I’m about to tell you something scandalous….
I don’t like dogfish head 60/90/120 minute IPAs.
I KNOW. You’ve gone and lost all respect for me.
I don’t know what it is about them, I just don’t love them. Mind you, I don’t hate them, I’d just never, ever choose to drink them if I had a suitable alternative. Which kind of sucks because the only other adult in the house worships them. Given his choice, he’d buy a case of 60 minute over almost every other beer.
Christmas seemed the perfect opportunity to gift him some beer I’d generally never buy so I got him two pint sized specialty Dogfish Head beers for Christmas, Namaste and Squall.
Let me tell you, they were FANTASTIC. Holy cats, I could happily drink a lot of either of those beers.
The squall was a delicious, hoppy, IPA that makes me want to go back and see if suddenly I might like their other IPAs again. It was fantastic. Plenty of hop without being bitter or overwhelming, with a luscious sweetness to balance out the hops. We opened it on New Years Eve and it got passed around to universal “nom nom noms.” Their web site describes it thusly: “An unfiltered, 100% bottle-conditioned, super-pungent imperial I.P.A. clocking in at 9% ABV and dry-hopped with Palisade, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, CTZ, and Willamette hops.” It was roughly $10, so kind of pricey, but totally worth it for the beer lover. I got it at the Robinson Market District Giant Eagle and I highly recommend RUNNING out there and buying some.
My favorite of the two however was the Namaste. Dude. Dudettes. This. Beer. Rocks. It’s a Belgian style white and as the label says its brewed with coriander, orange and lemongrass. I feel like I’d have o go back and drink some more to really get the full coriander/lemongrass effect, but the orange was immediately apparent. As it wasn’t my Christmas present beer I got the small glass, which was a shame because I could have drank a bucket of this. Their website suggests it is the perfect summer beer, but I enjoyed it putting away Christmas decorations. I wouldn’t want to wait until summer to drink it again. Also priced somewhere around the $10 mark, I recommend getting a case of this stuff and socking it away. It is listed as an occasional rarity, a Summer 2010 release, so who knows if it will come ’round again.
Sooo, I am rethinking Dogfish head. Maybe I was grumpy the last 20 times I tried it. Maybe my tastes have changed. Who knows, but I am probably going to at least get a six pack of 60 minute (or do they only come in 4 packs?) on the way home to try out this weekend.