YES! A new Dogfish Ale. As a big fan of the entire IPA series from Dogfish Head, a new IPA joins the lineup – 75 Minute IPA.
This creation comes from mixing 60 Minute & 90 minute, with a cascade dry hop session. To make this IPA even more unique – when the hopping is complete, it is then transferred into firkins (fancy word for wooden barrel) where yeast and maple syrup is added. The firkin is sealed shut, and re-fermented. This makes for an IPA that finishes differently than the 60/90/120 Minute IPAs. The initial taste is hoppy and bitter as expected. However, the maple syrup gives it s sweeter finish.
Now, as great as this sounds (and tastes), the bigger question is will this ale come to Atlanta any time soon? Regrettably, probably not in 2009. 75 Minute was launched in a “Simul- Cask” event in Philly, NYC, Baltimore and of course Delaware. It has been successful since its launch a few weeks ago, and word from DFH is that 75 Minute will be continue to be produced in the launch states. There is a chance it will be produced on a larger scale for sale in the southeast in 2010. (Ah well. )
Quick overview of Dogfish’s IPAs.
60 Minute IPA — 6% ABV (Hoppy)
90 Minute IPA — 9% ABV (Hoppier)
120 Minute IPA — 21% ABV (Hoppiest! — and Liquid gold. Also, no allowed to be sold in GA.)
75 Minute IPA — 7.5% ABV