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First Dogfish Head IPA (90)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MetalMountainMastiff, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    Had my first dogfish head IPA ever tonight a 90 minute...Isn't this just a barley wine.?? I do enjoy it. Guess this is like the Black IPA vs Hoppy Stout debate... Is a Malty IPA a barley wine... anyways I'm glad I got it.
  2. davey101

    davey101 Champion (820) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009

    You don't drink barleywines very often do you?
    DanE, Saviorself, JonnyBeers and 19 others like this.
  3. MichPaul

    MichPaul Champion (770) Michigan Jan 28, 2012 Verified

    I would say not even CLOSE to a Barleywine... Sorry man, just seems like a BIT malty of an IPA but one that I love. Probably my favorite DFH beer besides WWS!
    JArena13, DrStiffington and Metalaero like this.
  4. davey101

    davey101 Champion (820) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009

    This. 90 Minute is just a maltier DIPA, very balanced. Aged 120 Minutes is about as close as an IPA will get to barleywine levels though.
  5. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    I really meant just a very MALTY ipa..I don't consider it actually a barleywine... but i'm quite impressed...much better then i imagined... I wonder if 60, 75 and 120 are as great..
    davey101 likes this.
  6. davey101

    davey101 Champion (820) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009

    All very different, all very solid. Don't forget the noobie though, 61 Minute (drinking one right now actually, damn good!)
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  7. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    really...all different? I'm guessing then 90 is the best. It's easily the best DFH i've ever had...
  8. GoGators

    GoGators Advocate (730) New Jersey Aug 5, 2010 Verified

    You might want to try Burton Baton if you like the 90 (similar taste but oak aged). And if you're looking for the best DFH beer, you gotta give Palo Santo Marron a try.
  9. LMT

    LMT Savant (375) Virginia Oct 15, 2009

    As others have said, it's a balanced IPA.

    I love it & am glad it gets good reviews on BA.
    beerindaglass likes this.
  10. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    Either your taste buds are off or that's an old bottle
    JonnyBeers, skinsfan and dar482 like this.
  11. 120 minute IPA is not an IPA, its a barleywine, weighing in at 18%
    90 minute IPA is very much a double IPA, at 9%

    and yes Burton Baton is fantastic, and Palo Santo is also really good
    jgluck, DrunkethWizard and Cubatobaco like this.
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poobah (1,035) New Jersey Jun 3, 2004 Verified

    Those are both excellent beers- probably the best DFH has to offer, imo.
  13. I've always liked the 60 much more than the 90; the 60 is a lot more bitter.
  14. I've only had it less less than totally uber fresh but it was a heavy ridiculous malt mess.
    I agree with the poster above with the full jugs. The 60 IS a lot better.
    Schwantz, cavedave and RPH2327 like this.

  15. She's just my drinking buddy....yea I wish !
  16. I have to side with the OP. Its intense sweetness makes me consider it a barleywine. I do enjoy it quite a bit though, fresh or aged.
  17. cbreu89

    cbreu89 Aspirant (25) Missouri Mar 30, 2013

    One of the few IPA's that I have had that was incredible even after 6 months.
    jimmy666 likes this.
  18. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (690) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    I love these threads... this IPA is a barleywine, this one's a hoppy stout. And so many BA's wonder where people get their (mis)information about beer...
  19. Jonada

    Jonada Advocate (575) New Jersey May 23, 2012 Verified

    I definitely wouldn't consider 90 minute a barleywine. I think all of DFH's IPAs are pretty solid, but for me 75 minute is far and away my favorite.
  20. 395er

    395er Aficionado (180) California Apr 29, 2011

    I know it's called an IPA, and it gets supporters as such, but it just doesn't taste like one to me. Not barleywine necessarily, but definitely a malty beer.
  21. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Savant (445) Illinois Mar 2, 2013

    How about American Strong Ale?
  22. beerindaglass

    beerindaglass Savant (345) Florida Feb 20, 2013

    You want a DFH Barleywine, go legit and track down some Olde School. I've only had a half dozen or so BW's, but it was tops!
    rc51sport likes this.
  23. jlenik

    jlenik Savant (470) New Jersey Jan 22, 2009

    90 Minute is my least favorite out of the DFH Minute series. I'm on the fence about 120 Minute but I'll never pass up some 60 Minute and 75 Minute.
  24. 75 min IPA >> 90 min IPA
  25. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Advocate (705) New York Aug 10, 2010 Verified


    I'm right, you're wrong.
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  26. jahbulon

    jahbulon Aficionado (155) New York Jan 25, 2013

    Do like 90 minute, just not worth $11 a 4 pack where im from. Not very exciting to me either. Give me some sucks thats the same price for 2 more bottles ya kno :p Or if I wanna get fancy I'll pay 12.99 for a 4 pack o' double jack
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  27. dan027

    dan027 Savant (340) Pennsylvania Mar 28, 2011

    I wouldn't consider it a barleywine, just a much more balanced DIPA than a lot of the hopbombs that are out there. Don't get me wrong, I love hops, but sometimes you want something different. If you like it though definitely try 75 minute, I'm still going back and forth trying to decide which one I like better. And I know I may be alone in this, but 120 is utterly fantastic to me, fresh or aged.
  28. Adamdc

    Adamdc Savant (295) Massachusetts Nov 18, 2007

    As mentioned above--- Palo ftw!
  29. PsilohsaiBiN

    PsilohsaiBiN Advocate (705) New York Aug 10, 2010 Verified

    Have a confession to make, I like aged 75 Minute a lot better than fresh. I've had some of the October '12 batch here in my cellar at 50 degrees and they are drinking like champs. The maple syrup is so much more noticeable. I've had both fresh and aged recently, so I'm not just going by faint memories.

    I had my doubts about the "Ages Well" on the bottle but I've learned to trust Sam C. I mean, I have some bottle conditioned 7% Rodenbach '07 vintages that are still drinking amazing. Bottle conditioning does prolong the life of lower abv beers.
  30. MetalMountainMastiff

    MetalMountainMastiff Savant (440) California Oct 1, 2012 Verified

    I don't even remember making this thread....Thanks 90 min!
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  31. If it's a beer and it's strong then it can be called a barleywine.
  32. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Champion (855) North Carolina May 13, 2011 Verified

    It really sucks that they stopped making Squall because that was 90 improved (Bottle conditioned and unfiltered and such).
  33. Barley wines are just strong beers. This beer is strong enough to be considered a barley wine.
  34. dan027

    dan027 Savant (340) Pennsylvania Mar 28, 2011

    I also feel like it's not up to us to decide what a beer is, it's up to the brewers. If Dogfish says it's an imperial ipa, that's what it is, they made it. It's the same with a lot of beers, prime example nugget nectar (troegs imperial amber!). If they say that's what they made who are we to tell them they're wrong.
  35. 60 is much more like a traditional IPA. 120 is hard to find and 75 is damn near impossible to find. I'd love to get my hands on a couple bottles of 120 for sure.
  36. Bradystraps

    Bradystraps Aficionado (215) Connecticut Jan 24, 2013 Verified

    I had my first 90 this evening. I found it very Belgian in taste. Sweet and well balanced. Not much fruit flavor which I would have liked to be a bit more present. Very little if any bitterness which I prefer. Overall, a very good beer.
  37. I like your math, and I like your style.
  38. IIRC, seeing as I haven't had a 90 Minute or any DFH for a while, it is a little sweet from the malt as is the case with most DIPAs. I wouldn't say it's Belgian in style though; the hops are still very present.

    Damn I kinda want a 90 Minute now...
  39. Bradystraps

    Bradystraps Aficionado (215) Connecticut Jan 24, 2013 Verified

    I found it very un-hoppy. Very malty and sweet but not over the top. Very good and drinkable.
    Tasted more like a Dubbel than anything close to a DIPA. I realize it is an IPA but I found it to closer to a Belgian than I did a DIPA on that scale.
  40. I might have to pick up a four pack of it then or go get some on tap. It's really been a while since I've had it but I think I remember it being somewhat hoppy.