Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dogfish 75 Minute IPA

There was a long time that I thought that the Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA was only available in their tap houses. Naturally, when I found a bottle of it, I had to buy it. 

You are most likely more familiar with the 60 Minute and the 90 Minute IPAs. They are the staples of the Dogfish Head line and sometimes I feel like they are the only non-experimental ones, just solid IPAs. The 75 Minute IPA is a blend of the 60 and the 90 with some maple syrup added. It is 7.5% ABV, so it is strong, but definitively not in the Imperial range. It is naturally carbonated in the bottle (using the yeast), which gives it a softer carbonation. You can actually see the fine carbonation in the above picture.

The 75 Minute is dry hopped with cascades, which is abundantly clear when you waft the aroma to your nose. It isn't as overwhelming of a hop nose as I would generally expect from a dry hopped beer, but it is still clear. The flavor is very complex, but very smooth. The hops are cut a bit by the maple syrup. In my opinion it still stays in the IPA category, but does tend in the direction of  a standard pale ale. It has a more balanced hop character than the 60 Minute does. I was expecting something a little heavier, considering the maple syrup, but I was pleasantly surprised by a medium body, pleasant, but not overwhelming IPA. It is a little sweeter than most IPAs, but still very good. If you want a different IPA experience, I would strongly suggest giving it a shot.  

No word on why they included Eugene Levy on the label, but I'm not too concerned about it. 

Glassware: Pint, Mug, Tulip

Synonym Beer: I have yet to have one that is like it.

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