STYLE: Imperial IPA
APPEARANCE: Clear copper with orange edging
HEAD: A small, but extremely tightly-knit pure white head lasts throughout the drink
LACING: Lofty lacing holds high and tight on the glass
NOSE: A quintessential Imperial IPA nose. Pine and grapefruit followed by grapefruit and pine. Bold, bright, and beautiful. There’s a distinct lack of malt aroma in the nose. That’s not overly unusual with uber-hoppy beers like this one, but considering how well the malt and hops balance in DFH’s 60 Minute, it’s a little surprising.
TASTE: Could definitely use more of a malt backbone. Imperials are supposed to be hop-forward and while the 90 Minute isn’t ridiculously aggressive, it just doesn’t have the sweet, malt character to balance what is a legitimately great hop profile. If the hops are Simon, then the malt is Garfunkel. Sure the Simon-hops generally take center stage and are the star of the show, but without the Garfunkel-malt, it’s just not the same. Still, the hops are quite tasty…pungent citrus fruits mesh beautifully with a strong, pine resin flavor. A big, bitter finish with a definite, but not overwhelming hit of booze in the end.
MOUTHFEEL: Nice medium body with very good carbonation. A bit astringent on the finish…most Imperials are drying, but the 90 Minute goes a little beyond that.
DRINKABILITY: It’s damn drinkable, but it suffered in a back-to-back taste test with the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. If we hadn’t sampled that other Imperial, it would have fared extremely well, but alas, you can’t drink beer in a vacuum. Context is everything and the truth is that the Hop Stoopid is a nearly perfect Imperial and the 90 Minute is just a hair less balanced. Still a ridiculously good beer though.
RATING: 3.5 Hops