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.
Score: 3.8 out of 5