Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA Review

Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewery | Beer: 75 Minute IPA
Style: American India Pale Ale | ABV: 7.5% | IBUs: 75
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into pint glass

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA
One of the core offerings from Dogfish Head is their "Minute" series of IPAs. Consisting of an IPA (60 Minute IPA), a Double IPA (90 Minute IPA), and a monster that could be described as a Triple IPA (120 Minute IPA), it's a pretty full lineup. However, there's a sweet spot right between 60 and 90 occupied by this beer, 75 Minute IPA. Available for a long time at the brewpub, 75 Minute is now an occasional bottled release.

Rather than just straight blend, to add something new to the mix it's bottled conditioned, deriving it's naturally carbonation from maple syrup, That seems like a pretty slick way to do it.

Here's How Dogfish Head describe the resulting brew:
The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub.
60 and 90 were both good to me, so let's see what happens when you split the difference and throw in a dash of Canadia, shall we?

Appearance: A hazy orange-bronze body capped by about three fingers of dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Juicy and leafy hops over sweet brown sugar caramel malt. Simple but enticing.

Taste: Up front, a wave of herbal, green, piney, and bitter hops. Underneath, an assertive caramel malt backbone with lots of syrupy brown sugar around the edges. The booze is well-hidden. Everything is balanced perfectly and it all straddles the line between a bold IPA and mild Double IPA pretty nicely. Leafy bitter hops and chocolatey malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Hints of warmth from the booze.

Drinkability: Drinks much faster than the big alcohol content would suggest, so be careful.

Verdict: I'm a fan of the other "minute IPAs" Dogfish puts out, but I have to say 75 is my new favorite. It's straightforward, very drinkable, balanced perfectly, full of great flavors, and has plenty of character. It might not be the biggest or most unique beer on the planet, but I just simply can't find a fault here. I wish this was available in packs right between 60 Minute and 90 Minute, I'd be buying a lot.

Grade: A+ (4.7 out of 5 stars)

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