90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by cypressbob:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this ontap at the fantastic Rattle N Hum, NYC. 28/02/09
14oz serving in a Delerium Tremens tulip
Pours with a rich amber hue, shines of rich fizzy orange bubbles under a slight chill haze. Nictotine stained off white head, bubbly and foamy. Pretty solid retention and some patchy lacing up and down the glass
Smell, strong slick floral hops. Tonnes of sweet pine aroma, some grassy and grain character also. Little bit of bubblegum and a few esters lingering on the nose
Taste, crisp smooth oily hops. Thick sharp bitterness of the piney hops, cascade etc. Quinine bitterness well balanced by a solid malt backbone, some sweetness also in the finish. Slightly syrupy and a little touch of honey. Very little evident alcohol character, hides its 9%abv very well
A superb beer, one of many fantastic IPA's I had when I visited NYC, many of which were in the fantastic Rattle N Hum
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2009 20:30:56 | More by cypressbob
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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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