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 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 knight84
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Pepsican for sending this as an extra!
A: Dark coppery color with a light khaki head. Leaves decent lacing.
N: Mostly caramel malts, a little leathery hop profile, maybe a touch of citrus. Could be a little past it's prime.
T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Actually reminds me a bit of sampling IPA wort. Strong caramel and toasty malt character with a leathery hop profile, no real sign of the citrus here though.
M: A little thin. Lacks character, but still tolerable. Really doesn't strike me as a good example of the style. Not a great beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a pale copper color with a nice head.

S - Smells of caramel and toasted malts, and that's about it

T - Taste follows the nost to a T. Caramel and toasted malts. This is rather unbalanced, and I didn't really pick up any hops. However, it was decent.

M - medium body with good carbonation.

D - this is a very drinkable pale ale. It isn't anything flashy and isn't anything its not trying to be. This is a very sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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 jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Rayek
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange amber with a slight chill haze and active carbonation. A dense and foamy beige crown has most excellent retention, and leaves substantial lace.

S: Lemon and grapefruit Citrus with a hint of toasted grain.

T: Malt has toasted quality with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate the flavor, with grapefruit and lemon. Bitterness level; however, is moderate. Finishes relatively dry with a lingering lemon bitterness.

M: Medium light body feels soft. Carbonation level is right.

D: Nice beer overall. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received from phreak1983 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a deep copper orange with a decent 2-finger ivory head on top. Minimal retention leaves some decent sip rings and sticky webs on the glass. Nice. Smells like biscuits, caramel, and floral hops. Pleasant.

The mouthfeel on this is overly carbonated. This is extremely spritzy and biting. I'm turned off by this. Flavor is slightly of caramel at first, mixed with some bready, husky flavor, but this turns quickly to a sour, slightly astringent flavor. This is different I must say. Not bad, but not that great. Glad I had the chance to try it though.

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Photo of ghebel
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear to slightly cloudy amber/copper color with smallist off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S - Nice mix of floral, citrusy, earthy hops with sweet malts. Hops dominate and are almost grassy, possibly dry hopped.

T - Profile follows aroma with a moderate bitterness.

M - Lingering bitterness with a moderate carbonation bite. Moderate body.

D - Drinkable.

Overall - Good beer from my home state. I will look for it again, although there is nothing too special to set it apart from other American Pale Ales. A strong average beer with a slant more toward the malty side, but then balanced with hops that would rival most IPAs.

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Photo of Atron67
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So my bottle has a different label on itso it appears that its been updated, however it clearly says both the brewery and the name on it, so its not an error.

this was a pretty good pale ale. smooth slightly floral hops. has a solid malt backbone. this sways in the land of the balanced pale ale, not being agressively hoppy, and definitely not for those looking for a Sierra nevade PA replacement.

all and all it was pretty smooth and flavorful. good malt profile with a bitter finish.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange-amber color. My overeager pour also included the yeast. A soft, off white head sits on top. Reasonable carbonation, but not a ton.

S: Fruitiness at first. Then I get some grassy, citrus hops. Really quite a bit of malty sweetness in the nose.

T: Fruitiness and sweet malts at first. This progresses to the citrus flavors of the hops. Not a ton of hops here. For an APA, the hops are just right. For an IPA (what Millstream's website lists this as), it is far too little. The malts are really what I get from this beer with tastes of toffee and maybe a faint breadiness. It is almost a little too sweet for an APA though.

M: Medium bodied. More smooth than crisp. Finishes a little sweet and sticky.

D: This is an average APA (what I'm rating this as). The website lists it as an IPA, but this is not even close. It has kind of that "not quite all the way fermented" homebrew quality. It wasn't a bad beer. I probably won't be racing out to buy more of it however.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Above average American pale ale. Pours orange fruity colour with fast disapearing white head. Aroma is a mixture of malt, hops and a bit of socks. Medium mouthfeel, even a bit light, but flavourful and smooth drinking, to the end. Fruity taste, understated C-hop, udnerstated carbonation. Works.

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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 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 akokandy
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an American pint glass. Beer is yellow-orange with a 1-finger head. Poor retention but leaves a good lacing pattern.

S- Some hops and a grassy smell. Not thrilling.

T- This is a pretty bitter pale ale. Not much sweetness at all. Some biscuity malts are here, and they get more pronounced as the beer warms. The hops taste european, and don't offer much in the way of citrus flavors.

M- Medium-bodied with a standard amount of carbonation.

D- Not my favorite beer, and not well balanced. Reasonable abv and good affordability make this a good session choice.

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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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a bubbly, copper color with ruby highlights. It had a foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and floral notes. It had a subtle roasted malt aroma.

T - It tasted somewhat nutty with a sweet roasted malt taste. it had a nice bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice, easy-drinking pale ale. Very sessionable.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/25/08. Bottle courtesy of pepsican. Pours a dark orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of bitter Cascade hops. Flavor is mostly pale malts with some cardboard. I don't know if this bottle is past its prime, but only a hint of the bitter hops remained in the finish. Kind of bland tasting. Not bad per se, but I wish it was a little more flavorful.
6/4/6/3/11 (3.0/5)

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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 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 BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this brewery fresh on our trip to Amana. Dark golden color, one inch of white foam. Nice amount of carbonation thin lace lines. This beer had a good flavor, spicy and grapefruit hoppiness, just enough malt to balance. Went down extremely well on a very hot afternoon, easily could have sat on the deck / biergarten and had another. A solid, hoppy APA - might put some IPAs to shame.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from tedpeer, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a smallish bubbly off white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells od "C" hops. Nice citrusy, grapefruit aroma. Slight soapy aroma in the background as well. Some caramel malt hidden too. Taste shows more of the malt with some caramel coming out and the hops fading into the background a bit. Citrus bitterness lingers in the finish. Medium body, Crisp carbonation. Decent session brew. I liked it a lot but the soapy aroma threw me a little bit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy little head that retains nicely and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Rather aromatic, with a surprisingly malty aroma of caramel but a discernable bit of grapefruit underneath

Taste: Lots of malt, really almost too much, up front, but moves in a tobacco and grapefruit direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tobacco and caramel flavors blend and the finish could and should be much drier and crisper

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I probably should have had this one sooner as the hops have lost much of their presence; even so, the malt presence of this beer is just too high to be very drinkable as a pale ale

Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity

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Photo of LordofTime25
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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 IBUnit63
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 and his crazy LNBA BIF haul that included this fine gem from Iowa...into a Cab glass it goes...

Pours a solid hazy bourbon-caramel apple. Head is short but coagulated think dulce de leche color. Solid first impression.

There is an aroma of floral, almost saopy hops with citrus/grapefruit undertones. Creamy malt can be felt in texture of scent more than the true aroma.

Mild-textured hops - mostly piney, slightly citrus - combine with austere malt to produce a light palate feel that's quite clean but with solid flavor strength...some caramel, a little grapefruit...with warmth a little earth emerges. There's a nice ginger tingle, also. Hoppiness gets stronger with warmth, adding to the enjoyment of it all.

This has a good creamy hop pucker with a very clean finish. There's a little tingle, but overall nicely creamy. On the back end there's alomst a mild austere root beer texture.

This drinks very nicely. The great thing is that it gets better with warmth. Very enjoyable, sessionable offering.

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Millstream Iowa Pale Ale from Millstream Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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