Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA is easily one of my favourite beers ever. And unfortunately I have to wait for trips to the good ol’ US of A to drink it.
It pours with a beautiful hazy orange with a nice little consistent head, about an inch thick. It has a fruity citrus, almost orange, aroma. When it hits the tongue, the first thing you will notice is how rich this beer is. The texture is smooth and thick. With a sweet malty citrus and herb middle. The end is not too bitter either. It goes down smoothly with a beautifully subdued hoppy aftertaste. It might have to do with the way this craft beer is brewed. The 90 Minute IPA is continually-hopped to provide a “pungent, but not crushing hop flavour”. Which means the wort is boiled for 90 minutes while the hops are continuously added over that time.
Surprisingly, for a 9% alcohol by volume beer, the alcohol is masked quite well. I’ve had a few beers in that range that just tasted like rubbing alcohol. This is not one of them. The 90 Minute is a sneaky beer that goes down easily but packs a punch. Although I would never waste a bottle by downing it. This beer needs to be poured in a snifter and enjoyed slowly alone or with a nice slab of meat.
If I were to rate the beer on a scale of dogfish heads, I would give it a 5 out of 5. It tastes great from start to finish. Compared to the 60 Minute IPA (which I find much more bitter) this is the Dogfish Head beer to drink.