Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Beer Name: 60 Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Co. (Milton, DE)
ABV: 6.0%
How sold: 6-packs (12 oz. bottles)
Where bought: Fred Meyer (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $13.29 for 6-pack
IBU: 60

"Bottled On" Date: April 6, 2015
Date Opened: May 5, 2015

What's on the Label: "The continually-hopped India Pale Ale."

What's on the Website: "60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped -- more than 60 hop additions over a 60-minute boil. (Getting a vibe of where the name came from?) 60 Minute is brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops. A powerful but balanced East Coast IPA with a lot of citrusy hop character, it's the session beer for hardcore enthusiasts!"

When brewed? Year-round beer.

Where distributed: Dogfish Head ships to about half the U.S. states. Surprisingly (to me), Dogfish Head does not currently ship to California. Interestingly, when I go to Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA page, they do not list Washington or Oregon as states they ship to with respect to wholesale partners. Yet, you can readily get 60 Minute in stores here (Washington and Oregon).

Appearance (5%): Poured clear orange-golden into a clear pint glass. Some lacing and a few millimeters of white head that eventually dissipated to a sudsy surface. 4/5

Smell (25%): Mainly a light pine-hop aroma, slight citrus notes. 3.75/5

Taste (40%): Extremely balanced. Slight citrus-bitterness on the aftertaste for a few seconds. Mellow flavors at the outset, which I found a bit surprising. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Light body and refreshing. Some carbonation on the tongue. Unlike the Sixty-One, the 60 Minute is not dry on the tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): A good single IPA, certainly one that I would get if I'm in a Dogfish Head mood. The outstanding balance will help make it a favorite amongst IPA lovers. It's got a lighter, more mellow taste that is consistent with session IPAs. While the sessions are generally around 4-5%, this one is 6%. For me, there are other single IPAs that are more local (or at least on the West Coast) that are cheaper and tastier, at least in my opinion. It's usually why I favor the West Coast IPAs a bit more. Several IPAs from the East Coast and Midwest favor balance, while West Coast can be more in-your-face with the grapefruit, passion fruit, and/or pineapple. The latter appeals more to me. Not sure if it's because I live on the West Coast, but it could at least be a contributing factor. In short, the 60 Minute is great for what it is, and I will gladly drink it, but it will honestly not be my first choice. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.888/5

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