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60 Minute IPA

Posted by jwpiper on February 1, 2009

I somewhat enjoy Dogfish Head 90 Minute as a year-round available double IPA, but I’ve never been the biggest fan it its little brother Dogfish Head 60 Minute. For the Hop Mess, Matt G. brought some 60 Minute IPA, so we had it to wash down the pizza. Poured at about 45-50 degrees into a pint glass.
Appearance
4
Pours a clear caramel-yellow color with a nice, big 3cm white head.
Smell
3
Not terribly compelling. A bit of pine, and something which is a bit off. More malt than hops on the nose. A bit non-descript.
Taste
3
Medicinal, not very much good hop character. Too bitter for the lack of hop profile. Not terrible, but not good, and nowhere near as good as the 90 minute.
Mouthfeel
4
Nice and clean palate. Good carbonation. A bit thin, but smooth.
Drinkability
3
The off/medicinal/bitter flavors don’t help this one go down.
Overall
3.3
Unfortunately the best part about this was the appearance. I don’t think I’ll be buying this one again.
Price
$9/6pk ($1.50/12oz). Not really worth it, unfortunately.
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120 Minute IPA

Posted by jwpiper on January 29, 2009

Another acquisition from Charles Street Liquors. I honestly had no idea what to expect with the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, so when I saw it, I had to pick it up. This beer is brewed with hops for 120 minutes and then dry hopped for 30 days straight and comes in at 21% ABV. This beer could range anywhere between terrible and life changing. Poured at cellar temperature into a wine glass.
Appearance
3.5
It pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small off-white head.
Smell
4
The smell is dominated by pine and lemon. Medicinal. There’s plenty of strange maltiness which is a bit tough to pinpoint: orange syrup?
Taste
4
Again, pine and orange on the palate. Very sweet, rich, and hardly bitter at all – at least for a 120 minute. Very different than any other beer I’ve had. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.
Mouthfeel
4
The feel is smooth and mouth-coating, and a bit cloying. The carbonation is nice – light and effervescent which this beer need.
Drinkability
4
This is dramatically more drinkable than expected. But, to be real, it is a 100% sipper, with consequences when under pressure to drink too fast. I was in a bit of a rush to make my dinner reservations, and this beer is tough to drink at anything faster than a slow sip.
Overall
3.9
The exception already noted, this beer gets better and better further through the bottle. I get the impression on both the nose and palate that the hops used are a little scattered and unfocused. It creates an experience which is a bit all over the place and extremely unclean. I like my hoppy beers to be clean (thus my preference for West Coast IPAs). This beer is well balanced, even fresh; and it is easy to see how this beer would change with cellar time. I’d like to try that at some point, and I do wish this were more available for me.
Price
$10/12oz. Impossible to describe as a value. But this is worth trying, and I would buy a couple of these each year and put some in the cellar. Not this trip, but some other time.

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