90 Minute Imperial IPA, Brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Gets 89 Stars

90 Minute Imperial IPA, Brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Gets 89 Stars

This goosed-up I.P.A. comes on like gangbusters, with a more authoritative flavor than the pale and unexpectedly clear copper color suggests. It has an almost piney smell and a whopping 9 percent alcohol. Drink two and it's time for a nap.

The statement on the side of the bottle reads, "What you have here is an Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90 minute hop addition. It's balanced by a ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley. Then we dry-hop it in every tank."

Translation: This strong India Pale Ale -- sometimes known as "Double IPA" -- has exaggerated hoppy notes balanced by extra malty sweetness, and an enhanced alcohol level. Hops are added continuously during a 90-minute period as the wort is boiled in copper kettles. Hops add bitterness and aroma to the beer.

Note: The same brewery makes a 120 Minute IPA with the alcohol content a whopping 18 percent.

Beer: Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Color: Amber Body: Full-bodied Type: Strong India Pale Ale Foam: Modest amount, yellowish, quite dense Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware Size: 12 fluid ounces, rustic red and sand recycled paper label Alcohol: 9 percent Price: $3.99 Rating: 89 stars The Rating System: Out of 100 possible stars. Coors Light is arbitrarily assigned "0," and we're not telling you what "100" is, because we don't want to reveal our beer prejudices.

90 Minute Imperial IPA, Brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Gets 89 Stars

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