Magic Hat HI.P.A



This is a seasonal beer from VT-based Magic Hat. I haven't been too wowed by Magic Hat but I had to try this one after reading about it in a magazine. Wow its very hoppy. Extremely bitter and flavorful. Its great if you love hops but I found the aftertaste to be a bit rough if you don't keep drinking. A few other people tried it and weren't big fans, but admitted it grew on them. I liked it and its definitely for people who like big hops. I've had others that were more balanced but this is a good one to test your taste buds with.


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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA



This Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head says it ages well, but I'll never know because I drank it. On the label, they clearly state this is "The Holy Grail for Hopheads". Well, I'm not so certain of that. It's interesting and you can tell it's painstakingly crafter, but it's just not my style I don't think. My favorite is the 60 minute and when I feel like less bitter the 90 minute is worth every penny. The 120 minute is just a bit over the top.

Dogfish Head says this is continually hopped for 120 minutes then dry-hopped every day for a month. Wow, that's a lot and it sounds beautiful. But my problem is it's just to sweet, malty, and syrupy. It has a beautiful reddish tint, like a regal robe or something. But it's very sweet and the malt is evident in the earthy, musty smell. I'm not sure what the abv is, but I'm betting it's rather high.

For being hopped so long, I don't sense what I normally sense. Perhaps this is due to an amateur palette, but everything is overpowered by the malt in this one.

Now don't get me wrong, this is one everyone should try. But I'd put it as a special occasion beer for drinkers who really know what they're doing.

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Dogfish Head Burton Baton



This is quite an interesting beer from Dogfish Head, a company that continually surprises me every time I try a new beer of theirs. This beer is an oak-aged Imperial IPA that is quite delicious. It has a tight bubbled carbonation, a nice reddish amber hue, and is relatively clear (although dark enough to not see all the way through). This brew is sweet, but not overly malty, which is what I like. At 10%, this is a strong beer but it's flavor is great so that makes it dangerous in terms of getting happy very fast. The alcohol does not overwhelm the flavor though.

Overall, this wouldn't be a beer I'd drink all night due to the moderate sweetness. But, it is refreshing and a nice brew.


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