Millstream Hop² Double IPA | Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Hop² Double IPAMillstream Hop² Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
millstreambrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by daledeee on 02-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.08
pDev:
24.03%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Duff27
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark, clear ruby red/brown with an inch of off-white head into a tulip. Good drink-by-drink lacing and decent head retention. I really enjoy the looks of this one.

S- Smells sweet and tropical.

T- Taste starts of like a normal DIPA but morphs into some strange taste...is that a hint of coffee/dark fruits I'm getting?? Caramel malts and again, a weird taste I can't quite put my finger on.

M- Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- It was tough putting this one down. I think a few small tweaks and this could be a "worthy" DIPA though. More hops for sure. Not recommended, especially with so many great ones out there.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Millstream Hop(2) Double IPA, Amana, Iowa. No information given, but this on the side of the bottle carrier….um, no, it's too long. Maybe I'll scan it. Oh, and we learn that it is 7.5% ABV. So, let's open it up and find out what's inside.

Deep burgundy coloration, rich, creamy off[white head above.

Aromatics: complexity abounds, rich, malty, pungent. Hops are present, but muddied and indistinct. There are no typical hop aromatics associations at play. Instead there is chocolate, dark fruit, plum and fig and cherry, and oak.

Taste: Hip hops hit at first, a blast of bitterness, then up rises sweet malt to smother it and coat it in chocolate and caramel. I can taste it some on the tongue, but it goes nowhere. Sweet subsumes all.

This really doesn't feel like a double IPA at all. Alcohol is high, yes, but, hops aren't as pronounced as they ought to be, and malt mucks it up. I'm happy to entertain varying and contrasting interpretations of this still very new style, but this one doesn't thrill me at all. I'll finish my 4-pack and forget about it. About $11 down the drain, and here's hoping they improve it some if they try this again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
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 eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pat61
3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
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 jzlyo
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sticky, very balanced in malt to hops profile. Sort of like a English DIPA, a good brew for someone who prefers malty DIPAs.

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Photo of maximum12
1.09/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. single picked up out of idle curiosity, I've liked a few of Millstream's brews, always up to try another. But no bottle dating. Boo.

Pour is dark for a hopper, leaning hard into the amber regions. Smell is not promising; tons of sweet malt along with corrupt, rank wet earth. And not clean spring rain wet earth, but Superfund, dead earthworm kind of wet earth. Blech.

Hop2. I'm always looking for redeeming qualities; this beer has none. That rank dank carries over in the taste like an unwashed wrestler. It's harsh, metallic, fusty, and just plain awful.

This is a bad, bad, bad beer, & not in the singer-songwriter-blues kind of way. There is simply nothing good to say here, so I'm going to stop typing & head for the sink. Borderline epically terrible.

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Photo of egrace84
1.75/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +26%
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 mynie
2.04/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours orange, very cloudy and dark. Giant white head quickly dissipates.

Smells like a weirdly ersatz hop citrusyness and very thick, sryupy double IPA malt. Hmm...

Tastes a little bit better, but still far away from good. For the life of me, I cannot place this citrus flavor. It's supposed to be hops, I'm sure, but what kind of hops? Where did these come from? The malt syrup nodes are absent, cut into by a very aggressive champagny yeast that dominates the entire back end of the beer with a bizarre fruitiness. Nothing comes together.

Wow. Millstream is one of the 20 oldest craftbrewers in the US. Their beers don't get super high scores, typically, but that's because they're a very precise, very conservative brewery that is content doing a bang-up job of making regular styles. They've never come close to this kind of mistake before. I can't account for it; I just hope they correct it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.24/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a lot of visible sediment floating around. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and biomass. The taste is of rotten vegetables with some bitterness in the end. It is down right awful. The bitterness helps hide the rotten vegetables a bit, but they still take over and ruin the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, I will not be drinking this beer again, and based on the six beers I've had from Millstream I can't see myself trying any more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
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 argock
2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from my sister Tami.

A: Caramelly amber with 1-2 finger frothy light beige head with good retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma is sweet buttery caramel with dank herbal and slightly floral hops with a light citrus twang.

T: The flavor is like an oversweet English DIPA if there ever was such a style. The malting is too light overall and way too slanted toward crystal malts. The hopping is also underdone with only herbal, minty notes without much else.

M: THe feel is not dry enough which makes it a little tough to drink -- too much sticky sweetness.

O: Not a good offering from Millstream -- off-base in many categories.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev +24%
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 tommyguz
1/5  rDev -67.5%

Photo of gatornation
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a hazy orange light brown color with a fast receding khaki head with very little lacing

S- musty malts and bread

T- thick syrupy musty odd smelling hops ,sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits and bread

M- sweet syrups,and thick malts, medium carbonation

O- a strange 2ipa that i will not buy again,very sweet with a bitter aftertaste finish

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Photo of durlta
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very dark copper with an average to small, frothy, somewhat thick, fluffy, off-white head. Good retention with a nice lace remaining.

S - Bitter pine hop aromas with a strong caramel malt as well. A touch of citrus/lemony zest and some earthy aroma. A touch of herbal aroma also.

T - Similar to the aroma with plenty of caramel and bitter pine and herbal hops. Slight medicinal and astringent flavors. Slightly warming finish. Bitter and sweet mix.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Warming slightly sticky finish.

D - Easy to drink, but I don't really see me wanting more. Plenty of bitter hops and caramel malt.

Notes: Somewhat reminds me of a barleywine. Not really a top tier DIPA. Pine, herbal, and earthy hops - but more bitterness from the hops than anything. Also very malt heavy. Doesn't really seem to fit the Millstream style.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.68/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a coppery amber with three fingers of craggy off-white foam lasting a minute, no lacing left behind. Medium-thin body, medium carbonation levels.

Smells mostly of floral and spice hopping with medium strength orange peel and a strange cooked asparagus aroma blended with a caramel malt. Despite being a relatively fresh bottle, it tastes overwhelmingly of an acrid moldy / rotten swamp mud sort of character which was an instant dealbreaker-level flaw. Further analysis aborted, drainpoured.

I recommend staying away from this one.

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Photo of CCutch
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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Millstream Hop² Double IPA from Millstream Brewing Company
3.08 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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