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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).

Iowas 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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Draft on tap at Shorts East Side (Iowa City, IA). Pours a darker amber pour, mellow haziness. Hoppy bitter nose is earthy, floral, bit of citrusy life. Carmelized, touch sweeter, medium bodied. Firmer bitterness, even keeled sweetness. Not one of the more bright, fruity, trendy IPAs. But still pretty fresh, bitter enough, not too sweet. Solid IPA overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (11371) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2016
On tap at El Bait Shop. Pours a cloudy orange gold with thick frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong dank, pine, citrus. Medium body, grapefruit, pine, light bitter finish, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2199) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Pours a semi clear amber with a very small white head and very good lacing. Smell is of hops, malt, earth, and citrus. Taste is creamy, nicely hoppy, citrus, some pine, and sweet malt. Ends bitter and smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ozzy70 (900) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Sample at Omaha Beer Fest, Stinson Park. 6-11-16. Tap. Poured amber, white head. Aroma was citrus, pine resin. Taste is medium bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2853) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Orange color white head. Aroma is citrusy and piney. Flavor is slightly bitter well balanced with a strong lemon and faint orange flavors. Overall great session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark golden color with an off-white head. Aroma was citrus, floral malty notes. Pine resin, citrus. Creamy hops. Light sweet malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6291) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt, citrus, floral notes. Tastes of malt, floral notes, pine, citrus, stone fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7888) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Light citrus and some pine. Easy drinking. Golden pour with ok head and lacing. Light crisp finish. Tap at Churchkey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4722) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 20, 2016
Growler shared by jcwattsrugger: Poured a golden to orange with white bubble head. Aroma was juicy citrus hops, very fruity nose. Nice balance of piney/citrus hops and malt backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6452) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2016
(From notes) Draft The brewery, 3-16-2016. Aroma is mild pine, moderate citrus, grain. Flavor shows substantial hops profile: citrus intermingled with pine and grass. Decent grain backbone that is not too sweet. Body is medium with a lingering bitterness. Pretty balanced, nicely drinkable.


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