90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Deep honey orange color with a nice fluffy head. The head lasts for a minute or so and then sticks around in a thin layer for the rest of the beer. Lacing was good.
Smell is sweet, with a surprising lack of hops in the nose. As a side note this beer is more sweet than bitter. I'd say a pale ale is more bitter to me than this imperial IPA.
Citrus hits the edges of the tongue and a warm sweetness is immediately noted. The citrus zing fades and the caramel sweetness takes over. Caramel coated lemon candy is how I'd describe how the beer initially tastes.
You will detect alcohol, the one flaw I see in the beer is that the alcohol is not masked well enough, although that is a minor concern in a beer as flavorful as this one.
As the sweetness fades the hops take over. I mentioned that this wasn't an ultra hopped beer, but it's still an IPA. The hops have the same character as the 60 minute IPA, and have a citrus/tropical taste to them.
After I took my last sip the aftertaste brought a bit of smokiness. This beer was surprisingly drinkable. Very surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV.
All in all a 4.5 out of 5 for me.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2010 05:57:39 | More by mechtech
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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
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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