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Sunday, January 31, 2010

A taste of… 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Cannery Village Center
Milton, Delaware, 19968
United States

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of 60 Minute IPA was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was a “Bottled on 10/28/09 C” stamped on the neck of the bottle.

N.B. – I have known Sam Calagione for a number of years. I have interviewed and attended a number of beer dinners hosted by him as well.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A light amber brew with small to medium carbonation is crowned with a tall but light and airy linen colored head of medium to large bubbles.

Aroma: The first aromas are of floral greenery, followed by a second visit that finds more nuances of the initial herbal aromas. The third nose-dive reveals a hint of roasted, rather toasted malt hiding in the back growth. There is little new news in that moment between lip and sip.

Mouth feel: There is a medium, not to hefty feel to this brew.

Flavor: The first flavors are citric and grassy with a hint of malted barley grain. A second visit brings increasing citric flavors that are relaxed by the herbal flavors that are unique to hop bittering. The third sip reveals a saltine cracker under flavor that lets the hops take center stage as it saunters off, stage left, as a supporting role well done but under appreciated.

Finish: There is a remarkably light and quick finish of fresh green herbal flavors.

Comments: The fact that this is 6% alcohol by volume is noticed only when/if you read the label. I can imagine that this must have been what a good deal of the lighter colored ales produced in the United States prior to Prohibition must have tasted like.

Food & Beer: Casual grilled foods such as hamburgers and frankfurters would be good matched to the herbal flavors but even more interesting they would bring out the malty flavors that hide under the hefty hop presence.

The Brewery: http://www.dogfish.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10099/6108

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dogfish-head-60-minute-ipa/7431/

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