This notorious Imperial IPA is offered yearly in four-packs, its name in reference to the 90 minutes of constant hopping dedicated to the brew. Aromas are like sweet bread, caramel, raw sugar, tropical fruits, grapefruit pith, and hints of pine sap.
The palate is sweet and malty up front, tasting something like honey-drizzled biscuits with yeasty sourdough. Hops begin with a focus on the sour, citric end of the spectrum. Hops gradually evolve into grassy, herbal flavors toward the middle. Leading into the finish, a spicy bitterness lashes out, wrecking the palate with numbness. Lush, juicy hop flavors burst out into a pool of brown sugar, settling into a final and resolute sense of balance. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, elevated, crisp yet smooth.
Overall, this is a really strong East Coast-style double IPA with a supreme sense of balance. Bitterness obviously has the upper hand here, but sweetness really levels things out with a directly proportionate corresponding weight (at least as far as this style goes). Alcohol is carefully hidden below a barrage of hop flavor. It delivers all one would expect, or perhaps crave. This is one of my favorite standards from Dogfish Head, and I always pick some up when I’m traveling (I live in Arkansas of all places, for those who may not yet know). This is what a double should taste like. I recommend every hop head quickly check this off their list.