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Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA*Packaging may vary

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

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Imperial IPA /9% ABV / Delaware, United States

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Imperial IPA
Delaware, United States
Tasting Notes
Malty, Bitter, Sweet
Food Pairing
Fruit - Dried, Root Vegetables
Suggested Glassware

Product Description

What you have here is the only Imperial IPA in America inspired by a bowl of soup and a thrift store football game… Back in the 90’s, Sam was struck by a cooking show demo teaching viewers how to properly season soup through a process of continuous peppering. As it stewed and simmered, the chef added pepper in small but consistent doses, bringing through a unique bold taste and intense savory notes. If it worked for soup, why not beer?! Inspiration sparked and Sam knew that Dogfish needed to bring this idea of continuous dosing to our hop additions in the brewhouse. Enter our thrift store electric football game. If rigged at just the right angle over the brew kettle, and covered with hops instead of small dancing football players, the vibrating playing field would perfectly shake and shimmy the hops cascading down into the boiling wort at a consistent rate. Continual hopping was born! Continual hopping provided a beautiful balance to our Imperial IPA - allowing us to add a foolhardy amount of hops throughout the boil without making 90 Minute crushingly bitter. With rich pine and fruity citrus hop aromas and a strong malt backbone, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA created pungent, unapologetic flavor that led Esquire to call it “perhaps the best IPA in America.”

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Drizly Expert Notes

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA has been named by multiple sources as the best imperial IPA in the United States. We most certainly think it is a deserving description of this incredible 9% beer coming from the off-centered folks at Dogfish Head brewery in Milton, Delaware. The first in their series of continuously hopped beers, the concept was supposedly developed when Sam Caligione, owner of the brewery, watched a television cooking show episode describing a way of adding pepper in slow, continual increments as it cooked. The concept of doing this, whether with pepper in soup or hops in beer, is to give a huge flavor without making things too over the top to actually enjoy. Dogfish succeeding with this experiment and the rest is history.

Boiled for 90 minutes, with hops being added slowly throughout that entire process rather than simply at the beginning and the end, which is more standard, this beer is ignited with the hop flavor that we love without being overly bitter or astringent. Poured into a proper IPA glass the beer pours a light amber, nearly honey color with a finger of white head. The aroma is chock full of Pacific coast hop flavor. Pine and resin envelope the nostrils with hints of ruby red grapefruit, lemon pith, and light earthy spice. The flavor is big as well. The 90 minute boil brings a bit of extra caramel flavor to the malt which performs a delicate balancing dance with the flavorful, citrus flavored hops, like a brandied fruitcake of sorts. The finish is smooth and the big alcohol content seems to be well hidden beneath the wonderful flavor of the malts and hops.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA is an awesome beer to bring to a party as it's big hop flavor isn't frighteningly bitter. It's an IPA that a novice can love just as much as the guy with a full cellar dedicated to beer. Pair it with grilled pork chops and family style bowls of oven roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potato casserole. Throw a six-pack or two on ice in preparation for your next jazz filled house party or an upcoming rivalry game.