Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Based in Dogfish Head, Maine, the brewery that brings us 60 Minute IPA also has 90 Minute IPA and 120 Minute IPA. It’s complicated, but here’s the basic gist: the more minutes, the more hops. In essence Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is hopped 60 times over 60 minutes during the early part of fermentation, and that helps bring the 60 IBU rating and, in part, the 6.0 alcohol by volume.
As overtly marketing driven as this process seems to be, the result is a solid east coast IPA that goes with anything spicy or pungent, yet is also quite drinkable on its own. It’s crisp and quite light-bodiedfor an IPA, and offers the familiar dry finish and lingering bitterness. It isn’t my favorite IPA – heck, it isn’t even my favorite Dogfish Head IPA, as I prefer the 90 Minute – but it’s a solid option when available, coming in somewhere in the neighborhood of the always reliable
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60 Minute is a craft beer original of sorts, too – and what I mean is that this one has been around a long time (it debuted in 2003) and hasn’t lost its appeal. In a country in which breweries number about 5,000 and each one seems to be trying to out-IPA one another, 60 Minute is a mainstay. (And if you’re looking for a challenge for the palate, the 120 Minute is exactly what you think it is. It is delicious, but you have been warned.)