It’s time to take a look at one of my favorite easy drinkers, the legendary “60 Minute” India Pale Ale from Dogfish Head. First, the idea behind the whole “60 Minute” thing is that the beer is continually hopped for 60 minutes, that’s all. It’s also 6% ABV and 60 IBUs. This beer used to be quite easy to find around South Florida, but these days Dogfish Head is having a lot of trouble meeting its demand, so the flagship 60 Minute is somewhat more scarce than it used to be.
In short, this is just a solid, easy-drinking IPA that preferably needs to be consumed within 6 months of its bottled-on date. Within 2-3 months would be better, of course. And if you can get it within 2 weeks, you’re in for an excellent hop experience. This bottle I’m drinking is from March 16, 2011 – so while not completely optimal, not terrible. What if you have one older than 6 months, you might ask? Well, you can still drink it. You might even like it – it just won’t be an IPA any longer, that’s all. The hops will drop out, and you’ll be left with a malty blonde ale. Anyway, here we go:
Standard IPA appearance, very clear amber-gold. Good foam, but not much lacing, and I’m pretty sure my glass is beer-clean (blog on clean glassware coming at a later date).
Oh yeah, there’s still some hop character in here per the nose. Apricot, grapefruit, pine, soap, some dank weed. On the palate, manageable, pleasant piney bitterness up front, fairly long but modest soapy bitter aftertaste. Cake-y malt that puts up a little fight against the hops and contributes some sweetness, but doesn’t get very far. Don’t worry, give it time, the malt will have the last laugh, it always does. Medium-light, slightly resinous mouthfeel.
In a market full of IPAs, this is always a solid choice. Just make sure you look for the date on the neck of the bottle, so you know what you’re getting.