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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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7,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,025
Reviews: 2,095
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 1,154
Gots: 2,696 | FT: 169
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Delaware, United States

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 Sephiroth
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated 04. Pours with small head, leaving decent lacing. Body is orange. Aroma of grapefruit and alcohol.

I appreciate this beer more every time I have it. I get grapefruit, liquid hops. The malt isn't overpowering, especially considering the high ABV. Mouthfeel is thick, drinkability good for me.

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from october 09 it looks like..into duvel tulip

a-deep amber color with a one and a half finger head that stuck around for longer than i thought it would...chunky lacing down the sides..nice white cap on top off this brew...bubbles flowing up the sides

s-truly the most unique smelling brew ive ever come across...is very sweet and syrupy on the nose....floral from the hops of course..some caramel and raisins....definitely some sugar in their..

t-wow...sweet caramel and toffee up front then some grassy and floral hops in the middles...some raisins and bitter hops follow...this one finishes sweet and sugary...i really am impressed...

m-syrupy and oily...carbonation does make an appearance...nothing offensive here at all

d-well at 18% its not really drinkable but the flavors are good and i would want to have another but maybe not in the same night

overall i really do like this..its nowhere near the sweet mess i thought it would be...the hops do make an appearance..this is a unique beer

Photo of Azurescens
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2011 batch poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/29/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with thin light tan head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Sweet with burnt caramel, smoky malt notes and some herbal and pine hops that mingle with all the malt, surprisingly very little detectable alcohol. As it warms the alcohol does come out quite a bit more but doesn't overpower the malt and hop aromas.

T: Starts out pretty sweet with some hop bitterness, lots of caramel and brown sugar up front which gives way to some alcohol but not nearly as much as I was expecting given the 20% ABV sticker on the side of the bottle. As the alcohol fades the flavor becomes more hop forward with herbal, pine and some citrus notes. Leaves a lingering taste of sweet, resinous hops. Like the aroma, the alcohol comes out as it warms, but doesn't overpower.

M: Medium-full bodied with lower carbonation. Quite sticky and resinous feel, finishes sweet.

O: I was a bit skeptical about this beer at first, cramming so much alcohol into an "IIPA" but after trying it, I will admit I am pretty impressed, this is truly extreme brewing. You can tell that this is a high ABV beer, but I wouldn't have guessed it was 20%. You really get a nice warming feel in your gut after each sip. Very unique creation.

Photo of astronautjones
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steelerguy
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured thick with a 1 finger head that faded to just cover the top. A nice amber color but is very cloudy. Light carbonation.

S - Great malty smell with a strong hop presence. You can tell this is an extremely big beer simply from the smell, got me very excited to actually taste it.

T - First thing I notice is a slight alcohol tingle, then the malt hits first...wow, was expecting to really get hit by hop bitterness. Then the sweet and I mean pineapple juice sweet hit me. The hop presence is strong but overwhelmed by the sugar still left in there. Nice warmth on the way down, but I can not believe how sweet it was!

M - Different but nice mouthfeel. Could tell how viscous it was when I poured it so I expected a heavy mouthfeel and that is what I got. Not bad by any means, but not like any beer I have had previously, more like milk then beer.

D - This is difficult...I bought a single bottle and no way could I drink more in a sitting. I think this is very drinkable if served in a 2 or 4 oz. serving. 12 oz. just seem like too much, this is more of a dessert wine than beer.

Overall, this is really hard for me to review. I was expecting something different than what I got. I would not consider this beer an IPA at all, it is a barelywine. I also think, at least my sample, was under-attenuated. I don't mind a little residual sweetness in my beer, but this was very sweet. I suppose it could be argued that the sweetness helps balance the hoppiness, but I felt it was the prominent feature of this beer. (I measured the gravity at about 1.030)

If I have this again, which I won't if I am buying, I would like about 4 oz. of it with dessert. I'd take the 90 minute IPA over this if offered a bottle.

Lastly, this is NOT a bad beer. I just don't think it is and IPA as advertised. This would get knocked if being judged and essentially I am judging it. If they called it a barelywine and I expected a barleywine like beer I may have enjoyed it more.

Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very thin head fades very quickly leaving a thin lacing, almost none existent in the center, but slightly builds as you reach the edges of the glass where the is ultimately a thin ring of foam... Minor traces of extremely slothy carbonation... An intriguing and glowing ruby red color...

S - Absolutely scrumptious... The heavy dose of alcohol is evident, but in a sleek barrel aged sort of way as opposed to an off-putting solvent... Candied sugars... Grapefruit and assorted other citrus scents... Melon...

T - Loads of malt... Sweet candied beginning... Then we shift to a sweet melon fruitiness that quickly give way to a hoppy citrus kick... The aftertaste turns slightly medicinal...

M - Wow... What an impact... The flavors fill the mouth quickly... Much fuller than full bodied if that's possible... Extremely sticky and syrupy... Gummy... Loads of heats for the 20+% ABV... If the slightest sip will be felt in your chest... A decent amount of carbonation finds it way through and helps to balance things out (relatively speaking)...

D - The ultimate sipper... DFH is known for their extreme beers, and this is the poster child... This beer could last you hours... Some may consider this a "gimmick" beer, but they would sorely be missing the point... This is a unique and intriguing offering that all BAs should experience for themselves at somepoint... Truly one of a kind...

Photo of ChristianT
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hoptomic. 2009 Vintage. Pours quite still and syrupy, with an appearance not too dissimilar form Polish Mead, which, incidentally, it resembles in more ways than one. The nose offers unmitigated sweetness in suggestions ranging from golden raisins to honey or mead, but despite the high ABV, alcohol is not strongly noted. The flavor carries the aroma's torch, with an addition of a modicum of actual piney hoppiness, which is impressive given the circumstances. Mouthfeel-wise, it is silky and slick; pretty good, again, given the 18%+ circumstance. Overall, it is enjoyable, and something I would consider should I have a Utopias craving and no Utopias.

Photo of Harvest06
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let my start by saying if you're looking for a standard IPA don't bother with this. This is much more than an ipa. Its more of very hoppy American barleywine.

Review of Feb. 2013 120 Minute IPA, 18% abv, consumed fresh (within 3 weeks of bottling).
A: Golden Orange with thin head, Simple bottle with cool bottle cap.
S: Good complex aroma: Sweet malty followed by citris hops and ending with alcohol.
T: Beginning: Sweet malty that coast the mouth, middle citris fresh hops w/ maly fruity sweetness & some bitter hops, ends with earthy aromas & in alcohol. Opens up as it warms but the alcohol presence also increases with the warmth.
M: Full bodied syrypy & sticky but not too thick & not filling, warming but not harsh, perfect low carbination for sipping
O: Somewhat complex, aromatic, good balanced malts sweetness followed by hops bitters. Great to sip with a friend. Don't over chill this. Sweetness does overpower the hops, making it a sipping brew. I'd like to see a barrel aged version of this for more complexity. Laying some of this down to see how it ages.

Update: Tried of the 2013 at 1 1/2 years. Carbonation is about the same as before. The dry hops and aromatic hops have faded to almost nothing as expected - unfortunately this what makes this more than a barleywine. The bitterness is there but lessened. The alcohol has mellowed. Unfortunately the malts have changed very little and without the hop aroma its a fairly uninteresting ale.

I'll try another in 1 year to see how this develops. At 18% this could easily age for another decade. I've consumed a 4 year old DFH ale (not 120) that had no signs of oxidation or reduced carbonation so I trust this brewery.

Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although I have had 120 minute several times before and I have a handful in my cellar, I am reviewing this from my last sampling of it, at the DFH brewery at about 10am during the bocce tournament. The beer poured a deep caramel, almost deep brown color with a slight offwhite head. The nose was caramelly and also a bit fruity and sweet, all the while with the high abv lurking in the nose. The taste is extreme as can be expected and pretty sweet. I felt that at times I could feel sugar swishing around in my mouth but not overpoweringly sweet like a syrupy beer. There is a nice hop bitterness amongst the sweetness and the high abv (about 18% on this version I think) really comes through and kicks you at the end...also in the middle.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Oxymoron for the trade.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber. Little to no head and very soupy on the pour. Nose is of strong hops, sugar, and alxxxohol. Wow!! Taste is very very very sugary. Not as much hop flavor as I was expecting. Very good sugary taste, the hop taste is there but it is not as bitter or obvious as I expected. Defenitely some pine and particularly citrus flavors here though. The most marvelous thing about this brew is that for 21% it goes down riotously smooth. Sugar is plastered on the lips. The mouthfeel is real thick, but not mud. Alcohol heat is present especially in the stomach after the finish, but still is hard to beleive this is 21%. The drinkability is life threatening. This is a good brew from DFH, and truly a unique experience. This is one beer you will not want to drive after. Good beer. Props to DFH. I think this will actually cellar quite nicely.

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Pours a nice yellow-copper color with a minimal white head. There was minimal lacing throughout. Aroma comprised of nice hop notes with alcohol. The flavor of this brew was a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness with an alcohol flavor that intensifies upon swallowing. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very strange IPA. The alcohol content is pretty high so drink in moderation. Trust me... I know.

Photo of lansingj24
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on-tap at the City Tavern in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Note: I had this when it was the original 21% on-tap. Since then, I have also had the 18% from the bottle. I'm discussing the on-tap with consideration of the bottle.

A: Deep, hazy reddish color. Not much head from the high ABV. Slightly, more head on-tap than with bottle.

S: Alcohol (both on-tap and bottle). Of course, followed with DFH hoppy smells of citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

T: It was like a concentrated DFH 90. All of the hoppy, citrusy flavors were right up front. However, so was the alcohol. Not as well hidden as anticipated (esp. the on-tap). Understandable with the ABV.

M: So thick it came off as syrupy. The body actually lightened up when it was in the bottle compared with on-tap.

D: I put good, but that's IF you drink it like a liquor. Of course, sip it. It is quite enjoyable then. One 12 oz bottle is enough to split with one or two people.

Good beer from DFH. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of BackAlleyBev
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this beer as the availability is very limited. I was expecting more of a head upon the pour but that's not very important to me. The aroma is complex and gives hints of cinnamon, raisins, and carmel. Upon initial taste I was surprised that a slight sweetness presented itself. Overall it's a medium body beer with plenty of character that changes sip after sip. Has a long finish that's not bitter which is surprising for a 120 minute IPA. Can only have 1 or 2 in a sitting as the ABV is very high. Cheers

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

First I write out my will before approaching this hop bomb.

A pour in to my Duvel Tulip gives me a new motor oil thick and colored brew. A near clear apricot colored beer with a little bit of head, which is impressive as at 21% ABV this should be able to dissolve any head.

Smell is quite sweet and surprisingly fruity to the nose more like a barley wine than a mega IPA. Lots of aroma of melons and some pine and grapefruit. This has what I would call the Dogfish Signature aroma all over it, that melon smell that DFH seems to put in all its bigger beers. Bit of spicy black pepper is noticeable mostly from all the ethanol in this beer.

Taste is very sweet with a large hit of melons, fruit and raw sugar cane in the first taste. Very sweet beer with tons of melon and fruit flavors, this just isn't one of the better Mega IPAs like Pliny The Younger or FFF Dreadnaught.

Mouthfeel is syrup.

Not a super drinkable brew here. Super sweet and thick with a high alcohol content this is decidedly inferior to the best from Three Floyds or Russian River.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange with a head that stuck around longer than expected. Nose full of the gamut of hop offerings.

This should be more complex, but feel that the alcohol and sweetness really detract. Yes it is hoppy, but your mouth will warm and sticky up so fast you won't notice at times. Boozy nice sipper.

This is a young bottle, and I grabbed several, we'll see how it lives up in the basement. Good overall, but so far can't go wrong with 60/90 minute versions.

Photo of Chambic
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01.09.10, courtesy of MikeL. Danks for bringing this to SF from AZ.

A: hazy, golden; looks really rich; tight lacing, head disappears quickly

S: like wet rag, with stone fruit, probably apricots

T: like dried/candied apricots; a bit boozy upfront, with a syrupy finish

M: the syrup quality masks the carbonation and makes the finish smooth

D: very nice for something this high in ABV

Shared this with my brother and my cousin. It was their first Dogfish Head experience -- one that they enjoyed. They actually liked this more than Russian River Consecration (one of my favorites), with which I completely disagree. Never the less, good times and good drinks were had by all.

Photo of Nat1975
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle:

Three-finger creamy/foamy head sits atop a slightly opaque golden colored beer. Rings of lacing throughout sampling. Smell was strong, hoppy and earthy, particularly reminiscent of grass, or peat. Taste was spicy, vinous like a barley wine and not as hoppy or bitter as I expected. Very smooth mouthfeel. A good beer, but possibly too overwhelming in terms of flavor and mouthfeel to use as a staple beer.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice copper color when poured into my glass. Thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves decent lacing. It almost looked like syrup when it was being poured from the bottle to the glass.

S - Smell like sweet candy, caramel, pine, and grapefruit. I was hoping for a stronger hop aroma, but overall it is still pleasing.

T - A lot of pine right up front, but also a candy-like sweetness that is not often experienced. Grapefruit and a hint of orange, and then a slight bit of alcohol as it mellows into its malty finish.

M - This one has some body to it, but it is still nice and creamy.

D - This is a great beer to try once in a while or share with a fellow beer lover.

I look forward to trying this beer as fresh as possible when the next batch comes out. This one was over a year old and although I did enjoy it, it didn't really wow me as I had hoped.

Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a bottle, poured into a straight sided half-pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazy orange-gold-copper color with a 1/4" thin white head. The head only lasted a short while, dropped to a skim, and left just a few spots of lace.

S= The most dominant smell was of course a huge solventy alcohol. My trick is to blow softly across the glass to clear this away, and then take a good sniff. In that instance, I found an aroma profile dominated by super sweet malts, tropical fruit, and some piney hops.

T= Very sweet malt character up front lead into a middle filled with tropical fruit (mango, grapefruit, melon) and citrusy hops. Finish was all hot alcohol with a slight aftertaste of hops. Overall taste: The alcohol is once again the 800lb gorilla here, but the flavors do at least mesh well with that peppery alcohol hammer.

MF= Heavier bodied with a syrupy and slick mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation level does keep this from being too syrupy.

D= A very interesting beer here. Not something I will want to drink too often or in very high quantities (thus reducing its drinkability). It is a well crafted beer however and one that everyone should try from time to time and certainly a great candidate for aging a year (or three).

Photo of DmanGTR
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes Jan 28 2010

Poured a clear honey amber with a nice white head. Very sweet, citrusy, with a hint of pine resin. Lots of caramel and alcohol as well. Lots of bitterness in the finish and maybe a hint of cognac too. Hops linger long after the finish. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good for the amount of alcohol given.

Photo of thetachibro
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i finally cracked this one open last night and poured it into my duvel tulip. It had a nice golden color with a 1\2 in white head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. As soon as you cracked open the bottle you immediatley smell the hops with the alcohol. This becomes even more evident once you pour it into the glass. the first thing that came to my palate was hops,hops, and more hops and then take a guess what was next...the alcohol..once this beer warms it becomes a nice sipper that i might just sit back and relax with. Be careful who you let sample this because if they don't know what's coming it may just destroy them

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - 12 oz. Bottle

Appearance - An orange-ish amber hue, similar to other IPA's. Forms a tan head upon pour with a good lacing.

Smell - Dense malts, and loads of hops. You can tell upon smell that it's going to be pretty extreme.

Taste - Wooah!! Very different, that's for sure. A massive explosion of hop flavor is complimented by a huge amount of malty sweetness. Very sweet, yet somehow, surprisingly balanced. Doesn't taste like a traditional IPA, in the sense that it is much sweeter. But the hops still dominate the palate. Beer candy is the best way to describe it.

Mouthfeel - A full bodied beer, with medium carbonation (would you expect anything less than a full bodied beer @ 20% ABV?).

Drinkability - The scary part about this beer is how drinkable it is for how strong it is. The extremely strong flavor will probably make most choose to savor it, but I was expecting something harder to drink for a beer of this strength (strong flavors conceal the high ABV). Any more than one of these is asking for some serious drunk time though.

Overall - A very unique beer, and definitely something I think every beer fan should try at least once, even if you're not a fan of traditional pale ales or IPA's.

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into a miniature snifter glass at Capones in Norristown. What a treat.

A: A medium amber orange color with a slight layer of tight laced head. Tight small glass lacing.

S: Wow, lots of sugar sweetness with layers of bubble gum, hard candy and citrus pine hops. Second sniff produces a large amount of bubble gum sweetness, almost like a blow pop. Alcohol is noticable on the nose.

T: Syrupy sweetness with flavors of a sugar cube, candy, bubbble gum, sweet fruits, caramel and a real citrus pine bitter hop bite. The finish comes back to the sugar sweetness and finally ends with hops lingering in the mouth minutes later.

M: Heavy and coating with a fairly heavy alcohol feel when the beer warms up. Sticky sweetness with bitterness lingers in the entire mouth.

D: Medium for this alcohol level. The beer does go down fairly smoothly but with a big alcohol bite. One can only drink a minimum amount of this beer.

Overall a real unique beer that everyone should be lucky enough to try. It really is a testament to DFH that they actually make this beer, it is groundbreaking.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
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