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Review of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

25 Jul
For today’s review I thought I would pour one of the “staples” of the craft beer world.  The Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA brewed by the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery located in Milton, Delaware. 
I’ve had this brew numerous times (as I’m sure most of you have too), however I haven’t sampled it in quite some time, so I figured I might as well revisit this classic and see if it’s still as good as I remember it to be.  
The website, dogfish.com, gave this detail of the beer.  
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.  
Let’s get it in the glass.

The 60 Minute has an ABV of 6.0% and comes in a 12 oz. bottle. 

This beer poured a very clear, honey gold/orange color.   A nice, off white, fluffy, smooth, but somewhat soapy head was formed that had very nice size, very good retention and some suitably attractive lacing.  The color remained consistent at every corner of the glass.  No discernible highlights were seen.   

The aroma brought forth a mild citrus note of grapefruit.  The hops definitely do not overpower the nose.  Rather they seemed to only compliment a very malty, yeasty and herbal centerpiece.  I also found a toasted or burnt bread fragrance along with a slight buttery bouquet.  This beer smelled good, but I don’t remember it being this malty.  Oh well, it was still very pleasant.
With the taste, I received a bit more of the citrus.  Grapefruit, orange and even a bit of tangerine sweetness.  Decent amounts of bitterness and “bite” were to be found here.  Some breadiness pulled a little of the tartness (which wasn’t much) off the entire flavor.  It began to become a touch earthy as the beer warmed to create a more “solid” and “smooth” taste.  Very good and balanced. 
The mouthfeel was medium, crisp, smooth, snappy, refreshing and thirst quenching.  A very nice bit of flavor was left behind on the palate.  Dry on the finish to coerce me into taking another sip. 
Overall, this is a very easily drinkable, very nice, very well made beer.  I think this could be a nice “stepping stone” IPA for those interested in trying the Double/Imperial IPA’s.  It’s not going to blow you away with hops, although enough goodness is present to give the drinker a nice tickle.  It’s a super session brew and I don’t think I would ever turn it down if it was offered.  Pick up a 6-pack and enjoy if you haven’t done so in a while.  I know I did. 
Thanks for reading everyone.  Have a great day.
Cheers!!!
Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+
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8 Comments

Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Country: USA, Dogfish Head

 

8 responses to “Review of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

  1. Sud Savant

    July 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Good call, sir! Always nice to revisit the classics.

     
  2. Sud Savant

    July 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Good call, sir! Always nice to revisit the classics.

     
  3. shrews824

    July 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    It is, I agree. I need to do that more often I guess. Sometimes I get a little burnt out on the Imperials, Doubles, Triples, etc. It's always nice to have a solid, well developed beer on hand to just enjoy.

     
  4. shrews824

    July 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    It is, I agree. I need to do that more often I guess. Sometimes I get a little burnt out on the Imperials, Doubles, Triples, etc. It's always nice to have a solid, well developed beer on hand to just enjoy.

     
  5. Beer Drinker Rob

    July 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I vote higher than 3.8 of 5 and think this beer is better than their more highly acclaimed 90 Minute and WAY better than Mr. 120.

    I know you like it too. Just saying “I Love It!”

     
  6. Beer Drinker Rob

    July 26, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I vote higher than 3.8 of 5 and think this beer is better than their more highly acclaimed 90 Minute and WAY better than Mr. 120.

    I know you like it too. Just saying “I Love It!”

     
  7. shrews824

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Rob,

    Thanks for reading and adding your comment. I really appreciate it. I, unfortunately, have never had the 90 or 120, so I don't want to make any comparisons concerning those two beers. I totally respect your opinion on the 60 minute. It seems that a lot of people really, really like this brew and that's great. It didn't quite knock my socks off like I thought it might. Like I said in the review, it had been a while since I last had it, so my tastes could have been a little skewed from drinking “hoppier” beers lately. It's still a great beer however. One that I will gladly sip on anytime.

    Cheers!!! Be sure to check back from time to time. Thanks again.

    Scott

     
  8. shrews824

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Rob,

    Thanks for reading and adding your comment. I really appreciate it. I, unfortunately, have never had the 90 or 120, so I don't want to make any comparisons concerning those two beers. I totally respect your opinion on the 60 minute. It seems that a lot of people really, really like this brew and that's great. It didn't quite knock my socks off like I thought it might. Like I said in the review, it had been a while since I last had it, so my tastes could have been a little skewed from drinking “hoppier” beers lately. It's still a great beer however. One that I will gladly sip on anytime.

    Cheers!!! Be sure to check back from time to time. Thanks again.

    Scott

     

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