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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Double IPA is rich honey amber in color with aggressive hopping balancing a robust flavor profile packing 9.5% alcohol by volume. Citrus, apricot and piney aromas lead in to a malty well hopped body and the beer finishes with a dry bitter end. The body of 60 Minute IPA, the alcohol of 90 Minute IPA, and the hops of 120 Minute IPA.

Not for the faint of heart.

Added by stakem on 09-06-2010

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE

A tasty IPA, available only at the brewpub, and surprisingly distinct from the other IPAs that Dogfish Head has to offer. Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange with a thin head and some carbonation. American IPA hoppiness in the nose with some citrus coming through. Smooth citrus hops in the taste, a little sugary, but more of a hop bitterness overall, with some pine notes. Light-medium mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub - review from notes

Pours a completely clouded burnt orange with some copper tones. Very thin head with almost no retention but plenty of patchy, streaky lacing left on the pint glass while drinking.

Strong malted nose with brown sugar, caramel, and honey. Light pine hoppiness towards the back end as well.

Bitter juicy hops up front with some lighter citrus flavor. Bold malt backbone with caramel, burnt sugar, and some honey sweetness. Slight boozy warmth towards the finish with tingly bitter hops and a last flair of sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and a bit heavy on the palate. Drinks nicely, alcohol is masked pretty well considering its 9.5%. I would have liked to see more of a hop presence and less sweetness though.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DFH poured into snifter glass. The ale pours straight up amber clear with a nice white head. The aroma is sweet, hoppy, and smooth with no bite and light citrus notes. The flavor is definitley less syrupy sweet than the 90 and 120 but has the hops perfeclty settling on the palate with no bite. The description between the 60, 90, and 120 is perfectly blended and described to create a superior tapped IPA. Very pleased with this beer!

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the DFH Ale House in Fairfax VA.
It pours a hazy dark-red orange color, with a small white head that had little retention and mild lacing.
Aroma is pretty strong with citric, juicy hops and honey malt.
Taste follows nose somewhat with citric, piney and juicy hops backed by honey sweet caramel malt. A little grassy finish and very low bitterness.
The medium body hides well the abv. Carbonation is high.
Overall a nice Imperial ipa with good malt backbone, but I still think 90 min is better.

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2.84/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazed amber, one finger thick white head that had good retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T/M - I find this to be extremely similar to the 90 Minute. Has the same overly dominant, unbalanced raisin/plum/dark fruit malt content, extremely sweet, with a slightly lighter body, and perhaps a bit more hops. I did find the alcohol to be much less prominent in this beer, though.

D - I like this beer more as a 'Strong Ale' than a DIPA. I just find the malts way too heavy, sweet and unbalanced for the style.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mix of the 60, 90, and 120 minute ipa's

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber color with a small eggshell colored head into a pint glass. Retention is ok

S: Wow, really nice aroma...citrusy hops from the 60, sugar/alcohol/tons of hops from the 120, and a nice firm malt base from the 90. Seemingly balanced but maybe a little sweet

T: A solid sugary sweetness and hoppiness from the 120 (apparently the batch that was to be dumped for being too sweet), malts to balance, and a citrusy/earthy hop bill to follow

MF/D: Full in body for sure, carbonation is smooth, the finish is sugary/citrusy hops.

Notes: I much prefer this to the 60, 90, or 120. Really wish this will be bottled, definitely a "normal" DFH beer

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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth.

A: Beer was served in a pint glass. Have amber/orange in color with about one finger of off white head. Good retention and very nice sheets of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of fresh hops on this beer. Very fruity/citrusy, very floral as well. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Also get a little hint of pine as well.

T: As expected, very hop forward. Slightly bitter, but not overly so. The hop flavor is complex having both floral/fruity components and some pine. There is a nice malt sweetness to balance it as well.

M/D: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Extremely drinkable, the 9.5% is hidden very well. Overall, very happy to have tried this one. Like its description, it does have some features of 60, 90, and 120 minute in it.

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