RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Pale Ale's on the coasts of this country are turning into hoppy monsters, but our beer is more mild, and about balance. It has enough bitterness to match the maltiness provided by the pale malt base. It gets its citrus zing from extensive dry-hopping with Cascade hops. This beer was first made in a few small test batches in 2003. The response was so incredibly positive, that it has worked it’s way into a year round beer. A hoppy IPA in the central plains... how exciting!

O.G. 15.2 Plato F.G. 4.8 Plato
43 IBU
100% Briess Malt
Pale Ale Base Malt, Munich 20, Caramel 40L, Wheat, Carapils, and Victory Northern Brewer, Cascade, and Hallertau Hersbrucker Hops

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
1 L bottle bought at the brewery thanks to a very special lady. Aroma is very fresh, subtle, but nice, decently evident pale malt with some caramel to balance out the smell of a citrus/pine mix. Amber in color, fairly cloudy but not very opaque, minor carbonation, alright but the pour and head/lacing was pretty weak. I’m hard pressed to call this an ipa, just because it is a lighter beer that is very well balanced with a prominent pale malt flavor with a hint of caramel through the middle, though it starts more towards the piny hop side in the start and finish, with a slight sticky linger, body is on the lighter side, but a good feel overall. I would have to say this is the best beer made in Iowa, thanks Millstream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle, notched with August. Probably best by? Aroma of toffee, coffee, overripe fruits, and dry-hopped notes, citrusy as it warms, mango even. Flavor brings out more bitterness from the hops, but is quite pleasantly balanced. Malts become toastier. Sort of like a revved up ESB. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3887) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle courtesy of pepsican. Pours a dark orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of bitter Cascade hops. Flavor is mostly pale malts with some cardboard. I don’t know if this bottle is past its prime, but only a hint of the bitter hops remained in the finish. Kind of bland tasting. Not bad per se, but I wish it was a little more flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3261) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Thanks to Pepsican for this one. Pours out a clear amber color with a light head. Some citrus hops on the aroma. Taste is well balanced, some citrus hops and sweet malt notes going on in the background, slight hop bite on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5868) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Sampled on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours a semi-clear coppery amber brew with a thin and fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus zest, and a touch of grassy hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dry caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with a slight fruity background. Finish is semi-dry with a mild bitter and a fruit aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle thanks to pepsican - this one has a nice looking golden color with an aroma of straw and citrus. Flavor is mildly hoppy with some smooth maltiness. Decent finish. Not bad, especially for an Iowa beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (5297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Thanks to General Gao for this 12 oz. Dark tea color with a two-finger head that lasts and leaves some crunchy lace. Spicy pecan and scorched sugar aroma. Tastes of peaches, pecan pie, and just enough resin citrus and oak barrel to balance. Light-medium body is softly carbonated, smooth and slightly dry. Unique and highly drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
12 oz bottle from John’s Grocery. Pours a crystal clear auburn with some rising carbonation. No real head and an extremely light lacing. The aroma is not complex or extreme, but some spicy hop and floral notes. The flavor is very straightforward. Malty at first and bitter most of the way through the aftertaste. Grassy, slightly citrus, pretty hoppy. Light bodied and smooth. I really appreciate how direct this beer is. They don’t do anything crazy and keep it pretty simple. A great session beer and very enjoyable. Very balanced too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fish1877 (2) - Iowa City, USA - JUL 12, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Not as hoppy as most IPAs. But well balanced, as advertised. Very pleasant. Hits the spot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Thanks to Pepsican for spreading the Iowa beer around. Poured a beautiful orange color. Smell was fairly bready. Flavor was fairly bready as well, some nice backing hops, but I think malt took the lead with this one. Still a decent amount of hops.

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