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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Great Beer: Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Dogfish Head Brewery is one of the US's most hop-heavy brewers, and the 90 Minute is way up there on the hop list. It falls between their 60 Minute and the 120 Minute IPAs in terms of bitterness (90 IBU), alcohol content (9% ABV) and price (4 12oz bottles for about $10). The Dogfish Head website recommends drinking this IPA from a brandy snifter, though I've found that the bottle works just fine too.

The taste is much fruitier than a standard IPA, and you can definitely sense the higher alcohol content. This is not your normal IPA, and should be sipped and savored. The lingering hop aftertaste can stay with you for hours. This is also a great beer to pair with food, especially with bigger tastes such as grilled meats and strong cheeses.

Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head, will be speaking at the World Brewers' Forum during the Great American Beer Fest. Perhaps, perhaps Randall the Enamel Animal will also make an appearance.

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