Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Location: Milton, DE
Style: IPA
Brewery Website
Rating: A+

We're saving the best for last for our IPA Extravaganza on Critical Tastings. The 90-Minute IPA from Dogfish Head is the big brother of their 60 Minute IPA, and is brewed with 90 minutes of continuous additions of hops during the boil. The 90 Minute IPA is golden amber-red in color. It pours with a huge, golden, foamy head. The nose is dominated by a big, fruity hop-citrus aroma, along with a hint of sweet, bready malt.

The 90-Minute IPA has bitter hops up front on the palate along with a sweet cereal note from the malt. The hops flavors are led by citrus (orange peel being the most notable citrus flavor), along with some floral and herbal hops notes. While the hops steals the show in this beer, the sweet malt plays a nice counterpoint and helps open up a variety of complex flavors. There are flavors of caramel and whiskey. In addition there are notes of wine, oak, earth, and salt along with a faint minerality. There is a long, hoppy finish with citrus and bitter hops over a background of sweet maltiness. The 90 Minute IPA has a medium body that stands up to its big, complex flavor.

Dogfish Head has another winner on their hands with their 90-Minute IPA. There is a powerful hops flavor that is assertive without being overpowering. The malt and alcohol are present in just the right balance to open up a higher level of complexity without detracting from the hops. The Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is everything I want in an IPA and then some.

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