Total Score: 8.35/10
This one has been near the top of my hit list for a while: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA… or was it the 75 Minute IPA? Or the 90 Minute IPA? Or their 120 Minute IPA? Case in point: Dogfish Head make a lot of IPAs and it’s hard to keep track of them, but I’ll give them all a go when I get the chance. As an East Coast style IPA I’m expecting it to be smooth bodied with a juicy hop aspect and a decent balance between bitter/sweet (perhaps erring on the side of sweet). Fun fact: Dogfish sharks have venom which coats their dorsal spines which is mildly toxic to humans – true story.
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Cloudy marigold body with a nice dense one centimetre cream-coloured head. This looks absolutely fantastic for an IPA – just the right shade of amber, cloudy and with top-notch head retention, nice! 8/10.
S: Once again hop-fade is the bane of my existence – although this was bottle in 09/16 (4 months ago)… I guess that’s long enough to expect hop-fade. Aroma is more malt than hop driven, damn shame, notes of: Caramel, fresh baked biscuits, hint of citrus, and a light floral touch. Still not bad but definitely lacking hop aroma in the 4 months since it was brewed. 7/10.
T: Still firmly citrus driven in the flavour though, begins with lemon, then grapefruit through to fresh-squeezed orange in the finish, which is of a medium (and quite appropriate) bitterness. Caramel/biscuit malts throughout the palate lay a solid sweet foundation for this (after 4 months still) hop driven delight. 9/10.
M: Medium bodied with a nice dense but light carbonation, pretty spot on mouthfeel. 9/10.
D: The closest IPA I would compare this to is Smuttynose Finestkind IPA, however Smuttynose edges this overall. It must be noted that Smuttynose was about the same age when I tried it so really between the two IPAs it’s really about the one that aged best, I would love to have gotten my hands on both when they were fresh however East Coast US beers don’t seem to get shipped as easily and frequently as West Coast brews, hence the possible discrepancy between my scores – really with IPAs I am fast learning (from homebrew as well as drinking): The fresher the better, and: Old IPAs – don’t bother. 8/10.
Food match: The classic IPA match of Thai, or even Laotian larb would be ace.