Tuesday, May 4, 2010

60 Minute IPA

Yesterday I was over on that Twitter thingy when local friend Anthony (I never met him yet), a newly minted Cicerone Certified Beer Server, was talking about some beers at a Publix close to my office. I'm eventually going to get together with him for real, at which point I will add him to my tiny list of People I Have Met.

But today I went during lunch to check out that Publix. Not only did they have the Gordon Biersch beers there, which I've never seen before, but they were Buy 1 Get 1 Free. So my $8.99 bought me a mixed 12-pack of GB beers. See picture. As I was leaving the parking lot, across the street was a Crown Liquor. I had never seen that store either, probably because it's in the shadows of ultra-crunchy Whole Foods.

So I ventured in. The only other customer was leaving with his two 16-ounce bottles of Coke, at which point I could hear crickets and this one (really nice) guy breathing close by. I did feel a little guilty, like I was cheating on my usual girlfriend Total Wine, but what the heck. No one will ever know, right? Just a quickie.

I eyed up the wall, and within 10 minutes I had picked up three 22's I hadn't seen in Total Wine anyway. Ruben & the Jets, 2009 Correction Ale, and MoM Hefeweizen. Another friend told me Ruben was brewed in December, 2008 and the 2009 Correction Ale is at least a year old, so I'm starting to understand how that selection matches with the store's traffic. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with what I bought.  There are some award-winning pictures for you to see, too. Enjoy!

Tonight I am drinking 60 Minute IPA brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. This is "the continually-hopped India Pale Ale". I reviewed this a long time ago, back at the beginning of 2009, although I will tell you I've had it a handful of times since then. The label is simple, but this beer is one of the standards that IPA's are rated against.

Citrus, sweet aroma with some light pine, not overpowering yet very inviting. Lemony citrus flavors on the bitter side start things off. You will then taste sweeter caramel and sugar flavors, a nice malty balance. Some orange fruitiness plays with a hint of spice in the background. Crisp, refreshing, carbonation is perfect, and the 6% alcohol is a non-factor. This beer is nothing short of terrific! A must-try-and-drink-often beer!

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Ray Grace said...

I really enjoy the 60 minute, I think I prefer it to the 90.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Good Morning, Ray.

I agree with that completely. 60 > 90 and any math wizards that have a problem with that, too bad! Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you later.

Hannah said...

I haven't had the 90 yet - is it just a bit too bitter or something?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I don't know. I don't think it's too bitter, from what I remember. I just really like the refreshing and clean 60-minute IPA.