With the craft beer scene in Iowa starting to make an effort to catch up with the rest of the country, we are starting to see some more of the “mainstream” style beers being released from our Iowa breweries. Peace Tree is doing great things in Knoxville, Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Madhouse in Newton, etc. but the oldest brewery in Iowa still stands in Amana and that is Millstream. Millstream to me is known for their John’s Generation White Ale, one of the better American White Ales you can find and I also used to love their Colony Oatmeal stout before it disappeared from the shelves.
The emergence of hoppy beers has led many breweries to go with IPAs, and Double IPAs. Millstream skipped the IPA section and went right into the Doubles.
STYLE: Imperial/Double IPA
Purchased At: Trade with a friend.
I really wanted this beer to be good and have Millstream put itself on the map for breweries with great Imperial IPAs, but it just didn’t stand up to most Double IPAs I’ve had. I think they started to feel pressure from other breweries in the area and the country where a lot of them are putting out wonderful IPAs. I think this hurried, maybe the wrong hops were used? Not sure, but hopefully they go back to the drawing board and try again.
Pour: Ruby red pour with an off-white head poured into a tulip glass.
Aroma: Different hop smell, some citrus; can’t place the aroma.
Taste: Got the sweetness and then it turned into some bizarre flavor citrus flavor.
Eastern Iowa Residents: I’ve seen this at John’s Grocery and Hy-Vee.
Would I Buy Again: No. Maybe I got a bad bottle, maybe it really was as disappointing as I thought. If you’ve tried this please let me know your thoughts.