Dogfish Head Craft Brewery- 90 Minute Imperial IPA: Like A Perfectly Choreographed Fight Scene Where Nobody Wins Except You
After trying Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA, I figured that my next obvious progression would be to try the 90 Minute Imperial IPA. Yes, I am still on my IPA kick as well as the fact that Wes texted to tell me he was trying one as well. So I went to the garage to grab me a 90 Minute Imperial IPA, my favorite tasting glass, my tasting note pad and my trusty writing utensil.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery classifies this brew as an Imperial IPA and their website describes 90 Minute Imperial IPA as “Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA, "perhaps the best I.P.A. in America." An Imperial I.P.A. brewed to be savored from a snifter. A big beer with a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate.
90 Minute IPA was our first continually-hopped beer, which is a method of hopping that allows for a pungent, but not crushing hop flavor. Since introducing the world to the continual-hopping method with our 90 Minute IPA, we've since released a continually-hopped 60 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and even a 75 Minute IPA (a cask-conditioned blend of 60 & 90 Minute IPAs).
In addition to the continual-hopping 90 Minute IPA receives during the boil, we also utilize our 'Me So Hoppy' device to dry-hop the beer during conditioning.” I highly recommend checking out the video on the brewery’s 90 Minute Imperial IPA page to check out the explanation of exactly how the beer is created…it’s worth the watch.
This beer pours an amber/orange color with a light cream colored 1” head with a harmonious blend of hop/malt aromas and it a stout 9% ABV.
Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute Imperial IPA’s flavor reminds me of what a groom thinks as he is participating in his “first dance” at his wedding reception. His thoughts are a fine balance of “I finally landed my dream girl” & “Is this my dream girl?” The thoughts are so balanced that they keep him from running out of the reception screaming. I can understand why Esquire might claim this as the best IPA in America but to me it’s not quite as good as their 60 Minute IPA. This is a really good IPA and I recommend that you head out and pick up a four pack and try it for yourself.
Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy A Twelve Pack