25 April 2008
Today's tasting beer turned out to be Dogfish Head's 60-minute IPA. DFH comes to us from Rehoboth, DE and was not only one of the first craft beers I personally ever tasted, but their beers remain some of my favorites today. Chip profiles what DFH terms their "Session IPA", and it was nice to hear someone finally explain accurately what the 60, 90 and 120-minute designations really mean. If I had a pint for every time someone told me that 60-min Ale is fermented for 60-minutes, I'd be....well you get the idea. 60-min=60-minute boil, 6%ABV, 60 IBU; 90-min=90-minute boil, 9%ABV, 90 IBU; 120-min=120-min boil, 20%ABV 120 IBU (and 450 calories!). I'm not sure how they managed to get the IBU & ABV to magically line-up with the boil times, but I'll take their word for it. DFH 60-minute is widely available in our area on tap & in bottles, and for those chasing the elusive DFH 120-min Ale, check Sabatini's for the big bottles. For today's quote I was tempted to go for the Otto's T-Shirt ("You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"), but Websters quote was much better; "Don't be afraid of flavor in your beer." Cheers guys!
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