I ran a vote on Twitter this evening to determine what beer I would review next, and this Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA won! Twitter shout-outs to my beer buddies who voted (smccormack, BeerinBaltimore, beerbabe, twobeerqueers. If you enjoy beer and are on Twitter, follow these folks!
The IPA has a delightful caramel apple smell. There was about an inch and a half of head, and as my wife just said “that beer is clingy”, referring to the lace it’s leaving behind.
The taste starts sweet and slowly rolls over to bitter through the finish. Mild bitterness mind you…nothing overwhelming. The caramel and apple scents are present in the flavor too. Strong grapefruit flavors start to come out as the beer warms, and later dominate the flavor. Bitterness becomes lighter with the warming. YUMMY!
For the other beer-amateurs out there, I asked the “stupid” question: “What is the relevance of the “xx” minutes in the name?”. I went right to the source and asked Dogfish Head via their twitter account. The answer? It refers to how long the brew is boiled, but also refers to the fact that Dogfish head continually adds their hops to the brew throughout the boil. Read more on the Dogfish Head website.
I’ve only had two Dogfish beers, and both have been excellent. I’m definitely adding more of their stuff to my queue.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that this is 9% ABV.