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Millstream Hop² Double IPA | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Hop² Double IPAMillstream Hop² Double IPA
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Millstream Hop² Double IPAMillstream Hop² Double IPA

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by daledeee on 02-13-2011

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.23/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Peace Tree pint glass. The bottle has a lovely, retro label of a Mucha-era drawing of hops with similar-era font.

A: Beautiful dark, golden honey with hints of red. Short head disappears quickly.

S: Faint citrus hops, also some sweet malt suggesting a nice balance. Wish there could be more here, but not a fault.

T: Here's where the beer starts to shine. Great balance between the hops and malty sweetness, lovely finish as the sweetness gradually yields to a gentle bitterness.

M: Even though the appearance might suggest low carbonation, the bubbles appear again in the mouth, combined with a smooth and slightly viscous feel. It's fluffy, almost like liquid cotton candy.

D: Quite drinkable. Each sip moves gently through an arc of bitter moving to sweet and back to bitter again, like the gentle rhythm of a lava lamp. You don't have to stop with one, but more than two might be a challenge.

Objectivity disclaimer: I have never met a Millstream I didn't like, and Double IPA is one of my favorite styles (Hopslam, Hoptimum, Peace Tree, Double Dog, Sprecher). This one is not at the superhuman level of Hopslam or Hoptimum, but for a first-time offering from Millstream, you gotta love it. I hope they bring this one back, and I also really hope they explore other strong beer styles.

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Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown beer with a medium tan, two finger head that tightens up quickly. It's clear, but not much active carbonation.

S: Hoppy, duh, with a mostly piney scent.

T: Again, piney, but very smooth and unoffensive. Not at all sharp.

M: Nice carbonation, though maybe a little high. Overall very smooth.

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Photo of pat61
3.94/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy dark amber under a persistent 3” beige foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: More caramel malt aromas than hop.
T: Starts with rich malt flavors and caramel with a touch of dark bread bitterness with earthy hops and gradually develops a quinine like bitterness on the finish seasoned with citrus rind.
F: Very creamy, medium body, medium low carbonation
O: More malt forward than many DIPAs but is balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of ryan33iowa
3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed coppery color with a fluffy tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The nose is quite sweet with lots of caramel and pineapple coming through. Smells like ripe fruits with syrup.

The taste has lots of sweet malt with caramel and brown sugar being the largest components. The hops probably do take a backseat to the malt which, but they are there and offer some mild bitterness, but not much flavor. More of a barleywine taste I guess.

Lots of soft frothy carbonation to match the medium body and sticky resiny feel.

I am really surprised by how low some of the reviews are. For the style, this one doesn't match up the best. But as an overall beer, I really enjoyed this. It really is more of a barleywine style brew, but I dug it.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dave.
Sweet fruit aroma that is not citrus - more like apple and strawberry. Pleasant, but certainly not intense in any manner. No hop oil quality or burning sensation to the eyes. Sweet fruit with mild malt background.
Looks like style. Dense thick off white head. Darker cloudy body.
Ample lacing.
Atypical hop presentation, although flavors are closer to traditional flavors than the aroma. Immediate warmth to the stomach, so it carries some alcohol. Rather complex hop flavors with earthy, grassy, mildly sweet,little flowery, little herbal, and some citrus that then lead to a growing but never overdone bitterness approaching grapefruit with tartness. Interesting. Full malt background adds heft to the body and support for the hops. Full nearly rich body with a big feel that seems on target for style. Gritty almost.
The aroma is the best part - nicely done and unique. The rest is more middle of the road, but on for style.
This is a pretty fine, acceptable and enjoyable beer. I'd have another without hesitation.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body is quite striking; a hazy amber- gold that just looks like a sticky caramel. The head is an off-white with a slight orange tinge. It is rather puffy and dies to just barely provide full coverage of the lid.

Smell- The hops are resin-like and has a little bit of citrus: orange and pineapple. The malt is a very sweet compliment to the hops.

Taste- Again, the flavor hops used have a bit of resin feel to them. There is also a hint of orange citrus in there, but it is not nearly as pronounced as it could be.

The malt is not overbearing, and compliments the hops quite well. It is sweet, honey-like almost. The problem with this palate is that the bittering hops are much more forward than the flavor hops.

Had that sweet citrus really popped, this DIPA would be so much better.

Mouth feel- The body is leaning towards medium, but this Millstream offering is not taking any prisoners with the finish. It is so incredibly bitter, which would be fine if it was just a little bit creamier and not quite this watery.

Overall- This DIPA is good, but not great. The bittering hops really take this beer over. Which is a shame, because there are certainly some good flavors beginning to come through. Now they just need to make it to the finish line.

It would also help if they could manage to make this one a little creamier.

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Photo of lars925
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of SLOTerp
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of AgentZero
3.61/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with MasterSki, the last of the Iowa ticks.

A - A reddish-orange beer with brown, two fingers of head that left behind some decent lace.

S - A bit sugarry and caramelly for a DIPA. Lots of malts, notes of alcohol, floral hops in the backgrond.

T - This tastes a lot like a hoppy amber actually. Very sweet/carmel tasting, with a moderate hops character. This is pretty solid, if not off on the style, but fairly tasty.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium bodied brew. Slighty sugary feel in the mouth.

D - Easy to get down, and fairly enjoyable. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a copper or deep amber. Two fingers of eggshell colored head developed and dissipated to leave a thin and spotted lacing and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Typical grapefruit/orange citrus and pine spice, but it is much sweeter and less intimidating. Aromas of honey and caramel keep it tame, and I even got subtle hints of chocolate, too. Frankly, it's pretty malty for a DIPA. For whatever reason I am reminded of Millstream's last Oktoberfest. Ahh...sweet memories of football season.

Taste: The first couple sips are super sweet, much like over sweetened lemonade. Wow. However, as the palate adjusts the flavor beings to mirror the aroma -- albeit in a much sweeter way. Grapefruit and orange citrus, a little pine spice, honey, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. At the end of each sip there is a hint of black pepper spice, too. The sweetness level drops considerably as the beer warms (though it is still sweet) and the flavors create a tasty mélange.

Drinkability: Basically, this is a hoppier version of Millstream Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is excellent, but I am not so sure about this hoppy edition. Though it has DIPA qualities, it is too sweet and malty to be true to style.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is quite dark for being a "pale" ale. It is a deep mahogany color. Just a 1/2 finger of coarse white head forms and fades quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of candied orange peel, fruity esters and a touch of pine and grapefruit. Caramel and brown sugar. There is also a nice earthy and herbal quality to the nose. Much less hop-forward in the nose than I expected, but this is also an older bottle. I'm sure the hops would be much more potent if I were drinking it fresh.

T - Burnt sugar and sweet caramel flavors are most noticeable initially. In a very interesting twist, I also get a touch of chocolatiness (as if they might have used some chocolate/carafa/black malt etc.). There's no other word for it but a "pleasing" bitterness follows shortly afterwards to temper the intense maltiness. I get a bit of lemon, orange peel, and dank earthy hops (I use "dank" in the best sense of the word). Finish is both bitter and sweet with the bitterness lingering much longer.

M - Medium-to-thick body. Quite sweet and malty which provides for a bit of a "sticky" mouthfeel. This is somewhat reflected in the finish where I am left with some residual sugars clinging to my taste buds.

Overall - I really wish I had taken the time to review this beer when it was at its freshest. I decided to give this beer a couple breaks in the aroma/flavor department considering this and I plan to review this again next year with a fresh bottle.

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Photo of JWRitchie76
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Thompson
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of pirmannt1
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz plastic cup at the Iowa State Fair Craft Beer Tent.

As DIPAs go this one seemes a bit muddled. The reddish color and medium carbonation made it seem more lively than others. The aroma overall light with the malt component was greater. The taste was nice but a bit confusing. The hops hit up front with the maly, caramel base coming in after a few seconds. The taste then settled to more towards coffee/toffee. The mix was somewhat odd but it was still enjoyable. If the flavor wasn't so ADD and more focused it would have scored a bit higher. Still, this is one of the best beers available at the Fair. As DIPAs go, this one is OK but there are better ones out there.

Note - I think my perception of the aroma was scewed by the plastic cup, and the fact that I was about 100 feet from the Cattle Barn.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for this Iowa brew. Apparently this was bottled this month. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thick collar and some wispy haze on tap, as well as some spotty lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Catty, pine, grass, and a sugary icing sugar malt backdrop. Surprisingly restrained for a fresh DIPA.

T - Taste is pretty similar. Malt-forward, with some floral and earthy hops. Mike accurately described this as more of a hoppy amber.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Finish is lightly sticky.

D - Easy enough to drink, but not particularly exciting. I'd be pretty disappointed if this was my local DIPA.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle part of Millstreams Brewmaster's Extreme Series. Bottled this month, maybe within the past week. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark copper with a light tan head. Not very good retention or lacing.

Smell: Slight pine and fruity hop aroma. Strong caramel sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly sweet malt flavor. Very little hops for a DIPA. Mainly dark caramel/toffee. Full bodied mouthfeel. Chewy and creamy.

Overall: Not a great example of the style. Nice first try for the 'Extreme Series'. Excited for future releases. This would be better with more hop character and less maltiness with a dry finish.

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Photo of daledeee
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this. It says it is a special brew. May never be brewed again.

Poured a pretty dark brown for an IPA. The head was almost white with good lacing and head retention.

Nose was malty and hops with some floral notes.

Taste was maltier than most DIPA. There were also some floral notes but I like the hops. This beer could easily fall into the barley wine category. It is also rather sweet and thick bodied. Carbonation is good but drinkabililty was high. This is the best beer that Millstream has ever made. I am sure they will make some derivation of this again.

Note; As I finished the 4 pack, the newness wore off. Too sweet and not enough hops.

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