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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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5,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,812
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 854
Gots: 1,822 | FT: 113
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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%.

(Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally. Before I get started let me say that if I am within like 2 feet of this glass it smells amazing.

Nose is a mixture of strong, resinous pine and citrus hops and alcohol. Strong alcohol haha. Heavy, sticky pine flavors and alcohol heat intermingle. There's a dominating sweetness and bitterness that sticks around for a long time after. Its delicious and not nearly as strong tasting as I had remembered but it will definitely do well being put away and aged up for a bit. Like it says on the bottle, it can be enjoyed now or aged up for a decade or so. I'm thinking maybe 2-4 years.

Overall I gave it a 4.5, but thats only because in a couple of years it will improve, there is literally nothing wrong with it now.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 19:15:08 | More by DonDirkA
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Appearance - pours a muddy, brackish plum-brown. Just a faint cover of bubbles, barely sustaining a collar.

Aroma - rum-soaked shortbread and caramel. A boozy citrusy element that is not like Grand Marnier, but it makes me think of it just the same. A touch of plums and soy.

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Drinkability - I am so glad I grabbed this and am hopeful that I can wait another 5 or 6 years to sample the other one. 5

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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