The Beer Trials appears in the wild, and a review of Dogfish Head 90 Minute

The Beer Trials is out and about, turning up in stores—I know for certain that it’s in stock at Amazon and Powell’s, and I suspect that it’s generally hitting shelves just about everywhere. Very exciting! We are starting to get into the work of supporting the book—I’ll be Powell’s Guest Blogger next week.

Our first review has hit the beer blog circuit, which is exciting. There’s a comment about our scoring of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA as a 6, but that’s a typo on our part—we gave it a 7, which in our scoring curve is pretty good.

I imagine that I’m joining all beer and wine critics in hoping that people don’t spend too much time thinking about the scores; I’d rather hear criticism of our tasting notes. Here’s the entry for the 90 Minute IPA. Let me know if it doesn’t seem accurate to you:

    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
    Strong Beer
    Rating: 7

    Country: USA (Delaware)
    Style: Imperial IPA
    ABV: 9.0%
    Price: $$$$ ($2.50 – $5.00 per 12oz bottle)
    Packaging: 12oz/355ml bottle
    Characteristics: Hoppy, Strong

    Dogfish Head’s Sam Caligione seems incapable of producing a beer that can be casually consumed. Each brew—and 90 Minute IPA is no exception—demands attention. Calling this an IPA is a bit misleading; at 9% alcohol, it’s clearly pushing into “imperial” territory. But more to the point, this doesn’t really come off as an IPA so much as a strong ale or light barleywine.

    Flavors and aromas: There are plenty of hops in the nose, and the IBU numbers are nothing to scoff at, but the bitterness is subdued in the face of an onslaught of malty sweetness and a thick, full body. We like this beer, even if we probably couldn’t drink more than one or two in an evening.

    Design: The font is hard to read, and it’s hard to tell the Dogfish Head beers apart without reading closely, but we still find a certain charm to these labels.

Happy hunting for The Beer Trials in your local bookstore, and be sure to let us know what you think!

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