Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (2009 original review)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (597) - Albany, USA - JAN 1, 2010
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the greatest small pleasures as a beer critic is knowing a beer is absolutely fantastic on the first swig alone. From the first sip to the last drop, I knew Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA was a beer I loved and I think most other drinkers out there would too. It’s just that good.


This beer pours smoothly to a beautiful, clear shade of amber. There is some carbonation evident and it produces a perfectly-proportioned, white, foamy head which leaves gorgeous lacing on the glass. The aroma is equally impressive with a potent scent of grapefruit and a little pine. I could tell this was going to be a tasty and bitter beer just from the nose alone.

I don’t have a checklist of things I look for in an IPA or even in a beer in general, but if I did I’d have to say Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA would meet all the requirements and then some. From the first taste I get a strong citrus taste with a bitter hop bite. It’s so good it makes me cluck my tongue just to savor it all.

Now, plenty of beers are strongly-flavored, but that doesn’t necessarily make them good. Thankfully, in the case of this beer it’s not only strongly-flavored but absolutely delicious as well. It’s a crisp, tart and refreshing as an ice-cold glass of freshly-squeeze lemonade on a hot summer’s day. But this is no seasonal, it’s a beer that really has a timeless, year-round value.


Although this beer definitely has a bitter hop bite as it finishes, it is not a difficult beer to drink by any means. The mouthfeel is intense and the flavor is so tasty it’s one of the few instances that such a mouthfeel actually improves the beer. It finishes rather smooth and does leave a bitter aftertaste. However, since Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is so tasty to begin with, it’s an aftertaste you can savor.


I’m not sure where I draw the line between light, medium and full-bodied beer. This beer is 6% ABV which may sound a little heavy but it definitely does drink like such. With a high drinkability and delectable palate, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA lends itself to drinking in large quantities. Lightweight drinkers might find it to be a bit more than they bargained for, but even a moderate craft beer drinker would have no problem handling a few bottles in succession.


When people ask me why I like India Pale Ales so much I would tell them just to try Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and they’ll be able to figure it out easily. You really don’t have to be a beer connoisseur or a hophead to love, let alone like, this beer. It’s luscious, easy to drink and has a real body – that’s what I call a perfect beer.

Grade: 10/10

NOTE: See my 2018 re-review to BJCP specs here:

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