120 Minute IPA at BlackFriar: If Only It Actually Lasted That Long
Two of us riding nowhere / Spending someone's hard earned pay
Nick Rallo and I have both written before about how deliciously hoppy, caramelly and boozy Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is, so no need to regale you once again with tasting notes that border on erotic fiction for hopophiliacs. Instead, just enjoy his beer-porn snapshot that shows how this 18-percent ABV ale all but throbs in the snifter, just a strand of frilly white lace separating the lucky imbiber from its soft apricot glow.
We enjoyed these puppies last night at the BlackFriar Pub, which tapped a slim keg. Here's how giddy this beer can make a hop lover: The conversation started with each of us glumly questioning our own relationships with the bottle. By the third sip, this liquid happiness -- bypassing the liver entirely and mainlining straight to our serotonin neurotransmitters -- had us flagging down a waitress for another round. Nearing the end of our second round, Nick pantomimed someone being caught in a compromising position in a bathroom stall, wild-eyed and hunched over a glass, soaking an appendage in the sweet nectar, which tragically resulted in the loss of precious droplets to a spit take. I briefly considered slurping them off the table. If I hadn't been in public, I totally would have.
120 Minute tappings are rare in Dallas, so keep an eye on Twitter (follow me here) for word. I don't know of any upcoming chances to try it, but I'd bet it'll appear at The Common Table's Dogfishtival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. If not, go anyway for the 20-plus Dogfish taps with the promise of "quite a few rarely seen in Texas."
Update: As Brian Brown points out in the comments, Flying Saucer on the Lake will tap a keg of 120 at 5 p.m. today. Get there early, because it will go fast.
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