Tasting: September 13, 2011
Style: Imperial IPA
Dogfish head makes a number of “time” themed IPAs — there’s 60 minute, 75 minute, 90 minute and 120 minute. With the exception of the 75, each referenced amount of time in the title is equal to the amount of time that hops are continuously added to the boiling wort. The more hops that are added over the given time increases the alpha (bittering) quality of the brew. The 75 is simply a blend of the 90 and 60 minute versions. Dogfish Head has also used this 90 minute IPA as the base for Squall – a dry-hopped, unfiltered version of 90 minute. Dry hopped – meaning that dried hops are “tea-bagged” on a grand scale into fermenting wort.
Pours a rich amber with a nicely persistent off-white head. Real pineapple and floral nose. Malt is real nice off the bat like a dark honey and caramel, hops aren’t as overpowering as I would have imagined – but they are pleasant on the finish. I’m really getting malts more than hops. This is really a nicely balanced imperial IPA. At 9% ABV, I was expecting a little booziness — but really nicely concealed. Mouthfeel is quite nice. I like it — 90 points.
Read my review of Dogfish Head Squall Here