Indian Brown Ale and 60 Minute IPA from Dogfish. While they make the excellent yet basic Shelter Pale Ale, Dogfish Head is one of the great micro-breweries of North American and well-known for innovations like the continually and highly hopped 120 and 90 Minute IPAs. Heck, for St. Patrick's Day this year they released a green draft beer coloured with a blue-green algae called Verdi Verdi Good. Clearly a brewery that thinks outside the general thunk.
Ken Wells in the recently reviewed Travels With Barley spends a chapter on brewer Sam Calagione and a visit to Dogfish's brewery and quoted a high-tech description of their hopping technique from Calagione:
"The first time we tried continual-hopping," he said, "was with the first batch of 60 Minutes IPA wthat I brewed back in 2000. I used one of those goofy circa 1978 electrified vibrating football games, canted at an angle and rigged with a five-gallon bucket of pelletized hops over our boil kettle. The hops would vibrate down the angeled football game and into the kettle in a single-file stream.The 60 Minute IPA pours a bright golden straw under a fine creamy white head, active with high carbonation. The aroma is like opening a packet of hops pellets. The brewery calls it their flagship and I see no reason to disagree. It is not a whallop over the head sort of IPA so much as an assertive but reasonable sort of fellow that has a point but will not bowl you over making it. In the mouth there is rich medium mouthfeel, some spice across the middle, a little heat as well as a good doorstop worth of crusty bread. I had an extended evening with this ale on tap last October and was the better for it...in every way. 6% and, in Ontario, at the LCBO for a short time this spring. BAers love it.
The brewery describes the Indian Brown Ale as follows:
A cross between a Scotch Ale, an I.P.A., and an American Brown, this beer is well-hopped and malty at the same time. It is brewed with Aromatic barley and caramelized brown sugar.The beer pours with a large waft of caramel crackle, like the stuff between the other stuff in peanut brittle. Mahogany ale under tan foam and lace. In the mouth the beer is very effervescent and full of dry fruit and sugars - fig, date, molasses, treacle. The hops are not just there to cut cloy but take full place, twiggy. The mouthfeel is somewhat chalky, while a bit like dry cocoa but not overly chocolatey. At 7.2%, also well loved by the nation of BAery. Not unlike Kasteel Brune come to think of it.