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%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of BHep
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of rundocrun
3.51/5  rDev +14%
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 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 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 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 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 eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of mjschwal
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JWRitchie76
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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 Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev +24%
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 pirmannt1
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
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 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 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 salvo
2.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with an inch of head that quickly collapses; just a ring suggests the original inch of tan head.

Smell is all wrong: porter roasty malts with some assertive bitter hops, no sweetness, no balance.

Taste is poor as well: coffee with sour homebrew back, like it was brewed in rusty equipment or something.

Mouthfeel is poor as well: fizzy carbonation leaves teh tongue stinging rather than receptive.

Drank about a third; drainpour for the rest. Avoid.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +29.9%
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 ballz50401
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 TheQuietMan22
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Millstream Hop² Double IPA from Millstream Brewing Company
3.08 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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