Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at the Dogfish Head Alehouse. This beer is awesome. I canít say itís better than the 60 or 90 minutes IPA, but the blend adds the mellowness of the 60 with a little higher hop and alcohol of the 90. It works really well, as youíd probably expect. A sweetness balanced with a great hop profile.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz pour @ Fountainheads. Poured a dark ornage with tan head. Aromas of citrus, malts and booze. Taste is slightly citrus hopped at the front and malty body and finish. A bit too malty, donít know how fresh this was. Was drinkable but subpar.
callmemickey (4254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Lighter brown-amber body. Nothing but an off-white skim. No lacing.
S: Maple syrup. Brown sugar. Caramel. Slight hop bitter aromas.
T: Slightly stale tasting. Maple syrup.lt. Citric hops are minimal
M: Flat, yet hearty. Slightly cloying after taste.
O: Took some effort to finish the pint. I am going to chalk this one up to not being in the firkin long enough.
Note: this review was from the original simulcast release even at monkís.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask version at the brewpub, nice soft mouthfeel with some maple and slight woody character But a bit watery despite the earthy goodness.
rosenbergh (10382) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Lucky Dog, Brooklyn, NY.
Pale orange colour with small white head.
Fruity earthy farmyardy hops in aroma.
Dry woody malty flavour with dry fruity apple citrusy hops. Mild bitterness. Low carbonation.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pour at the Rehoboth brewpub. Rich mahogany with a thick white hand-pumped head. Earthy hop aroma, tinged with sweetness from the maple syrup. Taste is slightly sweet, but with enough pine hop presence to balance it incredibly well. The syrup really sets it apart from the 60 and 90 Minute. It gives it a warmer character, with some vanilla-like flavors and a much softer bitterness. The sweetness of the 90, the drinkability of the 60, and a deliciousness all its own.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
cask at The Rehoboth Brewpub. orange pour with a 1+ finger creamy white head. lemon citrus nose with bright citrus hops and a sweet fruit presence. medium body with fresh hops, lemon and orange peel. soft creamy body throughout. semi-dry finish with a lingering citrus bitterness. probably the best cask ale Iíve had.
Blairgus (4122) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
21 July 2011, cask at the brewpub. sandy orange, faintly cloudy, thick foamy head. nice bitter lemon rind hop nose. astringent but not aggressive. med/full body and slightly fizzy. really nice! sweet, slightly sugary malt w/ just enough lemon citrus hops to balance it. really nice and very drinkable.
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 2012 Bottle Version:
I split a 750ml bottle with two friends. I poured it into an official Dogfish Head chalice.
Appearance: Even with a gentle pour, it forms a massive, fluffy, Duvel-like head of bright white foam. Itís very slow to evaporate and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The body is a rusty orange/brown color and quite hazy with spastic, small, Belgian-like carbonation visible.
Smell: Pure orange juice concentrate. Fairly sweet with significant citrusy/syrup aromas, but nothing too intense (I think the huge head actually makes it difficult to smell).
Taste: Since Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA is a blend of their 60 and 90 Minute IPAs, itís no surprise both of these beersí palates are detectable here. Itís basically the 60 to start out and the 90 to finish. Big orange citrus flavors up but with a distinct, dank, resiny and piney bitterness rather than the tart/acidic character often found in West Coast IPAs. Thereís almost a touch of brown sugar or caramelized sugar.
As it starts to finish the 90 Minute character takes over. An herbally, earthy, slightly rustic or dirty taste of coffee and/or black tea leaves come swooping in. The piney bitterness never relents though, and thereís no distinct sweet taste on the second half. The bottle indicates that it is bottle-conditioned with maple syrup, but thereís not much in the way of that flavor in the palate. Most likely it was used as a fermentable rather than a taste agent, which is understandable (if youíre a beer nerd), but a little disappointing as a bit of confectionary sweetness would really balance out the palate. While there is some sweetness, the hops are the stars of the show. A delectable palate to be sure, but itís nothing amazing or industry-changing.
Drinkability: Because of the massive head, it takes a bit of a careful effort to drink this beer without getting a face full of foam. It has the effervescence of a Trappist beer so it does dance on the tongue while itís in the mouth. The beer itself is not too thick or chewy or sticky, and all burps aside, it at least goes down smoothly. The hops definitely do linger on the tongue and are a little cloying. Drinking an entire bottle, even though itís only 7.5% ABV and almost no alcohol presence, would be challenging.
2010 Cask Version:
On cask at lionheart pub in downtown Albany, NY.
Looks like juice. Hazy flat orange color. No head. No lacing. Not bad. Not very good either.
Not much aroma. Kind of a guava like scent. Some piney hops as well. Brown sugar scent as well ( from the maple syrup?)
Tastes like juice up front. Suprisingly sweet in the middle. Some brown sugar as well. The finish is bitter and dry. Hops linger for a moment. There also seems to be some rummlike heat. Not super delicious but tasty.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin and flat. But then again I drank it on cask so thatís par for the course.
Drinkablilty is good. Beer becomes more bitter and drier as I get towards the bottom. Quite refreshing initially though.
Overall a good beer but it doesnít remind me of the 60 or the 90 Minute. Just seems like a solid craft beer.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Fergies during Beer Week in Philadelphia. Very hazy orange pour under a tall light tan head with good retention. Citrusy aroma. Solid East Coast IPA flavor profile with plenty of grassy hops, citrus and a strong lightly roasted malt backbone. Silky texture. Medium-long and dry finish where an alcohol note makes a strong appearance.