Des Moines IPA
Confluence Brewing Company

Des Moines IPADes Moines IPA
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Confluence Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,365
Ranked #13,043
3.96 | pDev: 10.1%
Jun 01, 2023
Mar 24, 2013
As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines constantly surprises first-time visitors with its mix of expected agrarian heritage and influences and unanticipated cosmopolitan flare. So too, with Des Moines IPA, an American take on a world beer: India Pale Ale (IPA). Iowa’s steady, well balanced nature is reflected in this IPA with its mix of medium body, lighter color and plenty of malt flavor to balance the massive hop impact. Citrusy and piney hops from the Pacific Northwest offset the robust malt flavor of the two-row barley and medium crystal malts. Des Moines IPA proudly represents the Hawkeye State in the category of American IPA, a favorite of beer connoisseurs all across the country.
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearace: Pours a clear light amber color with a bubble show building a three finger head; good retention and splashy lacing

Smell: Earthy and piney hop aromatics underpinned by a bready, caramel tone

Taste: Bread and caramel forward with earthy bitterness building; the pine arrives, mid-palate, and blends with the sweeter malt flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This brings back memories of old school East Coast IPAs though it has a tad more piney bitterness that adds a West Coast element

Thanks, Chilmer, for the opportunity
Jun 01, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by dschwartz13 from Tennessee

May 31, 2023
Rated: 2.66 by BlueMountain from Iowa

May 15, 2023
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark amber body; off-white head, sudsy with a hint of creaminess; nice thick sheets of foam coated the glass. Zesty, resinous and citrus smell; subliminal maltiness. Light malt base complemented with peppery and pine-like flavors; excellent hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; mild stinging coarseness on the palate.

The brewery created a nice mid-western take on a west coast-style India pale ale. Balanced and complex for the style.

Pouring temperature; 37.4 ℉; canning info: MAR/22/23
Source: The Big Steer restaurant lounge (Des Moines / Altoona)
May 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Hawkeyegold

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I very much miss this style of beer. I love the more West Coast style. I’m so juiced out right now, it almost turns my stomach to see all the hazy crud out there. This is a breath of fresh air. Awesome piney aroma and bitter flavors bursting through. The lacing on the glass is outstanding! I just ordered a keg. I’m going to put it on tap..
May 05, 2023
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Reviewed by gatornation from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at El bait Pours a clear golden color with a white head and lacing.Smeel is fruity and tropical. taste has oranges and grapefruit with melon and pale malts , mouth feel has bitter pine resin with citrus and bready caramel malts to offset , A great IPA
Apr 23, 2023
Rated: 3.89 by Idahoman from Minnesota

Apr 09, 2023
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Rated by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is simply outstanding.
Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A lovely lady brought back to me from IA a four-pack of tallboys, and five more beers from all the best local places.

I must say that a four-pack of this was a good call.

Orange tan and mildly hazy, with a decent head and lace.

Hoppy and nicely bittered, thick residual long chain sugars give it good body and balance.

Overall it's damn good and tasty. Well worth a trip in the belly of two modern jets, from IA to TX, en route to me.
Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by americancontrarian from Iowa

Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 4.73 by IAcraftbeer from Iowa

Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 4 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 3.72 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jun 05, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by jak from North Carolina

May 29, 2018
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Reviewed by omahawk from Nebraska

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
May 05, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by rodlavers from Maryland

Apr 20, 2018
Rated: 3.39 by HessFonda from Iowa

Apr 18, 2018
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Rated by Outerbnks1 from Iowa

4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Quite possibly the best beer I have EVER had.
Apr 01, 2018
Des Moines IPA from Confluence Brewing Company
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