Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

USA

Woah, hops. Or to put it more accurately, Woah, too much hops. I'll accept Steve's explanation that this is not a bad beer. I just didn't enjoy it. So take the rating with a grain of salt, especially if you're the type that does like a hoppy beer.

Reviewed: August 14, 2004

Rating: 3/10

Beer 101 lesson, most beers that have “Imperial” in the label are good substitutes for rocket fuel. This particular one had a nice 9% ABV and doubles as paint thinner, but it’s the best paint thinner you’ll ever taste. For those of you who classify yourselves as Hop Heads, this will be your Holy Grail. It has an almost overpowering hop bitterness to it in both flavor and odor due to the 90 minute hop addition and the subsequent dry hopping. It’s so overpowering that you forget it’s 9% ABV. I ended up having 2 right before bed, so I could’ve had needles sticking me in the back and midgets punching me in the kidneys and I still would’ve slept soundly. 2 of these were almost equivalent to 4 shots, so my head is pounding as I write this the morning after.

Reviewed: September 05, 2004

Rating: 7/10

I didn't like it. There, I said it. Siiighhh...I've been putting this review off for two weeks, because I didn't want to admit it. I'd heard so much about this beer, I just assumed it'd knock my socks off. Don't get me wrong; the alcohol did. Nine percent ABV. Woof. But I don't really want to TASTE the alcohol in my beer, and with this one I did. It tasted to me as if someone poured a shot of vodka in just before capping it. And the hops presence I was expecting just wasn't enough to balance the alcohol taste. I really hate posting this review. Believe me; I've tried this beer three separate times and just wasn't thrilled. Maybe you'll have better luck.

Reviewed: May 22, 2005

Rating: 4/10

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