American IPA

This beer is for International IPA Day!

The beer is Dogfish 60 minute IPA.

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Bottle Size: N/A purchased draft

Cost: $2.00 (Happy hour special! Gotta love it!)

Alcohol (ABV): 6.0%

Background Information (via dogfish’s website): Our 60 Minute IPA is continuously hopped – more than 60 hop additions over a 60 minute boil (getting a vibe yet of where the name came from?). 60 Minute is a session India Pale Ale brewed with a slew of great NorthWest hops. A powerful, but balanced East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. The session beer for hardcore beer enthusiasts!

Every Beer Has A Story…

In our Quick Sip Clip video below, Sam Calagione talks about the 60 Minute IPA and for some perspective, compares this beer to its predecessor 90 Minute IPA and big-brother 120 Minute IPA. Sam stepped out of the brewery for the taping of this Quick Sip Clip and comes to us from the place where it all started – Dogfish Head, Maine (which, by the way, is a great area for a summer visit… especially if you have a cold 60 Minute IPA to sip while enjoying the fantastic coastal Maine sunsets!).

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American IPA

Appearance: Pours a nice slightly hazy, golden color with a white head. Nice retention and some  lacing.

Scent/Smell: Decent amount of hops from the onset.  Mostly sweet, citrusy, and spicy hops. Not a very strong scent coming from this one.

Taste: Very mild, limited bitterness, and lots of malts.Floral citrus hops are present, orange mostly, slight lemon and other citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, quite smooth and easy going down. In addition, you feel the taste for a white after going down.

Drink with (food): Many cheeses, chicken, fish, salmon, and shellfish.

Grade: B+

Very solid IPA here. Will definitely try to drink this brew again. This is the perfect style to drink on a hot summer day hanging out with the family.




Today’s beer is Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra.

Bottle Size: 12fl ounces/ 355mL

Cost: $1.75 (At grocery store)

Alcohol (ABV): 7.2%

Brief History (via Sierra Nevada): In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.”

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American IPA

Appearance: Copper color with a creamy head that fades to lacing pretty quickly.

Scent/Smell: Pine, citrus, wheat and bread infusion.

Taste: Much like it smells, lots of Hops and some malts, well-balanced. Had to sip a few times to figure out all the flavors I tasted.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fresh, medium body. Well carbonated.

Drink with (food): Fish, chicken and various cheeses.

Grade: B+

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It’s quite a bargain for the price. Great summer beer, especially if you’re a fan of IPAs

Next: Prohibition

Today’s beer is Lagunitas IPA.

Bottle size: 22 fl  ounces/650mL

Cost: $4.79 (At a Beverage Barn on Long Island)

Alcohol (ABV):  6.2%

Cap type: Non-twist

Brief History (via wikipedia): The brewery was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, California and moved a year later to nearby Petaluma,California when they quickly outgrew their original rural West Marin location.Lagunitas has been one of the fastest-growing craft breweries in the United States, increasing from 27,000 barrels in 2004 to 106,000 barrels in 2010. As of March 2011, the company has 92 employees and sells its beer in 32 states. The brewery announced a $9.5 million expansion slated to begin early 2012 which will increase its brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American IPA

Appearance: A golden orange with a hint of brown. Poured with a nice foamy head which quickly shrunk to a much smaller  head that remained for a sustained period.

Scent/Smell: Citrus hops combining lemon and  grapefruit.

Taste: Sweet but at the same time a refreshing kind of bitterness. Had good depth in terms of taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium to light in body. Easy to drink for those who drink beer regularly.

Drink with (food): Thai, poultry, fish, and I’ve heard shellfish (although I don’t eat shellfish.)

Grade: B+

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would love to have it again sometime. Hopefully the next time I have the opportunity to buy I can choose between the 12 oz and 22 oz bottles.

Next: Allagash Blonde Ale