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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2784) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2014
on tap @ Confluence Brewing / Des moines IA --- Cloudy dark brown, good head cover, streamers of lace. Taste is solid roasted malt with caramel that drops hops into the palate; on subsequent swallows, the hops fade in and out like a distant AM radio station. A very interesting Black IPA....subtle, yet plenty of strength. Recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2723) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Shared thanks to JCWatts. Pours out an attractive brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is of nice citrusy and fruity hops, light chocolate and some toasted grainy malts. Taste is complex, nice hop profile of citrus and light fruit grass, mild chocolate, some caramel and toasted malts all while having a decent hop punch. Solid

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2631) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Growler shared by cheers John ! Nose is a dark chocolate with grassy notes. Really good black ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2528) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2015
Pours dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Dark bread in the nose, grapes, pine. Medium sweet flavor with standard dark malts, light roast, juicy grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately earthy to finish with some ripened citrus fruits, mellow roast, toasted pine. Very drinkable

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2180) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap at brewery...black pour.. thin white head.. pine aroma..taste is great ..pine hints of licorice.. awesome

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1771) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
GrowLOLer. pours black with some tan head. Citrusy hops, roasted malts and. chocolate. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1755) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2015
On tap a brewery pours a dark brown/black with a medium ran head. Sweet aroma with sharp piney hops. Smooth palate, piney hop bitterness throughout, dark malts, chocolate and caramel. Nice balance, never too hoppy or rich. Very pleasant and approachable for a style which usually seems to be extreme on hops or comes a across too Stout like.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1678) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Thanks for bringing this all the way to NH. Pours a deep cola brown with a thin white cap. Strong citrus hop aroma. Taste is dominated with fruit flavors, a touch of peach perhaps. Some light roast. Not as dark as the average Black Ipa. Light, crisp palate with plenty of carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1661) - Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Tap - average size foamy head, black color, citrus hop aroma and flavor with mild roasty notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Confluence is KILLING IT. Seriously. This citrus forward hop bomb pours near black with a small light tan head. Aroma is lemon zest, tropical fruit, good weed, and a bit of chocolate and toffee. Flavor follows, the malt body really compliments hop aromas. Clean, bitter finish with great carbonation for the style. Reminds me of a light version of 2007 Darkness.


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