Anybody try Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA?

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  1. Z-Man

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    I had a Delirium Nocturnum a few weeks ago. Tasted great. Very complex, but is it supposed to have that much sediment? The floaters were out of control!
     
  2. Douggo

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    Last night, I sampled Surly's Wet Hop IPA (probably of no interest to anybody but SlapShot, since I'm not aware that they distribute outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area) and Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA (12% ABV).
    The Surly was pretty good but nothing unexpected about it. Satisfying amount of hop bitterness, no real sweetness to it.

    I was surprised by the Devil Dancer. I was expecting a flavor wallop, but it was really mellow. Had that sweetness that you seem to always get with high-alcohol IPAs, which I'm really liking lately. But not too much. I may have to look for this in stores.
    (SS: this was at Sturb's, postmatch.)
     
  3. mikeler

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    Had some Terrapin Rye on draft yesterday. It was surprisingly good.
     
  4. Kevin T

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    I'm all for beer taste tests! I can still find Harvest at a small liqour store near by house but that's it. My local BevMo has a lot of Torpedo and I can always find Green Flash, Racer and Lagunitas, so no complaints! Hope all is well in Socal!
     
  5. Kevin T

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    I do try the Belgian-styles from time to time but miss the "hoppiness" of a good IPA. The hop/bitter flavor is what always brings me back.

    OK beer lovers, it's getting close to Christmas time. Anyone else like me love the Anchor Christmas beer? Brewed with pine needles, very strong, pungent flavor. Sort of like drinking a pine tree but enjoyable. :) I also really like the Old Fezziwig ale from Boston Beer/Sam Adams. Hints of nutmeg/orange/allspice. Very nice winter brew. Any winter brew/Christmas brew recs I may be missing?
     
  6. Douggo

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    This weekend featured Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Little Sumpin' Extra ales. Really liked them both - Hop Stoopid was more to the bitter side, and LSE was more to the sweet side, but they both worked for me.

    Kevin-
    I try to get some Anchor Christmas and Sierra Nevada Celebration every year. The Celebration doesn't have that pine-y flavor that Anchor Christmas does - in fact, I haven't had another beer that does. For me, it's more toward the barleywine style - which I really like.
     
  7. Kevin T

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    Yes, Hop Stoopid is a good one. Have you tried Lagunitas Maximus? It will knock you socks off.

    Forgot all about Sierra Celebration. My wife and I served it at our wedding reception. Good stuff. There is another winter beer brewed with spruce tips, similar to Anchor's, but the name is escaping me.
     
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    Interesting as I'd found Hop Stoopid to be sweeter and not as hoppy as the name implies.

    Finally drank the North Coast Old Stock Ale, 11.7% alc. I thought it tasted like scotch w/ a spoonful of sugar, my wife thought it tasted like rum. It's def meant for sipping and it didn't like to pair w/ food, prob good w/ a cigar instead. I'm surprised that it's only 11.7%, it could've passed for twice that, cleared my sinus on the first sip.

    I suppose I'm old-school; I don't like mixed drinks and I don't see where this fits in for me, it's neither beer nor spirit, somewhere in between. It might also be excellent for banana-flambe.

    Compared to say Green Flash Imperial IPA at 9.4%, I can easily drink 2 22oz bottles and still wanting more (and be pretty useless after). But I really had a tough time drinking this 12oz bottle.

    I'd highly recommend that you try one bottle ($4 here) instead of the 4 pack. I still have one left, someone come over and drink it for me :).
     
  9. Douggo

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    I wouldn't argue that. I should have framed my comments as comparing the two to each other.


    Haven't - I'll look for it.
     
  10. Lindros13

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    I've found the standard Lagunitas IPA to be just fair and maybe a little weak, but yes, I remember enjoying the Lagunitas Maximus quite a bit more. I'll guess it's higher abv. I've also had the Lagunitas Corination Ale on draft (~7%abv) and it's excellent too.
     
  11. Lindros13

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    Who else out there, besides me, keeps a "memo pad" entry in their Blackberry of various beers, data, and personal ratings?!? I've even now begun to add "recommended brews" from you guys.., such as: "Anchor Christmas -strong, pungent pine needles as per TTW" I usually type in the ones I've enjoyed along with a brief flavor description, the abv, and then an abbreviation such as EX for excellent, VG for very good, or G for good.
     
  12. Lindros13

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    I may have an opportunity to visit the Southern Tier brewery in Lakewood, NY around Christmas time this year. Any comments on their brews? Here's the four that I've had:
    -Southern Tier Imperial PumKing, 9%, thick/hearty compared to any other pumkin beer.
    -Southern Tier Mokah, choc stout, 11%, very very hearty/heavy.
    -Southern Tier Iniquity Black IPA 9% very good but not excellent.
    -Southern Tier- Unearthly Imperial IPA- 11%, slightly sweet & similar to DFH90,excellent.
     
  13. Z-Man

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    I don't know much about them, but I'd like to learn more. I'm also planning a visit. I think their brewmaster came from Goose Island, and they seem to brew some pretty aggressive styles.
     
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    This is a great idea. I might have to start jotting down notes on my iPhone.
     
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    no blackberry here, but i do have a hard copy of beer ratings given to me by the gf. i consult that at times tho don't always agree with the ratings...personal taste and all.
     
  16. Kevin T

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    Yes, I agree that PumKing blows all other Pumpkin beers away. My wife bought a 22 a couple of weeks ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My BevMo beer guy is actually very knowledgeable (unlike many) and when I stop in on Friday evenings, I ask for a new recommendation. You guys always make me thirsty reading these threads at work. :)
     
  17. siata94

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    Last night, started off w/ a Boddington, then an Old Rasputin then finished off w/ the North Coast Old Stock Ale 2007, this time w/ a cigar (altho I don't smoke, my drinking buddy happen to have them).

    The Old Stock Ale is immensively more enjoyable this time around. Strong sweet prune/caramel/toffee and the high alc 12% isn't noticeable w/ the buildup vs the first time I had it, it was by itself w/ a meal.

    It was enjoyable but I'm not big on sweets and particularly don't like caramel/toffee on anything.
     
  18. Douggo

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    I got to try Boulevard Double-Wide and Southern Tier Unearthly over the weekend - as well as a return engagement of Hop Stoopid.
    I would classify the Double-Wide as more a "one-and-three-quarters-wide" - but that wasn't a bad thing. Not as in-your-face as a lot of the Imperial/Double IPAs, but a nice flavor.
    I thought the Unearthly was quite in-your-face (maybe it was only by comparison to the Double-Wide), but still a treat. If I had a choice, I think I'd go Hop Stoopid over the Unearthly.
     
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    My current favorite: New Belgium's winter seasonal, 2 Below. Hoppy, but not over-hopped. I'm also enjoying Gordon Biersch's Winterbock.
     
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    Oh man - they're bringing back 2 Below? That is easily one of my favorite. I've had all 4 of the last NB seasonals, and the 2 Below and Mighty Arrow were easily the best. Hoptoper was alright, as well - a little bit too tame for my tastes, but a great hop aroma.
     
  21. Douggo

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  22. mikeler

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    My wife bought a variety case of the Kirkland brand beer from Costco. I was not expecting much but the Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Hefeweizen were all very good. I did not care much for the German style lager though.
     
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    Bought a six pack of the 2 Below tonight. I'm excited to let 'er loose a bit later. :)
     
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    Excellent! Had a 2 Below draught last night. It's similar to Hoptober, but a little maltier.
     
  25. Lindros13

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    Over the weekend I picked up a case of Lagunitas Maximus for $35. That works out to roughly $1.50/bottle, which is pretty good value for a 7.5%abv tasty, hoppy brew. The only downside is that: the more I have on hand,....the more I tend to drink - so the cost savings (of buying a case) sort of diminish!
     
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    HEy Z man- you're very welcome- I just clicked on this thread- forgot I had posted in it- you hit a good ball- let's do it again sometime.
     
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    I'm guessing you were at a Mellow in central FL? The one up here is outstanding- I go there three nights a week for some grub and good brews- good selection of diff beers and IPA's on tap:

    around 6 diff sweetwater brews, stone, mojo, gordons, arrogant *******, magic hat #9, left hand, and others.
     
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    We have a Mellow Mushroom in Delray - really happy in opened as I enjoyed the ones in Charleston and Ashville.

    Recently was drinking Heinekens - not my beer of choice but good enough when sailing on an 80 foot Schooner :)
     
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    Mellow Mushroom has a bunch of good beers that I need to try one of these days.
     
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    Had to pickup a 6 pack of my favorite IPA to date. The Bell's 2 hearted Ale set me back $12.50, but it is so good.
     
  31. bad_call

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    had a couple of Odell IPA made in Ft Collins, CO. good stuff. IPA's RULE!!! :)
     
  32. mikeler

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    Sipping on some 90 minute at this moment.
     
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    Sierra Nevada Celebration ale is back!!
     
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    I have had only one IPA and it was Stone IPA and it was a very bad experience for me (couldn't even finish it and gave it to my Dad). Right now, even though it is not an IPA, I'm drinking TommyKnocker Maple Nut Brown Ale and Jack Whacker Wheat. Any Suggestions for a good IPA for a novice drinker like myself? Thanks!
     
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    Red Hook WinterHook is a great brew for a cold night
     
  36. mikeler

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    See my post at the top of the page.
     
  37. Lindros13

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    Stone IPA is a tough start. I just looked it up and it has 6.9%abv which is a little high (almost a "double IPA") and it has an approx IBU rating of 77, which defines the hopiness (bitterness) level. 77 is not extremely high, but I'd start off with something a little milder.

    Here's a suggestion which you can find in most bottle shops: Harpoon IPA (brewed in Boston, MA). It's a real nice, well-rounded IPA with 5.9%abv and 42 IBU's (so it clearly will not have as much "bite" as the Stone IPA you tried). I used to enjoy Harpoon IPA quite a bit, but after a while of stepping-up to hoppier, stronger brews, I now find it a little weak for my current taste. But keep in mind that it still is a stronger beer than a standard American brew which generally have 4% or 5% abv. Overall it is very well made, and a lot of places carry it, at least here on the East Coast.
     
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    tried a few recently:

    Lagunitus Maximus - very syrupy sweet initially but then a very prolonged bitter grapefruit zest aftertaste that refuses to go away. 7.5% alc is relatively low for a doubleIPA, imo not well balanced compared to the standard DFH90 but then again, it's much cheaper than the 90. It's more complex than the DFH60 but again I don't prefer its dr jekell/mr hyde balance.

    Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale - low 4.5% alc, more flavors and complexity than most in this alc range but not cheap for mowing the lawn.

    been trying to find something to compare to Lost Coast Great White wheat beer:

    Avery White Rascal - this one has strong spice flavors that I don't particularly care for.

    North Coast Blue Star - very drinkable but utterly lacking in character

    Avery Karma Ale - I thought I was drinking a White Rascal, not much diff
     
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    Had some Sea Hag IPA from Connecticut. One of the best new IPAs I have tried in a long time. It came in a can which was kind of odd, but did not hurt the flavor.
     
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    had a pint of Jai Alai IPA at a local pub. tastes very nice and brewed in Tampa, FL ? :shock:
     
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    I just got a case in from Missouri. MS won't allow it due to the ABV cap. I love that stuff.
     
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    Just had some Broken Halo IPA draft by Widmer. Served in a cold mug it was very tasty.
     
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    New Belgium prides themselves in their Belgian styles, but they're breaking with that tradition by coming out with an IPA. It's called Ranger IPA. 70 IBUs, 6.5% ABV. It's hopped with Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade and then dry-hopped with Cascade. I was lucky to procure a sample, and it's an excellent beer. It has a little of that citrus finish you find in a few of (what I call) the "new age" IPAs.
     
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    Sounds fantastic.

    I have been very impressed with some of the New Belgium stuff of late.

    Actually had a "black" IPA at a watering hole this weekend (the name excapes me), but it was fabulous. Almost like a porter body with the IPA hops. Very, very unique.
     
  46. Douggo

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    There you go again.
     
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    The watering hole is Mac's Industrial. Again. :)

    I'm pretty sure that the beer was made by the place out in Cali that only sells cans....21st Amendment maybe? :confused:

    Edit: It is 21st Amendment. It's called Back in Black. Awesome, awesome beer.
     
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    I did get out there at your recommendation. Good grub, great tap list. I should get up there again, now that I'm off for the holidays.
     
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    Unfortunately I did not get a chance to visit the Southern Tier Brewery in Lakewood, NY as I had intended over the holiday week that I was in Erie, PA - but several brewpubs in the area carried their stock. I'm now hooked on Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale. Despite its name, it seems to taste like a medium balanced IPA, with 7.2% abv according to ST's website. I had it on draft at two local places, and then I also drank a case of it this past week, and also picked up a case to take home (my fridge is stocked right now!). The reason I bought a case to take home is because I liked it a lot and because it is a decent price at the discount beer store I found. $29/case. So while it falls short of the 9% in the DFH 90-mnute IPA, it still packs a decent abv % and it saves me a few bucks since the cheapest I can get the DFH90 is $48/case. Much more $.

    I also saw a comment above about the citrus, grapefruit aftertaste of Simcoe hops and as Z-Man called it, "new age IPAs". I believe Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA and Victory HopDevil fit into this category. I guess I just don't have a strong liking or this "new age" IPA taste yet. I like some strong IPAs but the two I named were not so good for me but two friends of mine in Erie enjoyed these quite a bit. Personal preference I guess.
     
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    Had some 60 and 90 minute this weekend. Looking forward to trying some new IPAs soon though.
     

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