120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by sweemzander:
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/6/09.
(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange hue that produced a great 2 finger off-white to light yellow head that is staying around for awhile; after a few minutes, its down to a 1 finger size. Some tiny bits of lacing here and there.
(S)- Massive mango, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus aromas with an equally huge pine/wood component. This is some strong smelling stuff!; has a pretty serious alcohol whiff to it.
(T)- This is just massive! Very sweet; almost candied mango & peach fruits followed by a very dry grapefruit, pineapple, and bittering pine with a robust to equally massive boozy burn at the end. An ample malt backbone exists somewhere in there that is providing a light honey sweetness to the middle but is mostly overpowered by everything else in there.
(M)- Huge boozy burn with really sweet fruits and big bittering hops really makes your mouth go through a rollercoaster of layers and complexities. Sadly, the ridiculous level of alcohol is almost off-putting and destroying some really superb characters in the beer.
(D)- Just ridiculous, massive, and potent on every level imaginable. Great stuff, but is lost in the overly boozy mouthfeel. Give this 5 years and try it again, give it 10 years and try it again. I want to buy a bunch and drink one as each year goes by to see how it changes. Share with a friend or two cause this one bottle kicked me to the floor. 20%abv?!
Serving type: bottle
09-19-2009 02:24:01 | More by sweemzander
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4.9/5 rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
bottled on 5/10/07 for consumption on 7/21/14
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.
Taste - hard Christmas candy with the weird fruit filling. Light citrus but its there. Extremely warming in the throat and belly, mmm. A light smack of hops, not near enough to balance, just gives a little nip. Some light soy and/or anise as well. Lots of fun flavors to pick out and enjoy. Unbelievably easy to drink for its strength. Yes, the alcohol is certainly evident but the beer's flavors are plenty intense and integrated enough for it to work out wonderfully.
Mouthfeel - impressive carbonation seven+ years later. The body is big without becoming heavy, which could lend too much weight to the sugary aspects of the beer.
Overall - Excellent stuff at both three and seven years, I'll give a new bottle a whirl next time, though I suspect fresh hops rule the day. Toasting 20K on the fitbit - cheers!
2003 Edition sampled on 3/18/06
Appearance - pours a clouded light orange color, a snappy but short-lived head on top. 3.5
Aroma - a new experience on this one. I pick up the initial expected fruit and booziness, though not to the degree I expected. But then I get this unmistakeable spicy aroma. A cooking spice, what is it, I know the smell...then it hits my brain - curry! Are my hands clean? Sure enough, and I just washed out the glass from my last beer. Sniff again - curry again. Perhaps this is the effect on my senses when hops get over-saturated into a beer? I don't know. I like curry but I am unsure of what to expect on the taste. 3.5
Taste - wow. No curry here, but this is in the 'beer candy' genre. Intensely sweet, as if it's been concentrated. Orange candy, honey, pineapple, some mildly spicy hop component, and now and then a breath of that curry, but barely. Big alcohol finish, but not as brash as I thought it'd be. Beautifully supportive of the hops flavor, I don't think I can remember a beer being so hoppy and yet so sweet instead of bitter. Without fail, every time I take a sip, I get a whiff of that curry, but it generally does not appear in the flavor profile with any force. Finishes wet, warm and coating. 5
Mouthfeel - very thick, the carbonation holds its own among the heavyweight flavors. 5
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
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 02:53:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 5,809 ratings.