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Confluence Thomas Beck Black IPA

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dark beer pays homage to Des Moines’ history as a late 19th century coal town. Confluence Brewery is located on Thomas Beck Road, which is named after an English immigrant who developed extensive (but now long abandoned) coal mine holdings in Des Moines, including some near our brewery. The dark color comes from black wheat, which is combined with two-row base malt and a good portion of caramel malt and some flaked rye to add a subtle dry, spiciness. Don’t let the color fool you, this dark beer is not roasty or stout-like. We used a special blend of hops, including Nelson Sauvin from Australia, to give it a unique flavor and aroma profile completely distinct from its India Pale Ale cousin, Des Moines IPA.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (795) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Sample at Omaha Beer Fest, Stinson Park. 6-11-16. Tap. Pours dark brown/black, tan head. Aroma was roasted malt, grassy, pine. Taste was bittersweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Nitro. Enormous head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet,grapefruit, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, caramel. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a very dark brown head with a small tan head. Aroma was dark fruit notes, light soapy, flower petal hop notes. Flavor had roasted malts, very mild bitterness. A nice deviation from some of the more pine or citrus, chalky black IPAs that are out there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5989) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4 oz pour on nitro at ChurchKey. Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, roasty notes, a little sweat. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, berries. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (7627) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Good balance of roast and citrus hops, though it falls a little more heavily on the roast stout side. Some musky malt and dark chocolate. Black pour with great head and lacing. Bitter finish. Nitro at Churchkey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (2111) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Malty. Dark black. Hoppy. Growler from david, thx. Enjoyed on wilsons cousins trip.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Draft at the source. Black in color, thin whispy head. Aroma is fresh citrus hops, mild roast, char. Flavor is awesome. Great balance of fresh citrus balanced by a mild roasted grain. Medium body with a lightly bitter citrus finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Growler in the car....black.. Or it could just be night... Thin tan lacing... Dark sweet pine chocolate roast malts nose... Light chocolate roast.. Big pine.. Dark roast.. Dark malts.. Big chocolate

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Westchesterco (1824) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On draft at the brewery tap room.it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is strong bitter white grapefruit taste that finishes. With some bitternes

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6204) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On draft at the brewery tap room. Pours a clear deep mahogany. Flavors of grass and charred toast. Bitter finish.


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