Dogfish Head: 75 Minute IPA

From the Brewery: IMG_3188

“Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA. The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub. Now we’re sharing this animated blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute with the rest of our fans, 750 milliliters at a time.” 7.5% ABV American IPA

Purchased from BevMo in Clovis, California

The Pour: IMG_3189

Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into my Spiegelau IPA glass. The body is honey-orange in color, with mostly clear visibility. An large orange hued off-white head is poured, which has great retention and leaves heavy lacing throughout. A huge amounts of carbonation is visible climbing up through the beer.

The Nose: IMG_3190

While it does offer the expected burst of aromatic hops I’ve come to expect from Dogfish Head’s IPA series, a pronounced sweetness really takes center stage in the nose. Sweet, caramel malt character comes through and mixes with the faint hint of maple sweetness from the bottling conditioning techniques used in 75 Minute IPA. The hop scents include orange zest, grapefruit notes, and some pine dank.

The Mouth: IMG_3191

75 Minute has a medium thickness in the body, with a harsh mouthfeel from tons of carbonation – it’s almost as if too much maple syrup was put in to carbonate it naturally, though it’s not quite at bottle bomb levels. The flavors are sweet, both from the citrus and caramel malts. Hop bitterness isn’t all that prominent, much less than expected from the aromas. After finishing, malt sweetness (maybe a bit overly sweet for the style) lingers on the palate.

Final Thoughts: IMG_3192

75 Minute IPA is a pretty neat beer overall.  The character seems more in line with a Double IPA (more sweetness than bitterness), though at 7.5% ABV it’s not quite there. The natural carbonation/bottle conditioning using maple syrup is intriguing, as the only maple beers I’ve had to date have been stouts. I’m not too sure that the maple adds anything particularly noteworthy, but it’s fun. An interesting beer, but not spectacular, and probably not worth 10 bucks a bottle.  7.5/10

Dogfish Head Brewery – Milton, Delaware

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