Archive | July 2012

Coming Back

Sorry for the delay on posts. I was having some technically difficulties, but thankfully I’m back!  Over the next few days, the site will be getting some much needed updates in terms of format and design.  Also, expect several reviews and articles from the past few weeks to come flooding in on top of the usual weekly reviews.  And finally, and MOST importantly… information on the brewery bus tour coming VERY very soon…

I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Your Friend,

Joshua Bennett Schwartz

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Dogfish Head-120 minute IPA

Type: Bottle

15-21% ABV

120 IBU

A+

This is the greatest IPA that is readily available on the US market.  It’s rare and a bit overpriced, but the complex hops and effervescent aromas are unrivaled.  120 minute pours golden orange, with a medium head.  On first taste, it’s sweet like a barley wine, but sharper and tangy.  It doesn’t taste that alcoholic, despite it’s extremely high ABV, which is unusual.  If you’ve had Dogfish’s Fort or World Wide Stout, you’ll know what I mean.  The only sense of how strong this brew is comes from the warmth inside, like the best whiskeys.  The striking hops, which taste of grapefruit and pine trees, mixed with the sweetness of the brew, create a unique IPA experience without overpowering the senses.   If you’ve had 90 minute, you’ve got to at least try this.  There is absolutely nothing like it.  The quality of this beer is so amazing that Dogfish Head  threw out a batch in 2011.  As they said at the time “each and every batch of beer we brew at Dogfish Head goes through over 40 Quality Control check points and while this batch passed many of these check points we decided with the results of the final sensory panel, days before packaging, that we dont feel this batch of 120 Minute IPA is up to par.”  Remember (“because remembering is so much more a psychotic activity than forgetting”*), this beer is very alcoholic (more so than wines), despite how mild it tastes.  Sip, don’t swallow.  And you may want to share this with a friend, as finishing a glass by yourself can confuse the senses.   Despite how good this beer is, at ten dollars a bottle, I have to give it is a B+ for price.  I’m not sure any beer is worth a dollar an ounce, no matter how good.  That being said, I buy a bottle of 120 minute whenever I can.  If you’re interested in IPAs and you see 120 minute, you should buy it quickly. Some places sell out in less than half an hour, and this is a fantastic beer for aging.In fact, buy a few bottles (if they let you).  Place one in the fridge for drinking, and save the others in a pantry or cellar.  It’ll be worth it, trust me.

In Conclusion:  The best IPA in America, but also only for those who can handle the high alcoholic content.  Great for IPA and Whiskey fans, and also those who enjoy citrus hops.  Wonderful, but a little too expensive.  Save for special events.

Food Pairing: The best Charcuterie and/or Tapas you can find.

“I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.”

-Homer Simpson

*Quote by Speed Levitch, Waking Life