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DFH 60 Minute IPA

By Andy Murphy
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ipa-mondayOfficially, the “60 Minute” reference in the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA refers to the length of time the wort boils while hops are continuously added. It doesn’t refer to the elapsed time required for drinking the beer — it goes down far too easily to last a full hour.

The Dogfish Head motto is, “Off-centered ales, for off-centered people,” and perhaps that pairing is how they got me. Dogfish Head made one of the first craft ales that really knocked me back and made me pay attention to my beer. (That story will be saved for tomorrow.)

At a 6% ABV, the 60 Minute IPA is a relative weakling compared to other Dogfish Head brews but heady by any other comparison. In fact, this is what passes for a session beer at Dogfish Head. According to the Dogfish Head website, the 60 Minute IPA is:

Our flagship beer. A session India Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Amarillo & ‘Mystery Hop X.’ A powerful East Coast I.P.A. with a lot of citrusy hop character. THE session beer for beer geeks like us!

And it lives up to the reputation. Forget the Bud Light commercials from the Super Bowl — if you’re looking for “drinkability”, start with the 60 Minute IPA. Just make sure you like hops.

The hops strike your nose right away, and they’ll tangle with your tongue, too. But there’s just the right amount of sweet malt to balance out the citrus-tasting hop oil, ending with a crisp and satisfying aftertaste.

The Dogfish Head website goes on to say the beer pairs well with salmon, spicy foods, pesto, and pizza. But I found a much better pairing — the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA goes great with 60 minutes of Fox’s 24. The strong-willed hops complement Jack Bauer’s in-your-face, “determined to get the job done at any cost” attitude. Explosions, adrenaline, and high-stakes adventure go well with this IPA.

Though if anyone wants to do a pairing of the 60 Minute IPA with Morley Safer or Mike Wallace, be my guest.

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Andy-thanks for this recommendation. I’m not really an IPA fan, but I thought I would give this one a whirl since I love the other DFH brews. Wow! I am a convert. While I didn’t drink this while watching 24, I did find that it pairs well a Cosby Show marathon on Nick at Nite!


Gwyn, that’s great. One of the goals of this site is to discover new beer, and I’m thrilled when I hear how readers have been inspired to try something out of their usual. So far, people have only shared the positive experiences — but I’m sure there will be a few “oops, made a mistake there” responses too. And as for the Cos — maybe IPAs will replace Jello Pudding?

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