Chad9976 (1542) - Orlando, 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.
strongpieman (1637) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at dogfish alehouse. A little darker than the 60 minute, nice color, clear, light head. Excellent balance of full hop aroma and bitterness of a good ipa. My ipa of choice at dogfish... Goldilocks between the 60 and
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, served in an English pint. Pours slightly hazy amber with a big, dense off-white head. The head remains and leaves lots of fine lace on the glass. The nose has big aromas of pine and grapefruit, along with plenty of flowers and some biscuit malts. The flavour is surprisingly delicate, a mild sweetness perfectly balanced with a mild hoppy bitterness. There is a hint of maple, along with flowers and a hint of caramel. The finish is medium in length and delicately hoppy, much like the aroma. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice subtle and complex IPA. It has features reminiscent of both the 60 and 90 Minute IPAs, but the maple adds a distinct and subtle sweetness that rounds it out nicely. A delicious brew with a beautiful hop aroma. Quite sessionable. 2011-05-10
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice take on the "minute" series. From the Grey lodge with a gravity pour. Maintained slight carbonation and filmy head which is nice from a gravity cask. The syrup adds a slightly sweet undertone that balances the high hopping nicely. Really nice and just enough of a departure from the 60 and 90.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint from the DFH Alehouse. Pour is a nice amber goldish color with a thin off white head that leaves nice lacing. The beer has aromas bitter hops and floral notes. Taste wise, the malts are pretty evident, more like the 90 min, but not as full as that. The taste is nice with a lingering bitterness that is unique from the 60 and 90 min. Overall, another nice IPA from DFH
robgibbens (425) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured at Gaithersburg Alehouse. Bright amber color with a lot of lacing. Bitter taste with a soft finish. Aftertaste leaves a lingering bitterness. Nice blend of 60 and 90 Minutes.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Get Real NY. Pours clear brown, strong fruity aroma with lots of apricot, citrus, grapefruit. Taste has a hint of sweetness up front, but finishes hoppy and bitter. Advertised as having maple syrup in the cask, but I couldnít really find any in here. Enjoyable nonetheless.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: From the cask at the Rehoboth brewpub. It pours a nice, deep gold color with a dense, creamy, off-white head. The nose is nice and hoppy, but slightly subdued underneath all that foam. The flavor has great pine, resin, and tropical fruit notes. Outstanding flavor! Medium bodied with low carbonation and a lingering, bitter finish. This is a great IPA. I wish something like this was available every day where I live.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at Get Real NY. Pours a just clear orange gold with a thin white head. Big earthy citrus, malt, and touches of booze. Big hops. Smooth caramel and fruit, chewy tropical fruit, malt and caramel. Smooth, sweet bitterness. Surprisingly good, and a lot better than I had been expecting.