60 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle purchased at Hamlin Grocery in Ludington, MI. Bottled on 8/4/11. According to the Dogfish Head website, 60 Minute IPA is brewed with more than 60 hop additions across an hour long boil. They also go on to call it a session IPA, though it contains 6% alcohol by volume. I popped the cap and poured into a tulip glass.
Tipping the bottle horizontally yields three fingers of head in the glass. The head is off-white. Retention is very good. Lacing glides down the glass as head disappears. The beer is lightly copper colored with just a touch of haze. Carbonation is not very active to the eye.
The aromatics are robust and lean heavily on hop aromas. There is a fine distribution and balance between citric, floral, and piney aromas. The citrus smells sweet and tangerine-like as opposed to grapefruit-like. There is a little breadiness in the aroma as well as a bit of alcohol. It is a pleasant mellow vibe.
The first sip reveals a beer that is maltier than the aroma would imply; that is not to undervalue the hop profile either. However, there is even a large contrast between the hop aromas and the hop flavors. Grapefruit bitterness hits the lips, coating the mouth in a resinous film that persists without overpowering. A little bit of pine manifests on the tongue. Biscuit malts rise above and mingle in some alcoholic sugary sweetness. For my tastes, the malt bill rests high in the balance and the blend of hop flavors is not my cup of tea. However, it appears to be deliberately crafted in that vein.
The body of this “session IPA” is on the lighter end of medium. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. It feels surprisingly light, but the persistent grapefruit barb keeps it far from easy drinking. Though the continuous hopping does strike a fantastic balance between bittering hops and aromatic hops, I just didn’t care much for the taste. I don’t care if a beer is perfect in every other category; if I don’t like how it tastes, it’s not going to get far with me. I can’t imagine buying this one again.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
A lot of people are passionately for or against DFH. I feel that some of their beers are good and some are just misses. I don’t give a Schlitz for this particular brew.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2011 02:12:38 | More by weizenbob
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