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Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA: What It Is, and Why It's So Popular

This continually hopped IPA continues to be an astounding beer two decades after its first release.

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Everything you need to know about the most iconic beers in history from grocery staples to cult favorites. This time: Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, a beer that helped to popularize one of the leading beer styles today.

Sequels are rarely as good as the original. Just don't tell that to the Godfather 2, Spider-Man 2 or Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. For almost two decades, 60 Minute IPA has been one of the most popular beers in the US, and it's not one you have to line up for hours for. So what exactly is the 60 Minute IPA (we'll give you a hint: It's not a beer that takes 60 minutes to drink), and how did it become such a pivotal beer? This is the story of 60 Minute IPA.

What is Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA?

As its name suggests, 60 Minute IPA is an IPA. First released in 2003, 60 Minute IPA is a continually hopped beer, which means during the course of a 60-minute boil, hops, specifically from the Northwest, are continually added to provide a super hoppy flavor minus any harsh bitterness. The 60 Minute IPA is actually a follow-up to Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, an imperial IPA, that helped to popularize the style when everyone else was drinking amber ales and lagers. Besides its 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPAs, Dogfish Head also has a 120 Minute IPA, a knock-you-out-of-your-seat imperial IPA with anywhere between 15 and 20 ABV.

60 Minute is a 6 percent ABV beer with 60 IBUs, and holy hell is it a good beer. The beer is shockingly crisp for an IPA with a relatively high ABV, and its predominant flavors include citrus and pine. Despite being an absolute hop bomb, it's not overly bitter to the point that you want to rip your tongue out.

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Who makes Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA?

The brewery behind Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is, get this, Dogfish Head. The Delaware-based brewery, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, is a legend in the craft beer world, helping to popularize the trend towards microbreweries and away from the Big Guys. While the brewery has gone through some major changes, including an acquisition by Boston Beer, Dogfish Head remains the same scrappy and inventive brewery it once was with its founder, Sam Calagione, at the helm.

Where can you buy Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA?

You can find Dogfish Head beers all across the country, with distribution in all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. The beer is a grocery store staple as much as it is a staple in craft beer stores. If you're looking for 60 Minute (or another specific Dogfish Head beer) around you, check out the brewery's "Fish Finder."

Why is Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA so popular?

In a 2009 Youtube video, Calagione says "60 minute has sort of become the de facto session beer for hardcore hop heads." 60 Minute is by no means a session IPA, especially with its 6 percent ABV, but it is on the lower end of the ABV spectrum when it comes to IPAs. Over 12,000 people on Beer Advocate have rated 60 Minute, which currently sits at a score of 91, or understanding. What makes the beer so popular is its complex, balanced flavors, and also the story behind its inception. The legend goes: Calagione fashioned an electronic football game, which uses a vibrating metal field to move pieces, to move hop pellets into boiling wort at a consistent rate. The invention has had such an impact on the world that Dogfish Head donated its continual hopping machine to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History collections.

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