this beer. Nicely carbonated.

I think the brewer would be better off calling this an Amber Ale. Just not enough from the hops to challenge the standards of the style.

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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea and a little citrus. Then a mild hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for while.

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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled around mid May.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange with one half finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt with a bit of lager-like grain and faint pine/citrus hops.

T: Mostly semi-sweet malt, a little bit of toffee, astringence on the finish that is a vaguely reminiscent of gin. Not what I would expect of a pale ale, but still pleasant enough.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel, bit of creaminess to the feel.

O: Not bad by any means, but not a lot to get excited about. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn it down, either. Try it, the flavor is a bit different, it just might strike your fancy.

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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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3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly

smell: sweet malts, some floral hops,

taste: caramel, sweet, malts, little hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not terrible but I prefer my Pale Ale's to have alittle more hop bite and crispness.

the CPJ

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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 266 ratings
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