Monday, October 17, 2011

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Through a Watermelon

On the same night that Al’s of Hampden poured glasses of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout, Al decided to run Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA through a watermelon. I’ll pause a moment to let that sink in to your brain. Dogfish Head. 120 Minute IPA. In an actual watermelon. While it may fringe on lunacy to have 120 Minute IPA in anything other that a freshly washed glass, I was quite intrigued and excited to order a glass.

The beer pours a brilliant amber color with pink accents and a bubbly and foamy white head. The aroma, in stark contrast to the 120 Minute IPA on its own, is full if fresh water melon and is similar to that of a Jolly Rancher watermelon candy. There is also some caramel in the aroma, but it is hidden in the background, and surprisingly, the alcohol and bitter pine hops are nowhere to be found. The taste is like none other. Many beers are made with watermelon, but none provide the fresh thirst-quenching capabilities of Dogfish Head 120 Minute through a watermelon. While it taste fresh, it also has watermelon candy-like characteristics and a nice sugar and caramel undertone. Again, the alcohol was non-existent on the palate, and this beer was on the opposite end of bitter that it usually is. All in all, an entirely different beast. The greatest danger would be that there is no alcohol bite to warn of the 18.0% ABV, and I could have drank this beer all night. So the next time you are at the grocery store, grab a four-pack of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. And a watermelon. You will not regret it.

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