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Beer #9 – January 9, 2010: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

January 9, 2010

Beer: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Style: IPA (India Pale Ale)

Serving Type: Bottle – Bottled on 08/07/09

Price: $8.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-Round

Glassware: DFH Pint Glass

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Due to the unique “continually hopped” method, 60 Minute is more hoppy but less bitter than other IPAs, making it more quaffable.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: 60 Minute has a deep amber honey color, a thick frothy white head, and tiny bubbles of carbonation that constantly rise to the top of the glass much like champagne.

Aroma: It smells of citrus, pine, grassy and slightly herbal: i.e. hoppy!

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little thick and sticky, with a relatively low carbonation.

Taste: The taste begins with an initial caramel sweetness, then transcends into an earthy and hoppy middle with flavors of reminiscent of the great outdoors: fresh cut grass, pine sap, honeysuckle, along with a touch of grapefruit and fresh-ground pepper.  It finishes with a mildly acidic bitterness, not unpleasant but a refreshing contrast.

Pairing: A nice sharp cheddar pairs quite nicely, with the sharpness melding with the bitterness, and the creaminess contrasting the earthy flavors.

Trivia: Sam Calagione, founder and original brewer at Dogfish Head, was searching for a way to continuously add hops a little at a time to his beer.  You see, most beers add hops at only two points during brewing: hops added early in the boil provide bitterness, while hops added late in the boil provide aroma and flavor.  By adding hops throughout the 60 minutes of the boil, Sam could get a lot more of the flavor and aroma in his beer, while reducing the bitterness usually associated with boiling a single large addition of hops for a full 60 minutes.

Sam’s inspiration was a kids electronic football game, where miniature players move down the field on a vibrating surface.  By suspending this vibrating board over the brew kettle, the vibration would slowly shake the hops a little at a time into the beer.  Fearing that suspending a toy game powered by an extension cord over a huge vat of boiling beer might violate both health codes and OSHA regulations, this continual-hopping device was rebuilt, refined, and christened “Sir-Hops-Alot”.  This new and improved device is now used to continually add hops to three different Dogfish Head Beers: 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPA.

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