Des Moines IPA
Confluence Brewing Company

Des Moines IPADes Moines IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #1,757
Ranked #11,213
3.95 | pDev: 10.13%
Confluence Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Very Good
Des Moines IPADes Moines IPA
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Photo of omahawk
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice easy-drinking Pale Ale. Pours golden copper with decent lacing head. Hint of tropics hop aroma just a hint of hops and malt. Taste is soft and pine and tropical hop and biscuit malt forward. Has an English malt hint. This is a decent drinkable lighter IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a sizable, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet caramel and tropical fruit taste with a nice dose of bitterness.

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Photo of sholbert
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden, a bit orange hue. Thin head, but nice lacing. I'm getting very little on the nose. Little bit of sweet orange, but not much else. Flavor is much more dank and piney. Off dry, lingers a bit.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Johnny Watts, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly hazy light golden color with a small but long lasting bubbly white head. Earthy minty citrus and light grass on the nose with hints of bready crackery maltiness. Flavor follws the aroma but add a bit of resinous grassy green hop to it. Pretty decent decent drinker.

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Photo of BWood
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid every day ipa. Nothing that really stands out to me except how smooth it is. Might be just lacking a little something. Not sure what it is. But I would stick this beer if it was local. Nice sipper. Decent pine with some dried fruits in there. Silky smooth.

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Photo of Baumer
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber in appearance, right on the edge of opaque, good head. Looks exactly like an IPA should. piney hops and sugary malt. nice on the nose for sure. spin the beer up a bit and you get a real nose full of citrus. very enjoyable! Very hoppy and bitter up front. citrus definitely is in the background. bitterness is dominant all the way to the swallow. here comes the citrus. nothing too surprising here, but nice tasting overall. medium bodied, finish is on the slow side. bitterness lingers, but gives way slightly to citrus fruit after swallowing. perfect carbonation. A very solid IPA. nicely balanced, nothing unwelcome in this beer. I'm from DSM, so this beer has a place in my heart, highly recommend. Ideal setting would be warmish fall evening (sweater weather) from a tulip.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell: there's not much of a nose on this beer light floral hops citrus peel a hint of malt sweetness

Taste: yeah just like the nose there's not a lot going on. Upfront it's malty the malt sweetness drags into the mid plate the beer finishes with some citrus peel and floral hop biterness.

Overall: medium body. Light creaminess. Really well carbonated. Easy drinking.

Overall: The beer is a little more malt forward then I like my IPA'S. It starts malty and finishes with some biterness with nothing going on in the middle. The best part of the beer is how easy drinking it is and makes the beer a nice option for a hot summer day. An average to good beer that would be something I would give someone who was trying to get into IPA'S

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Photo of dcotom
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16-oz can into a Riedel stemless wine glass. Beautiful hazy, dark orange color, with a full three fingers of thick white foam and scads of sticky lacing. Big aroma of pine resin upon opening the can, with light malt dominating the aroma in the glass. Nicely balanced on the palate, with pine, citrus zest, a touch of malt sweetness, a lot of hop bitterness, a medium mouthfeel, and a dry finish. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Strike00
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours a nice golden amber with a white head that sticks around.
S: a big hop presence in the nose. Quite fruity with some sweet malt underneath
T: Well balanced. nice citrus and pine hops with a solid malt base. a crisp bitterness in the finish.
F: Medium bodied and smooth. I might want just a bit more carbonation.

O: One of my favorite IPA's. I'm thrilled they started canning this. while it might not be worth seeking out, it is definitely worth picking up when you see it.

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Photo of StephenM
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Obtained 32oz growler at HyVee
Honey color, clear with 1 finger head
Citrus and plum aroma
Flavor is orange, grapefruit with sweet maltiness, balanced with citrus peel and mild pine bitterness
Sweet and alcohol feel with light carbonation, clean finish
Overall a very enjoyable example of an American IPA, one I'm glad to be able to get freshly brewed close to home.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm loving this beer, it's a very refreshing IPA. It's very citrusy, think orange and grapefruit with a nice piney finish and a grassy note to it. It's not world class, but I'm happy to have this as a local.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in trade from a non-BA member. Sampled on December 26, 2015.

Amber-yellow in color with a lingering white head.

The aroma is subtle with a toasted bread character and a bit of a pine character.

Smooth medium body.

The taste evolves from a toasted biscuit character into a piney hop bitterness at the end.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scent of sugar, pine, peach, mango, citrus and some dank hops. Taste of pine, some sugar, faint tropical fruit, light citrus, and a touch of kiwi. It may seem like a decent flavor profile, but it falls short of what the scent presents.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of cervezango
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of Herky21
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Des Moines IPA from Confluence Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 150 ratings