Friday, August 26, 2011

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA. I’m a huge IPA fan and Dogfish Head makes an assortment of fantastic IPAs. Since I’ve been drinking Dogfish Head beer for some time now (previous post here) I thought it was time to review this exceptional beer.

From the Dogfish Head website: "Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA., "perhaps the best I.P.A. in America." An Imperial I.P.A. brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.

90 Minute IPA was our first continually-hopped beer, which is a method of hopping that allows for a pungent, but not crushing hop flavor. Since introducing the world to the continual-hopping method with our 90 Minute IPA, we've since released a continually-hopped 60 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and even a 75 Minute IPA (a cask-conditioned blend of 60 & 90 Minute IPAs).
In addition to the continual-hopping 90 Minute IPA recieves during the boil, we also utilize our 'Me So Hoppy' device to dry-hop the beer during conditioning (check it out in the video below)"

Let’s get started!

Appearance: Pours deep golden amber with a creamy bone colored head and incredible lacing.

Aroma: A mix of hops (pine and citrus) and fantastic malt (toasty caramel and biscuit) scents.

Taste: Fantastic balance between hops and malts with a bit of spice. Not too malty sweet and not too hoppy bitter. A perfect amalgamation of flowery piney tastes and the rich flavors of fig, raisin, caramel and sweet malts. Terrific!

Overall: This rates near the top of the Double IPA heap. Balanced and extremely tasty I don’t think this beer can be improved on in any way. At 9% ABV it is very drinkable and nursing a 4-pack isn’t a stretch. I thoroughly enjoy this beer!


Mark Harvey

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