90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by PaulfromNoVa:
4.93/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I'm in the tank for Dogfish Head 90 minute and looked forward to loving this, which had been in the growler almost two days when reopened, with a champagne-bottle "pop!" Carbonation speaking to me.
Respectful offspring pours for me, into one of those pretty tulipy Sam Adams perfect pint lager glasses. This is a familiar, lovely looking brew: handsome white head over burnt orange body. It sits there with a kind of haughty grandeur, as if it comprehended its distinguished pedigree and reputation. Its lacing is fine - like tree rings - I cannot believe it has been in the growler for as long as it has and has been opened twice for pouring.
Hops overpower the nose, delightful, citrusy hops, with a bare undertone of malty sweetness. I don't want to take my schnozzle out of the glass, inhaling, exhaling, and consider hitting it nasally.
As much as I expect the sock of hops after lingering long on the fragrance, in the mouth it surpasses my expectations. Big big big. As bitter as can be, but something about this refined bitterness connects with higher mammalian neurology and lodges squarely in the pleasure center of the brain, which cries, "again!" The carbonation is present but discernible only if you're trying really really hard. Otherwise its just hippity hoppity hops.
This is it, really. I should just give it straight 5s and be a total Dogfish Ho', then go back to the brewery - only 2.5 hours off - and fill my trunk.
Serving type: growler
04-05-2011 05:06:00 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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4.14/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
12oz. bottle poured into tulip. *Re-reviewed*
Original review written on 3-02-2014: 4.61.
A: Looks to be a deep red amber hue, until held to the light and a bright, yet hazy, goldenrod color appears. A gorgeous off-white cascading effect results in a gloriously large and creamy head, about two fingers and then some in stature. Retention is acceptable and a decent sized creamy cap remains throughout much of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing can be found all down the glass. Head retention seems a bit weaker than I recall from my last review.
S: Strong grapefruit juice aromas with a tender dash of pine resin. Perhaps a touch of plums? Something in the dark fruits realm going on in the middle of that grapefruit. Strong caramel malts fight for dominance over the juiciness. Nothing in this smell, however, points to this being a hop-heavy DIPA.
T: An EXTREME mesh of hops and malts, with both of them truly duking it out for the lead role. Malts add a ton of sweetness: think honey-drizzled oats, hints of caramel, sweetbreads. The hop medley is interesting. Instead of going for a pungent profile as many DIPAs do, Dogfish Head opts for a really interesting combination of spice and citrus that definitely offers a respectable touch of bitterness, but never truly overpowers the malts... it adds more of a complimenting accentual flavor note.
M: Full-bodied, borderline huge. Thick and malty and as smooth as glass. Lightly creamy texture, good carbonation. Lots of warming properties from the alcohol. The brewers down at Dogfish Head are truly artists when it comes to perfecting the feel of their beers. This is in my top 5 beers in terms of sheer textual perfection.
O: I used to hold DFH's 90-minute in the highest regards, praising it as one of the best DIPAs on the market. While I still feel it's a remarkable beer, it just doesn't push the same buttons as it used to for me. This beer struggles for balance, with the malts often taking the upper hand. While that's not an issue for everyone, it's certainly not what a bitter-freak like me looks for. With that being said, this is an excellent beer that I'll continue to drink in the future, but it'll be reserved for my maltier moods.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 00:20:06 | More by ThePaintedGrey
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottled 3/4/2014. Served in a DFH signature glass
Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange color with 1+ finger of a white creamy head. Decent retention and light spotty lacing. Body is relatively clear with medium amounts of visible carbonation.
Smell: Grapefruit like citrus, sweet caramel and toffee, pine, slight earthiness, touch of booziness.
Taste: Big malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness in the finish. Flavors are more citrus and pine with lots of sweet and toasted bready malt character as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium.
Overall: Really good double IPA from Dogfish. This one is a classic for a reason.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 04:00:29 | More by Jonada
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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