Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - 60 Minute IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Dogfish Head bills their 60 Minute IPA as their flagship and sessionable IPA. While I'd say 6% is right on the border, it's certainly the most sessionable out of the 60, 90, 120 Minute family of IPAs. The beer pours a light gold with a glowing straw hue to the body. The head is a generous, sticky foam that musters excellent retention and some varied and extensive lacing. The nose is super pungent with tons of hops. It's very earthy with a deep aroma and a sharp, piercing note of dry bitterness in the end.

The beer has a velvety mouthfeel that matches up nicely with the ever persistent and airy foam. The beer is crisp, but only light on the refreshing side. The 60 minutes of continuous hopping makes this beer very hoppy with a considerable level of dryness, but avoids going overboard on the bitterness. The beer is extremely well-balanced. It competes with West Coast hopping, but employs an even handedness that gives the beer a keen East Coast mentality.

Final Verdict: A

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