Day #185 – Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

July 5, 2011

I’ve put off today’s beer for long enough. I was really hoping that I could find this one in a bottle somewhere so I could enjoy it in one of my many Dogfish Head specialty glasses but to no avail. I have seen bottles of this before, but as of January 2nd (when I officially started this project) I have yet to see them return. It seems North Texas gets an odd assortment of DFH now, on tap and in bottles. Maybe I just haven’t been looking in the right place, I don’t know. But anyways, today I’m buckling down and will be enjoying one of Dogfish Head’s top sellers.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA


This is an Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head, and in my opinion it’s one of their best. I didn’t always feel that way however. When I first started trying new beer, I came across this brewery with a funny name, Dogfish Head. Well at this point I had only been drinking beer for a matter of months and had no idea what an India Pale Ale was, much less that this was the Imperial version of that. I had no idea what 90 minute stood for and frankly didn’t care. I split a 6 pack with some buddies of mine and we all opened the bottles at the same time. I can’t describe to you the utter horror and frustration that escaped the apartment at that moment. No one knew that a beer could (and should) taste like this. We were taken back and I was angry. Yes I was angry! From all the commercials I had seen, I was under the impression that beer should be light, crisp and refreshing; and come with 2 busty babes dripping with water. Well it took many years to re-educate myself on beer but I gathered the nerve to try this beer again and I found that it was not what I originally thought it was. I actually found myself craving the taste of hops and the rest is history. I actually haven’t tried this beer in awhile so I’m quite excited to try it again! 9% alcohol…yikes! (I’ve got a killer beer planned for Friday.)

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color that appears very bright when put to the light. It holds a foamy off-white head that sticks around for quite a bit.

The aroma is wow! Intense! I smell lots of sweet hops, fruity and floral in nature. Very fat smelling.

The flavor is certainly hops. There is a big tingle over the palate from the raised alcohol levels. Sweet, almost syrupy sugar flavors touch on spicy hops and pine. I remember this being super piney and sappy before so I wonder if they have changed the recipe? Regardless it still remains a very good beer!




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