90 Minute IPA (9% ABV, 90 IBU) & Hopdevil IPA (6.7% ABV, 50 IBU)
Hmm, East Coast and IPA – is this a combo that I will like or not? If so which of the two IPAs will I prefer? This is what I thought earlier when I was looking for some IPAs from the wrong coast I mean East Coast when it comes to micro beers. With a little help from the beer guy at a local respectable grocery store I got my hands on two IPAs from the Northeast that the beer dude recommended. Up tonight for my palates pleasure (or not) are the 90 Minute IPA (9% ABV, 90 IBU) from Doghead Fish Brewery in Milton, Delaware. The next beer comes at ya from the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The beer is called Hopdevil IPA (6.7% ABV, 50 IBU).
First up is the 90 minute IPA. It has a light color to it, compared to other IPAs, with a respectable fluffy head. It has a subtle fruity smell but what is strong in this beer is its taste. With a high IBU that wasnt unexpected. Although I love hoppy beers once it gets too hoppy I tend to turn away. I tasted some fruitiness and what its website describes as “raiseny” came out strong as well. It came out overly hoppy almost uncomfortably overwhelming at times. In the end the finish was acceptble but since I’m not a big fan of the overly bitter “raisiney” IPAs that have a heavier, darker finish reminiscent of a stout ending I’m unsure that I’ll get this again.
The Hopdevil poured well and its appearance was a clear amber with a complimentary head. It had the classic IPA citrusy smell with an decent taste and a finish that was not overwhelming or too disappointing. I did come away thinking was that it? I felt it lacked in taste and could have been a much better beer then it was.
As always I am grateful for being able to try new beers especially hoppy beers even if they are from the other side of the US. But with these two brews I didn’t feel that they lived up to many of the hoppy IPAs from the West Coast. Am I partial? Damn straight I am. But with that said when I drink good beer regardless of where it originates I will give it the due props it deserves if it does, of course, deserve it. Cheers!