Tag Archives: Double IPA

89. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

This is probably the higher IBU rating that I have had. Some brewers do not post the IBU rating so I cannot be sure but 90 is very impressive. Overall this beer was better than I expected as I am not a “hop head” and usually do not enjoy beer with high IBU ratings. The color is a great bronze/gold color with a small head that leaves a great lacing on the glass. The appearance alone makes this beer worth drinking. Taste was smoother than I expected for a 9% ABV – 90 IBU beer and there is a lot of malt in there to help offset the hops. This is a very good example of an IPA or more accurately a double IPA. If you like hops give this a try. I am now looking forward to the 120 IPA review.
Pros: Appearance, smooth
Cons: Lots of hops which can be a pro if you like them
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 90
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Dogfish Head
Brewers Description: Esquire Magazine calls our 90 Minute IPA “perhaps the best IPA in America.” An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. 90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent — but not crushing — hop flavor. Since introducing the world to the continuous-hopping method with our 90 Minute IPA, we’ve since released the continuously hopped 60 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA and even a 75 Minute IPA (a cask-conditioned blend of 60 and 90 Minute IPAs). In addition to the continuous hopping, 90 Minute IPA is also dry hopped with our ‘Me So Hoppy’ device during conditioning (check it out in the video below). This beer is an excellent candidate for use with our Randall The Enamel Animal filter!

41. Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA

This is another solid beer from Harpoon. I was a bit skeptical as an IPA with a 120 IBU rating and 10% alcohol is not usually something I would enjoy but this one had a nice white head that stayed throughout the entire beer leaving a nice lace on the glass. The brewer does a nice job offsetting the bitter hops with some sweat malt flavoring. At 10% ABV you can taste it and it is a beer that should be enjoyed slowly.
Pros: Lots of hops but still not overpowering
Cons:  Strong (that could be a pro or a con depending)
Alcohol Content: 10%
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 120
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Harpoon
Brewers Description: Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA will challenge your senses and your palate. As the vibrant aroma rushes out of your glass you will notice the blend of piney and tropical fruit notes.  At first sip, this big beer starts with a powerful hop bitterness up front and an aggressive hop flavor and character throughout.

Leviathan Imperial IPA is brewed with tons of pale malt and just enough caramel malt to provide a sweet malt body to balance the hop intensity. We used copious amounts of a variety of hops including Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo at various points during the boil to create a complex hop flavor and clean lingering bitter finish. We then fermented the beer with Harpoon’s own versatile proprietary yeast.   Finally, we dry hopped at a rate of over 1 lb a barrel to produce this beer’s massive aroma.