Dogfish Head – 75 Minute IPA

Tasting: March 28, 2012
Style: IPA
ABV: 7.5%

Dogfish Head 75 minute IPA

My wife and I “discovered” Delaware as a vacation spot a few years ago. We stayed at my sister’s house in Lewes with our two young sons one year and since then — we’ve been on-and-off renting a place in downtown Rehoboth. We have a return trip planned for this August and my wife and I are already drafting a list of places to eat. Of course, my list includes a trip to the Dogfish Head Brewpub located on the west side of the main street. According to Dogfish Head the cult popularity of this brew spawned from this same brew pub. I don’t recall anything exotic at my last visit – but maybe this time we’ll get a chance to try a pub-exclusive.

According to their website – its a blend of their 90 minute and 60 minute. I’ll assume equal parts — hence the middle time of 75 minutes. I guess if one is too strong and one is too weak that this one would be juuuuuust right. What makes this interesting is the addition of maple syrup. A quick glance at the bottle and behind the old style label there’s a crazy residue on the inside of the bottle. Since its bottle conditioned, I’ll assume it’s yeast. Crazy active head on this one as well. Citrus nose everything else is pretty subdued. Pretty fizzy on the first sip and initially bready, but it parts to reveal nice IPA characteristics — lemon, herbs and pine. I get some very subtle sweetness, I really thought the maple syrup would be more evident — but I guess it’s a pricy ingredient. It’s started off as just being okay — but as I worked my way through this bomber I’m starting to enjoy it a lot more. I’ll put it at 88 points. Next I’m off to look for a bed that’s juuuuuust right.

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