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Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA (198 of 1001)

Rating: 4.85

At long last I finally managed to get my hands upon a bottle of beer from the Dogfish Head brewery, it only took a family member going on a trip to Virginia and Washington D.C. to bring two of their beers back to the UK. This one, their 90 Minute IPA , alongside Midas Touch were the beers I received as a gift a month or so ago but it was this one that I was most looking forward to trying after having heard nothing but good things about it. It is one of the beers that features in the 1001 beers list and as such will be the 198th beer from the list I will have tried, bringing be close to the next big milestone. If this one is half as good as I hope it will be then we’re on to a winner. The fact that it was one of the first beers to be continually hopped for the entire 90 minutes of the boil means it should be loaded with flavour as well so it’s one I’m really looking forward to trying now I finally have a bottle.
Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Appearance (5/5): A bright amber colour with a large, two centimetre tall head that is slightly foamy looking, perfectly straight and holds a lot better than you would expect for such a strong beer. There is some gradual reduction but it is slow and the beer is certainly a lot brighter than I was expecting but it looks great nonetheless and even manages to leave some lacing on the sides of the glass as it is drank.
Aroma (9/10): Quite a strong pine hop aroma initially with some oily bits and a huge amount of bitterness coming through on the nose. Slightly floral with a definite caramel and sweet malt smell mixed with some citrus. The fact that there is almost no alcohol apparent is surprising considering the beer is 9% abv. but that can only be a plus.
Taste (10/10): A perfect balance between the bitter pine hops, grapefruit, citrus and the sweet malts and caramel. The alcohol content in this one is masked completely and it is very bitter with enough caramel to prevent it being overpowering. There is some orange and further bitter hops in the finish as well and a taste that lingers for a bit too; it’s pretty much perfect.
Palate (5/5): Very bitter and smooth with a medium to full body and a great balance that completely hides the fact the beer is 9% abv., somehow making it incredibly easy to drink. Carbonation is spot on with this beer, falling somewhere around medium and there is just a touch of a citrus tang on the palate as it is drank. The finish is naturally a dry one but it leave you going back for more quicker than you should and yet somehow still seems at least a little refreshing.

Overall (19/20): An outstanding beer from start to finish, even from opening the bottle I knew this was going to be an excellent beer with the initial aroma it gave off. The beer looked great and tasting pretty much perfect with a great mix of sweet caramel malts and bitter hops with the  usual citrus and grapefruit flavours coming through as well. The only negative about this beer is that it isn’t available in the UK and I’ll have to wait far too long before I get to try it again: at least I have another Dogfish Head beer I can crack open to tide me over in the meantime.

Brewed In: Milton, Delaware, United States of America
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery
First Brewed: 2001
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 9.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Virginia, United States of America
Price: Gift

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