ORIGINAL BOTTLES: DOGFISH HEAD 90 MINUTE IPA

ORIGINAL BOTTLES: DOGFISH HEAD 90 MINUTE IPA Friday, January 20, 2012

Do you like macaroni and cheese? How about brisket? Maybe a small pile of spicy chicken wings? Or some pickled-peppered pork shank, paired with a scalloped potato gratin?

If any or all that sounds good to you, and if you’re old enough to vote, serve and enter bars once the sun has set, the we’ve got just the beer for you.

Delaware’s Dogfish Head, the perennial darling of the craft brewing community since its 1995 founding, brews one of the most remarkable—and remarkably smooth—India Pale Ales in the contiguous United States.

And, as all beer enthusiasts know, the secret to making a robust-tasting ale lies in the hops. But the folks at Dogfish Head think the hops tell a secret, too, revealed during the boiling process.

Once they have produced their wort, the brewers at Dogfish Head brewers bring that wort to a boil, letting it roil for a full hour-and-a-half, as they continuously add to it hops, imported, coincidentally, from the Pacific Northwest. No fewer than 90 hop additions occur during those 90 minutes.

The result is the coppery, biscuity, citrusy, dry, moderately portent, certainly bitter and doubtlessly complex, 9.0 ABV, 90 IBU 90 Minute IPA.

Try it with something spicy, something rich, something cheesy. But before you do, pour the brew into a pint glass, take a sip unspoiled by the distraction of the competing flavors of the meal you’re about to consume, and see if you can tell your tablemates that this isn’t one of the best IPAs you’ve ever tasted.