Advertisement

Des Moines IPA is LV’s May 2014 Brew of the Month


Des Moines IPA

May’s beer of the month is the well-balanced, Iowa-brewed IPA from Confluence Brewing Company: Des Moines IPA.

Though some IPAs are overwhelmingly dry and bitter, John Martin, the head brewer at Confluence, proudly admits that he wants his IPA to have a balance of malt and hop characteristics. Instead of going overboard with abrasive hop bitterness, Martin brews Des Moines IPA to showcase the “brightness” of the citrusy and piney Pacific Northwest hops, and accentuate their aroma and flavor. He uses two-row barley and medium crystal malts to counterbalance the hops. “[Our IPA] is a little heartier, a little richer, but we spend a lot of money on hops for that beer. We hold nothing back,” said Martin with a laugh.

According to Martin, Des Moines IPA is Confluence’s best-selling beer. In fact, Eric Selander, Confluence’s sales and distribution manager, says that Des Moines IPA is so popular there’s a waiting list for bars, restaurants and grocers hoping to add it to their shelves and tap lines. It only takes a couple sips to know why there’s such demand.

Pour Des Moines IPA into your favorite pint glass. The color is light amber with a slight haze. One finger of white, fluffy head will dissipate evenly to leave a bubbly skim and ring around the edge. A big dose of tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and pine greets the nose, and underneath is a solid caramel base. The first sip is smooth, creamy and pleasantly bitter. Flavors include tangerine, orange, a little grapefruit and pine resin, which lingers on the taste buds long after each sip. Though the bitterness turns up a notch as the beer begins to warm, it is never overpowering. Caramel counterbalances the citrus, but the bitterness and pine remain prominent. 

  • Serving temperature: 45–50ºF.
  • Alcohol content: 7.1 percent ABV.
  • Food pairings: Along with the usual spicy pairings, such as Indian and Thai cuisine, Selander recommends sushi. Since sushi tends to have a “softer mouthfeel,” Selander says the sharpness of Des Moines IPA enhances the rice and vegetable ingredients that accentuate the fish. His favorite sushi/Des Moines IPA pairing is spicy yellow tail.
  • Where to buy: John’s, New Pioneer Food Co-op, Bread Garden, Hy-Vee and Barzini’s. It is also on tap at bars and restaurants in the Iowa City area.
  • Price: $10/per 32-ounce bottle.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

40 Years Forward:

A Celebration of Empowerment & Hope

Deb Talan of "The Weepies" will begin our night of celebration with a story of survival, empowerment, and hope told through words and song. Join us in remembering our past and envisioning the future at the Coralville Mariott.

GET TICKETS

Friday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

For 18 years...

Little Village has been telling the truth and changing our little corner of the world.

If you can, help us head into the next 18 years even stronger with a one-time or monthly contribution of $18, or any amount you choose.

Advertisement

A collaboration between The Englert Theatre and FilmScene

STRENGTHEN
GROW•EVOLVE

Help us build the greatest small city for the arts in America—right here in Iowa City. Learn more »

Donate Today

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve is a collaborative campaign led by two Iowa City-based arts nonprofits, The Englert Theatre and FilmScene that seeks a major reinvestment to strengthen the arts through modern and historic venues, innovative programming, and new models of collaboration.

Little Village's
BEST OF THE CRANDIC

From Aug. 1-Sept. 30, cast your vote for your favorite places, people, eats and entertainment around the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.

Don't forget to explain your picks! The best answers will be published in LV's Best of the CRANDIC issue, out Dec. 3, 2019.