journal of a self proclaimed beer connoisseur

Dogfish Head – 60 Minute IPA

Date: Monday, January 31, 2011
Brewery: Dogfish Head
Beer: 60 Minute IPA
Category: American IPA
ABV: 6.00%
Brewed in: United States

The flagship beer from Dogfish Head breweries, this beer has some expectations to live up to.

60 minute IPA means that Dogfish Head hops this beer continunally for 60 minutes. They have 90 minute and 120 minute offerings as well. So this is the baby of the bunch.

The beer poured a nice amber copper color with great clarity and a beautiful 1.5 finger bubbly white head. This was not an aggressive pour (learned that the hard way with a tulip glass). Very attractive glass of beer.

The aroma from this beer is intoxicating. I took a deep initial sniff and was very pleasantly surprised by the harmonious combination of crisp citrus hops, pine, and malts. The hops and grapefruit citrus are clearly dominant but not overpowering. The pine finished out the nose and balances out the fruity aspect nicely. This is like airfreshner for beer geeks.

I took my first sip and let it wash around in my mouth and linger before eventually swallowing in an attempt to glean as much information as possible out of my first impression. To summarize – spectacular. This is a delicious beer. You get a very good dose of bitter hops but the grapefruit citrus flavors play this bitterness off very positively. Pine again is present in the finish to balance off the experience. In the finish you can start to taste a bit of the malts.

The mouthfeel is smooth, if not a little thick, and carbonation is moderate. The finish is dry and refreshing.

This beer definitely lived up to expectations and I can agree with Dogfish Head’s assessment that this is THE session beer for hop heads (i.e. IPA lovers). So far, it would be my choice. If you haven’t and had the pleasure of trying this beer – get on it!

Now remember, ratings are subjective. This one may not be 5 pints to everyone – but it is to me. I could drink copious amounts of this.

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4 responses

  1. Nice post. I agree 100%. This is my new go to beer. I rated it an A+ when I had it back on day 49. I have yet to try their 90 or 120 but I’m sure I will get to them.

    Great job on the blog. I really like the pieces you write about like Beer in North America and Aging beers, etc. Good reads indeed!

    February 1, 2011 at 11:09 AM

  2. Thanks! I honestly wasn’t sure anyone was (or would) actually read those in-depth things. They are just enjoyable for me to write. I usually end up looking into topics for myself and figure I might as well share what I learn.

    This is a seriously good beer though. I have Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on my “Beer a Day” schedule but it isn’t until like day 349 or something. So it will be like November 2011 before I try it…

    That doesn’t mean I can’t try a 120 minute before then!

    February 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    • Wait…you have a master plan of which beer you will have on a particular day?

      Interesting. I usually buy 12-14 singles, randomly choose one, then go back to the store before those are gone.

      I have been saving the bottles and caps for a picture at the end of the 365 of all the bottles. Should be fun trying to get all of them in a photo.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      • Not quite…I have a beer a day book. I just drink the beers from those on their respective day. Usually 5 to 8 a month. 90 minute IPA is in there. The rest I just buy like you!

        February 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM

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