Iowa Pale Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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Iowa Pale AleIowa Pale Ale
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of waldoiverson
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into nonic

A: brassy copper, moderate head with strong lacing

S: sweet grass, a bit of a fruity apple aroma

t: fairly dark flavors, brown sugar, and the apple taste underlies the whole thing. malt forward, for sure.

m: clean and smooth, no distinctive bite of carbonation which would have helped

o: it's a fine beer but would have preferred a bit more of a distinctive hop profile

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of DCon
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 Fl Oz bottle of this (multiple times) from Maroney's Lounge in Des Moine, IA for $4. Poured from the Farm/Scenic labeled bottle into a 16oz Pint Glass every time. Not a single bottle had a freshness/Born On Date.

Aroma- Had a sweet and very bland aroma. Some floral/earthy hop presence but all very easy. Malt came up strong as well.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, frothy head with good retention. Has a very dark copper colored body and leaves an array of suds behind in no pattern.

Flavor- All very sweet and malty upfront. Has a medium amount of hops but the malt seems to dominate any flavor that comes out. Light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and bites just a bit on the palate with what seems to be hops!?!? No way!

Overall Impression- When the bartender said they had only 1 IPA in their line-up, I wasn't ready for it do be an "Iowa Pale Ale". Lol! Bit of a mix-up but this pale ale was nice. Needed more hops all around to make it an APA and seemed more English style in every category. Nonetheless, enjoyed over 4 of these in the course of the weekend since this was the best beer at this neighborhood bar we came to 3x.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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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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Photo of KarlHungus
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%

Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 280 ratings