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Today we’re looking at an awesome bottle-conditioned IPA. This beer comes from blending two extremely popular IPAs to create a truly unique beer that carbonates right in the bottle. If you remember from my previous post on bottle-conditioning, this is the act of carbonating the beer in the bottle naturally, instead of forcing CO2 into the beer under pressure. This alone gives a beer a unique texture and mouth-feel, as the carbonation is much lighter in a bottle-conditioned beer. Along with bottle-conditioning, this beer is dry-hopped with whole-leaf cascade hops. All in all, a lot is done to make this a good beer. Does it work? Let’s take a look at Dogfish Head’s 75 Minute IPA to find out.
- Brewery – Dogfish Head
- Beer Name – 75 Minute IPA
- ABV – 7.5%
- Style – American IPA
- Serving Type – Bottle
- Brewery Location – Milton, Delaware
- Availability – January, February, July, August
- Color – Clear, leaning towards light amber in color.
- Head/Retention – Huge foamy head upon pouring and great lacing
- Aroma – hop-forward aroma with a light citrus backing. Not a huge aroma profile.
- Taste – Very hop-forward taste without being overpowering. Citrus definitely noticeable, grapefruit.
- Finish – Hoppy finish with a slight citrus aftertaste. Not heavy at all.
Overall this beer is a great IPA. The bottle-conditioning really gives it a nice light head and carbonation character. Mouthfeel in this beer is definitely lighter than in most of the other IPAs from Dogfish Head. The beer is finished with maple syrup, but I did not get any of this taste in the finished beer. The citrus flavor from the hops is very evident and overall it is a near perfect balance of hops and malt.
Craft Beer Academy Score
Craft Beer Academy Score (out of 10) – 9
I gave Dogfish Head’s 75 Minute IPA a 9 out of 10 because it really is a damn fine IPA. Bottle-conditioning this craft beer totally changes the mouth feel and head from their standard IPAs, and from many others as well. I would have given this a 10/10 if the maple flavor was noticeable at all.
The bottle is clearly marked that the beer was conditioned using maple syrup, but there is zero aroma or flavor from it. Not even a hint. While I am not sure if adding this flavor would help or hurt the overall taste, if it’s on the bottle I expect at least a hint of aroma or taste.
Other than this, 75 Minute, with it’s 7.5% ABV (see what they did there?) and it’s dry-hopping with whole-leaf Cascade hops, as well as the bottle conditioning, make this an all-around great IPA that I strongly recommend.
Check out this video from Sam on 75 Minute.