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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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).

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.

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3.1
DrunkSanta410 (935) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Tap at the brewery. Pours hazy golden with a good lacy head. Aroma is light citrus and pine. Not much on the nose. Taste is citrusy, pineapple, lightly bitter hops, semi sweet with a bit of honey. Light body and medium carbonation. Not bad.

4.5
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Thanks for being my 700th, Des Moines IPA. Was it as good for you as it was for me? Drinking this beer reminded me of a little history fun fact. The Peoria tribe of Native Americans really enjoyed trolling the French settlers in the area of modern-day Iowa and told them the region was called Moingoana. The settlers took ownership of the name and French-ifed it. Little did they realize the word they named the territory after was the Native American word for shitface. So here’s to Des Moine IPA. A devilishly tasty IPA that strikes the balance between biscuit-like malt and piney, resinous hops. In other words, here’s to an IPA I’d happily get shitfaced on from the land of shitfaces.

2.9
HuskerTan (2201) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Draft/Fest. A- Pine, bready, citrus. A- Amber color, clear liquid, white head. T- Pine, citrus, bitter, bready. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- A little boring and more bready and malty than I would prefer.

3.4
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2015
On tap. Pours amber with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of hops, citrus, and pine. Taste is of hops, citrus, and pine. Has a caramel malt backbone. Lingering bitter hop bite. Has an alcohol taste that is present throughout. Mouthfeel is soapy and very carbonated. It’s too boozy, but it drinks easy.

3
DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2015
poured from a 32oz growler. Golden amber hue with some slight haze. small white head that disappears quickly and minumal lacing. Nice bread and biscuit flavors and sweetness. Some pine and citrus in aroma and taste. Bitterness has very dry finish that lingers.

3.7
BVery (10485) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Tap at the taproom. Hazy orange pour with a white dense head. Lots of citrus, some pine in here. Medium to low malt. Very tasty.

3.9
ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2015
On tap at Vaudeville Mews. Clear orange appearance with a white head. Fresh, hoppy aroma of light pine, citrus and tropical fruits. Medium to heavy hop bitterness with a touch of malt sweetness. Clean and refreshing IPA, nicely done.

3.9
malrubius (2895) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Iowa. Clear golden with lasting head and lace. Spicy citrus and some piney resin aroma. Medium bready malts with some fruit and piney resin lingering bitterness. Medium body Lively carb gives a nice finishing bite. Very good.

3.2
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Golden orange with a frothy white head. Resinous with some citrus sweetness throughout. Tried at the Parkville microbrew fest in 2015.

3.7
jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2015
32oz bottle from John’s enjoyed this afternoon after cutting the grass for the first time in 2015. Nice, bright golden orange color with lots of white head and sticky lacing. Nose is floral and piney, mild herbals. Same in the taste with a little more emphasis on the herbal notes. Sort of sticky and piney sweet, but the herbal presence really balances this out. Pretty darn good.


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