Two East Coast IPAs: 90 Minute IPA & Hopdevil IPA

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!

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About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

Comments

  1. Come on man you’re gonna do an IPA West vs East competition? That’s not even fair. Let’s do a dark ale challenge and let’s see who wins that or a Belgian Ale challenge and let’s see you comes out on top…

  2. I’m down for any challenge brother! WESST COAAAASSST!!

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