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A Review of 75 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Posted on 10/1/2012 by Chops
Any beer fan familiar with Dogfish Head knows about their famous 60-90-120 Minute series of IPAs. 60 Minute is a fantastic bridge beer into the IPA style and is a reliable refrigerator staple for countless beer fans. 90 Minute is widely regarded as one of the best Imperial IPAs on the planet. Then there is the 120 Minute, often cited as the holy grail for hop heads. But, few craft beer drinkers are familiar with their intermediate cousin, the 75 Minute IPA. So what is this strange concoction? Best to let Dogfish Head describe it:

''Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA. The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub. Now were sharing this animated blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute with the rest of our fans, 750 milliliters at a time.''

In the glass, this beer has a warm golden honey coloration. It comes with a huge rocky white head that has very long retention. There is a massive amount of carbonation in this beer that rivals even saisons, so grab a book while you wait for this beauty to settle. On the nose, I detected a rich sweet malty aroma with plenty of piney citrus. It smells really thick, which I would imagine is coming from the maple syrup addition.

That first sip was a bit confusing because 75 Minute drinks much thinner than you would expect. It's also very dry and tangy, much like you would find in a West Coast IPA. The maple syrup beautifully cuts the hop sting, resulting in a nicely balanced flavor profile. The beer remains aggressively piney, but without being caustic or overbearing. The sweet malty flavors actually reminded me of honey and butterscotch. There is plenty of citrus presence that comes across as a blend of orange and grapefruit. The alcohol burn is muted and present, but not a significant trait. The beer finishes very dry and leaves behind a mild piney bitter aftertaste.

Overall, Dogfish Head's 75 Minute IPA is a delicious brew with a quirky personality. There is no mistaking it for anything over than a member of Dogfish Head's famous Minute series. That being said, I can easily recommend this beer to all hop heads. The addition of maple syrup also makes this beer easily accessible to the general craft beer fan. But, I would still consider this beer as too big for novices, even at a relatively tame 7.5% ABV. On the other hand, I would certainly recommend this beer as a logical transition from the 60 Minute version. It's a fantastic bridge into Imperial IPAs, so by all means use it as such. I for one will be adding the 75 Minute IPA to my regular Dogfish Head rotation. It's just off-centered enough to be a worthy addition to their arsenal.

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