Beer Review 0192: Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

What happens when you have two great beers like 60 Minute IPA (which I rated 95 points) and 90 Minute IPA? (I rated 97 points) You mix them together, of course!

That’s what Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head have done with 75 Minute IPA: they blended the two beers together, and added maple syrup to naturally carbonate the beer in the bottle. What results is a beer with a velvety mouthfeel that is also dry-hopped with Cascade hops.

Dogfish have been producing this beer for years, but until recently, it was only available at their Brewpub and Alehouses. They have now made this concoction available as a limited release in 750 ml bottles — it ships to wholesalers in March, September, and December.

The pour on this beer produced a large, very creamy head that billowed over top of the glass. It lasted, at least one finger worth, the entire time I drank. It should be noted that 75 Minute IPA could have produced a huge head that would have ran over top of the glass had I not poured slowly. This is thanks to the bottle conditioned maple syrup treatment. The color of the beer was golden, with a slightly cloudy body featuring no particles or sediment. And with a head of this nature, you can expect excellent lacing, and it delivered.

On those nose, this was nearly identical to 60 Minute IPA — grapefruit, pine, and floral hops up front, backed by a roasted and bread-like malt. There were hints of biscuit and the most notable thing here is the expert balance. The hops are sharp and pungent, while the malts are equally as sweet and robust. I didn’t get any hint there was maple syrup added to the brew.

The malts show themselves first on the palate, roasted and with a thin and slick mouthfeel. The hops arrive in the middle of the taste with some grapefruit and pine, leading to a finish that is as bitter as it is sweet. Balance is the name of the game here, and this one flashes all these great flavors at just the right times. I noticed as the long finish played out, there was a bit of an apple skin note as I clicked my tongue to the roof of my mouth.

This is an incredible beer. I believe that not only did the maple syrup contribute to the carbonation and excellent properties of the head, but it mellowed the finish out and added a bit of complexity you just don’t get in 60 or 90 Minute IPA. This was such a smooth drink — it perfectly combined the dryness of 60 Minute with the sweetness of 90 Minute. I really enjoyed this one, and you should absolutely seek it out…I don’t think you will be disappointed.

One of the best new offerings from Dogfish Head I’ve had in quite some time. And the artwork on the bottle is outstanding. Johnny Cask!

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA, 97 points. Price: $9.99 US for one 750 ml bottle.


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