Dogfish head ’90 minute’ Imperial IPA


image“Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA “perhaps the best IPA in America.” An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. 90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent — but not crushing — hop flavor.”

Picked this beauty up from a small little bottle shop in Berri. The bottle shop owner along with Esquire magazine gave this beer 100/100. Poured into an IPA glass the appearance displays a gorgeous clear gold with copper red hues. The tight 1 cm off white head retained well leaving blotchy patches of foam down the glass. Aroma gives off an initial potent waft of booze (9% ABV) citric grapefruit, spice, orange peel, resin and a sweet liqueur complexity all on the back of a decent sweet malt backing. To our surprise the mouth feel was really smooth, almost creamy with low-medium carbonation and a moderate bitterness (90 IBU) on the tongue. For an imperial IPA the hop dryness is quite subdued. We picked up a subtle spiciness along with hints of caramel and raisin up front. Booze and malt in the mid-palate make way for a short malty finish. Highly complex for an IIPA the malt definitely dominates over the hops which is unusual for this type of brew. In saying that though this is a brilliantly brewed beer, all up it was a great IPA but a bigger hop presence would have made it even better.