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.
boozedude (1986) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery... copper clear pour.. not much head.. pine ..good hopps nice bitter finish
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Qualifier: don't like IPAs, smells terrible, blasts you with a heavy hoppy flavor but it doesn't linger.
TREX (1) - Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite beers. Well balanced, nice lace on the glass. It reminds me of several craft beers from Minnesota that aren’t available in Iowa. Strong, hoppy and flavorful with pine and citrus, it electrifies the taste buds without triggering the actual "bitter" on your tongue. LOVE IT. Looking forward to Confluence getting this stuff canned and into the local stores.
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