90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by cheers2beers:
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This review will be based on a fresh 90minute(2007) vs. a 1year aged 90 minute(2006). Served from 12oz bottles to pint glasses side by side. This review will be scored on the fresh vintage and the aged is there for pleasure.
2007 Appearance: This beer pours a very clean and clear hue of copper and amber. A pure white head stood up roughly a finger and a half high, then settled to just a white ring around my glass with a few islands. Many columns of beading can be found within.
2006 Appearance: Wow! This one poured very cloudy. Murky shades of burnt orange and the head remained a bright white with the same settlement as the fresh. I can barely see the beading inside,but it does still remain within.
2007 Smell: The aroma starts off with a spicy peppery hop.Citrusy orange in the middle and a smooth lightly caramel malt aroma.
2006 Smell: Mmmm. Smells more sweet and citrusy than the fresh. More fruity esters come out and even a hint of Belgian ale breadiness comes through. This has become much more malty in the nose.
2007 Taste: A clean taste of grassy and citrus hop bursts in my mouth followed by a very expressive amount of alcohol. This one has slight bitterness throughout, but not bad by any means. Sticky sweet malts are noted, but balanced very well with the hops.
2006 Taste: Whoa! This has drastically changed.This one starts off with sweet orange, spicy(peppery) on the tongue, and very delightful peanut brittle towards the finish. This has become a malt bomb. The hops are still there but has become noticably less aggressive. The alcohol seems to remain the same intencity,but masked a little better.
2007 Mouthfeel: Thinner side of medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Sticky, bitter, and a bunch of alcohol that drys out the palate.
2006 Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium bodied with slightly less carbonation than the fresh. Sticky, malty, much less bitter and the alcohol is not as drying. Perhaps the hops is the drying factor on the palate?
2006-2007 Drinkability: This beer has always been a pleasure to drink. Basically, fresh equals more citrus and a hop bitterness versus the aged, still citusy, but less profound and more malty rather than hoppy. Both are extremely wonderful and easy to drink. I would like to try this with other great beers from Dogfish Head. Two thumbs up all the way and as always...
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2007 02:26:28 | More by cheers2beers
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3.68/5 rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I brought a four-pack home from Denver and was really looking forward to this beer. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd expected. But, for me, that's oftentimes the case with a DIPA--when they crank up the caramelly malt, it sends my diacetyl sensers into overdrive, and the beer ends up tasting green. But that's just me; I don't care for strong caramel flavors in beer. Anyway, here's my overall impression:
A: Beautiful, clear orange/amber coloring with a nice white head that leaves a ring and patchy covering all the way to the last sip. Very inviting.
S: Sweet and grassy. Minimal citrus, lots of malt.
T: If I ignore the powerful caramel malt flavors, I still find myself wishing for a little more kick from the hops. What I pick up instead is a little grassiness (which I like) but not much spice or citrus, let alone serious bitterness (which I doubly like). It's not a hop bomb, by any means, more of a hop-enhanced malt bomb that focuses on flavors I don't care for. However, in judging this beer, I know the malt flavors are spot on for what many people like--think Deschutes Immersion IPA (not a double, but certainly a malt forward IPA) and you'll know what I mean. In the end, it's just too sweet and caramelly for my taste. That shouldn't necessarily be the defining characteristic when I rate this beer--it's just my particular taste--but still ...
M: Perfect carbonation (it helps cut the caramel) but a little sticky and sweet, which is also the predominant aftertaste, along with a little grass from the hops. Medium bodied, I guess, mostly due to the sweet caramel. Nothing special.
O: Not my cup of tea, but probably pretty good for the style, or so I hear. I'll try another in a few days and see what I think then. In the meantime, maybe I'll go buy a six-pack of Two-Hearted Ale.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 15:28:41 | More by Jim_Benz
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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