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Beer #61 – March 3, 2010: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

March 9, 2010

After a brief interruption for my vacation to Mexico, I return to IPA Week with a couple of more hoppy brews:

Beer: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware

Style: Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale)

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $10.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-Round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 9.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Simultaneously smooth, big, thick, and enjoyable.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a tinge of orange, and a creamy, foamy, white head.

Aroma: Sweet, syrupy, a hint of alcohol, and a note of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Big, thick, syrupy, with low carbonation.

Taste: Big sweet malty initial taste reminiscent of honey and molasses, with a big note of bourbon.  The middle brings forward sweet and acidic orange peel, a slightly herbal bitterness, notes of pine sap, and a slight buttery note.  The finish is snappy, and a little spicy in the back of my throat, and a mild alcohol burn.

Overall, much maltier than I expected from an Imperial IPA, and not quite as hoppy.  This particular bottle was over 6 months old, so it is possible that a fresh bottle would have more hop flavor.  Still, it is quite enjoyable, though a slow-sipper of a brew.

Pairing: While most great IPA pairings I’ve suggested in this IPA Week would be great, this big beer is great for sipping all on its own.

Trivia: Dogfish Head offers several different “continually-hopped” IPAs: 60 Minute IPA (which I reviewed earlier this year), 75 Minute IPA (a blend of the 60 & 90 minute, offered on occasion in the brewpub and elsewhere), 90 Minute IPA (reviewed here), and 120 Minute IPA (a huge 18% ABV occasional release).

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