Last night I had the chance to sample Millstream Brewing’s next beer in the Extreme Series (after the Hop 2 Double IPA), the Sun “Ryes” Helles Doppelbock at Old Capitol Brew works in Iowa City. It was a very nice, full bodied beer with a lot of malt sweetness and a nice crispness from the rye. The rye crispness makes it seem a bit lighter than the 7.9% ABV, and should be in stores in the next couple of weeks. They recently posted a photo of the bottling line.
One of the representatives from Millstream told me they were having a lot of fun with the Extreme Series, and the next one in the series after Sun Ryse was going to be a Honey Hefeweizen.
Have you tried the Sun Ryes from Millstream? What did you think?
Over the weekend, I had a chance to sample the latest Millstream offering, the Hop 2 Double IPA.
The Hop 2 poured a copper color, and had a floral scent with a bit of citrus. With the first taste, the first thing I noticed was the medium body. It had a citrus hop flavor with a slight hint of a earthy, noble hop with a strong malt balance. It finished on the light side, with just a bit of lingering hop flavor. It was a very balanced Double IPA.
Hop 2 didn’t list the alcohol percent, but even as a Double IPA, it didn’t have much of an alcohol warming, which was great. Overall, Hop 2 was a nice beer that, with the lighter body, makes me want to have more then one. So why don’t I?