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90 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

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95
world-class

11,684 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,684
Reviews: 3,515
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,265 | FT: 24
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA "perhaps the best IPA in America." An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.

90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent -- but not crushing -- hop flavor.

90 IBU

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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured many times from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful golden-amberish color, small half finger head that doesn't last long, but leaves a spectacular lacing. The aroma is pretty good....if you have a fresh bottle (this one drops off quick). Full of citrus, honey and fresh cut grass, with the taste to compliment it.

In my opinion, the alcohol flavors (9% ABV) are not too overpowering, and contrast wonderfully with the citrus and pine-y flavors. Medium bodied, proper carbonation to an upper low level. But after trying a lot of other beers in this genre, this beer impresses me less and less every time I go back to it.

Overall, this is the most balanced of the 3 (60, 90 and 120 min IPAs), and really not what I desire when I think of a DIPA, but definitely a solid beer and a good introductory beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 01:34:09 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely loved Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, so I had high hopes for the 90 Minute one... didn't know a half-an-hour can make such a difference! This beer was amazing... so unique for an IPA that it completely took me by surprise... not as bitter as I had anticipated... this beer is more sweet than anything else... pours a beautiful copper / amber color with a nice frothy head... smell is full of esters, hops, caramel, and honey... flavor strongly complements the aroma, with a strong, sweet, caramel flavor dominated by hops... great stuff.... a full-flavored, full-bodied, rich and satisfying beer... hard to detect the hefty 9% ABV behind a great combination of flavors... Dogfish Head brews are great, and this is one of the better ones... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 21:12:10 | More by dsa7783
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Hoppington

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome stuff. Near perfect for my tastebuds. Not too strong, but still strong enough. Warming, but still refreshing. About the limit I like for extreme hopping, but they balance it so well with the malt that it works well for me. I get peach and clementine notes. Bitterness is muted nicely by the sweetness, and the floral is extreme, but not to the point of perfumery.

A real treat is to have this beer on-tap and run through their hop vessel which they affectionately refer to as "Randall the enamel animal". The ultimate for the diehard hophead and much preferable to the too strong, sticky sweet, syrupy 120 Minute.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 16:59:58 | More by Hoppington
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SirSaranac

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im a big fan of the Dogfish Head 60 min IPA... and had been looking forward to trying this...

A- 1/2 finger creme colored head.. golden honey in color... Great lacing that sticks to the walls of the glass and looks like exploding fireworks

T- Hops.... bitter finish... Alcohol is noticeably stronger than the 60 min... not quite as tasty as the 60 min though. However, this is an Imperial IPA, and compared to other doubles this has superb flavor. Sweet citrus and pine... well balanced.

This is a great beer... very strong... at 9%abv it's understandable why they sell it in 4 packs. However, if I were to select this or the 60 min based on FLAVOR, I'd have to choose the 60 min.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 06:38:53 | More by SirSaranac
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kuranes

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, lots of carbonation, light bubbly head that quickly fades.

S: Very hoppy. Has a floral, citrusy sweetness that is very deep and pleasant. Faint candy smell also present. When I sniff, I find myself thinking, "This is how beer should smell."

T: Whoo-hoo hops! While I think this beer is overrated ("Best IPA in America" etc.), its strength lies in its ability to be hoppy as hell and still able to carry lots of flavor without overwhelming the palate with its bitterness. Taste is of light pine paired with grapefruit. A little bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation, warms on the way down. Sticky aftertaste, but hey, it's an IPA.

D: Mmm, it's really good and available as draft beer at a lot of places. Definitely a sipper, though.

It's a good beer. It's a freaking great beer. It's not the best beer you'll ever have. It's not the best American beer. My theory about why this beer is so hyped: It can play two roles. It can be the nerdy craft beer whose flavor you carefully deconstruct. But it can also serve as an alternative to macrobrews. Instead of having four or five buds, why not have two 90 Minute IPAs? They'll be delicious and you'll still feel that warm, heady pleasantness. Eh?

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 06:32:50 | More by kuranes
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Overlord

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the wonderful Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora.

Pours a ruddy orange color. Smell inch or so head that halfway through the glass dissolved into a thin white crust around the edges. Mouthfeel was good and syrupy; tons of hop juice.

This DIPA (there's no way this isn't a DIPA, I don't care what the bottle says) has the misfortune of following up one of my favorite beers of all time: 3Floyds' Dreadnaught. Still, a good beer.

Taste has a caramel backbone, some light, sweeter fruits (grapefruit ... maybe orange), and a mixture of hops and sweet malt. Almost more barleywine-ish. Not the sharp, bitter hops of a Yulesmith or Hop 15, but a more thick, chewy, spicy sensation. Aftertaste is far more complex than any initial gulp. The smell is floral hops, so this brew had a lot more going on than the smell would indicate.

Good.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 10:06:43 | More by Overlord
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Hazey amber color with nice lace left in the glass.

smell - Hops, and herbs smelt here.

taste - Hoppidy Hop Hop , Hoppidy Hop Hop, look at 90IPA go. Lets of hops in this beer, has a alcohol and bitterness kick.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - too much hops for me, A few IPAs I have had are not that hoped out. Great if you like hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 02:56:09 | More by auxiliary
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PEBKAC

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably my favorite example of the style, with Maharaja rotating in when I want a little more of a sipper.

Absolutely classic amber color, inch & a quarter of densely packed eggshell-colored head, all nice & comfortable sitting in my (now everyday)Unibroue tulip. I really miss my Ommegang 2006 art glass, but this tulip holds court rather well.

Fresh & eye-opening soapy/piney hops, with something resembling the sweet smell of cedar. On the malt side, a pastry dough-like scent is trying it's best to sift through all the heavy foliage. If this was gym class, the malt would be the kid half-assing it, trying not to get sweaty & flustered. Those guys need a good kick in the shins to get moving.

My first gulp is a long one. I haven't had a beer since 2007, so I'm thirsty. :P

Whatever I said behind that kid's back in gym has obviously worked, because what hits first is the malt. Thick, salty crackers, something like bitter spinach, followed by a tingly Listerine kick. A cross between mentol & bittler lime on the hops, but my nose seems to works better then my tongue on this things, so it's only my opinion.

Mouthfeel is very well carbonated(spritzy), but even so, you can still feel the hop oil greasing things up just a bit. I like drinking this one cold, because just like your guests, things can get pretty sloppy if left unattended.

Drinkability: I'm drinking it now ain't I? I chose this beer out of all the others I had on hand. Maybe I'll pause in between with a whiskey sour or something, but I'm definitely reaching for another. What the hell? Four packs suck. :P

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:53:25 | More by PEBKAC
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Stoneman78

California

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Rich, caramel golden hue, thin layer of white head that dissipates, minimal lacing
S- Pine and citrus hops, grass and floral tones, bread malts, alcohol, somewhat subdued for this style
T- Initial taste is unsurprisingly pine and floral hops, pale bread malts enter soon after, finishes oily and very bitter, a truly delicious beer
M- Medium/full-bodied, oily and chewy texture, moderate carbonation
D- Balanced and complex profile, the alcohol is well-masked, this is my favorite non-West coast DIPA and I can drink this all night long, kudos to DFH for great distribution, I look forward to when this comes back to California in the near future!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 19:42:08 | More by Stoneman78
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle a dark brownish/reddish color with a frothy head.
Smells spicy with a touch of carmel. This is a very hoppy beer and is delicious to put it simply. A strong ABV goes with it, good thing the come in 4 packs!
MF is complex as this is a double ipa and leaves a strong spicy aftertaste with a sweetness as well.
This is a hell of an IPA from those fellows in Deleware.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:39:12 | More by mltobin
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Rudgers73

New York

3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the most hoppy Double IPA's I've ever had. Most DIPA's (especially with this type of ABV) have a huge malt character as a sort of base to the crazy ammount of hop flavor. I think the "continuous hopping" gives it lot of hop punch and keeps the focus there.

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass it pours a nice, clear copper color. It has about a half inch of head that is off-white and it is rather retentive. The aroma is pungent with piny, resiny American hops. Floral, dry, and bitter. The flavor is very sweet like grapefruit for a split second before the rest of the hops dump out on your tongue. This beer packs a punch. It reminds me slightly of arrogant bastard in the intensity, but I think it lacks a little depth.

For the big hop head out there: this is the one. For those who prefer a lot of character and a dynamic flavor profile: This is not what everyone tells it to be. There is way to much hop, and way to little malt to make this beer truly drinkable. I could only do one every few days.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 23:52:23 | More by Rudgers73
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/gold that is clear with a sizeable light tan head that doesn't stay around long. Nose is pungent with a perfume like quality that masks any heavy hops that are present. Flavor is sweet with a slight hop edge. Tangy mix to it. Feel is thick and almost syrupy. Slightly drinkable, but overall a bit too sweet and lacking in any unique character.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:46:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a DFH snifter.

A - Nice copper color with descent head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet smell with some hops and a hint of the alcohol.

T - Really good sweet malty taste that finishes with a light bitter hop flavor. Nice warming sensation from the alcohol but it doesn't comethrough to strong in the flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. If you get a chance to try it do. Also the 120 is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 06:28:44 | More by jeffmonarch
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GAPit

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle a copper red, huge amounts of tan head that eventually falls to a thin layer. Thick lacing remains.

Smells great, sweet fruit, wonderful fresh hop finish. No hint of the high abv. I'm excited.

I love the taste of this beer, very malty, very hoppy. Perfectly balanced. Sweet fruity malt starts, transitions into a dry hoppy taste that lingers on the back of the tounge in a good way, a really good way. No hint whatsoever (except for that familiar warm and fuzzy feeling) of the very high abv of 9%. This beer is fantastic.

Mouth feel is also great, entire tounge is utilized, carbonation is perfect. Dry, hoppy finish invites you back. Once again, if I didn't know this was a 9% beer I'd never guess it.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. I've yet to try their other IPA's, but I think that this will be pretty damn hard to beat. I'm going to buy a lot more of these and drink em till my tounge begs for mercy.

-GAPit

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 20:09:54 | More by GAPit
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mully

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a -- golden/orange, head dissapates quickly

s -- sweetness - citrusy -- honey malt mingled with great hop aroma and a little brown sugar

t -- extreme but balanced, malt and hops in proportion to each other each over the top -- hangs around for a long time on the back of your tongue keeping the hop implosion around after the malt fades

m -- thick, good heft but clears out

d -- i can drink three or four but after that my tastebuds revolt because of all of the hops and malt

Great beer, my favorite beer from DFH better balance than the 120(too sweet) and more consistent than the 60.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 07:46:09 | More by mully
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPA's I've had and outdoes their own 60 Minute IPA.

Pours copper with a very decent head and plenty of lacing.

Taste is quite hoppy, but has an excellent balance of malt and some citrus notes. Overall it is one of the better balanced IPA's out there, neither too sweet or too much hops.

You'd never know that it's 9.0% because it's so drinkable, even for casual drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 22:58:40 | More by deltatauhobbit
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boelker62

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours small but rocky, white head over a distinctly clear, copper-hued body. Lacing is fair for the duraton, and the head withers away with time.

S - this is where this brew really pulls you in. There is a slight molasses hint in back of the nearly overwhelming citrus and esters that abound. Yeastiness is limited to a doughy note.

T - while the aroma is astounding, the taste does not do the aroma justice. Do not get me wrong, it's good. It's one of my top 5 IPA's, I'd say, but compared to the outstanding aroma, the taste is considerably less in amplitude. It starts with a heavily sweet , but oddly, moderately acidic initial impression. This settles down to a moderate bitterness with a long, sticky finish.

M - I call this a medium to full bodied beer, being a DIPA. The reamy texture, and soft carbonation just seem right.

D - get a case, have two every night. That's my suggestion, but just two.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 13:50:02 | More by boelker62
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, peachy-gold color. Creamy 2 1/2 finger, tan colored head. Lace everywhere.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose. Also found tropical fruit and caramel malt in abundance.

T: Just see above. The taste follows the smell so incredibly close.

M: Sweet and creamy with a killer bitter/hoppy finish.

D: This one is dangerous. The excellent flavors and aromas, and lack of obvious alcohol presence, sneak up on you pretty fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 02:17:51 | More by GbVDave
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dsigmon

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful bronze/amber color with a perfect one finger head. The amazing amount of hops sustain a great lacing time and time again.

Very hop forward smell with citrus and fruit offerings. I also get the smell of raisins and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily residue left behind on the palate. Carbonation is light and allows the taste to slowly roll across the tongue and down the hatch coveting every minute of its splendor as it goes.

This is by far my favorite offering by Dogfish and one of the best DIPA’s I have ever had the chance to try…and try….and try again. The hops do not overwhelm the mouth with bitterness due to the perfect balancing of the caramel malts. This beer has the perfect taste and feel and after every sip leaves you longing for more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 17:36:34 | More by dsigmon
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vdubmatt

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours with a nice head and keeps great lacing. Has a perfect carbonation level and a beautiful deep copper color.

S- Hops, Hops, and more Hops. Obviously, the hops are the lead in this play. One of the most delightful smelling beers I have had the pleasure of smelling. Mostly a piney and citrus smell.

T- An absolute wonder. Truly deserving of the title "America's Best IPA". Perfectly balanced in my opinion. The malt is well balanced with the strong hoppiness. There is a strong bitter aftertaste, but I find it to be just right.

M- Nice and smooth, with a slightly sticky syrupy-ness.

D- Very drinkable for a 9.0% beer. It really hides the alcohol well.

All in all, one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 00:44:14 | More by vdubmatt
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Downgraded" to this beer after trying to have one of the 120 Minute IPA's. It was a lot better in my opinion, and quite drinkable. The color was a little bit darker than a typical IPA, and much hoppier on the nose. The taste was very fresh.. lots of hops and malted barley, with a well-balanced amount of alcohol. This is one that I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 17:59:15 | More by alysmith4
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MyGoodness

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta love DFH. I think they're really a great company with a lot of awesome brews out there. Anyway, this 90 min IPA has a lovely honey colour and a great big creamy head. Quite lovely to look at. The smell is interesting; you definitely get the citrus scent but then there's also a whiff of something floral. The taste is nice- it's somehow bitter and tart-fruity, but sweet at the same time. A little bit of that citrus smell comes in as a final bite at the end, which was actually very nice. Fairly carbonated without being too fizzy. The mouthfeel was just alright, nothing to complain about but not particulary wonderful either, smooth but strangely oily (as someone else said earlier). Overall I thought it was great and I would absolutely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 04:52:03 | More by MyGoodness
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on 06/14/07.

"What you have here is an Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90-minute hop addition. It's balanced by a ridiculous amount of english two-row Barley. Then we dry-hop it in every tank."

a: Slightly hazy yellowish gold body with white head.

s: Hops, loads of hops. Sweet, floral, citrusy hops.

t: Excellent hop flavor with a nice sweet caramel malt profile providing balance.
Citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit notes. Balance is excellent.

m: Syrupy texture, a bit oily. Good carbonation.

d: Very high given the insane amount of hops and high alcohol content.
One of, if not the best DIPA I've had.
Love the balance, love the brew, love the brewery.
Another great one from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 01:55:29 | More by BradLikesBrew
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TheTrevor

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a copper color with a big fluffy three-finger head. The smell is sweet with a large presence of floral and citrusy hops. The taste is very sweet with a large amount of citrus up front with some alcohol in the middle and a very lemon-rindy bit of a bite towards the end. The sweetness is really balanced out by the bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little thick with a mid-level of carbonation. I didn't have any difficulty drinking this beer, but I doubt I'd reach for another one right away. Overall, an extremely pleasant beer that I'll have to pick up again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 21:34:40 | More by TheTrevor
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shadow1961

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA pours A big stiff head over a cloudy
honey colored brew. The nose is fruity malt and floral hops. The flavor is
big sweet, boozy, fruity malt up front with a surprisingly restrained herbal
hop finish. Mouthfeel is big, round, chewy, and smooth. I like how Dogfish
Head's IPAs (so far) have had completely different characters- this one is
more like an extremely alcoholic strong herbal tea than the taste-bud killing
hop monster you might expect. They clearly understand that the smell wafting
up to your nose is as important as the taste. And at 9% alcohol by volume, it's
a good one to lay a supply of in, while we all wait out the coming hop shortage.
If you're lucky enough to live in a state (or close by) a state that sells Dogfish
Head, you'd best buy a case or two and stash it in your basement- it'll keep.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 07:42:11 | More by shadow1961
90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 11,684 ratings.