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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

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 Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique experience from beginning throughout. Citrus aroma. Dark orange color. Bit of lace for attractiveness. Hop attack on tongue and bitterness on palate. Unique mellower finish, after all those bubbles. Very drinkable.
Resampled in March 2005 same ranking, more pine aroma.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's nice to see that I'm a member of the flock here....no question about this one...a winner. I hate to simply be a member of the loud majority here but there's no getting around it for this one.

Nice honey color with white head. Lovely fresh flower nose with a pleasant hop character.

Wonderful hop balance with assertive and pleasant flavors of fruit and malt. Undertones of sweet malt in back palate.

Actually a beer big on hops but with nice balance, flavors and fruit and malt characteristics; quite complex and very attractive.

Clean, crisp hop/malt finish. An all around winner.

9% abv. This is 1 of 21 DFH beers tasted 6/13/09 in Los Angeles.

Pours a dark honey color. Assertive fruit and chocolate nose.

Full, rich mouthfeel with big flavors. Big full sweet malt and carmel flavors with a big full carmel-malt and bitter hop finish that lingers.

A serious IPA big in all respects. Full of character, style, richness and flavors and a wonderful whiskey finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear pale honey with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to an oily cap. There are a few sticky rings of lacing.

S - Smells of pine hops, hints of coffee/espresso, and an alcohol sharpness.

T - Pine hops are dominant at the beginning with a toasty coffee essence that comes next. There is a sweet aftertaste on the finish.

S - This one was somewhat flat. Beer was creamy but I think this was more due to the flatness.

D - This beer is OK but I was expecting more from it. I might have gotten a bad bottle (I purchased a single). I don't think that I would try this one again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2 finger thick foam head. Lots of lace. Light amber with straw and crimson hues.

S: Sweet citrus, grapefruit. Sweet malt and some spice.

T: Few beers have the same complexity that is so well demarcated from the front end, middle to finish as this beer. Up front sweet malt/caramel. This transfers to citrus, mostly pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes with mild pine and hop bitterness leaving a sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I am not surre if the taste could get any better honestly. This has to be the best tasting beer I have had.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

how have I never reviewed the 90? this was an old standby for a number of years when I was back east, but I guess the Colorado market has got me distracted. picked up my first 4 pack in ages, and I just love it. almost forgot how good it is. pours a perfectly clear radiant copper color, lighter than that really, but not red enough to be amber, like medium maple syrup. the head is a few inches at first, but relaxes to just a quarter inch of white lace, although its easily fired back up with a shake of the glass. nose is sweeter resinous hops, bits of pine, and sticky dankness like fine bud. American light toasted malt as well, with a touch of alcohol for good measure. flavor is hop heavy, but again the sweeter rather than the bitter. I get some malt sweetness too, but most of it comes from the hops, oily as hell. just enough grain to balance it out. long finish, alcohol is barely present. I could stand a little more carbonation on this, but its not flat, its just personal preference for me. feels a touch heavy in that way, but its more so when its warmer. ice cold its epic, just doesn't drink too fast. fuller bodied, I think a 4 pack is the exactly correct dose on this. one of the pioneering big india pales, still up to snuff.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So freaking good! This IPA doesn't mess around. The brew is a deep copper color with an intense hop aroma that is unrelenting from start to finish. The flavors are so refreshing, Citrus, Pine, amongst many other types of bitter flavors just flooding this beer. The hop flavors are fresh and juicy, which make this such a treat to drink. The head doesn't stick around for a long while but it does have a nice lacing down the glass with every sip you take. There is no mistake that this beer is truly a gem. I must try for any hophead!

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose; hints of caramel malts are also evident.
T: A strong amount of bitterness from the hops really stands out in the overall taste, although this is balanced to some degree by the underlying malts so it isn't overpowering. The finish is rather bitter and some hints of alcohol are present in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: For the most part, the alcohol is well masked, which makes this beer not that difficult to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers out there. Understand why it's about the best IPA in America.

Aroma: Fruits abound everywhere. Citrus fruits, dark fruits, spicy fruits. Definate bittering hops and added spices consequently. Mouth watering to tge smell. Mild tones of ethynol for a high alcoholic beer.

Appearance: Deep coppers, oranges, rust, and browns. Just off from clear (always makes things interesting). Nice off white head rose to about and inch and remained. Medium dense head that laced well. Also a nice cling to the glass as I swirled it around.

Taste: An aggressive blend of malts and hops. Very powering imediately. Malts pick up a lot of caramels, coconuts, other nuts, hints of brown sugar and deep fruits (figs?). Spiced up from multiple varieties of hops--fused well into the malts. Full and rich through the body, releasing multiple flavors as it crosses the palate. Picking up the bittering hops, spices, and citrus at it travels. Finishes full and moist. Most definately alcoholic. Polishes the palate very well.

Aftertaste: delicate balance of lingering malts, hops, and spice. Also develops over the course of a few minutes. Not terribly dry for a 9%er.

Impression: A well balanced, well aged IIPA. Very complex and satisfying. There is a flavor in there for all beer lovers. One worth stocking the frige with.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear, bright amber with an inch of foam that ultimately settles into a thin ring.

Smell - Floral and honey-like. A bit boozy, but not unpleasantly so. Hints of pine and apricot.

Taste & mouthfeel - Malty and a bit estery at first; apricot and honey spring to mind with an undertone of toasted grain. The hops really round out the flavor, leaving notes of pine, citrus and pineapple on the tongue. Body is about medium and quite slick and oily on the palate. Hop bitterness is fairly mild in the finish, smooth and pleasant rather than biting.

Overall: A decent albeit very malty East Coast-style DIPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light/medium amber clear color with a fluffy egg white head; excellent lacing

Smell: The grapefruit hops is the first thing that hits you; take a deeper whiff and some other odors break through, such as pine, brandy and a bit of toffee

Taste: Although the hop profile is unmistakable, this is actually somewhat sweet; starts out with toffee and grapefruit; builds into a bit of brandy soaked raisins in the middle; in the finish, the hops return to close the deal, subsuming everything else other than a touch of sweet toffee on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for an IPA; syrupy and oily with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Wonderful brew, but I sure wouldn't want more than one; there is a lot going on and this beer demands that you pay attention to it

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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a Yoke's in the Tri-Cities, WA, last fall. I've been saving it for some reason, mostly because all my beer-drinking attention of late has been directed at the wonderful local seasonals. Now that we've got a cool, rainy day, at the beginning of August no less, time to let this dog out...

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper colour, with an inch of sticky, bubbly head, that takes a few minutes to disappear. Looks like a consummate IPA. The smell is very malty, with a background essence of citrus-aroma hops. A bit of heat in there too. The taste is very heavy on the sweet, molasses side, until the follow through on the finish, where the sides of my mouth perked up to the latent hop character in the balancing act that is this beer. I think the hops may have quieted down a fair bit in this bottle, which is over a year old, the majority of that time being in my fridge. Nonetheless, this is a big beer, which comes together fairly nicely overall, for its elevated alcohol. It definitely becomes nice and smooth once the constituent flavours have had a chance to mingle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a larger then average head with good retention. Aroma is very floral with some bitterness coming from the abundance of hops. Taste is a well balance between floral and sweet hops and bitter aftertaste. Body if bit thinner then expected but alcohol is well hidden. Great beer but not as well balances the Dreadnaught I had last week.

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle.

Into a fluted Ommegang glass, a good pour results in two fingers of foam and a convex puff that threatens to spill over. High-clarity reddish amber jewel tone.

Aroma is fairly subdued, a bit herbal and vegetal, with some underlying citrus like dried grapefruit rinds.

Lush mouthfeel, palate-coating and fully enveloping.That's really it's finest quality. Slightly sticky sweet. Strong and dry in the finish, a little spicy, more than a hint of the high abv. There's an underlying chalky & herbal aftertaste. The flavor has the obligatory pine and citrus, certainly full-flavored, but not pushing the envelope to me. It's huge and hoppy, but doesn't stand above the pack of other IIPA's out there.

2nd bottle: 10/07 bottling date, same review applies. 12/07

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate; I've heard this hyped up by reliable friends, but it's also me least favourite style.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - especially for the ABV. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Strong bittering hops are dominant. Little else trickles in. Moderate strength aroma. It's pleasant and welcome.

T: Bittering hops are pleasant and nice, but restrained enough to avoid destroying the flavour. The light barley base is nice and unobtrusive. It's decently built but rather simple. It's certainly well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours. Nicely complementary.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, and decently priced as an import to the opposite coast. I like it and would try it on draught, but it doesn't live up to the hype. That said, IPAs are me least favourite style but this one is nice.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see this beer got a lot of hype so I bought a single of it. I thought it was a good beer overall, but nothing too spectacular. I've had a handful of better tasting/more balanced DIPA's in my opinion but maybe its just me. Tastes very complex and isn't as hoppy as some other DIPA's out there which makes it a bit tougher in the drinkability department. Overall though it's much better than average, but I don't know about being an excellent beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a small, white head. Left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and sweet malt.

T - Most surprisingly it was not bitter at all. An outstanding smooth blend of subtle hop spiciness with a sweet roasted malt flavor. Just a great taste.

M - It was very crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Wow! This really is good. It is the first DIPA I've had that wasn't very bitter at all. My wife, who is not a fan of bitter, actually liked it, too.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darkened copper color, nearing a more bronze-ish hue. Plenty of lacing as it goes down and a good head to start.

S: Plenty of hops in this one, but the malt comes in strong with sweetness and fruit.

T: Sweet malt has definite presence to balance out the excessive amount of hops. The standard for an East Coast DIPA. Too bad it's a bad way to make what's supposed to be a hop-forward beer.

M: Big and creamy. Too sweet.

D: For this style, this is definitely quite drinkable. Pretty good beer all around.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange with a fluffy head that dissapates into a soapy like finsih,aroma is strong almost to strong hop/resin dominate it.Taste was harsh on first sip,ultra hop taste very resiny with a malty sweeter finish,this beer is not for the faint of heart a real hophead beer here.

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Photo of nickfl
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of very light brown foam that settles slowly and leaves very nice lace. The body is a beautiful, dark copper color with excellent clarity. This is one of those very rare beers that really impresses with its looks.

S - A nice, green aroma of citrus and pine hops with some mint and basil notes. A good dose of backing malt as well with sugary aromas of toast and carmel.

T - Lots of dense malt up front, carmel, brown sugar, and toffee. The hops quickly kick in as well with lots of pine and sweet (perhaps red) grapefruit. More toast in the middle with increasing sweetness and the beginnings of the hop bitterness. Finishes with lots of juicy hop flavor and increasing candy sugar like sweetness. The bitterness is capable of balancing the substantial malt, but only just barely. Lingering sweet orange hop character blends nicely with the toasty malt in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a really classic DIPA and I realize as I drink this bottle that it has been far too long since I had one. The hop intensity is really substantial; bold enough to stand with such classics as Two Hearted, and quite reminiscent of that beer in particular. Despite the big hops, the malt manages to dominate the beer with huge, but never cloying, quantities of toast and brown sugar. The highlight of the beer is, appropriately enough, in the long, lingering aftertaste and takes the form of a sweet, orange-caramel hop note that coats the mouth but never become old or offensive. This is a really wonderful beer, and one that proves that east coast brewers can make 'em just as well as anyone in California.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Poured lightly yielding 1/2 finger head. Slightly off-white. Color is a clear light copper gold. Good lace retention. Leaves some light splattered lace. Nothing to exciting.

Aroma: Very sharp floral hops. A lot lighter citrus than I would have expected. There is a burnt hops or a caramel blend going on here. Very light for 9% abv.

Taste: Very malty for a hop bomb. Citrusy, but sweet. Burnt caramel, like the smell. A lot of floral and earthy hops. Can't really taste the 9%. After the beer warms a bit, I taste some honey.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, but very smooth at the same time. Medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Leaves the typical hoppy aftertaste. A little booze comes through here. Very typical mouthfeel. Not to bad for a big DIPA.

OVerall, my bottle went quick. I could have easily drank more at 9%. I think it is a pretty solid DIPA, but nothing was very special here... and there really isn't anything wrong with that either.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, VA. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear copper amber with a thin brite-white head with fantastic retention. I mean this thing just continued to disperse all through my enjoyment of the glass and everytime I swirled the contents, a heavy finger of foam would fire up and leaves thick lacing behind. Very nice. The aroma is a heavy mix of pine, grapefruit citrus, rich sweet malts, and heat.

The taste is thick, sweet malts up front that give way to biting, piney hops and a flush of tart grapefruit juice. Finishes with a sticky mix of bitterness, sweetness, and warmth. The mouthfeel is rich, full, with a viscous feel at times. It wears it's 9% right out there on it's sleave but the alcohol never gets intrusive, only adding extra beef and warmth to the overall feel.

IMO, this is probably the best East Coast DIPA out there. Big with heavy hitting character that is well balanced, this is one to sit down with, sip, and savor. Just an overall great beer from Dogfish!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange rind, herbal, floral, pine, caramel, biscuit, mango, peach, toast, and earthiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, herbal, floral, caramel, toast, biscuit, peach, mango, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of smooth and spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, pine, peach, mango, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of pronounced caramel and toasty malt sweetness, with smoothly bitter hop flavors; very good flavor complexity and balance as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a pretty creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA. The English two row adds a nice unique dimension to the flavor profile; and it has a very smooth balance of hoppiness with the malt profile. Highly enjoyable, and I am glad I was able to get this really fresh for this re-review after not having had this one for a couple years.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle-conditioned IPA utilizing a single, constant 90 minute hop addition of Cascade, Columbus and Chinook. They originally did this by hooking and old "electric football" game above the kettle and adding hops to the top of it. As it vibrated, the hops were slowly shaken off the edge. Unfortunately, (since it makes such a great story and everyone has fond memories of electric football) it got sprayed with water and never ran again! Now they've got a slow moving auger. The 90 minute is available in bottle (and draft at the brewpub), but the 60 minute is draft only (update - 12 oz. bottles were added in March 2003!). It has an impressive hop aroma but I kind of expected more. The malt is very basic in flavor (not very caramelish), but rich with a good body. Thankfully, it's enough to handle the intense hop flavors. There's alot of yeast character including an apricot fruitiness. The alcohol is a bit on the high side but it may smooth out if aged. The bitterness is there. Really there. As one local beer writer said, "Feel the burn". Definitely on the edge!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass. (After pouring and tasting, I saw that the brewer recommends a snifter).

Crystal clear golden hue, with moderate off-white head. Head has average retention, although the ample carbonation makes for a long-lasting top coat.

This is an intensely hoppy beer with a very high IBU (90!). It has a readily detectable malt component, but only enough to slightly counter the hops, leaving a pronounced bitterness. Hop flavor starts piney and ends with grapefruit. Nice hoppy finish and aftertaste.

Aroma, is fresh and floral, with piney hops dominating.

High ABV is partially hidden.

An extreme beer for hop-heads only.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brightly polished tangerine-amber with honey colored accents, topped by a thick, creamy head of rich ivory that is tacky enough to stick around, seemingly indefinitely, and to leave an impressive lace legacy when it eventually departs.

Even though the brewery calls it an IPA, there's little doubt that 90 Minute is a DIPA and a good one. The nose is full of bright, brassy citric hops with a sweet caramel maltiness swirled into the mix. Specific fruits include orange, grapefruit and apricot.

This is definitely powerful stuff. Some breweries create DIPAs with a relative emphasis on malt so that there's as much caramel flavor as hoppiness. Others place a relative emphasis on hops in order to produce a tongue-shredding, bitter, explosive hop monster. This beer looks like the latter, but tastes like the former. Trouble is, I prefer the latter.

There's still a lot to like here. The flavor profile is an amalgam of melted caramel, fermented pine sap, concentrated essence of oily citrus peel and alcohol. The alcohol masking--like a few other DFH beers that I've had--is more like those small black 'eye masks' than a full-faced Godzilla mask. That is, it's not that hard to appreciate what's underneath.

Maybe this is an old bottle (although I don't believe that it is) and the hops have softened too much. Running it through Randall the Enamel Animal should fix it right up, but I don't have one handy at the moment. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is still good-very good beer, but it doesn't quite crack my upper tier.

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