indyjb (2) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring a hazy orange color with a lingering 2-finger head, this beer has a fairly classic floral aroma of an IPA. The taste is less bitter than some IPAs with the hint of sweetness from the maple syrup at the finish adding a nice change from the norm. Even though itís 7.5% ABV, this beer is very easy to drink and one 750ml bottle is the perfect amount. Dogfish Head has really crafted one of the better IPAs that Iíve had and has taken the best of what they offered and has made it just that much better by adding that sweet-ish finish. I will certainly have to pick up another to cellar and see if, perhaps, the smoothing out of the hops over time further accentuates the sweetness of the maple.
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with thick white head. Aroma is maple syrup and citrus. Flavor is maple syrup with a citrus finish. Very nice--DFHís finest IPA (slightly edging out burton baton).
Jesterdeal (1581) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Firkin @ sidecar bar philly. Aroma of caramel, strong floral notes (dafodil), and a bit of onion. Pours hazy bronze with a sudsy head. Taste is very bitter, hints of floral and slight pine. Smooth and creamy Mouthfeel with a lingering malty hop taste. Not too sticky either. Nice IPA.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/24/2011. Served on tap in a pint glass at Fountainhead.
75 minute IPA is a translucent copper color with a well-retaining white head leaves layers of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
Light caramel malt, nice citrusy hops, and a bit of herbal hop aroma as well.
The flavor is a clear balance of the 60 and 90 minute IPAís. There is some lighter malts that are mostly overshadowed by a darker caramel malt, and then the hop additions are reminiscent of each beer in equal parts. A citrus and pine blend work well with the sweet malt, and the strong bitterness from 60 minute stays a bit more in the background.
The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a nice hop presence cutting through any heaviness that would otherwise linger from the malt. Medium carbonation and lightly sticky.
As a mix between the 60 and 90 minute IPAís, this demonstrates characteristics of both. Since I enjoy 90 minute and think 60 minute is just so-so, this falls somewhere in between.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at a local tasting.
Iím not going to go on and on describing how this beer has notes of 60 minute and 90 minute ipas. Obviously itís a blend of the two, but itís a very distinctive beer in itís own right. Nice hoppy aroma with lots of citrus and some sweet maple. The taste is extremely balanced, yet flavorful. Piney, citrus hops with some fruit, with a good amount of bitterness. The sweetness from the maple treatment comes through and helps balance out the bitterness. The palate is amazing -full bodied with big, soft carbonation. A great IPA that I was thrilled to have the chance to try.
sonnycheeba (2964) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ brewpub. Pours clear, deep gold with thick, frothy white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is grassy and floral hops, biscuit malt, straw, and citrus fruit. Flavor is malt forward with light esters and heavy hops; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and medium warmth.
dogfishho (583) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampeld on cask at Rattle N Hum over the summer when they had their Dogfish Head takeover. Shouldnít be any surprise that this presentation really beautifully shows the best wualities of the 60 minute and 90 minute IPAs. The fresh crip hops of the 60 minute played nicely with the fruity malt character of the 90 minute. Too bad this stuff is so difficult to find up here.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Lord Hoboís for EBF weekend. Another one that Iíve been wanting to try forever. Outstanding aroma of hops and slight maple. Flavor is a sweet balance between maple, hops and malts. One of the best beers of the night.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The cask gives the beer a very smooth mouthfeel as it does with most casked beers. The aroma is full of citrus. I also picked up small amounts of apricot. Piney and floral hops mixed in. The taste is grassy and bitter up front. More bitter than 60 or 90 minute. The citrus then comes through with a nice malty background. But first and foremost the bitterness rules this brew. I really liked it.
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 "Paid $8 for this at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax VA. Served to me in a Tulip at my request but they were serving these in standard pint glasses.
A - Amber/ golden haze, milky head about 2 fingers. Really beautiful beer. Looks like a mellow 60 minute.
S - Amazing. I had a 60 minute IPA poured into a sampler and smelled them side by side. The smell is similar yet the 75 has more honey and maple syrup sweetness. Lots of orange, pine, vanilla.
T - TONS of honey and citrus, coriander and some piney ness. Itís a lot like 60 and 90 minute made a baby and threw a bunch of honey on it.
M - Medium bodied, very simple carbonation and easy to down it or sip it. Mouthfeel improved as the beer warmed up a bit.
O - There was a heat aftertaste akin to a 120 minute but not as strong. That was the only turn off. This was otherwise a fantastic beer!"
Update: Bottle Conditioned Maple Version - My review is unchanged except the carbonation levels are much larger in the bottled edition and the maple was a lot stronger. I prefer the tap version much more by comparison.