Des Moines IPA - Confluence Brewing Company

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86 Ratings

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Confluence Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Herky21 on 03-24-2013

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz Boston Round growler, sample from the brewery.

Deep golden amber hue, lovely clarity with a dense two fingered head on top. Fresh grassy, citrusy, & pine hop nose with some cracker remnant of malt in the back. Lush smoothness, medium body. Hop flavor is the most dominant to start, it sheds off ample bitterness with each sip but waves of fresh citrus and herbal pine capture the palate. There is a malt base underneath all of that though the hops make it hard to really pick out. Hint of ripe fruit and warming alcohol in the long lingering hop finish.

Really starting to love this one, its at least a half step ahead of the IPA pack which is saying a lot.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasty brew. Great high quality beer.

Photo of tapperm
4.89/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Becoming my go to IPA as it is pretty easy to find. Super crisp! I agree with other comments that this is better than TG's Golden Nugget.

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - This beer is a nice pale gold color with a nice little wispy head. Almost textbook IPA

S (4.5) - I'd call this more of the floral/aromatic smell. It immediately intrigues and draws you in.

T (4.5) - SOLID. Nice hop flavor but not crazy bitter. Not super malty, but that isn't required for an IPA.

F (4) - This tends to be more towards under carb than over carb. Smooth and easy to drink as a result.

O (4.25) - I really like this one. I've had it many times over the last year or two. And I feel like it's only gotten better. Some people complain about Iowa breweries, but Confluence knows their beer. And this is their flagship brew, IMO.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Simply one of the best IPAs at the Parkville Beer Festival. Along with their Thomas Beck Black IPA, this brewery was very impressive

Photo of ajevne
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

For those of you who love Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget, try this Iowa IPA! I think it is better than golden nugget. Beer for thought.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Becker pint. No bottled on date.

Pours slightly hazy, lemon - gold color. Firm, one-finger, white head that dies slowly.

Nose is faint esters, predominate pine, and just a swirl of orange or grapefruit depending on the sniff. Nice, but faint.

Really like this piney and citrus-y palate! Pine really carries through the whole drink, only the slightest bread malt hitting at mid-palate and in the finish. The citrus reminds of grapefruit, with ester notes popping up in the swallow.

Feel is a light-medium, okay carb. A little watery.

Hop profile shines on the palate, less so on the nose. I would definitely have this again. A solid IPA, without a doubt.

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



ABV: 6.8%

PURCHASED AT: Benz Beverage Depot; Cedar Rapids

POUR: Hazy yellow, thick white head

AROMA: Tropical fruit aroma is clear, as well as the hop presence.

TASTE: Pineapple shines and is rounded out nicely by the hops and malts. rating: 81

Beeradvocate raing: N/A

Overall: B+

My recommendation: Very impressive offering and happy that this is an Iowa brewed beer. Get out and buy a quart, support the state, and get yourself a fantastic beer!

Photo of cervezango
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

cloudy amber orange , with a fluffy oily head.
pine, banana, cream, and lime smell
nice initial hop bite with a clean an fruity aftertaste, sweet grapefruit in the after taste.
not much carbonation in the mouth , which allows more of the sweetness to come through.
this is really tasty. I will have to have my sister bring me more stuff from confluence.

Photo of Herky21
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma - Citrusy and piney. Good amount of dry hopping. I'd say pine predominates slightly.

Appearance - Nice golden hue. Pretty clear. Pretty simple looking IPA. Not much of a head.

Taste - Citrus and pine mingle well and the 75 IBUS finish with bitter, and not sweet. It is very good, if not slightly imbalanced, but hey, it's an American IPA. It is very close to a great balance. Very drinkable. It is a solid IPA.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated for the style.

Overall: A very good selection that I am happy to have at the tap room. Get out and try it.

Photo of KSOZE
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice IPA. Out of a howler from a friend's trade extra.

Photo of Gear101
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice clean tasting IPA, fresh from the tap the beer is hard to bet.

Photo of jzlyo
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is yeast, pine, citrus and a hint of funk/candy/sugar. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, mildly sweet malts, a hint of hop resin, fruit and a mildly bitter/tangy finish.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

I like this beer, mild for an IPA but well done.

Photo of Lizlovesbeer
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Bright citrus flavors without an overpowering hop explosion make this my consistent go-to IPA.

Des Moines IPA from Confluence Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.