Dogfish Head beers finally hit the UK shops this week and I have to say that I’ve really been looking forward to trying them. I’ve read a lot about them on the internet and I have Sam Calagione’s home brewing book, so I was expecting them to be amongst the best beers I’d be having this year.
Expectation is a dangerous thing, Mark Dredge touches on this in one of his Hop Press articles and I have to say that I probably built these beers up too much in my own mind. I was expecting something genre changing, something that was going to quite literally blow me away.
I cracked open a bottle of the 60 Minute IPA and was totally underwhelmed. Next up was the 90 Minute Imperial IPA, which was nice, but not exactly genre changing. Since it’s taken ages for these to get imported into the UK, I’ve tried the beers that competitors have produced and really liked them. If I’d tried the Dogfish Head first, them maybe they would have been genre changing.
I suppose the real problem is of how to manage my expectations of what a beer is going to be like, if not I’ll always end up disappointed, as it will never be as good as it is in my mind. This evening I cracked open a Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale and was blown away, it was amazing. I think the reason for this was I knew nothing about the beer, so I drank it with an open mind.
I have another bottle of both the 60 and 90 Minute IPAs, I will have to try and drink them with an open mind.