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!
The brew is strong, hoppy, and sweet. Dogfish Head describes it as a “continually-hopped beer, which is a method of hopping that allows for a pungent, but not crushing hop flavor.” Pungent is just about right. Unlike a lot of IPA’s out there, 90-Minute IPA has a malty undercurrent which takes a bit of the edge off the hops. The beer has an IBU of 90 – placing way up the bitterness ladder, but the malts keep the flavor remarkably sweet. The nice thing about 90-Minute, though, is that it’s not overbearing. Dogfish Head gets the mix just right, though for people accustomed to, I dunno, Bud Light, it may take some getting used to. Men’s Journal placed 90-Minute IPA in its top 25 beers list, noting that “It should be impossible for a beer that’s been hopped for 90 solid minutes (an average IPA gets 60) to be delicious; in fact, each sip should be like snorting aspirin. This, however, is brewmaster Sam Calagione’s specialty, and this confoundingly pleasant “extreme” beer is the purest expression of his skill.”