365 Iowa Beers 126-136: Iowa Craft Beer Tent

The Iowa Craft Beer Tent is a resource I have not tapped (ha!) often enough during this challenge. On the final Friday of the Iowa State Fair, I decided to head out and order a few flights. It’s a great way to try some of the beers from outside Des Moines that I need to bulk up my list. I expect I’ll head down to Cowles Commons this weekend to try a few more beers.

Here’s a look at what I tried. Due to the quantity, these may be a bit shorter than my normal entries. More in line with the Des Moines Beer Week post.

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Beer 126: Iowa Brewing Co. Iowa Eagle Pre-Prohibition Lager

ABV: 5.2%

Notes: I wrote “Lots of flavor” in my notes. Thanks a lot, descriptive Joe from a few weeks ago.

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Beer 127: Keg Creek Red Brick Ale

ABV: 5.6%

Notes: A nice roasted taste, with a bit of bite.

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Beer 128: Albia Brewing Co. Jalapeno Pilsner

ABV: ?

Notes: There’s a lot of heat to this beer. It’s smooth on your tongue, then wham, it scalds your throat. Good, but maybe not the best beer for a hot day.

Beer 129: Toppling Goliath Pompeii

ABV: 5.5%

Notes: This struck me as very sweet, but maybe that’s because it was coming after the fire of the Jalapeno Pilsner. Looking it up, it’s flavored with pineapple, which probably explains that sweetness.

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Beer 130: Kalona Free Range

ABV: 4.7%

Notes: A honey kolsch, light and crisp.

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Beer 131: Wilson’s Orchard Goldfish Cider

ABV: 4.8%

Notes: First, I just have to point out that this orchard is located on Dingleberry Road in Iowa City. They need to have a Dingleberry cider. A nice mix of tart and sweet.

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Beer 132: Reunion Brewery Dunkel

ABV: 5%

Notes: I hadn’t heard of this Coralville brewery before. The dunkel was very smooth.

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Beer 133: Alluvial Helix IPA

ABV: 6.8%

Notes: My first really strong beer of the day. Very hoppy.

Beer 134: Millstream Lemon Drop Shandy

ABV: 4.5%

Notes: This was a little stronger than a lot of shandys (shandies?) I’ve had lately. Very lemony.

Beer 135: Millstream Windmill Wheat

ABV: 4.5%

Notes: Light and smooth.

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Beer 136: Iowa Brewing Co. Hop Eagle

ABV: 5%

Notes: I wrote nothing down. I’ll assume I meant to say that it’s similar to the Iowa Eagle, but hoppier. Take better notes, Joe!

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