As far as I am concerned, if you love a good IPA, you love hops. Therefore if you are looking for a great IPA you are looking for rich, crisp, and delicious hop characteristics in your beer. An unfortunate reality is that a massive number of IPAs available today fall into the weak-fizzy-fake-IPA category. The category of India Pale Ale has become more of a marketing scheme than actual beer style amongst the world’s largest brewers. Worse than that, all this false advertising has mislead and confused consumers and beer drinkers everywhere as to what and India Pale Ale really is!
So to all the mystified and misinformed beer drinkers out there, I present to you the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA; an IPA crafted in proper fashion, as well as one of the best IPA’s available, in my humble opinion.
The Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware NY has become easily known for producing beers which live up to its slogan, “brewing off-centered beer for off-centered people.” It really is amazingly true; a huge range of their beers are so out of this world and so unique that they alone have made a name for Dogfish Head. Their 60 minute IPA however really is their flagship, but only stands out of the crowd because of the weak environment that the commercial marketers have created – in reality, the 60 Minute IPA is a great, but pretty standard IPA. Allow me to elaborate.
The 60 Minute IPA is among the greatest examples of a true IPA that I have ever tasted. Few beers can compare to the true hop flavor that bursts out of this beer, and even fewer could match the beers food pairing abilities! One of the primary reasons for this is that is it indeed a real IPA! Not some phony, money driven, cheap IPA using cleavage and prizes to lure you into the dark side of beer.
As the name suggests, the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA has over 60 hop additions throughout a 60 minute boil using a slew of NorthWest hops. This process has created a deliciously unique and robust IPA bursting with citrus fresh hops and floral aromas. The beer cleanses and refreshes your palate in a wave of crisp bitter hops like nothing I’ve ever had. The hop bite is so perfectly matched with the pale malts in the beer that it creates a beer that is both satisfying and quenching. Its ability to pair with spicy and greasy foods, or heavy cheeses and pastas is amazing.
The beer pours rustic golden orange with a lot of life building foam immediately, and eventually resting to a very frothy one inch head. It just looks exciting already; the head has a lot of staying power which seems to be due to the flurry of bubbles pouring up from the bottom of the beer. The nose is a clear indication of the hops you should expect from the beer; fresh and bold with lots of citrus, pine, a touch of malt sweetness and grapefruit peel.
I always debate with myself what temperature that this beer should be served at. As an IPA I would typically serve it at fridge temperature (between 0 to 4C, or 32 to 39F) adding to the refreshing and quenching characteristics of the beer. But because it has so much character and flavor, I really feel like you are better able to enjoy everything the beer has to offer at a warmer temp around cool (between 12 to 14C, or 54 to 57F). What it really comes down to is the scenario. If you are in front of a BBQ on a hot day, or if you just came in from putting up some dry wall, you want this beer served right out of the fridge as to best quench your palate. MMMmm. But if you are sitting down to relax with a movie, or pairing the 60 Minute IPA with a nice 5 year old white cheddar than I would have it cool as to best enjoy all the flavor and aromas that this wonderful beer can offer.
But back to the beer itself. Once the IPA hits your tongue, before the hops make their presence known, there is a quick sweet rush of pine, grapefruit and light malt. Its so refreshing but very short lived. Quickly as the beer flows across your palate you are hit (pleasantly hit that is) with a rush of hops with a very distinct crisp bitterness that leaves your mouth so fresh and satisfied. The hops show a lot of citrus, fresh pine, and floral bitter – the grapefruit and the sweetness of the malt helps balance all the bitter that is insatiably evident in this beer. I also get a touch of bread or dough on the palate which adds to a perfect mouthfeel: crisp, very wet, perfectly carbonated, but so smooth.
Right on point with the overall hop characteristics of the beer, the finish is crisp, dry, and quenching. It’s perfect with food because with every sip it scrubs your palate clean, leaving you even more prepared for your next bite of that pesto pasta. It’s dry and satisfying all at the same time, and seems to leave my mouth watering a bit. It’s really a chef’s dream, and mine! The Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is a Game Changing Beer.