Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA
The world of India Pale Ales (IPAs) is constantly diversifying and expanding. One of the iconic brewers in this genre is Dogfish Head. The Delaware brewery’s 60 Minute IPA brand is a standard bearer for the quintessential American take on malt and big hops and continues to be a best seller.
Dogfish Head’s flagship 60 Minute IPA is joined by big brother beers 90 Minute IPA and 120 Minute IPA with increased alcohol by volume (ABVs) and expectations. The number-loving brewery also released the more experimental brews 75 Minute IPA in 2011 and Sixty-one in 2013 to round out the crew. Never one to rest on its laurels, Dogfish Head has an all-new IPA to add to its roster and the word “minute” is nowhere in its title.
Flesh & Blood IPA is a completely different animal from its flagship IPAs, and Dogfish Head has made that known not only with a fresh naming pattern but luscious new packaging as well. The Flesh & Blood bottles still sport the classy embossed Dogfish Head logo, but the label and box art is a whole new beast. These bottles stand out with a matte overall print highlighting the major beer ingredients and a die-cut sticker.
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But the additives really make Flesh & Blood IPA something special. The “blood” in the title comes from its utilization of blood oranges. Blood orange IPAs are the new hotness, with breweries from Georgia to California getting in on the craze. Despite the relatively high number of comparison beers, Dogfish Head’s entry easily stands at the top of the pack. The additional element of lemon flesh (see “flesh” in the title) takes it to a different realm for a tart-but-refreshing quencher of an IPA that measures a respectable 7.5% ABV.
Dogfish Head knows a thing or two about fruit beers, from the successes of Aprihop and Hellhound on My Ale and the aforementioned Sixty-one. Those collective years of learning and experimenting have paid off big dividends with Flesh & Blood IPA, making it the must-try new beer of the summer.
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