90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by mayorwalda:
4.63/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Here we go, my first review of a pale ale and it's a mighty "Imperial IPA" no less.
Right off, Dogfish Head's Imperial IPA pours a nice (curious) amber color and gathers at the top of your glass a nice foamy head, which releases a bouquet of floral hopps and a very slight, if there is said to be one at all, grassy aroma which IPA drinkers know and love. The explosion of aroma that you get from pouring a good head of this beer is a perfect example of why people love the head on their beer--and right now, I’m loving it.
Upon the first sip, well, simply put, I was shocked, maybe a little floored. This beer is so amazingly well balanced and it took me completely by surprise with all the talk (on the bottle) about this being hopped for 90 minutes, etc. etc. I had been expecting a swig of pure hopps with a tail end of alcohol bite, but this beer is really, really malty and its smoothness is unparalleled by any IPA I’ve ever had. This beer also has a unique alcoholic bite (09% ABV), and I find that odd too, but this is an Imperial IPA after all, and with the title comes (much) more of both hopps and barley and that of course means more sugar for the yeast to turn into blessed, blessed alcohol. The somewhat higher ABV is unique especially given the depth of this beer’s taste and I think that while some beer’s higher ABV is a detriment to what might be an otherwise smooth brew, this IPA benefits from its boost in ABV. I might go as far as saying that this brew’s ABV keeps it an IPA, because honestly this beer is so smooth that it makes you forget you’re drinking an IPA. It is the aroma of this beer and its curious alcoholic bite that make you to remember you’re drinking a very fine, surely unique IPA.
Beyond the taste of this beer, which lends you a variation from your day-to-day IPA, this beer feels and drinks more or less like an ordinary IPA. The beer is crisp, well carbonated and light in mouth. If you’re into IPAs give this one a shot. It might not take the spot of your favorite IPA but you certainly won’t forget it any time soon!
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 05:31:15 | More by mayorwalda
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4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a snifter. About a finger of white, foamy head. A copper color, not very transparent. A lot of little bubbles floating up to the top. Nice lacing around the glass.
Smell: Smells wonderful! Some nice citrus, hop, malt, not overpowering with the hops. I really love the smell of this.
Taste: Awesome! There's a little bit of sweetness to it. Tastes incredibly balanced between the malt and hops. Citrus, specifically orange.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some carbonation, easy drinking imperial IPA.
Overall: My first IPA to review and immediately one of my new favorites!
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 03:49:53 | More by REGreenBTRB
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 5/30/14. Tasted on 7/28/14
Appearance: Half-inch soapy head, nearly pure-white. The color is a transparent, golden-copper. Lacing initially holds a very nice level of retention, but fades fairly quickly. Still have some lace lingering towards the top of the glass after a long drink-down, though.
Smell: Sweet hop aroma followed by some caramel maltiness and hints of alcohol.
Taste: Hops hit you from the onset and stay with you until the end. It's a puckering bitterness. Alcohol warms your throat and nose towards the end. After taste is much more fruity than I would have expected.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth but thick with moderate to low carbonation. Dries the mouth.
Overall: A very solid Imperial IPA that I would recommend to any hop-head. Not particularly my favorite flavor profile for an Imperial IPA, however, I can still appreciated the quality. Would like to try on-tap, would buy a four-pack if I could share some with friends or family. I would give it 90-93 overall.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 00:54:05 | More by Atkinson
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 11,775 ratings.