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90 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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90 Minute IPA90 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Photo of ski271
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: the orange side amber with a medium-sized, slightly off-white, creamy head that diminished rapidly down to a stubborn film. Attractive rings of lacing half way down.

Smell: All about the hops... well almost all. A wonderful leafy hop aroma, citrus and pine. Also a hint of clove in there.

Taste: Again the hops are most noteworthy (what did you expect, it’s a Double IPA, duh!). Wonderful big hop flavor, thick with hop oils and grapefruit... But there’s a nice malt backbone that shows itself in the middle (along with a touch of honey) but then gets overtaken again by the hops on the long, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily to dry texture, soft carbonation

Drinkability: Hop heads will get there fix here! Marvelously bitey. Anymore kick to it and I think it would detract from the overall experience by wearing out your taste buds. Excellent beer that I recommend to all beer lovers that like the hoppy stuff.

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Photo of HogHill
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this single 12oz. bottle into my Stone IPA glass. It is amber and is very transparent, a little bit of off white froth makes up the head.
The aroma is Alpha acids up the yin yang, err my nose-yang.
This tastes heavily of hops obviously! Like a carbonated pine tree tea with some grapefruit squeezed in. The high ABV warm this one up on the finish.
Feels bubbly a good dose of carbonation / medium bodied on the tongue. I'm all set after about one of these because they are so rich (in hops) and intense. I like my IPAs a little less in your palette, and a little bit lower in ABV. This is more of a treat, kinda like a candy apple.

Overall: I enjoyed this DFH beer as they put quality and interesting brews, but by no means is it my favorite IPA. I prefer the 60 minute, and for now will stay away from the 120.

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Photo of PhillyMonk
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're into hoppy IPAs, you won't be disappointed with this brew. Pours amber with a 1/2 inch or so of creamy white head, and smells exactly like it should: clean, fresh, and hoppy. Slight malty taste at first, but is quickly overwhelmed by smooth hoppy bitterness. Fresh, bitter aftertaste lingers for some time, so you can truly sip this beer over some time. Although alcohol content is high, it is well-masked by this beer's flavor.

This beer is a nice treat if you're a fan of hoppy IPAs/"double IPAs" and don't mind shelling out $9 for four of them once in a while. Definitely a step up from the "60-minute" version.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is some thick hop juice.

Pours a lovely amber/red color with a 1 finger head. Good lacing on this one. Aroma is citruisy and hoppy. Taste is in your face hops. Wow. It is slightly balanced with some malt presence, but it's more leaning toward the hops for sure. Mouthfeel is slightly thick for style. This is a good one, prehaps the best american example of a DIPA.

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Photo of EPseja
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first few pints from a fresh keg at Firewaters in Hackensack, NJ.

Appearance: Copper gold, completely clear. Frothy, marshmallowy head that clings for dear life to the glass throughout the pint. Beautiful presentation.

Smell: Everything wonderful about hops is contained in the bold nose of this beer! Summer orange blossoms, grapefruity citrus, rugged pine undertones; sweet and inviting. Big time west coast flair. The only "bad thing" about this beer's scent is the fact that it keeps me from taking a sip because I can't stop smelling it! I do not hand out 5s lightly, but this beer deserves it for this category.

Taste: If hops could be concentrated and squeezed to produce a sweet nectar, this is what you'd get. Sweet and citrusy up front, round and syrupy in the middle without being thick. Slight clover honey. Flowers. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth with a rolling sea-foamy feel like an ocean wave retreating from the beach.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. The sweetness isn't cloying. The hoppiness isn't bitter. Every sip leaves you wanting another - if you can quit smelling it and get your nose out of the glass!

My quote of the lunchtime tasting session: "It's like getting flogged with a cat o' nine tails tipped with hops."

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a murky, dirty orange. Nice head with a tan/cream colour and nice density.

Beautiful fruity citrus aroma of hops. Fresh and ripe.

My first impression is that the aste is a little dull and quite a disapointment compared to the appearance and aroma. Malt is much more present in the taste than the aromas. Has a little bit of an alcohol burn. A few more sips and I can appreciate the taste. A very nice tasting beer, the hops are well balanced with the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is harsh and acidic, with the hops giving the beer its bite.
Great session beer IMO. Refreshing and tasty, not at all heavy.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Woooo, this poured like liquid autumn sunshine. Minimal head, but it was still a beauty to behold. I think I could smell this for ages, but I'd need to consult a chiropractor from bending my head so much. Unfortunately, the taste for me left a little to be desired. It's very bitter and hoppy, which is good, but there's a strange aftertaste that reminds me of corn chips. A shame because I love looking at it and smelling it. The smell really makes me feel like I'm in for a treat. One is enough for me, with that weird aftertaste I couldn't stomach another. I will, however, revisit this sometime in the future just to make sure.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange pour with a huge initial white head that required some biding of my time before completing the transfer. Clear with no haze and a good cropping of bubbles traversing through to the surface. Full surface area white head remains perched atop the drank. Random mountain peaks of lace akin to dancing flames lick the edges of the glass.

The smell, a very earthy and freshly harvested mix of citus and pines. Grapefruit, pine sap, and grass lead the charge. Floral and mouthwatering inspiring anticipatory drool. Nary a foreshadowing of alcohol content. In my opinion there is nothing better than the smell of a good IPA. Real and tangible unambiguous scents persist in their full glory. Nothing to decipher here. Upfront and delicious smelling.

The taste is yet another thing of beauty. Perfect amounts of dryness and acidic fruit qualities interplay to produce a flavor that is so balanced and heavenly. Just the right amount of sweetness. There is no presence here that even comes close to being offensive. This flavor is simply unapproachable by the attempts of less fortunate brews and far surpasses the abilities of even the most worthy of opponents. Even the belches are edible and delightful. I could drink myself into a coma and be lain at the doorstep of death on this stuff; only to wake up and pour out another. This one belongs right next to another favorite of mine and shall henceforth be revered as a truly great piece of work. This makes me wonder if the 120 minute will be far more than just a journey into alcoholic debauchery. Gotta try it. Nice job Dogfish Head. This is one bad ass mofo. Delight...

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Photo of pootz
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An instant classic. bottled: a hazed orange gold ale with a miraculous frothy cap that stays...great lacing... the nose fills with grapefruit and pine over a sweet cooky dough aroma. Marvelous mouth feel...oily with the malts so dense they are syrupy/viscous...all the time balanced by the marvelous citrus-pine hops which turn only slightly bitter in the long finish...a masterful effort...an ale full of malt body and taste in balance with luscious citrus hopping.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dear God. Hops.

This is one of the finest - if not THE finest - American brewed IPA I think I've ever had - and I've had the 120 minute IPA from Dogfish Head.

Yeah yeah, it's got a crystal-clear light golden amber color, yeah, yeah light head with lacy strands along the side. Let's get to the smell....

Hops! Hops! Oh the humanity! I could almost sit with my nose in this glass all day ... almost.

The first sip is bursting with floral hop flavor. None of the overbitter aftertaste that many IPAs suffer from. This one mellows into a wonderful bright and warm sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little deceiving becaus it's lightly syrupy and smooth, but the beer doesn't have an overly sweet character.

All around a great IPA. Just fantastic.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Bones in Somerville, MA.
I have had this brew in its 4 pack before and thought it was a hop bomb...amazing how things have changed in just over a year.
Pours a golden orange color, surprisingly clear...I was expecting a very cloudy look for the amount of hops.
Aroma is very pleasant...citrus (oranges mainly) hops dominate the nose w/ just a faint touch of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet, almost too much at first. The pallet adjusts quickly and due to the fact that this beer is quite thin, it is not overbearing.
I really enjoy its flavor, but again...I am quite surprised at how mellow this offering has become.
Drinkability is decent...although there are other doubles I would prefer, as this one has almost no bitterness and the carbonation is too low.
Alcohol is very well hidden...Dogfish does a great job of masking their alcohol.
Overall, a good brew...looks like I will need the 120 to be truly impressed.

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Photo of nriech
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have only ever had this on tap locally here. Great aroma! The hoppiness is an acquired taste but well worth learning to savor the flavor here. Doesnt particuarly taste like a high alcohol beer. Personally the aftertaste could be a little less sour so I enjoy this beer with some strong flavored foods.

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Photo of palma
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber golden color, creating a small to medium size head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Rings sticking to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is citrus, hoppy, but also a little odd. I always smell a kind of saltiness with all dogfish head IPA's. Don’t know what that’s about but it seems to be a signature dogfish IPA aroma.

Taste is dominated by hops upfront. Middle comes a blast of flavor kind of like sweet and sour. Big piney hops quickly followed by a flavorful caramel, crystal malt flavor. This all happens before the swallow. It’s pretty surprising actually; just amazing how much is going on here. Then a different, more of a mellow, but very sweet malty aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of stickiness. Have to expect this due to all the hops.

This is a DIPA with great complexity, which is something hard to achieve in a beer with such a strong hop character.

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Photo of bensiff
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a deep murky golden color with a nice effervescence this beer lives up to its reputation.

The hop is there in force dominating smell and taste as any double IPA should. However, where so many of the style have tried and failed, Dogfish has taken this high gravity beer into the realm of beautiful balance between malt and hop without losing hop focus.

If you are a hophead I would stay with the Ruination, but for the aspiring hophead this is an outstanding way to get your taste buds wet. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this liquid investment.

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Photo of Wonka
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz.

Appearance – orange-yellow body; sturdy white head; terraced lace

Smell – a bit of grapefruit and a bit of pine; big hops; light spice; this is some exciting stuff

Taste – hops…bam…give me another…hops…bam! A sense of malt shows up early and its pushed out the door. Hops rush in. There’s a good dose of grapefruit-like bitterness along with pine; an insertion of alcohol elbows in

Mouthfeel – initially big oil and solid creamy feel then there’s a pleasant and light prickly crisp shot followed by a slight oily and a bit dry sensation; this is a wild ride; the next ticket is sought

Drinkability – the tinge of alcohol and army of hops causes me to back off a bit, but its so tremendously drinkable; packs a punch late

Here is a truly amazing product. This is my favorite IPA to this point.

Reviewed on 8-14-05
Toasty malts hold on much better throughout. Incredible. Bump the taste to 5.

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Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading so many raves about this beer here, I was really excited when I saw it in stock at my local Whole Foods.

It looks really good. Nice and deep gold color with a lovely head. The smell is hoppy with malt and alcohol notes. Not quite as hoppy as I'd like, though. The bottle notes that the beer is dry-hopped, which makes everything better.

The taste is very good. It's nice and bitter with lots of warmth from the high ABV. I love hoppy, bitter beers and this is a great example.

The body is slick, most likely thanks to the alcohol.

This is a more approachable American Double IPA than my favorite, Rogue's I2PA. And I hate to bring cost into this, but 90 Minute is a lot more affordable than Rogue's I2PA.

This is a very good beer and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of longarm
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring amber and crystal clear, I'm surprised that this beer has the head retention that I'm seeing. It's 9% abv, but the lacing is still exceptional.

Aroma is subtle having elements of pineapple (weird), but not a lot of malt or aromatic sweetness.

The balance of flavors is stunning. It's hard for me to not be biased, since this is a favorite style of mine. That being said, this beer is a mastered balance of malt, caramel, and several types of hops interweaving to keep the beer interestingly sweet, yet bitter enough for repeated sips. A final hit of piney-pineapple hops disappears as quickly as it appears, cleansing the palate and leaving me begging for more.


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Photo of BeerFink
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with about a finger of head composed of tightly night bubbles. The aroma is a wonderful floral hops bouqet, with some spice to it. There are hints of pine in the nose as well. The taste is damn bold. Starts off smooth (the malt only makes its presence known for a short while) then quickly is overtaken by hop boldness. The hops come in with some citrous then turn sharp and piney. No malts are detected after the initial smoothness. Some fruity flavors crop up to add to the complexity. The mouthfeel is big and sharp. The hops really throw your taste buds for a loop. The hop oil stays with you in a bitter citrous aftertaste. The alcohol presence is somewhat pronounced in the finish, warming your mouth and other parts of your digestive system. Although the alcohol is definitely there in the taste, it is not overwhelming and does not detract from the drinkability at all. Brews like this are turning me into a hop-head.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a fine creamy white head that lasts through the entire glass and leaves some lacing.

Its aroma is some spicy floral piney hops at first. It kind of devolves into a peppery leather smell though that isn't very appealing.

The flavor is sweet melon and some pepper up front. I don't get much hop flavor, but it does have a good lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very smooth.

Overall, I found this to be underwhelming. It's a pretty average IPA and didn't live up to the high expectations (or price).

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a nice copper color with about a two-finger thick head. Retention was excellent, as the head stayed with the beer the whole time I drank it. The smell was a very pungent aroma of hops with a slightly alcohol-y scent to it.

Tasting: If this beer were slightly more balanced, it would be a 4.5. Though this was tasty, I felt that the hops overwhelmed the palate. It had a slightly fruity aftertaste to it, but not much. The higher alcohol content of this beer also made it "burn" a little bit more on the tongue. This makes it a less-drinkable beer (unless you want to get drunk really fast).

I definitely recommend this beer if you like the style. Those who aren't as big into hop flavoring won't like it as much.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.22/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Recently had a pint on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. A deep dark golden color that had about a half-finger head when it got to me and left very little lacing as I drank it.

Smell was hoppy and floral. Definite smell of alcohol up front. Inticing to be sure.

Taste left something to be dessired. Very prominate alcohol and hops galore. I like high alcohol beers but it seemed to get in the way with this beer. It was so much so that it took a good deal of focus from the other flavors and hop bitterness that was trying hard to get through but was masked by the alcohol. Compared to another Double IPA: Victory Hop Wallop, this simply wasn't all there and had serious balance issues.

Moderate/Heavy on the palate. Bit of a cough syrup consitancy.

Again, the alcohol took away from the drinkability as well as the fact it was poorly balanced. I'll stick to victory double IPA before revisiting this.

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Photo of IrishMike
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2004 and purchased from my local liquor store at $8.99 for a four pack.

Appearance- Pours a light copper with plenty of carbonation fizzing up from the bottom of the glass. Nice 1 inch head that holds its own very well; excellent lacing. Decent head retention, usually subsiding into large pools on the top after quite a bit of waiting.

smell- Citrusy and grassy, but still surprisingly mild considering the style at hand here. A bit of pine, and almost a sharp cheddar quality to it.

Taste- Slick and powerful, with that cheddar and pine quality pushing itself through a suprisingly malty character that seems out of place, but certainly not unwanted, in a double IPA. Has a mellow sweetness to it, nicely balancing out the hops that still make up the majority of the taste in this brew. These two qualities come together to give it the typical flavor of hops but without the bitterness that is usually associated with them. Alcohol is well hidden here; detectable, but not easily picked up either. Closes the show with a grassy and mildly smoky finish. No abusive hops, just nice and clean.

Mouthfeel- it's been said before, and it's certainly a fact; this beer has an oily consistancy about it in the mouth. No bitter aftertaste, just a nice hop linger that stays and stays....

Drinkability- I've been known to down quite a few of these at any given time, thanks to it's well balanced nature and clean finish. The only thing that may detract from this is the fact that is it fairly sweet on the palate.

ProfessorMalt summed it up best with the statement that this is not a "one-dimensional" brew as is the case with a lot of double IPA's. Plenty of malt and a hint of sweetness balances this out, making it more than just a merely over-hopped beer (which unfortunetly seems to crop up a lot in this style), with quite a bit of complexity as well. Is it as great as the fuss makes it out to be? I myself am not one to listen to hype, as it tends to set people up for disapointment. Plus, it's not your typical beer of the style, so hop lovers may be a bit put-off by the experience here. I myself always have and will continue to love this beer to this very day, and i back it up with my fullest recommendation. Excellent.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice bright golden amber color, not a lot of head. Laces the glass. Scent is obviously very hoppy, but that's not all. There's a nice floral scent and a warm sweet almost salty sea water scent. Weird. Taste is much the same, with a great hop buquet full of piney, citrusy, floral hops and a nice fruity sweet malty alcohol finish. Great smooth mouthfeel makes this beer a real pleasure to drink. A great unique take on the IPA style from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive. This is the first brew I have tried from Dogfish Head, whom I've heard a lot of good things. This is an excellent beer. It poured a nice brown color, just a shade or two lighter than the bottle itself. Next came the bountiful, thick, frothy head which was a very light tan.

The smell is of bountiful floral hops with maybe a slight citrus character. The taste is great. Honestly, the taste is so good it wouldnt matter to me what this beer looked or smelled like... it tastes truly magnificent. Citrusy and loaded with hops. The mouthfeel is also quite impressive, somewhat thick and almost heavy-bodied, but very smooth for being a 9.0% beer.

Great beer here, I would recommend it to any IPA lover. I only wish it was easier to find.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

for an ipa of this magnitude, its insane drinkability makes it the forerunner in this category. i mean, versus hop wallop? versus i2pa? this beer is the mother of all american hop brews.

aroma is strong toasted hops with a fruit basket in the background.. sweetness and spice. looks great too.. golden brown with a respectable head dwindling down but leaving a nice lace.

tastes great! hops with butterscotch and licorice. typical ipa tastes, but a little more sweetness and a little more alcohol bite.. if i have any criticism of this beer, it's the alcohol bite. the sweet, light taste profile should only exist when the alcohol is more hidden. bitterness in the finish is minimal.

this beer is a staple for the fridge, more for my girlfriend.. but every now and then i steal the sixth one to stir the pot.

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90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 3,815 ratings.