Beer: 75 Minute IPA
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: The Fant Mansion
Primary Consumer: Ally
Secondary Consumer: Laura, Ally’s sister
Sight: Gorgeous, multi-faceted golden honey color with darker amber waves throughout. A 2-finger thick and foamy ivory-colored head with some lacing.
Smell: Classic IPA hoppiness (Cascade hops, to be exact) with a note of sweetness in the realm of caramel or the added maple syrup.
Flavor: Sweet maple, caramel, and floral notes, with a woodsy hop aftertaste. Very balanced!
Feel: Crisp, light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: The Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA is actually a blend of their 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPAs, dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades and bottle conditioned with maple syrup. The result? A complex, well-balanced beer that will appeal to both IPA fans and non-believers alike. The sweetness of the maple syrup (which, Laura notes, results in a caramel-like flavor) complements and mellows out the hops. If you’re looking for something sweeter or just an interesting twist on the standard IPA, this is it. And if you’re just looking for a darn good beer to share with a friend (it comes in a 750ml bottle), this is also it. You know, this beer is pretty much a winner no matter what you’re looking for. I wish it didn’t have such a limited release!