Sunday, May 11, 2008

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA - A Review

It’s three in the afternoon on a Saturday. I’m hoping that everyone around me agrees that it’s late enough in the day to start drinking beer.

If not, then I’ll lose their respect. But I’ll get to drink beer.

It’s a toss up.

I use a bottle opener, as this stuff is not twist-off. That’s a good start. This must be a classy brew.

I decide to treat myself, and drink out of a mug instead of directly from the bottle - like it’s a special occasion or something. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the time of the month. I don’t know.

Break out the good crystal. I'm feeling pretty today.

Sometimes I like to let the bubbles tickle my nose as the fizzy head dissipates. It’s like a thousand tiny hooligans spitting at me. But instead of saliva, they spit beer. That, for some reason, doesn’t seem so disrespectful.

Now for the first sip. It’s cold. It’s good. Real good.

I like this beer.

Allow me to elaborate a bit.

This stuff is pretty well hopped. That means it offers a decent amount of bitterness, with a sort of flowery aroma, and slightly fruity undertones. Very little spice, with a smooth finish. It’s not the type of hard-drinking beverage that goes down, grabs a few friends, and comes back up. In other words, you could drink this stuff all evening.

Aw hell. It tastes like good beer, plain and simple. It’s a beautiful India Pale Ale, with a good amount of bitterness and flavor. Not too heavy, but at 6% alcohol you can’t sit down and drink 7 of these without saying something you’ll regret to someone you used to care about deeply.

So I stop after drinking one of these, and move on to something else. More reviews to follow.

In summary, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is a great beer if you like a smooth, yet hoppy brew. Also, the attractive label design makes this a perfect beer to drink by yourself. You can stare at the label in between sips and resolve to sign up for that online graphic design course from the University of Phoenix or Devry Institute. Setting goals always helps take your mind off the loneliness.

Just another one of the many benefits of drinking good beer.

Rating: 4 out of 6 mills.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. That's a great beer.