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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,394 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 6,394
Reviews: 2,007
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 986
Gots: 2,122 | FT: 126
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is really a whacky beer. At some level it really is like have a hop flower in your mouth.

There was a thin white foamy head that formed then faded. Split this bottle so I didn't get a full 12 oz pour. Not sure you'd want to drink an entire 12 oz bottle.. This beer was made for sharing. Bright golden amber with excellent clarity. Really a nice looking beer. No lacing or visible carbonation.

Aroma was huge and of pine & citrus. As if you were snorting hop pellets.

This really is an extreme beer. As huge as the flavor was, I was impressed with the balance. Huge sweetness and equally huge hop bitterness. Apricot, Melon/cantelope and honey flavors. Towards the end, some deep pine resin notes.

Syrup like and thick. Big doesn't begin to describe this.

It's very interesting, but I'm not sure I'd want an entire bottle for myself. At some level I guess this is a statement about it's drinkability.

Buy one to share. I have another and I'm going to age it for a couple of years.

Reagan1984, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Package store got a batch of these in for $6.99 a 12 oz bottle so I had to try it...

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head, smell is very citrusy and hop filled. First taste I was not prepared for.. felt like a full on shot of booze.. didn't sit well with me. The next sip, and following sips for that matter, went down much smoother. Maybe I had to warm up to it? Either way, it was enjoyable after the initial sip of it. Was it simply amazing? I wouldn't say that.. but it was cool to have a beer that is 21% ABV and I would have it again in a heartbeat.

oriolesfan4, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of bdcravens
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overpaid for this, but it's hard to come by in Texas ($21 for a single bottle!) Resisted urge to drink; finally gave in and treated myself on my birthday.

A: Looks thick. Gentle pour into tulip barely clouded at first; leaves a minimal head and virtually no lacing. Red-orange in color. I can't see through to the other side of the glass.

S: ABV comes through first of all. A bit fearful; anything with a "liquor" smell really turns me off. However, that smell dissipates within a few minutes, and then I'm getting some apricots and grapefruit.

T: While I can get the ABV in the taste, it's not overpowering. Fruity flavors are coming through. A gentle sweetness. Very little hoppy bitterness. No lasting aftertaste. (The 18% ABV makes me weary of taking too big of swallow, however.)

M: Wine-like thickness. Crisp carbonation. Mouth not burned by ABV, but can feel the warmth as it gets to my throat.

O: Given its cost, I probably wouldn't buy this often. The ABV is scary, especially when you consider how smooth of a drink it is. I'd say the ABV hits you more readily in the DFH Santo Palo Marron, which is only 2/3 of this brew's ABV. Taste-wise, probably not the best Imperial IPA, but very good nonetheless.

bdcravens, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of BenJames1984
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The date on the bottle says 11/08/08, so this has almost 8 months of age. I notice a little bit of a difference, but nothing significant.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Spectacular, hazy ruby color. Head was very white, but very thin.

Smell- The best way to describe it would be a sweet, fermenting citrus aroma with a kick of hops.

Taste- A myriad of hops, natural sugars, and alcohol. Extreme.

Mouthfeel- Extremely full bodied, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability- Not much to say, here. It's a rare occasion when I buy these, and for a good reason. Never will I drink more than one in a session. Let alone, a good three months.

BenJames1984, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of BS68280
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with hayesez. Thanks for the great beer. Poured from a bottle dated 02-09-09 into the DFH signature glass. This is my second bottle of this, the last one i had i few months ago was a 2006 vintage. I will try my best to compare them since that review was deleted with the site crash. I rated the 06 higher than this, as i did enjoy it a good bit more. On to the review.

A: Pours a golden amber, slightly hazy, with about 1/2" white head. The head does not stay very long, and leaves only the slightest lacing. To be expected from 18+abv.

S: As soon as I opened the bottle I immediately smelled the hops. Now that I am giving it a few more sniffs in the glass, it is more fruity and alchohol then hops. Peach, apple and caramel? Smells delicious, but not like an IPA of any kind, but just as i say that, here come the hops again... citrusy. If i recall correctly the 06 had more of a good cognac or rum smell to it.

T: I don't know if my palate just isn't that great yet but this one is difficult for me. It is not the hop bomb bitterness that you would expect. Very sweet... carmel, maple sweetness at the end. At first i believe it is from the malts, but the alcohol definitely lends it's giant hand. The alcohol is there, but not really hot and for sure not overpowering. I think the biggest characteristic the alcohol gives is the sweetness. I am trying to figure out where those hops went. Again not bitter in any way, i only get hints of the citrusy hops but they are outplayed by the sweetness. As it warms the alcohol gets a little warmer too, or maybe it is because i've had half the glass now. The 2006 reminded me almost exactly of Pyrat rum if any of you have had it.

M: Silky smooth, and more carbonation then you would think coming from a beer like this. I don't recall what the 06 felt like.

D: Wow... this is 18%+? Really? Goes down very easy. About halfway through it is starting to kick in, i think two would have made this review much more interesting.

BS68280, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Edwin
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 12-ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a beautiful amber/gold color. A small amount of head at first that disappears quickly. Looks like a thing of beauty in my Troeg's Mad Elf glass.

Smell: Citrus, hops and an alcohol nose throughout. A bit strong on the nose. It gives you every indication that there is a lot included in the recipie.

Taste: Not at all what I was expecting. Sweet...very sweet. Hoppiness and an almost candy-like flavor. Fruit, honey, and hops plow over your tongue. Also...the alcohol is very noticeable. Gives a sweet burn in the throat, but not like drinking Souther Comfort. This is more of a mild warmth that is quite welcome after a few sips.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with low carbonation and a slight alcohol burn that will redden the cheeks.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a single tasting. Anyone who can possibly drink 6 of these in a sitting deserves a trophy. The sweetness is very potent and the alcohol is very high.

Overall: I commend Dogfish on this complex sampling. It looks great, smells great, and even tastes great. The complexity of it is astounding. But it is meant for having one and one only. I reccommend the 60 or 90-minute for enjoying hops more. This is more of a gimmick than an actual beer, but does have a charm to it, so give it a whirl!

Edwin, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of lighthabit
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

clear, golden, nice head dies down quickly. intense smell, flavor is hops and malt on steroids, trying to fight against a whopping 14%. sweet like crazy and oily thick. not a brew for quaffing, but sipping with a friend. drop a point or two for being so very intense, it's a bit much. in it's favor, it's not a "girly ipa" like my bro usually calls em.

lighthabit, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Sandbarunner
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First impression is this was carbonated Scotch! The booze in this one will knock you down!

Shared a 12 ounce bottle with a friend after pouring in tulip glasses. Both of us had to put it down it was so strong. Let it warm up and breath a little...

It got easier to drink or maybe we were just getting drunk on this one "beer." I am going with the latter.

Sandbarunner, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of pourmeup
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 5/1/09

A- has a cloudy orange amber color and a very thin white head that leaves a even thin lacing on my Westmalle chalice
S- very strong citrus aromas, lemon rind and grapefruit predominate the nose, you can definitely smell the alcohol from the beginning
T- lots of heat from the 18% alc/vol, very sweet and citrus on the pallet, almost has a sourness to it, it could use at least a year or more in the cellar
M- very creamy and smooth, low carbonation level
D- not as drinkable just due to the high alc/vol, as said earlier, it could use a year or more in the cellar, but overall quite an excellent choice

(reviewed by Daniel)

pourmeup, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of zaphodchak
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a thin trace of whitish head, just tracing over the surface.

Smells like plenty of hops, but not sharp.

Tastes like... Hop candy! Hops, peaches, plenty of smooth caramelly malt to balance the hops and get that gravity. Also plenty of honey.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, not much to say here.

Well, completely different from the 60 and the 90. Much more similar to the World Wide Stout, just, y'know... not stout.

EDIT: Tried an '08 at DFH Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth Beach in Dec 2011. It was astringent, slightly herbal with hops that give way to honey, but not particularly sweet. Nose had mostly ethanol.

zaphodchak, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have never had a whole bottle of this fine elixer to myself untill now. So here goes. A light tan head reaches its peak at about an inch but quickly fades to just a skim. Body is a golden honey amber in color. Nose is lovely and really reminds me of a barlywine. You get hints of phenol spices, fresh citrus, alchol soaked dark fruits and boozy hop character. On first sip you get a very up front spicey alchol induced fuzzy feel all over the mouth. Big notes of citrus rind, rum soaked pears and syrupy sweetness. At 21% alchol this is a bottle best shared but if you have it to yourself sip it all night long. The hop profile is very subdued by the alchol but it is there, mostly on the end of the palate. Bitter feel is mixed with a soft richness that balances nicely. A big beer that has a lot of hype behind it. Worth trying at least once.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of StonyB
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now here's a beer I have wanted to try for a while. Barcade, I salute you, thanks for tapping this...

Appearance - Thick, viscous, cloudy, almost chunky. Looks a lot like old-school apple cider. No head, a thin coating. Unusual, to say the least, though not unappealing.

Smell - Pungent. Real strong aroma of paint thinner. Tangerine, a bit of hops, and a whole bunch o' alcohol.

Taste - Oh my. Sweet, sweet, sweet liquer. Tart apples, toffee, floral and citric hops, bubblegum, oak. A potpourri of flavors here, amazingly complex.

Mouthfeel - Chalky feel, almost powdery. Thick. Quite acidic.

Drinkability - This really depends upon your definition. Incredibly complex with a 21% ABV, versus a tasty and interesting beer that seems to get better with each sip. You make the call.

Leave it to Dogfish Head to not push but eviscerate the boundaries. 120 Minute IPA is unique, and a must try.

StonyB, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely hazy with a light fluffy head that receded quickly into the glass. There is just a light residue settling to the bottom as I examine the beer. I'm still shocked that there is any head on the beer at all with the amount of alcohol present. The nose is a citrus bomb. Loads of grapefruit, pine, and herbal hop pour from the beer. Mild mandarin orange sweetness on the finish. Sharp grapefruit and mandarin orange sweetness up front, mild caramel notes are dominated by the hop. The finish has mild alcohol heat. It's there, but I can't believe there isn't more. The mouth feel is mildly sticky, still full. Decent drinkability. This is a big, hoppy beer. Not the best drinkability. It's more of an event.

carln26, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, but there is some hop presence too. The hop bitterness is somewhat herbal.

Taste: This is less cloying than the aged versions that I've tried. The herbal hops balanced things out well considering what they had to work with. Sweet and boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with smooth and fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This was better fresh than it is ages. The balance is pretty good all things considered. Don't know that I need more, but perhaps.

oline73, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kernalklink
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow- mindblowing D-IPA. Poured a cloudy gold as a good IPA should, with little head and lacing effect. Slick piney hop aromatics controlled the nose- the sharp burning on the first sip was masked only by the fruity apricot- peachiness of the crazy malt profile. An uppercut of hops on the finish- smooth and biting at the same time- great brew but keep it to 1 or 2 bottles or you may not wake up.

kernalklink, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful glowing amber color with a very small head and no lacing. Smell was dominated by a honey sweetness, taste followed suit and was sweet but surprisingly tame. The alcohol was noticeable but not as overpowering as I would have expected. Mouthfeel was oily and medium/full bodied with limited amounts of carbonation. Drinkability suffers some due to the gigantic level of sweetness, but overall this is a nice sipping beer.

alcstradamus, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one gushed out a lovely, transparent amber bottom full of carbonation, with thin white lace on top forming a very small head.

Sweet, fruity nose, with phenols and alcohol. Also, strong on grapefruit.

Heavy carbonation with strong hop bitterness and a warming alcohol presence. Cloying fruitiness, ginger and spice, and a dominant phenol character in the taste. Biting tartness with a medium body, but surprisingly not too heavy or overwhelming.

Beware of this one, alcohol is VERY well masked. Not a bad showing from DFH at all.

nouseforotacon, May 26, 2006
Photo of Swim424
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into dogfish head pint glass

A-honey golden color. very coudy. small retaining head. can see some carbonation bubbles.

S-smells sort of carmaly and a bit floral. very malty obviously. I can smell a decent amount of hops mixed in.

T-hops all the way through. mixed in with a bit of caramely malt in the middle. hops definitly burn a bit on the way down.

MF-pretty thick. thick bodied. medium carbonation. lots of hoppy aftertaste

I have had this a couple times on tap. Its a pretty good beer. Very over the top. glad they make it and dont mind it on occasion.

Swim424, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of LtCracker20
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 batch.

A- Pours a crystal clear deep golden almost copper body with a good 2-finger off-white head that's actually lasting for a little bit before falling to a decent cap and it leaves some sticky lace behind.

S- Citrusy hops up front followed by caramel and toffee sweetness. Slight achohol, but not too much. Very sweet, though.

T- Very sweet, but not overly sweet. The citrusy hop flavors help to cancel out some of the sweetness. Still pretty sweet, but for the abv, it's kind of expected, as is the slight burn as you swallow. There's also some resiny piney flavor towards the back end.

MF- Definatley a big body on this one. Not too syrupy, but that slick feeling is there. It also is well carbonated for having the abv that it does.

O- Fresh, this is a very good beer. Hoppy and balanced out by the sweetness (maybe even too much). Can't wait to see what it's like in a few years.

LtCracker20, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

826th Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
12 oz bottle
2011 Vintage

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one!!

Shared with GuruDel

App- A deep orange with a one finger head that falls to about 1/8” of bubbles around the edges. Nice scattered cling and lace.

Smell- Huge malt profile on this one. Hops were pretty tamed IMO. For a hop monster I certainly didn’t get it. Smelled a bit boozy but nothing overpowering or offensive.

Taste- This had a lot of honey behind it with malts. I am missing how this is a hop lovers dream. It was still very good and very powerful just not what I was expecting at all. The honey created a lot of sweetness and the malts smoothed this out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation, almost a bit thick with a honey sweet.

Drink- Hot damn, this was really good for what it still is. It wasn't super hoppy but just a thicker, malty strong beer.

FosterJM, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/17/08 enjoyed 7/12/11. This bottle clocks in at 20% abv.

A - no head, no lacing, murky orange/apple cider.

S - Alcohol and jelly donuts!

T - Alcohol, sweet, sugary, jelly donuts, hops are subdued over 3 years, aftertaste of apples.

M - Sticky, dry, clinges to every part of your mouth and warms you.

O - Strong, warming, sipper, great vintage!

Rickythejeweler, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of HopHeadMike
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter at home.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber, off white head. Some lacing around the inside of the snifter as I drank the beer.

Smell: Sweet smelling, strong hop aroma, as to be expected from a beer with 120 IBUs. Strong alcohol aroma.

Taste: Unlike any beer I've ever had (If you could even call it a beer); extremely sweet, almost too sweet for my tastes. Some hop flavor, but not the extreme hop "punch" one would expect from such a brew as the sweetness and high alcohol content mask the heavy hop flavor. Warm alcohol aftertaste with a lingering sweetness that lasts until your next sip. Very tasty beer, but is definitely one that you have to sip on.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: Not the most drinkable beer in the world, but thats to be expected with such a strong, sweet beer.

All in all it's a pretty damn good beer, although I enjoy the 90 minute more. Not your traditional IPA, but what else can you expect from Dogfish Head?

HopHeadMike, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh 2011 version and 2008 vintage drank side by side at the brewpub in Rehoboth. scores are for the fresh batch.

2011: golden orange in color. huge aroma of pine, citrus, with just slight alcohol. taste is obviously dominated by hops, but it's surprisingly not overpowering. there is some sweetness to balance it out.
2008 :is much darker, more of an amber color. the aroma is maltier and boozier. taste is sweeter, the hops have faded a bit but still provide a lingering aftertaste. some brown sugar notes have moved in.

jmdrpi, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of prg1976
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh batch, fresh review:

November 2011 bottle (no actual date, just 2011 E - annoying)

Pours a nice clear amber color. very little head, and only a small ring of pale white that hangs around.

Smell is a mix of hops and alcohol - lots and lots of both of them.

Taste is surprisingly good. Still very hot, but the hops are there, and the sweetness is toned down a lot from the last time I had it.

Still pretty heavy, and not very carbed.

Overall, this should probably have its own category, as it's not exactly a DIPA. it's better than the year old bottle I had before, but not as good as when I had it on draft over the summer at the brewpub. I'm glad I have a few more bottles to put aside.

Bottled on 2/6/09, I've let this one sit awhile.

Pours a dark amber color. Small white/off-white head, dissipates quickly.

At first it still smells a little hoppy, but that faded away pretty fast. Mostly alcohol and caramel malt smell.

Taste is super-sweet caramel, then the 18+% abv hits you. The alcohol sticks around for a while, too.

Mouthfeel is ok, not very carbonated, the alcohol overpowers everything else.

Drinkability...yeah, not a guzzler (despite what I've seen on YouTube). Almost too sweet to enjoy.

I'll be back in a month or so with a review of a fresh one. I'm kindof let down with this one right now.

prg1976, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of pieper
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer but such a different beer that it is hard to classify it in the double IPA category. I bought this at the Milton Brewery and think that it is a great beer, but because of its strong alcohol content and flavor, it does not lend itself to be a session beer.

Aroma: I have a poor sense of smell but you can definitely smell the sweetness of this beer along with its alcohol content.

Appearance: Thin silky head, mahogany red, clear, stain glass like.

Taste: Wow - smooth alcohol taste with a nice balanced sweetness to it, slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouth feel: A very nice even level of carbonation

pieper, Nov 14, 2007
120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 6,394 ratings.