120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Amber, orange, and red brew, with a thin, 1/2 finger white head that fades to a bubbly line. Slow carbonation; almost opaque.
Boozy aroma: alcohol, wheat, honey, hops, about in that order. Caramel grains, toast, maybe a hint of grape.
Huge dose of sweet, sweet malts; no typical DIPA hop presence, yet it's extremely bitter. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden for the 18% ABV, but it's impossible to not notice. If the line between a DIPA and a Barleywine was fuzzy, DFH 120 min erases that line.
I cannot overemphasize the massive sweet dose of malts: heavy caramel, but also honey, some lighter grains, and almost a less odious butterscotch. Despite being a 120 minute hop-bomb, any hint of grapefruit or non-malt floral honey is almost completely overwhelmed; you really have to search for those flavors.
Medium-full feel; thick, syrupy, boozy, warming. No sting. It's hard to imagine a better mouthfeel on a beer this beastly.
This is an incredible, complex, and potent brew. I have to be in the mood for a sipping wine to down this beer; it is nothing like an ordinary IPA or DIPA (although Devil Dancer is a good comparison, and RuinTen lies on the same path).
I've heard people refer to this as a Barleywine, and they're not incorrect. If you're an IPA-loving hop-head, then this probably isn't the beer for you. If you enjoy sipping your beer slowly, and can handle a beer that simultaneously manages an IBU load of palate-blasting bitterness AND a malt load that puts many Belgians to shame, then have at it. It's a special beer.
This is a fresh 120 minute; I'm saving another one for aging. (You know it's a special DIPA when the bottle proclaims "Ages well," instead of the usual "Drink it fresh!!!111exclamationmark!")
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 23:12:14 | More by Roguer
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