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Feb
09

DFH 90 Minute IPA

By Andy Murphy
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ipa-mondayWith all the talk of “stimulus” in the halls of Congress these days, I’d like to propose a recovery package of my own: Let’s make IPA Monday a national holiday.

If every American worker of legal drinking age could look forward to starting the workweek with an IPA, the resulting vigor and renewed enthusiasm would increase productivity and energize the economy.

“But Andy,” I hear you argue, “isn’t alcohol a depressant? How could a downer perk us up?”

Beer is a lot less depressing than the recent news coming out of Washington, DC. And since IPA Monday consists of one — and only one — bottle of IPA, the required moderation might just result in far less drinking than encouraged by the current stimulus package.

Finally, with such great brews as the 90 Minute Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head, instituting IPA Monday may be the only response capable of wide, bi-partisan support.  And that, like the 90 Minute IPA, would truly be refreshing.

I’m closing out Dogfish Head week (in fact, going into extra innings — the week started last Monday with the 60 Minute IPA) with what is perhaps the most drinkable IPA I’ve had so far this year.

This beer genuinely surprised me. All week long, I kept stumbling across reviews of the 90 Minute IPA — reviews that described an incredible hoppiness and an almost hidden malt. But I seem to be drinking an entirely different beer. Has the beer changed since those reviews? Mine was bottled in September, 2008.

The 90 Minute whipped up a huge, frothy head that absolutely refused to dissipate. Looking at the body, it appeared pale gold, clean and clear. The aroma had pronounced hops, but it was the malt I detected most clearly from this beer’s nose.

And that malt continued on my tongue. According to the label:

What you have here is an Imperial India Pale Ale featuring a single, constant 90-minute hop addition. It’s balanced by a ridiculous amount of English Two-row Barley. Then we dry hop it in every tank.

The two-row barley, I’ve read, arguably produces a mellow ale. I taste a sweet malt that holds its own against an amazing, oily hoppiness. The malt seems to act as a Trojan Horse, sneaking the hops past your taste buds and into your gullet before your tongue can register what just happened. To me, most of the hop presence hits the tail. I was too busy parsing the candy/pineapple/bread pudding elements to really notice the hops.

Wonderful mouthfeel, too — not too oily, not too thin. It’s the baby bear of Dogfish grizzlies.

For a 90+ IBU beer, I cannot believe it went down so smoothly. I hardly noticed the alcohol (9% ABV), either.

If you still don’t think IPA Monday should be a national holiday, just think about this beer — how the barley and hops have reached across the aisle to make the world a better place — and consider the alternative.

That’s right. A world filled with pork soda.

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