Friday, April 27, 2012

AGED Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ....

Continuing the "aged" theme, tonight I am going to sample a 15 month old bottle of 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.  At 6% ABV and 60 IBUs, this doesn't really have a higher alcohol content that most people recommend for aging.

The beer poured with an excessively thick, off white head.  There was fine sediment in the bottom of the bottle.  The beer is cloudy and looks more like an unfiltered wheat beer, so you really can't compare the color to the original.  The aroma is a tamed-down version of the original.  There are hints, but not the stronger scents of hops and citrus in a fresher sample.  There also seems to be an underlying sweeter note that wasn't present in the original.  As to the taste, it doesn't have the "pop" and refreshing quality that I expect from 60 Minute.  Mild citrus; a sweeter note.  It is a lot smoother, but the aging has tamed it down to the point it is a little muddled.  The bitterness has become a little sour.  It's not bad, but I think it could have used a higher alcohol level to benefit from the aging.  Leaves a little bitter/sour aftertaste.  Interesting, but I think I will drink these rather than letting them sit!

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
Milton, Delaware

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