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Review: Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Posted by ebrius on October 7, 2008

For my first review, I’ll be looking at beer from a brewery known by most hopheads, Dogfish Head. Dogfish Head has three different IPAs that they release on a regular basis, 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute. For this review, I will be looking at their 90 Minute IPA.90 Minute falls somewhere between 60 Minute and 120 Minute (go figure right?) and, in my opinion, is a perfect balance between the two. It has drinkability close to 60 Minute, but if you look hard enough, you can pick up hop and malt characteristics similar to 120 Minute.

Dogfish Head’s website lists 90 Minute as having an IBU of 90 and an ABV of 9%. Although it’s not listed, I’d guess its SRM falls around 12.

First, appearance: This beer has a nice clean pour with a deep amber color and very little head that quickly dissipates.

Next, aroma: Both malty and hoppy, it has hints of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, but there is also a malty smell there as well, I’d guess from a Crystal 80 or so. Overall, this beer is very pleasant and balanced.

Now, the most important part, taste: This beer is very full flavored and rich. It is not as bitter as one might expect from a beer listed at 90 IBUs, but this is not a bad thing. The balance of the malt and hops allows the finer flavors of both to come out. It finishes with a malty finish that anyone who has tried a 120 minute will recognize immediately. But in this beer the malty taste is more of a background flavor, which I think is much more preferable in an IPA

Lastly, mouth feel: Light carbonation that is slightly chewy. This is definitely not a beer that one could drink 6 of in an hour, but it is still very drinkable.

Overall, I would give this beer a 9/10. I honestly don’t believe that Dogfish Head could improve on this beer, except maybe lower the price.

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