I would take a bullet for garlic bread
who would shoot a garlic bread
God damn lions trying to eat me again.
Dogfish Head “90 Minute”
This double IPA is available yearly in four-packs, its name in reference to the 90 minutes of constant hopping dedicated to the brew. Aromas are like sweet bread, caramel, raw sugar, tropical fruits, grapefruit pith, and hints of pine sap. The palate is sweet and malty up front, tasting something like honey-drizzled biscuits with yeasty sourdough. Hops begin with a focus on the sour, citric end of the spectrum. Gradual evolution shifts into grassy, herbal flavors mid-palate. Working toward the finish, a spicy bitterness lashes out on the tongue, wrecking the palate with numbness. Lush, juicy hop flavors burst out into a pool of brown sugar, settling into a resolute sense of balance. Mouthfeel is thick, elevated, crisp yet smooth.
Overall, this is a really strong East Coast-style double IPA with a supreme sense of balance. Bitterness obviously has the upper hand here, but sweetness really levels things out with good corresponding weight. Alcohol is nicely hidden below a barrage of hop flavor. As far as the style goes, this delivers all one would expect, or perhaps crave. It’s a rather notorious double, one which has probably outlived its notoriety, replaced by better West Coast doubles since. This is one of my favorite yearly standards from Dogfish Head, so I always pick some up when I’m traveling (I live in Arkansas of all places, for those who may not yet know). I recommend every hop head check this off their list.