Monday, December 19, 2011

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA Tasting Session

I was in the mood for great IPA this evening so I picked up a 6 pack of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. I also am in a 12 week review class for the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) to be come a beer judge, so I'm trying to do formal tastings on many different beers.

Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA is a continuously hopped IPA with Northwestern US hops. Continuously hops means they have an auger that literally drops hops into the boil kettle throughout the entire 60 minute boil, resulting in 60 or more individual hop additions. It's an interesting concept, which seems to result in a fairly balanced beer, although, continuous hopping isn't necessary to achieve a balanced beer.

Although this is a terrific beer, I think they may be pushing the pricing envelope a bit far - $16 for a 6 pack? There plenty of other IPA's out there that are as good or better that are priced at the $9-$10 range. I may not have chosen it tonight if there was a price tag on it - I should have known better - no price tags equal lots of $$$ ! In any case, it's a wonderful beer that I was able to enjoy this evening. Maybe it's because of my cold that I'm recovering from, but after I conducted my tasting session, I looked up what Dogfish Head had to say and they state that it is for hop heads (a hop bomb) and has a lot of citrus aroma. I picked up no citrus aroma, and yes it is definitely hoppy, but no means is it a hop bomb. It's extremely well balanced between the malt and hops though, very drinkable, and probably a delicious beer to introduce to people moving from lighter beers into the IPA realm, but still not as hoppy as other IPA examples, such as Stone IPA, or Lagunitas IPA (my personal favorite).

Aroma: piney, resiny, grassy
Appearance: crystal clear, golden to copper color, thick, long lasting, white head with hints of gold. low to moderate hop character. good lacing
Flavor: dry, resiny, grassy hop flavor thorughout. very well balanced between malt/hop character. Hop flavor persists throughout.
Mouthfeel: clean, dry, leaves a very pleasant resiny coating across entire mouth.
Overall Impression: A very drinkable beer, not overly hoppy. Very well balanced. Enjoyed the consistent flavor of hops throughout each sip. Grassy (vegetative matter) likely due to large amount of hops added through boil process.

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