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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Reviews: 2,174
Hads: 7,693
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 1,362
Gots: 3,455 | FT: 209
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003

Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.
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Photo of Glett1974
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How does it get much better? If you can get your mouth on this beautiful IPA, do what you must. Wonderful, full-bodied IPA flavor that is smooth, deep and textured. Just had one at a tasting that was a 2011 and we drank it on Feb. 7, 2016. It aged like a dream and didn't seem to have dropped anything worthy out.

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Photo of Boriqua445
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Among my top 5 beers of all time. Living in Maine I used to have the luck of finding this beer on tap many times per year. Now down in Texas and I've yet to see it for the last two years. Sad sad story here.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage (July release), consumed 6 months from bottling, 12 oz bottle in brandy snifter

Appearance- Pours a bright golden orange color, some floating sediment but fairly transparent. Half finger thick, slight off white colored head, tightly packed bubbly / soapy. Lots of alcohol legs, film coating on glass.

Aroma- Bright and pungnant piney, resinous hops. Citrus notes, orange, grapefruit, lots of lemon. Sweet honey and malt, molasses type sweetness. Boozy fruitiness, white grapes, dates, raisins, apricots.

Taste- Honey malt sweetness, candied fruitiness. Piney, resinous, spicy hop bitterness, citrus notes, lemon, apricot, and cherry. White wine grape, boozy fusel alcohol notes that linger and enhance bitterness.

Feel- Full bodied, syrupy and sticky sweet, lots of drying bitterness. Lower carbonation.

Overall- A beer unlike any other, has a lot of hop character but drinks like something much bigger than a beer let alone an IPA. There is a lot of malt and fruit sweetness, touches of hop bitterness, but the alcohol bitterness is what comes forward into the aftertaste. Still, there is enough decadent sweetness and fruitiness to allow this to be quite enjoyable and a great candidate for aging.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz 2015 bottle poured into a teku glass.

L - orange amber color. Thin layer of head with lacing gripping at a snails pace. Ring of foam around the edge

S - smells like hop wine. Earthy strong scent kind of like a red wine but with hops.

T - rock candy up front, sweet malt in the middle, hops and alcohol in the back. Sweet but bitter.

F - very strong, not a slammer by any means. Slow sipper all the way. Boozy the whole way.

O - this is more like hop wine than a beer. Super strong and bitter. Not so much a hop bomb but very balanced. Love Dogfish Head and what they do. Certainly pushes the limits of all IPA fans

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange-amber with bubbly carbonation and a thin tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Much more barleywine than IPA. Huge dark fruits and complex malt. Cherries, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, figs, plums, raisins, brandy, and vanilla.

Taste: Molasses, toffee, brown sugar, cashews, cherries, figs, prunes, raisins, brandy/cognac/port wine, red wine, and vanilla. The hops take a backseat to the insanely complex malts but there is some faint grapefruit, orange, and grass. There is some expected alcohol heat on the swallow and aftertaste, but it isn't overpowering like I would expect. This drinks like a twelve or thirteen percenter, not eighteen, but it's definitely a sipper.

Feel: Full-bodied, slick, oily, but with some light carbonation. Lingering stickiness of brown sugar sweetness and citrusy hop character.

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Photo of PaleCale
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/14/2015 - right about a year old. Pours a hazy red-orange with minimal white head --- looks more like a Tree House IPA than I was expecting. Smell is boozy and sweet - not much hop aroma, more like a barleywine. Taste is similar, with definite sweet and boozy notes, but more bitter than a traditional barleywine - hops still coming through here, a little pine. Still, I wouldn't guess IIPA here. Pretty well carbonated for a year old beer - nice mouthfeel. Glad to try it but not my style.

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Photo of beercam
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A true triumph of brewing. Not much else must but said, except for that this beer is of course ideal in draft form in the very very deep dark of a december-feb/march night. It's strong. Be sparing.

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Photo of IBUQT
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage - the heat is still there (with a barleywine sweetness) but super easy to drink for 18%. The hop aroma isn't present at all but there's still a bit of bitterness. Overall could probably use anothrr year in the cellar but is phenomenal anyway!

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Photo of tshanahan
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hop bomb just went off in my apartment. Wow, this thing is a slow burner that doesn't allow you to appreciate the hops or ABV until a moment after you've finished. Like a habanero pepper that's "not that hot" until about 15sec later

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Photo of beerbully
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into HF snifter glass

bottled 2012.........been hanging on to this for a while.........1st of the New Year

L-golden......... 3/4 inch head fades into a white cap rather quickly........heavy lacing.......carbonation rising from the bottom.......particulate floating around

S-sweet, honey, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar

T-boozy, medicinal gives way to sweet candied sugars, more like a barleywine than IPA.........alcohol burn......like drinking brandy or rum.........lingering sweetness with warm alcohol burn in the finish.......like drinking a hard candy........burnt brown sugar........maple syrup........not much hops left to this one

F-full bodied, sweet, mild carbonation,

O-big sweet boozy bomb

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one that has somehow escaped my reviewing, one that I have from time to time, and with New Years looming figured it was a nice time to do it. 03/16/14 got a bit of age, but I like these better with a year or two on them.

Pours a decent foamy fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice head for a beer of this high abv, decent lacing too, murky reddish orange color.

NOse brings a mix of characters, like a piney citrus barleywine, plenty of piney hops, not mosaic like pine but a spicy earthy pine, bright floral piney hops, with more orange peel and citrus as well, candied orange peel, a mix of candied stone fruit like an apricot style thing. Big candy malt, caramel, a little toffee biscuit, amber malts, toasty malts and big malty aroma in general, but tons of various candy aromas.

Taste brings more sweet flavors, tons of sweet malts, toasty amber malts, pale malts, some caramel, biscuity notes, etc., but again most of all candy characters, candied malts, caramel toffee etc. Mild fruits, again candied stone and tree fruits, candied apricots, a little orange and tangerine notes, candied orange peel and sweet citrus, even a touch of white raisin. Fair booze warmth, not nearly as boozy as it should be which is why I like to give it a year or two, it's boozy fresh, some esters with that, faint phenols, and fair bitterness. Hops also bring a little pine zesty note, but not much. Finish is sticky sweet but dries a bit, more booze tingle coming through a bit, with sticky candied pine notes, as well as candied tree and stone fruits again, touch of citrus, and generic big sweet malt.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, a little syrupy sweet, nice fluffy carb, some warming tingly booze but not a ton.

Overall def a unique and interesting beer. Fresh it's a bit too much of everything, a year or two gives it a lot of character and makes it at least tolerable in drinkability. A legend of it's own that just about lives up to it's potential, but isn't a beast or whale in any aspect, just a legendary beer everyone needs to try at some point.

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Photo of Pauken
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2011 and poured into a snifter... This was a BIG surprise! Over at a friends house drinking things from his cellar and when he brought up a 4 year old 120 minute. I was skeptical at first being a fresh IPA drinker. Really unlike anything I've ever had in a good way! The hops at this point were almost gone, but there was a slight bitter aftertaste that lingered. Mostly this was very sweet with the sweetness/malts shining through. Slight alcohol on the nose but nothing in the flavor. At this point it's probably 20% so that's saying something. The bottle says "ages well" and they really aren't kidding. If you have the will power to age one of these for 3-5 years I suggest giving it a try!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish 120 Minute 12oz. Bottle (dated 07/22/15) from Mary for Christmas purchased at Copper Vine, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.

A - A normal pour creates 1-finger of dense, khaki head. The body is a very hazy, burnt orange, looking almost like a pulpy fruit juice. There are small bubbles consistently making their way toward the surface behind the cloudy body. The head sustains at 1/4 finger ring around the edges, and a thin, lacy film through the middle. There are really nice, lacy rings left on the glass.

S- I'm initially hit by a load of hops, mostly grapefruit, but there's a big, sweet, malt backbone behind it that comes off as caramel or English toffee. Another whiff and the aroma melds into a tobacco leaf and leathery goodness. Within the sweetness, the alcohol becomes apparent. Not harsh, but something of fruit brandy (like apricot or even a cherry cordial). Hops become more spicy too.

T- Whoa! There's a lot going on here. Very sweet up front, something like brown sugar and maple syrup. Then the hops kick in through the middle, bringing a leafy and spicy quality. The finish is a combination of the sweet and hoppy. More of the brown sugar, but with a juicy hop that combines grapefruit and spicy aspects. Things don't change too much with warmth, but become more pronounced. The spicy hops begin to hint at freshly cracked black pepper toward the end.

M- Very full bodied. High viscosity. The hops provide a spicy bite and combine with the extreme ABV that adds a smooth, warm heat. All in all, the finish becomes rather dry after the syrupy sweet mouthful.

O- I'm so glad my wife pulled the trigger for me. I've been tempted every time I see it on the shelf, but walked away due to the cost combined with an apprehension over the perceived flavor profile. This is definitely a one and done sipper for the evening, but I'd be more than tempted to pick up a few more, maybe one to drink fresh and one to lay down for some aging.

4.5 4.5 4.25 4.25 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 2/28/2013. Pours very hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon peel, pineapple, tangerine, peach, mango, citrus rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon peel, pineapple, tangerine, peach, mango, citrus rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon peel/rind, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and spicy alcohol on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish with zero booziness. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA, especially considering the ABV. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. Extremely surprised and impressed with this vintage, as there is still a ton of hop complexity present and it does not feel overly heavy or malty at all; even after being nearly 3 years old. Other vintages I have had at similar age have been much sweeter and a bit cloying. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark orange/brown aka amber-ish color with a solid head.

smell is heavy, alcohol notes reign in. sweetness is there too, subdued caramel malt as well.

taste is heavy and thick yet sweet. the alcohol is there and causes some slight burning in the throat. a sweet heavy IPA (or whatever style you wanna consider it). clearly a high abv beer but it does drink well.

goes down surprisingly easy. a thick-ish beer with a slight alcohol burn but is still good.

overall this is actually a pretty good beer. it's certainly BIG but it is good. much sweeter than i thought it would be. i was expecting extreme dryness like a Belgian style big beer, at least from the Saisons/Tripels i've had. almost like dry wine. this was like a sweet barleywine.

i bought a 4pack of these and put one in the fridge immediately. still have 3 aging, looking forward to them at a later date.

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Photo of havron
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I drove four hours for the privilege of finally having this beast on tap at the Dogfish Head 20 Beers for 20 Years event at World of Beer in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday night. I came for the 120 and stayed for all the other great brews that DH has to offer, and this monster alone – my very first 120 Minute – was well worth every mile.

Served on draught into a snifter as a far too generous pour for something with this high an ABV. Damn, I am grateful to the bartender, but it looks like I won't be going anywhere for a while tonight...

L: Hazy bright orange-copper topped with a thin ring of head displaying good retention and solid, sticky lacing.

S: Fruitcake and booze, all the way. Surprisingly not a lot in the way of classically recognizable hops in the nose, but the distinctive fruitcake aroma is quite inviting. I'm not a fruitcake hater, unlike as is the fashion, but I'm not exactly a huge fan either. However I will say that if fruitcake tasted as delicious as this smelled, I would absolutely enjoy the Christmas season quite a bit more.

T: BOOZE. Wow. This wicked brew gives you about a second of false security after hitting the tongue before quickly building the alcohol to a punch in the face crescendo, backed by a short blast of prickly carbonation over a strong malty backbone, accompanied by a vibrant and solid kick of flamboyant citrus and piney resinous hops. The booziness reaches a sharp spike and then gradually trails off to reveal a malty maraschino cherry flavor with a bit of a medicinal note, before melting away to more completely showcase the hop profile. As many others have said, being so strong and malty this beer definitely has quite a bit of a barleywine character but, amazingly, this is still, somehow, resolutely an IPA. At eighteen goddamn percent. I don't know which volcano and/or ancient god these guys sacrificed a virgin to in order to pull off this brewing miracle, but hoo lawd, well done!

F: Thick and resinous, this stuff coats the tongue and sticks around for quite some time after every sip. Not an absolutely complete palate-wrecker, but balancing on a knife edge of that distinction. You won't think you're drinking water, that's for damn sure.

O: Wonderful. An incredibly unique and well-crafted bruiser of a brew, this was an absolutely sublime experience and well worth the wait. I can now die happy.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at Knob Hill Tavern in Newburgh, IN, so a fresh taste!

Appearance: Poured an opaque amber into snifter. Little suds at all.

Aroma: Alcoholic burn, fruitiness. Not over-the-top hops as would be expected. This is an entirely different beast at 18%!

Taste: Fruity, but with a definite and pronounced alcohol heat. This one’s sweeter, rather than bitter hoppy, weirdly. Most certainly a heavy brew, and one to sip, 120 Minute leaves a burn on the tongue like a harder alcohol, rather than a traditional beer. Very glad to have finally tried this landmark IPA, but not one I’d seek out again, either, especially at the price.

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Photo of usmnt2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark amber. Had a sweet smell to it, could almost be a barley wine. Despite being a little boozy and heavy, I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet, syrup like taste that it had. Would definitely get it again!

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Photo of jspaner
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a bit too much of a good thing. Dogfish head should have stopped @ 90 minute IPA. Glad I got to try it, but I won't go out of my way to have this one again. The look & smell is fine, but the taste is very strong, and the alcohol "burn" is very pronounced. The 60 & 90 minute IPAs are much more enjoyable.

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Photo of rjd722
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: On tap at Downtown Crown, pours a dark orange-amber with a ring a white foam around the side.

Aroma: Big malty aroma, slight peach and minimal hops.

Taste: Highly malt forward with slight dark fruit again with minimal hops and bitterness; slightly boozy but for an 18%er it's very well done.

Feel: Mouthfeel is boozy and long lasting, good stuff.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 12 fl. oz bottle dated 07/22/15. Sampled on November 10, 2015. Served at about 45 degrees.

The pour is an attractive looking medium amber-copper-yellow hued tone with a lingering foamy white head up top.

Vibrant aroma of barley malts, caramel, peach, mango, other fruits, and almost no booze for 15+ ABV. The hop character is also more subdued than I would have expected.

Bold, creamy body.

Same sort of roasted caramel and barley malt flavors at first followed by a peach, and orange sweetness and perhaps a bit of cognac. Alcohol burn is notable but not overpowering in the least. Bitterness is far mellower than I anticipated. A definite sipper. I felt its 18% ABV about halfway through the bottle. I bought a single bottle. If it wasn't so expensive I might buy another one to age for a year.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much like a barley wine. Big hop aroma and dark fruits, plums, and raisins. Somewhat dank. Taste is hugely sweet, and the fruit carries forward. The end is just full of booze and hops. This is good, but overhyped. I'd like to try it aged. It seems, overall, a little forced. But I definitely enjoyed it and would love to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of ccbstl
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage, at this age it's an unbalanced, heavy barleywine. Sure it's complex, but there's nothing pleasant about this. If I try this again it will be fresh or aged +5 years. I don't get the hype

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 7.22.15 poured into a pint glass
pours a beautiful orange to amber color with a thick off white head that stuck around for the duration
smell was initially fruity, very strong alcohol almost like a cognac or sherry type dessert wine. as the beer continued to warm i got some floral notes and almost a red wine smell very complex
taste sweet, very strong alcohol fruity floral and complex and again like a sherry or cognac due to the very high abv
feel thick, viscous and somewhat carbonated
this was the first time i have had this in probably 5 years and while my tastes have moved to the more hoppy side, i still found this very drinkable and enjoyable.....i left it out on the counter to warm about 45 minutes before opening and drank it very slowly
next time i will try to age it for a year or two to see how it changes

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: giant hoppy bitter alcohol bite, warming barley wine mouth feel.
Copper color with a semi haze. Nose is big and complex of hops. Full body with and average head.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.