overall
93
80
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


3.5
GenDV138 (7284) - 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.

3.7
AirForceHops (7233) - 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.

3.5
Iphonephan (6985) - Jackson Hole/McLean, 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.

3.8
wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is fruit, citrus, tropical fruit, mild chocolate notes, malts, hops and a resiny/bitter finish.

3.2
ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Black appearance. Aroma of bread, dark malts, caramel, toffee, pine, light rye, earth and light peppery spice. Similar flavor, with a light dry finish. OK.

4.1
ben4321 (6503) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Location: Growler at Paul’s Blind Impy Stout Tasting, 1/5/13

Aroma: This one has a fresh, hoppy nose, pine, resin, citrus, and some roasted malts too
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a small beige head and some sticky lace on the glass
Flavor: Nice taste, it isn’t quite as nice as the nose, but similar component-wise, with roast and hops
Palate: The body of this beer is medium-plus, with a smooth feel, and a lot of drinkability
Overall Impression: Awesome share, thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one! I had no idea what to expect, but I really enjoyed this one. This is right on what I’m looking for in a Black IPA, and if I’m ever Des Moines I’ll have to make an effort to swing by Confluence.

3.6
kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Had this on draft at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines. Almost black pour. Fluffy white head. Light hoppy stout taste. Pretty average beer but would for sure get this if I came back

3.7
dmac (6259) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Growler shared by jcwatts, thanks John. Poured a good looking dark brown body with an average foamy light beige head. Aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, citrus, roasted pineapple, dark toast and cola. Smooth body with light carbonation and a creamy smooth finsh. Flavor of char, citrus rind, dark toast, bakers dark chocolate and grapefruit. Good stuff, but then again I love this style so I’m easy to please with the Black IPAs, or does that actually make me more picky???

3.6
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Black pour with light tan head and lace. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a decent mineral flavor and a decent bitter finish. Medium/full body with smooth carbonation. ok beer for me

3.3
JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
RBSG 2013. Hop aroma with malt and roasted grain. I am not always crazy about the black IPAs, but this one is good. Bitter hops finish.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 7
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5