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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 175

The beer painting of the day is of 90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Brewery.  The first sip was rich and malty.  What I expected to be a hop bomb turned out to be nearly perfectly balanced.  At ninety IBUs and 9% ABV, who would have known that this ridiculously strong-flavored ale isn’t a palate crusher?  If you try to do anything after drinking even a 6 oz serving of this beer, you should rethink your plans and sit on the couch for at least 30 minutes, just to make sure you are safe to move.

Dogfish Head’s label has a Dogfish shark on it.  I thought of some of the silly beer movies and figured if this beer were featured as part of a stupid movie’s plotline it would entail a shark loose in one of the beer vats.

Dogfish Head, you did it again with another fine offering!  Malty and hoppy — a fine 90 minute boil!  Brewers do it longer!  Delaware for beer!  I’ll be sure to visit your taproom on my beer trippin’ tour in November.

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of 90 minute IPA by Dogfish head brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 06.24. 90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 149

The daily beer painting of the day is of Burton Baton Oak Aged Imperial India Pale Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  Thanks for mailing me such a wonderful beer, Rich!  If this were the only beer left on earth, I would be totally fine with that, as long as it didn’t run out!  This is a particularly fine offering from one of the world’s greatest breweries.  Oak-aged, and good for cellaring if you can keep your hands off it.  I didn’t even have to take a sip to start enjoying this beer.  My nose could sense the aroma of citrus and fruit, followed by a woody sweetness and hints of caramel and vanilla from the barrel aging.  The first sip was a bit surprising, as the beer didn’t taste as sweet as I had expected, but more oaky.

So why the Burton Baton name?  Who is this guy pictured on the bottle playing his guitar?  Well, this beer is named after the yeast that is in it — Burtons English Ale yeast, and baton is for the blend of brews used to make this beer.  It starts out as an English old ale that is heavily hopped and aged four months in French oak staves.  It is then blended with the 90-minute boil IPA, creating a 10 percent monster of an imperial IPA.  The label art is a painting of a symbolic cowboy by Jon Langford, lead singer of the English punk band the Mekons.  So, the label is actually a symbol of America created by an English guy; a blend of goodness, kind of like this beer.

When I fly to the East Coast, I am very excited to go to the tasting room at DFH because 120 minute IPA is on draft there, as well as many other tasty options.  Burton Baton?  I always love going to the pub tasting room at a craft brewery.  Seems to me that this is one of the characteristics of a craft brewery over a regular brewery.  Almost all the giant German breweries are huge industrial zones, but quality craft breweries, even giant ones like Stone and Deschutes, have great pubs.

Cheers to Dogfish Head!  You have crafted a melody of flavor, a symphony of brews! The Burton Baton is probably beer perfection!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print, or order a custom beer painting at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Burton Baton Imperial IPA by Dogfish Head Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.29. Burton Baton Oak-Aged Imperial IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 135

The daily beer painting is of 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  At 18% alcohol by volume, I do not think this can be considered an IPA.  It tasted like an American style barleywine!  The brewery says it is pushing the boundaries of what beer should be.  I think they hit the mark on his one – it is decidedly pushing the envelope for booziness.  Oh, did I mention the one I drank was bottled in February 2009?  I tasted the age and the malt, but the hops had long since changed into fruity esters.  It reminded me of drinking world-class barleywine, one aged in whiskey or cognac barrels, even though this IPA never touched oak.  Thanks Rich, for mailing me such a unique and tasty brew!  I will do my best to send something back that will be very good.  I think you might win on this one though (not that it’s a contest, Alaska can’t compete with the Philly beer scene).

Dogfish Head, what lovely beer you produce!  Keep it up, and some to Alaska!

P. S. The hourglass pictured behind the beer in this painting is the prop from the Wizard of Oz, because after drinking this beer you might be thinking, “This ain’t Kansas anymore, Toto!”

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer painting of 120 minute ipa by dogfish head brewery year of beer paintings

Year of Beer 05.15. 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.