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90 Minute IPA

It’s rare to find Dogfish Head beers around here, so when I came across their 90 Minute IPA recently, you’d better believe I was all over it.

90 Minute IPA is an Imperial IPA that weighs in at 9% alcohol by volume, and the name reflects a Dogfish innovation: the wort boil last for 90 minutes and the hops are added continuously during that time, rather than all at once at the beginning. A continuous hopping like this goes a long way toward giving the beer its essential hop character without the enormous bitterness that dumping them all in at the beginning would give.

Appearance: Nice clear copper orange, with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell: Hops, but not as sharply as I’d expected. Very nice floral scent. Sweet caramel-toffee malt. A hint of its alcohol strength.

Taste: Hops are the first blast on the tongue—syrupy and herbal, a slight woodiness but not harsh. Nicely bitter. Malt is molasses-sweet (not cloying) with none of the dark flavors (of molasses)… it balances well with the higher alcohol strength. Very well-balanced and tasty and strong.

Mouthfeel: Nice and firm, not chewy but thick like a syrup. Alcohol is prickly-strong.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores 91 out of 100, with 98% approval from reviewers. On RateBeer, it scores 4.07 out of 5 and is in their 99th percentile.