Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA



90 Minute IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware USA

American Double / Imperial IPA

9.00% ABV






Commercial Description:
Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute I.I.PA., "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. This beer is an excellent candidate for use with Randall The Enamel Animal! 90 ibu
Tasting Notes: Brandied fruitcake, raisiney, citrusy.
Food Pairing recommendations: Pork chops, beef, grilled fish, frites, focaccia, split pea soup, Stilton cheese & escargot.
Glassware recommendation: Snifter
Wine comparable: Sauvignon Blanc
In case you care... the average 12 oz. serving has 294 calories.
(BeerAdvocate.com)


Background:
We are continuing Homebrew Week. I have several homebrews from friends to review so I thought that I would but them all together in a series of reviews. Although this is not a home brew my friend Dave brewed a clone of this what I will be reviewing at the same time. At least I’ll start off tasting them both side by side and then do separate reviews.

Review:
The beer pours a clear copper with orange hues and an off white head.

The nose is fairly modest with some caramel malt aromas and hop aromas of pine. Then with a gentle swirl of the glass a very rich hop complexity is released added floral and citrus hop aromas.

Wow what a nice first sip. This is a big beer for sure but has a rich smoothness to the mouthfeel and a nice complex hoppy finish.

I am writing this review side by side with the clone version; at least to start and compare differences.



I’ll add a few comparative notes and then review each one of these on there own.

Appearance:
The color differences are astounding. The commercial beer is a rich copper color with an off white head and the clone is a much darker chestnut brown with a tan head.

Smell:
Again the nose has to go to the clone. There are very rich caramel malt aromas on the nose of the clone that are not on the commercial. But the commercial beer has a richer and more complex hop presence on the nose.

Taste:
The commercial beer has a crisper taste with a more complex hoppy bit on the finish. However I prefer the richer malt flavors on the clone. The clone is a more balanced beer.

Mouthfeel:
Both of these ales have a smooth mouthfeel for such big beers. However the clone comes out ahead once again with a richer body and the richer head adds creaminess to the mouthfeel that is not in the commercial beer.

OK from here on its stand alone reviews. I’m going to complete the commercial beer first and savor the clone second.

The taste starts out with a touch of malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by tingling hop robustness as the ale glides over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The mouthfeel is contradictory with tingling hops and a caramel malt smoothness. There is a typical big beer hesitation on the top of the swallow that is easily overcome. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with building hop robustness into the finish. The finish is very nice with sweet caramel malt flavors and outstanding hop complexity of citrus, floral and pine notes. The sweet alcohol is also very noticeable on the finish. The final after taste is mostly pine hop notes with a touch of caramel malt.  

What a great second pour. I seemed to have created a much richer head on the second pour. That rich had definitely added creaminess to the mouthfeel that I did not have on the first pour.

The malt flavors are really coming out as this beer warms and opens up a little.

We are only at 57 degrees and this is much a richer and smoother ale than it was when cold.

These last few sips were close to room temperature and were smooth and delicious. The sweetness of the alcohol seems to be more noticeable at this temperature.

Such a great imperial IPA, I have to go for an A on this one.

A | Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is an excellent imperial/double IPA with rich caramel malt flavors followed by an astoundingly complex hop profile and sweet warming alcohol of a big beer that leads you savoring each sip.

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