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Des Moines IPA | Confluence Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
86
very good
10 Reviews
Des Moines IPADes Moines IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Confluence Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Herky21 on 03-24-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
111
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
36.6%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 111
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of bronwynbh
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of IowaAJ
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbrulet
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KirkFrancis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of lanegoos
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bluestem
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dcbeers
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerCrazyCrow
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasty brew. Great high quality beer.

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Photo of awesomo
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zoolou
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of tapperm
4.89/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DCdevyl78
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Beestin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burtonryan
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmarsh123
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bort127
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Des Moines IPA from Confluence Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
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