Early in 2010, at the recommendation of John Jordan, I tried a Dogfish Head 60 Minute India Pale Ale. This came with much reluctance because I have never been a fan of IPA style beer or any beer with a decent bitterness; as a matter of fact, in the past, I got into homebrewing and decreased the intensity of the hops used in almost every recipe that I made.
There was something special about this 60 minute IPA. I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time, but, while out with my friends, I kept ordering Dogfish beers whenever I would see them on the menu. After trying a few different styles of beer by Dogfish Head Brewery, it occurred to me that they put a decent amount of effort into toying with the intrinsic concept of “beer,” and, if you visit the Dogfish Head website, you’ll come across their motto: “Off centered stuff for off centered people.”
As a result of my curiosity, I decided to do the “derryX Dogfish Head Reviews,” and, in doing so, spending a decent amount of money to seek out a number of different style Dogfish beers.
Aside from the descriptions contained herein (all of which were copied from www.dogfish.com), all comments are the opinion of derryX.
derryX Dogfish Head Review: 60 Minute IPA
Description – From www.dogfish.com:
Our 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped – more than 60 hop additions over a 60 minute boil (getting a vibe yet of where the name came from?). 60 Minute is a session India Pale Ale brewed with a slew of great NorthWest hops. A powerful, but balanced East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. The session beer for hardcore beer enthusiasts!
Price – $ 10.99 for a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles (Source: Price Chopper Latham)
Alcohol by volume – 6 %
Nose – When I took a whiff of this beer, I definitely got a strong floral aroma from the hops. I was also able to pick up some sweetness from the malt.
First Sip – The first sip was a very refreshing combination of bitter and sweet, and, after it went down, the malt flavor really pops at the end.
As You Drink – As the beer starts to warm, the bitterness stays just about the same, but the malt flavor seems to intensify.
Last Sip – The last sip was as refreshing as the first with the benefit of a more pronounced malt flavor.
Food Pairings – Pizza, burgers, cold cut sandwiches, BBQ, really anything bold and meaty