Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
82 Blade Chainsaw
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is an American IPA brewed by the Dogfish Head brewing Company in Milton, Delaware. It is built with a generous amount of Two-Row English Barley and continuously hopped with Amarillo, Warrior and Mystery Hop X Hops for a dominating 6% ABV and a satisfying 60 IBU count.
This Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA review is a continuation of the recommendation from all you stumbleupon beer drinkers out there who almost unanimously recommended the series. After my tolerance was continuously and repetitively raped by the 90 Minute version, I cautiously tried the 60 Minute, knowing it had a lower but certainly respectable 6% ABV.
The review combines all of the tasting notes, but since I was a tired dad when I finally got the kids to sleep and tried the first batch, I fell asleep without giving the beer a chance. The second batch was sampled with a disagreeable food pairing. But on the third batch I was well rested after getting the kids to bed early, ate some vitamins and Valencia oranges, and paired the beer with one of Dogfish head’s website suggestions: pizza!
Onto The Method
9.5/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Aroma – The cold serve inhibits some fragrances, but after sitting for a minute the hop bouquet opens up at the center of the frothy foam, enriching the air with bitter tones of the hop, citrus aromas and pine notes over a subtle malt base. Smells fresh, like the beach.
2.0 – Taste – The flavors differed from the two batches some, but shared a substantial yet crisp and refreshing malt foundation that allowed the hop composition to take front stage while not overwhelming the senses. The differences lie in the hop profile with the first batch being lighter on the bitterness and fresher with an interesting lemon and grass taste. The second batch was more true in flavor to an India Pale Ale with a more robust hop composition and a stronger alcohol punch. Both batches, however, were extremely delicious.
1.5 – Palate – Smooth and refreshing body that is satisfying and clean. great thirst quenching capabilities.
2.0 – Overall – Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is an excellent tasting, refreshing beer that reminds me of the beautiful Delaware bay front hotel we frequented in Dewey beach nearby the Rehoboth beach area and makers of this fine brew. It offers a solid malt back and a robust hop selection while not being overwhelming; an IPA grandma can drink – but with the power of ocean.
8.5/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –With an ABV at a respectable 6%, the hammer is even stronger than the measurement suggests. It’s stronger to the point where the displayed alcohol content may be in question, or it may be a synergistic combination of the hop’s alpha acids in relationship to the alcohol. The warrior hop provides a strange signature which I’ve come to recognize from this beer as well as a couple of other brands.
10/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – These beers are so lightly bodied and good tasting that it’s easy to pound these bastards – the body has no problem processing this sharp knife all the way through the six pack.
10/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – A strong bang right after the first. These spiders rise right at the sides of the temples and into the brain quickly without surrender or remorse. There are so many of them that the rush fills the brain yet small enough to leave enough room for a continuous rise serve after serve.
4.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – These beers are so delicious and possess such and easy body that they are easy to pound and devour through the conclusion of the six pack and beyond. However, these brews are also stronger than the 6% abv suggests, even to the point of questioning its measurement. It is maybe the synergistic relationship between the warrior hop and the alcohol that redirects my personality and disassociates my control.
40.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is another serious beer from the Dogfish Head brewing company. I’m getting the impression that these guys are intent on creating the alpha male of beers, and in doing so they’re getting me drunk off my ass. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA passes the buzz stage and delivers you right into drunk – but it’s a quality drunk made from excellent ingredients created by an immaculate and almost perfect beer. As their literature suggests, it is a session beer indeed, and the excellent flavors ruin it for any other beer you may pick up after running out of these beers.
I’ve handled stronger beers, and often. Six percent alcohol content is respectable, but the makers of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and the entire series are doing something else to get you hammered. They say they’re all about craft beers, but the personality of their website and presentation suggests a playful and pornographic alpha male fraternity mindset. They’re out to be the best and make the best; the proverbial pissing contest. And I can identify with that, I even look forward to planning a vacation back to Dewey beach and touring their brewery and distillery – but their beers get me smashed!
A closer look and some experience suggests that the warrior hop in Dogfish Head 60 Miute IPA offers some kind of synergistic relationship with the fermented malt in the beer. I started recognizing its signature in a couple of earlier brands of beers, and more so with the 60 and 90 minute IPAs. It’s a very specific signature from a recent hop variety that was bred in a laboratory. The bittering acids inspire a tingling of the senses, and it attaches itself to the alcohol while crossing the blood brain barrier (in my perception – not real science). The resulting buzz is one that gets on top of you, makes you lose some of your control, if not most, then tosses you over the edge. In the morning, it leaves you with a surreal hangover that isn’t the usual headache, but feelings of unreality and remorse even without having done anything wrong – and an uneasy feeling that you’ve done or said something strange but can’t remember it.
This afternoon, my wife told me that last night we were vibing; she had some mimosas, I had my Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and we were watching some ridiculous comedy we taped earlier last year. We were also laughing at pictures of ourselves from High School that someone put up on facebook. But I barely remember any of it and am still trying to put the pieces together, though at least it was a good night and not the bad experience I had with the 90 minute IPA.
What’s crazy about Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and these brands is that even though they get me so hammered, I’ve bought them more than once! Repeat business is definitely evidence of good beer. And this week I plan on trying their 120 Minute IPA with a frightening 18% alcohol content. I have aged four of these bottles – sold individually – for a good month in my private reserves.
So far Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and the Dogfish Head series is kicking my ass and making the brewers of these beers my nemesis. I’m still fresh in the homebrewing arena currently on my second batch. But in time, I’m going to hone my brewing skills, plan my ingredients, go deep into my laboratory at the strike of midnight and create a master elixir which I will personally deliver to these brewers and crush their very minds and souls.
Chainsaw the Night!!