120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A - This is a nearly-clear tangerine orange color with a very tight and well-built one finger beige head. The head shows decent retention for such a high ABV brew, but it stayed at a fine little cap for almost the whole time I was sipping on this one (about an hour). Lots of really nice foamy lace sticks to the glass.
S - This smells like an overly ripe caramel apple. You know the almost-rotten but still smells good tingle you get when you smell a VERY ripe apple? This reminds me of that smell that I remember from growing up with two apple trees in the backyard. Bees buzzed around those apples on the ground and tortured us kids who were forced to push mow beneath the trees. The caramel aspect is big here too. This smells like those little caramel squares that pull out your fillings. The ones that you melt to make caramel apples. Vanilla bean, Oh, and booze... applejack (apple brandy) comes to mind. This is quite a heady brew!
T - This is immediately shocking to the palate. It's extremely aggressive and tart with loads of what tastes, too me, like rotten apples. This isn't what I normally think of as "hoppy" per se (although it is hoppy and I know that there about a friggin' metric tone of hops used per bottle), but rather sour and complex like a Flander's red or something.
M - Full bodied and boozy as hell. This one never seems as heavy as it is due to the extreme alcohol feel and the tart/sour acidity. I started to catch a buzz after about three tiny sips... this stuff is more like liquor than beer, and should be treated as such. I wouldn't drink 12oz of Jager (about the same ABV) in one sitting, so I'll be enjoying this one ery slowly.
D - This is not what I expected. That's not to say that I didn't like it, it's just weird... and although almost all of my top rated brews are high ABV, anything much over 12% is just a little ridiculous and begins to detract from the flavor. I ride a Yamaha Vino 125 scooter, and what makes a scooter a scooter is it's small size, low cost, and small but peppy engine. Some of those big Suzuki Burgman and Honda Silverwing scooters are 650ccs and cost close to 10 grand... then, what's the point? Why not just buy a motorcycle? If you want to pay upwards of $10 for 12 oz of something boozy, why not just pick up a good single malt or a good upscale bourbon? I understand that this is not distilled, but there comes a point when beer really isn't beer any more. Just like scooters are all about low cost, small size, and around town fun, beer is supposed to be all about fluffy heads spilling over liter sized mugs. Just ask any German.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2009 18:23:59 | More by pmcadamis
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