Today I interviewed for and received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year, so in celebration I decided to finally try Dogfish Head’s 60-Minute IPA (the continually hopped India Pale Ale). Dogfish Head is a Delaware brewery, and I have tried and reviewed their India Brown Ale before, but that was the only one of their beers I had tried, until now.
Here’s what they say on their Web site:
A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & ‘Mystery Hop X.’ A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. The session beer for hardcore beer enthusiasts!
This pours to a beautiful golden color, with a two and a half finger thick head that is almost completely white and very thick and pillowy. It seems to last a good while too, leaving an average amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is somewhat cloudy held up to sunlight. It looks like Spring or Summer in a glass. I am very eager to try this beer!
First reaction on experiencing the bouquet: wonderful! There are definitely lemon and orange notes in the nose. There is also a nice hoppy touch to it, but with a slight sweetness. It kind of gives you the thought of biscuits or crackers with honey. That’s the kind of crisp buttery nose you pick up.
My mouth watering in anticipation of the citrus and hops sure to come, I took my first sip….it was not what I was expecting at all. With each style of beer, one expects certain flavors or experiences. With a good stout, I expect dark malty goodness and likely coffee or chocolate flavors. With a good nut brown ale I expect some nuttiness and a good balance between malt and hops. With an IPA, I expect some great mouth puckering to occur. That’s not what I got. This beer is sweeter than I expected. There is honey present in the taste, and it’s medium-light bodied and crisp yet smooth. As it warms slightly, the hops flavor comes out a little more, but it never develops into a lovely mouth puckering dry bitterness. This beer has a pretty round mouthfeel. The finish is not exactly clean, more like a sweet afterfeel, if that makes sense. I also picked up hints of banana on the finish.
Then, the second bottle (and subsequent bottles) gave me much more hops. All the flavor profiles were there but hoppier and mouth puckering, in a good way.
Overall this is a tasty beer. The hops came through on subsequent bottles and really made this an enjoyable beer. A very good IPA, though perhaps a little lighter on hops than expected.
Recommended: Yes, this is a well-crafted IPA with very good flavor profiles. Enjoy in good health!
Price: $10.79 / 6-pack