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Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

A long-time pub-only exclusive, Dogfish Head’s 75 Minute IPA is a delicate blend of their year-round 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPAs. Not content to merely blend the beers, Dogfish helps ferment this beer with locally grown maple syrup and then lets it condition within the bottle, making this a possible candidate for aging (despite the IPA designation.)

75 Minute is currently listed as an ‘Occasional Rarity’ and this is the first time it has hit widespread distribution. I am a fan of the regular beers that go into the making of this and have never had the opportunity to travel to Milton, so this represents my very first impression of this beer!

Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA
Immediately after hitting the bottom of the glass, this cascades rapidly into a foaming, bubbly head. Spanning more than 2.5-fingers in height, the head is a voluminous, thick affair that resembles a marshmallow more than any type of foam. Fueling it is a furious torrent of carbonation that rivals any I've seen in a beer, causing the head to balloon in height and sustain itself for ages. The only time that this head loses any retention is when I drink; outside of that, it doesn't seem to reduce at all. Naturally, this causes a clumpy lace that sticks determinedly for a few seconds, but ultimately collapses on itself and slowly glides back down to the brink.
The nose has the distinctive aromas of both 60 and 90 Minute in terms of the underlying sweetness, but the dry-hopping does this beer wonders. Aromatic hops delivery a crisp floral note mixed with a touch of spiciness. While floral qualities usually aren't the focal point for a majority of IPAs, they dominate here, only to have some earthy fruitiness compete with it.
After taking my first sip, I instantly draw the comparisons to the base beers here and how this blend really addresses the shortfalls of each. At times, 60min can be a tad bitter while 90min is rather sweet, but this bottle keeps all of the hop excellence of each while reducing the bitterness and initial sweetness. In fact, there is very little bitter bite to 75min. In terms of sweetness, it holds off until the finish where it melds with the hops to leave a pleasant aftertaste. The maple syrup isn't as noticeable as I was expecting, but it's possible to get hints of it here and there.
Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. Although this beer is thick at times - due in part to the viscous head - it doesn't feel cumbersome because of the insane amount of carbonation here. It's pretty effervescent and keeps all of the flavors moving easily across the palate. The hops do linger in the mouth, numbing some parts.
Drinkability is high. 75min is a clear example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I'm not sure how much effect the actual blend had in comparison to the additions of dry-hopping and maple syrup, but this is really easy and enjoyable to drink. Given the syrup and bottle conditioning, I am thinking of picking up a few more bottles of this to lay down for a few months or years to see what this turns into!
Priced at around $8 per 750ml bottle, this is obviously quite a bit more than either 60 or 90 Minute, but honestly I'd rather have this than either of those. Once you add in the maple and bottle conditioning, this almost seems cheap!
Overall, Dogfish Head re-imagines two of their core brands with 75 Minute while providing it with a sweet maple syrup addition and in a larger format. If you like the base beers in this, you'll love this, and even if they aren't your favorite, this may make you rethink that position.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 750ml
ABV: 7.50%
BA Score: 92
RB Score: 99

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Written by Greg Bruce

While studying at Penn State, Greg learned that beer could serve a much better purpose than a means to an end for a good party. Delicately brewed Belgians acted as a stark contrast to the almost watery beer that had been so popular and began the journey towards craft beer. From that launch point he always seems to land on something new. Greg approaches each beer, whether it is an aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA or an English bitter (and everything between), with a clear mind and open opinion, ready to analyze, compare, and ultimately, enjoy. While always fond of stouts (especially barrel-aged) and IPAs, Greg is slowly but surely drifting towards various soured beers. Find Greg Bruce on Google Plus

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