Beer Review #63: Millstream Hop 2 Double IPA

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

ABV: 7.8%

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.
Overall: D+

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.

One thought on “Beer Review #63: Millstream Hop 2 Double IPA

  1. The Beer Counselor says:

    If you got a bad bottle so did I. I grew up working next door to the Amana brewery and have been impressed with their mainstay products. Schildbrau has long been one of my favorites. Their newer Pale Ale is very nice as well but their “Extreme Series” leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion. I have had several bottles of the Hop 2 IPA and at best would call it unremarkable. I have also tried the Reyes Dopplebock and was not impressed with it either. In fairness I only had one bottle of the Dopplebock and should try it on another occasion before passing judgement.

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