Anybody try Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA?

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  1. bad_call

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    friend brought some Sweetwater IPA from GA...a decent IPA. can't find Odell IPA around here. think you'd like that one.
     
  2. Z-Man

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    I'm glad to hear more good things about Southern Tier. They are coming to my area in a few months, so I'll be on the lookout.

    After reading your comment about Simcoe, I found this article:

    http://www.joesixpack.net/columnArchives/2006/060906.htm

    Maybe Simcoe is the source of that certain citrus flavor that seems to define the 2nd wave American IPAs. I think a long dry-hopping with Cascade might produce a similar flavor, but I'll have to learn more about Simcoe. I also prefer a more classic IPA, but I'm slowly warming up to the new style. I do know that hops prices increased over 100% two years ago, so it makes sense that brewers would gravitate (sorry for the bad pun) towards a hop with a high bitterness yield per acre. Maybe Simcoe is the Northern Lights of the hop world. I'll have to do some more research.
     
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    Last night featured Great Divide Hercules DIPA, Southern Tier Unearthly, and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, all in bombers.

    This morning sucked.
     
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    LOL. The downside of strong beer is definitely the next morning.
     
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    I tried the Southern Tier Iniquity last night - I personally think that it's a fantastic beer - almost like a hoppy porter instead of a black IPA, but either way, I was impressed.

    Picked up the Unearthly and their imperial pale ale today as gifts for a friend going to England for a semester, so I'll likely get a sample of both. Looking forward to it for sure.
     
  6. Douggo

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    Having a bell's HopSlam at the moment. For all the acclaim it gets, I didn't know until just now that it's brewed with honey. Anyway, the nose is enormous, and I can imagine that this is what eating fresh hops would be like. And it's good.
    And, SlapShot - it's on sale today only at Dennis Bros. in Cottage Grove for $12.88 a sixer.
     
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    Hey glad you got to try the Sweetwater IPA- that's what I drink everyday down here. As I stated earlier in the thread, really good on draft at our local Mellow Mushroom, yummy, heading their tonight as I do 3 days a week, LOL
     
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    I was actually going to run out to the Four Firkins today in Hopkins to pick some up - they presold 75 CASES. :shock:

    Edit: They also ordered 20 cases for their own stock which arrived today. When I got there, they had 3 cases left. They went through 92 cases of Hopslam in one day (well....one week if you count the presale time).
     
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    Drinking some Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA. It's not bad, but I tend to like the sweeter IPAs a little more.
     
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    One of my faves. I actually like it a lot because it isn't that sweet. I'm from VA and Northern Lights is a "go to" when I'm home. When summer is rolling around look for Star Hill ' The Love'...one of the best wheat beers I've had.

    I mentioned a few months ago in this thread that I've had a hard time going back to other types of beer after a year of IPA/double IPA/fresh hop beers. Well, started drinking a lot of English beers while my bro-in-law was in town (military MD stationed in England). Now I'm back to drinking Sam Smith's Taddy Porter and Oatmeal Stout. Also been drinking some Russian beer, Baltika No. 9...~8% alcohol content lager...very tasty with hints of banana. Excellent.
     
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    I love some of those microbrews they have in Northern Virginia. My wife is from there, so we used to go a few times a year before the kid came along.
     
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    saw a shipment of HopSlam at the fave beer store. too pricey for me so picked up a six pack of "Loose Cannon" IPA brewed by Heavy Seas.

    nice IPA and not so bitter.
     
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    Had some Fire Rock Pale Ale last night. Not bad, but I'm getting a little sick of it. I like to rotate after each six pack to something different.
     
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    I've got a sixer of Bell's Expedition Stout (almost as expensive as HopSlam at $15/sixer) waiting at home for me at the moment. 10.5% by volume. That's a serious beer.

    Anyone tried the Ranger IPA? I think New Belgium makes fantastic beers, but I haven't tried the IPA yet...
     
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    You may just inspire me to pick up some more of the 2 Hearted. Too bad that beer is not a little bit cheaper.
     
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    I tried the 20% IPA and omg it was like drinking beer and vodka at the same time. Good taste though.
     
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    that was a splurge since i also picked up the PO IPA which was on sale.
     
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    Ranger is great. Mighty Arrow, their spring seasonal, is excellent. I've also got some DFH 60 in the fridge. Can't go wrong with any of these.

    I had a Magic Hat Vinyl today. A fun beer--lager fermented at ale temps--and the packaging is really cool. A very good beer, but maybe not a great one. Still, it's tough to say. Things taste different to me on different days, so sometimes I like to try a beer more than once before I pass judgement. It snowed like hell here today, so I might be having a few tomorrow.

    Also tried a Select 55 today. 55 calories. That's crazy!
     
  22. Douggo

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    Sipping a Hop Rod Rye at the moment. It's pretty good. Made a run to Wisconsin yesterday to pick up some brews I haven't had before and some DFH 90.
     
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    Picked up some singles and made a six pack yesterday. I got:

    1. Titan IPA (in honor of Bad_Call)
    2. Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
    3. Rocky Mountain IPA
    4. Acme California IPA
    5. Steelhead Double IPA
    6. White Hawk Original IPA
     
  24. Douggo

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    Never had any of those.
    Anybody had Arcadia Ales Hopmouth Double IPA? I swear I got a bad batch. Stuff is awful.
     
  25. Kevin T

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    Anyone else have Abita Restoration Ale or IPA? Great beers. I first tried them just after Hurricane Katrina in '07 and had not seen them since. Just bought an Abita variety pack because it had 2 bottles of Restoration IPA...nice mild and spicy, not too sweet IPA.
     
  26. SlapShot

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    I think Katrina was earlier than '07, wasn't it? I think it was actually '05...
     
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    I've had Abita before but can't remember which style. I'll post back after I have tried all 6 of mine.
     
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    Have to admit - I drank a buttload of PBR at the Habitat For Humanity concer in Lazy Lakes on Sugarloaf Key this weekend
     
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    Yes, Katrina, Wilma and at least one other hurricane hit in 05.

    Charlie, Frances and Ivan - hit back to back to back in 04.
     
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    Yeah. Sorry, it was '05. I'm getting old and drinking too much strong beer. :)
     
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    Sounds good. In general, I think Abita beers are good but average. IMHO, Restoration is their best and slightly above average.

    On another note, I visited a nice spot, Pangea Cafe, in downtown Sacramento this past weekend. A nice little espresso/pannini (probably spelled that wrong) spot with ~12-15 Belgian beers on tap. The owner used to play pro bball in Italy and got turned onto Belgian beer. I was stumbling out of that place. :) Chimay and many, many dubbel and saisons, can't remember the names. My friend lives a block away...I would be in trouble living so close.
     
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    Got a sixer of Sierra Nevada 2010 Bigfoot Barleywine last night, 9.6% alcohol, very spicy and bitter. Nice, thick and heavy mouth-feel. Two of these and you're rolling. Good stuff. I paid $13 for the six-pack and it's worth it.
     
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    My latest love has been the Bell's Expedition Stout. Rich, rich winter beer - 10.5%, and like drinking molasses. Not my favorite imperial stout (I think that's still reserved for Old Rasputin), but a very tasty beer for cold nights.
     
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    Jeanne also hit in 2004.
     
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    I lied, I'll give my opinion on two I had last night:

    4. Acme California IPA - Went down smooth, but nothing really special jumped out with the taste. I'm glad I tried it, but would not buy a 6 pack of it.

    5. Steelhead Double IPA - Packed with flavor and alcohol. Not quite as sweet as I usually like but still this is something I'd buy as a 6 pack.
     
  36. Douggo

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    New favorite "bargain" DIPA: Founders Double Trouble. $9.99 for a 4-pack.
     
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    Darn, I forgot to post my reviews. The only thing I remember is that the Terrapin Rye was much better on tap than in the bottle.
     
  38. SlapShot

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    I have a 4 pack of Founder's Breakfast Stout - that stuff is awfully good.

    Also tried the Dark Horse Imperial Stout - that stuff means business. 12%, and you get every bit of that 12%.
     
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    You guys need those Stouts to deal with the cold up north. We finally are seeing some moderation of the weather down here. Hopefully it heads up your direction soon.
     
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    We're in the midst of the March "warm up, then cool down and snow 8 inches" right now. It's been above freezing for the past few days, and it's felt downright balmy. ;)

    But then again, I fly out to Phoenix Thursday...

    And then to Dublin on April 3. Going to the Guinness brewery - it's my holy grail trip. :)
     
  41. SlapShot

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    Got back from Phoenix Sunday night.

    While I was down there, I tried the DFH 90 Minute Imperial IPA. Impressed. Not in love with it, but a nice blend of hops and malt for the beautiful weather that they had in Phoenix over the weekend.
     
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    Is that a stronger version than the regular 90 minute?
     
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    Not sure...haven't tried the regular. Imperials generally tend to be "amped up" versions - the best Imperial IPA I've had still is the Southern Tier Unearthly. It's a big beer for sure.
     
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    Pretty sure the "regular" 90 minute is an Imperial/Double.
    The Unearthly is a good one, and relatively inexpensive, too - I've found the bombers around $6.50 at a few places.
     
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    Then I guess I had the "regular" 90 minute. Wasn't aware if there was a difference or not...
     
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    Gotcha. I've been downing the 60 Minutes lately. Those 90 Minutes hit me pretty hard!
     
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    Got some Riverhorse Hop-a-lot-amus the other day - $9.99/4-pack. 8.5%abv and a nice beer, brewed here in NJ.
    I took the month of Feb off from alcohol completely. It was tough but I did it as a challenge to myself. I broke "the fast" on March 1st Belgian style with a big St. Bernardus ABT 12. Watching hockey that night, there were two of every skater on the ice!
     
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    I also like that Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA as well as Southern Tier Gemini Imperial IPA. Both very good. Anyone tried them side by side? I haven't.
     
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    I haven't had them side by side, but I have had them on consecutive days. I might just like Gemini better. It's a 50/50 blend of Unearthly and Hoppe (their Imperial Pale Ale), if you weren't aware.
    I've never tried Hoppe.
     
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    Hmmm...I really like Hoppe (but Unearthly is more my speed), so that Gemini might be tasty.

    I tried a sampler pack of the other Southern Tier stuff (their Pack of Pales), and I was underwhelmed. Maybe I was expecting too much since I love the Unearthly and Iniquity.
     

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