Anybody try Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA?

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  1. mikeler

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    I'm like a chocoholic except for booze. :) I know what you mean that sometimes you need a break. My tennis game always improves too when I stop. Sleep improves, general mood improves, weight improves etc. The best thing about taking a break is that first beer when you break the fast. Tastes so good!
     
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    SlapShot: Oak Aged Unearthly is in. Found it at Cellars Roseville, and Four Firkins also has it, apparently. I'm sure most of the usual places will have it, too.
    Sometimes, the regular Unearthly is just a little too much for me, but the oak aging seems to mellow it out. I bought a couple bombers, plus one of the regular for a side-by-side (that will have to happen on the weekend, for obvious reasons).
     
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    Can you detect any oak aftertaste kind of like an oak aged chardonnay?
     
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    Boy, that's hard to say. I don't think my palate is that discerning. If you gave me a chard, I could maybe tell you "that's oaky", but I'm not sure I get that same thing from this beer. That is not to say that the next guy wouldn't identify it in a second.
    Maybe when I do a side-by-side with the regular stuff, I'll be able to pick it out.
    I should point out, while I'm here, that, as mellow as it is, somehow this is still an 11%ABV beverage.
     
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    I saw the oak aged Unearthly in an e-mail from the Firkins - I need to get out and pick up a few. Sounds fantastic.
     
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    I just swung in there and picked up four bombers. Looked like they had about 10 others still out. I didn't ask what they had in the back.
     
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    Just had a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout which I think is set at a whopping 18%abv. Similar tanginess to a 120min IPA (which somewhat emulates the sweetness of the 90min) but with a much deeper/darker stoutlike overtone. Not for the lightweights, but a real nice treat for those that can handle it and those willing to experiment at $7.50/12oz bottle. Some places even sell it for over $10/12oz bottle.
     
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    Surly Abrasive Ale - a DIPA that, I think, wanders down a similar path as Hopslam. A very fruity, hoppy DIPA. $16.29 for 4 pint cans. This will be a seasonal, I believe. I'll probably get a 4-pack when it comes out each year, but not a regular rotation kind of beer.
     
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    Sipping some Lagunitas IPA on tap. Another beer that is much better from a keg than a bottle.
     
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    Tried a couple of new ones this weekend.

    1. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA-nice, big bitter taste up front with velvety mouth feel, evens out to a mild ethanol back end that is very refreshing. IMHO, many IPAs remain thick and bitter on the back end but this Stone beer was nice. Big flavor and alcohol content but pretty refreshing after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. The only other black IPA I've tried is Southern Tier Iniquity and I think the Stone SSR is better.

    2. Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA-another big and strong up-front bitterness with strong hints of grapefruit, lots of citrus aroma, very "thick" in the mouth with lingering bitterness. A good one but nothing I would drink multiple bottles of in one sitting.

    I've never been a fan of most New Belgium beers but I have been enjoying Ranger IPA quite a bit. Sixers of Ranger and SN Torpedo were on sale for $7, so I snatched up a few.
     
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    Tried some Hercules DIPA last night. It is 10% ABV so you have to be careful with it. I don't think it tasted like most IPAs in that there was almost a chocolate taste to it. Good, but at $3.50 a bottle, I probably won't get it again.
     
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    $3.50 for a 12 oz. bottle? Is that in a 4-pack or as a single? We see mostly the bombers around here.
    I like the stuff, but I need to start spending less on beer.
     
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    Yes, a 4 pack was $14. This was at a specialty wine shop, so obviously the prices are going to be higher than at a discount store.
     
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    Been enjoying a case of Oscar Blues Gordan Double (IPA). 8.7%, and in a can. I'd put it in the same category as the DFH90, and I like them both about the same (although the Gordan Double case was a little more money than the DFH that I get on sale). The Gordan Double is the big cousin of the popular Dale's Pale Ale.

    From the Oscar Blues brewery website:
    Our “Velvet M-80” is a luscious, double-red ale with a gooey aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. Gordon also sports a surprisingly comfortable finish for a beer of its hefty size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to Gordon Knight, a Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown.
     
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    Tried some Cigar Jai Alai IPA last night. It is a regional beer made in Tampa. It was probably the worst IPA I've ever had. Because our wait was long, the waitress brought out a Magic Hat beer for free. Not sure what type of beer it was but man it had a fantastic taste.
     
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    Bought a bunch of single IPAs to try this weekend. So far, I've sampled the following:

    1. Smuttynose IPA: Middle of the road IPA nothing really jumped out at me for flavor.

    2. Peak organic IPA: I like their Pale Ale, so I gave this one a shot. Of the 4 I'm reviewing in this post, it was my favorite. Much like their pale ale, it has a distinct flavor that is just slightly different from my favorite IPAs but still nice.

    3. Southern Tier IPA: On the first sip, I thought this would be in my regular rotation. Then the aftertaste hit. It's almost like this beer may have aged too long. I'll have to give it another shot down the road.

    4. Hooker IPA: C'mon, with a name like that I could not resist. Another middle of the road IPA.

    I think there are 3 more in the fridge to try, so I'll post my thoughts on those as they are consumed.
     
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    Just tried the newly released 2010 Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere last night. This was my favorite beer released last year and one of my faves in the last few years. Sadly, I'm disappointed with this year's version. More bitter aftertaste and not the big floral/hoppy/citrus notes of last year. I honestly like SN Torpedo better. I have been drinking a lot of Mojo lately and it's become my go-to IPA. Oh well, the search goes on!
     
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    ^^ yup...Mojo and Loose Cannon are my regular go-to IPAs. for a change, like GD's Denver Pale Ale and Oskar Blue's Old Chub tho that one is a bit thicker.
     
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    Hmm, I'll have to give Mojo a shot. I have not tried that one yet.
     
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    Yeah, Mojo is good stuff. While on sabbatical in VA 08/early 09, my local bar had it on tap and I used to wear it out. I try to support the local guys in Cali but Mojo is just fantastic. Whenever I get tired of Lagunitas IPA or Maximus and Bear Republic Racer 5, I go to Mojo of Green Flash IPA. I also really miss a few Virginia beers like Star Hill Northern Lights IPA and Blue Mountain Full Nelson and Dark Hollow.
     
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    Lagunitas IPA ok but there are better ones...like this one from Lagunitas:

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/220/35738

    this is the Mojo i'm referring:

    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/130/12322

    mikeler - even have it now in the local Publix.
     
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    A local sushi place near me has Lagunitas IPA on tap for $3/pint during happy hour. It is a delicious beer on tap.
     
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    Yes, we're talking about the same Mojo by Boulder beer. I respectfully disagree about Hop Stoopid. It's very, very good but the balance is off. Lagu IPA has great balance and mouth feel but with Hop Stoopid, you get the blast of hops/pine citrus up front but not much in the back. I thinks it's because they use liquid hop concentrate in Hop Stoopid vs. actual hops. IMHO, Maximus is their best. I try to get down to their brewery every few months...as the wife allows. :) I've heard a lot of good things about Sweetwater IPA but I haven't see it anywhere in Cali.
     
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    have to try the Maximus. did u get a brewery tour and see what hops (oil or pellets) are used in each brew style? the Sweetwater (GA based) is very grapefruity but the taste falls short after the 1st bottle. whatever hops are used don't keep my interest.

    recall that i did try the Maximus but wasn't impressed. ...still searching for the holy grail of IPA. :)
     
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    You know, I'm never interested enough to do the tour but I should. I just head straight for tasting the fresh beer! :) Plus, the drive is beautiful, which pacifies the wife.

    I like your IPA holy grail comment. This is a more consuming search than tennis racquets for me. :) I always feel like there's one more out there that will blow my doors...the grass is always greener. In terms of quality + value, I'd have to rank my top 3 IPA's (in no particular order):

    Boulder beer Mojo
    SN Torpedo
    Green Flash

    Let me know any good ones we haven't mentioned lately. I'm always up for trying new ones.

    p.s. DO NOT try Coastal Fog IPA. It was on sale for $12 for a 12 pack at BevMo so I pulled the trigger. Supposedly out of San Fran but brewed in San Jose. Tasted like an IPA made by Miller or Bud.
     
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    Kevin - have u tried GD's Titan IPA? i like that one at times when i need a healthy dose of tastey hops (not the oil crap).
     
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    I have not but will look for it. Thanks for the tip!
     
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    My main stays lately have been the Dogfish 60 and the Drifter Pale Ale.
     
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    I love Dogfish but it's a treat-don't want to drop that much $$ on beer very often. Who makes Drifter? Not sure it's in Cali.
     
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    ok, I'll confess I'm no aficionado here, but I am into good food and pairing it with the right beverage. Tonight after my match I went and bought some Mojo IPA and I have to say this stuff is exceptional with or without food.

    Thanks for the recommendation...this is a very informative thread guys!

    -jrod
     
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    I am also a huge fan of the Mojo. I also think that their Hazed and Infused is a hit - a little lighter, but with a great balance of aroma and bitterness.

    Talking about Widmer Brothers? They make a pale called Drifter which is really, really good when the weather is warm. That's a go-to summer deck beer for me.
     
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    ^ Yep, it is made by Widmer brothers. While not technically an IPA, it is at least a PA.
     
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    Too bad thread titles can't be modified. I'd like to rename this the General IPA thread.
     
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    I've tried to derail this to other types as well.

    In that effort, I tried an imperial stout made by the same brewery that makes Kilt Lifter, and it's awesome. It was something like $10 for a bomber at a bar here, but it was worth every penny.
     
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    Change thread title to "Beer Snobs" :)
     
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    Nice! Though, I'm no beer snob. I do prefer a proper IPA, just as I prefer good, French pressed coffee from my local coffee house. However, in the right situation/atmosphere/sporting event, I've been known to put away my share of PBR or Bud Light. Not saying it's ideal but for me, beer is like pizza, physical relations, a tennis match...even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. :)
     
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    ^ Good points. Sipping a $4 Drifter Pale Ale draft at the moment.
     
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    I could always ask the mods to change the thread title if somebody comes up with something good.
     
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    PBR ok...Bud derivations and i need a few aspirins.
     
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    how bout "mikeler's IPA and other fine brews guide"
     
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    Tried two more new ones last night. The first one I had was called Island Hopping IPA. It was made by the St. Johns Brewing Company. So I'm thinking this is a true Caribbean IPA. NOT! It was brewed and bottled in Maine then shipped there. Anyways, pretty nice IPA. It sort of stopped wowing me after the first few sips but it is something I'd buy in a 6 pack.

    The next one I would not buy in a 6 pack. It was called Blue Heron Pale Ale. I don't recall ever having an IPA or PA with so little flavor. It almost made me wonder if they had just filled the bottle with some water and carbonation. Won't be going back to that one.
     
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    ^^ u really should stop at "the beer store" for better selection.
     
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    ^ I'm almost never in that area of town anymore.
     
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    I usually like most of the Sam Adams brand beers, so I picked up a 6 pack of their Pale Ale which I'd never seen before. Needless to say, I wish I had only bought a single. I've never tasted a Pale Ale that was so watered down. It would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day at the beach but it does not belong in the house.
     
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    Sam Adams disappoints more than not. stopped at the big store downtown tonight and picked up a few. the selection not as good as the stores out west.
     
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    haven't posted in a while, I have recently acquired the taste of IPA (drinking Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA). Took a while, but it is good. At the moment, I am currently drinking Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale, one of my favorites.
     
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    I'm a fan of IPA too. Especially in hot weather. I really like Dogfish but it is a bit pricey. Harpoon IPA is my favorite. Both of them, and most IPA's, pack a punch though.....
     
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    Have not had the Harpoon in a while. Maybe I'll pick up a 6 pack of that next. Also have not had the Mojo in ages, so maybe I'll mix things up this weekend. I'm still a Dogfish guy but you need to drink some other stuff and come back to it in order to fully appreciate it.
     
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    i'd appreciate a cold Dogfish sometime this weekend thank you.
     

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